Maine is a vast, beautiful state, renowned for its rolling mountains and bountiful forests. Far beyond Portland, the state’s lone metropolis, lies an 87,000-acre parcel of land called the North Woods. The rugged beauty of the North Woods has caught the eye of conservationists and President Obama alike, who has bestowed it with a national monument designation.
A coalition of environmental groups advocated diligently for the creation of this monument. This designation allows for continued protections and greater visibility of the North Woods. The National Park Service can now control the lands, creating jobs and providing the area with economic opportunity.
Winning Connections and Pew Charitable Trusts worked together to promote a Townhall meeting discussing the North Woods. Over a thousand Mainers showed up for the event (pictured above) moderated by Senator Angus King and the Director of the National Park Service Jonathan Jarvis, evidence of a profound interest in the future of these lands . We are ecstatic that President Obama has decided to create this national monument, further cementing his already consequential legacy.