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Opponents and supporters discuss national park proposal

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Representatives on the both sides of the national park proposal are answering questions head-on about the proposal Thursday.

Opponents gathered earlier in the day to discuss their concerns. They say a national park in the Katahdin area it will hurt jobs and limit recreational access.

The park would make up 75,000 acres and another 75,000 acres would be a recreation area.

Opponents are skeptical of the plan and think it is vague. They also said it would only bring in low-paying jobs that wouldn't boost the economy. They also fear that the land isn't attractive enough for a national park.

"If Roxanne Quimby wants legacy, have her make her land a working forest under the Quimby name and get all the PR she wants. To take all that land out of the forest product industry hurts. Plus, to top it all off by being in the federal government with that level of regulations over the top is just devastating," said Tom Gardner, President of Gardner Companies.

Supports have a totally different view and think it would benefit the Katahdin region. A peer reviewed economic report indicated it would create between 400 to 1000 jobs.

The public forum is underway at Schenk High School in East Millinocket.

NEWS CENTER will update this story.


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