WASHINGTON D.C. – The future of Maine’s new national monument is in the spotlight today in Washington.
Governor LePage testified this morning before the House Committee on Natural Resources, claiming President Obama was wrong when he created the monument last summer.
Lepage stated it was created despite his objections and others who feel it will diminish traditional uses and will hinder economic activity.
But Lucas St. Clair, the son of Roxanne Quimby who donated the land, said it’s already helping to spark new interest in the area. He also added a portion of the land remains open to traditional uses including hunting and snowmobiling.
The committee is investigating whether President Obama abused his power when he used the antiquities act to create the Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument along with numerous other monuments.
It also comes at a time when Governor LePage has asked President Trump to reverse the decision.
Last week, President Trump ordered a review of all national monuments created since 1996 that are larger than 100,000 acres.
Maine’s monument is only 87,000 acres, but there’s language in the order the governor believes will prompt Maine’s monument to be included in that review.
Last night we began a special series of reports on how the monument came to be.
We’ll continue it tonight by visiting the area to see how the monument is impacting the region and what people think now that it’s been around for a while.