Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: May 2019 News and Events

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Events & News

Maine State Parks

May 2019

Feathers over Freeport - Reminder - This weekend, April 27 & 28

Osprey at nest

Join in on our traditional bird watching weekend!

  • Saturday, April 27 the event is held at Bradbury Mt. State Park, Pownal.
  • Sunday, April 28 the event is held at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, Freeport.
  • View all current information at the event web page:

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iMapInvasives In Action! - And A Success for Maine

logo of iMapInvasives

Treatment of terrestrial invasive plants in Maine's woods, including on State Parks and Public Lands, is aided by mapping efforts in iMapInvasives.  This web-based map and database coordinates the efforts of citizen groups, landowners, and land managers to map infestations of invasive plants and provides a state-wide rapid detection and response network.

Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, coordinates the project and reports on the success of iMapInvasives to date.  Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps volunteers have aided in the project by assisting with mapping and eradication efforts. The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund contributed financial support to the invasives project.

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Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine in Effect

Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive forest insect, on a penny to show size of the adult.

A quarantine on the emerald ash borer (EAB) and materials that may harbor it is now in effect for:

  • All of York County, and the
  • Northeastern corner of Aroostook County.

Materials movement restrictions:

  • Ash nursery stock movement from the quarantine area is prohibited.
  • Movement of hardwood firewood, hardwood chips and other ash products with bark, such as logs and pulp, and untreated ash lumber are regulated.

"A quarantine can help slow the spread of this destructive insect into uninfested areas," said State Entomologist Allison Kanoti. "That gives businesses, Native American craftspeople and artists that use ash as well as homeowners, landowners and municipalities who care for ash across the state additional time to consider their options and make plans for a future with EAB."

Additional information on EAB, how to recognize and report its damage, and details of the Maine ash quarantine.

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Grant Announced by Forest Legacy Program

Tumbledown pond and mountain

The State of Maine, Bureau of Parks and Lands is currently accepting applications to the Maine Forest Legacy Program.

The Forest Legacy Program is a conservation program administered by the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with state agencies to encourage the protection of privately owned forest lands through conservation easements or land purchases. It operates on a competitive basis nationwide and aims to protect an array of traditional uses, forest economies and public values by preventing the conversion of Maine’s forest to non-forest uses.

Since 1994, Maine’s Forest Legacy Program has received more than $76 million through the program, and has permanently protected over 755,000 acres, with iconic landscapes that include Tumbledown Mountain (in photo), Nicatous Lake, and Pierce Pond, to name just a few.

For more information about Maine’s program and the grant application materials read the Letter to Landowners and Application Instructions (PDF 355KB)

  • Proposals submitted by June 1st will be eligible to compete for FY 2021 funding.

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Grant Announced by Land and Water Conservation Fund

Land and Water Conservation Fund logo.

Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) can, and should, be used to rehabilitate existing recreation facilities in addition to acquiring park land and building new facilities in communities across the state.

Go to the Maine LWCF website to learn more about the application process, schedule a pre-application site inspection, and apply to receive funding to benefit your local park system.

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Grant Announced by Recreational Trails Program

Trail through forest

The RTP grant cycle for 2020 trail projects is now officially open and the updated grant applications have been posted on the website.

Please note that there are two applications posted:

  • Trail Development projects
  • Safety & Environmental Protection projects

Be sure that you use the correct application for the type of project for which you want assistance.

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Kayak Rentals Offered at Colonial Pemaquid - Book Now!

kayaker from water perspective

Kayak rentals are available June through September, at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, by Maine Kayak.

If you prefer to have a guided trip, Maine Kayak is also taking reservations for May - October for guided paddles at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic.

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The Camp Cook

Bacon and egg fried rice photo.

Bacon & Egg Fried Rice

  • 3/4 cup diced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup peas (or 1/2 c. of frozen peas & carrots)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 green onions, sliced &/or handful of beansprouts
  • Freshly ground white pepper

Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat, then add 2 tablespoons of oil and the bacon. Render the bacon for about 2 minutes until crispy. Stir in the onion, garlic, carrots and snap peas and saute for a minute or until the vegetables start to soften. Add the eggs to the skillet, then add the rice directly into the wet egg. Using the back of a spatula or spoon, press the rice into the egg, fold and repeat until the rice is completely coated and heated through. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir to coat the rice. Season with a pinch of salt. Cook over high heat, stirring, until the rice is heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish with the green onions and some white pepper.

(Contributed by Jen Neumeyer, Boating Facilities Secretary, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.)

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Hike-ku of the Month

Photo showing view beyond a hikers stretched out legs form a rocky perch above a forested mountain view.

Trail's mud-smeary path.

Hike gently through; leave no trace.

Mud season in Maine.

April showers bring May flowers and plenty of mud on the trails. May sunshine will help harden the trails, but in the meantime please honor posted trail closures. When you encounter mud on open trails please either hike on the hardened trail surfaces, such as rocks, or hike through the mud so the trail is not widened. Appropriate footwear is essential; be prepared to get muddy and enjoy Maine's 5th season!

Consider volunteering to help refurbish damaged trails.

Learn more about the challenges of damaged trails and The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace.

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May Reads - Books We Recommend

Here If You Need Me

This deeply moving memoir by Kate Braestrup is at times very funny and joyful, and at others intense and heartbreaking. But such has been her life and her calling, as a chaplain with the the Maine Warden Service - which conduct's Maine's search and rescue operations. 


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cover image  of Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup

book cover of Abracadabra, It's Spring! a picture book by Anne Sibley O'Brien.

Abracadabra, It's Spring!

A delightful picture book whose pages open out to reveal and celebrate the seasonal change form winter to spring. Written by Anne Sibley O'Brien; illustrated by Susan Gal.


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Maine's Bicentennial Celebration - Join in!

Maine's bicentennial celebration logo

Maine will celebrate 200 years of statehood in 2020. Special events, activities, and commemorative projects are being planned now. The Bicentennial Celebration Kick-off Event will take place on July 26, 2019.

Learn how your Maine community, group, or business can plan an event or participate in the bicentennial programs underway by visiting

Anniversary Celebration Goals are to:

  1. Explore Maine’s history from the many perspectives of its multiple past and current populations;
  2. Celebrate Maine’s present people, places, institutions and economy; and
  3. Envision the public and private actions that will enhance Maine’s future prosperity.

A Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference is being held May 30 - June 1, 2019 at the University of Maine - Orono. Conference Program & Schedule.

View the Bicentennial Events Calendar now and check back often as events will be added now through 2020.

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monatge of paddling,hiking,ocean waves and birnding

Programs & Events

Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

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