Maine’s monument fight is nothing compared to Utah’s
Google and a major outdoor clothing retailer are producing a high-tech film and publicity campaign to save a new national monument in Utah, but the North Woods monument’s leading advocate doesn’t expect a similarly high-profile push to discourage President Donald Trump from getting rid of Maine’s controversial landmark.
Lucas St. Clair, president of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, applauds Patagonia for opposing Utah Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s signing of a bill urging Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument.
The son of Burt’s Bees entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby, St. Clair led the campaign that culminated with President Barack Obama’s executive order creating the 87,563-acre monument east of Baxter State Park on Aug. 24. Obama signed an order creating the 1.35 million-acre Utah monument on Dec. 28. Quimby worked to create a national park in northern Maine since at least 2001.
The Bears Ears designation is opposed by the Utah Legislature, which wrote the resolution Herbert signed. Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s effort, a letter to Trump seeking to have him reverse Obama’s order creating the monument in Maine, is opposed by most of the state’s federal delegation and has seemingly drawn little support, St. Clair said.
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