Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation

Office of Outdoor Recreation Collage

The Office of Outdoor Recreation leverages 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.

Outdoor recreation made up 3.3% of Maine’s economy, more than double the national average in 2020.  From 2018 to 2019, contribution to state GDP grew 5.9% in Maine, compared with an increase of 3.7% for the US.

  • The biggest activity contributors in 2020 were boating/fishing generating $379 million ($299 million in 2019); followed by RV’ing, at $149 million ($137 million in 2019). Snow activities generated $46 million; with hunting/shooting/trapping at $38 million.
  • Outdoor recreation supported more than 28,000 jobs in Maine in 2020, accounting for 4.6% of employment and providing more than $1.1 billion in compensation.

2020 Bureau of Economic Analysis Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account

Watch Maine's outdoor recreation overview video by clicking here or the image below.    

OOR Overview Video

DIRECTION

  • 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.

 

MOES 2022PROGRAMS

The Maine Outdoor Economy Summit is a one-day forum for professional development, ideation, and discussions on essential topics impacting Maine’s outdoor industry in the areas of economic development, workforce, access and equity.

 

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. November 2020 statistics show state value added, compensation, and employment as well.

GDP Map

BACKGROUND

In 2017, a group of Maine outdoor product companies came together to establish Maine Outdoor Brands (MOB), a non-profit alliance that unites business leaders and entrepreneurs in raising awareness of Maine’s outdoor recreation economy and strengthens Maine’s outdoor product/service companies through knowledge sharing, collaborative marketing and commerce efforts and access to professional resources. MOB worked with Maine’s Department of Economic & Community Development to create the Office of Outdoor Recreation to advance the Maine’s outdoor recreation economy. The Office was launched in 2018 and became permanently established in 2019 making it the 10th state office in the U.S. to be created and staffed.

On October 24, 2019, Maine became one of 12 member states of the Confluence of States a bipartisan organization developing a national platform to grow the outdoor recreation industry, protect our nation's wild places and transform conservation into a driver for economic prosperity. As a signatory to the Confluence Accords we are united by four pillars to ensure outdoor recreation retains a bipartisan approach – economic development; education & workforce training; conservation & stewardship; and public health & wellness.  

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