The North star* shines above Maine's motto: "Dirigo" ("I Lead," or "I Direct"). The center shield features symbols of the natural richness of Maine - a pine tree (white pine is Maine's state tree, and "The Pine Tree State" is Maine's nickname), a moose (the official state animal), the sea, and the sky.
The farmer is a symbol of pride in Maine's agricultural roots. The sailor represents Maine's strong ties to the sea. A banner below displays the state name; "MAINE" (in capital letters).
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