Conserving Maine's Islands: What's Being Done to Protect Maine Islands from Climate Change & Threats

Nov 6, 2019

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Climate change has the potential to wreak havoc on Maine’s coast and coastal islands. Since 1950, the sea level along the coast of Maine has risen eight inches and is continuing to rise at the rate of one inch every eight years. Warming waters and ocean acidification present additional challenges to those residing and making a living on Maine’s islands. Multiple efforts are underway to protect and conserve Maine's coastal islands, beaches, marshes, bold coast, working harbors and more against erosion and damage from strong waves and storm surges. We discuss those threats and initiatives to increase access to the Maine coast for recreational use and commercial access.

Guests

Angela Twitchell, chair, Maine Land Trust Network

Tim Glidden, president, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Suzanne MacDonald (by phone), chief community development officer, The Island Institute

Sarah Demers (by phone), director, Land for Maine's Future Program, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

 

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