America’s wild lands are under threat. If we don’t act, our children and grandchildren may never have the opportunity to experience them.
The status of National Monuments is now under review, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, just off the coast, of Maine and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine.
Our present Administration signaled its disdain for science and reaffirmed its conviction that stewardship is a "bad deal,” by pulling us out of the Paris Climate Accord. It has also proposed a 12% cut to the Department of Interior’s budget -- already under a hiring freeze -- which will starve oversight and stewardship of these lands. It's as if we built a magnificent garden then fired the gardener.
The effects of climate change in the Gulf of Maine are clear: warming waters are reducing the our seabirds’ food supply and rising sea levels are swallowing their habitat.
But it doesn't have to be this way…
"Maine's Wild Islands" is about the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, one of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a string of pearls stretching along the whole coast from New Hampshire to Canada. The Refuge has been successfully managing and restoring seabird colonies in Maine for 33 years. These islands directly benefit all of us: business people, birders, fishermen, hunters… anyone who loves the wildness of Maine.
"Maine's Wild Islands" is a celebration of wildness and success, and a call to action.
Please join us!
We are now raising funds to complete this film and need your help! All financial support will go to the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, a 501(c)(3) corporation, and are tax deductible. All of your contributions will go directly to production of this film and its distribution on social media and to schools. To donate to this important project, please visit our CONTACT/DONATE page.
To learn more about “FOMCI” please visit our website at mainecoastislands.org