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East Branch Penobscot: Management Plan Input
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September 21, 2016 - 10:15 am
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The new national monument in Maine (Katahdin Woods and Waters NM) is collecting public input prior to developing the first management plan for the monument. The monument includes a big chunk of the East Branch (river-right side) and most of Wassataquoik Stream not in Baxter State Park.

Now is the time to let the NPS know what you'd like to see up there. Perhaps East Branch releases, motorized access, commercial use, and such, might be on the plate.

Send comments to:

Tim Hudson, Superintendent

kaww_superintendent@nps.gov

Or, via U.S. post to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument at P.O.Box 446, Patten, Maine 04765.

https://www.nps.gov/kaww/index.htm

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I had heard that a fair amount of the locals didn't want that monument

Anyway, the east branch below matagamon seems like pretty wild country. There's at least 3 or 4 portages around falls and all. I did that trip around 1990 or so. I found a destroyed boy scout canoe near the hulling machine and a dead deer on the bottom that must have gone over the falls. That deer had no skin on it at all. They call it hulling machine because when the logs went through the bark gets peeled off.

There's a few rapids here and there but alot of fast water more so. The portages make it a long trip

The sebois river joins the east branch further down. When the water is high enough, the current in there is about 6mph for most of the entire 18 miles and is fairy wild country as well

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surfver said
I had heard that a fair amount of the locals didn't want that monument

That's the story of just about every National Park and National Monument. Some support it, some oppose it. Keep in mind the land was donated to the Parks Service by a private citizen, who has also set up an endowment to pay for its administration. Only time will tell how local, state, and national stakeholders come to view the new Monument.

I've sent my opinion on to the Superintendent, and encourage others to do the same.

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Actually most of the state populations endorses it! don't mistake the very few loud and disgruntled opinions of folks who are are stuck in the past for what's best for the area. Go visit, awesome paddling, biking, fishing, camping in that areas - always has been. At least now there is a fighting chance for those ghost towns up there.

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As you probably know, the DOI is reviewing a bunch of monuments. KWWNM is one of them. The claim is, in the case of the Maine monument, insufficient public input before the monument was designated.

You can use the following link to tell them what you think about the monument:

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001

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jcass said
Actually most of the state populations endorses it! don't mistake the very few loud and disgruntled opinions of folks who are are stuck in the past for what's best for the area. Go visit, awesome paddling, biking, fishing, camping in that areas - always has been. At least now there is a fighting chance for those ghost towns up there.  

+Jcass...and one of those disenchanted with the outdoors is our high & mighty governor, who has made the decisions which have brought economic growth and healthcare stability to the state..while assuring environmental standards.......HA!!
The only thing the guy has done in his life is to manage a supermarket and elinimate Medicaid expansion. Trump is his father figure....

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