Penobscot Valley Community Greenprint

Published in June 2009, this project was a collaboration between 12 communities (towns) in south-central Maine. This collaboration has continued into an effort to create a shared open space plan.
Year Published2009
Landscape ContextCoastal
Housing DensitySuburban, Rural
Funding TypeBoth (Public and Private)
Habitat FocusForest, Wetlands
Organizations InvolvedThe Trust for Public Land, The Bangor Land Trust (BLT),  Penobscot Valley Council of Governments, and Eastern Maine Development Center
ValuesWater Quality, Open Space/Habitat, Recreation, Viewshed, Working Land
Stakeholder InvolvementStakeholders were involved throughout; stakeholders were incorporated through phone surveys, interviews, community meetings, and a stakeholder outreach process that contacted hundreds of residents.
Planning ProcessThe project team was made up of a Steering Committee of representatives appointed from each participating town and a Technical Advisory Committee.  The project conveners polled citizens and held public meetings, and used that information, refined by the Steering Committee, to establish conservation goals and values. These values were then refined and analyzed spatially by the Technical Advisory Committee, which produced Opportunity Maps.  The Steering Committee also developed a draft implementation plan at the end of the report.
Desired OutcomesThe community's goals for the project were to protect habitat, preserve scenic value, protect working land, protect water quality, establish more recreation and public access areas, and create multi-purpose trails. The team also identified funding options available throughout the study area.
What It AccomplishedThe GIS maps created for the Greenprint have been built into an interactive website, which was intended to help coordinate each town's open space plan.