Habitat Connectivity

Our vision is to work at a watershed scale so that habitats can be reconnected to restore fish passage and augment the region’s resilience. 



DFP Partner Projects

Downeast Salmon Federation

Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is currently working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) to raise $120k that will go toward a feasibility study to be conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), which will look at options for modification or removal of the ice dam on the Narraguagus River in the Town of Cherryfield.

The ice dam currently impedes diadromous fish passage between salt and fresh water, contributing to the decline of the once highly productive salmon fisheries along with American shad, alewives, blueback herring, sea-run brook trout, American eel, sea lamprey, and striped bass.

DSF and our partner organizations are committed to an outcome that will protect Cherryfield from future flooding caused by ice dams while also protecting the Narraguagus River riparian corridors, replacing old culverts with fish-friendly ones, and placing large wood in select areas to create new salmon and brook trout habitat.

Contact DFP

Brittany Foster
DFP Coordinator 
bfoster@sunrisecounty.org

Larry Clifford
DFP Project Development Specialist
lclifford@sunrisecounty.org