In April President Trump instructed the Department of the Interior to review Katahdin Woods and Waters’ monument designation. On Aug 24th, according to a leaked copy of his report, Secretary Zinke recommended erasing protections: opening the woods to logging and leaving open the possibility of shrinking the monument.
Established: August 24, 2016
What is Katahdin Woods and Waters Known For?Katahdin Woods and Waters was established on privately donated land east of Baxter State Park, home to Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain. The 87,500 acre monument includes the stunning East Branch of the Penobscot River and a portion of the Maine Woods that is valued for its rich biodiversity and outstanding opportunities to hike and bike, canoe and kayak, fish and hunt, snowshoe and cross-country ski, and snowmobile.
Why is Katahdin Woods and Waters Threatened?Logging: Maine’s North Woods were heavily logged before conservation efforts began, and logging continues in the area today. The southern entrance to the monument is a logging road which is still widely used today. The existing forests, wetlands, waterways and rivershore ecosystems found in Katahdin Woods and Waters are rare and need protection.
What can we do?We can challenge President Trump and Secretary Zinke's unprecedented move to potentially ERASE protections for Katahdin Woods and Waters. The legal case against the president is strong -- the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 affirmed that only Congress has the authority to modify national monuments. But in addition to lawsuits we need the Senators from Maine to do all they can to make sure Katahdin Woods and Waters protections remain in place.
Both Sens. Collins and King support Katahdin Woods and Waters. We want to make sure they know we agree with them and challenge them to do even more to protect it.