Study finds Boothbay Region Land Trust’s preserve users spend $3.9 million annually in the local area..
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME, July 1, 2013--The study by the University of Maine’s School of Economics was funded by a private grant to the land trust. It included 500 hours of fieldwork and surveys of both visitors to the Boothbay region and local residents. It showed 63,832 visits to the trust’s preserves and hiking trails between April and November 2012. This translates into 13,081 unique users.
“We saw a lot of cars with out-of-state license plates, from all over the Northeast,” said Todd Gabe, professor of economics at the University of Maine. “The visitors we spoke with really loved the trails.”