Category Archives: Conservation

It took 9 years to get the sportsman’s license plate

Nine years after the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine began advocating for a sportsman’s license plate, the plates were finally approved by the legislature and ready for purchase in 2008. I hope you have these plates on your vehicles. Fifty percent of the money is dedicated to fish hatcheries, 25% to landowner relations, 15% to development […]

Lots of good conservation recommendations

The Land Conservation Task Force has issued a lot of really good recommendations. While their recommendation of a major bond issue to revitalize the Land for Maine’s Future got most of the news coverage, there are lots of other recommendations that are equally important. The Task Force was led by David Trahan of the Sportsman’s […]

Rubber lure ban postponed for a year

Senator Paul Davis’s bill to require rubber lures to be biodegradable was postponed this morning by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, at the request of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s Fisheries Division Director, informed the committee that the department would like some time to work on this important […]

Time to stop killing our fish and wildlife with fishing lures

Senator Paul Davis has sponsored legislation to require biodegradable rubber fishing lures for freshwater fishing. His bill will also ban stainless steel hooks. The bill would allow 5 years to achieve his goal. The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will hear the bill on February 27. The hearing starts at 9:15 am. Cameron Patterson, […]

University of Maine launches exciting outdoor leadership program

The University of Maine is launching a very exciting and timely outdoor leadership program to “help us secure Maine’s rich heritage of outdoor recreation and empower the next generation of outdoor leaders and ecotourism businesses.” This is a fantastic idea and a good match for our State University. Phase 1 of the program will be […]

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 […]