Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a Topsham-based conservation organization, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the completion of a six-year campaign to raise $125-million.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

Puffins were once on the brink of extinction, but efforts by Maine scientists have succeeded in bringing the population back. There are now 1,300 nesting pairs on five Maine islands. We’ll talk with puffin experts about the threats facing this unique seabird, and how conservation efforts continue to protect puffins and their habitat in the face of climate change as well as other threats.

This show is being done in conjunction with Maine Public's recent reporting on puffin conservation, and is part of Maine Calling's ongoing coverage of what is iconic in Maine.

Maine Farmland Trust

Farming in Maine is in transition. According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, in the five years from 2012-2017, Maine lost 10 percent of its farmland and 573 farms. On the other hand, Maine has more young farmers per capita than just about any other state. Agriculture Commissioner Amanda Beal is responsible for helping grow and promote agriculture in Maine. Beal has recently been in the news pushing to extend federal aid to members of Maine’s wild blueberry industry. She’s also requested that the federal government finalize its proposed “origin of livestock” standards for organic dairy farms. We’ll discuss the other initiatives Beal is engaged with and the priorities of the Mills’ administration.


A child rides in the bow of a canoe during spring run-off high water at the Head of Tide Park in Topsham.

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 25 at 10:00 pm
Sat., May 27 at 11:00 am

This documentary, shot throughout four seasons, profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine, demonstrating their efforts toward conservation for all members of their community.

To learn more about the Community Conservation visit M.I. Media.

Fishermen hoist a net full of pogies, also known as menhaden, into their boat along a cove in West Bath, Maine, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. They use the fish as bait for lobstering and said they caught about 30,000 pounds.
Pat Wellenbach / AP Photo/File

A big decision about the future of a little fish is attracting the attention of ocean conservation groups.

Industry players are petitioning the Marine Stewardship Council to certify the menhaden fishery as sustainable. The London-based council’s sustainability certification is one of the most recognized seafood labels in the marketplace.

Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument
Susan Sharon / Maine Public

As the Trump Administration nears a decision on the future status of national parks and monuments, including Katahdin Woods And Waters here in Maine, Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee of Congress are touting the economic benefits of these sites.

Land for Maine's Future

Jul 26, 2017

An update on LMF, which was established in 1987. To date, LMF has helped protect more than 600,000 acres of land in Maine through matching funds, forming partnerships with conservation organizations at all levels of society, from town parks and recreation departments to the federal agencies.  

Guests: Kate Dempsey, State Director, The Nature Conservancy in MaineDavid Trahan, Executive Director, Sportsman's Alliance of MaineJeff Romano, Public Policy Coordinator, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Paul Dobbins of Ocean Approved shows off the kelp grown off of Bangs Island in Casco Bay.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., Aug. 20 at 11:30 am

Follow a group of environmentalist, regulators and natural resource managers as they tour aquaculture farms along Maine’s coast.

Several conservation groups have completed a deal to protect more than 4,300 acres just north of Millinocket off Route 11 in the Katahdin region. The deal will conserve nearly nine miles of the East Branch of the Penobscot River and improve access for recreation.

Made possible by the Butler Conservation Fund, the Open Space Institute and the Nature Conservancy, the land was purchased from Conservation Forestry, a timberland investment firm based in New Hampshire, and from several other landowners.

  World Wildlife Fund Chief Scientist and Vice President Eric Dinerstein discusses what he sees as the single greatest challenge for conservation worldwide: stopping the loss of habitat around the world.

This talk was recorded September 27, 2011 at Colby College in Waterville.

Read Eric Dinerstein's biography on the WWF website

Dr. Joel Cohen of Rockefeller University, and Mike Tetreault, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine, explore the effects of human population growth on our planet, resources and future on Speaking in Maine.