Category Archives: Conservation

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 Outdoor Heritage Fund grants go to lots of great projects

Many years ago, when Angus King was governor, I decided to try to get some public money for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. I worked for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine at that time and recruited Maine Audubon to be our partner. Chris Potholm did a poll for us, showing that the public’s […]

Zoning Maine deer yards has failed

It turns out that protecting deer wintering habitat is not effective if the surrounding forest is cut down, and/or the trees in that forest are changed. I’m wondering if DIFW will change its approach to protecting critical deer winter habitat, because of this University of Maine research. For sure, this is important information, which I […]