In his candidate survey submitted to the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, his interview with the SAM Board, and his Wildfire TV gubernatorial debate on conservation and environmental issues, Governor-elect Paul Page made the following promises.
To submit a budget that funds at least 20 percent of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s budget with General Fund tax money, and to oppose any budget that fails to do that.
To support an initiative from SAM, The Nature Conservancy, and Maine Audubon, to win a Constitutionally protected source of public funding for IF&W (by allocating a small percentage of the sales tax on outdoor gear to IFW).
To appoint, as IF&W Commissioner, “someone with knowledge, experience in managing natural resources, such as forest, water, hunting and fishing. Demonstrated skills in leadership and ability to see the big picture.” He also said he would appoint professionals to DIF&W’s top positions, rather than people from the political system, including former legislators.
To oppose any proposal to merge IF&W into a large natural resource department.
To defend existing hunting opportunities in parks and public lands.