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Who is managing Baxter State Park?
Who is managing Baxter State Park?
Changes in leadership at Baxter State Park are in the works.

As Maine’s next Attorney General, Aaron Frey will also serve as one of the three members of the Baxter State Park Authority. What do we know about his interest in the Park?

Frey lives where he grew up, in Bangor. He earned a degree in politics from Saint Anselm College, a liberal arts college in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. He has his own law practice in downtown Bangor.

He has not served on any natural resource committees nor has he sponsored any significant environmental bills. However, as a legislator he earned a 100% pro-environment score for 2018 and has a 96% lifetime (8 years) score from Maine Conservation Voters.

The other two members of the BSP Authority are the commissioner of Inland Fish & Wildlife and the director of the Forestry Bureau. Those appointments have not yet been announced by Gov-elect Janet Mills.

There are several new appointments to the BSP staff. Eben Sypitkowski was recently named as BSP Director, Marc Edwards was hired as Park Naturalist, and Don Bolduc is joining the Park as Chief Ranger. Sypitkowski oversaw up the Park's Scientific Forest Management Area. Edwards has served as Interpretive Specialist since the beginning of the year. Bolduc brings years of experience as Chief of Police in Millinocket and Skowhegan. Christine Theriault continues to provide institutional knowledge for the Park’s business and HR department. Baxter State Park has a year-round staff of 22, with 39 seasonal employees.

The Park also receives significant support from others, notably Friends of Baxter State Park.

While the people overseeing Baxter State Park change, the mission remains: To protect the natural resources of the Park for their intrinsic value and for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (Archive on Wednesday, December 26, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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