Warden Service expands landowner relations program

This is great news. The Maine Warden Service has doubled its landowner relations staff, adding Corporal Dave Chabot of Greene. For several years now, Corporal Rick LaFlamme has been the running this program alone, although all game wardens practice good landowner relations.

Rick has done a great job, but there is a lot more the agency could be doing as part of its landowner relations program.

For example, the legislature, in response to legislation I proposed, added the Keep Maine Clean program to DIFW’s landowner relations program, to encourage hunters and anglers to pick up trash near their hunting and fishing grounds. But Rick hasn’t had time to implement this new program (although he does participate in the one-day event focused statewide on trash pickup).

The Maine Resource Recovery Association stepped up to sponsor Keep Maine Clean with projects by all Maine residents to pick up trash along our roads and elsewhere. You can access information about their program, and sign up to participate, at www.keepmaineclean.org.

According to the Warden Service’s press release, Corporal Chabot has had a comprehensive 21-year career with the Warden Service including serving on many boards and commissions on the State, local government and Department levels. He has held supervisory positions, performed as a field training officer, Maine Warden Service Cadre, team leader, board examiner, Maine Criminal Justice Academy instructor and is an active member of the Maine Warden Service K9 team.

The release also noted that Corporal Dave Chabot will bring his knowledge, experience, and work ethic to the position. The decision was made by a promotion board comprised of five members representing the Small Woodlot Owners Association, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife-wildlife and fisheries management, Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Recreational Trails Division and the MDIFW Commissioner’s Office.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.