Sec. of Interior Makes Final Katahdin Monument Recommendations

A 'Made in Maine' solution is the federal recommendation for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he's sent a final report of recommendations to the president.

Tuesday afternoon Zinke spoke about a healthy management plan for the monument.

He says he did not recommend resizing boundaries but did suggest a plan to promote healthy forestry that includes timbering, meaning the growth and thinning of trees.

He says as a national monument, commercial logging is not permitted.

Zinke says it's important to have a plan reflecting traditional recreation in the area.

"Hunting in some parts, opening up some roads for snow mobiling to make sure that recreation is a part of that management plan," says Zinke.

Zinke is recommending the management plan be inclusive of the local community and what works for them.

President Trump hasn't signed off on any action regarding Katahdin Woods and Waters.