Lucas St. Clair
, Quimby's son and the president of Elliotsville Plantation
, said this month that creating a national park north of Millinocket and helping national parks and monuments nationwide to secure specific properties have been objectives of the nonprofit foundation since the outset, when it was created in 2002.
does not have any ulterior motive in donating land to existing park service properties in and out of Maine, he
"In no way was it to try to convince the National Park Service
to be more favorable to our plan for the North Woods," St. Clair
said parcels that are considered inholdings in Acadia
are expected be donated to Acadia
Elliotsville holdings that lie outside the boundary limit, even if they abut property currently owned by the park, will be retained by Elliotsville Plantation
The nonprofit foundation is not pursuing any efforts to expand the boundary of Acadia beyond the limit Congress set 30 years ago, he said.
also might subdivide two of its other parcels, one in the Tremont village of Bass Harbor and the other on Otter Cliffs Road in Bar Harbor, and donate sections of them that lie within the 1986 boundary limit to Acadia
The foundation's charitable giving, and those of Elliotsville Plantation
, reflect a strong affinity that St. Clair
family has for federally conserved, publicly accessible lands across the country, many of which they have visited multiple times.
One reason they have donated to the park at Gettysburg, he
said, is because his
great-great-grandfather fought there in the Civil War under the command of Col.
"Every park [we have donated to] has a unique attachment to our family," St. Clair