River Management Plan meeting set on St. Croix, Spednic Lake

Posted May 17, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.
Last modified May 17, 2011, at 2:24 p.m.

VANCEBORO, Maine — The Bureau of Parks and Lands, under the Maine Department of Conservation, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold a public meeting on the Spednic Lake-Upper St. Croix River Management Plan as part of the management planning process.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the Vanceboro Elementary School, 101 High St.

In 2003, a multiyear effort involving many partners resulted in the acquisition of approximately 50 miles (2,773 acres) of shorefront and islands within Maine’s Spednic Lake-Upper St. Croix River corridor to be maintained for their undeveloped character and backcountry recreational values.  

Lands on Spednic Lake were acquired by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and lands on the St. Croix River were acquired by the Maine Department of Conservation.

These lands demand planning for resource and recreational management in order to retain a high quality backcountry experience, maintain efficiencies in recreation management and protect the undeveloped character and natural resources of this outstanding corridor, according to state officials.

The purpose of the public meeting is to receive feedback on a final draft management plan. Bureau of Parks and Lands staff will present an overview of the proposed plan, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to offer comments.        

The draft plan and additional information about the management planning process are available at http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/planning/spednicstcroix/index.shtml. Written comments will be accepted until June 14 — two weeks after the public meeting. After this comment period, the final plan will be prepared for review and adoption.

Contact Misha Mytar, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands senior planner, at 460-4818 with questions.

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