Category Archives: Conservation

Legislature fishes for brook trout protection

On Tuesday (February 6), the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee will tackle the issue of adding new protections for our native brook trout. Last year in response to a bill that Representative Russell Black sponsored my request, the department promised the IFW committee that it would work to achieve the goals of that bill, including […]

Portage Lake stocking proposal is denied

A contentious proposal to stock hatchery fish in Portage Lake in Aroostook County has been denied. While the proposal came from a DIFW Regional Fisheries biologist, with support from most of the agency’s other fisheries biologists, it was sharply criticized by a few biologists. Perhaps the most significant criticism came from Merry Gallagher, the department’s […]

Brian Deese tells it like it is on climate change and energy

                Brian Deese knows climate change, conservation, and energy policies. I found his recent speech in Portland to be fascinating. The event was sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters, and is the place I received the Harrison Richardson Environmental Leadership Award. It was a big crowd, nearly 500 people, and Brian was the keynote speaker. Brian […]

These books would be great Christmas gifts

In addition to writing a variety of regular columns for Maine newspapers, websites, and newsletters, I’ve written four books. They would make great Christmas gifts. A Life Lived Outdoors A Life Lived Outdoors, was published by Islandport Press in 2014. Most of the columns and stories in the book were written for the editorial pages […]