When it comes to Maine’s recreation and tourism economy, we desperately need change and new leadership. For the past seven-plus years, we have had an administration fighting to dismantle Maine’s long, non-partisan tradition of working together to ensure protection of and access to Maine’s naturally beautiful and bountiful places.

I will work to protect natural places and ensure that people have access to Maine’s natural beauty. As someone with a business background, I will conduct a review to ensure we are doing all we can as a state to advertise and attract people from all over the country to come spend their recreation dollars here in Maine.

Born and raised in a hunting and fishing family from rural Maine, I would return the Blaine House to a place where sportsmen and women, conservationists, Maine Guides, lodge owners, outfitters, hunters, fishermen, snowmobilers, hikers, and others have a regular seat at the table and the opportunity to contribute to sensible policies.

As the 1987 state law creating the successful Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program stated, “the future social and economic well-being of the citizens of this State depends upon maintaining the quality and availability of natural areas for recreation, hunting and fishing, conservation, wildlife habitat, vital ecologic functions and scenic beauty…” The central economic importance of smart conservation policies was also underscored in 2004 by a comprehensive joint study by the Muskie School of Public Policy and the Margaret Chase Smith Public Policy Center, which stated: “Maine land conservation especially under LMF is rightly to be viewed as a basic infrastructure investment in the future of Maine’s environment, economy, and cultural heritage. Like our rail or highway systems, it is a foundation upon which coming generations of Maine people will build their economy and culture, to reflect Maine values, needs, priorities, and diversity.”