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Maine Wild Brook Trout Initiative Questionnaire

September 20, 2009

Happy Sunday!

As many of you may or may not have noticed, for the past three days I’ve been M.I.A.

Friday morning I woke up, went to class, then made the three hour drive north to see my family and my lady. The drive went well (much better than my driving in Fort Kent, but that’s another story), and was certainly much more bearable than the six hour drive from Windham that I made this summer. While Sunday means that I’ll be making the return trip and ending my short visit home, the weekend was interesting to say the least.

Trout Heaven

First, the fishing. While I had every intention of wetting a line this weekend, mother nature had a much different set of plans. My good friend Mr. “High Winds” dropped by to ruin any chance I had at fishing, leaving me frustrated and defeated. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I came home and it wasn’t windy. I guess some things are just not meant to be!

I do have some exciting news on the fly tying front, something that all my readers will surely benefit from for years to come, if they so choose. But don’t get too excited, you’ll have to wait until tonight for that story.

For now, you all have some work to do!

Take some time to help the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife promote the conservation of wild brook trout in Maine!

Not from Maine? No problem, there is a separate survey for all of you not fortune enough to live in our beautiful state. Read the short introduction below, and when finished, please do your part to help protect the last true stronghold for wild brook trout in the eastern United States.

MIFW

Dear Angler,

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking you to give us your opinions on Maine’s wild brook trout fishing opportunities.

MDIFW has partnered with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to produce this questionnaire about wild brook trout fishing in Maine.

The questionnaire is part of the Wild Brook Trout Initiative, a three-tiered effort to promote the conservation of wild brook trout, to improve communications with anglers and outdoors groups, and to market Maine’s unique wild brook trout resources.

Maine’s native and wild brook trout populations represent a unique, valuable and irreplaceable resource. The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture recently proclaimed Maine the last true stronghold for wild brook trout in the eastern United States, with more than twice the number of intact watersheds as the other 16 states in the eastern range combined.

Please select the questionnaire below that represents your residency status.

Thank you for your help in guiding the future management of wild brook trout resources.

Sincerely,

John Boland, MDIFW Director of Fisheries Operations

Tight Lines,

-Ben

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