AUGUSTA — A group representing wood-related industries and a prominent outdoors group are joining Maine snowmobilers in opposition to a feasibility study on the creation of a 70,000-acre national park east of Baxter State Park.

The Maine Forest Products Council said today it’s joining the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Maine Snowmobile Association against the plan put forth by Roxanne Quimby. A major landowner and Burt’s Bees founder, Quimby’s proposed creating a 70,000-acre national park adjacent to Baxter.

Patrick Strauch of the forest products council says the park would threaten the wood supply. The sportsman’s group is concerned about a loss of access by hunters and anglers.

The idea has drawn the attention of U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who held a meeting in Maine in August to hear what the public had to say.

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