"Expanding this extraordinary park site will increase recreational access and help protect more forests, wildlife and waterways." - Tucker Johnson, NPCA's Visitor Experience Program Manager
Brunswick, Maine – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Access Act, which would authorize the expansion of the park and provide better visitor access by connecting to the Millinocket region and major roadways. The bill gives the National Park Service (NPS) permission to acquire land with the cooperation of willing landowners, as well as other buildings for administrative and visitor services outside of park boundaries.
Statement from Tucker Johnson, Visitor Experience Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Based in South Paris, Maine:
“Today’s introduction of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Access Act is welcome news for the people of Maine who have fought tirelessly to protect the incredible natural, cultural and historic resources these lands hold and the local economies they support. Expanding this extraordinary park site will increase recreational access and help protect more forests, wildlife and waterways that are critical to Mainers and the tens of thousands of people who visit this park and surrounding communities every year. NPCA commends Senators Angus King and Susan Collins for championing this bill and their continued support to preserve national parks and public lands for all to experience.”
About the National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than 1.6 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.
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