Loon plate holders get free park day

Posted July 16, 2010, at 10:08 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — If there’s a Maine Loon License Plate on your vehicle, you’ll get free admission this weekend to all Maine state parks and historic sites.

Once again, the Maine Department of Conservation and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, which benefit from the purchase of the distinctive loon plate, are saying thank you to all Maine drivers who have the plate on their vehicles.

All vehicles bearing loon plates will get free admission to Maine state parks and historic sites on Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18, according to the Maine Department of Conservation and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

“The Maine Loon License Plate is a critical source of funding for our Maine state parks and nongame programs of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife,” Commissioner Eliza Townsend of the Maine Department of Conservation said. “We want to express our gratitude to those who have purchased loon plates by inviting them to visit our state parks and historic sites this weekend.”

“When you buy a Maine Loon License Plate, you are saying that you support conservation in Maine and you are looking to the future of the state,” said Will Harris, director of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. “Giving free admission to loon plate holders for our state parks and historic sites is a way we can show our appreciation for their support. We look forward to giving something back by giving loon-plate holders a happy, fun-filled weekend at our state parks.”

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