Public Informational Meeting on the Moosehead Lake Region Non-motorized Trails Project to be held on September 11

September 4, 2013

For more information, contact: Rex Turner, Outdoor Recreation Planner at (207)-287-4920

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s Division of Parks and Public Lands will hold a public meeting on September 11, 2013 to seek public input on a multi-year initiative to enhance non-motorized trails in the Moosehead Lake Region. The public is invited to participate in this meeting, learn about planning that has been done to date, and share ideas on how to enhance non-motorized trails in the region. Time and Place: • 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, Greenville Town Office, 7 Minden St. Greenville.

The trail development and enhancement concepts being explored are made possible by funding and easement donations from Plum Creek, who is a partner in the initiative. As directed by the Moosehead Lake Region Concept Plan (approved by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission), one-hundred and twenty-one acres of trail easement may be located on Plum Creek’s 363,000-acre Moosehead Region Conservation Easement. Furthermore, one million dollars will be available to support trail planning, creation, and improvement on the easement lands and on Parks and Lands properties or interests in the Moosehead Lake Region. Five trailhead locations will be donated to the Division of Parks and Public Lands. Trail enhancements will be implemented over a five-year period, with construction beginning in 2014.

The exact types and locations of trails to be included in this initiative are to be determined during the planning phase; which includes the September 11 public meeting. The Concept Plan Trail Easement and Implementation Agreement serve as the foundations of the initiative and both limit trail projects to primitive, non-motorized trails available to the public. A range of non-motorized trails ranging from easy walking paths to strenuous backpacking circuits are candidates for development or improvement. Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, canoe/kayak portaging, and wildlife/environmental observation are all potential trail activities targeted through this effort.

More information is available at: http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/planning/moosehead.html

Supporting documents

Moosehead ledge east of eagle rock