W. Maine mountain parks topic of hearing

Posted Dec. 06, 2010, at 6:45 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The future of parks and public lands in the western mountains region of Maine will be the topic of an open meeting before the state Bureau of Parks and Lands.

The public is invited Monday evening to comment on a management plan that will guide the bureau’s management of state parks and public lands for the next 15 years in the region, which includes the Rangeley Lakes area and the rugged, mountainous Mahoosuc region.

BPL-managed parks and lands in the plan include Rangeley Lake State Park, Bald Mountain in Oquossoc, Richardson Lakes Public Lands, Four Ponds Public Lands, Grafton Notch State Park and Mahoosuc Public Lands.

An advisory committee including representatives of recreation and conservation groups as well as abutting landowners and others with expertise in the region helped with the draft report.