Category Archives: Environmental Issues

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 […]

Georgia directs sales taxes to fish and wildlife

While we’ve never been able to win public funding for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Georgia voters stepped up last election day and passed an amendment that will direct up to 80% of the state’s sales tax revenue on outdoor gear toward land water and wildlife. Wyoming’s legislature is considering a $10 annual […]

Issues from turkeys and moose to ATVs scheduled for hearings

Issues including turkeys, moose, deer, and bears, to landowner relations, ATVs, and invasive aquatic species will be heard on February 11 and 13 by the legislature’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. You can get the details of these bills on the legislature’s website. Here’s the hearing schedule. Monday, February 11, 9 am LD 275, […]

Maine Conservation Voters Ambitious Legislative Priorities

The Maine Conservation Voters, in partnership with the Maine Environmental Priorities Coalition, has a very ambitious list of issues, initiatives and legislative priorities. In a recent message, MCV’s Beth Ahearn wrote: “We are laser-focused on climate action and clean energy; and we will continue our efforts to protect clean water, improve public lands and fight […]

182 projects get outdoor heritage grants

You can buy one instant lottery ticket with assurance that you will win, even though you may not win any money. The Maine Outdoor Heritage instant lottery tickets generate funds for lots of great wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation projects. Many years ago, when I worked for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, we teamed up […]

Native Fisheries Coalition has accomplished a lot

In a short period of time the Native Fisheries Coalition has accomplished a great deal, certainly enough to be worthy of your support and participation. Just a year after gaining it’s 501c3 status, the Coalition has become an important voice for our wild native fish and built a fantastic and very experienced team of board […]

Land for Maine’s Future needs money

Governor Paul LePage hated public land and did everything he could to stop us from acquiring more of it, including refusing to support a bond issue for the Land for Maine’s Future, throughout his 8 years as governor. A reliable, well-funded LMF program remains essential to permanently protecting working waterfronts, farmland, water access and hunting […]