George's Outdoor News

George’s new outdoor issues blog. He goes all over the state. He listens. And he reports on issues of concern to sportsmen, conservationists, and environmentalists.

Laurie Chandler’s paddling adventure was amazing and inspiring

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 After reading Upwards, I’m not sure I want to tackle the entire Northern Forest Canoe Trail. But I sure do want to paddle some of the trail.

Laurie Apgar Chandler was the first woman to solo paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and her new book is a detailed and inspiring account of that 740 mile adventure including 67 portages totaling 125 miles.

Her faith, and remembrance of padding some of the trail with her husband Chris who died at a young age of a heart attack, are inspiring, and her fierce determination to get through tough portages, awful storms, fierce winds, and lots of long days of paddling, is amazing.

Outstanding leaders organize new native fish advocacy group

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 Exciting news! A new organization focused on our native fish has been organized, “to protect, preserve, and restore native fish populations through stewardship of the fish and their habitats.”

I was pleased to participate in getting this group up and running, and will serve on the group’s Maine advisory committee. Outstanding fisheries leaders at the state and national level comprise the national board, with state boards in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

We Kill The Spiders by Rob Neal

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 Rob Neal’s new book, We Kill The Spiders, is both humorous and insightful. Best of all, Rob’s advice to men is right on the mark. Pay attention guys!

Published by Maine Publishers Allliance, which does a great job helping authors publish their books, Rob’s first book is a keeper.

Promoted as “Ten Jobs for Men Who Love Women and Sports” the book relates Rob’s experiences as a fanatical sports fan. I’ll tell you right now, his wife must be a saint.

Have you heard of tick tubes?

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 After reading one of my recent columns on deer ticks and Lyme disease, Carla Heisten of Chelsea alerted me to tick tubes. Her message is informative and important, so I will share it with you today. Here is Carla’s message, with the information you need to start using tick tubes.

Clinton Townsend’s Memoir is Amazing

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The title of Clinton Townsend’s memoir is both ironic and wrong. The book is titled Trouble Maker, and Bill was not that. He was one of our state’s greatest conservationists and an inspiration to many, including me.

But I get the title. Bill was certainly an environmental agitator, pushing us forward on my important issues and projects.

The first part of the book is about his personal life, while part two takes us through his many years of practicing law. I learned a lot about Bill in these two sections and they were very interesting.

We've learned a lot from Maine's Lyme disease and deer tick research

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 This is my editorial page column published today in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. I will also be using it in my outdoor news blog published on my website and the website of the Bangor Daily News. 

 
 
 

Fisheries Group Making Progress on Important Initiatives

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 “I’m quite comfortable. I think we’re making good progress.”

Those were the words of Steve Brooke, a member of DIFW’s new fisheries working group, organized in response to legislation I submitted to expand protection of our native brook trout. I attended the group’s meeting on October 26, and I have to agree with Steve.

Fisheries Division Director Francis Brautigam has embraced this challenge, and is working hard to get his entire staff on board to achieve our objectives which include adding more trout waters to the state’s Heritage List, and protecting tributaries of the lakes and ponds on that list.

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