In the coming years, the national monument will take shape through public input and involvement. You are invited to join this effort.
What is a Framework for Management?
The National Park Service has committed to completing a framework for management for Katahdin Woods and Waters in three years. A framework for management establishes the overarching vision for the public lands and guide the direction for future work and activities. The framework will also be available for public comment prior to its finalization.
In the fall of 2016, a series of community listening sessions were held in Stacyville, Medway, Millinocket, and Bangor. Over 550 interested citizens attended these sessions and numerous others shared written comments by e-mail and mail, and in person.
These listening sessions were held to hear directly from interested citizens in communities surrounding the monument. The goal of these sessions was to gain a greater understanding of the diverse perspectives held by the communities and interested groups about the future planning of the monument. These discussions helped to identify the issues and opportunities that need to be addressed through continued public engagement during planning process.
A full report and compilation of responses from the listening sessions and write-in comments may be downloaded using the link below.
On August 8, 2017, a workshop was held at Shin Pond Village in Mount Chase. The workshop was an opportunity for the National Park Service to hear more from the community about potential infrastructure connected to Lower Shin Pond and road access within the monument.
Nearly 50 people attended and others shared input in writing. A report and compilation of the comments may be downloaded at the link below.
If at any time you would like to share additional comments with us, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Input received will be used to draft a framework for management that will guide the long-term direction for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.