Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor Dec. 24

Dec 25, 2020

Gratitude for aid this fishing season

I would like to thank Protect Maine's Fishing Heritage Foundation for helping the lobster fishermen this fall. They sent out $100-$500 dollar checks to those of us who qualify in the lobster industry.

It has been a strange year for lobstermen and the world; things were tight this spring with a lot of worry. I am also pleased this organization is watching out for large aquaculture leases as a threat to lobsters.

I am grateful they are on top of it, as the lobstering industry faces many hurdles.

Eric Davis

Vinalhaven

Congratulations and thanks to award winners, sponsors, raffle donors and attendees!

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District would like to congratulate all individuals who were honored Nov. 10 at the Knox-Lincoln SWCD 73rd Annual Awards Celebration held online.

District friends, partners and the public were invited to celebrate the conservation contributions of Knox and Lincoln County residents and hear the Distinguished University of Maine Professor at the Climate Change Institute & School of Forest Resources, Professor Ivan Fernandez speak on “Climate Change in Maine and a Way Forward.”

Videos of all presentations are accessible on knox-lincoln.org/annual-banquet. This year, we recognized the following conservationists for their contributions:

  • Conservation Farm of 2020: Andrea and Allan Smith of Brae Maple Farm in Union
  • Promoting Awareness & Management of Invasive Plants in Maine: Nancy Olmstead, invasive plant biologist, Maine Natural Areas Program
  • Promoting Water Quality in the Lower Sheepscot River Watershed: Sue Mello, natural resources program manager, Boothbay Region Water District

This year, several local businesses sponsored our Annual Celebration, which allowed us to transition to an online platform. We are grateful for the following sponsors: Sasanoa Brewing, Union Farm Equipment, Mid-Maine Forestry and Moose Crossing Garden Center.

Along with congratulating our conservation award winners, the evening included a raffle as one of our yearly fundraisers. We appreciate the following local businesses who generously donated prizes: Midcoast Conservancy, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Mystic Woodworks, ReVision Energy and Sasanoa Brewing.

Thank you to all who attended our awards banquet and contributed to conservation efforts over the year.

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and Staff

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