Explore America’s Next National Park -- The Maine Woods National Park

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The Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project provides a unique view of Maine’s Great North Woods, which still survives as the greatest undeveloped region east of the Mississippi. Maine’s northern forest and its denizens have served man well for centuries, providing food, jobs, and security for a burgeoning state and nation. Now it is time to reward this forest and its wildlife with a safe home for its future by supporting the creation of the Maine Woods National Park, which would encompass 3.2 million acres, an area larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined. We owe this forest and wildlife with our lives.

“The forest inspires me. In it I find peace. My desire is that all species can experience such peace." Thomas Mark Szelog

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Whitefield, Maine: A new photo-documentation project now makes it possible for people to journey into and discover the proposed Maine Woods National Park through the newly launched website, MaineWoodsNationalPark.com. The Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project allows people to learn about the fragile ecosystem that thrives within the proposed Maine Woods National Park and how to support the creation of America's next National Park. The proposed park would encompass 3.2 million acres of the greatest undeveloped region east of the Mississippi, an area larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined.

The Project is the vision of conservationists, and professional wildlife photography team, Thomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog. The mission of the Project is to provide inspiration, education, and motivation, through photographs and words, to encourage society to work together in the spirit of cooperation to create the Maine Woods National Park for the benefit of nature, wildlife, our planet and all mankind. After logging over 10,000 miles in the proposed Maine Woods National Park during the past two years, the Szelogs created this website as the first small, but important step in showcasing this magnificent area. The Project also includes the creation of a compelling book, traveling fine-art photography exhibit and speaking tour, further showcasing the splendor of the proposed Maine Woods National Park and its riches that deserve protection. When asked what compels the Szelogs to invest their lives toward this Project, Tom remarked, “The forest inspires me. In it I find peace. My desire is that all species can experience such peace.” The Szelogs further state, “Maine’s northern forest and its denizens have served man well for centuries, providing food, jobs, and security for a burgeoning state and nation. Now it is time to reward this forest and its wildlife with a safe home for its future. We owe this forest and wildlife with our lives. Wildlife and man deserve to live in peace.”

Never before has a professional photography team extensively explored the depths of the North Woods of Maine. Their goal is to create at least one compelling image to represent each of the approximately 170 areas (civil divisions) within the proposed boundary of the Maine Woods National Park. In some cases this will be the first time these locales have been documented by a professional photographer. This extensive body of work of photographs and journals will become a testament to the land that still can be preserved through awareness and conservation.

Thomas Mark Szelog has spent most of his life observing, writing about, and photographing wildlife. He has been a full-time professional photographer for 25 years, specializing in photographing wildlife, nature, and landscapes for the editorial, corporate and fine art markets. He has earned the reputation and is often described as “one of Maine’s most renowned wildlife photographers,” and is the recipient of the Philip Hyde Award, presented annually to a photographer who is working to preserve the condition of the natural environment through the art of photography. His life-long respect and admiration for wildlife guided him to his calling as a conservationist, using his gifts as a photographer and visionary to help save what’s left of our natural world and its inhabitants in his own backyard of Maine. Lee Ann Szelog spent 28 years working as a marketing and training executive. In 2008 she founded Simply Put, a limited liability company¸ specializing in presentations and programs to help people live life rather than react to it by providing a refreshing focus on subjects including conservation, attitude, collaboration, and wellness (of our planet and ourselves). Together, Tom and Lee Ann share the gifts of their words and photographs in narrated photography presentations and books to passionately educate and stimulate people to conserve, protect, honor and cherish wildlife.

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