ANNOUNCEMENTS

OWLS HEAD CONSERVATION COMMITTEE IS
having a PUMPKIN walk on October 29 & 30th , 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the PLAISTED preserve (kids please bring your parents). 
If you want to carve a pumpkin or have some carved and would like to donate them for this event it would be welcomed.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS
are available at the Town Office.   You can vote in person or fill out an application to take them home.
Click here to view Ballot

DOG LICENSES
The new dog tags are available.  $6.00 for spayed and neutered/$11.00 for attached.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER HOURS:
Starting the week of October 4, 2021, the new hours will be Monday 3 to 5 PM and Thursdays 1:30 to 5 PM.  Closed on Fridays.

OWLS HEAD TOWN OFFICE
As off October 1, 2021 our Town Office days and hours will be changing.  We will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 5.  We will be closed on Friday.

OWLS HEAD TOWN OFFICE
With the current increase in COVID 19 Infections we are Mandating that you put on a mask before entering this building.  Lets all stay healthy and considerate.
Thank you for understanding.

RAPID RENEWAL
We finally have the capability of registering your vehicles on-line.  Please use the link below to start the process:
http://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/
Once you've completed it, within a few days, you will receive your registration and stickers in the mail from the State

THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION NOW
has a page on the Town's Website where you can learn about its mission, membersip, news and events, and an inventory of the Town's parks, public lands and walking trails, and their features.  Click on "Community" and then "Conservation Commission".

OWLS HEAD VILLAGE LIBRARY

The Library will be open on Wednesdays, from 4 PM to 7 PM and Saturdays, 10 AM to 2 PM.  Pat Stephen is the Librarian.

2020/2021 PROPERTY TAXES

The second installment is due and payable March 16, 2021 and the interest will be charged at 8.00% annually on all accounts unpaid November 16, 2021.

The Cemetery Committee

The Cemetery Committee is looking for new members. Please contact (594-7434) the Owls Head Town Office if you are interested.

2020 Mooring Fees

$50.00 Year Round Resident per year
$100.00 Non-Resident per year
(Year Round Resident of Owls Head)

 

Conservation Commission

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OHCC MISSION STATEMENT

The Owls Head Conservation Commission (OHCC) seeks to preserve and protect the natural resources of Owls Head, and to advise, educate and make recommendations to its residents and to the town’s governing bodies. The Commission works to create opportunities for residents to interact with the natural world, thus fostering life-long stewardship in retaining the natural beauty of Owls Head for future generations.

Read the Maine statute regarding conservation commission duties and powers: MRSA

MEMBERS

Kathryn DerMarderosian, Chair
James Devery
Beth Long
Stuart Rich
Lauren Swartzbaugh
Kenneth Wexler
Robin White

MEETINGS

OHCC meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Meeting locations have been affected by Covid-19 and may vary from month to month. Check the OH town website,  OH town bulletin boards, and the “News” section below for current arrangements.

CONTACT US

conservationcommittee@owlshead.maine.gov

News, Events and Links


November 4, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Conservation Commission, downstairs at the Owls Head Community Building. Masks and social distancing required in Town Offices. Look for the meeting agenda here.

Click the heading above to learn more about this extraordinary opportunity.

SEA LEVEL RISE AND FLOOD RESILIENCE PLANNING FOR THE TOWN OF OWLS HEAD
As an advisory body for the town’s Select Board, the Owls Head Conservation Commission (OHCC) has been gathering information and looking into resources available to assist in developing an understanding of our town’s vulnerability to sea level rise. The state, county, and several nonprofit organizations such as Island Institute have resources to assist us. Several other coastal towns are working on a similar process.

An informational meeting for the entire community was held on July 21, to better understand the areas of the town which may be significantly impacted over the coming years. Knox County has assisted us in providing interactive maps of Owls Head with varying levels of sea level rise (click to access), or with storm surge levels associated with hurricanes. In addition, there is a second tab which has the Maine Climate Council’s recent reports. An understanding of this information will help the town develop plans to address flooding resilience with practical measures such as emergency vehicle access.

The interactive maps have menu buttons that allow one to select sea level heights (with the highest astronomical tide of 2018 as a baseline). It takes a minute for each layer to be plotted, so it’s best not to select multiple layers at once. Feel free to explore the County’s interactive maps to see how sea level rise and storm surge can affect your neighborhood!

Maine Association of Conservation Commissions  is committed to connecting communities to each other and to the waters, woods and wildlife of Maine. Explore their website to learn what their members are doing to make their towns a better place for all. MACC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members educate, advise and organize.

Maine Conservation Voters cultivates and uses political power to conserve and protect Maine’s environment. MCV helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, elects pro-environment candidates to office, and holds our elected officials accountable, without regard to political party.

Parks – Public Lands – Water Access – Hiking/Walking Trails

  • The sites described here can be located by number on the map below.

  •  Unless otherwise noted, all sites listed are property of the Town of Owls Head.

  • Properties described as “street-end” (4, 8, 9, 10, and 12) have limited to no parking. Please respect abutting neighbors’ property and privacy.

  • “Beach” in Maine is an elusive term–most beaches in the mid-coast are rocky, rarely sandy, and walkability is dependent on tidal variation. By Maine law, shore property owners may prohibit access to adjacent intertidal area, except for “fishing and fowling”.
  • All properties are likely to have a significant tick population, so it’s best to remain on established trails. Wearing light colors, tucking in shirts and socks, using insect repellent, and checking your body during and after spending time on these sites will help to minimize the likelihood of infection with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases.

1. Ash Island 47-acre island with rocky shoreline and views of Mussel Ridge Channel and islands; accessible only by water, closest launch site at Birch Point State Park (see below) with ample parking. For More Information (FMI): Ash Island (Maine Coast Heritage Trust).

2. Ash Point (Trails End) Water access at the end of Ash Point Drive with views of Ash Island and Mussel Ridge Channel, approximately 100’ wide with parking for 3-4 cars.

Ash Point Preserve3. Ash Point Preserve 34-acre preserve with trails through coastal forest to 2,140’ granite shoreline; parking for several cars in lot off Ash Point Drive. FMI: Ash Point Preserve (Georges River Land Trust).

4. Ballyhac Road Water access at road end, limited/no parking.

5. Birch Point State Park State-owned with admission fee in summer, closed in winter months. Entrance off Ballyhac Road; sandy beach and picnic tables with expansive views of Mussel Ridge Channel and islands. Parking for 20-30 cars. FMI: Birch Point State Park.

 

6. Crescent Beach Public access approximately 70’ wide to large pebble beach on Mussel Ridge Channel; parking for 6-10 cars located at end of Crescent Beach Road.

7. Crocketts Beach Public access to a short rocky/sand beach at end of Crocketts Beach Road; views of Mussel Ridge Channel; limited parking.

8. Harborside Terrace Street-end water view of Rockland Harbor, road-width wide, with limited parking.

9. Knowlton Avenue Street-end water access to Rockland Harbor; limited/no parking.

 

10. Knowlton Place Street-end access with views of Rockland Harbor and bay; no parking.

11. Monroe Island 225-acre island with hiking trails and 2 camp-sites; 5 freshwater ponds, forest, bold rocky shoreline with views of Penobscot Bay and islands; access only by water, closest launch site at foot of Main Street with public parking in adjacent Owls Head Harbor Park. FMI: Monroe Island–Owls Head (Maine Coast Heritage Trust).

12. Ocean Avenue Street-end access; road-width space with path to water; parking for two small cars

13. Owls Head Harbor Park (Carver Park) waterfront park of 3 acres with pebbly beach, wetlands, and walking path through meadow to freshwater pond; an ADA compliant pier was recently completed, providing water access for small craft; ample parking in lot off Lighthouse Road with additional spaces in lot next to pier accessed from Main and Wharf Streets.

14. Owls Head Light State Park Located at the end of Lighthouse Road; lighthouse and keeper’s house are Federal property maintained by Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights, while the light itself is maintained by the US Coast Guard; both the light and the keeper’s house are accessible to the public; shoreline is mostly steep and rocky with some pebbly beaches; ample parking with lighthouse a few-minute-walk away FMI: Tour Owls Head Light.

15. Plaisted Preserve Ten-acre property off North Shore Drive near the fire station with 1/2 mile of trails through spruce forest and beds of moss and ferns; water access to Broad Cove; parking for 4-5 cars.

Photographs ©2020 Lauren Swartzbaugh

Town Office

Physical Address:
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854
207-594-7434
Fax 207-594-7598

Mailing Address:
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854

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Office Hours

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T - 8:00 AM to 5:00PM

W - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

TH - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

F - Closed

Quick Contacts

Secretary:

Eleanor Stone

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Tax Collector:

Susan Wilson

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Town Clerk:

Susan Wilson

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Treasurer:

Pamela Curtis

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Holidays 2021

New Year's Day
December 31

Martin Luther King Day
January 18

President’s Day
February 15

Patriot’s Day
April 19

Memorial Day
May 31

Independence Day
July 5

Labor Day
September 6

Indigenous People Day
October 11

Veteran’s Day
November 12

Thanksgiving
November 25-26

Christmas
December 24

Contact Us

Physical Address:
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854
207-594-7434
Fax 207-594-7598

Mailing Address:
Town of Owls Head
224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854

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