MILLINOCKET, Maine — The U.S. Secretary of the Interior is going to visit a new national monument in Maine that’s in the midst of a federal review over whether to keep it.

The department says Secretary Ryan Zinke will visit Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on June 14. He’ll also be in the area the following day to meet with local officials, the Maine Woods Coalition, American Indian tribal representatives and business people.

Zinke’s also scheduled to make a “major sportsmen and conservation announcement” in Hooksett, New Hampshire, June 13.

President Donald Trump ordered the review of more than two dozen national monuments, including Katahdin. He accused previous administrations of using the federal Antiquities Act to facilitate a “massive federal land grab” by creating monuments.

President Barack Obama created the Katahdin monument.

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