Location

UMass Amherst

Event Website

http://fishpassage.ecs.umass.edu/Conference2012/

Start Date

6-6-2012 10:50 AM

End Date

6-6-2012 11:10 AM

Description

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Maine Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) initiated a cooperative aquatic stream restoration and enhancement effort in 2011. The effort has focused on implementing on-the-ground stream restoration projects in the Penobscot River Basin. The primary goals of this initiative are to: 1) restore geomorphic characteristics and function of Maine's lotic systems and, 2) enhance in-stream habitat complexity and connectivity to benefit diadromous fishes, including Atlantic salmon, and resident species, including brook trout, at a watershed scale. With thousands of problem culverts in the Penobscot River Basin, NRCS and partners are using the Pleasant River sub-watershed as a focus area for this restoration initiative. The presentation will provide a summary of the focus area approach, progress of the cooperative effort, restoration challenges, and the creative avenues taken to get projects moving forward.

Comments

Ben Naumann is a fisheries biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services Bangor, Maine field office. Ben is currently the lead on the Pleasant River focus area initiative. Before his current position he worked for a NGO on stream connectivity and habitat enhancement projects in Maine. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Fisheries Biology from Unity College, Unity, Maine in 2002, and a Master of Science in Fisheries from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada in 2008.

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Jun 6th, 10:50 AM Jun 6th, 11:10 AM

Session A4 - Using a focus area approach to restore watershed-scale stream connectivity

UMass Amherst

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Maine Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) initiated a cooperative aquatic stream restoration and enhancement effort in 2011. The effort has focused on implementing on-the-ground stream restoration projects in the Penobscot River Basin. The primary goals of this initiative are to: 1) restore geomorphic characteristics and function of Maine's lotic systems and, 2) enhance in-stream habitat complexity and connectivity to benefit diadromous fishes, including Atlantic salmon, and resident species, including brook trout, at a watershed scale. With thousands of problem culverts in the Penobscot River Basin, NRCS and partners are using the Pleasant River sub-watershed as a focus area for this restoration initiative. The presentation will provide a summary of the focus area approach, progress of the cooperative effort, restoration challenges, and the creative avenues taken to get projects moving forward.

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