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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative

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Protecting Natural Resources at the Community Scale

Using Vernal Pools to Study Resource Management Of Pools and People Improving Planning Processes in Maine Towns

Using vernal pools to study natural resource management issues
Many Maine communities are facing the same dilemma: how to maintain economic viability without compromising the ecological integrity of natural resources that attract people to Maine. This SSI research team uses local vernal pool conservation as a model to help communities find ways to balance economic development with natural resource conservation on private land…

Of Pools and People: Small natural features with large ecosystem functions in urbanizing landscapes
Many landscapes have small natural features that are far more important for maintaining biodiversity or providing ecosystem services than one would expect based on their size. Likewise, many landscapes are increasingly urbanizing as communities grow and their development patterns change. Effectively managing these features in urbanizing landscapes presents interesting challenges and opportunities…

Improving Planning Processes in Maine Towns to Achieve Environmental, Social and Economic Goals
Working with two Maine towns, the research team will embark on a novel and proactive conservation planning project to engage Maine municipalities. The project plan includes rejuvenation of under-utilized planning tools and development of innovative economic incentives for resource conservation that address both landowner and town financial needs…

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Contact Information

Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3244E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System