- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PATTEN, Maine (AP) - Residents of a small town in northern Maine say they are opposed to the creation of a national monument or national park in the Katahdin region.

Voters in Patten overwhelmingly opposed the park proposal in a non-binding ballot question on Tuesday.

WCSH-TV (https://on.wcsh6.com/1qZs0Wp ) reports the chairman of Patten’s Board of Selectmen says the turnout of 27 percent was high for the town.

East Millinocket and Medway have also cast votes against the park plan.

Gov. Paul LePage also opposes the idea.

Tuesday’s ballot question asked residents if they favor the designation of a National Monument or the creation of a National Park and National Recreation area in the Katahdin region.

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