The Battle to Create a New National Park: A Conversation with Lucas St. Clair


Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Darman Room (Taubman 135), Harvard Kennedy School

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135
Harvard Kennedy School


Join us for a roundtable discussion with Lucas St. Clair, president of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. on the battle to create a new National Park.

Speaker Information:

Lucas St. Clair led the campaign to conserve Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Overcoming opposition from Governor LePage and President Trump, over many years, he set up a card table at the East Millinocket dump and stood at the end of grocery store lines so he could hear people’s concerns and engage in dialogue. His family foundation donated the 87,563 acres land to the National Park Service the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The lands is valued at $60 million and the family agreed to donate an additional $20 million to fund initial operations and a commitment of $20 million in future support.

Lucas St. Clair grew up in a log cabin in Maine and is the son of Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burt’s Bees.  He is the President of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., a private operating foundation whose mission is to advance the dynamic relationship of innovative land conservation and community-based economic development in Maine and serves on the boards of the Quimby Family Foundation, Maine Conservation Voters, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, and The National Park Foundation’s National Council.

Rand Wentworth teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School and serves as the Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership at the Center for Public Leadership. From 2002-2016, he served as president of the Land Trust Alliance, a federation of over 1000 environmental organizations with 8,000 staff, 16,000 board members and 4.6 million members. Wentworth has testified before Congress three times and lobbied Congress to pass landmark legislation to increase tax incentives for conservation easements. Mr. Wentworth was the founding director of the Atlanta office of the Trust for Public Land where he tripled the size of the national park honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and completed a $143 million capital campaign and protected 70 miles of river frontage. Prior to his career in conservation, Mr. Wentworth was president of a commercial real estate development company. He has published over 50 columns, essays and articles. He holds a BA Literature from Yale University and an MBA in Finance and Public Policy from Cornell University.

Please note, there are a limited number of seats available. With this, the event is first-come, first-served.


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