There are some parallels and some contrasts between the new Katadhin Woods and Waters National Monument and the Dow’s Woods land and water preservation area.

Both are intended to preserve a resource that will benefit current and future generations. One has national impact; the other is centered on South Portland.

One will continue to generate reams of publicity and discussion; the other will not. One is very large; the other is very small. One is in a remote area with little population; the other is in the middle of one of the few heavily urban centers of the state.

What else? One is the donation of a generous benefactor; the other, a collaboration of a local land trust, and a developer sensitive to local concerns about open space.

Nice work on the part of all the groups and individuals who helped make both of these projects happen!

William R. Laidley

South Portland