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Coronavirus Updates

  • March 26, 2020: Select Coastal State Parks Closed Due to Overcrowding: The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) today announced that, with the support of Governor Janet Mills, it is taking additional proactive measures to protect the health and safety of Maine people from the threat of COVID-19.

    Effective Friday, March 27 at 12:01 am, the following Midcoast and Southern Maine coastal State Parks and beaches are closed until April 8: Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, Fort Popham, Fort Baldwin, Kettle Cove State Park, Two Lights State Park, Crescent Beach State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Ferry Beach State Park, and Mackworth Island. (Note that the closure could be extended depending on the spread of the potentially deadly virus.) Read Full Press Release



  • March 26, 2020: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry know that during these stressful times, everyone wants to get outside and recharge. One challenge we all face right now is how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly during this civil state of emergency. Get tips for how to safely spend time outside.

  • March 25, 2020: Public Access to DACF Buildings - We are no longer allowing unscheduled walk-in traffic into DACF buildings throughout the state due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic (excluding the Harlow Building in Augusta). Please CALL your DACF point of contact or the main line to schedule an appointment at (207) 287-3200. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

  • Find the latest information about Maine’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, and resources for Maine people on the Maine CDC website.

  • DACF’s COVID-19 Information for Agriculture and Food Businesses

  • Maine State Parks Are Open With Curtailed Services

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Did you know...

...that Maine is the third largest producer of Maple Syrup in the nation?

...that over 24 Trillion Gallons of rain falls on Maine each year? 50% runs off into streams and rivers, 40% evaporates, 10% infiltrates, and only 1 billion gallons, or .004% is used by farmers as irrigation water. Go to our irrigation site.

...that Popham Beach provided much of the backdrop for the 1999 hit movie "Message in a Bottle", starring Paul Newman, Kevin Costner, and Robin Wright Penn?

...that there are 26 Agricultural Fairs throughout the State of Maine? View Agricultural Fairs Schedule

...that in 2011, the SyFy channel's popular "Ghost Hunters" show visited Fort Knox State Historic Site?

...that the first cows to come to America were off-loaded at what is now Vaughan Woods State Park in South Berwick?