The White House announced the president, using his Antiquities Act authority, designated 87,500 acres of land in north central Maine as a national monument. The Antiquities Act empowers the president to designate national monuments from public lands. Obama has used this authority liberally, assigning over 265 million acres of public land the monument designation during his tenure.
Maine land donated by Burt’s Bees founder is new national monument …
Aug 24, 2016 – President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the founder of Burt’s Bees, fulfilling conservationist Roxanne Quimby’s goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Co-founder of Burt’s Bees says he was ousted
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Burt vs Roxanne
Shavitz, 79, grew up around New York, served in the Army in Germany and shot photos for Time-Life before leaving New York for the backwoods of Maine.
He was a hippie making a living by selling honey when his life was altered by a chance encounter with a hitchhiking Quimby. She was a single mother and a back-to-the-lander who impressed Shavitz with her ingenuity and self-sufficiency.
She began making products from his beeswax, and they became partners. An image of Burt’s face — and his untamed beard — was featured on labels.
The partnership ended on a sour note after the business moved in 1994 to North Carolina, where it continued to expand before Shavitz was given the boot. These days, he makes occasional promotional appearances on the company’s behalf.