The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, under the Maine Department of Conservation, will hold a public scoping session as a first step in preparing a management plan for several properties.

The collective properties included in the plan are associated with the Pineland Public Land Unit in Gray, North Yarmouth, New Gloucester; Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal; and the publicly held properties, easements, and trail licenses linking the two.

The public session will be Thursday, April 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pownal Elementary School, 587 Elmwood Rd., Pownal.

BPL officials hope people representing a broad spectrum of interests, including recreation, conservation, tourism and business, will attend the scoping session and become engaged in the planning process, according to Rex Turner, BPL outdoor recreation planner.

All interested individuals and groups are welcome to come learn about the planning context and process. Participants will be encouraged to share their vision for the management of the BPL properties as part of this planning effort.

“We at the Bureau of Parks and Lands look forward to hearing from the public regarding these conservation and recreation resources,” Turner said, adding he hoped people will feel encouraged to participate and follow the planning process as it continues over the course of 2010.

Updates and information are available on the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands planning page at: maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/planning/index.html

For more information, contact Rex Turner, outdoor recreation planner, at 287-4920 or e-mail him at: rex.turner@maine.gov.

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