VIDEO: Obama Establishes Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine as National Park Service Turns 100

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

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On Wednesday, 24 August 2016, the eve of the centennial of the National Park Service in the U.S, President Obama established the Katahdin Woods and Waters area in Northern Maine, as a National Monument. 

Created from more than 87,500 acres of terrain donated by the founder of Burt’s Bees, who create natural skin care products, Katahdin Woods and Waters has become the largest region of federal parkland in Maine, exceeding the 48,900-acre Acadia National Park on the eastern coast of Maine. 

Obama said that Katahdin Woods and Waters contains an “extraordinary natural and cultural landscape” including mountains, woods and waters and “objects of significant scientific and historic interest”. He also spoke about the rich areas of Penobscot Indian heritage.