Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Statement on Secretary Zinke’s Report Regarding Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument

Dec 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding new reports stating that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend President Trump preserve Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument:
  
“The Trump Administration’s attack on public lands is disturbing and, as has been reported, the largest elimination of protected areas in U.S. history. While I am pleased Secretary Zinke has said he’ll recommend that Katahdin Woods & Waters Monument stay intact, I would like the opportunity to read his full report and ensure Maine’s monument is safeguarded from the attacks Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments have suffered.
 
“Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument has spurred much-needed economic growth in the North Woods region and drawn thousands of new visitors to our state. It would be a mistake for the Trump Administration to reduce or revoke monument that has breathed life into Northern Maine’s economy and introduced thousands to the natural beauty of Maine.”
 
Pingree is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, which oversees funding for the Department of the Interior.