Preserving Maine's Outdoor Heritage
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The Maine Guides Education Fund was founded by Maine guides concerned about the future of Maine’s outdoor heritage and traditions, and the effect of diminishing public access to our natural resources and wildlife, resulting from recent trends in land and wildlife management policies. 

 

Maine Guides Education Fund Projects;

We annually fund representation to attend a variety of hearings and meetings to educate the public about impacts of significant land use and conservation changes in Maine, examples include hearings of Maine Land Use Planning Commission, Land for Maines Future Board, Allagash Waterway Advisory Council, to meetings with major forest landowners and other outdoor recreation and conservation organizations.

Annually we give scholarships to Youths to attend the University of Maine 4H Camp and Learning Center. Helping young people develop confidence, self-reliance and a sense of stewardship for the outdoors.

Providing Financial support for 4H Camp Shooting Sports Program in Bryant Pond, Tanglewood Outdoor Learning Center and Blueberry Cove Camp. This program providing basics of archery and firearms training along with hunter safety for youths.

Supporting "Women of the Maine Outdoors" organization’s request to cover guide school class opportunities for women to become guides and be willing to mentor other girls and women about the Maine outdoors. 

Partnered with Downeast Lakes Land Trust to develop the Downeast Lakes Geocache Challenge, a program for educating youths and adults to navigate in the woods using a GPS and map and compass. With a focus on developing a map and compass training course that can be used for honing orienteering skills. 

Partnered with Downeast Lakes Land Trust toward creation of a two day “Introduction to Guiding” course offered in Grand Lake Stream in cooperation with Grand Lake Stream Guides and Maine Professional Guides Association for children (10 or older) with accompanying adult, to introduce them to guiding as a traditional Maine career.

 

Production of Outdoor Educational Materials

* Public Awareness of Wildlife Management. To increase public awareness of the success of wildlife management in Maine.

*Informational Brochures on Maine Hunting in corporation with Maine Sporting Camp Association to be distributed by Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 6 different brochures on Upland Game, Turkey, Waterfowl, Predator, Deer and Bear Hunting.

*
What to Ask When You Hire a Guide, distributed by
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to inquiries on Maine Guides, things you should know and questions you should ask.  

*Maine Guide Tips, handout sheets on; Moose Trophy Care / Quality Moose Meat / Rabies Alert / Rules of the Road / Know Your Grouse and Proper Disposal of Plastic Fishing baits.

 

The Maine Guides Education Fund provides entry level compasses along with basic map and compass use information for youths at outdoor sporting shows and events.

Support for Operation Game Thief rolling exhibit and display.

 

 

 

Maine Guides Education Fund
Is an initiative of Registered Maine Guides and the
Maine Professional Guides Association
P.O. Box 603
Patten, Maine 04765