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This report uses an ecosystem services approach to calculate the economic value of conservation lands in Downeast Maine, an area composed of Hancock and Washington Counties. This region, roughly bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Penobscot River, and Canada, includes extensive coastline, thousands of acres of forestland, areas of agricultural land, mountains, lakes, rivers, and wetlands. The area is known for its recreational and aesthetic resources, and productive offshore areas. Employment centers range from the tourism-dominated area of Bar Harbor in Hancock County, adjacent to Acadia National Park, to the Baileyville tissue mill and Woodland pulp mill area in Washington County. Overall, it remains one of the least developed areas of Maine.
Lichko, Lesley; Crandall, Mindy; Johnson, Tora; and Daigneault, Adam, "Valuing the Economic Benefits of Conservation Land in Downeast Maine" (2019). Forest Resources Faculty Scholarship. 2.
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