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Public Information and Education
The Division of Public Information and Education is established within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is responsible for the administration of programs to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of inland fisheries and wildlife resources and the management of these resources, including the administration of education programs for hunter safety and for the safe operation of snowmobiles, watercraft and all-terrain vehicles. The division’s responsibilities include public education, promotion of inland fisheries and wildlife resources and the dissemination of information.
The major function of the Public Information and Education Division is to create and maintain public understanding and support for Departmental objectives and programs.
The Division was created in 1952, as the Information and Education Division, under authorization granted by the 96th Legislature in 1951. It was reorganized into the Public Information Division, effective July 1980; it was again reorganized, as the Division of Public Information and Education under the Office of the Commissioner, effective April 24, 1984. Another reorganization effective July 1, 1993, established the Division of Public Information and Education as it's own unit.
In addition, the Gray Game Farm and Visitors Center now the Maine Wildlife Park was removed from the Division of Wildlife, Bureau of Resource Management, and placed within the Division of Public Information and Education.
The major programs of the Public Information and Education Division are:
Public Information and Education also provides support to other divisions for video, photography, displays, presentations, and the design, development, and distribution of a great deal of printed material about the department and its programs.
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