Meet Our Newest National Monument, Just In Time For NPS100

08.25.16 3 years ago 2 Comments

Just over 100 years after President Wilson signed into existence Sieur de Monts National Monument — which became Maine’s Acadia National Park — President Obama brought the National Park Service full circle. Yesterday, Obama created a new park — comprising 87,500 acres of pristine forest called the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is a pretty big deal and may be the last of its kind. According to the president of the National Parks Conservation Association, Theresa Pierno, “It may be one of the last, large national parks that we see in our lifetime.”

Katahdin Woods is the nation’s 413th national park site — encompassing lands full of varied wildlife like moose, deer, lynx, and bear. The rivers teem with brook trout. The trees are filled with rare birds like the boreal chickadee and the American three-toed woodpecker. The park will also include a 30-mile stretch of the iconic International Appalachian Trail. Just take a look:

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