Flagstaff Region - Management Plan

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has developed a 15-year management plan for approximately 54,000 acres of lands known as the Flagstaff Region. The region roughly encompasses the area north of Farmington to the Canadian border, and east of the Rangeley Lakes Region to the Kennebec River Valley. The plan guides management activities by the Bureau on public lands at the Bigelow Preserve and Flagstaff Lake, Mount Abraham, Chain of Ponds, and several smaller Public Lots.

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Plan Update and Review

The Bureau has recently completed the first Five-Year Review of the 2007 Flagstaff Region Management Plan covering the period from 2007 through 2012. The Integrated Resource Policy (IRP) requires that the Bureau, at five year intervals, report to the Advisory Committee on accomplishments and changing conditions that may warrant amendments to the plan.

The Five-Year Review is prepared in a table format. It is included as Appedix B of the Management Plan Review Document linked as a PDF below. It:

  • Lists plan recommendations (left column), and
  • Actions taken (right column) to implement each recommendation; and
  • Identifies from the Bureau's perspective any new issues or circumstances that were not addressed in the plan that may warrant Committee discussion or action (at end of table).

The Five-Year Review table was sent to Advisory Committee members on July 18, 2013 and was revised in response to Advisory Committee comments and new information.

A number of new issues and changing conditions affecting the management of the Flagstaff Region lands were the focus of the update process.

Two meetings of the Flagstaff Region Advisory Committee were held, on August 15 and December 11 (meeting minutes can be downloaded below). In addition to a review of progress in implementing the Plan recommendations, the meetings focused on review and discussion of several non-motorized trail proposals, a motorized trail proposal, and potential new boat access sites on east Flagstaff Lake.

Written comments on the trail proposals and potential new boat access sites were accepted through the end of December, 2013.

Bureau staff subsequently developed proposed Plan amendment recommendations that would allow some of the proposals to move forward, with certain requirements and, in some cases, changes to the proposal. The Plan amendment recommendations were provided to the Advisory Committee for review and comment. Final draft proposed amendments were presented at a public meeting, on June 12, 2014 in Farmington, to gather further public input. Comments were accepted for two weeks following the public meeting. The final amendments to the Plan, adopted on June 16, 2014, are provided below in the Management Plan Review document.

Crocker Mountain Management Plan

The Bureau has begun the process of developing a Management Plan for the recent Crocker Mountain acquisition, abutting the Bigelow Preserve. Draft Plan documents and meeting minutes will be provided below, and updated frequently throughout the process.

Public Meetings:

Date and Time Headline Location Additional Information



Past Meetings & Minutes

06-12-2014 - A public meeting was held at the Olsen Student Center North Dining Hall on the University of Maine-Farmington campus from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
06-12-2014 Meeting Minutes - (PDF 215KB)

12-11-2013 - An Advisory Committee meeting was held at the Olsen Student Center North Dining Hall on the University of Maine-Farmington campus from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
12-11-2013 Meeting Minutes - (PDF 130KB)

08-15-2013 - An Advisory Committee meeting meeting was held at the Olsen Student Center North Dining Hall on the University of Maine-Farmington campus from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
8/15/2013 Meeting Minutes - (PDF 126KB)


Management Plan Review Document

Flagstaff Region Management Plan 5-Year Review and Update - Part 1 of 2 (PDF 1.4 MB)

Flagstaff Region Management Plan 5-Year Review and Update - the Appendices - Part 2 of 2 (PDF 1.8 MB)

Management Plan Documents

Map of the Unit - (PDF 244KB)

Management Plan - (PDF 21MB)

Management Plan in four downloadable sections:

Appendices - (PDF 1.79MB)

Advisory Committee - (PDF 173KB)

Related Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) Reports Online:

For more information:

Jim Vogel
Senior Planner
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
22 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0022
(207) 287-2163