Protect the Katahdin Woods, Waters

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The safety of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is at risk. A few weeks ago, I was pleased to read that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke did not plan to shrink or eliminate Maine’s national monument. While Secretary Zinke does not want to change the size of the Katahdin Woods and Waters, he does want to allow harmful environmental practices to happen there. He is recommending that active timber management be allowed.

An increase in timber production in the Katahdin Woods and Waters would disturb the natural habitat. Animals would find their homes and means of survival cut down, decreasing the biodiversity of the area.

The preservation of the national monument helps the Maine economy, bringing people to more communities in Maine. Visiting the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument would be less attractive, since the natural beauty of the land would be altered and the forests reduced.

Mainers need to show support for the conservation and protection of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Those beautiful natural public lands should stay in public hands and out of the hands of those who would destroy and degrade the land.

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Jacqueline Guyol, Portland

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