Natural Resource Agency Links
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources is the State’s lead agency dealing with all aspects of the food system from the field to the table. The Department maintains a mission of fostering opportunities for the agriculture community and of promoting stewardship of Maine’s natural resources.
The Maine Department of Conservation is a natural resource agency whose bureaus oversee the management, development and protection of some of Maine's most special places: 17 million acres of forest land, 10.4 million acres of unorganized territory, 47 parks and historic sites and more than 480,000 acres of public reserved land. The Department of Conservation, created in 1973, has as its mission to benefit the residents, landowners, and users of the state's natural resources by promoting stewardship and ensuring responsible balanced use of Maine's land, forest, water, and mineral resources.
The Department is responsible for protecting and restoring Maine's natural resources and enforcing the state's environmental laws. Legislative mandate directs DEP to prevent, abate and control the pollution of the air, water and land. The Department administers programs, educates and makes regulatory decisions that contribute to the achievement of this mission.
We protect and preserve the state’s natural resources, and make sure you are safe when you are out enjoying the woods and waters of this magnificent state. We also ensure, through careful management, that our state’s fish and wildlife resources will be there for generations to come, and that Maine will continue to be a special place for those who live or visit here. Maine is well known for its wealth of natural resources, and abundance of wildlife. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is one of the smallest state agencies, yet we are responsible for overseeing a state so vast, it is nearly as large as the rest of New England combined.
The Department of Marine Resources is established to conserve and develop marine and estuarine resources; to conduct and sponsor scientific research; to promote and develop the Maine coastal fishing industries; to advise and cooperate with local, state, and federal officials concerning activities in coastal waters; and to implement, administer, and enforce the laws and regulations necessary for these purposes. - Maine Title 12, Chapter 603 §6021.