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Dave McCullough

 

Warden Brad Richards is warning everyone to stay off the ice. The lakes are skimming over but safety is number one!

Time is running very close for the “Save the St. Croix Fishery” drawing that will be held at 6:00 p.m. on December 31, 2016 at the Grand Lake Stream Municipal building. The winner will receive lot#3 on the Black Cat Point Subdivision in Princeton, Maine (3.2 Acres) and tickets are only $50. More information at www.savethestcroixfishery.org.   To talk with a registered guide contact John Arcaro at 796-2796, Mike Remillard at 796-2553 or Mark Gray at 299-4172. Buy your ticket today. The numbers are in your favor!

It may be winter time but there are many amenities available in Grand Lake Stream. The Pine Tree Store is open every day from 7 to 7 with food, gas, Christmas gifts, fresh coffee and a place to warm up should you need. Jenifer and I did a lot of our Christmas shopping at the Pine Tree Store. Nice gifts for all the folks that love Grand Lake Stream.  Also a reminder that Joanne Cannell at Indian Rock Camps will prepare meals by request. Canal Side Cabins are open year round. The Grand Lake Snowmobile Club will be out grooming trails now that winter has arrived.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust will be conducting two upcoming timber harvests this winter.  A softwood thinning is underway along the Amazon ATV trail and “Sonny’s Lane,” a gravel road north of Milford Road.  The goal of this harvest is to encourage the regeneration of tree species that are desirable to a wide variety of wildlife, including snowshoe hare, bobcat, marten, and white-tailed deer.  In addition, DLLT will also be offering support to the Town of Grand Lake Stream’s annual deer and wildlife improvement harvest.  This harvest is a continuation of the 2014 harvest, and will be conducted on DLLT property, adjacent to GLS town land.  This work will begin in January and the purpose is to benefit the deer population by providing browse and creating pathways to winter cover.

On Friday, December 16th, DLLT staff and volunteers braved the blistering cold and ventured into the Downeast Lakes Community Forest to participate in The Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count.  The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science project in the country and provides excellent data on bird populations.  Many thanks go out to the volunteers for their participation in this exciting event!  With this new Grand Lake Stream count circle established, DLLT will be offering this program every year. Thank you for your continued support and Happy Holidays from Downeast Lakes Land Trust!!!

A new year of hunting and fishing opportunity in Maine is just around the corner! The 2017 hunting and fishing licenses are now available for purchase online or at any of the more than 800 licensing agents statewide.

With over 17 million acres of wilderness, 6,000 lakes and ponds, and 3,500 miles of coastline, Maine offers hunters, anglers and outdoor adventurers endless possibility.  To purchase a 2017 license online, go to: www.mefishwildlife.com 

The Department’s online licensing system offers the convenience of purchasing from home, camp or office and allows the opportunity to print out multiple copies of licenses.

All proceeds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses stay at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 

IFW also offers additional gift items in our online shop such as IFW logo apparel, The Maine Way cookbook, season passes to the Maine Wildlife Park, or the opportunity to support conservation efforts with the purchase of a Maine Birder Band or Heron Sticker.  To visit our online shop or to learn more about IFW programs please visit www.mefishwildlife.com.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all the readers of the Grand Lake Stream column! Your Humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-839-4205 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com