Conserving Maine’s Coast: From a Ripple to a Roar
The new Mark Ireland documentary on Maine Public Television
Don’t miss the re-broadcast of the wonderful new documentary about conservation of the Maine coast by filmmaker Mark Ireland. The film will air on Maine Public television on Thursday, May 21 at 9:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 pm EST.
Conserving Maine’s Coast: from a Ripple to a Roar
Maine’s coast, full of inviting beaches, snug harbors, bold cliffs, sheltered bays, jagged peninsulas and tidal estuaries, runs a remarkable 3,500 miles long. Adding in our islands brings the total closer to 5,000.
Protecting this diverse coastline requires the initiation and sustained efforts of a complex network of individuals, organizations, agencies and communities.
This film explores conservation efforts along these world-renowned places where the land meets the sea. The story of coastal conservation in Maine brings together fragile habitats and threatened ecosystems, astounding beauty and places for recreation, abundant (but often dwindling) natural resources and the livelihoods of many people. It’s a story of inspiration, innovation and persistence
Astonishingly, less than one percent of Maine’s coast offers guaranteed public access, and many conservationists are in an upstream battle to save the precious few remaining parcels. The work is being accomplished through a network of participants: state, federal, local municipalities, regional land trusts, advocacy groups and individuals.
This program encompasses the entire coast, seeking out a dynamic web of stakeholders: from artist to scientists, outdoor enthusiasts to citizen advocates, and clammers to boat builders.
Organizations featured in the film include Holbrook Community Foundation (Cundy’s Harbor), York Land Trust, US Fish and Wildlife, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Women’s Health Resource Library (Milbridge).