Greenprint Projects

Penobscot Valley Community Greenprint


Snowy field in winter with bay in the distance, framed by tree branches.
Maine Penobscot Valley Snow blankets the Bald Head Preserve in Arrowsic, Maine. © Phoebe Parker/TNC

Published in June 2009, this project was a collaboration between 12 communities in south-central Maine. This collaboration has continued into an effort to create a shared open space plan.

Year Published:  2009

State:  Maine

Landscape Context:  Coastal, Rural

Funding Type:  Both (Public and Private)

Organizations Involved:

The Trust for Public Land, The Bangor Land Trust (BLT),  Penobscot Valley Council of Governments, and Eastern Maine Development Center (EMDC)


Water Quality, Open Space/Habitat, Recreation, Viewshed, Working Land

Stakeholder Involvement
Stakeholders were involved throughout; stakeholders were incorporated through phone surveys, interviews, community meetings, and a stakeholder outreach process that contacted hundreds of residents.

Planning Process:

The project team was made up of a Steering Committee of representatives appointed from each participating town and a Technical Advisory Committee.  The project conveners also polled citizens, 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 Outcomes:

The community 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 Accomplished:

The 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.