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20th Annual

Androscoggin River

Watershed Conference

 

The River Current

Exploring our Land and Water Resources

Bethel Inn, Bethel, Maine

December 9, 2015

(Snow date December 10, 2015)

 

Featuring Tracts on

 Native Americans and the Androscoggin

Wildlife featuring “Owls of Maine” from Chewonki Foundation

Encouraging Youth in Meaningful Community Service

 Water Quality

Fish Passage and Stream Smart Design

 The Importance of Landscape Conservation

 

 

Presented by

Androscoggin River Watershed Council

In Cooperation with

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments

 

8:15 to 8:45 – REGISTRATION

 

8:45 to 8:50 - WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

 

8:50 to 9:20—NATIVE AMERICANS AND THE RIVER-Nancy Lecompte

 

9:30 to 10:40—CONCURRENT SESSIONS A

 

10:55 to 12:05—CONCURRENT SESSIONS B

 

12:05 – 1:10 – LUNCH AND ARWC PROGRAM UPDATE

 

1:10 – 2:10—WILDLIFE – “Owls of Maine” Chewonki Foundation

 

2:10 – 3:00 - CONCURRENT SESSIONS C

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FULL AGENDA

CONCURRENT SESSIONS A (9:30-10:40)

Fish Passage and Stream Smart Design:  The session will explore the benefits of improved fish passage, the numerous obstructions to fish passage, and smart design to improve fish passage and at the same time reduce infrastructure damage from increased storm intensities.  We are still working out the details, but we are hopeful to have a hands-on Stream Table.  Presenters:  Alex Abbott and Serena Doose, U.S Fish and Wildlife  

 

Encouraging Youth in Meaningful Community Service

Speakers will review several youth programs and their field experiences.  Find out about programs and activities and learn how you can benefit youth and your programs while offering meaningful experiential learning opportunities.  Presenters:  Gabe Perkins, Mahoosuc Pathways; Clair Polfus, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Lynne Richard, Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission.

 

BREAK (10:40)

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS B (10:55-12:05)

Water Quality:  This session will briefly review water quality of the Androscoggin and then get into some related information.  Ken Gallant from Verso will provide a primer on how wastewater is treated; Barry Mower, Maine DEP, will provide information on the Little Androscoggin River, and state programs that address metals, macroinvertebrate sampling, hydropower studies.  Jeff Stern, the ARWC’s Environmental Programs Coordinator, will discuss a new statewide water temperature monitoring program in which ARWC is participating.

 

Landscape Conservation:  Speakers will review the importance of landscape conservation and its importance in maintaining biodiversity.  The Session will also provide information on Regional Conservation Partnerships to accomplish conservation that could not be accomplished without working partnerships.  Panelists include Bill Labich from the Highstead, an group dedicated to Conserving New England’s Natural Landscapes, and a speaker from the Trust for Public Land to be announced.  We should have time in this session to have a discussion on the benefits of Landscape Conservation and the potential to expand or form new partnerships for Regional Conservation. 

 

LUNCH AND REVIEW OF ARWC PROGRAMS (12:05-1:10)

Source to Sea

New and Developing Regional Partnerships

Androscoggin River Trail Stewardship

Eastern Brook Trout Conservation

 

WILDLIFE – “OWLS OF MAINE” THEIR HABITS AND HABITAT (1:10-2:10)

Three live owls are the highlights of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. Beginning with slides and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl.  Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS C (2:15-3:00)

Open Discussion of Issues and Opportunities—Join an open discussion to identify the important issues and opportunities facing the River and Communities.  This discussion will focus on the use and potential overuse of the Androscoggin as well as opportunities to increase use in underused areas and increase tourism.  The session will help provide the Watershed Council guidance in developing a vision for the watershed and developing future programs.  The session will also help stakeholders learn from and about each other.  Panelists include Kevin Windsor, river shoreline resident; Jessie Perkins, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce; Phoebe Backler, Northern Forest Canoe Trail; and National Park Service, Lelia Mellen, Connecticut River Watershed.   

 

Results of the Bowdoin Survey on the River and Discussion of Future Opportunities for Collaboration— Although it appears an Androscoggin River Institute will not be created, there is considerable support for additional networking and collaboration along the river and in the watershed.  This session will be an open discussion of potential to bring government entities, non-profits, and academic institutions together. Moderators: Ferg Lea, ARWC and John Maloney, AVCOG.   

 

 

 

mail registration form to

ARWC, PO 1541, Bethel, Maine 04217

Or Call 207-754-8158

Registration:  $40 – Full time students $30

 Includes continental breakfast and lunch

 

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Registration, includes Tadpole level Membership ($40):               $________

Student:  ($30) Name of School ________________________    $________

Donation to assist the ARWC with programs:                                  $________

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Total enclosed:                                                                                     $_________

 

I would like to join the Androscoggin River Watershed Council at a higher level to help support programs including habitat restoration, river trail coordination, and the Source to the Sea Trek.

__Eagle - $500.00

__Osprey - $250.00

__Loon - $100.00

__Trout (business/organization) - $60.00

__Turtle (Individual or family) - $25.00

__Tadpole (associate) - $10.00

 

Make Checks payable to ARWC.

Mail registration form (one for each person, please) to:

ARWC, c/o AVCOG, 125 Manley Road, Auburn, ME 04210

 

ARWC, c/o AVCOG, 125 Manley Road, Auburn, ME 04210

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