Governor Mills honors me with proclamation

Governor Janet Mills and DIFW Commissioner Judy Camuso visited with me at my Mt Vernon home last week to talk about outdoor issues. My friends Ed Pineau and James Cote joined us, and Janet brought lunch for all of us.

We spent a couple of hours visiting (including lots of laughter), and discussing our hopes for DIFW improvements and initiatives. I had shared with Janet and Judy my own list, four pages of suggestions.

We talked about all of my suggestions, as well as Judy’s very ambitious list of DIFW initiatives. It was great to see that Janet is fully supportive of Judy and her initiatives. The next few years are going to be exciting!

Janet surprised me at the end of our talk when she presented me with her very first State of Maine proclamation. The proclamation included a list of things that I have accomplished in my career from my work at SAM to my service at the local level and my writing.

At the end of the proclamation were these words:

Whereas, George Smith’s love and respect for our natural resources and for his native state of Maine is unsurpassed; and

Whereas, the people of the state of Maine likewise hold George Smith in the highest regard;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Janet T. Mills, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby declare gratitude to George Smith for decades of service to Maine through his advocacy for the outdoors, natural resources, and rural economy.

The proclamation was signed by Governor Mills and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

This was so generous and unexpected and yes, it made my day!  

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.