- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A congressional committee will hold a public hearing in Maine over a proposal to create a national monument in the state’s Katahdin region.

The hearing by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will take place at the East Millinocket town office on June 1. It was requested by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Poliquin has contended that the Obama administration is ignoring local opposition to the proposed 87,500-acre monument on Maine’s northern woodlands.

Poliquin, along with Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, wrote a letter to President Obama in November asking that he not use his executive authority to designate it.

The group had requested that traditional recreational uses be preserved on the land and that timber harvesting be permitted if the president pursues the designation.

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