AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, will hold a public scoping meeting July 28 to solicit comments related to the management of bureau-held properties in the Central Penobscot Region.
This region includes Nahmakanta and Seboeis Lake public-reserved lands, as well as lands recently acquired by the state east of Baxter State Park. The bureau is developing 15-year management plans for these properties.
The scoping meeting is the first of two public meetings to be held in developing the management plan. A second will be held once a draft plan has been written.
“This is an important first step as we begin the planning process for this unique area of Maine,” said Amy Hudnor, the BPL planner who is overseeing the process. “We hope to have an excellent turn-out.”
Hudnor said she will ask participants at the meeting to brainstorm answers to some specific questions, such as: What is working well on these public lands? What conflicts or issues should we address in the plan? What vision should guide management of these lands over the next 15 years?”
The meeting will be held 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, July 28, Milo Town Hall, 6 Pleasant St., Milo.
Properties to be included in the management plan include the Nahmakanta Public Lands, which lie northeast of Moosehead Lake and south of Mount Katahdin, surrounding Nahmakanta Lake, the Debsconeag lakes and many other ponds. The Appalachian Trail traverses the property south and west of Nahmakanta Lake, through a portion of the property previously designated as an ecological reserve, Hudnor said. Snowmobile and ATV touring trails, as well as day hikes, campsites, and boating, hunting and fishing opportunities, also are abundant at the Nahmakanta Public Lands, she said.
Seboeis Public Lands nearly encompass Seboeis Lake, roughly between Brownville Junction and Millinocket. The area includes stunning views of Katahdin from the lake, which has a boat ramp at the north end. Several campsites are available along the shores, Hudnor noted. A snowmobile and ATV trail is being constructed that will travel on the east side of Seboeis Lake and connect Millinocket to points south, she said. The Bureau is in the process of acquiring additional lands at the south end of the lake.
Also part of this plan are newly acquired public lands north of Millinocket, part of a larger effort to secure multiple uses, including snowmobiling and hunting, in the Katahdin region. The East Turner Mountain Public Lands came under BPL management in 2006, when the state also acquired the Katahdin Lake parcel to the south which was added to Baxter State Park. The Millinocket Forest Public Lands are north of Millinocket Lake in Township 2, Range 8 WELS and were acquired by the state early in 2011, fueled in part by efforts to secure the ITS snowmobile trail running through it, Hudnor said.
With the help of an advisory committee, the bureau will develop a draft management plan to be presented at a public meeting for public comment some time over the winter of 2011-2012, the BPL planner said.
To see the web page for the Central Penobscot Region Management Plan, go to www.parksandlands.com and scroll down the page to click on the Central Penobscot Plan link. The current management plans for Nahmakanta and Seboeis Public Lands are available, and the page will be updated throughout the planning process with draft plans and meeting minutes.
For more information or to be added to the mailing list for the plan, contact:
Amy Hudnor, BPL planner, at (207) 287-2163 or by email at: Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Amy Hudnor, Plan Coordinator, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, 22 State House Station, Augusta 04333.