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Signs of Wildlife Foraging

Signs of Wildlife Foraging

We can’t prove that the critters are better surviving the winter because of these plots.

October 12, 2011

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MDIFW: Mark Latti Named New Landowner Relations Coordinator

284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333

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AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce that Mark Latti has been named the Department’s new Recreational Access and Landowner Relations Coordinator.

Latti, who previously served nine years as the MDIFW spokesman, will begin his new duties on October 17.

“It is a thrill to return to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and I am excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” Latti said. “Having worked at MDIFW for nearly 10 years, I understand the importance of recreational access and landowner relations, and just how vital they are to the state’s outdoor community and Maine’s outdoor traditions.”

As the Landowner Relations Coordinator, Latti is tasked with promoting cooperation between landowners across the state and recreational land-users in order to protect Maine’s long tradition of outdoor recreation on private lands. Prior to this year, the position was a position shared between MDIFW and the Department of Conservation.

Latti will leave his current post at the Department of Transportation to return to MDIFW. He is an avid outdoorsman who also serves on the Brunswick Marine Resources Committee and as an outdoors writer for the Portland Press Herald, Maine’s largest newspaper.

“We’re excited to have Mark back with us and also anxious to have the Landowner Relations position filled,” said Deputy Commissioner Andrea Erskine. “We acknowledge the importance of fostering strong relationships with our landowners in Maine, and we’re confident Mark will do a great job.”


September 28, 2011

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Turn it Up with Turnips

Turn it Up with Turnips

The first photo as on a challenging winter road planted with the modified Rangeley Mix quite late in August.

Reving Up for Next Year

Reving Up for Next Year

Before and During– not quite before and after: This new plot donated by Wagner is being prepared by RRG & SA volunteers for “Frost Seeding” when the spring snow starts to melt. It is a progess in work Below, you see Mark Beuregard’s Forestry Company delivering a load of ash.

New Experimental Plot

Wow, its so much fun this time of year to see the fruits of our labors. These are photos taken of our new experimental turnip patch taken in early September. We are trying these annuals, because they hold up so well in cold weather. In fact, deer normally don’t eat the turnip tops until after the first frost. The leaves turn into a delicious-tasting carbohydrate for the deer. Sometimes it takes them awhile to learn to eat them. The leaves stand up in the snow and are accessible up to a foot of snow–I am told. Hopefully, the deer learn to paw up the bulbs which will last up until spring greening. We will keep you posted.

The deer are already hanging around, but we haven’t caught them browsing yet. Thanks goes to Nick Ledley, our wildlife photographer, who is monitering wildlife use with trail cameras.

Ron Roy, our moniter now claims these turnips are 2-3 inches in diameter. Remember, just as we ask you not to hunt on our plots, we ask you not to eat the turnips.

Living on the Edge: Part II

I would like to introduce my first guest writer P. Jaine Jacobs. She and her husband George Ebbinghousen recently moved to Rangeley to live full time at their previous vacation hideaway on a 40-acre lot. They developed their land for wildlife habitat, wisely cost-sharing with NRCS, a federal program. Land is managed to encourage wildlife.

In Photo One, “these brush piles were built to protect rabbits. While the rabbits can fit in the smallest spaces at and near the bottom, their larger predators, such as coyotes, cannot fit between the base logs. As the smaller brush at the t op decomposes, we will replenish it to prolong the useful lifespan of each ‘bunny bolt hole.’ There are three similar brush piles in a two-acre section of timber stand that has been thinned, or improved under the Program.”

Next, in photos two and three

“The snag trees were created to provide habitat for woodpeckers and other wildlife. (Note the cut-mark below the W showing the girdling by a chainsaw). How the feds taught them to read the ‘W’ is a subject for another blog. There are four such wildlife trees in the same two-acre section. Each tree has been girdled with a chain saw so it will die standing, becoming a potential home for woodpeckers.

Our wood lot was part of the approved clear cut at the time of the spruce bud worm infestation about 30 years ago. When my husband and I bought it, it was clear to our untrained eyes that it needed some help. We have not stopped asking questions since then. Our sources have included neighbors, foresters, arborists and others who do the tree work. Other valuable resources has been the Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM), officials for the WoodsWise Program, and the NRCS personnel out of Farmington 778-4767. We are both artists, pleased to be full time residents of Rangeley since 2009. You can see a sampling of our art work at www.”

Thank you Jaine for your contribution!

Like Jaine and George, please contact NRCS via internet or join SWOAM if you are interested in developing your property.

If you have a dead tree out back that is at least 3 feet thick and 6 feet high, LEAVE IT ALONE! Many amphibians, reptiles and mammals use cavities for nesting as well. At least 35 bird species in the Northeast use these snags for food and help to control unwanted insect pests. The more woodpeckers and birds, the better for our insect control. Also, decomposing logs on your property provide a source of food and lodging for critters.

September 14, 2011

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