Maine’s New National Monument Gets Ready for First Visitors

Maine Climbing Katahdin

The country's newest national monument is already getting ready to welcome its first visitors in Maine.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared a new national monument in northern Maine on 87,000 acres of scenic woodlands donated by Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby. It's called Katahdin Woods and Waters and it features views of Mount Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine.

Quimby spokesman David Farmer says offices for the park are ready in Patten and Millinocket. A park superintendent is on the ground and will start the process of working with the community to develop a management plan.

The brochures for the monument are printed and signs are going up. The National Park Passport Stamp beloved by park visitors is available.

The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary on Thursday.

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