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Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

 Record Group
Identifier: US-MeSA-01


  • Creation: 1750 -


Biographical / Historical

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry was created in 2012 by combining the former Department of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resources, Department of Conservation, and many functions of the State Planning Office.

The Department of Agriculture was formed in 1901 from the Board of Agriculture (1852). It was later combined with the Livestock Sanitary Commission (1911), and had its name changed to the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resources in 1980.

The Department of Conservation was formed in 1973. It combined the existing Parks and Recreation Department (1971) and the Forest Commission (1891). The Forest Commission had previously assumed the duties of the Land Agent (1824).

In addition to the Office of the Commissioner, the Department consists of four bureaus: Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources; Forestry; Parks and Lands; and Resource Information and Land Use Planning.


575.25 Linear Feet (1207 containers)

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Custodial History

The Maine State Archives holds the Maine State Government’s records of historical value. Records are transferred by state agencies to the Archives based on schedules set up by the records management system. These schedules describe the type of records created by the agencies and for how long they should be kept. (MRS Title 5, chapter 6, section 95-C)

Linked below are the general schedules which apply to all departments. Department-specific schedules, if any, are also included. Only current (most recent or active schedules) are included in these lists. Material may have come in under prior versions of the schedule with different descriptions or time periods. 

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Agency Specific Schedules (pdf)

Department of Conservation (older schedules)- Agency Specific Schedules (pdf)

General Schedules

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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333