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Park Director Meets with Leaders in Katahdin Region about Monument Proposal

Susan Sharon
Sen. Angus King, standing, and Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, seated to King's left, at a meeting today in East Millinocket.

MILLINOCKET, Maine - The director of the National Park Service is in Maine today to listen to concerns about the possible designation of 90,000 acres of private land in the Katahdin region as a National Monument.

Jonathan Jarvis will participate in the forum being held in East Millinocket. He spoke to Maine Public Radio's Susan Sharon in Millinocket this morning about his visit, and about how he would answer critics who fear that a monument designation by the president would restrict economic development in the area, which has been hurt by troubles in the paper-making industry.

Jarvis will also appear at a public forum at the University of Maine, in Orono, this evening at 5:00.