Obama Creates Maine Monument

More Than 87,000 Acres Affected

Once again using his authority under the Antiquities Act, President Barack Obama designated the 87,500-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Penobscot County, Maine, in late summer.

The president’s action came during the same week that Elliottsville Plantation Inc. donated the land to the National Park Service. EPI is the nonprofit foundation established by Burt’s Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby and run by her son Lucas St. Clair. Their gift of land is accompanied by an endowment of $20 million to supplement federal funds for initial park operation and infrastructure development and a pledge of another $20 million in future philanthropic support.

The president’s action drew criticism from people in Maine, including Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Obama has set aside more than 265 million acres of America’s public lands and waters as national monuments.