To the Editor:
The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is as great an asset to America as are Yellowstone, Yosemite or other national treasures.
As the world population increases, the pressure to overdevelop the Maine wilderness is becoming a reality.
The founders of Acadia National Park worked tirelessly to establish Sieur de Monts National Monument, which later became Acadia National Park. Parks and monuments well managed by the National Park Service allow visitors to enjoy special areas of natural beauty without the destruction of precious resources. This does not mean that economic opportunity is not viable. For example, the economic impact related to Acadia is second to none during the tourist season here in Maine.
Cottage industries are major business here in Maine. Unique handcrafted goods are a type of business that fits in perfectly with the economic development of the communities adjacent to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Maine citizens have an outstanding work ethic that is a real plus in establishing a new economic future for this area.
Maine citizens have, for generations, taken pride in sharing our beautiful state with people from around the world. We know that Maine is a magical treasure. We Mainers are a caring and compassionate people who want to keep Maine a special place to live, work and relax in, to be inspired by its wonder.
Gov. Paul LePage is completely wrong in attempting to get President Donald Trump to rescind the executive order which created Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. LePage’s vision for Maine is both short-sighted and biased. His views are not in the best interest of the citizens of the state of Maine.