Auction nets $55,976 for scholarshipsApril 04, 2007 - TRCAUGUSTA, Maine - Over $50,000 was raised for youth conservation education scholarships in Maine through the 2007 Maine Moose Permit Auction. Five hunters bid a total of $55,976.00 in an auction for the privilege to hunt moose in Maine during the 2007 season. The five winning bids were unveiled Monday.All of the money derived from the auction goes to partial scholarships that will help send Maine youngsters to Conservation Camp at the Maine Conservation School in Bryant Pond and at the Greenland Point Center in Princeton. At these five-day camps, boys and girls ages 10 through 12 take part in an array of outdoor and classroom activities. Students work with experienced instructors and counselors, as well as staff from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and other state and private conservation agencies.“While the winning hunters get to participate in the hunt of a lifetime, their winning bids also ensure that Maine children will get a chance to learn outdoor skills that will start them on a lifetime appreciation of the of the Maine outdoors,” said Roland D. Martin, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.The auction was created by the Legislature and began in 1995. It allows the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to publicly auction five moose permits. Funds are specifically directed for youth conservation education programs.Conservation camp programs are designed to teach Maine boys and girls the importance of conservation, a respect for the environment and a working knowledge of a variety of outdoor skills. Subjects taught at the camp include wildlife identification, introduction to fishing, boating safety, archery, firearms handling, hunter safety, forest conservation, map and compass work and much more.For more information on the Greenland Point Center and the Maine Conservation School, please visit their websites at http://www.meconservationschool.org/ and http://www.greenlandpoint.com/.These five hunters will join 2007 moose permit holders in the annual moose hunt during the 2007 moose hunting season: Phillip K. Shugart of Eagle Pt., Oregon; Carl A. Propst of Oriental, North Carolina; Robert C. Roach of Bellefontaine, Ohio; Christopher Azur of Pesto, Pennsylvania; and Louis Ogden of Terrell, North Carolina.Submitted by : Mark Latti, DIFWNOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.