"The multi-millionaire disarmed her critics, who thought they'd have to deal with a patchouli-scented eccentric. What they found was a woman who thinks big, but is a pragmatic problem-solver; someone who has strong ideals, but is willing to compromise; a self-made businesswoman who's willing to put up her own millions to achieve her conservation goals.
[One of her sharpest critics, George Smith, former executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine has come] " ... to respect and admire her.
'I was one of her harshest critics, so it's really rather remarkable,' he said. 'In the end, it's her land and she'll do whatever suits her. But at least she's listening.'
If she can win support, Quimby wants to time her donation in five years to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. It would be her gift, her legacy.
The Park Service is intrigued by Quimby's idea, especially since it believes the Northeast is underserved. The last time a large national park was created was in Alaska in the 1980s during the Carter administration."*
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