Category Archives: Forestry

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 […]

Do you think moose hunters want to shoot calves?

Perhaps the most important goal in DIFW’s new moose management plan is this one: maintain a healthy sustainable moose population while providing hunting and viewing opportunities. Don’t we wish this was easy. The plan notes that as Maine moves into a new horizon moose management impacts of winter ticks, a warming climate, changing forest practices […]

Alan Caron makes strong commitments on key environmental and conservation issues

The two independent candidates for governor completed an extensive candidate survey by Maine Audubon, with some great responses, commitments, and plans. Today I am sharing Alan Caron’s responses. On June 29 I will share the responses of Terry Hughes. While neither the Republican or the Democratic nominees answered the survey, I am encouraging them to […]

Time to stop arguing about climate change and do something about it

It’s time to stop arguing about whether or not climate change is happening and do something about it. Today I’m going to share some of the things that have already happened because our climate is changing. Lyme disease is a huge new problem here in Maine. We never had deer ticks when I was a […]

Everything you need to know to enjoy wild mushrooms

Linda and I love wild mushrooms, focusing on chanterelles and black trumpets. Years ago we attended a seminar on wild mushrooms by a friend in Mt Vernon who harvests them commercially. And several times, after picking our first batches of chanterelles and black trumpets, we took them to her to verify that we’d picked the […]

Land trusts get high marks from legislature

The Maine Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee has released its report on conservation lands owned by nonprofit organizations, which it was authorized to undertake by a provision in the General Fund Biennial Budget for 2018 and 2019. The report gives high marks to our land trust community and includes some interesting recommendations. I was […]

Stunning doesn’t begin to describe these photos of Maine’s High Peaks

John and Cynthia Orcutt have blessed us with amazing photos in their book, Enduring Heights – The High Peaks of Maine. As Senator Angus King writes in the forward, “The vistas are so wide, the colors so subtle, the forests so deep, that the urge to see for yourself will be pretty hard to resist.” […]

Birds Need Lots Of Different Forest Habitats

In the recent edition of the Maine Woodland Owners’ newsletter, Bob Duchesne published a very informative column about the different forest habitats needed by our birds. Bob is our state’s best birding guide and has published Maine birding guides. He’s also a longtime legislator – for sure, one of our best. I got permission from […]