MDIFW’s Bureau of Resource Management is responsible for protecting, preserving, and enhancing Maine’s fish and wildlife resources, including the habitats that support those species. To help ensure these natural resources are preserved for years to come, MDIFW conducts environmental reviews and assesses whether proposed activities on the landscape may negatively affect rare, threatened, and endangered species and habitats; significant wildlife habitats; and protected natural resources.
Recommendations are provided to the environmental permitting programs of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) and the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC). The final permitting decisions rest with the regulatory agencies. Learn more about the process.
Please refer to the reference documents below which outline MDIFW’s recommendations in several important subject areas. For more information, please contact IFWEnvironmentalreview@maine.gov.
- Avian Resources in Maine’s Coastal Plain (PDF)
- Essential Habitats of Endangered and Threatened Species (PDF)
- Forest Management and Vernal Pools (PDF)
- Forest Management Recommendations for the Wood Turtle (PDF)
- Forestry Habitat Management Guidelines (PDF)
- Inland Waterfowl and Wadingbird Habitats (PDF)
- New England Cottontail 2018 Research and Management Report (PDF)
- Performance Standards for Deer Winter Areas (PDF)
- Performance Standards for Riparian Buffers (PDF)
- Performance Standards for Signigicant Vernal Pools (PDF)
- Rare Animal Survey Form (PDF)
- Representative Photographs of Suitable Bat Rock-Roosting Areas (PDF)
- Roaring Brook Mayflay and Spring Salamander Guidelines (PDF)
- Solar Project Guidance (PDF)
- USEPA Ecoregions of Maine (PDF)
- Wind Power Preconstruction Recommendations to Avoid or Minimize Bat Mortality (PDF)