Defend Katahdin Woods & Waters
The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Maine’s monument on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI is seeking comments during a 60-day public comment period. Depending on the outcome of this process, DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s national monument be changed, or possibly even abolished.
We must not let this happen! Submit comments today at https://nrcm.salsalabs.org/kwwcomments.
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, and, fishing, and on the east side of Monument, hunting and snowmobiling. 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: As of May 13, 2017 only the North Entrance (via the Matagamon Rd.) is open to vehicular access at this time and the National Park Service urges drivers to use caution as the roads dry out. You are welcome to hike, bike, and otherwise access the Monument where conditions permit.
NRCM’s members, activists, and staff have a connection to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument that 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.
If you have questions about the KWWNM, check out "Related Resources" below. 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