MILLINOCKET, Maine — The U.S. Secretary of the Interior visited Maine and spoke at a ceremony for the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument created last week by President Barack Obama.

Sally Jewell arrived in Bangor on Friday, The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2bRFSy2 ) reported. She spoke Sunday at a Millinocket ceremony for the monument after a weeklong national tour celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Jewell and the son of Burt’s Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby, who donated more than 87,000 acres of land, shared a canoe Saturday and paddled down the East Branch of the Penobscot River to Haskell Deadwater.

She called the park a “forever gift” to all Americans.

“Now all will have an opportunity to experience the beauty and the bounty of the Maine woods,” Jewell said on Saturday.

The designation of the land as a national park has caused a stir among some people in Maine who see it as an intrusion by the federal government. Jewell said becoming a national park will keep the wild lands protected in a way that may not have been guaranteed otherwise. And she said the park will bring more business and opportunities to the area.

Jewell said the National Park Service wants to know where local residents would like to see the visitor center go and where they would like more access.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com