National Park Proposal Sparks Debate

Updated 2 years ago

More than 70,000 acres sounds like enough space for almost anything, but according to some, a proposed national park doesn’t leave any room for them.”It divides users of the land,” said David Trahan, Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.Because hunting and snowmobiling would not be allowed in the park, Trahan feels Roxanne Quimby’s vision is shortsighted and doesn’t consider the affect it will have on Maine’s sportsmen.”Well, it starts us down this road of dividing users of the land up and telling one you can’t use it and one you can.”Trahan joined others in Augusta to contest a feasibility study for the park.”I don’t believe we should be wasting federal dollars on anything that we know is a bad idea,” said Jim Robbins, CEO of Robbins Lumber Company.But not everyone agrees.The group behind the feasibility study says they’ve received overwhelming support from people in the area.The National Park Citizens Committee sent us a statement saying the point of the study is to get all the facts.They believe the park will be a huge boost to Maine’s economy.”All of Maine needs help. This economy issue in the Katahdin region is not unique to the Katahdin region,” said Trahan.But for some, the park’s value to one area is not worth its cost on another.


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