The Sportmen’s Show at UMaine Supports Wildlife Conservation, Student Scholarships, and Youth Education

The Penobscot County Conservation Association (PCCA) of Brewer, Maine will be sponsoring its 78th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show from March 11th – March 13th in Orono at the New Balance Field House at The University of Maine. The show will include over 120 exhibitors of canoes, fishing and fly-tying equipment, hunting dogs, taxidermy, boat and marine supplies, outdoor wear, archery, camping, backpacking, ATV’s and other outdoor recreational equipment. There will also be a variety of interactive demonstrations and outdoor-related presentations. Additional to serving as a rite of spring and an opportunity to get a jump start on Maine’s incredible assortment of outdoor-related activities, proceeds from the show help to support a wide variety of conservation activities sponsored by this civic-oriented organization, including investments in scholarships for students majoring in Wildlife Ecology at The University of Maine and in Wildlife Biology at Unity College.

The PCCA’s scholarship program began in 1960 with a $150 scholarship awarded to a student majoring in Fish and Game Management at The University of Maine. Over the years, that program has grown to 21 scholarships provided annually to University of Maine students, 10 scholarships to students enrolled at Unity College, and 3 scholarships to students enrolled at the University of Maine at Machias. The total amount of scholarship and other support for students majoring in wildlife-related disciplines has totaled greater than $1.3 million dollars and has assisted hundreds of students interested in pursuing careers in wildlife management and conservation. The effects of this support on wildlife conservation have been tremendous, and have greatly enhanced student recruiting for the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. This has helped establish and maintain a Signature Program of national and international significance at The University of Maine.

The Penobscot County Conservation Association also has a long history of sponsoring Maine youth to attend summer conservation camps, student research projects, and conservation programs throughout the state. Since 1958, the PCCA has maintained a clubhouse near the shores of the Penobscot River in Brewer, Maine which it generously shares with other conservation groups, student organizations and professional societies that embody its visions of wildlife conservation, outdoor education, habitat protection, and sustainable management and use of natural resources. The club also owns and manages a 1300 acre wildlife management area in Stetson, Maine that is used a demonstration area for wildlife-habitat management and for outdoor recreation. Several fields on the property host an active program to propagate the American chestnut tree, which is an iconic and ecologically important tree that has been on the brink of extinction since the great chestnut blight killed an estimated 4 billion trees in the first half of the 20th century.

The upcoming Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show is the largest of the PCCA’s annual fundraising events and will occur from 5-9 pm on Friday, March 11th, from 9 am – 8 pm on Saturday, March 12th, and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday, March 13th. Single-day tickets are $8.00 (children under 11 free) and an unlimited weekend pass can be purchased for $15.00. Please come out to The University of Maine for a great family event while supporting wildlife conservation, scholarships for wildlife students, and youth education.

Daniel J. Harrison

Professor and Chair – Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
Cooperating Professor of Sustainable Forestry
The University of Maine
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 210
Orono, ME 04469-5755

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