Love Katahdin Woods & Waters? Join Friends!


A letter from board member Matt Polstein, President & Founder of Ktaadn Resorts (home of New England Outdoor Center), and Maine’s Small Business Owner of the Year! Thank you for all you do, Matt!

Dear Friends,

2024 is shaping up to be a BIG year for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument–and there has never been a better time to become a Friend than right now, during our annual spring Membership Appeal!

My story: I moved to the state and became a Registered Maine Guide in 1981. I fell in love with the Katahdin Region and invested in building a business based on outdoor recreation here in Millinocket almost 30 years ago. From rafting trips to a campground, snowmobile and ski trails, luxury cabin rentals, a brewery and events center…time flies!

Today, I want to thank you for caring and encourage you to become a member of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters.

Did you know? Membership supports all of the following:

  • Dam and culvert replacement to restore native sea-run Atlantic Salmon passage throughout the Penobscot River Watershed;
  • Promotion of responsible and sustainable visitation to Katahdin Woods and Waters for the year-round benefit of surrounding communities;
  • Community science in the monument and the region: teaching local youth to test water quality in rivers and observe changes over time;
  • And so much more!

Since 2016, we enjoy more hiking trails and better fishing in trout streams on monument land today, thanks to the persistence and generosity of those who believed. Because of folks like you, the next generation will find these woods and waters better than we did, and learn a more complete story of the land. On August 17th, Tekαkαpimək Contact Station will open to the public. Unlike any welcome center in our national parks system, the building and natural landscape atop Lookout Mountain will invite the public to experience and learn through the lens of a Wabanaki world view.

Please join me and invest in nature, community, and the stewards of tomorrow. The level of support is up to you—what matters is our shared voice.

See you on the trail,

Matt Polstein

A river with whitewater flows toward the camera.
Upper East Branch of the Penobscot: a place worth protecting. Nolan Altvater photo