If you want to protect intertidal habitat this is the best way to help. Please try to attend if it is possible for you. If we allow the state to open up the entire coastline of Maine to rockweed harvest there will be consequences for all of us. Joyce, Campobello
ROCKWEED WORKING GROUP MEETING:
THURSDAY JUNE 4, 9 am to 3 pm
See the AGENDA.
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND ALL OR PART OF THIS PUBLIC MEETING.
It's time to help the working group make good decisions.
A critical meeting at which recommendations will be made to either designate areas protected from rockweed harvest (agenda item #9) or open up the entire coast to rockweed harvest.
KEY DECISION POINTS:
- will shorebird significant wildlife habitat be protected?
- will seal pupping areas be seasonally protected to protect the mother-pup bond from disturbance?
- will federal, state, and land trust lands intended for marine conservation be protected?
- will state Wildlife Management Areas that include intertidal habitat be protected?
If concerned members of the public do not speak up and support protection of conservation areas, these lands are nearly certain to be subject to machine and rake harvest until there is a lawsuit clarifying the ability of landowners to protect the seaweed on their lands.
The public has been allowed to speak at all past meetings. If you attend you will have an opportunity to weigh in, unless the ground rules are changed at the last minute.
(If you plan to attend and have any trouble finding the DOT conference building, text 207-956-0815 and we'll make sure you get there.)
The address is 219 Hogan Rd, in Bangor. The building is located across the street from the United Technologies Center. Get off exit 187 and head towards Quirk Auto Park. Go through the traffic light in front of Quirk Auto Park and Varney GMC. It will be the second driveway on the left, after the light. It is a light blue building that stands alone between the maintenance garage and the DOT offices.