Park Newsletter

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September 2012 Newsletter

From The Director

Fortunately, things slow down as we reach the Labor Day weekend
Fortunately, things slow down as we reach the Labor Day weekend

We have been through a very busy summer due to the combination of great weather and online reservation availability. Fortunately, things slow down as we reach the Labor Day weekend.

I want to thank all the staff, gatehouse, campground rangers, backcountry rangers, park and enforcement rangers, I&E interns, I&E trail crew for their diligence and professionalism.

Also, I thank the maintenance and warehouse staff for keeping everything in place.

Governor Baxter Day in Portland

Governor Baxter Day in Portland
Governor Baxter Day in Portland

I was glad to take part in Governor Baxter Day in Portland. This event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the final gift of land by Percival Baxter. It included many small events, beginning at Mackworth Island and finishing at the Maine Historical Society.

Many Baxter family members joined the reception on Wednesday evening. At the event, President Theodore Roosevel shared a talk and Joe Wiegan provided a spot-on presentation of TR.

In my opinion, one of the best parts in the event was when we unveiled the “Mayor Baxter Woods” sign to welcome visitors to the Baxter Woods, donated to the City of Portland by Percival Baxter’s father – James Phinney Baxter.

Thoreau Spring – Sedge Meadow Review

Thoreau Spring - Sedge Meadow Review
Thoreau Spring – Sedge Meadow Review

I went on a hike to Thoreau Spring to check the efforts of the Park in rehabilitating eroded and braided hiking in the area with BSP Staff Jean Hoekwater and Rick Morril as well as BSP Advisors Laurie Nale, Tom Goetz, Carla Ritchie on August 21.

With the visit, the Park has drawn the work plans for the next 10 years. Most notably, we will add some string fencing on some parts of the Abol Trail near Thoreau Spring, along with some useful signs to educate visitors on resource protection.

Lastly, I had a chance to re-install the plaque commemorating Henry David Thoreau, which disappeared from the site some time ago. I was grateful to the help of John Crowley and Bill Greaves of the Maine Forest Service.

Huber Parcel Draft Assimilation Plan

Huber Parcel Draft Assimilation Plan
Huber Parcel Draft Assimilation Plan

After carrying out comprehensive examinations of the parcel, we have crafted a draft assimilation plan for the parcel of land, which Huber Corporation donated to the Park in January, 2012.

Many thanks to Holly Hamilton and Jim Page for their important contributions as adjoining manager and landowner respectively. Most of all, we want to thank Huber Corporation and Family for their donation to Baxter State Park and Maine People.

The Baxter State Park Authority will review the draft plan and arrive at a conclusion at their scheduled meeting on October 5 at Kidney Pond Campground. You can always read the draft on-line on our website at the ‘Park Reports’ section.

Business

Feel free to contact Christine Theriault or Jean Howes at 207-723-9616 if you need help
Feel free to contact Christine Theriault or Jean Howes at 207-723-9616 if you need help

Reminder: All staff need to complete the online Health Assessment by September 14, 2012. Feel free to contact Christine Theriault or Jean Howes at 207-723-9616 if you need help.

As the Christmas and Birthday card contest begins, we are looking forward to your participation. Send your pictures for our 2012 Christmas card and our 2013 Birthday card.

  • The picture can be either a painting, a drawing, or a photo taken by the Park employee.
  • It must be painted, drawn, or taken in Baxter State Park this year.
  • A person can only submit three pictures at maximum per contest.
  • You must not disturb animals to take the picture.
  • Entries will be accepted until October 5, 2012.
  • Voting will begin from October 6 to noontime October 18.

March 2010 Newsletter

From The Director

New Park Carpenter - We are pleased to announce that Craig Kennedy will work as the new Baxter Park Carpenter
New Park Carpenter – We are pleased to announce that Craig Kennedy will work as the new Baxter Park Carpenter

New Park Carpenter – We are pleased to announce that Craig Kennedy will work as the new Baxter Park Carpenter. With 20 years of carpentry and business, he has made a seamless transition into his new position.

We believe the Gatehouse crew will appreciate his work on Togue Pond Gatehouse renovations when the Park opens on May 15. Many thanks to Wayne Brook for his assistance through the transition to the new Park carpenter.

New Forester I – We are pleased to introduce Deidra Brace as the new Forester I for Baxter State Park. Deidra Brace will begin her work on May 3, and we hope you all can join extending a warm welcome to her.

The Baxter State Park Advisory Committee – The Park Advisory has invested great efforts in handling many policy issues.

At the meantime, the Advisory is considering issues surrounding the use of Stump Pond and Sandy Stream Pond. Next month, they will present a review of the Fiscal Year 2011 operating budget of the Park.

Operations

This winter felt really busy, given the full parking lots and crammed trails and campgrounds
This winter felt really busy, given the full parking lots and crammed trails and campgrounds

This winter felt really busy, given the full parking lots and crammed trails and campgrounds. Fortunately, the Operations staff rose to the challenge with hard work and a team spirit.

Spring has come to the southern end of the park, with deer and moose flocking to the bare ground to feed on the green shoots, and visitors seeking bare patches and open streams. As of St. Patrick’s Day, the northern end is still in winter, but there are some early signs of Spring too.

We are getting ready for the upcoming spring and summer season with tons of budget meetings scheduled in the next month.

Information/Education

we are currently trying to add more information to the premier issue of WildNote
we are currently trying to add more information to the premier issue of WildNotes

At the moment, we are currently trying to add more information to the premier issue of WildNotes, which will be handed out to each entering vehicle. Also, we have archived and added more than 300 historic and natural history photos to our digital files on the Park server.

Another education project includes the construction of an information board near the old bunkhouse site so that all visitors can find the new location with ease. We hope to complete the project for the upcoming season.

We want to thank BSP Carpenter Craig Kennedy and all operations staff for lending a hand in the construction phase of this project.

We would like to introduce two new interns for the season – the early SCA intern and Wilderness Educator Intern: Heather Day and Erica Kaufmann. The remaining SCA Backcountry Intern will be hired by the end of April.

Business

We have introduced some change to the fees for camping to simplify the reservation process
We have introduced some change to the fees for camping to simplify the reservation process

We have introduced some change to the fees for camping to simplify the reservation process. Take a look at the new pricing.

Baxter State Park 2010 Fees

Site Transfers

Lean-tos

Tent Sites

Bunkhouse (per person)

(South Branch Pond is a per person rate only)

 

$15.00

$30.00/night

$30.00/night

$11.00

 

Cabins

2 person cabin

3 person cabin

4 person cabin

6 person cabin

 

$55.00/night

$75.00/night

$100.00/night

$130.00/night

Group Areas

Per person

Group site minimum

 

$7.00

$42.00

Fees Paid at Gate

Entrance Pass (per vehicle)

Season Pass

 

$14.00

$39.00

You can see that the season pass and entrance fee have been increased by $1.00.

Volunteers

We are always grateful to the volunteers who devote their time and experience to help us
We are always grateful to the volunteers who devote their time and experience to help us

We are always grateful to the volunteers who devote their time and experience to help us. Thanks to:

  • Nick Record, Astrid Tsang, Christine Selman, Will Toubman, Gabe Perkins and Jessie Seymour – who painted the boundary line;
  • Tracey Osborne – who helped in winter-hauling;
  • Dr. Aaron Weiskittel, Dr. Jeremy Wilson, and Dr. Bob Seymour and PhD candidate Wil Mercier – faculty members of University of Maine School of Forest Resources who assisted us with the database and presentation.

December 2009 Newsletter

From The Director

As the Christmas season approaches, we have been working with the Friends of Baxter to design the Baxter Park Calendar
As the Christmas season approaches, we have been working with the Friends of Baxter to design the Baxter Park Calendar

As the Christmas season approaches, we have been working with the Friends of Baxter to design the Baxter Park Calendar. I am glad to report that the number of photos submitted to the Park has grown significantly over the years, in both quantity and quality.

Several staff including Mike Martin, Brendan Curran, Kevin Osborne, and Liz Hutson will see their work on the calendar. The contribution of our staff is what makes the calendar a true Baxter Park Calendar. Many thanks to you all!

We are hiring for several positions including the Forester 1, the Park Carpenter, and two BSP Ranger 1 positions. On the other hand, Greg Hamer will be added to the staff personnel in January, February, and March at Chimney Pond.

A meeting will be held on December 8 at Bolton Hill with the attendance of Baxter State Park Authority. The Authority will consider a draft plan about replacing the building and radio tower with a new one, and the Office of Information Technology will manage the process.

Operations

The course was about inland search, rescue theory and its application with a focus on wilderness
The course was about inland search, rescue theory and its application with a focus on wilderness

Chief Ranger Ben Woodard and Park Ranger Rob Tice enrolled in a 5 day Inland SAR Course hosted at Acadia National Park on October 19-23, 2009. The course was about inland search, rescue theory and its application with a focus on wilderness.

The training will contribute to search operations carried out by Baxter State Park and the Maine Warden Service.

Business

The meeting held on October 16 was a great event when all the park staff gathered and had the evening dinner at the Big Moose Inn
The meeting held on October 16 was a great event when all the park staff gathered and had the evening dinner at the Big Moose Inn

The meeting held on October 16 was a great event when all the park staff gathered and had the evening dinner at the Big Moose Inn. It was great to hear the story of such an interesting speaker as John Neff.

The winter of the Christmas and Birthday card contest was Mike Martin. Congratulations Mike!

October 2009 Newsletter

From The Director

Transitions - After 40 years working in Baxter State Park, Ranger Bob Howes has decided to accept the retirement offer
Transitions – After 40 years working in Baxter State Park, Ranger Bob Howes has decided to accept the retirement offer

Baxter State Park Employee and Manager of the Year Awards – I am pleased to announce the winners of the Baxter State Park Manager of the Year and Employee of the Year – Jodi and Mac Browning, respectively.

Please join me in sending sincere congratulations to both excellent staff for their valuable service to Baxter State Park.

Transitions – After 40 years working in Baxter State Park, Ranger Bob Howes has decided to accept the retirement offer. He began working in the Park as a laborer in 1969, and continued working as a ranger years after.

Bob Howes won the Baxter State Park Manager of the Year award in 2006 and has made great contributions to the implementation of solar power use in the Park. Please join me in congratulating Bob and wishing him all good fortune in the future.

Another transition was the retirement of Albert Rickards – the former Park Carpenter. He joined the Park in 1985 and since then, he has devoted himself to almost every building construction in the Park. We wish Albert success and health in the years to come.

Operations

In early June, the BSP seasonal staff and volunteers took on a project to build new picnic tables
In early June, the BSP seasonal staff and volunteers took on a project to build new picnic tables

In early June, the BSP seasonal staff and volunteers took on a project to build new picnic tables. Words went out and CRI’s Isaac Needell, Dean Levasseur, Andy Vietze, as well as Trail Crew Leader Skip Martin, came to help. There are many more volunteers who lent a hand, and we would like to thank all who contributed to such a huge project.

Business

The Birthday and Christmas card contest is about to take place
The Birthday and Christmas card contest is about to take place

The Birthday and Christmas card contest is about to take place. Take your time to think about the pictures you want to submit. I am looking forward to meeting you all at the fall meeting on October 16.

Information/Education

The little kids could learn how to make your own animal out of plaster
The little kids could learn how to make your own animal out of plaster

This season, we have hosted many evening and children programs.

In the summer program by Mary Beth Varney, the children have learned about the history of the place, while during the ‘Follow the Footsteps’ program by Liz, the little kids could learn how to make your own animal out of plaster.

With evening programs, Joe Wiegand portrayed Theodore Roosevelt and gave a talk about his life and visits to the North Woods. Also, John Neff brought the history of the Katahdin to life by stories of the past.

The Bottom Line

Above are all about the Park Newsletter. I hope you found interesting information here, and if there are any questions, do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

Thank you!