The Commission:

  • Name: Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council
  • Regulatory or advisory: Advisory
  • Number of voting members: 11
  • Term length: 3 years; no more than two consecutive terms
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: Yes
  • Selection criteria per statute:

“The advisory council consists of 11 members, with 10 members representing the 16 counties of the State…The 11th member must be a member of a federally recognized Indian nation, tribe or band in the State.” 

“The advisory council shall perform the following duties: A. The advisory council shall render to the commissioner information and advice concerning the administration of the department and carry out other duties… B. The advisory council shall hold regular meetings with the commissioner or the commissioner’s deputy in December and May of each year and may hold special meetings at such other times and places as are advisable.”

The Agency:

  • Name: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Type: Standalone agency
  • Title of Agency Director: Commissioner
  • Selection process: Appointed by Governor
  • Mission statement from agency website: 

“MDIFW protects and manages Maine’s fish and wildlife and their habitats, promotes Maine’s outdoor heritage, and safely connects people with nature through responsible recreation, sport, and science.”

Revenue for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, FY 2023

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America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

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