A New National Park & Recreation Area in Northern Maine

Katahdin Woods and Waters official logoAugust 24, 2016 Update: President Obama has designated more than 87,500 acres of land donated by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. and located within the proposed national park and recreation area as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument! Check out this video from the White House of this historic event. When you’re done, visit the brand new National Park Service website here and be sure to join us in thanking President Obama!

The National Monument will be managed by the National Park Service in a manner similar to what has been proposed for the National Park and National Recreation Area.

View a timeline of the history of the land and the campaign that led to the designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

View maps of and get directions to the new National Monument.

We have created a list of local accommodations, restaurants, and places to get supplies if you are headed to the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. View the list here.

Background:

NRCM supports the creation of a new National Park and National Recreation Area on up to 150,000 acres of forestland east of Baxter State Park, as proposed by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI). This proposal has evolved considerably since 2011, based on significant input from residents and businesses in the Katahdin region, and now has earned the support of organizations such as the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bangor City Council, Maine Innkeepers Association, and Katahdin Area Rotary Club.

NRCM is pleased to be working with residents and businesses in the Katahdin region, and the majority of people across Maine, to advance what could become a major new destination in our state and asset for our economy. We have been meeting with a broad range of people to listen to their views, answer questions, and build support.

As part of the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary in 2016, there is a possibility that President Obama will use his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate land owned by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. as a National Monument as a first step toward a National Park and National Recreation Area. Many of our most beloved national parks, including Acadia, the Grand Canyon, and Zion were initially designated as national monuments. The goal is to incorporate all of the specific provisions relating to the National Park and National Recreation Area into the National Monument.

If you have questions about the proposed National Park and National Recreation Area, would like to visit the land, are interested in contacting Maine’s Congressional delegation, or would like to have someone come speak to your group about the proposed National Park and National Recreation Area, click on the “Additional Related Resources” drop down at the right. Alternatively, you can contact Cathy Johnson, NRCM Forests and Wildlife Project Director at cjohnson@nrcm.org (207) 430-0109; Eliza Donoghue, NRCM Forests and Wildlife Policy Advocate and Outreach Coordinator at eliza@nrcm.org or (207) 430-0118; or Ryan Parker, NRCM Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator at rparker@nrcm.org or (207) 430-0144.

 

Banner photo: Moon Over Katahdin by Bill Duffy