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Paul LePage

Lawmakers: National Park director doesn't address concerns

A letter from the National Park Service director to U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has done little to allay concerns that President Barack Obama's administration could create a national monument on privately owned land east of Baxter State Park.

Jonathan Jarvis, park service director, didn't address the president's intentions in his letter this month to the lawmakers, who urged the president in November to reconsider designating the land as a monument.

In the letter, Jarvis thanked the lawmakers for sharing their concerns but didn't divulge whether the Obama administration supported the idea or intended to move forward.