Below are news articles and press releases about conservation in Hancock and Washington counties, Maine.
THE TWO RIVERS CAMPAIGN: COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION THROUGH CONSERVATION
Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) is actively working to protect two remarkable properties on the Machias River and the Middle River in the Machias Valley area totaling over 1,000 acres and 4 ½ miles of shoreline. The properties – located in the backyard of Machias and Whitneyville – are connected by the Down East Sunrise Trail, a converted rail-trail that runs 85 miles from Washington Junction in Ellsworth to Ayers Junction near Calais. See www.tworiverscampaign.org.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust Preserve Supports Science
Maine Coast Heritage Trust conserves land to achieve many objectives. Often the focus is to ensure public access, protect wildlife habitat or to enhance scenic beauty. However, over the past few years MCHT has had a growing interest in using preserves to support scientific research. This has become most evident at Babson Creek, the 36-acre preserve in Somesville that is also home to MCHT’s Mount Desert Island offices.
The Alewives Argument
Portland Press Herald July 2012
The Washington County fight to open up the St. Croix River to millions of alewives has brought together a once-divided tribe, created foes among inland smallmouth bass interests and mobilized advocates on just about every jurisdictional level. Now, a fish’s fate – and a county’s – hangs on what happens next. http://www.pressherald.com/news/alewives_2012-07-08.html
Report: Maine Camps Generate $332M for Economy
Portland Press Herald June 2012
Maine’s summer camps provide more than just fun. There’s money to be made, as well.
Summer camps generate a total economic impact of $332 million, including payroll, benefits and goods and services bought by the camps that range from bug spray to fuel to food, according to a study by Planning Decisions Inc. A 2005 study found that the economic impact was $245 million. The economic impact report was commissioned by the American Camp Association. http://www.pressherald.com/news/Maines-camps-generate-332-million-in-economic-impact.html
New Hampshire timber company buys 3,200 acres next to Acadia
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff, Posted Dec. 20, 2011, at 11:39 a.m.
WINTER HARBOR, Maine — Ending years of speculation about what might happen to a pristine chunk of forest land located next to Acadia National Park, a New Hampshire firm announced Tuesday that it is buying more than 3,000 acres of land on the Schoodic peninsula. Read more.
Downeast Salmon Federation imports restocking advice from afar
By Tom Walsh, Bangor Daily News, Dec 8, 2011.
EAST MACHIAS, Maine — When it comes to restoring Atlantic salmon habitats, apparently size matters. That’s among the lessons learned by the Downeast Salmon Federation during three days of consulting this week with Peter Gray, 70, a Scotsman who is a world expert on restoring wild salmon populations to coastal inland waterways like Washington County’s East Machias River watershed. Read more.