Obama Designates Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Published Aug 24, 2016

Today the White House announced more details around the creation of the "Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument".

This is the name given to newly-donated land adjacent to Maine's Baxter State Park.

In my humble opinion, it is only a matter of time before the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail will be moved to the Katahdin Woods and Waters park.

Here's the official statement from President Obama and the White House:

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument White House Statement

Today, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument encompassing awe-inspiring mountains, forests, and waters of north-central Maine. Building on the Administration's commitment to protecting our land, water and wildlife for future generations, this designation will permanently protect significant natural, scientific, and historic and cultural resources, wildlife habitat, and one of the most pristine watersheds in the northeast, ensuring that present and future generations are able to enjoy these lands.

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. 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.

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