The Maine Island Trail: cared for and enjoyed by people who love the coast of Maine.
The Maine Island Trail Association is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. Founded in 1988 to administer America’s first water trail, MITA embraces the powerfully simple idea that care of the islands can be left to the users of these treasured and fragile places. Our ability to turn island users into island stewards is why islands visited by members tend to be in better shape than those left alone.
Our members include paddlers, sailors, motorboaters, and land-lubbers alike. They form a powerful force of people actively committed to the care and protection of the wild islands of Maine. We hope you’ll join us and the many like-minded people who keep the Trail, and the islands, alive and well. MITA members receive comprehensive information about the Trail, helpful tips for safe and responsible boating, and guidelines for low-impact recreation. Our members also support ongoing stewardship and education efforts aimed at preserving Trail sites and experiences for future generations.
Helping Drive Maine’s Outdoor Recreation Economy
For many of us in Maine, it’s hard to distinguish whether our passion drives our professional pursuits, or those pursuits propel our passion. That’s important. Because as the oldest state in the country attempting to attract a younger workforce, Maine’s outdoors can be a powerful lure. Millennials in particular value quality of life over congested cities, and Maine outdoor product companies are uniquely able to blur the line between work and play. In an informal survey, MOB members report the average age of their employees to be 35—a full ten years younger than the statewide average, and a clear signal that our industry is leading Maine in the right direction.
MOB is also committed to working with individuals and organizations from the public and private sectors in helping to drive Maine’s $8.2B outdoor recreation economy, and in the process, creating a brighter economic future for our state.