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Problem Addressed: Challenges and opportunities facing Maine's North Woods
Recommendation: A regional vision should seek rural renewal through economic diversification strategies that take advantage of the region's social and natural assets.
Problem Addressed: Out-of-state visitors' preferences and willingness to play for the proposed park
Problem Addressed: Visitor characteristics, travel behavior, and perceptions of tourism
Goal(s)/Objective(s): To understand how changing weather and climate could impact visitors in the Katahdin region by conducting visitor surveys.
Key Findings: Approximately 50% of respondents for both surveys ranked the expected weather as either very important or important in selecting BSP or the Katahdin region as their destination
Recommendation: Visitors to Baxter State Park and the Katahdin region may be receptive to climate change information, studies conducted in the park, or management actions taken to address the impacts that climate change may have in the area
Problem Addressed: Visitor characteristics and perceptions of the impact of weather and climate change on tourism
Goal(s)/Objective(s): Better understand how changing weather and climate could impact visitors on Mount Desert Island by conducting visitor surveys
Key Findings: The importance of expected weather, particularly if climate predictions hold true, could deter visitors to MDI.
Recommendation: Visitors may be accepting of management actions taken to address impacts of climate change.
Problem Addressed: Describes active research projects in the CRSF Family Forest Program
Goal(s)/Objective(s): Provide relevant research for current issues facing family forests: forest pests, timber harvesting, recreation access, intergenerational transfer, etc.
Key Findings: CRSF is actively engaged in research and outreach that benefits Maine's non-industrial private landowners (also called family forest or small woodland owners). Mainers owning small parcels of land (10-1,000 acres) comprise 34% of the forests in Maine.