AG Rowe Statement On Retirement Of Buzz Caverly From Baxter State Park

June 21, 2005

Today at Baxter State Park Headquarters in Millinocket, long-time Baxter State Park Director Irvin "Buzz" Caverly announced his decision to retire. Caverly announced that he will retire on July 1 after more than 46 years of employment with the Park. Caverly has served as the Park's Director since 1981. Caverly made his announcement before a gathering of the Baxter State Park Authority and staff.

The members of the Baxter State Park Authority, the governing body of the Park, praised Director Caverly for his long, distinguished career. Authority members are Attorney General Steve Rowe, Commissioner Dan Martin of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Director Alec Giffen of the Maine Forest Service.

Following Caverly's retirement announcement, Authority Chair Steve Rowe stated, "Words cannot adequately describe the positive impact that Buzz Caverly has had on Baxter State Park. Governor Baxter entrusted a magnificent resource to the people of Maine. No human being has done more to protect that magnificent resource than Buzz Caverly."

Rowe also stated, "The people of Maine owe a great debt of gratitude to Buzz Caverly. His tireless devotion to duty and commitment to protect and preserve Baxter State Park are legend."

Rowe said that the Authority has appointed the Director of the Park's Scientific Forestry Management Area, Jensen Bissell, to serve as Interim Park Director until a permanent Director is named. Caverly will work with Bissell to assure a smooth transition.