Office of Parks and Lands offers 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 a Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Investment Map for Maine.

The map was 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.

“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,” DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal said in a press release from the organization.

To view the outdoor recreation investment map, visit maine.gov/dacf/parks.

“In Maine, the term ‘preserved 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 BPL Director Andy Cutko. “This great new web resource demonstrates the importance of having outdoor locations within a 10 to 15 minute drive from our homes.”

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 passed state budget will support improvements to the map and help ensure that resources developed through the fund remain continuously available to the public.

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