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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

If I know anything about RESTORE THE NORTH WOODS Executives Michael Kellett and Jym St. Pierre, it is that in their minds, the newly designated KATAHDIN WOODS AND WATERS NATIONAL MONUMENT is only the beginning of their quest to cobble together enough willing sellers of land to create a contiguous 3.2 Million acre National Park that would touch Canada and be the anchor of an Eastern network of"wildlands and woodlands" that would connect down the entire Appalachian Spine and weave back into Florida...........A chain of open space that would put our entire AD1500 suite of predator and prey animals back on the ground fulfilling their ecological function-----In my mind, something that would truly begin the process of MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

From: Michael Kellett []
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:55 PM
To: Meril, Rick
Subject: RESTORE applauds creation of new National Monument in Maine Woods


photo by George Wuerthner
For immediate release
August 24, 2016

RESTORE applauds 
new National Monument
in the Maine Woods

RESTORE: The North Woods cheered President Barack
 Obama's designation today of a Katahdin Woods and
 Waters National Monument in the Maine Woods as an 
historic gift for the people of Maine and America.

The group said this year is especially appropriate
 because it marks not only the centennial of the
 National Park Service, but also the founding of 
 Maine's only other national monument, which 
subsequently became Acadia National Park.

The new national monument contains features 
of geological, botanical, archaeological, historic, 
and recreational importance:

* The Penobscot River East Branch has qualified 
as a National Wild and Scenic River.

* The area contains exemplary natural 
communities and rare plant and animal species.

* The East Branch Penobscot River has been
 a travelway for Native Americans for millennia,
 and more recently for explorers, artists, 
photographers, and writers. This offers
 superlative opportunities to tell the stories
 of prehistoric and historic activities in the area.

* This landscape has inspired important early
 conservationists, including Henry David Thoreau, 
Theodore Roosevelt and Percival Baxter.

* Sportsmen and recreationists have been coming 
to the region for more than a century and a half,
 drawn by the world-class recreation opportunities.

A donation to RESTORE will help us to
 continue our work to create new national parks!


9 Union Street
Hallowell, Maine 04347
(207) 626-5635 ·

RESTORE: The North Woods, 9 Union Street,
 Hallowell, ME 04347

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