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Dave McCullough

 

This weekend, Downeast Lakes Land Trust will have a booth at the 80th Annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show in Orono.  This is an excellent family event with great activities for all ages.  Be sure to stop by the DLLT booth to say hello, enter a raffle, and see what’s new in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest!  The Sportsman Trade shows are an excellent source of finding valuable information about helping the environment while you are enjoying the great outdoors of Maine.

The Coyote Contest continues to roll along harvesting a total of 63 according to the most recent account. Here are the particulars: Smith’s General Store has registered 10 males and 14 females for a total of 24 harvested. Partridge Farms has registered 4 males and 10 females for a total of 14. The Pine Tree Store has registered 10 males and3 females for a total of 13. Whitney’s has registered 7 males and 5 females for a total of 12 coyotes harvested.  Earl Smith has registered the largest male at 45.15 pounds and Jeff Geel the largest female at 36.50 pounds. There are 32 contestants. With so much snow this winter the deer fawns will be especially vulnerable.

Last week the Maine Fisheries Division received national attention for their work restoring native Arctic charr to Big Reed Pond in northern Piscataquis County.

The American Fisheries Society presented fisheries biologist Frank Frost with their Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project award in recognition of the Arctic charr restoration project on Big Reed Pond. The annual Sport Fish Restoration outstanding project award is given by the American Fisheries Society highlights the importance and effectiveness of the Sport Fish Restoration program and recognizes excellence in fisheries management, research and education.

Arctic charr are a unique resource occurring only in Maine within the continental United States. They became perilously close to disappearing from one of the last remaining ponds in Maine. We are proud to say that the work completed to reclaim Big Reed Pond has restored the charr population, which was confirmed late last spring by our fisheries biologists who documented wild, naturally-reproducing Arctic char.

Now that the time has changed it is nice to see that there is more light when coming home from work.  Soon we will be able to go outside after the dinner hour and get a few more projects done (providing we can shovel our way out the door)! 

Your humble correspondent Dave McCullough, 207-712-8294 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com