National Park Resolution

Thursday, June 23, 2011

From the: Senate Calendar (http://www.maine.gov/legis/senate/Documents/calendar/htframe.htm)

Joint Resolution

(4-4) On motion by Senator COURTNEY of York, under unanimous consent on behalf of President RAYE of Washington (Cosponsored by Speaker NUTTING of Oakland and Senators: COURTNEY of York, HASTINGS of Oxford, JACKSON of Aroostook, KATZ of Kennebec, LANGLEY of Hancock, MASON of Androscoggin, McCORMICK of Kennebec, PLOWMAN of Penobscot, RECTOR of Knox, SAVIELLO of Franklin, SHERMAN of Aroostook, SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin, THIBODEAU of Waldo, THOMAS of Somerset, TRAHAN of Lincoln, WHITTEMORE of Somerset, Representatives: BICKFORD of Auburn, CELLI of Brewer, CLARKE of Bath, COTTA of China, CURTIS of Madison, DAVIS of Sangerville, ESPLING of New Gloucester, FITTS of Pittsfield, FITZPATRICK of Houlton, FOSSEL of Alna, HAMPER of Oxford, HANLEY of Gardiner, JOHNSON of Greenville, McCLELLAN of Raymond, McFADDEN of Dennysville, NASS of Acton, PRESCOTT of Topsham, RICHARDSON of Warren, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SARTY of Denmark, SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland, TURNER of Burlington, WATERHOUSE of Bridgton, WEAVER of York, WILLETTE of Mapleton) (Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 214.), the following Joint Resolution: S.P. 519

JOINT RESOLUTION MEMORIALIZING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO OPPOSE THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL PARK IN MAINE'S NORTH WOODS

WE, your Memorialists, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Maine now assembled in the First Regular Session, most respectfully present and petition the President of the United States, the United States Secretary of the Interior and the United States Congress as follows: WHEREAS, Maine residents and visitors enjoy the privilege of using large tracts of private land in the north woods for recreational uses such as snowmobiling, hunting, hiking, fishing, bird watching and other activities; and

WHEREAS, the future of that private land is of great importance to the people of Maine and their outdoor heritage; and WHEREAS, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and many of the large landowners have entered or are entering into cooperative wildlife management agreements that ensure the future of deer yards and other critical wildlife habitat in the north woods; and WHEREAS, state agencies, private landowners and nonprofit organizations are cooperating in an unprecedented effort to secure permanent rights of access to the north woods and keep valuable recreational property and natural habitat undeveloped through conservation easements; and WHEREAS, federal ownership or control of the north woods would create many problems including limitations on timber supply to the forest products industry, reduced recreational access and loss of local and state control of these areas; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED: That We, your Memorialists, oppose the creation of a national park in Maine's north woods and request that the President of the United States and Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar deny requests to conduct a feasibility study concerning establishing a national park in Maine's north woods; and be it further RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States, to the Secretary of the Interior, Kenneth Salazar, to the President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and to each Member of the Maine Congressional Delegation.