Susan Collins

Idea for Burt's Bees land to become park becoming partisan

A congressional field hearing in the coming week on a proposal to create a national monument in northern Maine underscores how partisan lines have been drawn as Republican lawmakers try to rein in the expansion of public lands by Democratic President Barack Obama.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage will deliver opening remarks Wednesday, and he'll be followed by four others who oppose a proposal to donate 87,500 acres of land owned by the co-founder of Burt's Bees to the federal government. Two slots for supporters have gone unclaimed, meaning there will be no formal support.

Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is holding the hearing in East...