Comprehensive Plan Review

Town of Frye Island

 

Department of Conservation

Maine Forest Service

November 6, 2001

 

Conclusions: general observations about whether the plan is consistent with agency's programs and policies.

 

A goal of the Maine Forest Service is to ensure that the forests of Maine will continue to provide benefits for present and future generations of Maine citizens. We do this by: a) developing, advocating for, and promoting activities that encourage the sound, long‑term management of the forest resources; b) protecting the forest resource from the effects of fire, insects, disease, and misuse; c) providing accurate, relevant, and timely information about the forest resource.

 

Frye Island's comprehensive plan identifies the following natural resource goals and objectives that are generally consistent with Maine Forest Service goals:

 

                      Goal: Protect and preserve forest resources.

                        Objective: Maintain current forest resources on undeveloped land.

 

                      Goal: Conserve the Town's forest resources during development.

                        Objective: Promote environmentally safe forest management.

 

Frye Island is a seasonal town ‑ all island cabins and homes are vacation/second homes. The Inventory and Analysis (pg. 38) identifies the Island's forests as an important aesthetic, environmental, and recreational resource, but a resource of no commercial value. The Town's goals for the forest resource is to ensure that forests continue to provide rural and scenic character as a backdrop for vacation homes, rather than conserving working forests. Page 78 states that forestry and commercial agriculture are prohibited by Town ordinance.

 

Objections: The Maine Forest Service has no specific objections regarding the consistency of the plan with the agency's programs.

 

Recommendations: measures the town may take to improve the quality of the plan.

 


 

1.                                               There is no discussion of street trees or shade trees as part of the infrastructure that contributes to the town's rural and scenic character. The Maine Forest Service encourages town planners to recognize street trees and shade trees as part of the town infrastructure. The Town should consider developing an inventory and maintenance plan for shade trees in public areas such as public rights of way, town owned buildings, parks, and recreation areas. The Maine Forest Service can offer technical assistance for community forestry planning, and cost‑share grants are available on a limited, competitive basis.


 

STATE OF MAINE

Inter‑Departmental. Memorandum

 

            Date November 19, 2001

 

To Matthew Nazar                                                      Dept    SPO

From Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., SBPO                      Dept    Me. Historic Preservation Comm., #65

Subject           Frye Island Comprehensive Plan

 

 

            The Maine Historic Preservation Commission has reviewed the above‑referenced comprehensive plan as it pertains to Historic and Archaeological Resources. A review of our files indicates that the municipality requested data from the Commission.

 

INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS SECTION

 

The inventory and Analysis Section of the plan adequately addresses the following types of resources:

 

                                    Prehistoric Archaeoliogy                                Yes      X         No

                                    Historic Archaeology                                      Yes      X         No

                                    Historic Buildings/Structures/Objects Yes      X         No

 

Comments:

 

 

POLICY DEVELOPMENT SECTION

 

The Policy Development Section of the plan adequately addresses the following types of resources:

 

                                    Prehistoric Archaeology                                 Yes      X         No

                                    Historic Archaeology                                      Yes      X         No

                                    Historic Buildings/Structures/Objects Yes      X         No

Comments:

 

 

IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY SECTION

 

The Implementation Strategy Section of the Plan adequately addresses the following types of resources:

                                    Prehistoric Archaeology                                 Yes      X         No

                                    Historic Archaeology                          Yes      X         No

                                    Historic Buildings/Structures/Objects Yes      X         No

 

Comments: