Thursday June 13, 2013 | 01:49 PM
Posted by Mike Tetreault

Let me start by asking you that simple question: What do you love about Maine?

Go ahead, think about it. Maybe write a couple things down. Do you have your answer? I’ll bet you mentioned something related to nature.

In a recent survey, nearly nine out of 10 Mainers identify having clean water, natural areas and wildlife as important to the quality of life in Maine. This enthusiasm extends across all regions, politics and demographics. Nature, it turns out, is a great unifier in the great state of Maine.

That’s what Nature is ME is all about. Funded by a grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, this campaign is a celebration of values we all share, and an exploration of the benefits that nature brings to us.

The Nature Conservancy and our partners hope to engage you in things you already love about nature, and inspire you with things you might not yet know.

Here’s how it works: We’ve collected awesome prizes from businesses who share our love for nature.

Every time you take one of our Nature is ME challenges, you’re entered to win.

The challenges are fun: take pictures of yourself experiencing nature, send in recipes with Maine ingredients and take an online quiz. But this is about more than prizes. We hope you’ll be reminded of how deeply nature is intertwined with life in Maine.

Have fun with Nature is ME! From there, check out any one of our partners, your local farmer, fisherman or land trust, or one of the many great groups that work for Maine’s environment and nature-based economy. Together, we can reinforce the fabric of our communities and help care for all the good things that make Maine such a wonderful place to call home.

See you outside!

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Mike Tetreault leads The Nature Conservancy in Maine, where he works with partners in conservation, government and community development to identify solutions which ensure that Maine's natural resources are available for people and for nature.

He holds a degree in environmental studies from Brown and a MS from the field naturalist program at the University of Vermont, and has studied resource management in Kenya, Mexico and throughout New England.

Tetreault started his career teaching wilderness leadership and environmental education, and has worked for The Nature Conservancy since 1998. He lives in Bath with his wife, their daughter and a menagerie of pets.

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