Katahdin Woods and Waters

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Supporters of Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument say a leaked memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to the White House is confusing and only creates more economic uncertainty in the region.

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As the Trump Administration nears a decision on the future status of national parks and monuments, including Katahdin Woods And Waters here in Maine, Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee of Congress are touting the economic benefits of these sites.

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MILLINOCKET, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage isn't allowing signs on highways to direct motorists to the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. But at least there's now a map.
 
The Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument has created a new topographical map that identifies key features, like the loop road.
 
The maps are available for free at the monument's visitor stations in Millinocket and Patten and at the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce. They're also available at locations along the loop road.
 

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District and 85 of her colleagues have sent a letter to the interior secretary warning him that only Congress has the “Constitutional authority to revoke or shrink a national monument.” Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine has also written a letter to defend it.

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Susan Sharon / Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says he will testify before Congress next week to urge lawmakers to reverse the designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine.

LePage says President Obama violated the Antiquities Act when he designated the monument in the face of state and local opposition.

“I think Congress could, should repeal the Antiquities Act," LePage says, "or at least write it so a president cannot violate (it)."

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Republican governor says he'll testify before Congress against a national monument in his state.
 
 Then-President Barack Obama created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument last summer on nearly 90,000 acres of donated forestlands. Maine Gov. Paul LePage opposes the designation.
 
 LePage said during a Thursday appearance on WGAN-AM that he's continuing the fight. The governor says he believes Obama misused the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create the monument.
 

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LEWISTON, Maine - Six months after the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a new nonprofit group has been formed to preserve and protect it. 

The Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters is a private group with a 13-member board of directors.  Secretary Cathy Johnson says the initial goal is to attract more members of the public to volunteer in the monument and work on educational programs about it.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public/file

Gov. Paul LePage is asking President Donald Trump to reverse the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument established by an executive order from President Barack Obama last year.

A $5 million outdoor education facility and trail system near Baxter State Park and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument could be open by fall, pending the approval of state permits.

The money for the Maine Waterside Trails project has been donated by millionaire philanthropist Gilbert Butler, founder of the New York-based Butler Conservation Fund.

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It was just over three weeks ago that President Barack Obama designated 87,000 acres of remote Maine forestland as a national monument. But there are lots of details to work out: Recreational access, potential fees and timber harvesting were among the top concerns expressed by a crowd of more than 150 people who met Thursday evening in Stacyville to discuss the future of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell capped off a week-long celebration of the National Park Service with a visit to the nation’s newest national monument: Katahdin Woods and Waters in the heart of Maine’s North Woods. Jewell paddled several miles of the East Branch of the Penobscot River, took a hike in the woods and shared her thoughts about moving past the rhetoric that has clung to the historic project for years.