Office of Parks and Lands Announces New Outdoor Recreation Investment Map

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AUGUSTA – The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands recently released the new Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Investment Map for Maine, developed in collaboration with the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation, Maine Recreation and Park Association, Maine Department of Transportation, Appalachian Mountain Club and The Nature Conservancy. The map highlights investments in outdoor recreation such as trails, parks and other projects.

AUGUSTA – The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands recently released the new Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Investment Map for Maine, developed in collaboration with the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation, Maine Recreation and Park Association, Maine Department of Transportation, Appalachian Mountain Club and The Nature Conservancy. The map highlights investments in outdoor recreation such as trails, parks and other projects. Eight hundred and seventy LWCF-supported outdoor recreation projects included on the map are saved for everyone to perpetually enjoy.

“This mapping work of the full scope of the impact of the LWCF State and Local Assistance Program provides a tangible and visible way to understand the importance of this program in our conservation and recovery work. providing access to these important lands for the benefit of the public and our state in perpetuity,” said DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal. “I invite everyone to visit the LWCF Map website to get an idea of ​​the wide range of projects that have been made possible with LWCF funding.”

“In Maine, the term ‘conserved land’ most often conjures up places like Camden Hills State Park or Tumbledown Mountain. But many of our favorite playgrounds, baseball diamonds and neighborhood trails are also conserved lands, and they were made possible by the LWCF,” said Andy Cutko, Director of BPL. “This great new web resource demonstrates the importance of having outdoor spaces within a 10 to 15 minute drive from our homes.”

“For 57 years, the LWCF has provided Mainers with easy access to the outdoors and helped protect some of the places we love most. It has strengthened our communities and our economy,” said Eliza Townsend, director of conservation policy for the Appalachian Mountain Club Maine. “From now on, the public and our elected officials will be able to appreciate its impact. AMC is proud to partner with the State of Maine to make this information available.

Two Maine Conservation Corps environmental stewards have contributed more than 3,000 service hours to creating the interactive recreation map. The process involved converting 2,700 paper records into a dynamic GIS database.

An additional line item included in the recently enacted state budget will support improvements to the map and help ensure that resources developed through the fund remain continuously available to the public.

Since 1964, royalties paid by oil and gas drilling companies on the outer continental shelf have been dedicated to LWCF to protect national parks, forests and wildlife refuges and to provide grants to national and local parks and conservation projects. outdoor recreation. Over the past six decades, the LWCF has played a pivotal role in ensuring that these resources are there for future generations. After years of diverting funds specifically intended for the conservation agenda, the LWCF was permanently funded in 2020 with the leadership of the Maine Congressional delegation.

The Outdoor Recreation Investment Map can be found on the BPL website at https://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/publications_maps/land-water-conservation-map.shtml.

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