ASHLAND, Maine — The state wants public input on the future of a swath of land in northern Maine.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is holding a meeting Wednesday on the St. John-Allagash region.

The area includes a 22,760-acre reserve adjacent to Baxter State Park and the 3,175 Gero Island Ecological Reserve. The public lands are currently used for timber production, recreation, wildlife habitat and as scenic areas.

The state wants to know what is working well on these public lands and what are concerns and issues.

The department’s parks and lands bureau will begin working on a plan to guide management of the public land over the next 15 years.

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