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Obama Appoints Quimby to Promote National Park Service

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Roxanne Quimby has been appointed by the Obama administration to the board of directors of the National Park Foundation. Quimby has been buying tens of thousands of acres of land in Maine to flip to the Federal government in order to eliminate private property rights. This political appointment puts Quimby into an influential position along with other viros in the Obama administration to promote the agenda for a Federal takeover of rural Maine to replace private ownership and local government with Federal forced wilderness preservation.

The National Park Foundation was created by Congress in the 1960s as a quasi-private lobbying and fund-raising organization to promote the National Park Service. It was originally funded and initiated by Laurence Rockefeller. The Board is controlled by the government. According the NPF, it consists of a

"Board having as members the Secretary of the Interior, the Director of the National Park Service, ex officio, and no less than six private citizens of the United States appointed by the Secretary of the Interior whose initial terms shall be staggered to assure continuity of administration."

Quimby told Yankee Magazine in 2008:

“To me, ownership and private property were the beginning of the end in this country. Once the Europeans came in, drawing lines and dividing things up, things started getting exploited and overconsumed. But a park takes away the whole issue of ownership. It's off the table; we all own it and we all share it. It's so democratic.“

This is the NPF press release. Notice how much is left out:

The National Park Foundation Welcomes Three New Directors To Its Board

- Jeremy Jaech, Roxanne Quimby, and David Shaw Announced As Newest Directors To The National Park Foundation Board -

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation announced the appointment of three new directors to its board. The appointments were made by Secretary of the Interior and National Park Foundation Board Chair Ken Salazar. Jeremy Jaech, Roxanne Quimby, David Shaw will join the NPF Board, providing additional expertise to the Foundation as it executes its mission to strengthen the connection between the American people and their national parks.

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"We are thrilled to welcome Jeremy Jaech, Roxanne Quimby, and David Shaw to the National Park Foundation's Board of Directors," said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of National Park Foundation. "Each brings a unique and valuable perspective and skill set to the board, along with a shared passion for America's National Parks."

Jeremy Jaech leads Verdiem's corporate development and strategy as its CEO. He was also co-founder and CEO of Visio, which was acquired by Microsoft Corporation in 2000. Jeremy began his entrepreneurial path by co-founding Aldus Corporation in 1984, which was acquired by Adobe in 1994.

Jeremy has contributed as a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory operated by the Battelle Memorial Institute. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington.

Roxanne Quimby, known for her eco-friendly personal-care product line Burt's Bees, is also a passionate protector of Maine's northern and coastal forests. Her non-profit foundation, Elliotsville Plantation Inc., has bought and conserved approximately 120,000 acres of wild lands in Maine Woods at risk of or already damaged by logging for timber. The foundation focuses on creating a landscape of protected preserves and works to restore native plant and animal species such as the wolf, lynx and salmon.

David E. Shaw is General Partner of Black Point Group. He has been active in building successful entrepreneurial businesses and supporting a number of non-profit causes/organizations. He is the founder and retired CEO of IDEXX Laboratories, the founding CEO and chair of Ikaria Holdings, a director of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, a director of Sapphire Energy, chair of Direct Vet Marketing, former chair of The Jackson Laboratory, treasurer of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and active in many other organizations.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION You are the part-owner of 84 million acres of the world's most treasured landscapes, ecosystems and historical sites -- all protected in America's nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to help connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.

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Media Contact:
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SOURCE National Park Foundation