On August 24th, the White House announced the establishment of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument east of Baxter State Park in north-central Maine, the result of a tremendous philanthropic gift.
The land was donated by the Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., the foundation established by philanthropist Roxanne Quimby and her family. In addition to the land, the gift includes a $40 million endowment (supplementing federal funds) to support the development and maintenance of the park. An initial gift of $20 million will support the initial park development, infrastructure, and operational needs with a pledge of another $20 million in future support.
Read the Presidential Proclamation from the White House.
And read the Portland Press Herald article about Interior Secretary Jewell's visit to the land.