Cobblestone beaches and the dramatic ocean cliffs. Mossy forests and scenic trout ponds. Open mountaintops and a roaming moose. These are some of the scenes you’ll enjoy in the new outdoor film “Untold Secret,” recently released by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
The 21-minute film, produced by Portland-based 360 Media Ventures, showcases some of the state’s most spectacular and often overlooked outdoor recreation areas.
More specifically, the film introduces people to more than 600,000 acres of wilderness that make up Maine Public Lands, a collection of state-owned properties that are managed for outdoor recreation, wildlife, habitat conservation and timber harvesting.
“They’re just spectacular places ecologically and recreationally,” said Andy Cutko, the director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands. “We want the public to know they’re out there.”
Maine Public Lands are managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, which also manages 48 state parks and historic sites, as well as multi-use trails and conservation easements throughout the state.
“I think many of the parks are fairly well known,” Cutko said. “Places like Reid State Park and Popham Beach [State Park] and Sebago Lake [State Park] get lots of visitors, particularly in the summer. But I think a lot of people are not really aware of Maine Public Lands, these amazing places that have been protected and preserved for public use, places like the Bigelow Range and Donnell Pond.”
Compared with state parks, public lands are minimally developed, without visitor centers or large campgrounds. But they do feature hundreds of miles of well-maintained hiking trails and multi-use trails, as well as boat launches and hundreds of campsites that are free for the public to use on a first come, first served basis.
In addition, while state parks collect admission fees, public lands are generally free to visit. They’re funded by the timber harvesting operations that take place on specific areas of the properties.
Aislinn Sarnacki is a Maine outdoors writer and the author of three Maine hiking guidebooks including “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine.” Find her on Twitter and Facebook @1minhikegirl. You can also...
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