Having lived in Maine with the wild rocky coast and dark beautiful mountains, the state hold a special place in my heart. I am SO thrilled to hear about the new huge tract of land to be preserved, in spite of the controversy. I cannot wait to head up there and explore! Read Adventure Journals full article about the challenging journey to this accomplishment in the link below.
Obama Creates Katahdin Woods National Monument in Maine
Made possible by a private donation of 87,500 acres, new park is more than twice the size of Acadia National Park.
Maine has a new national monument. This morning, just one day after the family behind Burt’s Bee donated a huge parcel of land to the United States, President Barack Obama signed a law creating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The announcement was timing in conjunction with the National Park Service centennial, which is August 25.
“The new national monument — which will be managed by the National Park Service — will protect approximately 87,500 acres, including the stunning East Branch of the Penobscot River and a portion of the Maine Woods that is rich in biodiversity and known for its outstanding opportunities to hike, canoe, hunt, fish, snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski,” reads a fact sheet released by the White House. “In addition to protecting spectacular geology, significant biodiversity and recreational opportunities, the new monument will help support climate resiliency in the region. The protected area — together with the neighboring Baxter State Park to the west — will ensure that this large landscape remains intact, bolstering the forest's resilience against the impacts of climate change.”