Invasive Species are a Big Problem in Maine

Here’s some important news from Rep. Dennis Keschl about invasive species in Maine.

Maine Natural Resource Agencies Participating in the Largest Invasive Species Awareness Effort in the U.S.

 The collaborative initiative aims to bring attention to the impacts, prevention, and management of invasive species.

Maine’s natural resources agencies invite everyone who cares for our environment to get involved in National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW), February 24-28, 2020.  NISAW is a nationwide event designed to raise awareness of invasive species.  In Maine, invasive species are already impacting our lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, and ocean, and they are taking a toll on our natural resources economy.

Invasive pests, including emerald ash borer, browntail moth, multiflora rose, Asiatic bittersweet, milfoil, green crabs, and countless others, are harming Maine’s unique natural resources, recreation and tourism economy, and the livelihood, traditions, and health of thousands of Maine people.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.