Deirdre Fleming has been an outdoor reporter at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for 15 years and a reporter in Maine for 22. She has traveled to every corner of Maine to report stories, camped across all 16 counties, and met thousands of Mainers whose greatest pleasure is to work and play outdoors. She’s seen biologists trap 500-pound bear, watched charter captains land high-jumping makos, camped on Moosehead Lake (literally on the lake) in winter, and retraced Gov. Percival Baxter’s first trip to Mt. Katahdin. She likes nothing better than to get an exclusive interview on a controversial outdoor topic and then hear that Mainer say her article was spot-on. She is often asked, but still doesn’t know her favorite Maine wildland. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Missouri, Fleming lives in Portland with her partner and their rescue dog and cat. In her free time, she loves to ski, fly fish, hike, hunt, mountain bike race, and wilderness camp where there are no people.

  • Published
    January 21, 2012

    Fly Fishing Gets Cold

    KENNEBUNK — Dan Dykstra couldn’t wait to wade into the cold water of the Mousam River. So he asked fellow fisherman Kevin McKay to pull over for a taste of the brown trout fishery after they drove down from Bangor earlier this month. And didn’t the Old Town fisherman get into a mess of brown trout?

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    January 19, 2012

    DEIRDRE FLEMING: Gift inspires artist who knows Baxter State Park well

    When Friends of Baxter State Park President Barbara Bentley learned two weeks ago that the privately owned parcel beside Katahdin Lake would be given to Baxter State Park, she turned to the one person she thought could truly understand the nature of this unusual place.

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    January 14, 2012

    DEIRDRE FLEMING: Maine’s deer herd is getting help from IFW

    AUGUSTA — A century from now, Mainers will look back and say the state’s fish and game department did what it promised, vowed Chandler Woodcock last week.

  • Published
    January 12, 2012

    143 acre addition to be given to park

    A unique 143-acre parcel with stunning views of Mount Katahdin and a rich history is being given to Baxter State Park today by Huber Resources Corp., a timber management company based in Old Town.

  • Published
    January 7, 2012

    Finding fun without snow

    NEWRY — Frozen waterfalls, whispering brooks, and the distant hum of snow guns outside a quiet grove. These are some of the things that make zip line rides in winter so unique.

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    January 5, 2012

    OUTDOORS: Learn new ways to enjoy winter

    Every winter, bigger and better winter festivals are rolled out somewhere in Maine. Outdoor gatherings are more in vogue today than ever, with state parks, land trusts and cities promoting frozen family fun and snow carnivals.

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    December 30, 2011

    DEIRDRE FLEMING: Funding for projects may be headed to Maine

    Professor Richard Barringer likes to start at the beginning when he begins the tale of the outdoor funding windfall heading for Maine. But really, the good timing and hope in this story is in what could happen in 2012.

  • Published
    December 22, 2011

    The permit that nods to a culture

    It’s a long way from happening and certainly no guarantee, but after six years of uncertainty, lawsuits and questions, Maine may become the first state to be given an incidental take permit for trapping by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Published
    December 18, 2011

    Sugarloaf opens new chairlift

    CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Wearing their ski togs and broad smiles, three teenagers from Freeport spent six hours in the cold Saturday so they could be a part of Sugarloaf history — to be among the first to ride the ski resort’s new $3 million Skyline chairlift.

  • Published
    December 17, 2011

    One year after accident, Sugarloaf opens ski lift

    One year a ski-lift cable derailed and caused a major accident, Sugarloaf unveiled its new $3 million Skyline Quad at noon on Saturday.