Mill Operator Says National Park can Coexist with Local Business 

The president of Great Northern Paper Co. says a national park proposal by conservationist Roxanne Quimby doesn’t threaten the supply of wood for the mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket.Peter Hanson told 75 Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce members this week that the park would have to grow far beyond 70,000 acres to present a problem. The Bangor Daily News says Hanson has concerns about federal air-quality standards but feels a national park and his paper mills can co-exist.Quimby, founding member of Burt’s Bees, wants to donate land she owns next to Baxter State Park to the National Park Service.Her proposal has met with mixed reaction across the state but also has met with fierce local opposition. East Millinocket residents voted against allowing a feasibility study.(The Associated Press)