Protecting Special Places

Volunteers Come Together on Great Bay
by Jeff Barnum

Last week, two dozen enthusiastic and very capable volunteers from Timberland joined me and other kayakers to remove debris from the shores of Little Bay. Staff from Seven Rivers Paddling in Newmarket supplied kayaks and expertise. Staging for the event was arranged by Sean McKenna at Great Bay Marine in Newington. This was the second…

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CLF Applauds Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Designation

“Not only will this new national monument preserve one of our state’s most magnificent river and forest habitats, but it also will provide a much-needed economic boost to the Katahdin region,” said Sean Mahoney, Director of CLF’s Maine Advocacy Center. “Since Teddy Roosevelt, presidents of both parties have declared over one hundred special places on land and water to be worthy of such permanent protection, and it is inspiring to see President Obama embracing this tradition. Still, the president has an opportunity to seal his legacy as a protector of our nation’s unique natural resources by adding the Coral Canyons and Seamounts to America’s list of national monuments.”

Senator Blumenthal Calls on President Obama to Establish Marine National Monument in New England
by Jennifer Felt

Last week, Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut, with the support of the state’s entire congressional delegation, called on President Obama to designate the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts as a Marine National Monument, leading our region in a critical step toward the permanent protection of this undersea treasure! We applaud Senator Blumenthal for considering the…

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The Potential of the Gulf of Maine

… Over the past year, Cashes Ledge and several canyons and seamounts on or near the southern edge of Georges Bank have been proposed as national monuments. We won’t know the outcome for sure until January 2017, but the question remains: Is there a need for a few carefully selected areas in the Gulf of…

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New Poll: 4 Out of 5 Massachusetts and Rhode Island Residents Support Permanent Protection of Special Ocean Areas

“This poll validates what we’ve heard from hundreds of thousands of people across New England and the country – that they overwhelmingly support permanently protecting rare, unique places in the ocean from constant and increasing threats,” said Priscilla Brooks, Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation at Conservation Law Foundation. “We hope the people’s loud and clear voice calling for a marine national monument in New England’s waters will reach our region’s congressional leaders and the president.”

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Push Continues For Gulf Of Maine Monument Status

… The Conservation Law Foundation, which has been leading the Cashes Ledge effort, is continuing its campaign. It says that a coalition of environmental groups collected more than 250,000 signatures between August 2015 and this month in support of protecting both areas. “I think the door is really never shut at the White House for…

Ocean Immersion in a Land-locked Town: Creating a Mini Cashes Ledge
by Sarah Zeiberg

The quiet hum of the chiller and protein skimmer can be heard in the halls of Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a large 100-gallon “Educational Aquatic Ecosystem” sits near the windows of the large cafeteria in the middle of the building. The tank’s glass bears the unmistakable green tinge of a new phytoplankton…

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EPA Takes Big Step Toward Cleaning Lake Champlain

“Nobody should have to think twice before letting their kids swim or their dogs play in Lake Champlain, but years of neglect have taken their toll on the health and vibrancy of this vital waterbody,” said CLF Lake Champlain Lakekeeper Rebekah Weber. “Today, EPA took a big step toward addressing the rampant over-pollution and under-enforcement of our lake. While there’s still more work to be done, we are on the right track to ensuring our children will have the opportunity to enjoy and treasure Lake Champlain as we have been fortunate to do.”

VIDEO: This World Oceans Day, Brian Skerry delivers message of urgency for protecting New England’s ocean treasures
by Amanda Yanchury

National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry has dived three times at Cashes Ledge over the last five years, as part of a project with Conservation Law Foundation to visually document the underwater mountain range. In this clip, Brian discusses his unique outlook on how the ocean is rapidly changing, and why Cashes Ledge in New England…