From the Mountains to the Sea
On June 14, 2016, for the first time in two centuries, an Atlantic salmon swam through the town of Howland, Maine bound for spawning grounds that had been inaccessible for generations. Along the riverbank, hundreds of people cheered as they helped celebrate the event marking the culmination of a remarkable seventeen-year effort by an unlikely and diverse alliance of people and organizations. From Mountains to the Sea tells the inside story of the Penobscot River Restoration Project drawing on interviews with more than fifty participants who helped navigate local politics and federal budgets and examines the challenges, compromises, and key turning points in the project to ultimately balance social and economy values and serve as a global model for large-scale ecosystem restoration.
Peter Taylor is president of Waterview Consulting in Harpswell, Maine. For more than twenty years, Peter has told stories of ecology and conservation in words and visuals, and developed websites and decision support tools to inspire and inform sustainable relationships with natural systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Williams College and a master’s degree in ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He worked as a travel magazine editor, university science writer, and freelance writer and photographer before founding Waterview Consulting, which helps clients advance regional, national, and international environmental initiatives through strategy, knowledge co-development, and communication.