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Editorial: Ask candidates what they will do for conservation in Maine
Editorial: Ask candidates what they will do for conservation in Maine
Acadia National Park is one of Maine’s biggest job creators. The latest statistics from the National Park Service show that Acadia supports nearly 4,200 jobs and has an annual economic impact of $338 million.

How many other enterprises in Maine come close? Not many. According to the Maine Department of Labor, only half a dozen private companies operating in the state employ more than 4,000 workers.

Conservation and tourism are big business. Maine ought to better capitalize on one of its greatest assets—its landscape. Those who say you can’t eat the landscape are wrong. For generations, Mainers have been relying on people, both from away and from here, who spend their hard earned money to visit our public lands. That has paid for a lot of meals for a lot of Mainers for a lot of years.

At every opportunity candidates running for governor, Congress, and the Maine Legislature should be talking about what will they do to protect more land and to build on Maine’s largest economic sector, tourism. And voters should be asking the candidates about precisely that question.

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2018 (Archive on Monday, May 28, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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