Moosehead Region - Management Plan

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has adopted a 15-year management plan for approximately 31,200 acres of lands known as the Moosehead Region. The region roughly encompasses the southern three-fourths of Moosehead Lake and the surrounding area to the east, south and west within about 12 to 15 miles of the lake, in Piscataquis and Somerset Counties. This plan will guide the Bureau’s management of the Little Moose, Days Academy and Sugar Island Public Lands, as well as undeveloped State Park lands at Farm Island and Kineo, and Bureau fee and easement lands on the shoreline of Moosehead Lake and to the east and west of the lake.

The Moosehead Region Plan is posted below. To read these files, you will need a copy of the free Adobe Reader software.

The Public Planning Process

A public scoping meeting was held February 11, 2015 in Greenville (see Public Meetings roster below), where the public had an opportunity to provide input on the region’s resources, and on issues and concerns related to management and use of the public lands to be addressed in the Plan. The scoping meeting PowerPoint presentation and meeting minutes are provided below.

An Advisory Committee (AC) has been formed and is comprised of individuals who know the resources of the area or can provide specific guidance on the needs and desires of certain user groups. AC meetings were held in May 2015 and March 2016 to further discuss management issues and to review a Plan draft prepared by BPL staff. Meeting minutes are available below.

BPL staff prepared a Final Draft Plan for review, which reflected the contributions of the committee members made at the scoping and AC meetings and in writing, as well as the contributions of a number of specialists and field staff within the Department. A public meeting was held in Greenville on April 27, 2016. At the public meeting, the Bureau discussed the resource allocations and management recommendations contained in the Plan, which provides general management guidance for the Region for the next 15 years. Meeting minutes are available below. Comments were accepted for 3 weeks after the meeting; one written comment was received.

Proposed Plan Amendment

A Greenville-area non-profit organization, the Moosehead Outdoor Alliance (MOA), has proposed to develop a network of mountain bike trails on the Little Moose Unit. This type of recreation development was not discussed during the plan’s development; however, the Bureau believes the concept is consistent with the vision for the unit expressed in the plan. A proposal for development of the trails within three delineated zones was discussed with the Advisory Committee during a virtual meeting held February 4, 2021. The meeting notes are posted below under Past Meetings and Minutes.

The Bureau has now prepared a draft plan amendment (posted below under Management Plan Documents) that would allow MOA to develop up to 25 miles of mountain bike trails on the Little Moose Unit. The Bureau will hold a virtual meeting to obtain input from the public on April 7, 2021. The meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams videoconference. Written comments on the draft amendment will be accepted until April 21.

No meetings currently scheduled.

Past Meetings & Minutes

02-04-2021 - A Moosehead Region Advisory Committee meeting was held via Microsoft Teams from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
02-04-2021 Meeting Minutes (PDF 199KB)

04-27-2016 - A Moosehead Region public meeting was held at the Center for Moosehead History in Greenville from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
04-27-2016 Meeting Minutes (PDF 298KB)

03-17-2016 - A Moosehead Region Advisory Committee meeting was held at the Greenville Town Hall from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
03-17-2016 Meeting Minutes (PDF 942KB)

05-21-2015 - A Moosehead Region Advisory Committee meeting was held at the Greenville Town Hall from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
05-21-2015 Meeting Minutes (PDF 665KB)

02-11-2015 - A Moosehead Region public scoping meeting was held at the Greenville Town Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
02-11-2015 Meeting Minutes (PDF 547KB)

Management Plan Documents

Moosehead Region Plan:

Little Moose Unit – Proposed Mountain Bike Trail Development:

For more information:

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