This September, the National Park Service (NPS) will host a series of public discussions on the future of the new monument. This is the start of a three year process to complete the monument’s management plan that will guide the direction of future work and activities.
I hope you can attend one of the upcoming NPS listening sessions and help shape the overarching vision for the monument lands.
Upcoming Community Listening Sessions:
September 15, 6:30-8:30 pm
Katahdin Middle/High School
September 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Medway Middle School
September 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
Stearns High School
Location to be determined
Maine Audubon will be urging the NPS to protect and enhance:
- Riparian habitat along more than 30 miles of rivers and streams and at least seven ponds.
- Habitat for over 75 species of birds, including migratory forest birds that depend on this internationally significant area as their primary breeding habitat.
- Mature forest habitat structure to support those forest birds and other wildlife like American marten that depend on or use more mature forest habitat.
- Extensive wetlands, including Inland Waterfowl and Wading Bird Habitat designated as “Significant Wildlife Habitat” by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
- Critical habitat for the federally endangered Canada lynx.
- Critical and important fish habitat – especially for wild eastern brook trout and endangered Atlantic salmon.
- Nine rare Natural Communities identified.
- Rare aquatic species that require clean cold water, including species of freshwater mussel, dragonfly, and turtle.
- Landscape connections, linking the lands with other conservation lands including Baxter State Park, the International Appalachian Trail, the Debsconeag Wilderness, the 100-mile Wilderness, and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
It’s important that the National Park Service hears from you! Please share your views about the future of the new national monument at one of the listening sessions to be held across the state this September.
Thanks for your support,
Jenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
(207) 781-2330 x224
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