Landowner Resources

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Technical Assistance

Consult your local experts to learn more about your land and its potential, and for guidance on how to achieve the goals you have for it. The following state and federal agencies are here to help you, free of charge, with your habitat, wildlife, access, forest, and other natural resource considerations.

Financial Assistance

Doing the right thing for the land should not be a financial burden. To that end, Maine offers tax incentives to help maintain our open spaces, and the USDA-NRCS and Be Woods Wise programs offer financial assistance to landowners who would like to have natural resource management plans written for their land. The NRCS also offers financial assistance with implementing plans that conserve and enhance natural resources.

Habitat Management Guides and Information

As you explore the management opportunities on your land, the following materials can help. Discuss them with your local forester or agency experts, and they’ll help you translate guidance into action.

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Get overall habitat management guidance,
Our neighbors in Vermont and New Hampshire have produced great comprehensive habitat guides that are applicable to Maine:

Forest Management Plan Review

Beginning with Habitat offers Forest Management Plan reviews to help you determine if rare, threatened, or endangered species or sensitive habitats are present on your woodlot. This service will provide you with a letter describing any relevant natural resource features, management guidelines as appropriate, a checklist, and map as supporting materials that can be incorporated into your Forest Management Plan. Our reviews are completed with the assistance of the Maine Natural Areas Program, IFW Regional staff, and IFW species specialists.

You can request a Forest Management Plan review by sending a map showing the property location or digital data (KML or SHP preferred) via email to or regular mail to 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333-0041.

Explore additional Resources

Specific to forest ownership and stewardship:

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