This year's annual meeting brought us sunny skies and a stellar turnout. While enjoying the live music, a glass of wine in hand, there was plenty of time to meet new people, and catch up with old friends.
This year we had a panel of speakers discussing "Groundwater on Vinalhaven." George Kendrick, Josh Bowe, and Rick Knowleton each offered their field of expertise to the topic.
Vinalhaven resident George Kendrick is a certified professional geologist and environmental scientist with more than 30 years of experience in planning, sustainable development, and scientific field studies. Formerly a senior principal at the international firm Stantec Consulting, where he directed the firm’s technical support for energy projects and environmental assessments, he currently conducts geological studies and planning support for communities and organizations as a private consultant based on Vinalhaven. He has led numerous geology field trips for VLT over the years, and also periodically works with the Vinalhaven School to help introduce geology and geohydrology to students. George has field experience throughout North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim, and Central America.
Joshua Bowe grew up in Maine, he graduated from the University of Southern Maine Geosciences Program in 2003. He began his professional career in environmental consulting as a hydrogeologist. After 13 years as a consultant, Josh accepted a Natural Resource Manager/Hydrogeologist role with Poland Spring Water in 2016 where he manages water production operations for long-term aquifer sustainability. Josh is a Certified geologist in Maine and professional geologist in New Hampshire and Florida with experience executing a range of environmental, geological, and groundwater supply investigations for local, national, and international entities. Josh currently resides in Sebago, Maine and enjoys spending time outdoors. He loves to frequent the beautiful island of Vinalhaven with his family.
Rick Knowlton is the president of the Maine Water Company, the second largest water utility in the state that serves over 80,000 Mainers in twenty-five communities from Biddeford to Millinocket. Maine Water has operated the Vinalhaven Water District since 1999, when Ducky Haskell, Bud Crossman and Gigi Baas asked for some assistance running the water utility.
Thank you to all who participated in making our 33rd Annual Meeting a success. The weather was lovely, the company wonderful, and the food and refreshments a complete treat.
This year, VLT steward Kerry Hardy was our speaker. Ask Kerry Hardy what he “does for work,” and you’re liable to get a very long explanation that involves a lot of different disciplines—writing, art, history, ecology, linguistics, and of course making maps and clearing trails for Vinalhaven Land Trust. You might also get an earful about his other ventures, like working with Maine’s Indian tribes or with other historians across the Northeast; or testifying in Augusta at public hearings on environmental issues. In short, almost anything that involves land and the creatures that live on it, including people, is of interest to him—and sharing those interests and insights with others is the essence of his work.
At the meeting, Vinalhaven native, fisherman, and historical fisheries ecologist Ted Ames teamed up with Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries' Executive Director, Robin Alden, to discuss Penobscot Bay’s past fisheries, current alewife recovery efforts, and the hopeful resiliency of fishing communities like Vinalhaven in the face of climate change. These award-winning fishery researchers delivered inspiring remarks on the resiliency of coastal communities.
Their slideshow presentations are available here
Island students and teachers spoke about the environmental education programs being offered at the Vinalhaven School.
Hiking Mount Katahdin, Hurricane Island programs and field trips, Tanglewood led hikes, are some of the programs being offered.
Dr. Mark Anderson, from the Eastern Division of The Nature Conservancy, presented a talk and slide show. He spoke about the importance of resilient landscapes in the face of climate change. He shared maps of the eastern seaboard, and of Vinalhaven and North Haven, showing areas of interconnectedness, which is a hallmark of resilient landscapes.
Peter Forbes, from The Center for Whole Communities in Fayston, Vermont, presented a talk and slide show. He spoke about the human connection to land and place, and challenged us to think about how we can move beyond traditional conservation to strengthen that connection for our community.
Jay Espy's talk covered ground, discussing land conservation history, at the local and national scale. Espy shared how perceptions of land conservation change, and how it may well be viewed and of value in the future.
Kevin Case, Northeast Regional Director, Land Trust Alliance, gave an engaging talk titled, The Emerging Face of Land Protection, Why Accreditation is Important.
Vinalhaven Land Trust is pleased to welcome Don Perkins, President of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to speak at our annual meeting on July 31st, at Skoog Park. Following the business meeting, Don will offer a thought-provoking presentation about Maine’s changing relationship with the ocean, and will discuss “Emergence of the 21st Century Working Waterfront: Sustainable Fish and Ocean Energy for a Hungry World”.
“The Gulf of Maine is a truly unique competitive asset.” says Perkins. “It’s one of only a handful of places in all the world’s oceans where sustainable strategies can be realized to meet the growing global demand for fresh fish. At the same time, the region is successfully merging maritime tradition with technology innovation to create new opportunities to harness the ocean’s power and productivity.
Perkins will talk about efforts to crystallize a regional identity for Gulf of Maine seafood products that shifts the emphasis away from commodity extraction of a limited resource and toward delivery of a premium quality, sustainably harvested product into higher-value markets. He will share insights on the extraordinary wind resource that exists in the Gulf of Maine and its potential to fundamentally change how Maine communities produce and consume energy in the 21st century. Perkins will also touch on Maine’s opportunity to emerge as one the nation’s most science literate states and how this will benefit emerging maritime industries.
Located in Portland, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is a non-profit marine science center with a vision to realize the Gulf of Maine bioregion’s potential as a healthy ocean ecosystem, vibrant marine community, and wellspring of innovation. Two important qualities distinguish the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The first is a unique blend of science, education, and community activities. The second is a commitment to building collaborative partnerships to catalyze solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion.
Perkins has been President of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute since 1995 and is active in the marine policy arena on multiple levels. He chairs the Governor’s Task Force on Ocean Energy and currently serves on the board of the Maine Marine Research Coalition and Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation. Prior to joining the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Perkins instructed at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, directed the Marine Conservation Corps in California, served as a financial advisor to Native American tribes, and managed the operations of Binax, Inc.
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When the flag is up, visitors are welcome in the office to peruse the many maps of island ecology and visit the Al and Hilary Creighton Resource Room. Located at Skoog Park, .2 miles from the ferry terminal.
12 Skoog Park Rd, Vinalhaven, Maine 04863, United States