Maine’s New National Monument Already Paying Dividends for Local Communities

When Lucas St. Clair traveled from Maine’s North Woods to Washington this month to tell Congress why it shouldn’t shrink or rescind the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, he was not as alone as he appeared to be. St. Clair’s testimony that day to the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee had the support of thousands of citizens, hundreds of Maine businesses, and numerous local chambers of commerce.

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Parks Gains Support From Local Governments

More than 75 municipalities and counties around the country have passed resolutions calling on Congress to provide more predictable resources to fix our parks. These areas, from Seward, Alaska, to Seattle to Barren County, Kentucky, understand the importance of park tourism and recreation in supporting gateway communities and jobs.

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Tumacacori Highlands Still Await Protection

The Tumacacori Highlands are part of a chain of pine- and oak-studded mountains set at the confluence of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts along Arizona’s southern border. They are part of a landscape of sky islands extending into northern Mexico—so called because of the radically different environments found in the upper reaches of the mountains and the lower-elevation grasslands surrounding them. 
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