What kind of future do you envision for Frenchman Bay?

What is the future of Frenchman Bay? Your input is needed! Join us for dinner and discussion, and help us create a decision-making tool for future planning around the bay!

For Frenchman Bay Partners:

Wednesday November 12, 2014 6-8:30 pm at Dahlgren Hall on the MDIBL Campus, Salsbury Cove (Catered by Mother’s Kitchen!)

 

For the MDI Business Community:

Thursday November 13, 2014 6-8:30 pm at Galyn’s Restaurant, Main Street, Bar Harbor

 

We want to hear from you! What is your relationship to the bay? What aspects of the bay hold the most value for you and your business?

RSVP to: jdisney@mdibl.org

 

Updates

The Frenchman Bay Partners have been busy! Read all about:

1) The impact conservation efforts, led by the Frenchman Bay Partners and the Maine DMR, have had on alewife populations in the area.

2) The research on green crabs and eelgrass loss, as well as restoration events, carried out this summer by scientists and interns at the Community Environmental Health Lab.

3) The progress of the 610 Project, a collaboration between the Frenchman Bay Partners and the Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee.

4) Discover what’s new on Anecdata, an online citizen science portal created by staff at the Community Environmental Health Lab.

5) Check out our e-newsletter, or subscribe today to receive quarterly updates!

Anecdata: Collecting observations of a changing world

The idea for Anecdata grew out of CEHL’s project at eelgrassinmaine.org, developed in summer 2013 as a way to enlist the broader public in documenting loss of eelgrass in upper Frenchman Bay and elsewhere in Maine. People up and down the coast reported — and continue to report — sightings of eelgrass and places where the plant was lost. During that time, the lab was also receiving reports from the public about changes in organisms and habitats other than eelgrass. A place to put that information was needed, and a grant from Long Cove Foundation allowed Bailey to spend the winter building a larger, more robust data portal where emerging trends could be documented.

dunc@symposiumDuncan Bailey unveils Anecdata at the Acadia National Park Science Symposium on April 16.
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Call for Submissions

Hello Frenchman Bay Partners! The April e-newsletter is being put together as we speak. If any partners have news to share, updates, upcoming events, photos, or articles you want to be included, email Anna Farrell at afarrell@mdibl.org by noon April 18, 2014. The newsletter is sent to all members, so it’s a great way to get the word out!

Upcoming Legislation: Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act

In April 2013, Representatives Michaud and Pingree introduced Bill H.R. 1808, the Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act of 2013 which would designate 3,125 acres on 13 of the 59 islands in the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness due to their wild character, ecological features, and opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation.

The Maine Coastal Islands NWR supports an incredible diversity of biological communities ranging from coastal islands to salt marshes, and its islands provide habitat for a wide variety of migratory seabirds, waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, songbirds, and raptors, as well as hosting a diversity of other wildlife species and plants.

Wilderness Designation prescribes a “light touch” management approach to ensure that mature forested habitats are retained and motor vehicles do not damage these fragile islands. Wilderness Designation provides the greatest level of protection for federal lands and an Act of Congress is needed to designate land as wilderness.

The vote on this legislation will be coming up this winter.

MDIBL Receives $239k Grant for Eelgrass Restoration

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the Mount Desert Island Bio Lab a grant of $239,000 for eelgrass restoration in Frenchman Bay. The grant will enable the Lab and its partners to restore an additional 214 acres of subtidal habitat off Lamoine, Bar Harbor, and Trenton over the next two years.
The grant is the first to be awarded in Maine under the Estuary Habitat Restoration Act of 2000 and one of only two to have ever been awarded in New England. The Army Corps grant will fund two years of restoration and research activity in Frenchman Bay and two AmeriCorps positions at MDIBL.
“With the Army Corps’ support, we will be able to ramp up our research and restoration efforts substantially,” said Jane Disney, director of the Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDIBL and president of Frenchman Bay Partners. “Our goal is a productive and sustainable future for Frenchman Bay. By restoring eelgrass, we will improve the bay’s economic productivity as well as its biodiversity.”