For fifty years, sportsmen have been seeking public support for the Fish and Wildlife Department. This afternoon, we were at it again, testifying before the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee in favor of LD 219, a proposal of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to direct a portion of revenues generated from energy infrastructure corridors to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with an annual cap of $5 million.
The committee members expressed great interest in the proposal and asked a lot of question of those who testified favor of SAM’s bill and the bill’s sponsor, Rep.Mike Shaw. Testifying for the bill was Dave Trahan of SAM, Jen Gray of Maine Audubon, Tom Abello of the Nature Conservancy, Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources of Maine, and me.
Several opponents spoke, although most of their testimony was technical, involving the complexity of the energy infrastructure statute.