Photo Credit: Ardis Hacker


Baxter State Park Calendar

Friends publishes the annual Baxter State Park calendar in partnership with Baxter State Park and Maine Scene, a family-owned business in Union, Maine. The calendar features photos taken in the Park during all twelve months of the year. Calendars are available for purchase in our store, and at retail outlets throughout Maine.

Forever Wild

Forever Wild, our newsletter for members, is a quarterly publication with a print circulation of about 1,200, and an electronic circulation of 800. Each issue contains updates on Baxter State Park, upcoming events and activities, photography, letters to the editor, trip reports, and more. The current editor is Richard Klain. To subscribe to Forever Wild, become a member of Friends of Baxter State Park. Forever Wild is also available in limited quantities at our network of distribution locations in the Katahdin Region. We also maintain an online archive of Forever Wild back to the first issue in 2002.

Plants of Baxter State Park

By Glen H. Mittelhauser, Jensen Bissell, Don Cameron, Alison C. Dibble, Arthur Haines, Jean Hoekwater, Marilee Lovit, and Aaron Megquier.

Maine’s Baxter State Park is one of the most ecologically diverse and beautiful protected sites in the Northeastern United States. The Plants of Baxter State Park presents scientific descriptions of 857 plant species. This extensively researched guide also includes useful keys, illustrated plant-family sections, an informative introduction, a glossary of botanical terms, an extensive index of scientifc and common names, and over 2,000 full-color photographs. This book was published on August 23, 2016 by the University of Maine Press, in association with Friends of Baxter State Park, Baxter State Park, and the Maine Natural History Observatory.

Know Before You Go

Our popular Know Before You Go brochure provides key information for visitors to Baxter State Park. This brochure is available at all seven official State of Maine Visitor Information Centers, the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, and Baxter State Park headquarters. You can download a printer-friendly version of our 2017 brochure here. We would also be happy to send you a copy in the mail - please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request one.

Governor Baxter's Magnificent Obsession: A Documentary History of Baxter State Park 1931 - 2006

By Howard R. Whitcomb

Governor Baxter's Magnificent Obsession is an essential reference work for anyone interested in Baxter State Park. This volume features an excellent historical essay on the creation of the Park, the complete Deeds of Trust, documentation on land acquisitions after Baxter's death, maps, and useful annotations throughout. Published by Friends of Baxter State Park, 2008.

Percival P. Baxter's Vision for Baxter State Park

Compiled by Howard R. Whitcomb

Baxter State Park is unique in the annals of land conservation in the United States. This four-volume set is the definitive reference on the creation of Baxter State Park, from vision to completion. Containing thousands of pages of primary sources, this work was compiled by Howard R. Whitcomb after years of exhaustive research. It was published by Friends of Baxter State Park in 2005, with a reprint in 2008. Copies are available to the public in a range of locations:


Augusta - Maine State Library (2 copies), Law and Legislative Reference Library

Bangor - Bangor Public Library

Bar Harbor - College of the Atlantic Library

Brunswick - Bowdoin College Library

Lewiston - Bates College Library

Machias - Merrill Library, University of Maine at Machias

Millinocket - Millinocket Memorial Library

Orono - Folger Library, University of Maine at Orono

Portland - Cumberland County Law Library (Cleaves Library), Glickman Library at University of Southern Maine, Maine Historical Society, Portland Public Library

Presque Isle - Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library

Unity - Quimby Library at Unity College

Waterville - Colby College Library

Wiscasset - Roger Tory Peterson Library at The Chewonki Foundation


Boston - Appalachian Mountain Club Library


Burlington - Bailey-Howe Library at University of Vermont