Washington, DC – Today, President Obama has designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski released this statement:
“Designating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a terrific way to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday and expand access to our public lands. As people across the country are getting out to find their park on the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, President Obama, Secretary Jewell and the Quimby family have expanded on the unique treasures that the Maine Woods have to offer. The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will add value to the booming outdoor economy of northern Maine, promote local businesses, and provide a haven of wild space for people to enjoy for generations to come. We applaud the president and his administration for their continued leadership in expanding our national park system for the next 100 years and we can’t wait to see what’s next.”
Maine Conservation Voters Executive Director Maureen Drouin released this statement:
“We are thrilled that President Obama has created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and thank the Quimby family for their foresight and generosity,” said Maine Conservation Voters Executive Director Maureen Drouin. “A national monument in Maine’s North Woods will not only ensure that our natural heritage is conserved for future generations, but will also create jobs and grow our local economy through tourism and outdoor recreation.”