While opponents acknowledge the designation could draw tourists, distrust of the federal government, fueled by the closure of paper mills, leading to lost jobs and mass migration, has many uneasy, Miller writes. Critics "fear the designation will scare away potential industrial-based opportunities, leaving only seasonal tourism jobs." (Press Herald graphic: Land designated for new national monument)
In an attempt to appease critics "it will be the only National Park Service national monument that allows hunting," excluding bears, Eilperin and Dennis write. "It will also allow snowmobiling on all its existing trails, which means more than half the site will be open to the winter sport. However no logging, except for tree removal the Park Service conducts for conservation or safety purposes, will be permitted."
Theresa Pierno, president and chief executive of the National Parks Conservation Association, told the Post, “It may be one of the last, large national parks that we see in our lifetime. sWe’ll look back and say, ‘We can’t ever imagine why this was a controversy.’”