RESPONSE to Rep. Rob Bishop’s opposition to new national monument in Maine

Aug 24, 2016

DENVER—In response to Rep. Rob Bishop’s statement decrying the designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement.

Greg Zimmerman, deputy director:

“Our nation’s newest national monument in the Maine woods reaffirms two bedrock American principles. Private property rights and our system of parks and public lands are core to our national identity. And yet, the very week America celebrates the founding of our national parks, some politicians in Washington are demeaning and denying their value. But like the robber barons of yesteryear who opposed parks at the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, Rep. Rob Bishop and his fellow conservation opponents remain on the wrong side of history.”

President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument one day before the centennial of the National Park Service. The national monument resulted from the donation of nearly 90,000 acres of land in northern Maine owned by Elliotsville Plantation Inc, a nonprofit foundation, to the National Park Service.

Conservation groups, including the Center for Western Priorities, continue to call for protection of more public lands before President Obama leaves office, including Utah’s Bears Ears region, the greater Grand Canyon area in Arizona, and Nevada’s Gold Butte.

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Photo: Mark Picard/NPCA