Backcountry skiing in Baxter State Park in Maine

The Office of Outdoor Recreation, created in September 2018, was permanently established July 1, 2019. The Office of Outdoor Recreation is a division of the Office of Tourism at DECD and aims to leverage Maine’s assets and outdoor recreation heritage to grow the outdoor recreation economy and build Maine’s outdoor recreation brand as part of a coordinated effort with partners from the public and private sectors.

Focus:

  • Help develop strategies to create outdoor recreation employment, to enhance business growth and to coordinate with state economic development leaders to integrate the outdoor recreation industry into their efforts. 
     
  • Establish relationships between diverse industries that depend upon the state’s natural resources to ensure recreation interests and perspectives are included in policy decisions related to land management and land use planning activities, including access, stewardship and conservation.
     
  • Serve as a central point of contact for the outdoor recreation industry in Maine, monitoring emerging trends and issues that may potentially impact the outdoor recreation assets and experiences in the state.
  • Promote the health benefits of outdoor recreation by encouraging active lifestyles for Mainers through collaboration with healthcare industry leaders and local communities minimizing barriers to outdoor recreation opportunities.

On October 24, 2019, Maine signed the Confluence Accords joining 12 other states promoting the practices of the four pillars listed in this agreement – economic development; education & workforce training; conservation & stewardship; and public health & wellness. See Confluence of States

Hiking near Mt. Kineo

Industry Partners & Resources:

Maine Outdoor Brands (MOB), a non-profit alliance whose goal it is to help drive the success of its member brands was established in 2017 by a group of Maine outdoor product companies and was instrumental in the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation.

National Governor’s Association Outdoor Recreation Learning Network helps governors and their outdoor recreation staff explore strategies to leverage their unique natural, cultural and historical resources to improve access to and help promote economic, social and environmental benefits.

Outdoor Industry Association is a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry. In collaboration with our members, we are a force for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation.

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable is the nation’s premier coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and promotes the growth of the outdoor recreation economy and outdoor recreation activities.

Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce measures the economic activity as well as the sales or receipts generated by outdoor recreational activities. These statistics also measure each industry’s production of outdoor goods and services and its contribution to U.S. GDP. As of September 2019 prototype statistics show state value added, compensation, and employment as well.

Snowmobiling on Long Lake