Tumbledown/Mount Blue Region - Management Plan

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has begun work on the first management plan for the Tumbledown/Mount Blue Region. The management plan will provide resource protection and management guidance for the Tumbledown Public Land in T6 North of Weld, Phillips and Weld, as well as at Mount Blue State Park in Weld, Avon and Temple, and the Bald Mountain public lot in Perkins over the next 15-year period. In total, these Bureau properties cover nearly 19,000 acres. Conservation easements held by the Bureau on more than 10,000 acres of working forest abutting these lands will also be included in the plan.

Plan Process

The Bureau of Parks and Lands launched the public plan process with a scoping meeting, held January 28, 2020 at UM Farmington. The purpose of the scoping meeting was to obtain public input on management issues and concerns related to these public lands and on ideas for their future management.

The Bureau has formed an Advisory Committee for the Tumbledown/Mount Blue Plan. The Advisory Committee is composed of a diverse set of individuals that add to the Bureau’s understanding of the subject public lands—on topics such as its resources, the people who use it, the management issues, and the interests of various recreational and other groups.

In addition to what we hear from the Advisory Committee, decisions on management of the lands will be informed by what we learn from other members of the public, shaped by the policy guidance provided in our Integrated Resource Policy planning document (which sets out the types of uses appropriate based on the values and sensitivities of the resources).

The Bureau worked with the Advisory Committee to develop a draft plan. Two Advisory Committee meetings were held during the drafting phase, in February and September 2020. A third Advisory Committee meeting to review and discuss the draft plan was held in July, 2021.  Notes from all three meetings are provided below under Management Plan Documents.

Following committee review and comment, the final draft of the plan is now ready for public review and comment. A virtual public meeting has been scheduled for December 1, 2021 at 6:00 pm.Additional information is below. The final draft plan is provided below in three parts under Management Plan Documents.

After a 3-week comment period, a Final Plan will be prepared, for adoption by the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry based on the recommendation of the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Public Meetings

Date and Time Headline Location Additional Information

Management Plan Documents

Background Documents

For more information:

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