The Katahdin region is in the beginning stages of resurgence, thanks to the designation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The governor’s opposition to this is beyond me. The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is already responsible for getting new people up to the region where they are spending money at local businesses while they explore this incredibly beautiful area.

I recently visited the monument with several friends from towns throughout Maine, from Skowhegan to Patten. We spent four days staying at Bowlin Camps on the East Branch. We took day skiing trips on the incredible land that straddles the river. We skied to different falls and up mountains, even getting in some turns on the way down from the Lookout.

We ran into people from other parts of Maine while out on the trails. While we were there, Bowlin was playing host to snowmobilers, there to enjoy the surrounding area. Katahdin Woods and Waters and the broader area has something for everyone. Local businesses like Bowlin Camps can help you enjoy the area, no matter your interest or skill level.

My friends and I are already making plans to go back this summer to canoe, fish and hike. Businesses are benefiting from the increased tourism that’s already started.

I join the vast majority of Mainers in agreeing that Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a positive development for the region and the state. I encourage Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins and Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree to stand up to any attempt to damage the economic and recreational benefits helping local businesses and Mainers who want to enjoy them.

Roger Renfrew