Community Conservation News

Fish Passage Restoration Project in Sedgwick Improves Roadway Safety

July construction on Route 15 also opens spawning habitat to migrating fish

Snows Brook – Press Release Map – MCHT

SEDGWICK, ME: A culvert scheduled for replacement along Snows Cove Road in Sedgwick is an exciting step forward for the health of the Bagaduce River and beyond, partners in the project announced today. The work will replace an aging culvert under Route 15, improving the longevity of this part of the highway for vehicles and helping the stream to function naturally.

While this section of Route 15, not far from the Sedgwick School, will be closed for up to three weeks during construction, starting on or about July 18, these much-needed repairs and improvements to the road-stream crossing will provide long-term safety for vehicle traffic. Cars will be re-routed over the Bagaduce Falls and around via the Coastal Road in Brooksville, while larger vehicles should use Route 172 through Sedgwick.

A few years ago, community members from Sedgwick, Brooksville, and Penobscot formed a Three Town Committee charged with, among other things, identifying and prioritizing streams and ponds that have barriers to fish species that migrate between the ocean and fresh water to spawn. To aid in the effort, the committee called on multiple agencies and non-profits, including the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries MCCF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of Maine, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), to help restore free-flowing streams connected to the Bagaduce River.

The Snow Brook project in Sedgwick was one of the barriers identified by the Committee—and also the most expensive to repair. With construction costs alone reaching nearly $800,000, this was a daunting challenge for the town and its partners. Fortunately, a number of successful grant awards provided enough funding to cover the cost of the entire project, at no cost to the town.

“Funding a project of this size and scope would be a huge lift for a small municipality like Sedgwick” said Ben Astbury, Chairman for the Sedgwick board of selectmen. “We were extremely fortunate to have built the partnerships necessary to complete this project with the use of grant funding. This project will benefit the ecology of the watershed, added safety for motorists and recreational opportunities for generations to come, without increasing the local tax burden. We are very excited to see this project move ahead and we look forward to its completion in August” said Astbury.

The crossing repair qualified as a Municipal Partnership Initiative Project through a program administered by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), a critical funding source and key to making it possible.

“This partnership allows us to do work that we otherwise wouldn’t get done.” Notes John Devin, MDOT Region Engineer.

“This is an example of a project that can bring a lot of people together, even if they don’t share all of the same goals. Whether you care about fish or about vehicles, or both, you need to work together to get the project done,” notes Ciona Ulbrich, Senior Project Manager at MCHT. “This project needed so many to make it possible: the landowners around the crossing, the Town government, many state and federal agencies involved in highway and stream projects, multiple funders, and non-governmental organizations who have a variety of roles. It couldn’t have come this far without each and every one doing their part to help it come together.”

The existing metal pipe culvert will be replaced with a much larger-capacity concrete crossing. This will help accommodate increased water flows during potential flooding events and allow fish and other wildlife to move freely up and downstream. For a few decades now, this culvert has prevented fish from gaining access to over five miles of important stream habitat and has blocked alewives from reaching 155-acre Frost Pond, where they historically spawned each spring before returning to the ocean.

“This is such an exciting opportunity to help fish populations rebound in the Bagaduce River and the Gulf of Maine, all while increasing the flood security of Maine’s road systems,” says Ben Matthews, Watershed Restoration Scientist at TNC in Maine. “This project is a template for how we can work across the state to meet climate resilience, conservation and public safety goals.”

“The connection of freshwater ponds, streams and rivers to the marine ecosystem is a critical part of what makes the diversity of animals and plants thrive, so this restoration project can contribute to the improved conditions of our near shore coastal waters and the fish that live there.” Notes Paul Anderson, Executive Director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries.

Maine Earth of Hampden will be performing the construction work, following specifications drawn up by a team of engineers led by Robert Blunt of VHB. In addition to that provided  through MDOT, funding included a grant from the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership administered through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, as well as an award from the 2016 Chevron Marine Oil Terminal Facility Natural Resource Damage Settlement, whose trustees include the Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Maine Department of Marine Resources; Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the NOAA. Additional funding has been provided by NOAA, TNC, MCHT, and a number of generous private donors with ties to the area.

Selectboard Chairman Ben Astbury noted the importance of recognizing the sacrifice by all necessary to complete the project safely, responsibly and within the construction window available for the project by adding: “We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we pursue the completion of this very important project”.

Contacts:

Ben Astbury, Sedgwick Select Board, 207-359-2275

Ciona Ulbrich, Maine Coast Heritage Trust culbrich@mcht.org 207-801-4058

Chelsea Kondratowicz, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, ckondratowicz@coastalfisheries.org (207) 367-2708

Timothy Paul, The Nature Conservancy; timothy.paul@tnc.org ; 207-607-4809

www.mcht.org

 

Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting of Members

The Annual Meeting of the Members of Island Heritage Trust, Inc. will be held on

July 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM

at 627 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627

St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church, 627 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627.

 

The Agenda for the Meeting is as follows:

  1. To reelect as Trustees for three-year terms Mickie Flores and Karen Hill, whose first three-year terms expire at the Annual Meeting.

 

  1. To reelect as Trustees for three-year terms Abby Barrows, Anna Goff, David Bayley, Sue Chamberlain, Jeff Hartnett and DeeDee Hartnett, who were appointed to the Board on an interim basis since the last Annual Meeting.

 

  1. To discuss the Annual Treasurer’s Report of the financial position of the organization.

 

  1. To discuss the Chair’s Report of developments since the last Annual Meeting.

 

  1. To celebrate the contributions of retiring Board Members Woody Osborne and Steve Rowan.

 

  1. To conduct such other business as may properly be brought before the Meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Wiegmann, Chair

 

 

Island Heritage Trust is a member-supported, community-based non-profit dedicated to contributing to the well-being of the Island community by conserving its distinctive landscapes and natural resources, maintaining public access to valued trails, shoreline, and islands, and by providing educational programming for all ages.

Stakeholder Notification of Public Comment Period

Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Island Heritage Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Accreditation process has provided valuable impetus to IHT to examine its practices and procedures to ensure that it is living up to the highest national standards established by the Land Trust Alliance, and to help make sure we are able to serve the community effectively through our mission. The revised and updated policies we have adopted as a result will serve the organization well into the foreseeable future.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Island Heritage Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Island Heritage Trust’s application will be most useful by July 9th.

With gratitude,

 

 

Julia Zell, Executive Director

 

Island Heritage Trust is a member-supported, community-based non-profit dedicated to contributing to the well-being of the Island community by conserving its distinctive landscapes and natural resources, maintaining public access to valued trails, shoreline, and islands, and by providing educational programming for all ages.

Spring Garden Planning Follow-up Zoom Meeting

 

 

Tuesday, May 46:00 – 7:00pm

Follow up with Anneli from the Deer Isle Hostel about spring garden planning. This is a follow-up Zoom meeting discussion, part of IHT’s Garden & Farm Series
(watch the video here) 

If you have any questions email: Jmccarty@islandheritagetrust.org

IHT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Spring Garden Planning Follow-up
Time: May 4, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

IHT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Spring Garden Planning Follow-up
Time: May 4, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89772051534?pwd=a1YrY0MwRFk1S1gzOUhRRThtdURjQT09

Meeting ID: 897 7205 1534
Passcode: 009878

Microplastic Pollution in Aquatic Environments

Abby is a Stonington resident who has studied microplastic pollution in our oceans and freshwater since 2012. Microplastic pollution is considered an emerging issue of international concern. An estimated 8-10 million tons of plastic make their way into the oceans each year. They have been found in all the world’s oceans, in freshwater environments, tap water, bottled water, beer, honey, salt, and even in our air. Marine research scientist Abby Barrows will discuss the complex problem of plastic pollution and some of the solutions required to address it. Microplastic pollution is considered an emerging issue of international concern. An estimated 8-10 million tons of plastic make their way into the oceans each year. They have been found in all the world’s oceans, freshwater environments, tap water, bottled water, beer, honey, salt, and even in our air. Marine research scientist Abby Barrows will discuss the complex problem of plastic pollution and some of the solutions required to address it. Abby is a Stonington resident who has studied microplastic pollution in our oceans and freshwater since 2012.

Domestic washing:

https://filtrol.net/ https://environmentalenhancements.com…

https://www.patagonia.com/product/gup…

https://coraball.com/

Public

https://seabinproject.com/

https://www.mrtrashwheel.com/

https://dronesolutionservices.com/was…

Non-profit resources:

https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition…

https://www.5gyres.org/

https://upstreamsolutions.org/

https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/

https://www.surfrider.org/initiatives…

Roadside Clean-up

Deer Isle and Stonington have planned a roadside cleanup starting Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, through Sunday, April 25. Bags will be available at the Deer Isle Town Office, Stonington Town Office, and Island Heritage Trust. Information will be posted at www.townofdeerisle.org/environment. We encourage people to adopt a section of the road that we can put on a map to streamline the cleanup. Partners including municipal governments, Island Heritage Trust, DIS Chamber of Commerce, and Blue Hill Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call Jim Fisher, Deer Isle Town Manager: (207) 348-2324
OR email: Jmccarty@islandheritagetrust.org

Volunteer Preserve Steward

Volunteer Preserve Steward

Please click the above link:

Dear Volunteers,

WE MISS YOU! We miss seeing your faces at Heritage House, we miss maintaining the trails with you on Trail Tuesdays, and we miss in-person committee meetings. But you inspire us every day. Your support and dedication keep our mission alive.

If you are interested in serving as a Volunteer Preserve Steward, please let us know. Although we aren’t gathering on the trails (as it is difficult to maintain physical distance in groups on the trails) you can still help. We look forward to getting back to Trail soon, but in the meantime, there are lots of ways to give back to your local trails. The Volunteer Preserve Steward can be a full-time or seasonal commitment. Causeway Beach is in need of a few committed folks to offer some TLC. Thank you again for your support and dedication!

If you are interested in getting involved please email Jmccarty@islandheritageturst.org

Friends From The Field Webinar

Citizen Science: A Means to Promote Equity and Inclusion in Environmental STEM

Thursday, January 7th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm (est)

Amara Ifeji will speak to her lived experiences as a BIPOC individual, the marginalization she faced, and how her self-sought passion for water justice led her to foster a connection to serving as a conduit for other BIPOC and female-identifying students like herself.  Amara is a 19-year-old freshman at Northeastern University and the Grassroots Development Coordinator with the Maine Environmental Education Association.
Registration

Friends From The Field Webinar

ALL ABOUT BROWN TRAIL MOTHS!
Thursday, December 17th, @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm (est)

Browntail moth is a nonnative moth that is currently expanding its range in Maine. Come learn about the biology, history, and current situation of browntail moth in Maine. Tom Schmeelk is a forest entomologist with the Maine Forest Service and the program lead on BTM.

This is the 25th in our webinar series co-hosted by BHHT and Island Heritage Trust, featuring local naturalists, professionals from environmentally focused organizations, and outdoor learning experts to share their knowledge, virtually, during a time when we can’t all be out in the field together.

The webinars take place LIVE on Thursdays from 4-5 pm! We will record the webinar so that if you wish to view but can’t participate at that time, the presentation will be available to you on our websites and social media.

REGISTER

We are hiring! – Development Associate

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This year-round position will be 3/4 or full time, depending on the chosen candidate’s qualifications and experience. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation time, and personal days; as well as a health stipend. Salary commensurate with experience.

Location: The position is based in Deer Isle, Maine. This is a small, rural, island community (winter pop. 3,000) with a traditional natural resource-based economy focused on recreational tourism and the fishing industry.

SUMMARY

The Island Heritage Trust (IHT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust dedicated to conservation that protects significant open space, scenic areas, wildlife habitats, natural resources, and historic and cultural features that offer public and economic benefit and are essential to the character of the Deer Isle area. IHT is a membership-based organization, with an engaged donor base of more than 700 supporters and strong relationships with numerous grantmaking organizations. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about land conservation and who is experienced with cultivating donor relations. Working with and under the supervision of the Executive Director (ED), and collaborating closely with IHT’s committees, staff, trustees and volunteers the Development Associate (DA) helps develop and manage IHT’s fundraising activities, cultivates donors, and co-manages IHT’s outreach communications. This position which will require some work on weekends, holidays, and during non-traditional hours. The DA is expected to reside within commuting distance of Deer Isle, Maine.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or higher and substantial fundraising experience, preferably for a land trust or conservation organization, including grants, general fund appeals, and high-capacity donor cultivation.  The candidate will have outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication and the ability to both collaborate with others and work independently. Familiarity with Microsoft Office & Little Green Light or similar CRM as well as

proficiency with Adobe products such as Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, and other specialized land trust software is also desired. The candidate should also have access to reliable internet speed for remote work as needed.

DUTIES – Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Fundraising:

  • Develops and implements multi-year fundraising strategies, budgets, and reporting mechanisms for general fund appeals, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, monthly giving, and planned giving.
  • Works with the ED and Development Committee to implement capital campaigns.
  • Researches donors, foundations, and grant programs, and develops donor relations in support of overall fundraising objectives and to encourage increased giving.
  • Develops, strengthens, and maintains relationships with donors and grant makers.
  • Identifies, applies for, and secures grant funding from foundations and other entities as agreed upon with ED. Follow through with grant reports and communication with grantors.

Database Management:

  • Manages gift entry, acknowledgement correspondence, donor record updates in Little Green Light (CRM).
  • Ensures all donor acknowledgments are prompt, thoughtful, and meet all IRS and Accreditation requirements.
  • Maintains database to ensure integrity and accuracy of constituent records, and manages and generates reports and analysis.

Outreach and Public Relations:

  • Writes and develops print, online, and social media outreach materials, donor communications, and media relations in collaboration with fellow staff.
  • Prepares material in a timely fashion allowing for considered review and timely publishing.
  • Plans and coordinates outreach and special events, and provides information on and promotes IHT programs, plans, and policies to the IHT community, other organizations, and the media in collaboration with fellow staff.

Board & Committee Support:

  • Coordinates Staff and Board relationships with donors to ensure communications and interactions move forward with a singular, coordinated purpose.
  • Prepares documents and reports for the committees and board as requested.
  • Participates in Development Committee meetings, and others as needed.
  • Ensures development and implementation of fundraising policies and procedures to qualify IHT for LTA accreditation.

Submit a cover letter (including salary requirement), resume, and three references with contact information in one document (PDF) for immediate consideration.

Applications can be submitted by email, or by mail to contact information below. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. For questions, or more information contact:

Julia Zell, Executive Director

Island Heritage Trust
PO Box 42, Deer Isle, ME 04627
jzell@islandheritagetrust.org       207.348.2455

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.