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Cutko named to head Maine Parks & Lands

Cutko named to head Maine Parks & Lands
Maine Environmental News has confirmed that Andy Cutko has been appointed director of the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands by Gov. Janet Mills and Amanda Beal, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

His likely appointment was first reported by Maine Environmental News on May 1.

Cutko served as Director of Scince for the Nature Conservancy in Maine for the past two years. Before that for more than 20 years he was an ecologist in the Maine Department of Conservation. He also worked at the organization Natureserve for three years. He holds a master's degree in forest ecology from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Williams College.

Cutko replaces Tom Desjardin, who was a carry over from the LePage Administration.

Over 700,000 acres are managed by the Bureau of Parks and Lands. Conservation easements and leases bring the total land area managed to over 2 million acres. The Bureau is responsible for management of Public Reserved and Nonreserved Lands, State Parks and Historic Sites, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, the Penobscot River Corridor, submerged lands, and state-held coastal islands. In addition, the Bureau is responsible for protecting public rights and public values on certain lands. These include the public trust rights of fishing, waterfowl hunting, navigation, and recreation on submerged lands.

Lands under the Bureau’s ownership, management or oversight include:

• 632,468 acres of Public Reserve Land and Nonreserved Lands held in fee;

• 380,203 acres of conservation and recreation easements;

• 9,815 acres of Forest Legacy conservation easements delegated to the Bureau for enforcement by the US Forest Service;

• 378,140acresofthird-partyconservation easements (the Bureau is a back-up Holder);

• 602,423 acres of public access rights granted by easement by three large private landowners;

• 85,306 acres of fee lands held as Parks, Historic Sites or Boat Access Sites;

• 2.3 million acres of marine and freshwater submerged lands and 1,095 acres in publicly held coastal islands;

• 968 acres of lands leased from or under agreement from others for management as Parks lands; and

• 53,503 acres of lands acquired by local interests through the Land for Maine’s Future Program with Bureau sponsorship.

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 (Archive on Thursday, June 13, 2019)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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