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Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument: The Place, the Politics and a Prognosis

Ken Olson
Date: Tuesday Nov 01, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Ken Olson, past president and CEO of Friends of Acadia, will give a talk about Maine’s new national monument at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.
August 24, 2016 was an important day for Maine, when President Obama proclaimed a Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, adding to Maine’s national park units: the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, St. Croix National Historic Site, and of course, Acadia National Park. Describing himself as “a peasant with a pitchfork,” Olson was among the hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters who worked to bring about the monument.
Using visuals, Olson’s talk will be an open conversation about the northern park as a Maine recreation asset and a national destination. He will compare Acadia’s and Baxter Park’s similar
origins, and offer thoughts on its future.

In his decade-plus as president and CEO of Friends of Acadia (1995 to 2006), his colleagues and he established Acadia as the first national park to have an endowed trail system, co-created the Island Explorer bus, quadrupled Friends’ investments to $18 million and granted $1 million yearly to park and community projects. Ken earlier headed the AMC Hut System in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, directed The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, was president of American Rivers and held faculty lectureships at Yale and Wesleyan. Ken has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, was named an Honorary Ranger by Acadia National Park, and was granted an honorary degree from College of the Atlantic for “outstanding contributions to human ecology.” He holds a graduate degree from Yale in natural resources management.

Location: Southwest Harbor Public Library
338 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, Maine

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Event Sponsor(s): Southwest Harbor Public Library 

This is a free event.

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