May 27, 2018
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MDI’s Long Pond subject of salmon rules meeting

By From Staff Reports, Special to the BDN

SOMESVILLE, Maine — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife will be proposing new landlocked salmon regulations on Long Pond on Mount Desert Island at a public meeting to be held on Wednesday.

The meeting will be held at the Somesville Fire Station at 6:30 p.m.

The new regulation is being proposed to increase the size quality of salmon in Long Pond. The goal is to increase the number of large fish that are available to anglers.

The proposal up for discussion would establish a daily bag limit of two fish, with only one of those longer than 20 inches. All salmon between 17 and 20 inches would be released at once.

Regional biologists will give a presentation on the proposal, as well as recent salmon age and growth data. Public comment is welcome.

For more on the proposal, e-mail biologists Rick Jordan at or Greg Burr at The biologists can also be reached at 434-5925 or by writing to PO Box 220, Jonesboro 04648.

Elowe earns honor

Kenneth Elowe, the director of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s Bureau of Resource Management, was honored recently by the northeast section of The Wildlife Society for his professional accomplishments in landscape-level habitat conservation in Maine and the re-gion.

Elowe received the certificate of recognition during the annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference in Newton, Mass.

Landscape-level habitat conservation helps ensure that people, fish and wildlife can harmoniously co-exist when communities intentionally plan for the right amount and configuration of habitat.

“Landscape-level conservation helps ensure that fish and wildlife have a place to live within a landscape that our grandchildren’s children will be able to enjoy as much as we do today,” Elowe said in a press release. “Our biologists should be proud of bringing landscape-level habitat con-servation to such a high standard that others recognize its importance for future generations and see it as the new future for conservation.”

Mt. Abram gets grant

Mt. Abram ski area in Locke Mills was one of five ski areas that have received money under the National Ski Area Association’s Sustainable Grants Program.

Mt. Abram joined Alta, Utah, Crested Butte, Colo., Grand Targhee, Wyo., and Stevens Pass, Wash., as recipients.

The grants are designed to spark innovation among NSAA member resorts and provide resorts the resources to initiate sustainability projects.

In addition to a cash grant, Mt. Abram will also receive 10 high-efficiency snowmaking guns from Snow Economics/HKD Snowmakers, which are worth $80,000.

“It’s great to be recognized on the national level for the efforts we have put forth on increasing our awareness of the environmental impact of snowmaking and its energy costs that get consumed by it,” said Mt. Abram general manager Tricia Johnson in a press release.

“Increasing the efficiency of snowmaking technologies to put forth for coming seasons is very exciting,” she said.

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