Penobscot River Restoration Trust Awarded Funds to Remove Fish Passage Barriers Penobscot River Restoration Trust Old Town and Augusta, ME: Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that it will invest $6.1 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help rebuild the sea-run fisheries of Maine’s Penobscot River. A grant to Read More
We thought you might be interested in this opportunity – please contact Laura Sebastianelli directly if you would like to participate. Thanks! Wolf Inquiry Project Offers a 2nd Volunteer Training Holden – Due to popular demand, the Wolf Inquiry Project, an independent citizen science program, will be offering volunteers a second training opportunity to participate Read More
by Anne Ravana Maine Public Radio news story The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service today extended endangered species protections to Atlantic salmon in the Penobscot, Kennebec, and Androscoggin rivers and their watersheds. The news has not been well received by some Maine officials. The state’s Department of Read More
by Susan Sharon Maine Public Radio news story Large landowners are disappointed, but Maine environmental groups are applauding a revised decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate 9,400 square miles of northern Maine as critical habitat for the Canada lynx. Three years ago the Service issued a decision excluding Maine timberlands from Read More
by Susan Sharon Maine Public Radio news story More than a decade after Maine voters were besieged with confusing forestry terms and a series of statewide referendums designed to restrict large-scale clearcutting and improve forestry standards, Maine’s Conservation Commissioner says the state’s forests are healthy and Maine’s loggers are using best management practices. “We have Read More
The Atlantic salmon is an anadromous fish, which means it spends the majority of its lifetime in the ocean, but returns to spawn in the same freshwater river or stream where it was born. In Maine, salmon begin returning to their home rivers between March and November, with a peak migration during June and July. Unlike their Pacific cousins, Atlantic salmon do not die after spawning, and can return year after year to reproduce.
The empty shells scattered along the shallow edges of the Kennebec, Sebasticook, and Penobscot rivers are not clams, but the remains of freshwater mussels like the yellow lampmussel. The shells may have been left behind by an otter, muskrat, or raccoon after a meal. By serving as food for river mammals, filtering the water for their own food, and linking to fish populations, freshwater mussels play a unique role in river ecosystems.
Chairman Harvey and Commissioners, Thank you for this opportunity to provide comments on the Hammond Ridge rezoning proposal (ZP 710). My name is Cathy Johnson and I am the North Woods Project Director and Senior Staff Attorney for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. NRCM has worked on a broad range of issues affecting the Read More
Testimony by Catherine Johnson, NRCM North Woods Project Director Good afternoon Sen. Perry, Rep. Piotti and members of the Committee. My name is Cathy Johnson. I am here today on behalf of more than 10,000 members and supporters of the Natural Resources Council of Maine in support of L.D. 255, An Act Concerning Litigation Brought Read More