Useful Links and Resources

Many groups and non-profit agencies share in a common mission to preserve, protect and promote the natural resources of Maine. Please note that when you click on a link, you are leaving the LOR Web site.

Conservation

Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund: The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund conserves wildlife and open spaces through the sale of instant Lottery tickets. With proceeds from ticket sales, grants are awarded twice a year, totaling approximately $700,000 annually. The seven-member Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board chooses projects in four categories that promote recreation as well as conservation of Maine's special places, endangered species and important fish and wildlife habitat.

Land For Maine's Future: The concept behind the Land for Maine's Future (LMF) Program is simple. Lands that have exceptional natural or recreational value warrant permanent protection. With spreading development and changing land uses, Maine is at risk of losing many of the natural landscapes that residents cherish and that are so important to Maine's natural and cultural heritage as well as to its economic vitality. The LMF Program seeks to conserve these important settings. In 1987, citizens voiced their desire to have Maine's most special places held forever in the public trust for all to enjoy. The Maine Legislature created the LMF Program to secure “the traditional Maine heritage of public access to Maine's land and water resources or continued quality and availability of natural resources important to the interests and continued heritage of Maine people.”

Four bonds supporting the LMF Program with a total of $117 million over 20 years have passed by overwhelming margins. The Board will be considering a new round of projects in the spring of 2008.

Maine Natural Areas Program: The Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP), within the Maine Department of Conservation, serves Maine's citizens as the most comprehensive source on the State's important natural features. With landowner permission, the Program inventories lands that support rare and endangered plants, rare natural communities and ecosystems, and outstanding examples of more common natural communities and ecosystems. MNAP also provides objective and comprehensive information to equip decision-makers with the necessary tools to make informed and responsible decisions.

Maine State Conservation Center: Resources for the Citizens of Maine - This site is an extensive resource to links related to: State and Fedaral Land Conservation Programs, Local Farms, Farmer's Markets and Native Species Nurseries, Maine Wildlife, Conservation Associations and Planning for the Future of Your Property.

Maine Association of Conservation Commissions: A conservation commission is a municipal advisory board that is created by a town, city or plantation through its legislative body (i.e. town meeting or municipal council). The commission has a few duties that are required by state law, but the most active ones do at least three things: they educate community members about local environmental issues; advise elected officials regarding environmental policies and practices; and organize and implement initiatives that address community environmental concerns.

Land Trusts and Environmental Organizations

Maine Land Trust Network: The Maine Land Trust Network builds and sustains the quality and effectiveness of land trusts, as well as other organizations engaged in land conservation, drawing upon their collective expertise and resources to ensure responsible and successful conservation. Established in 1995, the Maine Land Trust Network strengthens the land conservation community by serving as a central hub of information.

Maine Land Trust Directory: An extensive listing of Land Trusts in Maine.

Maine Audubon Society: Maine Audubon is a community of people who share an appreciation of Maine's wildlife and outdoors, a concern for the stewardship of its natural resources, and a commitment to a clean environment.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust: Maine Coast Heritage Trust conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity and working landscapes. MCHT promotes the conservation of natural places statewide by working with land trusts, communities and other partners. Founded in 1970, the trust was a pioneer in the use of conservation easements as a way to protect land. Since this time we have worked to protect more than 125,000 acres in Maine, including more than 250 entire coastal islands.

Maine Environmental Policy Institute: The mission of the Maine Environmental Policy Institute (MEPI) is to help Mainers understand the importance of healthy ecosystems to their families and communities. The Institute, an independent nonprofit organization based in Hallowell, Maine, is dedicated to researching environmental challenges facing the state and reporting this research to policy makers and the public.

The Nature Conservancy in Maine: The leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, The Nature Conservancy has protected over one million acres in Maine. Founded by a group of citizens that included Rachel Carson, The Nature Conservancy's Maine chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007.

Forests, Farms and Woodlands

Small Woodlot Owners of Maine: Owning and managing small woodland properties in Maine can be a very rewarding endeavor. For two and half decades SWOAM has been helping small woodland owners address these and countless other issues.

Maine Forest Products Council: The Maine Forest Products Council is committed to being the state's primary source of information about all the work, study, and recreation which is constantly going on throughout Maine's working forests. The Maine woods are a special place, providing an abundant renewable resource, jobs, tax dollars, and traditional recreational opportunities. Our goal is to keep them that way.

Maine Forest Service: "Protecting and Enhancing Maine's Forest Resources." The key to Maine's past, present, and future quality of life and economic prosperity for its citizens is permanently linked to the condition of the State's forest resources. The Maine Forest Service works to ensure that the trees and forest lands of Maine will continue to provide benefits for present and future generations of Maine people.

North Maine Woods (NMW): North Maine Woods is really three things: each is unique.

It is a region of over 3.5 million acres of top quality commercial forest land. Included within its boundaries are two of the most famous wild rivers of the Northeast - the St. John and the Allagash. North Maine Woods completely surrounds the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

It is an organization. Landowners - big and small, corporations, individuals, and families have joined with Maine's natural resource agencies in a partnership to solve today's problems and plan for the future.

It is a spirit. Past and present; people and nature meet here. Men and women who make their living from the woods and those who relax here love this area. And through North Maine Woods, they work together to see that while they take forest products, fish, wildlife, and pleasure from this great region, they take nothing that will make it any less in the future than it is today.

Forests for Maine's Future With more than 90 percent of its land area covered by trees, Maine is the most heavily forested state in the country. Those 17 million acres of woodland provide countless benefits to Maine people, generating thousands of jobs and producing some of the nation's cleanest water. The forest is home to thriving populations of fish and wildlife, and host to a wide range of recreational activities. It defines the Maine way of life.

Maine TREE Foundation The Maine TREE Foundation educates and advocates for the sustainable use of the forest and the ecological, economic, and social health of Maine ’s forest community.

This is accomplished through developing and sponsoring education programs for schools, government, media, and the general public. Partnerships within the forest community and support programs for forest owners, workers, and users will aid in the effort.

Maine Farm Bureau: Maine Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, non-profit voluntary organization that lobbies for issues important to agriculture, landowners and the rural way of life. Farm Bureau was formed to analyze problems and implement solutions important to Maine’s rural families. Farm families across the state unite in board-rooms, at kitchen tables, grange halls, or members’ farms to discuss ways to preserve agriculture as a way of life and as an industry in Maine.

Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Other Organizations

Acadia National Park is located on the coast of Maine and encompasses 47,633 acres of granite-domed mountains, woodlands, lakes and ponds, and ocean shoreline. Such diverse types of habitat make Acadia a haven for wildlife and plants.

Baxter State Park is a wilderness area of 202,064 acres, was a gift to the State of Maine by former Gov. Percival P. Baxter. In 1930 he made his first land purchase of 5,960 acres which included Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine.

Friends of Maine State Parks was created in 1996 by individuals interested in ensuring the preservation and protection of Maine’s State Park and Historic Site system. Current projects include the creation of manager plaques, provision of day use passes to the needy, and Camp Tanglewood scholarships for 5th grade students.

Maine Recreation and Park Association the Maine affiliate of the National Recreation and Park Association. It is an organization comprised of professionals, students, commercial businesses and citizen volunteers who are dedicated to the promotion of quality parks, recreation, therapeutic and open space services for the people of Maine.

Maine Wildlife Park: Many of the animals at the Maine Wildlife Park were brought here because they were injured or orphaned, or because they were human dependent - raised, sometimes illegally, in captivity. The Park servers as a permanent home for wildlife that cannot survive in the Wild. All kinds of animals are here for their protection and healing. And they're here for you to enjoy and learn more about. The Park runs many educational and family events.

Maine Guides: Maine Guides everywhere have come together to make the largest index of Maine Recreational Guides on the Internet. Maine Guides .com provides a technological treasury of information

Maine Equestrian Trails Alliance: The Maine Equestrian Trails Alliance encompasses the State of Maine and promotes the establishment and management of equestrian trail opportunities on lands, public and private and those held in trust; assists with the formation and management of Maine equestrian trail riding clubs; educates the public, state and local governments about equestrian trail use needs; provides representation within State and local government; promotes communication and cooperation between equestrians and multi trail users; promotes responsible and safe equestrian land use.

Appalachian Mountain Club - Maine Chapter: Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America's oldest nonprofit conservation and recreation organization. We promote the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers, and trails of the Appalachian region. We believe that the mountains and rivers have an intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunity, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. We encourage people to enjoy and appreciate the natural world because we believe that successful conservation depends on this experience.

Alliance of Trail Vehicles of Maine (A.T.V Maine) is The Association organized to represent and support all Maine ATV clubs. These local clubs are working with landowners and others to encourage safe and responsible use.

Maine Snowmobile Association: The Maine Snowmobile Association is an organization of 30,000 snowmobilers (and friends) across the state and beyond its borders. Club members work locally, regionally and at the state level to promote snowmobiling as a safe, fun, family oriented winter sport.

Maine Island Trail Association is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the stewardship and responsible use of islands along the Maine coast from Casco Bay to Machias.

Sporting Organizations

Sportsman's Alliance of Maine is Maine's largest sportsman's organization with a full-time headquarters and staff in Augusta. SAM's staff works at the legislature, state agencies and other forums on critical issues.

Maine Professional Guides Association: The Maine Professional Guides Association is composed of Registered Maine Guides who strive to enhance the standards of the guiding industry. They are professional guides dedicated to promoting a quality, ethical and legal outdoor experience for all. Not all Registered Maine Guides are members of Maine Professional Guides Association (MPGA).

Maine Sporting Camp Association: Thank you for your interest in Maine Sporting Camps. We hope this guide will help in the selection of an enjoyable place for your vacation. MSCA members are committed to providing a quality experience for all guests.

Maine Bowhunters Association: The Maine Bowhunters Association is the only statewide bowhunting organization.
Maine Bowhunters / Landowners Information Program

State and Government

Maine Department of Agriculture: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources is the State’s lead agency dealing with all aspects of the food system from the field to the table. The Department maintains a mission of fostering opportunities for the agriculture community and of promoting stewardship of Maine’s natural resources.

Maine Geological Survey: In 1836 the Maine Legislature authorized the first geological survey of the State, thus beginning a process of geological inquiry which continues today. A modern geological survey with full-time staff and an active field program evolved by the early 1940s to meet the resource demands of a growing population and the strategic mineral needs of a nation at war. Survey programs and the burgeoning population of southern and coastal Maine has required us to refocus our resources toward ground water and coastal marine issues. By using a modern geographic information system we are improving the analysis of map information and our ability to make high quality maps available to the public.

Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission: The purpose of the Commission is to protect, conserve, restore, manage and enhance Atlantic salmon habitat, populations and sport fisheries within historical habitat in all (inland and tidal) waters of the State of Maine.

Maine Natural Areas Program: The Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP), within the Maine Department of Conservation, serves Maine's citizens as the most comprehensive source on the State's important natural features. With landowner permission, the Program inventories lands that support rare and endangered plants, rare natural communities and ecosystems, and outstanding examples of more common natural communities and ecosystems. MNAP also provides objective and comprehensive information to equip decision-makers with the necessary tools to make informed and responsible decisions.

Maine Department of Conservation: The Maine Department of Conservation is a natural resource agency whose bureaus oversee the management, development and protection of some of Maine's most special places: 17 million acres of forest land, 10.4 million acres of unorganized territory, 47 parks and historic sites and more than 480,000 acres of public reserved land. The Department of Conservation, created in 1973, has as its mission to benefit the residents, landowners, and users of the state's natural resources by promoting stewardship and ensuring responsible balanced use of Maine's land, forest, water, and mineral resources.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection: The Department is responsible for protecting and restoring Maine's natural resources and enforcing the state's environmental laws. Legislative mandate directs DEP to prevent, abate and control the pollution of the air, water and land. The Department administers programs, educates and makes regulatory decisions that contribute to the achievement of this mission.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: We protect and preserve the state’s natural resources, and make sure you are safe when you are out enjoying the woods and waters of this magnificent state. We also ensure, through careful management, that our state’s fish and wildlife resources will be there for generations to come, and that Maine will continue to be a special place for those who live or visit here. Maine is well known for its wealth of natural resources, and abundance of wildlife. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is one of the smallest state agencies, yet we are responsible for overseeing a state so vast, it is nearly as large as the rest of New England combined.

Maine Department of Marine Resources: The Department of Marine Resources is established to conserve and develop marine and estuarine resources; to conduct and sponsor scientific research; to promote and develop the Maine coastal fishing industries; to advise and cooperate with local, state, and federal officials concerning activities in coastal waters; and to implement, administer, and enforce the laws and regulations necessary for these purposes. - Maine Title 12, Chapter 603 §6021.

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Vacation and Travel

Maine Office of Tourism: The Office of Tourism is responsible for implementing an overall marketing program for the State of Maine, including advertising, public relations, and research and analysis.

Maine Tourism Association: The Maine Tourism Association (MTA) is the largest private non-profit tourism association in Maine representing over 1700 members from across Maine. The MTA partners with the Maine Office of Tourism to operate Maine's seven Visitor Information, Centers, publishes the State's official travel planner "Maine Invites You", the Maine Map and the Hunting and Fishing Map.

Maine Innkeepers Association provides a comprehensive list of lodging in Maine, featuring the finest in accommodations including inns, bed & breakfasts, resorts, hotels and motels.

Maine Campground Owners Association: The Maine Campground Owners Association invites you to discover Maine's rugged coast, clear lakes and tranquil woods. Their campgrounds and RV parks ofer uniquie opportunities to experience the wonders of Maine.

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