News and Updates
Freeing Maine’s Penobscot River
Success! Josh Royte of The Nature Conservancy holds up a juvenile alewife at a project improving fish access. Credit: USFWS
“We are the river,” says a tribal leader. Read why so many are seeking to restore this namesake river, Atlantic salmon and the circle of life in central Maine’s landscape.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adopt FERC's evaluation of dam removals in Penobscot River restoration
UPDATE: On Sept. 7, 2012, the Service noted its intent to proceed with providing funding to the Penobscot project. This follows an evaluation of its impacts on the human environment and is explained in the Service's "finding of no significant impact." (pdf)
The Service announced August 3 that the agency will adopt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) existing environmental assessment for the Veazie, Great Works and Howland Projects to surrender their licenses. Surrender of the licenses involves removal of Veazie and Great Works Dams and construction of a nature-like fish bypass around the Howland Dam, which are key elements of the Penobscot River Restoration Project. The public can comment on this through August 20, 2012, by visiting: http://www.regulations.gov and searching docket number
Wildlife agencies announce request for lynx permit
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a permit to authorize incidental take of federally protected Canada lynx resulting from the State regulated trapping program. The Service invites the public to comment on MDIF&W's draft incidental take plan, a requirement for the permit. The Service also invites comment on its draft environment assessment for MDIF&W's application.
Atlantic Salmon Recovery Meeting
The first Atlantic Salmon Recovery Meeting will be held January
11-12, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.
For more information click on the PDF.
Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan nearing completion
As with any big multi-party endeavor, the Atlantic salmon recovery plan has taken some months to complete. We have worked among our agency and with the NOAA-NMFS staff here in Maine and at their Northeast Regional Office to develop a plan that provides background and context for the actions we believe are essential to be taken to recovery the Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment.