BANGOR – Community members are showing their support of the Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument in the wake of recent submission of government review.
Business owners and community members gathered in Downtown Bangor to oppose efforts to overturn the Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument. Many were opposed at first, but now people said that’s changed.
John Ellis, Co-owner of Ellis Markets, said “It’s been a real positive since the designation of the monument. More attitude wise and people just want to promote our towns and we got something to grab onto and look forward to. We haven’t had that in 20 years.”
The president of the Katadhin Area Chamber of Commerce said barely 8 months after it’s establishment real estate is selling, new jobs are being created, and other business owners agree people are looking forward to improving the area, after many mills have shut down.
Peter Ellis stated “There is movement in our area that we have not seen in years.”
Representative Steve Stanley, D-Medway, said “Jobs is the name of the game. We as a state are not good at creating rural jobs in areas in the state.”
Last week the U.S. Department of Interior announced the Katahdin monument is one of 27 national monuments on a list to be reviewed by the Trump Administration. Governor Paul LePage claims Obama was wrong when creating the monument last year.
There is limited time to let your voice be heard. Public comments should be sent HERE, in 60 days a decision could be made that changes the entire fate of the monument.