Legislature overrides LePage Vetoes of Two Important Hunting Bills

Great news! The House and Senate over-rode both of Governor Paul LePage’s vetoes of important hunting bills. Both bills were supported by his Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. One bill reduces the penalty for hunting deer over bait. Last year the legislature passed a bill that called for a one year suspension of the […]

Warden Service expands landowner relations program

This is great news. The Maine Warden Service has doubled its landowner relations staff, adding Corporal Dave Chabot of Greene. For several years now, Corporal Rick LaFlamme has been the running this program alone, although all game wardens practice good landowner relations. Rick has done a great job, but there is a lot more the […]

Mainer Writes Amazing First Novel

It always amazes me when someone writes a great first novel. It takes a compelling plot, realistic characters, good dialogue, and for me, intrigue that keeps me reading, wanting to know what happens next. Thomas Torrington does all of this in his first novel, Evergreen. Set in my area of central Maine, where Thomas worked […]

The Neighbor by Joseph Souza

I can only hope author Joseph Souza never encountered anything in his career like the murder and mayhem in his new novel, The Neighbors. Souza worked for the organized crime unit of the Drug Enforcement Agency, who now lives in Portland with his wife and two children. He’s written several novels, which I’ve enjoyed, so […]

Goodbye North Maine Woods

The North Maine Woods may be wide open for development if a proposed rule change is implemented by the Land Use Regulation Commission. This would be a tragedy not only for Maine, but for the entire nation. A current rule allows new buildings in the unorganized territories only within one mile of existing developments. That […]

Baxter Park protected fish long before the state did

As a longtime advocate for protection of our native brook trout, a fight that is ongoing, I was interested to come across a copy of an article in a 1975 edition of DIFW’s magazine. Longtime DIFW fisheries biologist Paul Johnson wrote the article about Baxter Park’s fisheries management. He noted that “all of the fish […]

Maine can learn from New Zealand’s fish disaster

New Zealand has suffered an environmental disaster that’s severely impacted everything from water supplies to fish. Throughout a recent edition of New Zealand’s Fish & Game magazine, this sad story was told. Unregulated expansion of dairy and other farms, along with lots of development, has harmed their waterways, negatively impacting the environment. For example, 20% […]