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Goal 1: Conserved Lands

The following strategies describe how the MCPI will achieve Goal 1 - A viable network of conserved land that protects priority coastal and estuarine habitat, adequate coastal access to support commercial fisheries and recreational pursuits, and sufficient scenic viewsheds to preserve the unique character of the Maine coast.

Implementation Strategy

1.1 Adopt coastal priorities of Beginning with Habitat and support a process to supplement and refine coastal focus areas and address coastal habitat gaps.

1.2 Support a process to (a) define and map existing public and working access; (b) identify areas with a shortage of access; and (c) prioritize areas for additional access.

1.3 Support a process to (a) define meaning and methodology for scenic/cultural features; (b) support efforts to use this methodology in 3-5 regional areas to identify, evaluate, and prioritize at regional level, and (c) create process to review regional priorities to identify statewide coastal priorities which would then direct MCPI resources.

1.4 Develop and implement proactive local and regional conservation action plans that will work to protect high-priority coastal resources, including those identified by the Initiative.

1.5 Conduct Strategic Conservation Learning Circles to develop effective model processes and training materials for delivery to interested stakeholders.

1.6 Convene coastal practitioners and scientists, and facilitate roundtables and public forums to advance understanding of the relationships between land protection measures and marine resource management in a coastal landscape.

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