Framing a Regional Landscape-scale Conservation Plan for the Penobscot River Corridor Using Best Practices and Lessons Learned.
Abstract: At 350 miles long, the Penobscot is Maine's largest watershed, and New England's second largest waterway -- draining nearly one-quarter of the state. The Bay to Baxter (B2B) Initiative is a proposed regional landscape-scale conservation strategy for the Penobscot River corridor. The initiative's name is derived from two natural features and recreational attractions that define the corridor ... read more-- Baxter State Park, near the river's headwaters, and Penobscot Bay at its mouth. The intent behind this initiative is to link these two hubs in order to transform the Penobscot River corridor into an economic development region, primarily supported by recreational, historic, and cultural tourism. For this initiative's vision to become a reality, and the region to experience the benefits obtained from regional landscape-scale conservation planning, a strategic regional landscape-scale conservation plan will need to be developed. This thesis provides an analysis of strategic conservation planning frameworks utilized by comparable conservation entities in the United States in order to develop a conservation planning framework for the B2B Initiative's strategic landscape-scale conservation plan. In addition, to aid in the plan's formulation, implementation, and evaluation, best practices and lessons learned from regional landscape-scale conservation plans and initiatives in regions similar to the Penobscot River corridor are analyzed.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Robert Russell.
Committee: Scott Horsley.
Keyword: Recreation and tourism.read less