Zinke seeks to keep intact Maine's Katahdin Woods & Waters

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reiterating his support for a "made in Maine" solution that keeps intact the boundaries of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
    
Zinke recommended in his final report to the president Tuesday that timbering should be allowed on the property and that infrastructure upgrades and public access for "traditional uses" like snowmobiling and hunting should be prioritized in a management plan.
    
He held a briefing with reporters Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump took action to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah.
    
Trump hasn't signed off on any action regarding the Katahdin Woods and Waters.
    
The 87,500-acre (35,410-hectare) property in Maine consists of mountains, streams and ponds next to Baxter State Park, home of Mount Katahdin, the state's tallest mountain.

© 2017 Associated Press


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