Maine IFW - Landowner Outreach Initiatives

Maine has a unique history of public access to private land. Over the past 200 years, landowners, residents, and visitors have forged a tradition of neighborliness and shared access that you won't find anywhere else in the nation. Roughly 94% of Maine's forest land is privately owned, and more than half of that land area is open to the public. In total, landowners voluntarily open up more than 10 million acres of working farms and forests. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like to bring attention the following series of programs for landowners. 

Landowner Outreach Initiative
If you are a Maine landowner interested in learning more about the assistance Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife can provide to you through our Outdoor Partners and Beginning with Habitat programs, please complete this short form.

Landowner Relations Program and Keep Maine Clean Program

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Landowner Relations Program, works to preserve Maine’s unique history of public access to private land by:

  • Promoting responsible land use to the public
  • Educating landowners about their rights, liabilities, and options
  • Forming partnerships and supporting landowners.
  • Assisting with illegally dumped litter.

For more info:

Become an Outdoor Partner
Become an Outdoor Partners by clicking on this link.  Help continue the open land access tradition we have all enjoyed by learning how to be a good land user and learn your rights if you are a landowner.  The Outdoor Partners contribution helps support the landowner relations program.

Beginning with Habitat Program
The Department’s Beginning with Habitat program provides technical assistance to landowners, foresters, and other service providers managing land and providing habitat enhancements for at-risk, native fish and wildlife. 


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