4 www.northmainewoods.org Use of New Technology Reduces Costs and Keeps Visitor Fees Stable If you arrived at one of our staffed checkpoints after daily operating hours or entered through one of the unstaffed automated checkpoints last season you are aware that we have been making some significant adjustments in the way we operate. These changes have been imple- mented so we can continue our mission of keeping the area open to public use by protecting property through managing access. We are doing this with the use of motion sensitive cameras satellite internet service and telecommunications at some entry points. Supplementing people with technology has been occurring at many businesses in or- der to improve operations and to maintain or reduce operating costs. NMW has been going through a similar transition. Automated checkpoints As a non- profit organization North Maine Woods operates on a break even basis. The amount charged for overnight camping is directly related to costs NMW incurs for maintaining campsites. The same is true for the amount charged for day use. Day use fees offset costs for operating check- points which allow access into the NMW region. In an effort to continue to allow access while keeping user fees reasonable we have installed a number of automated unstaffed checkpoints in recent years which is a more cost effective way to manage access. Visitors entering the North Maine Woods on some low traffic access roads may encounter automated electronic checkpoints. These checkpoints are not staffed but have instructional signs motion sensitive video cameras and a telephone located in a small building next to the road. Signs instruct visitors to call the number provided which will connect them to one of our employees who will help them self register and pay appropriate fees. Once the registration process is complete permission will be granted to enter. If someone wants to enter or leave NMW via one of the automated checkpoints it will simplify the process if they pre-register at a staffed checkpoint or have season passes L Passes or Guest Passes with them. NMW staff monitors traffic at these locations 24 hours a day seven days a week and the cameras record all video for the year at each location. Dickey Checkpoint was the first to be automated in 2005 and following several years of successful operation more have been added at other lo- cations. In 2009 Seboomook Dam and Northeast Carry automated check- points were installed on roads leading into North Maine Woods from Se- boomook Township north of Rockwood. In 2013 another automated checkpoint was installed on the so-called Red River Road heading west from St. Froid Lake in the town of Win- terville and its called Winterville Checkpoint. We encourage visitors to pre-register at the Eagle Lake Town office which is open weekdays from 8am to 430pm and can be reached at 207-444-5511. In 2014 Oxbow Checkpoint was converted to an automated check- point. It is operated during day time hours by staff at 6-Mile Check- point and at night by staff located at our main office in Ashland. People are encouraged to stop and pre-register at Homestead Lodge located a few miles from Route 11 on the way into the NMW. The phone number is 207-435-6357. Night Time Entry and Motion Detection Cameras In 2009 we installed motion sensitive lights live time video record- ing cameras and satellite internet service in order to monitor traffic between 9pm and 6am from our Ashland office for 6-Mile Checkpoint on the American Realty Road Telos Checkpoint Caribou Checkpoint on the Golden Road and Fish River Checkpoint west of Portage. Camera images are sent via satellite internet to a central control room in our Ashland office where one person watches all nighttime traffic. Telephone communication is available at all locations which allows visitors to call our office at night to register and enter or leave NMW or get assistance in case of an emergency. Although this system may not be as convenient as having someone at the checkpoints it is less expensive and so reduces the need to increase fees paid by visitors. With cameras recording traffic 24 hours a day seven days a week it also helps us keep track of who is traveling in and out of the area should we have theft or vandalism problems. Al Cowperthwaite Executive Director Changes have been implemented so we can continue our mission of keeping the area open to public use by protecting property through managing access. We are doing this with motion- sensitive cameras satellite internet service and telecommunications at some entry points.