RANGELEY – At their June meeting, members of the Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association were informed about the complexities surrounding the locally critical issues of protecting the Rapid River’s unique wild trout fishery.

Mary Gallagher, Inland Fishery and Wildlife Research biologist, introduced the speaker, Dr. Joseph Zydlewski, Maine newest fishery biologist. One month into his new job, Zydlewski shared observations from his studies on understanding river systems of the western United States. His Powerpoint presentation helped communicate his obvious commitment to his specialty, the understanding of the hows and whys of a particular fish population.

President Don Palmer outlined the club’s supportive involvement with other state and national sporting groups. Large amounts of money is being raised from a variety of sources thus enabling biologists to arrive at the best solution.

Linda Farwell, representing Friends of Richardson, outlined yet another concern of residents seeking to protect the fragile ecology of the Rapid River. She explained that Union Water Co. has filed a request for zoning change and an application with the Land Use Regulation Commission to develop a six-acre parcel of land between Carry Road and Rapid River. A public hearing is scheduled in June. Comments may be emailed to [email protected] or referred to LURC.

It was announced that tickets for this summer’s raffle, two days and two nights at Tim Pond Camps, are available at River’s Edge.

Jubnor Guides will meet for six Mondays in July and August. There are no openings for older children. A few remain for younger campers.

The club’s next meeting is scheduled for July 15 at the clubhouse on Old Ski Way Road in Oquossoc. A potluck meal is planned to start at 5:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert.

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