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 is also donating $20 million and committed to raising an additional $20 million in support of the Monument. 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.
On April 26, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order taking the unprecedented step of reviewing all National Monuments exceeding 100,000 acres, which have been designated since January 1, 1996. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was added to the list after Governor LePage lobbied the President and, in testimony before Congress, falsely claimed the majority of Mainers opposed the designation. The result of the review is due by Aug. 24, 2017.
The truth is, KWWNM is already helping to 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 and Maine’s North Woods, special ecological features, and extensive, nationally important, 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 25, 2017 the North Entrance (via the Matagamon Rd.) and the Loop Road are open to vehicular access. 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 or Ryan Parker, NRCM Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator at email@example.com or (207) 430-0144.