Contacts: Jeanne Curran, (207) 287-32156
Maine Forest Rangers on Duty; State Parks Open for State Closure Day
(May 25, 2011)
AUGUSTA, Maine – Some Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC) staff will remain on duty for the May state closure day, according to MDOC officials.
Maine Forest Service forest rangers will conduct the second day of a two-day, out-of-state firewood exchange at the northbound Kittery rest area, Interstate 95. Maine forest rangers also will remain on duty to provide law enforcement and forest protection in the Maine woods, according to MFS officials.
During the exchange operation, Maine forest rangers not only will exchange out-of-state wood for Maine wood, but they also will give out warnings to those who import the firewood, which is banned in Maine.
Statewide, there will be roughly 30 to 40 Maine Forest Service forest rangers on duty during the shutdown day and the holiday weekend. The forest rangers will perform their regular duties, responding to complaints, conducting inspections and performing law-enforcement activities.
Maine state parks and historic sites will be open, including all campgrounds, for the state shut-down day on Friday, May 27, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) officials. They also will be open for the Memorial Day weekend and holiday. Regional and central offices will be closed.
Visitors can find more information by calling the individual parks and for the camping fee schedule. For more information, go to: www.parksandlands.com
The Maine State Parks Passport is available free of charge at state parks and historic sites, where visitors also will find the passport box containing the individual state stamp with which to mark their passport. Visitors also can purchase state park seasonal passes at any state park: $35 for individuals; $70 for vehicle passes.
People are reminded to be cautious with all fires and to contact their local fire departments or the Maine Forest Service for fire permits. For more information, go to: http://www.maineforestservice.gov
For more information, contact Will Harris, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands director, at 287-4961, or Bill Williams, Maine Forest Service Forest Protection supervisor, at 287-4991.