Does a logging truck ruin your north woods experience?

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A new brochure, titled "Welcome to the Maine Woods" and subtitled, “Tips to enjoy your visit” may hold the answer to this question.

The brochure was created by Keeping Maine’s Forests, described in the brochure as “a proactive partnership representing large forest landowners, forest product industries, recreation, conservation, environmental, and economic development interests.”

A diverse group of groups participate in the project, from Maine Audubon to the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and the Maine Forest Products Council. This is a collaborative process in which KMF members share information and resources, promote sustainable forest management and conservation, and look for ways to work together. The brochure is one example of this work.

Finding Perfection at Wabi Sabi Cottage in Alna

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Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. But at Wabi Sabi Cottage in Alna, all we found was perfection!

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New Sportsmen's Group Tackles Critical Outdoor Issues

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There’s a new sportsmen’s group in Maine. Let’s see if you can guess what it is, as I describe recent activities and interests of the group.

At this year’s State of Maine Sportsman’s Show, this group was showing episodes of Wildfire, the TV talk show on hunting, fishing, and other outdoor issues cohosted by Harry Vanderweide and me. The group was recruiting anglers for its ongoing research of remote native brook trout waters, and handing out alternatives to lead sinkers and small jigs.

The booth was busy throughout the weekend, discussing a wide range of issues with sportsmen, from moose habitat and health to funding for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. I know this because I spent some time in the booth, talking with sportsmen who seemed very pleased with this group’s interest in their issues.

A great story from a great Maine guide

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While I’m disappointed with the defeat of my legislative proposal to expand the moose hunt to help our ailing economy and provide more opportunity for Maine hunters, I do appreciate the first-class moose hunt that many of our state’s guides provide.

One of the best is Guy Randlett of Rockport. Guy was an active SAM member during my years there, and he teamed up with me several times at the legislature to push innovative legislation, including our unsuccessful attempts to replace the lottery with a guaranteed draw system.

Guy takes on a couple of moose hunters a year, provides each of them with two guides, and focuses on trophy bulls. He and his clients are very successful.

His “pack ‘em out” story, recently posted on his website, includes some awesome photos. Check it out!

A Great New Book on Maine's Historic Lighthouses

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If you love lighthouses, and spend time each summer visiting them, please pick up a copy of the book From Guiding Lights to Beacons for Business: The Many Lives of Maine’s Lighthouses.

Edited by Richard Cheek, published by Historic New England, and distributed by Tilbury House in Gardiner, this is a beautifully designed, chock-full-of-amazing photos and drawings, fascinating look at everything that makes lighthouses special, from an exceptional group of writers including Olympia Snowe and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr, our state’s top historian.

Mae’s and the Maritime Museum – a great combination!

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Breakfast or lunch at Mae’s Café in Bath and a visit to the Maine Maritime Museum make a great day trip.

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Oxford House Inn - Great Rooms, Great Food, Great View!

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What do you get when you combine a stunning view of Maine’s western mountains, an historic lovingly restored house, and delicious creative cuisine? You get Fryeburg’s Oxford House Inn. And you should get there soon.

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