STATE — Harbor Management and Access Grant – Open Until May 19 for Municipalities to Apply

The Submerged Lands Program’s Harbor Management and Access Grant (HMA) application season is now open for municipalities to apply to upgrade or create new public access to coastal or great pond waters, or hardware such as lifts on municipal piers for commercial fishing use. The HMA grants provide an opportunity for the Submerged Lands Program to balance the public’s right to access state waters with demand for private and commercial use of those waters. Lease and easement revenues are used to fund this process to support harbor planning and public access improvements through grants to municipalities and state agencies.

The application deadline is May 19 for the 2023 Submerged Lands Harbor Management and Access Grant. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; A 25% match is required from the municipality, which can be an in-kind contribution or actual funds. Download and complete the application. Learn more about the work of the Submerged Lands Program. Questions? Contact John Noll at

Camping News – Maine State Park Campgrounds Open on May 22!

Spring has officially arrived, which means that another camping season is right around the corner! Beginning on Monday, May 22, the Maine State Parks Campgrounds will open their gates for the 2023 reservation camping season. Looking to go earlier? Participating parks open on Monday, May 15 for first-come-first-serve camping.

Reservations are always highly recommended as locations can fill up fast, so plan your summer stays at Maine State Parks Campgrounds today by heading online to or by calling our helpful Reservation Call Center staff at 1-800-332-1505 within Maine or 207-624-9950 for out-of-state callers. We hope to see you all soon!

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) – Be on the Lookout!

Emerald Ash Borer 

It may seem incredible that an insect, so tiny it can rest on a penny, can cause so much damage to ash trees and threaten the cultural lifeways of the Wabanaki, but it is here and the threat is real. Ash trees are important to forest ecology, and the brown ash, AKA black ash, (Fraxinus nigra) is used by the Wabanaki for basket making. Maine Indian Basketmakers rely on ash to make Indian ash splint and sweetgrass baskets, the oldest documented arts tradition in New England.

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