Category Archives: Environmental Issues

USF&W Director issues provocative call to action

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A provocative call-to-action by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe is getting a lot of attention across the nation. First delivered at this year’s North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Management Conference, Ashe pointed out challenges faced by sportsmen and women today, problems in our environmental and conservation communities, and called out our […]

Maine needs stronger rules to control exotic animals and protect native wildlife

Ball python

If you read the comments that followed my two outdoor news columns last week about exotic animals, you may have noticed that some of these people have a great disdain for those of us who champion Maine’s native wildlife. Some wrote that I should not be against possession of python snakes, because they are friendly […]

Time to put our differences aside and make the best of the new national monument

East Branch Penobscot River

On May 16, I testified in favor of the designation of a national monument on land owned by Elliotsville Plantation, at a public hearing hosted by U.S. Senator Angus King and the Director of the National Park Service. Now that the President has designated that area as a national monument, I think my remarks are […]

Invasive fish and poor water quality challenge central Maine fisheries biologists

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“Central Maine is the invasive species headquarters for the state.” That’s the sobering conclusion of DIF&W Fisheries Biologist Jason Seiders, one of the three biologists in Region B which includes 4000 square miles, 370 lakes and ponds, and 3500 miles of flowing water in central Maine. Yes, these folks are busy! But not too busy […]

Brook trout specialist tells it like it is

Upper Magalloway Brookie

“Our instream habitat around the state is the pits.” Those were the words of Merry Gallagher, brook trout specialist and fisheries research biologist for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, explaining that, in the days of floating logs down our brooks and streams, those waters were straightened out by bulldozers and dynamite, and a […]

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 […]