- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The director of the National Park Service is coming to Maine for a public meeting on a proposal to create a national monument in the state.

Sen. Angus King announced Thursday that Jonathan Jarvis is going to hold a meeting May 16 at the University of Maine. Jarvis also will hold a separate meeting, moderated by King, with leaders from Millinocket, East Millinocket, Medway, Patten, and Stacyville.

The proposal has come under fire from local leaders.

The land east of Baxter State Park is owned by a foundation created by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby. Quimby’s proposal calls for donating land valued at $60 million and creating a $40 million endowment to fund operations. She also envisions a separate parcel for hunting, snowmobiling and other recreational opportunities.

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