January 6

Wilton state senator donates ice shack from raffle

The $2,000 Fish Friendly Ice Shack was donated by Sen. Tom Saviello to the Wilton Fish and Game Club.

Staff Report

WILTON — State Sen. Tom Saviello donated a $2,000 ice shack he won in a raffle to the Wilton Fish and Game Club.

Saviello, who is not an ice fisherman, said in a recent news release that he hoped the shack would be used by area kids in the town’s fishing derby.

The raffle was sponsored by Maine’s Fisheries Improvement Network, an alliance of forest landowners and managers, federal and state fisheries managers.

Raffle proceeds will be used to upgrade snowmobile stream crossings to improve fish passage and habitat connectivity. Snowmobile trails can impact stream crossings and fragment habitat just as roads do, the network said in a news release.

Ben Starrett, of Topsham, also won a Fish Friendly Ice Shack in the raffle.

Network members, snowmobile clubs and the staff of Maine’s Off Road Vehicle Unit will determine which snowmobile crossing to upgrade next summer with the $1,720 proceeds from the raffle.

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