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President Obama on Wednesday designated the national monument under the Antiquities Act and directed the National Park Service to manage it. The 87,500 acres of the new national monument came as a donation to the Federal government from the Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.
“Tim is an innovative leader who has dedicated his career to building partnerships and advancing creative approaches to park management,” said NPS Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell. “We are excited about having Tim work with the local community and partners as we assume responsibility for this remarkable gift.”
Hudson said, “Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument is a place of cultural and historic importance as well as scenic beauty. It offers incredible opportunities to continue outdoor recreational traditions like hiking, boating, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing, fishing and hunting, and snowmobiling. The legacy of recreation and timber is an essential part of the Katahdin region. I look forward to working with the local communities, state and national partners to tell this significant story and collectively build the vision and future for this special place.”
Hudson has nearly 50 years of expertise in NPS project management. For the last three years, he led the NPS Hurricane Sandy recovery program for the Northeast Region. The $300 million program included more than 120 projects and represented the largest restoration program ever undertaken by the NPS.
Prior to joining the Northeast Region, Hudson worked in the Alaska Region where he served as the associate regional director (ARD) for operations starting in 2006. His appointment to ARD was a testament to his outstanding leadership in the previous four years, during which he served as the Alaska Regional chief of maintenance.
Hudson started his NPS career as a seasonal employee in 1967 and began working full-time as a civil engineer in 1971 for the NPS Western Office of Design and Construction (later consolidated into the Denver Service Center). He managed a number of projects throughout the West until he transferred to Yellowstone National Park. He dedicated 20 years of service as the chief of maintenance at Yellowstone where he managed one of the largest operations in the NPS. This included managing significant road construction projects, snowmobile enhancements and winter recreational access, extensive facilities projects, and partnerships with concessioners, cooperators and local communities.
Hudson is the recipient of both the Department of the Interior's Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards. He is known for his mix of professionalism and humor--as well as being a pioneer in the professionalization of the field of facilities operations and project management.
In the first several months of the planning for the new national monument, Hudson will be joined by Christina Marts, who will serve as a community planner. She most recently served as deputy superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. For the last 15 years, Marts has held positions as outdoor recreation planner, resource manager and assistant superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP and a member of the NPS Stewardship Institute, both of which are based in Woodstock, Vermont. Marts led the park’s forest management planning effort and developed partnerships programs for community engagement, collaborative trail system management, place-based education, and youth employment.
Hudson has lived in Bangor, Maine for the last three years with his wife Mary and enjoys hiking, biking, golf and traveling.
About Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument: Comprised of 87,500 acres in Penobscot County, Maine, the Katahdin region is a popular destination for outdoor recreation and home to a wide diversity of wildlife and contains spectacular mountains, important historical resources and areas of great cultural significance. The area contains opportunities for hiking, camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling. These uses are fully protected and enhanced under the President’s national monument designation signed on August 24, 2016. https://www.nps.gov/kaww
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