Guidelines for Use on All Land for Maine's Future Properties
Properties funded by the Land for Maine’s Future Program are owned
and/or managed by state and private entities in ways that benefit the
public. These landholders rely extensively on citizen volunteers and
the cooperation of visitors to maintain the natural attributes of their
properties. Many of the properties listed on this site are held in private
ownership, with conservation easements that protect their ecological
values and allow designated public uses. Please note especially that
public use of the active farm properties requires the permission of the
landowner to avoid interference with farm operations. Please follow the
guidance on allowed uses noted with icons on each property listing: the
uses listed are current as of January 2004. On all LMF project sites,
please abide by the following guidelines:
- Daytime use unless noted
Unless properties are identified as camping sites, please assume that they are intended only for daytime use.
- Carry in - carry out
Please take out all trash and leftover food that you bring with you, leaving no litter (including toilet paper). Minimize waste by choosing reusables (such as silverware, dishes and flashlights); buying food in bulk and packing it in reusable containers; and avoiding disposables (choosing refillable stoves and lanterns, for example). Seal food waste in a bag and hang it high (out of reach of animals) and away from the camp.
- Leave what you find
Take away memories, leaving rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them for others to enjoy. Do not cut or clear vegetation, whether dead or alive, for any purpose.
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
By staying on marked trails and camping at established sites, you help to protect local flora and fauna.
- On larger trails, keep to the right: otherwise stick to the middle
You can help minimize erosion by walking in the middle of the trail (even when it is wet or muddy). On broader, multi-use trails, stay to the right and pass on the left, alerting those you are about to pass and yielding to any on-coming trail users.
- Respect wildlife
Observe wildlife quietly from a distance: do not follow, feed or approach wild animals. Avoid areas with nesting birds, dens or young animals between early April and late August. If you see wildlife from a road, it is best to remain in your vehicle: use binoculars or a spotting scope to get closer views. For the best wildlife-watching, go out early in the morning or late in the day.
- Practice good dog etiquette
On those properties that allow leashed dogs, please keep them restrained at all times. Please clean up after your dog near trails or water sources.
- Be considerate of others
Many people visit these properties to enjoy solitude and quiet: please respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience, as well as the privacy of nearby landowners.
- Be prepared
In visiting properties, be aware of potential hazards and changing weather conditions. Carry extra food, water, clothing and first aid supplies that might be needed. Purify all drinking water by boiling, filtering or treating with chemicals. In an emergency, contact the Maine State Police at 1-800-452-4664 or *77 on cellular phones.
- Keep group size small
If you plan to bring more than 10 people to a property, please contact the landholder ahead of time for permission and use guidelines.
- Kindle no fires
While some sites permit camping, campfires rarely are appropriate due to potential fire danger. Even if the landowner allows campfires, Maine law requires a permit for any open fire. If building an allowed fire, burn only paper waste - not plastic, foil, Styrofoam or food.
- Be cautious in deer-hunting season
Most of the LMF properties are open to hunting (subject to local ordinances), although most do not permit loaded firearms or their discharge within 300 feet of campsites, on marked hiking trails, or at boat launching sites and picnic sites. Hunters should note any rules posted at trailheads or kiosks, and follow the laws and regulations on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife website. All hunters and recreational users should wear at least two blaze orange items of clothing during the firearms season for deer. Throughout the State, hunting is prohibited on Sundays.
- Working forest etiquette
Many LMF projects involve easements that permit continued sustainable forestry alongside recreational uses of the land. In these areas, you may encounter active logging operations. In addition to following the other guidance here, please make sure in these settings to
- Drive slowly and carefully on dirt or gravel logging roads, with lights on for safety, pulling over when you see a truck. Trucks have the right-of-way.
- Whenever you stop, pull as far off the road as you can conveniently. Do not block any side roads.
- Dispose of cigarettes properly and build fires only in the authorized steel fire-rings provided.
- Helping out
Many properties have stewardship committees, volunteer work days and/or funding needs. Please consider contacting the landholder to learn more about ways you can help to sustain the places that you enjoy visiting.
For more information on how to minimize your impact on place, contact "Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics" at www.LNT.org or 1-800-332-4100.