Category Archives: Conservation

Crappie messages issued on invasive fish species

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The mixed messages about invasive fish species could not have been more evident than these summer of 2012 headlines from Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “A Popular Newcomer: Black Crappie,” trumpeted one headline in DIF&W’s weekly newsletter. “MDIFW Encouraging the Taking of Largemouth Bass,” headlined an agency press release. The latter effort came […]

Timber Harvesting in Wildlife Management Area Generates Controversy

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“We want to create the best wildlife habitat we can.” Those words, from Keel Kemper, a wildlife biologist with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, summed up his agency’s goals for the Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hallowell, and helped critics understand a proposed timber harvesting plan that has generated quite a bit […]

From stream flows to native plants, check out these NRCM funded kids’ projects

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While Governor Paul LePage’s inappropriate letter to NRCM members, criticizing the organization in very inaccurate statements, got lots of news coverage, I was thinking about all the ways this great environmental organization has benefitted our state. Some of their work, on major environmental projects and issues, has been well reported, such as their most recent […]

Maine’s moose suffered another tough winter

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Maine’s moose continue to be killed in large numbers by ticks. The most recent research, completed this past winter and spring, has not been released officially yet, but Judy Camuso, Wildlife Division Director, shared the following information with James Cote and me when we taped a Wildfire TV show with her on Monday. Moose calves […]