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Vol. 3, No. 2

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Wetlands Web Walk

The League of Women Voters of the United States has launched a wetlands web site that gives an overview of wetlands education projects developed and implemented by local Leagues of Women Voters across the US. The Wetlands Web Walk at offers insights, ideas, and organizing techniques that can be applied to any local citizen participation project.

Digital photos of MA on the Internet

Map-quality aerial photographs of Massachusetts' coastline are available at on the Internet. Users have employed the maps to measure shoreline changes, in contingency planning for oil spills and hurricanes, and for other planning purposes. The digital aerial photos are precise enough that they can be used for accurate measurements, and users can pan and zoom in on them, as well as download any portion of the orthophoto library in a format compatible with desktop publishing and geographic information systems (GIS).

Habitat restoration database and report

A Coastal Wetland Restoration Database includes information on approximately 100 tidal marsh restoration projects, more than 100 freshwater impoundments in Canada, and several innovative projects aimed at restoring seagrass and tidal flats. The database also includes information on more than 400 potentially restorable tidal marshes, representing more than 2,000 acres (809 hectares). Visit and click on Our Library/Regionally Significant Coastal Habitats/Coastal Habitat Restoration to view or download the database and related report. The report is also available by calling (617) 727-9530, ext. 420. If you have new information on a restoration project to add to the database, or if you have questions, contact Susan Snow-Cotter at Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, (617) 727-9800, ext. 210.

Atlantic Coastal Zone Database Directory

Version 3 of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Database Directory, compiled by the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC), lists and describes 608 databases relevant to the integrated management and sustainable development of the coastal zone of Atlantic Canada. The databases are maintained by governments, academic/research institutions, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and non-profit organizations. The directory is available at on the web.

Undersea poster

Undersea Landscapes of the Gulf of Maine is a map and poster that focuses on the landscapes, geology, and biology of the Gulf of Maine. The poster's concept and text were developed by Robert Steneck of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and Joseph Kelley of the Maine Geological Survey. The project was coordinated by Paul Dest of the Maine Coastal Program/State Planning Office. For a copy contact (in the US) Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, (617) 727-9530, ext., 420; Cynthia Lay, New Hampshire Coastal Program, (603) 431-9366; or Paul Dest, (207) 287-5305; (in Canada) Tim Hall at (902) 426-4116.

Clean boating guide

The Portland Harbor Marine Debris Council, a project of Friends of Casco Bay, has published Clean Boating in Casco Bay: Action Guide for Boaters. The guide features sections on practical steps boaters can take to prevent problems caused by toxic substances, human waste, and marine debris in the Bay. Another section explains how to explore ecologically sensitive islands with minimal impact. The guide also includes safe boating tips and a map of Casco Bay area boating facilities. For a copy, call Friends of Casco Bay at (207) 799-8574.

Marine organisms guide

A Guide to Common Marine Organisms Along the Coast of Maine has been published by the University of Maine Sea Grant Program and Cooperative Extension. The 56-page book presents a compendium of information about the flora and fauna of the intertidal zone in an easy-to-use format illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings. The guide is divided into three parts: marine organisms, seaweeds, and phytoplankton, and includes a full index for easy reference. It is available for $10.00 US plus shipping costs from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-244-2104 or from the Maine/New Hampshire Sea Grant Program at (207) 581-1440.

Non-profit management

Visit the River Network on line at for information on nonprofit management, including strategic planning, boards of directors, financial management, fundraising, media/marketing, volunteer management, and personnel.

Mr. and Mrs. Fish bring tales to 'Net

A web site at features Mr. and Mrs. Fish, who have, for 20 years, traveled throughout the world teaching about life in the sea. In 1993-94, the pair received the Gulf of Maine Council's Visionary Award for their work with young children in the Gulf region. A resource for all ages, Mr. and Mrs. Fish perform humorous yet highly educational shows about how life works in the waters of the Gulf of Maine.

NS natural history

Natural History of Nova Scotia, Volumes 1 and 2, organizes biophysical and land use information into topics, habitats, and ecozones using text, graphics, maps, and pull-out charts. The information is applicable throughout the Gulf of Maine. Order through the Nova Scotia Museum via E-mail at or by calling 1-800-632-1114 or (902) 424-7344. There is a charge for this publication.

Watershed map

To get an 18" x 24" three-color map of the Gulf of Maine watershed (the updated version featured on page 12 of the Gulf of Maine Times) while supplies last, contact Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, (617) 727-9530, ext., 420; Cynthia Lay, New Hampshire Coastal Program, (603) 431-9366; or Paul Dest, Maine Coastal Program/State Planning Office, (207) 287-5305.