Yesterday, Roxanne Quimby’s philanthropic foundation, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., donated 87,563 acres of land on the eastern border of Baxter State Park in Maine.
Today. President Obama designated that land as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (KWW). Presidents have the authority to designate national monuments. The process to create national parks is considerably more complicated and requires congressional action.
KWW encompasses the east branch of the Penobscot River, renowned for its ecological treasures in the 10-million acre North Woods of Maine. We will learn more about the potential for new jobs, ways to access KWW and any restrictions on the use of the property in the near future.