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Free ‘Enhancing Fish Habitat’ workshops set for May 22 and 30

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BANGOR, Maine (May 16, 2018) – Are you looking for an opportunity to make a big difference in the quality of wildlife habitat on your land?

Two free technical training workshops focusing on stream habitat connectivity will be held in Piscataquis and Washington Counties later this month. The “Enhancing Fish Habitat” workshops, hosted by Maine Audubon, are scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on May 22 at the Hillgrove Community Center in Whitneyville and on May 30 at the Milo Town Offices in Milo.

These workshops will focus on the value of improving stream habitat connectivity, proper installation and maintenance of road/stream crossing structures to prevent erosion and washouts, and how landowners can get financial and technical assistance to improve road/stream crossings.

During the workshop, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Fisheries Biologist Ben Naumann will provide information about: the importance of stream connectivity for fish and wildlife movement; major types of barriers to fish passage created by road/stream crossings; sizing and installing road stream crossing; and design strategies to achieve fish passage.  Representatives from local NRCS and Farm Service Agency offices will be available to explain how these agencies work, and how private landowners can apply for funds and technical assistance to improve aquatic organism passage on their properties

Each training will start with a classroom session in the morning and field site visits in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided for the Whitneyville workshop, but participants will need to bring their own bag lunch to the Milo workshop. 

These workshops are being hosted by Maine Audubon as part of the 25,000-square-mile Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project partnership between NRCS, lead partner The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and 18 other partners. The project will restore some of the state’s highest-value aquatic networks from habitat fragmentation and degradation from improving road-stream crossings by using Stream Smart design and installation principles to improve habitat and aquatic organism passage and reduce the impacts of storm flows on structures and habitats.

Funding and technical assistance is available under this Regional Conservation Partnership Project across most of Maine, except Cumberland and York Counties and northern Aroostook County.

 Pre-registration is required for these free technical training workshops. For more information, to pre-register, or if you need special accommodations, please contact Annica McGuirk, Maine Audubon Program Support Specialist, by calling (207) 781-2330, extension 219 or by emailing amcguirk@maineaudubon.org.  Continuing education credits are available for licensed foresters.

 

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