Maine is the northeastern-most state in the continental United States, with a landscape characterized by bountiful natural resources and lakes, streams, coastal areas, and deep forests. These attributes were strongly tied with the area’s earliest economic activities such as trapping, fishing, farming, lumbering, and shipbuilding. The state’s natural beauty also attracts many tourists who help to augment the economy. Nearly 90 percent of Maine is covered in forest, and the manufacturing of wood products has been at the core of its economy since the first European colonists came there. Maine is a leading producer of many shellfish, especially lobster. The state’s diversified economy is currently led by the service sector.  It is the world’s largest exporter of blueberries and toothpicks.

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