Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Seeks to Keep Intact Maine's Katahdin Woods & Waters


Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the final report outlining recommendations he made to the President on some national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.

The 87,500-acre property in ME consists of mountains, streams, and ponds next to Baxter State Park, home of Mount Katahdin, the state's tallest mountain.

Tuesday afternoon Zinke spoke about a healthy management plan for the monument. Within hours of Trump's announcement, at least 10 organizations, five Native American tribes and outdoor retailer Patagonia said they would challenge in court the president's authority to change the national monument boundaries.

Within the report, Secretary Zinke recommends that the administration make changes to Katahdin Woods and Waters that "promote a healthy forest through active timber management" and vague language about prioritizing public access, infrastructure, traditional and tribal use, as well as hunting and fishing rights in the management plan now under development for the monument.

Trump hasn't signed off on any action regarding the Katahdin Woods and Waters. There is now no timber harvesting on the monument lands other than for maintenance or to maintain scenic views.