AUGUSTA — Maine’s wildlife department has a new program aimed at preserving and enhancing public access to private land.

People who join the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Outdoor Partners Program agree to abide by a code of ethics to respect the law, public land, landowners and the environment. They also agree to assist a landowner in the upcoming year. The cost is $15.

In return, participants receive periodic newsletters and free passes to the Maine Wildlife Park, Swan Island and the North Maine Woods, as well discounts to retailers including Kittery Trading Post, L.L. Bean, Cabela’s and DeLorme.

The money helps fund law enforcement in problem areas, investigation of trespassing complaints, and educational programs designed to maintain and improve public access.

More information is available on the department’s website.

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