Land for Maine's Future

Land for Maine's Future

Public Input Welcome

At its September 16, 2014 meeting, the LMF board established work groups on the following topics:

Comments on these topics are welcome from partners, cooperating entities, public agencies, interested parties and all others. 

Funds Allocated to 30 Proposals

At its July 15, 2014 meeting the Land for Maine’s Future Board allocated $9.1M of the Land for Maine’s Future bonds approved by voters. Projects include; working forests & farmland, salmon habitat, deer wintering areas, rugged mountains, coastal islands, urban trail connections, working commercial waterfronts, sand beaches, rock climbing areas, wildlife habitat, and many other conservation and recreation assets.

CONSERVATION & RECREATION
Project Name Municipality
Biddeford RiverWalk Park Biddeford
Brave Boat Headwaters Kittery
Central ME Sportsman's Access Emden, Burnham, Detroit, Cambridge, Ripley
Caribou Bog Conservation Area Old Town
Clapboard Island Falmouth
Cold Stream Forest West Forks Plt., Johnson Mountain Twp., Parlin Pond Twp.
Crooked River Forest Otisfield, Harrison
Crow Island Thread of Life South Bristol
Ellis River to Whitecap Mountain Rumford
Gardiner Pond Wiscasset
Goslings Islands Harpswell
Gulf Hagas - Whitecap Bowdoin college East Twp., TB R11 WELS Twp.
High Island Saint George
Howard Hill Augusta
Kimball Pond New Sharon
Knight's Pond Cumberland, North Yarmouth
Lower Weskeag Fields and Forests South Thomaston
N. Falmouth Conservation Corridor Falmouth
Raymond Community Forest Raymond
Redington Forest Redington Twp.
Roberts Farm Preserve Ext. Norway
Save Eagle Bluff Clifton
Seboomook Expansion Pittston Academy Grant, Soldiertown Twp.
Weston Homestead Forest Madison
FARMLANDS
Project Name Municipality
Nezinscot Farm Turner
Parker Farm North Berwick
Winterwood Farm Freeport
Wormell Farm Cumberland
WATER ACCESS
Project Name Municipality
Lily Pond Deer Isle
WORKING WATERFRONT
Project Name Municipality
Erica's Seafood Harpswell

3 additional projects were approved for future consideration.

The Land for Maine's Future program has moved

LMF's new home is at the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. We have a new address and telephone numbers.

Biennial Report to the Legislature

In January 2013 the LMF program presented its 2013 Biennial Report to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. This report reflects the high level of success LMF had in the previous biennium.

About the Land for Maine's Future Program

The Land for Maine's Future Program is the State of Maine's primary funding vehicle for conserving land for its natural and recreational value.  The program was established in 1987 when Maine citizens voted to fund $35 million to purchase lands of statewide importance. In 1997, new priorities were set forth by a commission of Maine citizens. Since that time the program has administered multiple bonds and even instances of general fund appropriations.

Accomplishments:  Completed projects in all of Maine's 16 counties.  Types of land include; mountain summits; shorelines of rivers, lakes, and ponds; coastal islands; beaches; forests; grasslands; wildlife habitat; farmland; and wetlands. LMF assistance has put the following special places in the public trust forever:

  • 52 water access sites
  • 37 farms of more than 8,900 acres
  • 20 commercial working waterfront properties
  • Acquisitions include more then 1,200 miles of shore lands, and 158 miles of former railroad corridors for recreational trails.
  • Over 560,000 acres of conservation and recreation lands.
    This includes 315,000 acres of working lands reflecting LMF's efforts to conserve the working landscape and keep lands in private ownership with permanent land conservation agreements.

Funding: The Program works to coordinate and finance acquisition of lands. Through the use of matching funds, the program encourages partnerships with local, regional, statewide, and federal conservation organizations.

The LMF Program's priorities have evolved since 1987, however, the prime focus remains the same – conserving the prime physical features of the Maine landscape and recognizing that working lands and public access to these lands is critical to preserving Maine's quality of life.

In 1999, the program was broadened to allow the use of funds for projects having local and regional significance as well as for projects having statewide significance.  Maine citizens also authorized support for conservation lands held by local groups partnering with municipalities and private land trusts.  In 2005, the Legislature added a working waterfront pilot program.  The Legislature increased the requirement for matching funds to a 1:1 ration in 2010.

Keys to success: The Land for Maine's Future has garnered broad based support because it respects landowner rights by acquiring land only from willing sellers, pursues a mission defined by the public, provides a tangible return to everyone who cherishes Maine's landscape (from hunters, to hikers, snowmobilers to birdwatchers), and leverages both federal and private funding for state priority purchases.

Proposal Process:  The Land for Maine's Future Board issues calls for proposals on a periodic basis.  Applicants are encouraged to work with program staff to complete the application process, which is described in the Land for Maine's Future Workbook.

For information contact the Land for Maine's Future Program