Category Archives: Landowner Issues

DIFW Issues New Rules and Requests to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease

Having learned that chronic wasting disease was found in Quebec just 100 miles from our border, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has acted quickly, issuing both new rules and requests. Here is the press release issued on October 10 by DIFW. AUGUSTA, Maine — With Chronic Wasting Disease discovered in bordering Quebec, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lots of partridge and rabbits killed

  Lots of partridge and rabbits were killed in Maine in 1955. Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife sent a questionnaire to all hunters in order to collect game harvest information. Here’s what they found. Deer   35,315 Partridge  185,690 Rabbit   193,525 Woodcock   22,660 Waterfowl   76,180 Gray Squirrel   27,940 Fox   27,940                                                                                                                  Raccoon   31,290 Bear   2,275 […]

Time to tell DIFW if you support lots more any deer permits

It’s time to let DIFW know if you support their proposal to issue the most any-deer permits ever. You can send your comments to Becky Orff by email (Becky.Orff@maine.gov) or regular mail (Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department, 284 State Street 42 SHS, Augusta. ME 04333. Here’s the column I wrote earlier this month about this […]

Maine Farmland Trust launches project to protect wildlife habitat

In the early 1900s, from our Mount Vernon home, you could see farmland for miles around us. Today it’s all woods. That’s one reason I’m excited that Maine Farmland Trust has launched a project to protect farmland, marshes, and other wildlife habitat. “Farmland and marsh habitat are rapidly disappearing,” reports MFT in its spring/summer newsletter. […]