What is Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument?

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.

No longer will Roxanne Quimby be primarily known as "the co-founder of Burt's Bees." Her legacy will certainly be identified with this project she publicly worked to accomplish for at least five years.

The timing of the president's announcement also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which will oversee Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Obama previously expanded or created two dozen national monuments.

Time will tell if the controversial northern terminus will shift from Baxter State Park to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. My guess is it is inevitable.

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