Paul LePage

US Interior chief 'comfortable' keeping Maine land public

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke praised the beauty of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday and said he's "comfortable" with the National Park Service property remaining in public hands.

With flies buzzing and Mount Katahdin as a backdrop, Zinke sounded optimistic about the future of special land designation granted by then-President Barack Obama last summer with a goal of giving an economic jolt to the region.

"I'm confident there's a path forward here that will work," Zinke said, adding that "clearly, it's beautiful."

President Donald Trump has ordered the review of more than two dozen national monuments,...