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Naturalist from Baxter State Park to speak at UMFK

October 7, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent environmental speakers series will welcome Jean Hoekwater, a naturalist at Baxter State Park, who will speak on the UMFK campus Thursday, October 13 at 12:00 noon in the Grindle Conference room.

Hoekwater's presentation will provide a learning opportunity for UMFK environmental studies and forestry majors, as well as members of the public interested in natural science or outdoor recreation.

Hoekwater will include information on the park's history and recent natural resource monitoring efforts.

Baxter State Park was designed by donor, Percival P. Baxter, to preserve the park in its natural state. In 1931, the Maine legislature and the governor accepted control of the land in the Mount Katahdin region.

For the next 32 years, Governor Baxter continued to add pieces to what he referred to as his puzzle and ultimately, in June of 1962, presented to the State of Maine his 28th deed, his total gift to the people of the State of Maine, Baxter State Park 201,018 acres.

Unlike some parks which are designed to display the area by means of auto access, with groomed viewpoints along the road and convenient travel by automobile, the features and diversity of Baxter State Park are best seen on foot, according to Hoekwater.

There are approximately 200 miles of trail maintained by the park.

Baxter State Park is home to numerous mountains, the two most notable clusters being the peaks comprising and surrounding the Katahdin massif and the cluster of peaks in the northern part of the park consisting of the Traveler Range.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information call Don Eno, coordinator of academic outreach at 834-7835.