Department or Program

Environmental Studies


Recreation on lakes contributes direct, indirect, and non-market values from both residents and nonresidents to State and local economies. A 1997 report by Boyle et al., presents estimates of the value of Great Ponds in Maine (USA). In this thesis we update "the recreational values presented in that report. Using fixed value benefit transfer and meta-analysis, we estimate the values of recreation in Maine lakes in 2013 to be approximately $1.8 billion in direct expenditures and $652 million in net economic values. The results from this thesis demonstrate a general increase in value of Maine recreation, making the argument for a more complete, extensive update of all value present in Maine lakes in 2013 or later.

Level of Access

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First Advisor

Lynn Lewis

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages


Components of Thesis

1 PDF file


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