Book details
Down East Books
Page count:
9.42 in x 6.37 in

Up for Grabs

Timber Pirates, Lumber Barons, and the Battles Over Maine's Public Lands

Thomas Urquhart

About this book
Each year thousands of men and women and families recreate on Maine’s Public Reserved Lands. Most of these visitors know only that the large green areas on the map promise them access to some of the state’s most magnificent places. Very few have any idea how Maine acquired them. Or that, as a conservation success, their acquisition (600,000 acres) rivals the celebrated purchase and gift to Maine people of Baxter State Park (210,000 acres) by Governor Percival Baxter.

Maine’s two hundredth anniversary is an appropriate moment to celebrate the largest land conservation triumph in its history. The story of the state’s Public Reserved Lands and how we got them speak to the very essence of Maine’s identity. With dramatic moments and colorful characters, the book weaves its way from 1820 to the present, providing an engaging and informative overview of conservation and preservation in Maine.
About this author
Former Maine Audubon director Thomas Urquhart is the author of For the Beauty of the Earth (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004). He has written extensively on Maine’s natural resources for such publications as Down EastMagazine, Audubon, Habitat, and Port City Life. He lives in Portland, ME.