Wilderness Society praises local benefits of Maine Woods National Monument

May 16, 2016
Today, U.S. Senator Angus King and officials from the Obama administration will hold an important meeting in Orono, Maine to discuss a proposed national monument to protect the Maine Woods.

A private landowner currently owns these woods along the East Branch of the Penobscot River and wants to donate more than 87,000 acres to the United States. 

“Creating this national monument will ensure access to the Maine Woods for future generations so they can enjoy the freedom of hunting, fishing and other great outdoor traditions that thrive in our state,” said Jeremy Sheaffer, Maine State Director for The Wilderness Society.  “A national monument adds a star on our state’s map that means this is a place worth visiting. Like previous national monuments, Maine Woods will attract tourism dollars and a provide a sustainable boost for the local economy.”

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 700,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org

CONTACT

Jeremy Sheaffer, Maine State Director, The Wilderness Society, 207.240.8034 office/cell, jeremy_sheaffer@tws.org 

Michael Reinemer, Deputy Director of Wildlands Communications, 202-429-3949, michael_reinemer@tws.org