Category Archives: Environmental Issues

Strong opposition to mining in Maine – but it still might be allowed

“God does not come back and rebuild these mountains.” That was the testimony of a Maine tribal leader, in a 6-hour public hearing by the legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee on mining bills. Many strong statements were delivered yesterday afternoon at the hearing. One of the strongest was this, delivered in a strong voice […]

Legislature debates if you need to notify neighbors when your python gets loose

“Cats are destructive little bastards.” That was a comment from Jason Perillo who was testifying against my proposal to require permits for all exotic animals and require the Warden Service and neighbors to be notified if that exotic animal gets loose. Perillo has a business in Winthrop that includes 1400 exotic animals, none of which […]

You must go north to find excellent brook trout fishing

“Brook Trout,” an amazing book written by Nick Karas and published in 1997, is an entertaining, informative, and at times discouraging book about North America’s brook trout. I recently re-read Nick’s book, to prepare for public hearings on a couple of important brook trout bills at the legislature. There’s a lot of truth in the […]

My father’s wisdom on Sunday hunting, moose, beaver and more

My Dad, Ezra Smith, was a life-long sportsmen with strong opinions on fish and wildlife issues which he often shared in letters to the editor of our state’s newspapers. From time to time I like to share Dad’s thoughts with you. They are often remarkably timely. Here are a few. Sunday Hunting The recent news […]

Maine aggressively fights invasive plants but not fish and wildlife.

Maine is aggressively fighting invasive plants and insects, but not wild animals and fish, like this northern pike. And I think that’s too bad. This recent quote from Doug Denico, Director of Maine’s Forestry Bureau, got my attention: “The Maine Forest Service, Public Lands and the Natural Areas Program have joined with the Bureau of […]

$6 million to be invested in fish habitat and private road improvements

A very significant federal grant of $6 million is coming to Maine to restore more than 250 miles of fish habitat in northern and eastern Maine and help private forestland owners reduce the impacts of flooding on road networks. This announcement from the partners in the Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project is a very important […]