About Friends of the Maine Woods
Friends of the Maine Woods was founded in August of 2011 by State Senator Cynthia Dill for the purpose of educating communities about the economic, social and environmental benefits of public land stewardship, and to support the study and creation of the Maine Woods National Park. Dill created this organization after a Joint Resolution was passed by the Maine Legislature that opposed studying the feasibility of an amazing gift that has the potential to create jobs, protect a small piece of the Maine woods, and greatly enhance the quality of life.
The Friends of the Maine Woods also seeks to create jobs and opportunities for the collective sustainable prosperity of people and the environment through public outreach and projects that will have lasting and positive benefits to the land and our communities.
Elliotsville Plantation Inc. is a private foundation that has offered to give approximately 70,000 acres of pristine wilderness located on the eastern boundary of Baxter State Park to the U.S. National Park Service, plus create a $40 million endowment for maintenance and upkeep of the park over time.
The Friends of the Maine Woods is a Maine non-profit corporation. The Board of Directors includes business owners and civic leaders from around the state, and has over 2000 supporters -- a number that is growing every day. Since its creation, the Friends have collected thousands of signatures on a petition to urge U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to study the Maine Woods National Park, and through its large and active following on Facebook has spread the word about this exciting proposal. The Friends have also raised money to support its mission, and will use innovative technology and creative ways to achieve its goals.
The Friends of the Maine Woods is working hard to help the majority of Maine citizens who want a Maine Woods National Park to achieve their goal. Unfortunately a small but very powerful opposition is seeking to kill this project due to unreasonable anti-government sentiment and a desire to privatize the Maine Woods for commercial development.
The future of public access to the Maine Woods and a diverse and vibrant green economy is at stake.
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Friends of the Maine Woods
1227 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107