Category Archives: Environmental Issues

DIFW expanding protection of native brook trout and charr

The Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife stepped up big time to expand protection of our native brook trout and Arctic charr. Recently, they went public with their proposal and I want to share it with you today. This all began with a bill I submitted in the last legislative session to expand protection to […]

DIFW Issues New Rules and Requests to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease

Having learned that chronic wasting disease was found in Quebec just 100 miles from our border, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has acted quickly, issuing both new rules and requests. Here is the press release issued on October 10 by DIFW. AUGUSTA, Maine — With Chronic Wasting Disease discovered in bordering Quebec, the […]

Poland Spring generously supports many Maine projects

I’ve always been impressed with the Poland Spring’s generous support for lots of Maine programs and projects. I recently attended their annual luncheon in which they recognize good neighbors. The highlight for me was my friend Gary Crocker’s very humorous speech. Good Neighbor Grants are awarded to community groups with a focus on education, environmental […]

Plan to expand protection of native brook trout taking shape

A proposal and plan to expand protection for Maine’s native brook trout is taking shape at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and I must report that I am very pleased that Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s Fisheries Division Director, has taken the lead on this. Francis has been working with a small group of individuals, […]

Fisheries plan is comprehensive with many good ideas

During my years as director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, I was blessed with an outstanding Fisheries Initiative Committee (FIC). In 2008, FIC created a comprehensive fishing initiative which was approved by SAM’s Board on June 3, 2008. I’m hoping that SAM will get back involved in fisheries issues and I’m suggesting that they […]

LandCan offers lots of help to landowners

  Maine landowners should connect to the Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN), a nonprofit based in Falmouth, Maine. LandCAN is an online land conservation network that helps landowners maintain and preserve their land for future generations. They provide landowners with a directory of conservation information, service providers, tools, and programs to help them manage their […]

Maine wildlife threatened by chronic wasting disease

This is very bad news. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found just 100 miles from Maine, in Quebec. Our Fish and Wildlife Department is taking this very seriously, and working with New Hampshire and Vermont to figure out the best ways to protect our moose and deer. New Hampshire and Vermont have already taken […]