Putting the Nation’s Newest Monument on the Map

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Andrew Bossie
Executive Director
Office: (207) 808-0020

Putting the Nation’s Newest Monument on the Map
Map Adventures partners with Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters to release new recreation map

Patten, ME — Map Adventures LLC, publisher of the popular Katahdin Baxter Map, Acadia National Park, and other hiking and biking maps, recently partnered with Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters to release a new map of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (KWWNM). This is the first recreational map of the monument available for purchase, although anyone who joins Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters before June 30th will receive the map as part of their membership.

The new map represents trails and activities for outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, mountain bikers, fishermen, canoeists, kayakers, and fans of winter recreation. The two major wild rivers that run through the monument, the Seboeis River and the East Branch of the Penobscot River, offer stellar whitewater and flatwater river experiences for paddlers. Families can get a lot out of the monument too, however, they should know that limited services and signage make visiting an adventure.

“Other parks that we’ve mapped have a longer history of recreational use, an infrastructure of trails, and visitor centers,” said Steve Bushey, cartographer and co-owner of Map Adventures. “The exciting challenge was to create a map to help visitors safely navigate a national treasure that’s still in its infancy.”

Another unique feature of the KWWNM map is the inclusion of communities, towns, and trail systems leading to the park. It’s one of the reasons that Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters wanted to partner with Map Adventures on the project.

“Both of our organizations believe in the power of community,” said Andrew Bossie, executive director of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters. “We encourage people to try the outdoor and wilderness activities offered by nearby businesses – it will only add to their understanding and experience of the monument.”

Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters is also offering a guide of the scenic Loop Road for those visitors who might prefer a leisurely drive to watch for wildlife, or to learn some area history. The Loop Road Interpretive Map is available at the KWWNM’s visitor contact stations in Millinocket and Patten, at the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, and along the Loop Road, which is expected to open to visitors before the end of the May.

Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters is a non-profit 501c3 membership organization made up of individuals and businesses who are committed to working to help protect, preserve, and promote all that is special about Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. To become a member, or to learn more, go to www.friendsofkww.org.

Based in Peaks Island, Maine, Map Adventures LLC was founded in 1994 by husband-and-wife team Steve Bushey (head cartographer and strategist) and Angela Faeth (designer and project manager). The company has published more than 100 detailed, high-quality maps, including hiking maps and guides for Northern New England, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.mapadventures.com.

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument map is available from retail outlets in the Katahdin region and throughout New England, and online at www.mapadventures.com. A companion digital version of the map is downloadable through the Avenza PDF Map Store, using the PDF Maps mobile app.

** Digital images and hard copies of the map are available upon request.**

Media Contacts:
Andrew Bossie – andrew@friendsofkww.org / (207) 808 – 0020
Jennifer Boggs – jen@toderico.com / (917) 520 – 1123
Angela Faeth – angela@mapdventures.com / (207) 879 – 4777