MILLINOCKET – As of Thursday, none of the National Monuments are going to be eliminated. This was the recommendation by the Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke.
It’s been a heated discussion for over a year. The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is one of 27 Monuments that President Trump asked to be reviewed.
For towns like Millinocket, they are seeing the economic turn around they’ve needed for some time. The Monument is celebrating it’s first anniversary and this year alone, it’s Park Loop Road has seen over 3,000 visitors. In years past, they barely got 600.
Tens of thousands of people visit the Katahdin Region to hike the Appalachian Trail and Baxter State Park and the addition of this monument has given them another spot to enjoy.
“To now add on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument – an additional place to enjoy the outdoors is going to benefit us greatly and I have seen it increase traffic this summer because of the monument,” said Jaime Renaud, the owner of Appalachian Trail Cafe.
While his recommendation may be good news for some, it’s still just a recommendation and nothing is set in stone.
“I am going to stay very positive the recommendation from Secretary Zinke is going to remain positive that Trump will see his recommendation as something to follow through with,” she said.
The future of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is still subject to review by the President and changes could be made moving forward.