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.