Posted by: Bob Payne | August 4, 2011

Cape Cod seashore holds lessons for North Woods park plan

Fifty years ago this week President John Kennedy signed the law creating the Cape Cod National Seashore. The designation preserved 44,000 acres and 40 miles of shoreline on the outer reaches of an environmentally fragile, yet universally attractive peninsula. Today, that stroke of President Kennedy’s pen is seen as evidence of a clear vision, given that this sand-rimmed peninsula is within a day’s drive of one-third of the U.S. population. Yet like the proposed North Woods National Park in Maine, at the time, the seashore designation was not seen as a slam-dunk victory among locals.

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