Voice your opinion of monument to NPS director

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The Maine Forest Products Council has long opposed the proposed Katahdin park/monument because of the negative impact it would have on the state’s forest economy, because local residents — especially those whose land is in the proposed area — don’t want it and because Maine doesn’t need a national monument in the middle of a working forest.

If you have an opinion about the proposed park/monument in the Katahdin Region – and everybody seems to – MFPC encourages you attend the Orono meeting with Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service Monday, 5 p.m., at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maine in Orono. Hauck auditorim was the original site, but the event was moved Friday afteroon to accomodate more participants. Members of the public will be allowed to speak for 2-3 minutes, according to a King spokesperson. Campus map

Jarvis was invited to Maine by Sen. Angus King, who will moderate both the Orono meeting and one in Millinocket from noon to 2 p.m., at the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center in East Millinocket. Unfortunately, only elected officials from East Millinocket, Medway, Millinocket, Medway, Patten and Stacyville will be allowed to speak there.

Tree circle no backgroundEnvironmental groups, including the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Audubon, Maine Conservation Alliance and the Sierra Club, are running free bus service to Orono and sending out bulk emails encouraging park supporters to arrive from 4-4:30 p.m. for a rally. They’re describing the meeting at UMaine as “Your Chance to Make History Coming Soon!” and a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to ask President Obama to act now and create the Maine Woods National Monument.”

Here’s a fact sheet with information concerning the park-monument and MFPC’s map showing the land owned by Elliotsville Plantation and — more importantly — the land not owned by EPI