AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine officials are asking the public to comment on a state plan that proposes ways to protect the Pine Tree State’s most vulnerable fish and wildlife species.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife drafted the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan with input from dozens of government and non-government organizations. State officials say the plan puts an emphasis on participation from landowners and the public to conserve wildlife. A 30-day public comment period for the document began on Monday.

Officials say the plan will help guide conservation of rare and vulnerable animals from this year to 2025. States need to approve a wildlife plan to be eligible for certain federal grants.

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