As the last of our spring Stream-Smart workshops wrapped up this week two directors from Keeping Maine's Forests, Tom Rumpf of The Nature Conservancy, and Patrick Strauch of the Maine Forest Products Council discussed efforts to replace existing culverts with those more amenable to fish passage on MPBN's Maine Watch.
The Stream Smart program is designed for professionals who are responsible for road - stream crossings and helps promote better designs for stream crossings that protect roads, safety and habitat.
Great Works Dam Removal: a long term effort for wildlife and habitat
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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.