Hello Frenchman Bay Partners! The April e-newsletter is being put together as we speak. If you have news to share, updates, upcoming events, photos, or articles you want to be included, email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon April 18, 2014. The newsletter is sent to all members, so it’s a great way to get the word out!
Click here to link to the most recent executive meeting minutes: http://www.frenchmanbaypartners.org/march-12th-2014/
You can find the full workshop report here on the Island Institute website.
Click here to view the minutes from the February 1, 2014 meeting!
In January and February 2014, NOAA’s Maine Coastal Program will be presenting five half-day workshops in Ellsworth, Freeport, Machias, Saco and Thomaston to address water quality. Attendance is free!
You can find out more about the workshops here.
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.
NOAA is offering $20,000 – $100,000 for marine debris prevention through education and outreach!
You can find the full description and application materials here.
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.”
On Oct. 2, 2013, Tundi Agardy of Forest Trends visited Mt. Desert Island and facilitated a discussion about market-based approaches to marine conservation. Frenchman Bay Partners executive committee and other stakeholders around the bay participated in the workshop. Agardy then gave a public lecture on her work at the College of the Atlantic.
From the workshop, FBP put together a primer on market-based conservation tools, which you can download here.
Download Agardy’s presentation as a pdf here.
Workshop with Tundi Agardy
Workshop with Tundi Agardy
Tundi Agardy and Jane Disney
Presentation diagrams are from Agardy et al “Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Based Management: An Introductory Guide,” UNEP Nairobi, 2011. Diagrams were produced by the Integration and Application Network of University of Maryland