On August 24, 2016, President Barack Obama designated about 87,500 acres east of Baxter State Park as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (KWWNM). Landowner Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI), a non-profit foundation founded by Burt’s Bees entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby, donated the property to the United States. EPI also donated a $20 million endowment and committed to raising an additional $20 million to support monument operations. NRCM played a central role in this campaign, working with citizens in the Katahdin region and across Maine to conserve this spectacular piece of Maine’s North Woods.
The KWWNM will help revitalize the economy of nearby towns while permanently conserving a portion of Maine’s iconic forests, safeguarding more than 30 miles of pristine rivers and streams, and protecting prime habitat for beloved and rare wildlife. The monument offers spectacular views of Katahdin, special ecological features, and extensive Maine historic and cultural resources.
The national monument is open to visitors, with opportunities for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, fishing, and hunting, among others. Learn more about how to enjoy our new public lands here and plan your visit using our list of local accommodations and maps of the property. Please note: The Katahdin Loop Road is now closed for the winter season. The north entrance to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is now closed to motorized travel at the Matagamon kiosk. You are welcome to hike, bike, and ski when conditions permit. Trail grooming begins after January 3 ,2017.
NRCM’s members, activists, and staff’s connection to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument runs deep. We are committed to playing an active role in developing the monument’s management plan, and to ensuring an appropriate balance between conservation and public use. The management planning process will extend over the next three years. Click here for more information about the listening sessions regarding the management plan process.
If you have questions about the KWWNM, click on the “Additional Related Resources” drop down at the right. Alternatively, you can contact Cathy Johnson, NRCM Forests & Wildlife Project Director at firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 430-0109; Eliza Donoghue, NRCM Forests & Wildlife Policy Advocate and Outreach Coordinator at email@example.com or (207) 430-0118; or Ryan Parker, NRCM Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 430-0144.
Banner photo: View from Lunksoos Mountain by Bill Duffy