STATEWIDE – Acting U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt recently spent a couple of days in Vacationland, but not to take time off.
While here, Bernhardt met with Maine’s junior senator, Independent Angus King, and area business leaders to discuss issues facing Acadia National Park and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Bernhardt reviewed Acadia’s back log of maintenance, which is part of the $12 billion worth of deferred maintenance projects at parks nationwide.
Senator King said they also spent time discussing the management plan for the national monument. Officials have been ironing out the details of how the monument will operate but King said he was confident Katahdin Woods and Waters is here to stay.
According to King, the meeting was productive and he said he was positive about things moving forward.
“These are No. 1 gem assets of our state that are close to all of our hearts but they’re also incredible economic assets,” he said.
King said Acadia produces about $280 million a year in terms of economic activity. While the Woods and Waters national monument is still in its beginning stages, King said it already had stimulated growth and economic activity in the Katahdin region.