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Maine's outdoor economy grew more than 16% last year

Upper Casco Bay, near the mouth of the Presumpscot River.
Murray Carpenter
Maine Public
Upper Casco Bay, near the mouth of the Presumpscot River.

Maine's outdoor economy grew by more than 16% from 2021 to 2022, according to new statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Outdoor recreation accounts for almost 4% of the state's GDP and supports 32,000 people. The bureau says the industry also generates $3.3 billion for Maine's economy.

Only five other states have outdoor industries that contribute more.

Executive director of Maine Outdoor Brands Jenny Kordick says the data show that outdoor recreation is more than a pastime, it's a key part of Maine's economy.

Kaitlyn Budion is Maine Public’s Bangor correspondent, joining the reporting team after several years working in print journalism.