Volume 7, No. 1

Promoting Cooperation to Maintain and Enhance
Environmental Quality in the Gulf of Maine

Spring 2003
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The Coastal Communities Network Annual General Meeting is scheduled for April 4 to 6 at the Tatamagouche Centre in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. For information e-mail Karen Nash at karenanash@hotmail.com. The CCN is a volunteer association of organizations whose mission is to provide a forum to encourage dialogue, share information and create strategies and actions that promote the survival and development of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural communities. For additional information access: http://www.coastalcommunities.ns.ca/.

Saving Our Coastal Heritage: Restore America’s Estuaries’ Inaugural National Conference will be held April 13 to 16 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Join field practitioners, community leaders, consultants, scientists, regulators, program managers, educators, volunteers and others who engage in habitat restoration to advance the practice, knowledge, pace and success of restoration projects. The program will include best restoration practices, information and resource needs, community outreach, national and regional policy strategies, funding opportunities, partnerships and restoration science and practice-including monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management. For registration and schedule information go to: http://www.estuaries.org.

Maine Land Conservation Conference , May 2 & 3. This two day conference targeting land conservationists and professionals that work with them will take place on May 2 and 3 in Brunswick, Maine at the Brunswick High School. The Friday, May 2nd portion of the conference will entail an afternoon workshop focusing on how to weave land trusts into local communities and work with local government on planning. A reception will follow. Saturday, May 3rd, will start off with a keynote presentation by Maine Public Radio’s Naomi Schalit and will be followed by 30 workshops for land conservationists at all levels. Join fellow land conservationists from around the state and beyond for this great event to learn and rejuvenate. Sponsored by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Maine State Planning Office. Brochures will be mailed in March. For more information contact Megan Shore at (207) 729-7366 or email mshore@mcht.org.

Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Effects Monitoring Worksho
p: Approaches and Technologies will be held May 27 to 30, at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The workshop will raise two issues: Are environmental effects monitoring (EEM) programs giving us the information we need; and how can they be improved? Information about the workshop is at http://www.acpi.ca/EEM/acpi_eem.htm, but will be moved to a new domain at www.offshoreEEM/ca, in the near future.

Climate Solutions for the Northeast will be held May 11 to 13 at the Hilton Hartford Hotel, downtown Hartford, CT. Sponsored by Clean-Air-Cool-Planet of Portsmouth, NH and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, this will be the first conference focusing exclusively on the solutions and leadership necessary to meet climate action goals adopted by the governors of the New England states, New Jersey and New York, and by the premiers of the eastern Canadian provinces. It is designed for leaders in business, university and local government sectors; for those committed to making contributions to regional greenhouse gas reductions; or for those seeking input and guidance on what the regional climate action plans mean to them. Visit http://www.cleanair-coolplanet.org for registration details and conference information.

The 14th International Global Warming Conference and Expo is scheduled for May 27 to 30 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Conference theme is “Extreme Events, Energy, Agricultural and Natural Resource Management.” Sub-themes include: extreme events and impacts assessment; remote sensing and global surveillance; energy and transportation; industries; agricultural and forestry resource management; ecosystems and biodiversity; human health in a changing climate; international law and mitigation; state and local government’s responses to climate related disasters; and education. To participate contact the Expo Coordinator at (630) 910-1551. Fax (630) 910-1561 or go to: http://www.globalwarming.net/gw14-overview.asp.