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New National Monument Protects Maine Woods

One day before forming the world’s largest marine sanctuary off Hawaii, President Obama created a national monument a little closer to home. Under his authority granted by the Antiquities Act of 1906, the President created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to be managed by the National Park Service in Maine. Lying east of the Baxter State Park and protecting the East Branch of the Penobscot River (see map), the latest National Monument consists of five parcels of forest land totaling 87,500 acres in Maine’s North Woods. Marking the centennial of the National Parks (see video), and following much dispute, the land is a gift of Roxanne Quimby, founder of the beauty aids company Burt’s Bees.

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