Paul LePage

Presidential order creates confusion about Maine monument

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument created by Democratic former President Barack Obama doesn't comprise enough land to trigger an automatic review under an executive order signed Wednesday by Republican President Donald Trump.

But it could be scrutinized nonetheless if the interior secretary determines the federal land designation on 87,500 acres was made "without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders."

Trump accused the previous administration of turning a 1906 law that lets the president protect federal land into a "massive federal land grab."

Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who previously called...

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