Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

BENEDICTA, Maine - Supporters of a new national monument in Maine who are upset at the governor's refusal to allow road signs for the park are taking matters into their own hands.
 
Fans of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument hung a banner advertising the park from a highway overpass above Interstate 95. The sign, which appears to be written on a bed sheet or piece of canvas, says "KWW Exit 264'' and appeared Wednesday.
 

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

The Trump administration has vowed to review some of the national monument designations carried out in the Obama years, which could include Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Supporters of Maine Monument Want Trump to Back Off

May 15, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Members of the Katahdin-area business community want Maine and the nation to know that support for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is growing, even among those who initially opposed the 88,000-acre conveyance from Maine environmentalist Roxanne Quimby.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The U.S. Department of Interior has announced that it will be reviewing Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument through a 60-day public comment period starting May 12.

In a press release, the Interior Department says it will review the designation to determine whether it was “made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.”

Katahdin Woods and Waters is one of 27 national monuments it’s reviewing under a presidential order.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who opposes the monument, tweeted his approval.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

A congressional subcommittee heard two starkly contrasting views about the recent designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine.

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday directing a review of national monuments created under the Antiquities Act.

PORTLAND, Maine - A key proponent of a national monument in Maine is challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage to spend some time on the land before criticizing it.
 
The governor described the land as "cut over'' on Monday and said it'll take decades for the land to recover. He plans to testify against the monument created by former Democratic President Barack Obama at a House subcommittee hearing next week.
 

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