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Maine’s native brook trout lose legislative battle

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Maine’s native brook trout lose legislative battle

 

               An attempt to protect the tributaries to Heritage waters, where Maine’s precious native brook trout are protected, has failed. This is a long story but I will give you a short version.

 

Maine’s native brook trout lose legislative battle

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Maine’s native brook trout lose legislative battle

 

               An attempt to protect the tributaries to Heritage waters, where Maine’s precious native brook trout are protected, has failed. This is a long story but I will give you a short version.

 

Maine’s native brook trout lose legislative battle

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Maine’s native brook trout lose legislative battle

 

               An attempt to protect the tributaries to Heritage waters, where Maine’s precious native brook trout are protected, has failed. This is a long story but I will give you a short version.

 

Sea Glass and the Lighthouse is an awesome kid’s book

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Kelly Brooks-Bay has written a story that every child will love. And OK, I loved it too.

 

Sea Glass and the Lighthouse, published by Maine Authors Publishing, includes wonderful illustrations by Lindsay Weirich, a Maine resident and media artist who has been published in dozens of art and craft magazines. She even has a YouTube channel called the Frugal Crafter and she teaches online painting classes.

 

Kelly’s story is about an island girl and boy who enjoy looking for sea glass. But on one of their outings they spot a wooden crate washed up on the shore. When they open it, they are astonished to find a little puppy inside.

 

Birds Need Lots Of Different Forest Habitats

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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 Bob and MWO to share that column with you. Here it is.

 

Bob’s column

 

Please help us keep Maine clean

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I hope you will join us in a project called Keep Maine Clean, created to remove litter from our waterways, woods, and roadsides.

 

 

A couple years ago the legislature, in response to legislation I proposed, expanded the landowner relations program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, by including the Keep Maine Clean project. Unfortunately, the agency only agreed to do the project in the woods, not along roadsides.

 

 

Woodlot Project Needs Your Support

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My project to donate my woodlot to the Kennebec Land Trust, with a focus on using it to teach kids about wildlife habitat, is off to a great start. Thanks to many generous friends, we’ve raised $14,000 of the $20,000 needed for the project.

If you have not yet donated, please consider doing that. Your check should be payable to Kennebec Land Trust, specifying that it is for the Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area. Mail your check to KLT, 331 Main Street, Winthrop, ME 04352.

Years ago, I dedicated my woodlot to my dad, Ezra Smith, and it sports a sign: Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area. Now that designation will be permanent.

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