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Maine Wildlife Refuge deserves their Funds
Author: WolfEyes
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Wish I knew more details on this!  How could the Maine legislature take funds from a volunteer runned Wildlife Park? Confused

 

Maine Wildlife Park
Wildlife Park gets something back


Ray Clark
According to Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park President Joe Jones, the Park will get likely back at least some of the $20,000 taken away by the Maine Legislature over the past two years.
A phone call from Rep. Susan Austin to Jones on Tuesday brought the welcome news.

News of the "missing funds" drew immediate and harsh reaction from volunteers at the Park, who give hundreds of hours to the facility at no cost to the State. They want the Park to keep the money it raises by admission fees, sales at the gift shop and contributions.

Jones learned of the shortfall two weeks ago. The Gray News carried the story, and Jones wrote a letter to The Portland Press Herald.

Last week, Jones testified before the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, of which Rep. Mark Bryant, who represents part of Gray, is a member. Bryant had issued a statement asking for the return of all the money and calling for a hearing by IF&W as well as the Appropriations Committee. Later, Jones went before the Appropriations Committee. Bryant told The Gray News that Jones was "impressive" in his presentation, and had enlightened the members of the committees.

Both Austin and Bryant have been working to see that another such maneuver by the State Legislature doesn't happen.

Jones is hoping to get all of the money back, but he's happy with the news that some of it, anyway, will come to the Park to which he has dedicated so much of his own time and talent.




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Wildlife Park loses $8K in Legislature


 

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One State Legislature cannot be bound by the promise of a previous one, which is how the State House last year took $8,000 that rightfully belonged to the Maine Wildlife Park.

The story began in the early 1990s, when the then-Game Farm was in serious financial difficulty-so serious that the State contemplated closing it. A small group of dedicated citizens, among them Jeannie Adams and Joe Jones, of Gray, fought hard to keep the facility alive.

In the end, the State kept the Game Farm open, with the stipulation that it become self-supporting. And it said that all income derived from the Farm would be dedicated to the Farm.

In 2004, though, the Maine Wildlife Park budgeted $8,000 for an expected expense that was subsequently avoided. Although the Park needed the money for other costs, the Legislature ignored the promise of the previous Legislature and snapped it up for its own purposes.

Gray's State Representative, Susan Austin, was unable to do anything for the Park, which was close to reaching the goal of self-sufficiency.

Joe Jones, president of the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park, was upset enough to write a letter to The Portland Press Herald. "The Park is a tremendous asset to the Town of Gray and the State of Maine," he said, "and losing that money is a blow-especially since the State promised to return all money collected by the Park for Park operations."

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Ask and I shall receive, thanks winny! Big Smile  Here is the link to the Maine Wildlife Park.  Looks like a pretty cool place.  Lots of EDU programs!


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