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Sunday, March 05, 2006

What Would Percival Do?

Ex-Governor Percival Baxter deeded Mount Katahdin to the state 75 years ago last Friday, on March 3, 1931. Now people are wondering where he would stand on allowing hunting and snowmobiling in and around the park that bears his name.

Some think Baxter would support open access, but retired political science professor Howard Whitcomb says no.
Baxter did compromise with the hunting community when adding one of the final pieces to the park in 1955. But his writings and the way he set up the park clearly indicate hunting and other recreational uses were not part of his plan, said Whitcomb, who is now a member of the board of Friends of Baxter State Park.

"I don't think there's any questions of what his intentions would have been," he said. [Link]
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