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The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is the nonprofit organization established for the purpose of implementing the core aspects of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, working in collaboration with PPL Corporation and federal and state agencies.

Members are:

American Rivers American Rivers
is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy natural rivers and the variety of life they sustain for people, fish, and wildlife. They deliver innovative solutions to improve river health; raise awareness among decision-makers; serve and mobilize the river conservation movement; and are collaborating with our partners to develop a national "river agenda," which will create a unified vision for improving river health across the country. Visit them at www.americanrivers.org

Atlantic Salmon Federation The Atlantic Salmon Federation is an international non-profit organization which promotes the conservation and wise management of the wild Atlantic salmon and its environment. The Penobscot River is central to their mission of restoring salmon runs in Maine. Through an office in Brunswick and a Maine Council representing salmon clubs along the river, ASF has been working to restore the Penobscot watershed for over 20 years. Visit them at http://www.asf.ca/main.html

Maine Audubon Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine's wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation, and action. The organization has worked extensively to keep free-flowing the upper St. John and portions of the Penobscot River. With a 160-year history, Maine Audubon is supported by 8,000 members, seven local chapters and more than 2,000 volunteers statewide. Visit them at www.maineaudubon.org

Natural Resources CouncilThe Natural Resources Council of Maine is a statewide membership organization committed to the protection of Maine's waters, air, and forests. NRCM's work on the Penobscot River has included support for: land protection on the West Branch, the elimination of mercury contamination, the elimination of dioxin and other pollutants from paper mills and the Penobscot Indian Nation's cultural right to a healthy Penobscot River. NRCM has published the Citizen's Guide to River Restoration. Visit them at www.nrcm.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of biological diversity. On-the-ground conservation work is carried out in all 50 states and in 27 foreign countries and is supported by approximately one million individual The Nature Conservancy logo.members. The Conservancy has conserved nearly 15 million acres of land in the United States and Canada and more than 102 million acres with local partner organizations globally. The Conservancy owns and manages the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world. Projects increasingly seek to accommodate compatible human uses and benefits. www.nature.org/maine

Penobscot Nation Penobscot Nation. The Penobscot River is the ancestral home of the Penobscot Indian Nation. Restoration of the river's migratory fish stocks is necessary to comply with sustenance fishery rights guaranteed by the 1980 Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act and treaties between the Penobscot Nation, Massachusetts, and Maine. Penobscot tribal members have used the watershed and its abundant natural resources for physical and spiritual sustenance for 10,000-12,000 years. www.penobscotnation.org

Trout Unlimited Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization whose mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. TU has an office in Augusta, with 8 chapters and over 1500 members in Maine. In 2002, they worked with the Sennebec Lake Association on the St. George River to replace an old dam with an innovative rock ramp that allowed free passage and maintained later water levels. www.tu.org

Project Partners

This project had many committed partners who for a wide variety of reasons shared the mission, goals and/or purpose of the Penobscot River Restoration Project. Partners included:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA-NMFS), the federal agency, a division of the Department of Commerce, responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living marine resources and their habitat. As a steward, NOAA Fisheries has an obligation to conserve, protect, and manage living marine resources in a way that ensures their continuation as functioning components of marine ecosystems, affords economic opportunities, and enhances the quality of life for the American public.

PPL Corporation (PPL), a Fortune 500 energy holding company. PPL agreed to sell the Veazie, Great Works, and Howland Dams to the Trust for project purposes; the sale was completed in 2010. PPL partnered with the Trust in rebalancing the hydropower assets and generation capacity in the Penobscot Watershed in the interest of sea-run fisheries restoration. In 2008, PPL sold their remaining hydropower assets in Maine to Black Bear Hydro, LLC. Current owner Brookfield Renewable Power purchased these six dams from Black Bear Hydro in 2013.

The State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources and State Planning Office support the mission of the Project, and provide integral guidance. Read DMR's operational plan for the Penobscot, which closely ties in the goals of the Project.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has the mission of working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs (DOI-BIA). BIA's responsibility is the administration and management of 55.7 million acres of land held in trust by the United States for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.

The Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC), a non-profit organization providing resources and assistance to businesses and community leaders to ensure the future success of the region. The organization has been working diligently for 40 years with Eastern Maine entrepreneurs and community leaders, focusing on sustained growth and on fostering the high quality of life for which Eastern Maine is renowned.

The Gulf of Maine Council (GOMC), a U.S.-Canadian partnership of government and non-government organizations working to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations.

The Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (CWRP), an innovative private-public initiative aimed at preserving, restoring, enhancing and protecting aquatic habitats throughout the United States. Bringing together corporations, federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations and academia, the CWRP allows members to contribute in a fundamental way to crucial projects involving America's coastal and inland aquatic resources and support related education programs.

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