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Visionaries: An eye toward the future

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Editor's Notes
Visionaries: An eye toward the future
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As a boy, Roger Berle would obey his mother’s request to take out the trash, which at that time meant dragging the bag from under the kitchen sink and tossing it into the ocean near their home on Cliff Island off of Portland, Maine. Berle cringes at that memory now. The 2007 recipient of the Gulf of Maine Council’s Longard Award, Berle was honored for his commitment to protect and maintain open land on Cliff Island for recreation, educational opportunities and resource protection.

Ten other visionaries, two from each of the five states and provinces in the Gulf of Maine watershed, won Council awards as well. Each brings a spirit of energy, commitment and creativity to protect the marine environment in the Gulf of Maine. Many are grassroots and volunteer efforts by individuals or groups. In this issue of the Gulf of Maine Times, writer Susan Llewelyn Leach tells the stories behind their accomplishments. As Berle says, when it comes to conservation, the bottom line is that you’re either going forward or moving back. There’s no standing still.

Other stories in this issue include an update on an invasive species census, using cell phone technology to monitor owls, and dam removal to restore fish runs. Through these stories we can see our good fortune that the Gulf of Maine attracts a lot of people with big and small visions for the future of our environment.

Lori Valigra

0Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I read with great interest your article, “Toxins in Casco Bay,” which appeared in the summer issue of the Gulf of Maine Times. I wanted to add that Friends of Casco Bay has also been running periodic tests of stormwater entering the bay and results have shown detectable levels of multiple herbicides and at least one insecticide and fungicide — chemicals used by homeowners and commercial applicators for lawn and yard care. Some of the concentrations found in these samples have exceeded aquatic life criteria and may be adversely impacting aquatic invertebrates and fish species.

With these test results in mind and the fact that distribution and use of lawn and garden pesticides has increased dramatically in Maine in recent years (more than three million pounds in 2004, mostly weed and feed products for lawns), Friends of Casco Bay and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control created first the BayScaper program for Casco Bay and then the statewide initiative, YardScaping. These are essentially public education/outreach programs with the message that beautiful lawns, gardens and landscapes can be created through ecologically based practices which minimize reliance on water, fertilizer and pesticides.

The centerpiece of our current YardScaping efforts is the Back Cove YardScaping Demonstration Project — the Back Cove being an integral part of Casco Bay. The city of Portland, one of the 30 or so YardScaping partners, donated about three acres (1.2 hectares) of land along the cove to develop a site that will demonstrate the basic YardScaping principles for both the general public and professionals. It’s also likely that the site will be the base for a training program for landscapers and others developing landscapes. The first phase of the project is almost complete: The Maine Conservation Corps, City of Portland Parks & Recreation Department and Maine Master Gardeners have constructed two-thirds of the 1,000-foot-long, seven-foot-wide (305-meter long, two-meter-wide) walking path that will wind through the gardens. The path is linked at both ends and through two spurs to the existing Back Cove Trail, which is very popular with hikers and bikers.

The project Web site is: http://www.yardscaping.org/demo/portland.htm.

Thank you for your interest!

Paul Schlein
Public Information Officer
Maine Board of Pesticides Control
Augusta, Maine

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