Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

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One day after President Donald Trump signed a proclamation to dramatically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his final recommendations for other monuments around the country, including Katahdin Woods and Waters here in Maine.

Lucas St. Clair Says He's ‘Optimistic’ After Chat With Interior Secretary

Aug 28, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine — The leader of the successful effort to create the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument says he’s feeling optimistic after a telephone chat with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Lucas St. Clair said he spoke Monday with the interior secretary, who recommended last week that 27 monuments under review by the Trump administration remain open — but also left open the possibility of recommending changes.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, arms outstreached, visits the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in June 2017.
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Supporters of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are going to have to wait to find out what’s in store for the project that encompasses nearly 88,000 acres.

FILE - In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, speaks during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention in Sandy, Utah.
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The U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to retain all 27 national monument designations created under three previous presidents sheds little light on what, if any, management changes might be made at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. But the Republican Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources told reporters today that changes are being discussed for the federal law regulating the transfer of private property to the government.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke talks with reporters with part of Mount Katahdin in the background at the Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument near Staceyville, Maine, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
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Sometime in the next 24 hours, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to recommend what, if any, changes he thinks should be made to Maine’s Katahdin Woods and

Waters National Monument. Friday marks the one year anniversary since the monument’s designation by President Obama and supporters have a celebration and fundraiser planned. But the party could turn into a strategy session depending on Zinke’s decision.

Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument
Susan Sharon / Maine Public

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.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public/file

STACYVILLE, Maine - The public comment period is over for a federal review of more than two dozen national monuments, including Maine's new monument in the Katahdin region.
 
President Donald Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct the review of monuments. Among the monuments Trump wants to review is Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which President Barack Obama designed as a monument last summer.
 
The public comment period on Zinke's review of the monuments ended on Monday.
 

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Conservationists and members of the Millinocket-area business community say public responses to a recent federal review have been overwhelmingly supportive of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

During a Bangor press conference Friday, Natural Resources Council of Maine Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann said the responses to the U.S. Department of Interior’s survey indicate that the region is a desirable tourism destination.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

At a budget hearing on the Department of the Interior, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine asked Secretary Ryan Zinke about his recent trip to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine. The interior secretary said he was optimistic that he can please all sides.

King thanked Zinke for his recent visit to the monument as part of the review ordered by President Donald Trump of 27 national monuments, including Maine’s, which was created by President Barack Obama last year.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

On the second day of his visit to the Millinocket region, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke offered some encouragement to local supporters of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that supporters of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument would likely be pleased with the recommendation he plans to make to President Trump on the monument's future.  That assessment comes a day after the interior chief got a whirlwind tour of the property that was a little bit like a speed date.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

MEDWAY, Maine - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is sounding a positive note about the fate of a national monument in Maine that's under review.
 
He said Wednesday that he's comfortable with Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument remaining in "public hands.'' He also praised the forested scenery, calling it "beautiful.''
 
President Donald Trump has ordered the review of more than two dozen national monuments, including the one in Maine.
 

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public/file

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says her office is prepared to challenge any unlawful action by the Trump administration to abolish or reduce the Katadhin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke  isn't saying one way or the other what his recommendation might be regarding the status of the 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.
 

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