U.S. Interior Secretary returns to Maine

US Secretary of Interior attends event in Portland.

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The United States Secretary of the Interior was in Maine again on Wednesday.

She was the keynote speaker at the Maine Conservation Alliance's "Evening for the Environment" event in Portland.

Much of her remarks focused on the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument created by President Obama in August.

Secretary Sally Jewell thinks the monument has a bright future and because it preserves woodlands, will help Maine fight climate change.

Jewell was introduced by Lucas St. Clair, who oversaw a lot of the work needed to make the monument a reality.

He says he's still determining what his role with the monument will be going forward.

“I'm figuring it out,” said St. Clair. “I'm still working within the communities, thinking about how to bring some infrastructure and to bring some economic revitalization to the region. Working with other gateway communities around the country.”

St. Clair is also helping the NPS come up with a resource management plan for the monument.

“Over the course of three years, which is the amount of time the President has given us to come up with a plan, we'll come up with what's called a resource management plan,” said Secretary Jewell.  “That will take all that community input and input from the experts from the parks service and elsewhere and create a plan for the monument going forward.”

Jewell says the step after that is getting funding for that plan, both from Congress and philanthropists.

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