Office for new national monument opens in Millinocket

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) - The first office for Maine's new national monument has opened its doors just 24 hours after the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was dedicated by President Obama.

The Portland Press Herald reports two National Park Service staff members reported to the new Penobscot Avenue office in Millinocket Thursday to begin building community relations.

Tim Hudson, the monument's superintendent, says curious locals have already visited the office and have been very welcoming in town.

Obama used his executive authority to designate 87,500 acres east of Baxter State Park as a national monument on Wednesday. The land was donated by conservationist and Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby earlier this month.

The monument is already open for recreational activities such as hiking and fishing.

A second office will open in Patten shortly.