Photo Credit: Billy Fay

Mission & History

Friends of Baxter State Park is an independent citizen group with a mission to preserve, support, and enhance the wilderness character of Baxter State Park in the spirit of its founder, Governor Percival Baxter.

Founded in 2000, Friends has grown over the past sixteen years into a vibrant organization and a trusted partner for Baxter State Park. We have an engaged membership, a full-time Executive Director, and a dedicated Board of Directors. Our key programs include:

Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program: FBSP created this program in 2009 to cultivate the next generation of wilderness leaders. Each August, ten Maine high school students spend nine days backpacking in the Park, working with two highly qualified leaders and more than a dozen specialists.

Trails Support: FBSP funded the first trails inventory of Baxter State Park in 2011. We have provided over $200,000 trails funding for Baxter State Park, including a major effort to reopen the Abol Trail, which was badly damaged in a landslide in 2014.

Advocacy and Education: FBSP monitors policy developments that affect Baxter State Park, and advocates for Governor Baxter’s Forever Wild vision. We maintain a full schedule of public events to share information relevant to wilderness values in the Park.

Biodiversity Research: FBSP is one of the lead organizations on the Plants of Baxter State Park project, a five-year effort to inventory the entire flora of the Park. We are publishing a field guide to all plant species found in the Park, developing a plant database for Park managers, and creating a baseline for monitoring the effects of climate change.

Volunteerism: FBSP helps connect enthusiastic volunteers with critical maintenance and staffing needs in Baxter State Park. Thanks to funding from a Patagonia Environmental Grant in 2013, we were able to hire a part-time Volunteer Coordinator.

Publications: In addition to our quarterly newsletter Forever Wild, FBSP publishes books, calendars, and brochures that help support the wilderness values of Baxter State Park.

Search and Rescue: FBSP supports wilderness rescue capacity in the Park. We have donated rescue equipment and provided more than $3,000 in scholarships for Park rangers and volunteers to attend specialized, high-angle rescue training.

Key Documents

Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Maine. As a membership organization, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. You may download our organizational documents below:

Bylaws - Revised April 12, 2014
Articles of Incorporation
501(c)(3) Letter of Determination from the IRS
Public Charity Determination from the IRS

Chronology of Activities

Our historian has prepared a chronology of Friends activities since 2000. This list is not comprehensive, but it does provide an overview of our growth as an organization, and our charitable work on behalf of Baxter State Park.

2000

Board of Directors: John W. Neff, President; John Howard, Vice President; Joanne McPhee, Secretary; Don Hudson, Treasurer; William Bentley, Holly Dominie, Clint Dyer, David R. Getchell, Sr., Eric Hendrickson, Charlie Jacobi, Howard Lake, Pat Murtagh, Jon Tierney.
Membership Manager: Barbara Bentley

2001

FBSP continued the process of formation, established bylaws, and held its first Annual Meeting in Fairfield, Maine.

Board of Directors: John W. Neff, President; John Howard, Vice President; Joanne McPhee, Secretary; Don Hudson, Treasurer; William Bentley, Holly Dominie, Clint Dyer, David R. Getchell, Sr., Eric Hendrickson, Charlie Jacobi, Howard Lake, Pat Murtagh, Jon Tierney.
Membership Manager: Barbara Bentley

2002

Board of Directors: Holly Dominie, President; Howard Lake, Vice President; Joanne McPhee, Secretary; Don Hudson, Treasurer; William Bentley, Clint Dyer, David R. Getchell, Sr., Eric Hendrickson, Charlie Jacobi, Howard Lake, Pat Murtagh, Jon Tierney.

2003

Board of Directors: Holly Dominie, President; David R. Getchell, Sr., Vice President; Joanne McPhee, Secretary; Don Hudson, Treasurer; William Bentley, Sally Daggett, Clint Dyer, Charlie Jacobi, Sandra Johnson, Howard Lake, Pat Murtagh, John Neff, Ken Spalding, Cindy Swan, Jon Tierney.

2004

Board of Directors: Charlie Jacobi, President; David R. Getchell, Sr., Vice President; Sally Daggett, Secretary; Don Hudson, Treasurer; William Bentley, Holly Dominie, Clint Dyer, Sandra Johnson, Howard Lake, John Loyd, Pat Murtagh, John Neff, Ken Spalding, Jon Tierney.

2005

Board of Directors: Charlie Jacobi, President; Ken Spalding, Vice President; Sally Daggett; Don Hudson, Treasurer; William Bentley, Holly Dominie, Clint Dyer, Sandra Johnson, Howard Lake, John Loyd, Linda McKee, John Neff, Ken Spalding, Jon Tierney.
Administrative Manager: Mary Cooke

2006

Board of Directors: Charlie Jacobi, President; Ken Spalding, Vice President; Sally Daggett; Don Hudson, Treasurer; William Bentley, Steve Cartwright, Al Howlett, Howard Lake, Anne Huntington, Linda McKee, John Neff, Ken Spalding, Rex Turner, Howard Whitcomb.

2007

Board of Directors: Barbara Bentley, President; Ken Spalding, Vice President; Sally Daggett, Secretary; Al Howlett, Treasurer; Chip Ahrens, Steve Cartwright, Don Hudson, Anne Huntington, Charlie Jacobi, Lester Kenway, Howard Lake, Linda McKee, Rex Turner, Howard Whitcomb, Chaitanya York.

2008

Board of Directors: Barbara Bentley, President; Ken Spalding, Vice President; Sally Daggett, Secretary; Al Howlett, Treasurer; Chip Ahrens, Don Hudson, Anne Huntington, Charlie Jacobi, Lester Kenway, Howard Lake, Linda McKee, Rex Turner, Howard Whitcomb, Chaitanya York.

2009

Board of Directors: Barbara Bentley, President; Ken Spalding, Vice President, Howard Whitcomb, Secretary; Al Howlett, Treasurer; Chip Ahrens, Henry Beeuwkes, Denise Clavette, Anne Huntington, Lester Kenway, Jonathan Milne, Jym St. Pierre, Ralph Pope, Rex Turner, Milt Wright, Chaitanya York.

2010

Board of Directors: Barbara Bentley, President; Howard Whitcomb, Vice President; Denise Clavette, Secretary; Al Howlett, Treasurer; Henry Beeuwkes, Donna Betts, Lindsay Burgoine, Anne Huntington, Charlie Jacobi, Jym St. Pierre, Ralph Pope, Sally Daggett, Mike Stillman, Milt Wright, Chaitanya York.

2011

Board of Directors: Barbara Bentley, President; Chaitanya York,Vice President; Al Howlett, Treasurer; Denise Clavette, Secretary; Henry Beeuwkes, Lindsey Bourgione, Sally Dagget, Bruce Hancock, Anne Huntington,  Charlie Jacobi, Bob Johnston, Dick Klain, Ralph Pope, Jym St. Pierre, Mike Stillman, Howard Whitcomb, Milt Wright.

2012


Board of Directors: Charlie Jacobi, President; Chaitanya York, Vice President; Dick Klain, Secretary; Al Howlett, Treasurer; Henry Beeuwkes; Lindsey Bourgione, Bruce Hancock, Anne Huntington, Bob Johnston, John Loyd, Jamie Renaud, Jym St. Pierre, Mike Stillman, Milt Wright.

2013

Board of Directors: Charlie Jacobi, President; Dick Klain, Vice President; Gary Friedmann, Treasurer; Milt Wright, Secretary; Jim Andrews, Henry Beeuwkes, Alec Giffen, Jill Ippoliti, Bob Johnston, Jim Mroch, Jamie Renaud, Jym St. Pierre, Karin Tilberg.

2014

Board of Directors: Charlie Jacobi, President; Dick Klain, Vice President; Milt Wright, Secretary; Gary Friedmann, Treasurer; Jim Andrews, Henry Beeuwkes, Kelli Corrigan, Alec Giffen, Jill Ippoliti, Bob Johnston, Paul Labbe, Jim Mroch, Jamie Renaud, Jym St. Pierre, Karin Tilberg.

2015

Board of Directors: Dick Klain, President; Jill Ippoliti, Vice President; Gary Friedmann, Treasurer; Jym St. Pierre, Secretary; Jim Andrews, Ellen Baum, Henry Beeuwkes, Jerry Bley, Alec Giffen, Bob Johnston, Jim Mroch, Jamie Renaud, Karin Tilberg, Josie Quintrell, Andy Walsh.