Maine Revised Statutes

§6207. Acquisition criteria

1. Distribution of funds.  The board shall authorize the distribution of funds from the Land for Maine's Future Fund and the Public Access to Maine Waters Fund to state agencies and cooperating entities for the acquisition of natural lands that meet the criteria set forth in this chapter.
[ 1993, c. 728, §10 (AMD) .]
2. Determination of state significance.  In determining whether a proposed acquisition must be funded, in full or in part, by the Land for Maine's Future Fund or the Public Access to Maine Waters Fund, the board shall consider whether the site is of state significance and:
A. Contains recreation lands, prime physical features of the Maine landscape, areas of special scenic beauty, farmland or open space, undeveloped shorelines, significant undeveloped archeological sites, wetlands, fragile mountain areas or lands with other conservation, wilderness or recreation values; [2007, c. 64, §1 (AMD).]
B. Is habitat for plant or animal species or natural communities considered rare, threatened or endangered in the State; [2007, c. 353, §1 (AMD).]
C. Provides nonmotorized or motorized public access to recreation opportunities or those natural resources identified in this section; or [2007, c. 353, §2 (AMD).]
D. Provides public water supply protection when that purpose is consistent and does not conflict with the natural resource conservation and recreation purposes of this chapter. [2007, c. 353, §3 (NEW).]
[ 2007, c. 64, §1 (AMD); 2007, c. 353, §§1-3 (AMD) .]
3. Priorities.  Whenever possible, the Land for Maine's Future Fund and the Public Access to Maine Waters Fund must be used for land acquisition projects when matching funds are available from cooperating entities, as long as the proposed acquisition meets all other criteria set forth in this chapter. For acquisitions funded by the Land for Maine's Future Fund, the board shall give priority to projects that conserve lands with multiple outstanding resource or recreation values or a single exceptional value, conserve and protect deer wintering areas, provide geographic representation and build upon or connect existing holdings.
When acquiring land or interest in land, the board shall examine public vehicular access rights to the land and, whenever possible and appropriate, acquire guaranteed public vehicular access as part of the acquisition.
[ 2011, c. 381, §1 (AMD) .]
4. Nonqualifying expenditures.  The board may not fund:
A. Facilities for organized recreational activities, including, but not limited to, ballparks, tennis courts or playgrounds; [1987, c. 506, §§1,4 (NEW).]
B. Except as provided in section 6203, subsection 3, paragraph B and section 6203-A, subsection 3, paragraph B, capital improvements on any publicly owned facilities; and [1993, c. 728, §10 (AMD).]
C. The acquisition of land of which the primary use value has been and will be as commercially harvested or harvestable forest land. [1993, c. 728, §10 (AMD).]
[ 1993, c. 728, §10 (AMD) .]
5. Estimation of monitoring and management costs.  Prior to final approval of a project under this chapter, a person submitting a proposal to acquire property or an interest in property with funding from the Land for Maine's Future Fund or the Public Access to Maine Waters Fund shall provide:
A. A description of the management envisioned for the property for the first 10 years following acquisition. When the application proposes acquiring an interest in property, the application must provide a description of the anticipated management responsibilities retained by the landowner and those to be assumed by the State or a cooperating entity; [2001, c. 564, §1 (NEW).]
B. Preliminary estimates of the costs to the State or a cooperating entity of managing the land for the uses proposed in the application; and [2001, c. 564, §1 (NEW).]
C. Preliminary estimates of the costs associated with monitoring compliance with an easement when an interest in land is acquired. [2001, c. 564, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2001, c. 564, §1 (NEW) .]
1987, c. 506, §§1,4 (NEW). 1989, c. 876, §B1 (AMD). 1993, c. 728, §10 (AMD). 1995, c. 462, §D1 (AMD). 2001, c. 466, §2 (AMD). 2001, c. 564, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 64, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 353, §§1-3 (AMD). 2011, c. 381, §1 (AMD).