Tag Archives: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Zinke’s decision to keep Maine monument worth celebrating

After months of nervous hand-wringing, news began to trickle out of Washington, D.C., on Thursday that ought to make many supporters of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument happy.   The review of the monument by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is complete, and first indications, according to those who are familiar with Zinke’s […]

Who do you see in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument?

On a couple of recent weekdays, BDN staffers headed to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to gather information for several stories, including many that will appear this week, marking the one-year anniversary of the monument’s official designation. Among the stories we’ll tell is this short offering: Who do you see in Katahdin Woods and […]

First 1-minute hike an eye-opening affair

For the past six years or so, I’ve sat comfortably at my desk and watched an interesting weekly event: My colleague, Aislinn Sarnacki, emerges from the woods, sits down, and documents her latest adventure, composing her very popular 1-Minute Hike feature. How popular? Well, having stood beside Aislinn at plenty of outdoor expos over the […]

New map shows off features of Katahdin Woods and Waters’ loop road

One of the knocks on the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is that, in somewhat classic Maine fashion, it can feel like “you can’t get there from here.”   That’s not the case, of course. But our governor has refused to put tourist-information signs on roads that lead to the monument, which doesn’t […]

Darkness as a tourist draw? Believe it

For many of us who grew up in small towns, the allure of the bright lights in big cities serve as an inexorable draw. We travel to those hotspots for business and on vacation, and take advantage of offerings our country-mouse hometowns might not provide. But city folks often strive to visit those special, quiet […]

Monumental thoughts from the deep Maine woods

On Wednesday, as many of my journalistic brethren were packing themselves into the designated press vans for U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s visit, I took a different approach. Not because I wanted to, though, but because the vans were full and the BDN already had two seats filled with a reporter and photographer. […]

Pretty as a picture: Zinke gets a monumental view

High atop the bluff that offers visitors the Oh My Gosh view that’s one trademark of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, artist Marsha Donahue worked at her easel, creating a painting of Maine’s tallest mountain. This view, she said, has become among her favorites, and she has spent plenty of time painting here, at […]

Some things you ought to know about Maine’s new national monument

On Wednesday evening, Lucas St. Clair — president of Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and the man who led the effort to establish a national monument in northern Maine — sat down to chat with me in front of a packed house at the Bangor Public Library. The event was the BDN’s latest Dirigo Speaks event, in […]

Readers sound off: Most say national monument should be left alone

Last week, after President Donald Trump asked for a review of some national monuments that have been designated over the past two decades, I asked BDN readers what they thought about our own Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which was officially formed last year. As expected, you were eager to share your thoughts. Of […]

Time for fighting’s over. Instead, let’s embrace Maine’s national monument

In not-too-unexpected news, it appears that President Donald Trump (with potential help from Maine Gov. Paul LePage) will take a second look at the formation of recent national monuments. The fear of some in Maine, though there’s no evidence that this is the case: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which was granted that designation […]