Public access to Maine's private lands: A cultural and economic asset

February 26, 2008

This paper has four sections. First is a brief discussion of the economic role that private land owners play by allowing access to their land. Next is a review of the common reasons why landowners restrict access to their land. Public policy solutions will need to address these reasons in order to be successful. The third section is an overview of programs available in Maine and elsewhere to incent landowners to continue to allow public access. And finally, recommendations are suggested that may be effective in continuing, expanding, and improving public access to private land in Maine.

This paper has four sections. First is a brief discussion of the economic role that private land owners play by allowing access to their land. Next is a review of the common reasons why landowners restrict access to their land. Public policy solutions will need to address these reasons in order to be successful. The third section is an overview of programs available in Maine and elsewhere to incent landowners to continue to allow public access. And finally, recommendations are suggested that may be effective in continuing, expanding, and improving public access to private land in Maine.

Supporting documents

Public Access to Maine’s Private Lands: A Cultural and Economic Asset (PDF)