Research & Conservation Resources

Below is a list of conservation, education, and economic resources such as databases, organizations and projects.   For science and economic reports and publications, visit Research Publications or Management Publications.


Eagle Hill Institute Offers Natural History Courses
The Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben offers a summer series of advanced, week-long courses on a diversity of topics in natural history science.  For a listing of  courses go  to:   Course descriptions can be found by selecting one of the course titles.   Residents of Washington and Hancock Counties are eligible for a 25% discount on tuition.

New Website Highlighting Migratory Fish
Atlantic Salmon and Sea-Run Fish Restoration in Maine.  This website provides information about Atlantic salmon and other migratory fish such as eels, alewives, smelt, sturgeon, sea-run brook trout, and several other species that are native to Down East rivers and streams.

Coastal Economy Data
From the Center for the Blue Economy, National Ocean Economics Program.  Coastal Economy data includes all activities and industries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for  coastal counties.  

National Conservation Easement Database 
The National Conservation Easement Database (NCED) is the first national database of conservation easement information. Five leading conservation organizations have joined forces to develop the NCED: Conservation Biology Institute, Defenders of Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, NatureServe, and Trust for Public Land.  

Join the New England Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP)

Many conservation groups and communities are banding together across New England to achieve conservation at a greater pace and scale. These collaboratives, or “regional conservation partnerships” (RCPs) are generally informal networks of people representing private and public organizations and agencies that implement shared, long-term conservation visions.   Two ways to join the partnership:
• LinkedIn: The Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network
• Visit

 Downeast Fisheries Trail Opens
The Downeast Fisheries Trail consists of 45 locations in Hancock and Washington counties, Maine, that showcase active and historic fisheries heritage sites, such as fish hatcheries, aquaculture facilities, fishing harbors, clam flats, processing plants, historical societies, community centers, and other related places.   Visit:

Maine Land Trust Network
The Maine Land Trust Network builds and sustains the quality and effectiveness of land trusts, as well as other organizations engaged in land conservation, drawing upon their collective expertise and resources to ensure responsible and successful conservation.  Learn more.

The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.  Over the years, our work expanded to include projects from inner city to wilderness, and our broad experience has made us a national leader and innovator in city park creation, state and local conservation funding, and using GIS for conservation planning.

Diadromous Species Restoration Research Network
The goal of DSRRN is to advance the science of  diadromous fish restoration and promote state-of-the-art scientific approaches to multiple-species restoration through workshops, conferences, web sharing, and journal publications.   Learn more.