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December 2014

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Pat Sirois of SFI and Bob Meyers of the Maine Snowmobile Association pick the raffle winner Dec. 30.

Pat Sirois of SFI and Bob Meyers of the Maine Snowmobile Association pick the winner Dec. 30.

 

We have a winner for the ‘Fish Friendly’ Ice Shack

It’s a Happy New Year for MFPC Board Member Scott Morrison! 

The only prize K. Scott Morrison of New Sharon had ever won in a raffle was a bag of dog food. But Tuesday, his luck changed in a way he never dreamed.

“It was beyond my wildest,” said Morrison, who joined the MFPC Board in September. “I’m really pleased to win this and I hope to put it to use somewhere in this great state of Maine.

Morrison, who is general sales manager of Anderson Equipment in Farmington, won the “Fish Friendly” ice shack (valued at $2,000) in a raffle sponsored by the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), in partnership with Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), which supports the efforts of Maine’s Fisheries Improvement Network (FIN). See the video.

“This is a light-hearted effort to raise awareness of new stream crossing methods, which over time will greatly improve our state’s fisheries,” said Pat Sirois, SFI coordinator.  “We’d like to thank all who participated.”

Irving Woodlands, Huber Engineered Woods, Plum Creek and Hancock Lumber donated of SFI-certified materials for the ice shack and Hancock Lumber, Sappi Fine Paper and Wagner Forest Management helped with the construction.

The proceeds of the raffle will be used to upgrade a snowmobile crossing so fish can have clear passage. The funds raised from the first raffle last year already were used to open up fish passage at a snowmobile crossing in Brownville.

“This was a great raffle for an even greater cause,” said Bob Meyers, executive director of the MSA. “We’ll get these stream crossings one at a time, and our clubs are pleased to know this is another way to help our landowners and fisheries habitat.”

To find out more about FIN, visit www.sfimaine.org, contact Pat Sirois, SFI coordinator, at psirois@maineforest.org or 207-622-9288.

The ice shack, which collapses for easy transport, is delivered to Scott Morrison in New Sharon.

 

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Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. The MFPC represents the diverse needs of Maine’s forest products community. Our members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters and lumber processors, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives. We feel we represent anyone who has an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource. We serve our community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground. We represent our members at the Maine Legislature, but also across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the nation.

Patrick Strauch, Executive Director;

Pat Sirois, SFI Coordinator

Roberta Scruggs, Communications Director

Sue McCarthy, Office Manager

Address: 535 Civic Center Dr., Augusta ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9288  Website:  www.maineforest.org

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