- Associated Press - Friday, January 25, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine officials say the state set a record for attendance at its state parks last year.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands says Maine State Parks logged nearly 3 million visits in 2018. There are 48 state parks and historic sites in Maine.

The state says overall visits to parks were up 11 percent from 2017. There were records for camping, day use visits and overall use of state parks last year. The state says revenues generated from the visits also “rose substantially” from previous years.

Deputy department commissioner Randy Charette says he’s hopeful a portion of the increased revenues will be used to help maintain the parks system.

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