Open Spaces: People and Nature ... Nature and People

People and Nature ... Nature and People

By Brynn Walling, USFWS

In Maine, the Penobscot Indian Nation has close ties to its land--sharing a name with a well-known river in the region. Not only is the Penobscot River the backbone of the Tribe, it’s also home to the federally endangered Atlantic salmon.

riverWorking in the Penobscot River. (Photo: USFWS)

The longest river in the state, the Penobscot once flowed 100 miles through the North Woods to the sea. Over 200 years and 100 dams later, much has changed.



The restriction of free flowing water has obstructed migratory paths of sea-run salmon and decreases the water quality and food for wildlife upstream.

Concerned about the health of their namesake, the Tribe has partnered up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Forest Service, Main Department of Transportation, Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited, and other organizations to restore the River to the way it was at a former time. Through the Penobscot River Restoration Project, partnering organizations are working to restore high-quality habitat and revive the salmon run.

Get the full story about the Penobscot River and Atlantic salmon here.

Learn more about the threatened and endangered wildlife in Florida and the conservation efforts currently underway to conserve them.

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Last updated: June 21, 2012