BAR HARBOR — Farmland, recreational trails, watersheds and scenic vistas are the focus of an open space planning forum set for April 17.
Forum attendees will get first glance of the town’s draft open space plan at the event. The document has been in the works for two years, and intends to gather together in one place information that has been collected from a number of sources about scenic, environmental and natural resources in the town, Conservation Commission Chairman Jill Weber said.
“A lot of this is less a plan to go get something than it is a documentation of all the things we have to celebrate,” Weber said. “It kind of takes things that were known by various people in various places and puts them all in one place.”
The plan basically covers three areas, Weber said. It seeks to list all of the town’s open spaces, discover what is still needed in terms of open space and set out a plan for making that happen. According to the definition used by the Conservation Commission, “open space” indicates everything from active farmland, clam flats, playgrounds, athletic fields, water resource areas and scenic vistas. Basically, anywhere outside that the people of the town enjoy being in, living near or looking upon.
The meeting is set for the Mount Desert Island High School library and begins at 6 p.m.