Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Katahdin Land Deal Almost Complete

The Trust for Public Lands still needs to raise $1.8 million dollars by December 15 in order to add Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park. If they don't meet the goal by December 15, the offer to sell the land will be rescinded by the owner.

To date, the trust has raised $11.2 million and they have a million dollar pledge that will be given once donations reach 13 million dollars.

Adding the lake to the state park fulfills Percival Baxter's original vision for the park. Baxter called the mountain "the greatest monument to nature that exists east of the Mississippi River" and he spent much of his life buying land and donating it to the park. He made 28 separate purchases that total more than 200,000 acres.

The Trust has a web site, and will accept donations on-line.

Man is born to Die, His Works are Short-lived Buildings Crumble, Monuments Decay, Wealth Vanishes But Katahdin in All Its Glory Forever Shall Remain the Mountain of the People of Maine.
--Percival Baxter

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