Media report on study of economic impact of snowmobiling
Bangor Daily News, News Center Maine, WABI (Channel 5), WAGM (Channel 8), WGME (Channel 13) and Mainebiz reported on a University of Maine study of the economic impact of snowmobiling in Maine. Snowmobiling contributed $606 million to Maine’s economy during the 2018–19 season according to the study, which was the first economic study of the industry in 22 years and was commissioned by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Snowmobiling generated $459 million in direct spending supporting 2,279 jobs, and the remainder came from indirect spending that supported another 1,060 jobs in the state, according to the report by researchers Ian Hathaway, Jessica Leahy and Mindy Crandall. Maine Public shared the BDN article. A column in The Maine Edge also mentioned the snowmobile study.