4th Anniversary of Katahdin Woods and Waters as a National Monument
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - August marks the 4th year anniversary of Katahdin Woods and Waters becoming a national monument. Newssource 8′s Anna Soderberg has more on how it’s being celebrated.
It’s been four years since Katahdin Woods and Waters became a national monument. Andrew Bossie is the Executive Director of the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters organization; says he hopes Mainers will still safely visit the monument this month to celebrate the anniversary.
We typically would have a big celebration between 200 – 300 people gathering in the Katahdin region to celebrate the natural beauty of this place and look to the future of how we can build a better tomorrow for the region by establishing this new unit of the national park service. Unfortunately, this year due to the pandemic we can’t gather in one place together, so we are encouraging people to recreate responsibly and attend or go and visit Katahdin Woods and Waters.
Jeanne Roy is Chief of Interpretation at the monument. She says although the monument has made changes to keep staff and visitors healthy, experiencing the vast outdoors around the Katahdin region is a safe place to spend time during the pandemic.
We made some adjustments in our visitor contact stations like installing plexiglass barriers and ensuring that staff has masks and could stay a safe distancing away from visitors while helping to plan their trips in the monument. Day to day out in the monument is probably looks a bit similar except for the fact that the rangers do carry face masks that they can put on if someone approaches within six feet. I think a great thing about Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument is that it does offer a lot of open space for people to recreate responsibly right now as long as they’re following those CDC guidelines.
Roy says she is grateful to have outdoor spaces available to help Maine people cope with the effects of the pandemic. You can find more information about upcoming Katahdin Woods and Waters events at https://www.friendsofkww.org/ or by visiting Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters on Facebook.
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