- Leahy, Jessica
University of Maine
Maine has a traditional open access policy to private lands that dates to colonial times. Considering it is the most privately owned state in the nation, this access has been an integral and valuable asset for recreation, hunting and fishing. However, recent research indicates that increasingly there are more and more landowners are opting to post their land against trespassing. This study aims to determine what factors impact landowners decisions to allow public recreation access, and to find valuable solutions to alleviate the externalities resulting from public access to private lands.