AUGUSTA — Appointments by Gov. Paul LePage and Republican legislative leaders to a panel that will study the state’s management of Maine’s Unorganized Territory are drawing fire from environmentalists and Democrats.

LePage and the House and Senate leaders announced the appointments Friday to the 12-member commission that will advise the Legislature on how to overhaul land-use regulation in the 10-million-acre territory. Legislation earlier this year sought to abolish the state’s Land Use Regulation Commission.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine said today the new study panel is stacked with people who are determined to abolish LURC. Democrats say several appointees have been strong public advocates for the elimination of LURC.

But Republican Senate President Kevin Raye says the appointees are experienced people who will be thoughtful, open-minded and constructive.