NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING JULY 22- Crocker Mountain Management Plan

July 15, 2014

For more information, contact: Jim Vogel at 207-287-2163

Crocker Mountain Management Plan

Public Scoping Meeting

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands is holding a Public Scoping Meeting for the upcoming Crocker Mountain Management Plan. This plan will guide the Bureau’s multiple-use management of the Crocker Mountain Public Lands Unit, which totals over 12,000 acres. The lands to be addressed are in two main areas: Crocker Mountain (8,000 acres), west of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rapid Stream area (4,000 acres), south of Sugarloaf and north of Mount Abraham. The resulting management plan will become part of the Flagstaff Region Management Plan.

The Crocker Mountain Unit encompasses a 9.7-mile section of the Appalachian Trail corridor. Snowmobile and ATV trails cross the area on existing forest management roads. It is anticipated approximately 4,000 acres will be designated an Ecological Reserve. At least half of the total property will be managed as a multiple-use working forest where timber harvesting will occur.

The upcoming scoping meeting is the first public meeting that will be held on the Crocker Mountain Management Plan. At this meeting we will be asking the audience to provide answers to questions such as: What are your priorities for trail development or other recreational development on these lands? What are any concerns or issues that the plan should addressed? What vision should guide management of these lands over the next 10 years?

The public scoping meeting will be: Tuesday, July 22 6:00-8:00 pm Carrabassett Valley Public Library 3209 Carrabassett Drive Carrabassett Valley

The Bureau will work with the Flagstaff Region Plan Advisory Committee to develop a draft Plan for Crocker Mountain. Once a final draft Plan is written, a public meeting will be held to receive comments, sometime over the winter of 2014-2015.

To see the webpage for the Crocker Mountain Management Plan, click on the Flagstaff Region link at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/getinvolved/planningandacquisition/managementplans/ and scroll down to the Crocker Mountain Plan section. 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, please contact:

Jim Vogel Plan Coordinator Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry 22 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333 Jim.Vogel@maine.gov 207-287-2163