The Maine outdoors provides a cherished feeling of special places throughout the state. Maine’s working landscapes include farmland, pastures, cropland, woodland, and forests. These natural resources are connected to businesses which provide products, like farm-raised food and fiber for people. At the same time, they provide habitats for wild animals and plants. Well cared-for, and respected natural resources are critical to the wellbeing and livelihood of Mainers and its natural beauty.
What do Maine’s working landscapes offer?
- Pastures and crop land are local sources of food
- Open and wooded areas are homes for thousands of wildlife, bugs, animals, and native plants
- Farms, woodland and forests provide local jobs in agriculture, forestry and tourism
- Special places to get outside and respectfully appreciate Maine’s beauty year-round
Know before you go – follow the four R’s
- Respect: Treat land as the valuable necessity that it is to Maine. This helps everyone appreciate Maine’s beauty for generations.
- Responsibility: Keep your pets on leash, and clean up after them—especially near pasture and farmland. This can help reduce the spread of unwanted disease between pets and farm animals or crops.
- Right Thing: Follow the unwritten rules of Maine land use: ask for permission, say thank you. Set an example for others. Always carry-in and carry-out. See litter and trash? Do the right thing and pick it up.
- Right Path: Don’t assume a place is open to the public. In fact, 94% of land in Maine is privately owned, but there remain numerous recreational opportunities on privately owned land. Before you go, know where, and if, you may walk, hike, drive, bird watch, hunt, forage, travel and tour—and the safe ways to do so.
Why respect, responsibility and “the right things” matter:
- Respectful, responsible land use helps preserve these special places for the future
- Sustains community relationships
- Instills and improves our understanding for the value of Maine’s working landscapes
Want to learn how you can support farms, businesses and the outdoors?
- In addition to saying thank you, show your thanks and support their businesses. Consider the many Maine farm products and farms, and the ways you can support and visit them.
- Get involved! Businesses, communities, land owners, residents and guests can all play a role, but it starts with each of us.