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The Creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument: A Conversation with Lucas St Clair

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm View more Events

View from Deasey Mountain. Photo by Bill Duffy.The designation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in August 2016 marked the culmination of many years of work by advocates for a new national park in Maine. In this program, you will learn how Lucas St. Clair, President of Elliotsville Plantation, and supporters argued that the new monument would not only preserve 87,563 acres of valuable wilderness, but would also being economic opportunities through eco-tourism & federal investment.

Suggested donation is $2 per person. Please meet in Mather Auditorium and feel free to bring your bag lunch to eat during the presentation.

Lucas St. Clair was born and raised into a subsistence living family in the North Woods of Maine, with no running water or electricity for most of his childhood. He left that lifestyle to attend a boarding school in the Western Mountains of Maine and went on to study abroad, pursuing a Culinary Arts degree at Le Cordon Bleu in London. Lucas worked in the beginning of his career in the restaurant and wine industry in New York City, Maine, and Seattle.

Lucas St. ClairIn 2011, Lucas took over his family’s operating foundation, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI). EPI owns 125,000 acres of timberland in Northern and central Maine that they have been purchasing since 1998. They have been managing the land and adding infrastructure for recreation over the last several years. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, President Barack Obama accepted the gift of 89,000 acres of land from EPI and created the newest unit of the National Park Service, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, on August 24, 2016. Lucas and EPI continue to play a role in the development of the region and enhancing the community’s ability to capitalize on the newly realized asset.

Beyond the restaurant industry and land conservation, Lucas has a strong interest in outdoor pursuits. He has hiked the Appalachian Trail, paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, taken a NOLS semester in Patagonia and has climbed peaks in Alaska, Washington, Peru, Chile and Argentina. He has also worked as a fly fishing guide and helped Eddie Bauer with designing fishing apparel. He has had the great fortune to fish in some of the most beautiful waters in the world.

Lucas lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and two children.


Date & Time

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Regular Price: $2.00
Discounted Price: $2.00

For Wells Reserve programs, members of Laudholm Trust enjoy discount pricing.
Discounts offered for other programs, if any, are included in the full description above.


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