- Sep 3, 2003
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- Gorham NH
Limited logging... maybe an innocuous little coal mine or two? Good new jobs for Millinocket, cleaning the coal!
Don't trust Ryan Zinke as far as you could throw him.
Quite a few editorials and articles in the Maine press of late looking at the same data on visitors to the National Monument. The numbers are based on vehicle visits, so any vehicle driving past a monitoring spot is recorded as a visitor with a factor used to determine total visitors. There is no gatehouse that I am aware or charge to enter so the data quality is pretty minimal. It would be quite interesting to see statistics on how well the linkage between Acadia NP and KWW has worked. There was a lot of speculation that visitors to ANP would drive the extra 3 hours north and spend a few days at KWW. The town of Patten and local real estate agents in the Millinocket area claim there has been an uptick in real estate activity but that could just as easily be impacted by other drivers like cheap gas or a rising economy.
I did attempt to do a drive into the park this summer but signage from the Patten exit of the Interstate was non existent. Far more anti monument signs along the roads. If you do plan to visit, bring some paper maps as cell coverage is poor in the area so map aps dont work.
I expect given the current political climate with respect to the new monuments, things will remain in flux for a couple of more years. In the meantime it sounds like if someone does visit, they dont need to worrry about crowds.
Maine governor is going to allow the installation of road signs to KWW.
Interesting to note the attendance numbers stated. It appears that snowmobile traffic which in theory was there before the monument declaration is about equal to summer visitors.
The now Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is proposed to be enlarged. https://www.bangordailynews.com/2022/08/11/politics/maine-national-monument-expansion/
It is too bad that the monument is not expanded to cover the Matagamon Lake Dam, its reportedly in marginal condition and the loss of it will be a significant impact to Matagamon and the east branch of the Penobscot, if the dam goes, the flows in the summer will drop significantly and Matagamon will cease to be large lake.