Clark Island Wetlands Restoration
Maine Coastal Habitat Foundation awarded $107,937Project location: Saint George
Total cost of project: $149,000
This project restores approximately 2 acres of wetland habitat within the Clark Island Wildlife Refuge, a 50-acre site owned by the Maine Coastal Habitat Foundation. The restoration site is located near the center of the Refuge, in an area that had previously been covered by forested wetland habitat adjacent to extensive salt marsh. During the 19th century, the site was cleared to provide fuel for the limestone industry and then used as a dumping ground for granite tailings, which covered a stream and its surrounding wetlands with up to 30 feet of debris. MNRCP funds were awarded in December 2009 for the majority of the project costs, with additional funds raised from private sources. The Foundation removed tons of granite from the site, then hired Moody Mountain Environmental consulting to develop a restoration planting and monitoring plan for the resulting area. The plan was completed in June 2011 and restoration planting followed to re-establish native wetland vegetation, complementing restoration activities elsewhere in the Refuge that have resulted in a significant increase in wetland function and wildlife use.
Montsweag Brook Restoration Project
The Chewonki Foundation awarded $75,000Project location: Wiscasset
Total cost of project: $718,490
This project removed lower Montsweag Dam to restore fish passage and riverine functions to Montsweag Brook to re-establishe native riparian habitat in an area flooded by a 20-acre impoundment. The Chewonki Foundation, which owned the dam and all of the land immediately abutting the impoundment, engaged Stantec Consulting to design the removal, secure necessary permits, and provide technical oversight. Chewonki secured significant additional funding for the project from state, federal and private sources. MNRCP funds were awarded in December 2009 to support the dam removal, habitat restoration, and long-term monitoring. Chewonki completed demolition of the dam in November 2010, conducted enrichment seeding of native riparian species, and actively monitored the lower watershed to track the results of their restoration efforts, including extensive plant growth in the formerly ponded area. To learn more about this project, follow this link: http://www.chewonki.org/about/montsweag.asp
Town of Falmouth awarded $182,800Project location: Falmouth
Total cost of project: $327,800
This project conserved approximately 92 acres of woodlands and wetlands that comprise the major portion of the headwaters of Suckfish Brook. It contains one of the few northern peat bog habitats in the Greater Portland area. Additionally, the project included repair of an eroding woods road to stop siltation into Suckfish Brook. The unique habitat and watershed protection values made the project a high priority for acquisition by the town's Conservation Commission.