Category Archives: Environmental Issues

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

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“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 […]

While Australia is killing 2 million feral cats, Maine allows them to be captured, fixed up, and released back into the woods.

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Should feral cats be released back into the woods, after they’ve been captured and cleaned up? And is that legal in Maine? Good questions! While Maine law is unclear, people are being allowed to capture feral cats, sterilize and clean them up, and release them back into the woods. Some local animal shelters are doing […]

Why did the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department fail to support stream crossings bond issue?

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It’s a mystery to me. An important bond issue to raise more money for improving stream crossings failed to draw the support of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Yet in an April 11 edition of the agency’s newsletter, there’s a great article on the importance of improving our stream crossings. When I asked […]