In a more than 3,900-word proclamation establishing 87,500 acres of the Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine a national monument, President Barack Obama bypassed Congress and its power to create national parks – a move that has made some in the state unhappy, including the state’s governor, Republicans and an Independent lawmaker in the U.S. Congress.
On the eve of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary on Aug. 24, Obama issued the lengthy proclamation that includes references to glaciers retreating 12,000 years ago, people living there for more than 11,000 years and the end of the logging livelihood there “based primarily on environmental concerns” in the 1970s.
Following the announcement, the MaineBiz website gathered reaction to Obama’s executive order.
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