Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

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Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is 87,563 acres of mountains, rivers and forest. It is composed of land donated by Roxanne Quimby, cofounder of Burt’s Bees, but the beauty of the monument was born long ago out of molten lava and ice from glacial activity, creating a spectacular landscape. From old trails cut deep into the wilderness to sporting camps, logging and a devastating wildfire in 1903, the area has seen and survived many changes. It was declared a National Monument by President Barack Obama on August 24, 2016, and is now overseen by the National Park Service. Join local author and guide Eric Hendrickson as he reveals how an industrial forest has been returned to a pristine wilderness for future generations to enjoy.
ISBN: 9781467144179
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maine
Series: Natural History
Images: 70
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Eric Hendrickson and his wife, Elaine, are both retired natural science educators currently living in Presque Isle, Maine. As a child, Eric lived in East Millinocket, being taught by his father from a very young age to have an appreciation for the outdoors and understand the value of the cultural and natural history associated with the outdoors. As an adult, he has continued this love for exploring, being awarded the Certificate of Merit for Exploration in 2002 by the National Speleological Society for contributions to the caving community. With the original purchases of the lands of the monument and the closing of it to hunting, it became an area for him to explore with an emphasis on seeing both the natural and cultural history of the area. Traveling by mountain bike, as many of the roads were either closed to traffic or overgrown, he systematically explored the area, gaining a reputation for knowing where things could be located. He traveled to Washington, D.C., to explain to the people at the Department of Interior what was so special about the area and what could be found there. Once it became Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, he has acted as a leader for the monument and NPS staffs to the locations and history of those special locations.
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