Providing Public Access
Maine’s network of more than 75 land trusts has significantly increased public access to the outdoors for activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ATV riding, birdwatching, boating, and sightseeing.
Based on a survey completed in 2017 (see below), Maine’s land trust conserved lands offer the following outdoor recreational amenities:
- Hiking/Walking: 1,260 miles
- Mountain Biking: 275 miles
- Snowmobiling: 570 miles
- ATV Riding: 345 miles
Recreational Water Access
- Boat Launch Sites: 203
- Coastal: 62
- Freshwater: 141
- Beaches/Swimming Areas: 210
Land Open for Hunting
- More than 2.34 million acres
- More than 90% of all acres conserved by land trusts
In July 2017, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) surveyed members of the Maine Land Trust Network, which includes most of the State’s land trust community. 70 organizations participated. Data from a 2015 MCHT land trust census was used to fill in gaps for those organizations that did not complete the survey.
- Enhancing Public Lands - Recreational amenities provided by land trust conserved lands are part of a larger network of conservation lands in Maine.
- Benefiting Maine’s Economy - Land trust partner with many businesses and organizations.
- Supporting Natural Resource Jobs - Maine land trusts are focused on the conservation of the state’s working landscapes.
- Strengthening Local Communities - Apart from welcoming visitors to public preserves, Maine land trusts serve communities in many other ways.
- Private Sector Answer to Public Needs - Maine has one of the most active land trust communities in the nation, with more land trusts per capita than any other state.
- Most Trust Lands Are on Tax Rolls - Public lands in Maine and around the country are exempt from paying property taxes.