AUGUSTA – Some Maine Department of Conservation staff will continue to be on duty for the August state closure day, according to department officials.
Maine state parks and historic sites will be open, including all campgrounds, for the state shutdown day on Friday, Aug. 6, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands officials.
Maine Forest Service forest rangers also will remain on duty to provide law enforcement and forest protection in the Maine woods, according to MFS officials.
All Maine state parks and historic sites will be open, with park staff present. All state park campgrounds also are open. Regional and central offices will be closed.
Visitors can find park information, all park activities and admission fees at: http://www.parksandlands.com or by calling the individual parks for more information and for the camping fee schedule.
The new Maine State Parks Passport is available free of charge at state parks and historic sites, where visitors also will find the passport box containing the individual state stamp with which to mark their passport. Visitors also can purchase state park seasonal passes at any state park: $35 for individuals; $70 for vehicle passes.
Statewide, there will be roughly 30 to 40 Maine Forest Service forest rangers on duty during the shutdown day and the holiday weekend.
The forest rangers will perform their regular duties, responding to complaints, conducting inspections and performing law-enforcement activities.
People are reminded to be cautious with all fires and to contact their local fire departments or the Maine Forest Service for fire permits. For more information, go to: http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/
For more information, contact Will Harris, Bureau of Parks and Lands director, at 287-4961, or Bill Williams, Maine Forest Service Forest Protection supervisor, at 287-4991.