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Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquaremedia
Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquaremedia

Bill to Arm Maine’s Forest Rangers Moves Forward

Officers in every other branch of natural resources law enforcement in Maine are trained annually and armed.

They carry to protect themselves, and others as they go about enforcing Maine's laws.

Forest Rangers enforce Maine's laws too, and even though their jurisdiction is the state's timberland, they're often investigating serious crimes such as theft and arson.

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Photo, Maine Forest Service
Photo, Maine Forest Service

Will Maine’s Forest Rangers Be Armed? LD 297 Goes Before the House

Maine’s forest rangers are asked to enforce state laws and often deal with crimes of theft, arson and more.

They have been asking the state for the right to be properly trained and equipped with firearms to afford them proper protection. 

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Some legislative leaders in Augusta support arming Maine's Forest Rangers.  Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquare Media
Some legislative leaders in Augusta support arming Maine's Forest Rangers. Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquare Media

Should They Be Armed? Governor Receives Task Force Report on Maine’s Natural Resources Law Enforcement

As part of their research, the Governor's Task Force on Review of Needs, Resources and Opportunities for Efficiency among Natural Resource Law Enforcement, surveyed other states to see if their forest rangers were armed.

The task force received responses back from 31 states and that information is part of the 15 page report presented to Governor Paul LePage at the end of last week.

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Will They Be Armed? Maine’s Public Safety Commissioner Works on Report for Governor

They're asked to enforce the natural resources laws in Maine, as are the Marine Patrol and Game Wardens, the only difference is they're asked to do so today without the protection of a firearm.

A task force has been working for months to determine if Maine's Forest Rangers face danger on the job, that would justify the state going to the expense to equip and train them with guns.

The task force has completed its work and now it's up to the Commissioner of Public Safety to compile a report for Governor Paul LePage by December, based on their findings and opinions.

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Should Maine’s Forest Rangers Be Armed? The Task Force Continues its Review

Should Maine Forest Rangers be armed?

That was a topic of discussion that got a lot of attention from lawmakers in Augusta earlier this year, and the task force currently reviewing all of Maine’s Natural Resources Law Enforcement continues its work to have a final list of recommendations ready for Governor LePage in November

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Materials collected from an illegal dump site on private property in Maine. Photo Credit Maine Forest Rangers
Materials collected from an illegal dump site on private property in Maine. Photo Credit Maine Forest Rangers

Show You Appreciate Your Ability to Recreate

Calling all volunteers to join this Saturday in the Landowners Appreciation Cleanup Day.

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Proponents of an effort to equip and train Maine's Forest Rangers with sidearms display their message at public hearings in Augusta earlier this year. Photo -Susan Patten/ Townsquare Media
Proponents of an effort to equip and train Maine's Forest Rangers with sidearms display their message at public hearings in Augusta earlier this year. Photo -Susan Patten/ Townsquare Media

Many People in Maine Believe Forest Rangers Should Be Armed. But Are They Really in Danger?

Maine’s Wardens, Marine Patrol officers, and Forest Rangers are under review by a task force in Augusta.

The task force was formed by Executive Order by Governor Paul LePage back in May after the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice heard a great deal of public testimony surrounding the proposal to train our state’s forest rangers and equip them with firearms.

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Photo-Susan Patten/TownSquare Media
Photo-Susan Patten/TownSquare Media

Governor’s Task Force to Review Natural Resources Law Enforcement

Should Maine's Forest Rangers be equipped with, and trained to use firearms?

Many people, some under the assumption they already were, believe forest rangers should be armed. Some, including the head of the Maine Forest Service, Doug Denico, do not support the idea suggesting it would change the positive relationship forest rangers now enjoy with landowners in Maine

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Photo by,  Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
Photo by, Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Wildfire Dangers a Reality in Maine

We've already seen some destruction to land and homes due to runaway fires this spring. WABI-TV5 and CW's weather team have consistently reminded us that there is no major rainfall expected in the near future, and that the fire danger is indeed high

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Photo Credit-Maine Forest Service
Photo Credit-Maine Forest Service

Imagine a Law Enforcement Officer Without a Gun. You Need Only Look to the Maine Forest Rangers.

In 1990, a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy went into an ambush described as a death trap. Deputy Bunker was with an unarmed forest ranger on the call.

At the time Maine Forest Rangers were not permitted to use firearms as part of their enforcement responsibilities.They came out of the ambush with six bullet holes in Bunker's cruiser and a bullet in the Ranger’s hip.

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