Stand with our Lands

Stand with Katahdin Woods and Waters

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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.

 

U.S. Department of the Interior via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

State: Maine
Established: August 24, 2016

Katahdin Woods and Waters’s daytime scenery is awe-inspiring, from the breadth of its mountain-studded landscape, to the channels of its free-flowing streams with their rapids, falls, and quiet water, to its vantages for viewing the Mount Katahdin massif, the “greatest mountain.” The area’s night skies rival this experience, glittering with stars and planets and occasional displays of the aurora borealis, in this area of the country known for its dark sky.
Presidential Proclamation

U.S. Department of the Interior via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

U.S. Department of the Interior via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

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.

Log pile (estimated to be 21 million logs) of the Great Northern Paper Company, Millinocket, ME; from a 1908 postcard. Logging could be in store on unprotected lands.  Credit Wikimedia Commons.

Log pile (estimated to be 21 million logs) of the Great Northern Paper Company, Millinocket, ME; from a 1908 postcard. Logging could be in store on unprotected lands.  Credit Wikimedia Commons.


Senator Susan Collins, Official Portrait

Senator Susan Collins, Official Portrait

Senator Angus King, Official Portrait

Senator Angus King, Official Portrait

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.

Sign the petition to Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and ask them to stand up for Katahdin Woods and Waters, which belongs to all Americans.

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.

 
 


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