Tumbledown Public Lands and Mt. Blue State Park - Management Plan

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has begun work on the first management plan for Tumbledown Public Lands and Mount Blue State Park. The management plan will provide resource protection and management guidance for the Tumbledown Public Lands in T6 North of Weld, Phillips and Weld, as well as at Mount Blue State Park in Weld, Avon and Temple 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 will launch the public plan process with a scoping meeting, to be held January 28, 2020 at UM Farmington. Additional details are provided below. The purpose of the scoping meeting is 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. Notice of the AC meetings will be posted here; the meetings are open to the public.

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 will work with the Advisory Committee to develop a draft Plan. Once a final draft of the Plan is written, following committee review and comment, a second public meeting will be held to present the Plan and receive comment. The final draft Plan is anticipated to be ready in late fall or early winter of 2020.

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. This page will be updated throughout the planning process with draft plans and meeting minutes.

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