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Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. We have posted summaries and links to about 50,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, Aug 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Carey Kish will talk about his new guide, "Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast." At Rockport Opera House, August 31, 6:30 pm.
BDN National Monument poll
Action Alert - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 

Bangor Daily News Poll: Do you approve of Roxanne Quimby transferring more than 87,000 acres to the federal government?
The Secret Life of Lobsters and The Nordic Theory of Everything, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 

The husband and wife author team Trevor Corson and Anu Partanen will talk about their books. At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, August 30, 7 pm.
Tourism and Art, Aug 29
Event - Posted - Monday, August 22, 2016 

In the 19th century, landscape artists popularized the White Mountains, the Maine coast and other parts of the country through their paintings. This talk by Joan Plummer looks how this dynamic worked and how it still might be working today. At Portland Museum of Art, August 29, 1 pm.
Swan Island Morning Island Tour, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 20, 2016 

Join staff for a morning sightseeing wildlife tour to observe the abundant wildlife of Swan Island in Merrymeeting Bay. At Richmond, August 27, 7–8:30 am, first 20 people.
A celebration of the Acadia Centennial, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 20, 2016 

Join the Acadia Centennial Task Force, the National Park Service, and more than 400 partner organizations in celebrating 100 years of conservation and community stewardship at Acadia National Park. At Jordan Pond, August 27, beginning at 8:30 am. A special shuttle service will begin at 7 am from Mount Desert Island High School.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25-28
Announcement - Thursday, August 18, 2016 

In celebration of the National Park Service's 100th birthday in 2016, all National Park Service sites will offer free admission on August 25 through 28, the National Park Service's birthday.
The National Park Service Centennial, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 18, 2016 

The National Park Service turns 100, August 25, 2016.
Plants of Baxter State Park book celebrations, Aug 23-30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

Friends of Baxter State Park is hosting three book release celebrations for "The Plants of Baxter State Park" field guide:
• UMaine, Fogler Library, Orono, August 23, 7 pm
• Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick, August 24, 7 pm
• Millinocket Memorial Library, August 30, 7 pm
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Aug 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, August 23, 5:30-7:30 pm, preregister. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Invasive Plant Patrol workshop, Aug 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

The Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Penobscot Nation Water Resource Program are hosting a free Invasive Plant Patrol workshop with the assistance of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. At Indian Island boating landing, Old Town, August 23, 10 am - 1 pm.
Maine Food Strategy, Aug 23-30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

Meetings to discuss the Maine Food Strategy Framework and prioritize with partners how to advance collaborative efforts to achieve the actions and goals. At UMaine at Orono, August 23, 9-11 am; Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn, August 24, 3-5 pm; Maine Farm Bureau, Augusta, August 30, 9 am – 12 pm.
Maine Calling: Insect Threats, Aug 23
Announcement - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

From moths to beetles, a number of problematic species threaten the health of Maine's trees and humans. Guests: Charlene Donahue, Forest Entomologist, Maine Forest Service; and Kyle Rosenberg, City of Bath Arborist. Maine Public Radio, August 23, 1 pm.
DEP pushing mining rules again, Aug 18
Action Alert - Monday, August 15, 2016 

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection will vote to hold a hearing on September 15 on new mining rules proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection. The BEP meeting is at Augusta Civic Center, August 18.
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New National Monument Created in Maine's North Woods
National Geographic - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

More than 87,500 acres of forestland in Maine's North Woods was designated the newest U.S. national monument by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, just one day before the centennial of the National Park Service. The new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is the 413th preserved area in the Park Service and the second national monument to have been designated in the state (after Acadia National Park’s precursor). It sits east of Baxter State Park in north-central Maine. The land was donated to the federal government this week by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., a nonprofit foundation started by Roxanne Quimby, the co-founder of the Burt’s Bees line of natural products. The foundation also says it is creating an endowment to help cover maintenance expenses in the monument.
Blog: Celebrate the national park service tomorrow…from anywhere!
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Tomorrow marks the official 100th birthday of the National Park Service and to encourage everyone to celebrate all 412 national parks are free to visit for the next four days (August 25-28). Short on time and stumped on where to go? Here are a few random ideas I thought might help you think about and plan for your #findyourpark moment tomorrow. ~ Jlynn Frazier
Will National Park Service Address key concerns in Congressional Letter
WCSH-TV6 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Before the President issued a proclamation designating land in the Katahdin region as a national monument, Maine's Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the National Park Service Director laying out 9 points they wanted to see addressed. David Trahan, head of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine remains skeptical that the federal government will continue to allow traditional uses such as hunting. Senator Angus King however had a more optimistic outlook releasing a statement saying: "I believe that the President's proclamation, along with the binding commitments in the deeds conveying the land, address the essential elements of those conditions, and that, as a result, the benefits of the designation will far outweigh any detriment and - on balance - will be a significant benefit to Maine and the region."

Editorial: Roxanne Quimby’s historic gift marks new era for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

When historians look back on Aug. 24, 2016, what will they say about the decision to take 87,000 acres of land in the heart of Maine’s northern forest out of production and turn it into a national monument? In the meantime, what do we say today about the decision by the president to accept Quimby’s gift of land and money to benefit this and future generations? There is only one thing to say: Thank you.
Thousands Of Acres Of Maine Woods Are Now Federally Protected
Huffington Post - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

President Barack Obama designated tens of thousands of acres of Maine forest as a national monument on Wednesday, one day before the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The area, known as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, spans 87,500 acres of the state’s stunning northern woods. Katahdin Woods and Waters is open to the public 24 hours a day, year-round.
President Obama Uses His Pen to Establish the Maine Woods National Monument
Sierra Club - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

In a move timed to celebrate the National Park Service centennial, President Barack Obama this morning used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in the interior of Maine. The new 87,500-acre preserve will protect one of the largest stands of low-elevation hardwood forest east of the Rocky Mountains, an area rich in biodiversity and wildlife habitat that includes the East Branch of the Penobscot River—a popular spot with backpackers and canoeists. This is the first national monument to preserve the landscape of Maine’s vast North Woods.
What we know about access to North Woods national monument land
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Now that President Barack Obama has made it official and signed an executive order creating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, those interested in visiting the new attraction might be wondering what kind of activities will, and won’t, be allowed on its 87,563 acres. Many answers to questions about hunting, trapping and snowmobiling are still being formulated, but the paperwork and leaders of the monument movement shed some light Wednesday on what visitors can expect.
President Obama declares new national monument
Other - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

President Obama just officially designated a new national monument—protecting 87,500 acres of wilderness area and forest in Maine, home to moose, bear, migratory songbirds and more. And it couldn't have happened at a more appropriate time, the Centennial of the National Park Service. Much has changed in the area since Thoreau's time, but the woods still support abundant wildlife and offer outstanding scenery.
Reactions to National Monument Announcement Vary in Katahdin Region
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Predictably, reactions have been mixed in Millinocket and neighboring East Millinocket, the towns involved in the monument debate over the past several years. It’s been the big topic of conversation at Millinocket’s Appalachian Trail café for some time. A gathering place for both locals and through hikers, folks were deep in discussion about the potential for a monument over coffee and eggs Wednesday morning. “I’m not taken aback by it at all,” says Jesse Dumais, a Millinocket town councilman. “I was kind of mentally prepared for it. I think it’s time to get to work and move on and be part of the conversation.”
Collins: POTUS Should Not Have Used Executive Authority
WABI-TV5 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

U.S. Senator Susan Collins: “While I recognize that the President has the legal authority to designate national monuments, I believe he should not have used his executive authority given the objection lodged by the Maine Legislature, the lack of consensus among Mainers who live in the area, and the absence of Congressional approval."
Obama creates what could be the last large national park site on the East Coast, in Maine
Washington Post - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

President Obama designated a large swath of Maine’s North Woods as a new national monument Wednesday, creating what is likely to be the last large new national park ever established on the East Coast. The White House said the move aimed to honor the National Park Service’s centennial, which will take place Thursday. The move occurred almost exactly 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson established Sieur de Monts National Monument, which eventually became Maine’s sole existing national park, Acadia.
Pingree: “Exciting and historic day for Maine”
WABI-TV5 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree: “This is an exciting and historic day for Maine. The creation of a new national monument will bring economic development to the area and benefit all of Maine. It will bring millions of visitors to this beautiful and special part of our state, and at the same time preserve traditional uses like hunting and snowmobiling."
King: POTUS Proclamation Will Be “Significant Benefit” to Maine
WABI-TV5 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

U.S. Senator Angus King released a statement in response to President Barack Obama’s designation of the North Woods and Waters National Monument. “I believe that the President’s proclamation, along with the binding commitments in the deeds conveying the land, address the essential elements of those conditions, and that, as a result, the benefits of the designation will far outweigh any detriment and – on balance – will be a significant benefit to Maine and the region."
Poliquin Asks White House To Not Undermine Katahdin Region Residents
WABI-TV5 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Rep. Bruce Poliquin: “While opposed to a unilateral decision, ignoring the votes in the local towns, the Maine Legislature, and Congress, I will continue to work with everyone to move this project forward in the right way in order to build a stronger economy that creates more and better paying jobs in the Katahdin Region and in Maine."
LePage Issues Statement on POTUS Executive Order
WABI-TV5 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage: “Despite this lack of support, the Quimby family used high-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C., to go around the people of Maine and have President Obama use his authority to designate this area a National Monument. This once again demonstrates that rich, out-of-state liberals can force their unpopular agenda on the Maine people against their will. "
Obama Designates National Monument in Maine
Other - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Theresa Pierno, President and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association: “One hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson designated Sieur de Monts National Monument, now known as Acadia National Park. It was protected for its rich history, scientific interest and landscape beauty. The same can be said about Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This land is truly deserving of national park status and protection."
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Maine Audubon - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

On August 24, 2016, President Obama announced his designation of a national monument in Maine’s north woods: The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is wonderful news for Maine, and in particular for our state’s wildlife, as it provides permanent protection to many species that rely on the unique north woods habitat, the largest contiguous temperate forest in the eastern United States.
RESTORE applauds creation of a new National Monument in the Maine Woods
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

RESTORE: The North Woods cheered President Barack Obama’s designation of a Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument as an historic gift for Maine and America. The monument is the culmination of many years of work by conservationists to protect land around Baxter State Park. In 1994, RESTORE proposed creation of a Maine Woods National Park and Preserve. While that initiative is still pending, Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE, said he is delighted with the monument designation. “For more than a quarter century we have made the case for protecting the heart of the Maine Woods as a national park unit. We’re convinced that including the EPI lands in the Katahdin region within the National Park System makes enormous environmental, economic, recreational, and cultural sense,” Kellett said.
Gov. LePage: National Monument Process Rigged by 'Wealthy, Self-Serving Liberals from Away'
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Republicans say the monument designation actually deals a serious blow to Maine’s tradition of outdoor recreation such as like snowmobiling and hunting. And they fear the action will ultimately lead to the creation of 3.2 million acre national park that will hurt the state’s forestry industry. Gov. Paul LePage agreed and issued a statement accusing Roxanne Quimby of using high-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C., to stage an end-run around the will of Maine people, convincing President Obama to use his authority to designate this area as a national monument. LePage says the president’s executive order demonstrates that rich, out-of-state liberals can force their unpopular agenda on the state.
NRCM Lauds Creation of a New National Monument in Maine
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) today heralded the creation of a new national monument in Maine. “We are thrilled about President Obama’s decision to establish a new national monument in Maine on land east of Baxter State Park,” said NRCM Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann. “We can think of no better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service than with the addition of the wonderful Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.”
Editorial: Maine’s ‘valuable addition’ to national park system is ready for your visit
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is reality. After decades of planning — and rancor — 87,500 acres of land near Patten are permanently protected and part of the National Park Service inventory with the president’s signature on an executive order Wednesday morning. “Katahdin Woods and Waters is an exceptional example of the rich and storied Maine Woods, enhanced by its location in a larger protected landscape, and thus would be a valuable addition to the Nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage conserved and enjoyed in the National Park System,” the proclamation says after detailing the historical, scenic and scientific significance of the land, which is east of Baxter State Park.
Obama Designates 87,500 Acres in Maine as National Monument
New York Times - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

President Obama turned a vast stretch of Maine woods into the nation’s newest federal parkland on Wednesday, siding with conservationists in a dispute over government control of land in a state that has long been averse to intrusion from Washington. Mr. Obama designated more than 87,500 acres, donated by a founder of the Burt’s Bees product line, as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, administered by the National Park Service, a day before the service’s 100th anniversary.
Opinion: Here’s my advice for how Maine can take on the challenges facing forest industries
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

The forest industries in Maine and the Northeast have faced unprecedented challenges. Paper mill shutdowns have occurred that would not normally accompany a national economic recovery. Last week, a federal Economic Development Assessment Team visited Maine. The government cannot make the forest industry need Maine. Only hard work by Maine people, landowners, entrepreneurs, landowners, trade groups and individual companies can make this happen, all supported by sensible public policies and well-targeted information and well-designed training and R&D programs. ~ Lloyd C. Irland, forest products industry consultant, Wayne
Blog: What Lucas St. Clair has to say about the national monument
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

“I’m extremely excited,” says Lucas St. Clair, instrumental in the movement for the monument. “This has been an incredible experience for me both personally and professionally, and to be able to work in a community, or several communities, that feel so passionately about the natural resources that they live amongst has been just such a wonderful experience for me.” ~ Erika Zambello
Blog: New monument a gift to the nation, worth the wait
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

National parks are rarely supported by everyone when they’re proposed. In time, most are appreciated by visitors from around the world. As the months and years pass, the same will happen here. And in the not-too-distant future, here’s hoping that even more Mainers come to appreciate the wonderful gift Quimby and her family have given all of us. Today, Katahdin Woods and Waters is our national monument.
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