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Great Works Dam Removal: a long term effort for wildlife and habitat

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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Maine Audubon was one of many partners and supporters on the banks on the Penobscot River on Monday, June 11, 2012 in Bradley, Maine to celebrate the first step in the restoration of the Penobscot River. The removal of the Great Works dam is the beginning of a larger effort along the Penobscot River that will open over 1,000 miles of river habitat for sea-run fish, and eventually spur additional wildlife and habitat changes. Once the fish return we expect to see more fish-eating birds and mammals as well, including kingfishers, osprey, bald eagles, mink, and otter. This effort took thirteen years and collaboration between several organizations, agencies, and the Penobscot Indian Nation.


Chief Kirk Francis – Penobscot Nation


The Great Works Dam


Barry Dana, Former Chief of the Penobscot Nation


Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior


Sally Stockwell, Director of Conservation, Maine Audubon

Chief Kirk Francis – Penobscot NationThe Great Works DamBarry Dana, Former Chief of the Penobscot NationKen Salazar, Secretary of the InteriorSally Stockwell, Director of Conservation, Maine Audubon_MG_2512

Visit The Penobscot River Restoration Trust for more information »

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