Category Archives: Environmental Issues

A beautiful book about a beautiful butterfly

          Monarch butterflies are in trouble, which makes Melissa Kim’s new book, A Monarch Butterfly Story, published by Islandport Press in Yarmouth, all the more important. Jada Fitch’s illustrations are beautiful, and Melissa gives us a wonderful story of a grandson in Maine who gets a special message from his grandfather in Texas, telling him […]

State agrees to controversial take-over of Forest City dam.

A very-late-in-the-session legislative bill calling for a state takeover of the Forest City Dam on the St. Croix River was hotly debated. Several key changes were made, and the bill was enacted and signed by the Governor. One of the major concerns expressed by IFW Committee members was the expense of maintaining this large dam, […]

Legislature overrides Governor’s veto of Public Lands bill

After several years of intense effort, a bill governing our public lands has been enacted, thanks to votes in the House and Senate to override the Governor’s veto of the bill. Several legislators, including my State Senator Tom Saviello, and our state’s major environmental groups, deserve credit for crafting this bill and never giving up […]

Nelson Family Offers Great Sources of Lyme Disease Information

A Maine family, the Nelsons of Bath, have been impacted by Lyme disease and multiple co-infections, and have become strong advocates for themselves and others. They spent a lot of time searching for resources with up-to-date information. Daughter Elizabeth researched, vetted, and compiled a lengthy list of websites, books, and educational opportunities that the family […]

Let’s welcome Interior Secretary Zinke to our National Monument

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke should get a warm welcome to Maine when he arrives on Wednesday to visit our new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. At the President’s direction, Zinke is reviewing 26 national monuments dedicated since 1996. I loved Zinke’s comment in response to a question from Rep. Chellie Pingree: : “I […]

Colorado paying for pike to get them out of lake

While Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says there is nothing they can do to get illegally introduced species out of a water, Colorado is paying anglers to catch and kill northern pike. Here’s the story. SILVERTHORNE, Colo. – A cash-based incentive offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Water Conservation Board […]