RANGELEY – Pete Johnson, Rangeley unit manager for Seven Islands Land Co., was the speaker at the February meeting of the Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association.

Johnson, who lives in Rangeley, shared facts about his company and fielded questions of concern to the 40 members and guests present. After distributing maps of Franklin and Oxford counties, Johnson explained easement lands and discussed some of the considerations when managing trees for harvesting, how the trees get from woodlot to mill and the impact of harvesting on wildlife.

At the conclusion of the question and answer portion of the meeting, The association’s discussion leader, Rusty Harvey, offered the assistance of club members to clean up and maintain some of the more popular spots where these lands, owned by the Pingree family for the last 150 years, are often misused.

In the business portion of this meeting Harvey explained that this year’s winter raffle, a custom-made split-bamboo rod and matching Redington reel (value $1,500), will be kicked off at the Augusta Sportsmen’s Show, March 26, 27 and 28. Mac Dudley will represent the club at this event. Harvey also said the club has budgeted $800 to send two Rangeley area youths to this summer’s weeklong Bryant Pond Conservation Camp.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 18. A 5:30 p.m. potluck meal will precede a short meeting at the club house on Old Ski Way Road, Oquossoc. Plan to bring an entree, salad or dessert.

Bob Parker, licensed Maine guide and representative from Stony Brook Outfitters, will be speaking on issues surrounding the bear referendum.

Other guests will be Alicia Stone and J.R. Mercer, Rangeley Lakes Regional School students, who attended Conservation Camp last year.

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