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Multi facet changes in many aspects of the State of Maine has not necessarily been followed by proportional changes in the structure of the Maine Warden Service. The following areas will be reviewed in this report
- Increased Population -A review of population trends in the state from 1970 to 1997. Reference will be made to population movements in the state creating more of an interaction between people and wildlife.
- Increased Access - Road access to remote sections of the state has increased dramatically over the past 20 years; creating increased opportunity for recreational use. Development of water access sites allows for more opportunity to enjoy water related sports.
- Expanded Constituency and User Trends - Hunting, fishing , and trapping are still popular but increased interest and industry developments in other outdoor related activities has created a new workload.
- Increased Responsibilities - Increased responsibilities through user trends and mandates
- Reduced Warden Service Personnel - Structure of the Maine \Varden Service peaked in 197 5. Restructuring since that time has left less working officers for our current operation.
- Reduced Available Work Hours and Labor Issues - Today Wardens are faced with time constraints that were unheard of 20 years ago. A look at work schedules and labor mandates show the changes in service provided.
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Peabody, Timothy E. and Santaguida, Thomas A., "2005 The Maine Warden Service and The State of Maine: A Contemporary and Historical Overview" (2005). Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW). 1.
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