The Sustainable Maine, Sustainable Planet Campaign is the is the widest-reaching conservation campaign in the history of our state—spanning from our mountain forests, down through our rivers, among our communities, along the coast and into the sea. Together, we will make a tangible difference for animals, plants and people, while conserving the amazing lands and waters that define our way of life.
With the help of our partners and caring supporters like you, The Nature Conservancy is creating the healthy natural infrastructure on which a thriving, sustainable Maine can be based. Now, we have only $3 million dollars left to raise to reach our funding need and achieve this inspiring list of natural resource conservation goals:
Conserving Our Forests
- Protecting more than 400,000 acres of forest lands and connecting existing conserved areas to create a 2-million acre conservation corridor across the North Woods through the Moosehead Forest Conservation Project.
- Conserving 42,000 acres of the Lower Penobscot Forest, one of the nation’s most threatened private forests.
- Expanding the Machias Forest project by securing 27,000 acres in a working forest easement around an already protected river.
Securing Our Fresh Waters
- Revitalizing more than 1,000 miles of habitat in the Penobscot River watershed by removing two dams and building a state-of-the-art fish bypass around a third.
- Preserving the Saco River’s floodplain—New England’s most intact floodplain—and lessening the impacts of development through educational outreach about responsible land use.
- Applying science to find ways of reconnecting blocked waterways and improving water quality throughout the state.
Restoring Our Oceans
- Collecting and integrating volumes of data from oceanography, biology and even social science to help solve long-standing problems in the marine environment.
- Leveraging new market-based approaches like permit banking to help revive and sustain local livelihoods, coastal culture and fish stocks in the Gulf of Maine.
- Helping the Gulf of Maine regain its status as one of Earth’s most bountiful marine ecosystems.
Protecting Nature Near Maine’s Communities
- Protecting more than 4,700 acres of critical habitat near heavily populated areas of coastal and Southern Maine.
- Completing preservation of nearly half of the 41,000-acre Mount Agamenticus region’s acreage as a vibrant corridor of open space and conserved habitat.
- Completing 20 projects totaling 3,098 acres of conservation in the Kennebec Estuary.
Supporting Global Conservation
- Providing $10 million in funding for critical conservation projects in Indonesia, Colombia, Kenya, Brazil and elsewhere— investments that will lead to a healthier planet for us all.
- Supporting conservation of 140,000 acres of Canada’s forests, to preserve natural systems that know no boundaries.
- Providing the expertise of Maine staff and trustees to emerging international programs through fellowships and exchanges.
Passing a Conservation Ethic to the Next Generation
- Bringing urban teens to care for and learn about Maine’s nature each summer, through the LEAF (Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future) program.
- Reaching out to the people of Maine through outreach at events and through social media.
- Building bridges with the next generation of conservation leaders through intensive internships in science and policy.
April 20, 2012