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Welcome to the Outdoor Partners Landowner Relations Program
Maine has a unique history of public access to private land. Over the past 200 years, landowners, residents and visitors have forged a tradition of neighborliness and shared access that is found nowhere else in the nation.
Approximately 94% of the state’s land area is privately owned and more than 10 million acres of working farms and forests are open to the public. This voluntary contribution by landowners needs to be understood and respected by everyone who ventures outdoors.
The private land you use for recreation belongs to someone else, just as surely as your car or home belongs to you. Access to private land is a privilege, not a right.
Now and in the future, private ownership is key to preserving Maine’s rural heritage and recreational opportunities.
The owners of Maine’s farms and forests take great pride in the stewardship of their lands and they enjoy sharing these resources with others.
Keep in mind, however, that you should always ask first for permission to use private land. It’s the right thing to do. Some landowners may require permits for certain activities. If so, respect that request. Remember, your actions affect everyone who wants to use private land for recreation.
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