Maine's Great Outdoors
The Nature Conservancy recently sponsored a bipartisan phone survey to gauge how Mainers are feeling about conservation of our lands and waters. The results are clear: the people of Maine, regardless of politics, age or location, believe that nature is at the core of our lifestyle and economy.
In the survey, Mainers shared – in their own words – what they like most about living in Maine. It may come as no surprise that the state's natural features were mentioned more often than anything else – things like natural beauty and rural character.
Plus, nearly everyone listed outdoor recreation as a favorite pastime. 83% of us like to visit parks and recreation areas, 81% like to hike or take walks, and 60% like watching birds and other wildlife. Some 50% go camping, and the same number of people goes biking, paddling, and fishing.
Not only does the great outdoors define our way of life, it fuels our economy. According to the outdoor Industry of America, outdoor recreation in Maine generates $5.3 billion in annual consumer spending, 65,000 direct Maine jobs, $1.5 billion in annual wages and salaries and $382 million in annual state and local tax revenue.
The Nature Conservancy, and all of our Nature is ME partners, invite you to get involved: