Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | September 18, 2017

Katahdin Mountain and the Trump Administration

Mt. Katahdin photographed from the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Apparently, part of MAGA includes logging on Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, among other things:

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post.

If the name Katahdin sounds familiar, it’s likely because Mt. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Now, we should be clear: the proposed changes in the Interior Dept. report would not lead to logging on Mt. Katahdin itself. The summit itself, and the part of the AT that approaches the summit, lie in Baxter State Park. The National Monument that is covered by the Zinke report is adjacent the State Park, to the east of the mountain.

So, in the near future, as thru-hikers are ascending the southwest ridge of Katahdin and cresting the summit, they will be able to look east and there see, about eight or nine miles away, a logging company slowly leveling the surrounding forest. Lovely.

Image Credit: Katahdin, as seen from the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Photographed October, 2016, by majorrogers, and used under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Source: Wikipedia.

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