The 1999 closing of Sherman Lumber Co. and the 2002 bankruptcy of Great Northern
The 1999 closing of Sherman Lumber Co. and the 2002 bankruptcy of Great Northern Paper in Millinocket forced some residents to leave Patten, a small town built on the lumber industry and now dependent on tourism. It is located in the North Woods, 24 miles from Baxter State Park, and the fall hunting season is big business. Lately, residents say, timber lands are being sold to new buyers who don't cut wood or allow recreation. Burt's Bees co-founder, Roxanne Quimby, purchased an entire township between Patten and Baxter State Park and banned campfires, hunting, ATVs, and snowmobiles. A coalition of area residents is working with her and other landowners to ease the transition.
Sherman Lumber Co Sherman Station, Great Northern Paper Company, Land ownership
Fiske, Brian, "The 1999 closing of Sherman Lumber Co. and the 2002 bankruptcy of Great Northern" (2005). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 2947.
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