AUGUSTA, Maine — Some forest and park rangers will remain on duty over the Memorial Day weekend and Friday, May 27, despite the state closure day, according to Maine Department of Conservation officials.
Maine Forest Service forest rangers will remain on duty to provide law enforcement and forest protection in the Maine woods, and also will conduct the second day of a two-day, out-of-state firewood exchange at the northbound Kittery rest area on Interstate 95.
During the exchange operation, forest rangers not only will exchange out-of-state wood for Maine wood, but they also will give out warnings to those trying to import the firewood, which is banned in Maine.
Statewide, there will be roughly 30 to 40 Maine Forest Service forest rangers on duty during the shutdown day and the holiday weekend.
Maine state parks and historic sites will be open, including all campgrounds, for the state shutdown day on Friday, May 27, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands officials. They also will be open for the Memorial Day weekend and holiday. Regional and central offices will be closed.
Visitors can find more information by calling the individual parks or visiting online: www.parksandlands.com.
The 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.
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.maineforestservice.gov.