Trouble Maker

by Clinton B. Townsend

After an unsuccessful day of salmon fishing on the Miramichi, we were headed back to camp in the dark, somewhat discouraged. We heard the noise of dirt bike riders shouting with delight as they revved their engines across the river, and one of us said, “Listen to those crazy guys racing dirt bikes in the dark.” We stopped walking and both of us had the same thought. Finally, one of us said, “Who’s crazy, them or us?” We paused for a moment and laughed, before walking on toward camp. Bill Townsend was that kind of optimist, whether it was salmon fishing, improving water quality standards or dam removal. His dedication, persistence and patience won many battles for conservation causes. We all owe Bill Townsend a debt of gratitude.

—Jon Lund, Hallowell, Maine

Hardbound, 6” x 9”,
536 pages
ISBN 978-1-940244-94-5