Producer/Host: Ron Beard
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument: Celebrating the first four years
•What led to the creation of the monument? What were some of the highs and lows in that journey?
•What would a visitor find in a visit today, four years after the monument opened? How would they get there? Where might they stay? What would they experience?
•How does the history and culture of Native Americans figure into the story?
•What is the role of the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters? What are some of your current projects and activities?
•What will the long-term impact of the monument have on the ecosystem, regional bio-diversity?
•What are your hopes for the future of the monument… what would you want visitors to the region now and in the future to “take away” from their experience?
Lucas St. Clair – Founder and President of Elliotsville Foundation
Andrew Bossie – Executive Director, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters
Tim Hudson or Jeanne Roy – KAWW Park Superintendent / Chief of Interpretation
Lindsey Hill Downing – Owner of MtChase Lodge in Mt Chase, Me
Jennifer Neptune – Member, Penobscot Nation, artist and registered Maine Guide
About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.