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Lee Kantar destroyed my moose bill

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 Moose Series – Column #2

Lee Kantar destroyed my moose bill

This is the second of three columns about Maine’s moose. Part I, posted on February 2, includes a bit of history of moose issues, management, research and the lottery. Part II covers issues debated in the last two legislative sessions and brings us up-to-date. Part III, to be posted tomorrow, February 4, poses a few questions, recognizes the important advances DIF&W has made recently in its moose research and management, and offers some challenging suggestions for the future. After each of the three columns, readers are invited to share their opinions on these issues.

Maine doesn't know enough about its moose

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Today I am posting the first of three columns about Maine’s moose. Part I includes a bit of history of moose issues, management, research and the lottery. Part II, to be posted tomorrow, February 3, covers issues debated in the last two legislative sessions and brings us up-to-date. Part III, to be posted on Wednesday, February 4, recognizes the important advances DIF&W has made recently in its moose research and management, reviews some current issues, and offers a few recommendations for the future. After each of the three columns, readers will be invited to share their opinions on these issues.

In 2009, Representative Herb Clark of Millinocket sponsored An Act to Protect Moose Populations and Hunting Opportunities at the request of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. At the time, I was SAM’s executive director. Seven members of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee cosponsored the bill. But it still failed.

Fish and Wildlife Department Has $3 million surplus

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Legislators were surprised yesterday to learn that the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department has a surplus of $3 million. I could see their eyes light up as thoughts of how to spend that money danced in their heads. My eyes lit up too!

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock led a lengthy list of speakers from his agency who introduced themselves to the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee yesterday and discussed current projects and issues. Next week the committee will hear from all the lobbyists who appear before the committee.

A surprisingly fine restaurant in downtown Rumford

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                We haven’t been to Rumford in a while and were surprised to be reminded that it isn’t all that far away. Just a 50 minute drive from home and we were following signs from Route 2 that directed us to Brian’s Bistro in the Hotel Harris in the downtown section of the city.  

                The beauty of this space hits you immediately. The tall ceilings painted in black and accented with wide beams painted white are sure to grab your attention. The big open room with large windows and gorgeous old wooden floors has been artfully decorated by Jessica, who owns the Bistro with her husband Brian, who is the chef. Just so happens she has a degree in design and has put that degree to good use. I fell in love with the candle collections hanging in the front windows. Those candles combined with soft lighting make this restaurant more intimate.

The Phippsburg Sportsmen’s Association thrives by focusing on kids

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                While many Maine fish and game clubs are struggling, the Phippsburg Sportsmen’s Association is not one of them. The club’s January 2015 newsletter reminded me of just how much I have always appreciated the work, at the local, regional, and state level, of these folks.

                On February 8th, the club hosts its 16th annual Dickie LeMont “Take-A-Kid-Fishing” ice fishing derby. The derby committee meets every Wednesday night, planning this very popular event. “This is our biggest annual event,” reported the newsletter, “and we are getting excited to see what this year’s event will have in store.” Members and local businesses donated to help pay for the pack baskets, traps, services, and gift cards that are given to the kids as prizes.

The Historical Atlas of Maine is ambitious and fascinating

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             The Historical Atlas of Maine is a historic book, oversized and ambitious, covering Maine’s history from the Ice Age to 2000, in 203 pages crammed with maps, photographs, charts, and text.

            It’s so big it’s hard to pick up, but it’s even harder to put down. Editors Stephen Hornsby and Richard Judd spent ten years putting this fascinating book together, with financial assistance from a lengthy list of funding sources including foundations, the Maine legislature, and Ocean Properties. Many writers and historians contributed text, photographs, and art to the book.

A Snowy Owl Story for a Snowy Day

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                 Those staring eyes of a Snowy Owl on the cover will grab lots of readers for Melissa Kim’s new book, A Snowy Owl Story, published by Islandport Press in Yarmouth. The cover illustrations and others in the book were done by the obviously-very-talented Jada Fitch of Portland.

                This is a children’s board book, slated for release later this month, and the first in a series called “Wildlife on the Move.” The series is a partnership between Islandport Press and Maine Audubon.

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