September 25, 2017

Maine Rivers Staff & Board

Landis Hudson

Landis Hudson, Executive Director

Landis has a graduate degree in forestry resources management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College.  She has worked for Maine Audubon, the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Earthwatch Institute.   She lives near the Royal River in Yarmouth with her twin daughters.

Matt Streeter

Matt Streeter

Matt Streeter, Alewife Restoration Initiative Project Manager

An avid fly fisherman and restoration enthusiast, Matt has completed successful river restoration work for Trout Unlimited, including the Swett Brook Dam removal project in the Crooked River watershed near Sebago Lake. The project restored access to three miles of prime spawning habitat for native landlocked salmon migrating out of Sebago Lake, and for native brook trout in the watershed.

Maine Rivers Board of Directors

John Banks

John Banks

John Banks is the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation, a federally recognized Indian Tribe in Maine. Mr. Banks has served the Penobscot Nation in this capacity since 1980, following the enactment of the Maine Indian Land Claims settlement Act of 1980. As Natural Resources Director, Mr. Banks has developed and administers a comprehensive Natural Resources management program for his tribe, which advances an integrated management approach, in recognition of the inter- connectedness of all things in the natural world.  Mr. Banks has a BS degree in Forest Protection from the University of Maine, where he was awarded an Indian Fellowship from the office of Indian Education in Washington DC. Mr. Banks has served on many local, regional, and national organization boards including the National Tribal Environmental Council, Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, National Indian Policy Center, and the Tribal Operations Committee with USEPA.

Nick Bennett

Nick Bennett

Nick is the Staff Scientist and Watersheds Project Director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine.  He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry. His professional background includes work in PCB contamination; wetlands delineations; wildlife surveys; and analysis of fish, soils, surface and ground water. Prior to working at NRCM, Nick worked at an environmental consulting firm, the Center for Marine Conservation, and the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole. Nick resides in Hallowell and is an avid duck hunter.

 

Curtis Bohlen

Curtis Bohlen, Maine Rivers Treasurer

Curtis Bohlen is an ecologist with a lifelong interest in all things aquatic and semi-aquatic.  He is the Executive Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership at the University of Southern Maine.  Curtis has worked as a restoration ecologist with Trout Unlimited in Augusta, his past peripatetic, interdisciplinary academic life included a stint as a Congressional Science Fellow on Capitol Hill, a period working on ecological economics at the University of Maryland, and eight years at the Environmental Studies Department of Bates College In his spare time he reads to his kids and rows on the Royal River.

 

John Burrows

John Burrows

John R.J. Burrows

John works for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, an international non-profit dedicated to the conservation and wise management of the wild Atlantic salmon and its environment. John works on fisheries conservation and river restoration issues across Maine. John graduated from Gettysburg College and also has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University. John enjoys fly fishing, hiking, paddling, and photography.

Dave Courtemanch

Dave Courtemanch spent much of his career with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as the Director of the Division of Environmental Assessment, responsible for monitoring and assessment of the state’s lakes, rivers, wetlands, marine, and groundwater. He developed many of the state’s water quality standards.  A focus of his work has been biologically-based water quality standards and biomonitoring methods for assessment of water quality. He was also involved in the defeat of Dickey-Lincoln and Big A dam proposals; Edwards Dam and other dam removal projects; analysis and licensing of major dischargers; the initial detection and removal of dioxin; analysis of mercury contamination; treatment of color, odor and foam in Maine’s rivers; development of statewide environmental flow criteria; and most recently the Penobscot River restoration project.  He now works with The Nature Conservancy in Maine.

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Laura Rose Day is the Executive Director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, a not-for-profit organization working to create sustainable native sea-run fisheries on the Penobscot River for people and wildlife. Laura holds degrees in wildlife management, as well as in environmental and energy law and has worked on behalf of the public’s interest in water resources for nearly twenty years, including as Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Wildlife Federation’s Lake Superior and Biodiversity Programs, and as Watershed Program Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

 

Sam Day

Sam Day

Sam Day

Sam is an avid fly fisherman, waterfowl hunter, paddler and lover of the outdoors. He grew up in Hallowell and has been a tireless volunteer for mapping and database projects aimed at protecting and restoring Maine’s wildlife habitat. 

 

Mike Herz

Before coming to Maine, Mike spent 20 years protecting San Francisco Bay from polluters as the founding S.F. BayKeeper and as Executive Vice President of the Oceanic Society. He has a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Southern California and was Associate Professor in Residence at University of California, San Francisco. He was appointed to the Alaska Oil Spill Commission to assess the impact of the Exxon Valdez spill and has served on National Research Council, Department of Interior and State of California technical advisory committees. He is a board chairman of Friends of the Earth, U.S., past president and current board member of the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association (a land trust that also protects endangered Atlantic salmon) and former board member of Maine Initiatives and Friends of Maine Seabird Islands. Mike is an avid river paddler and ocean sailor who has cruised over 20,000 miles on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and sailed single-handed from San Francisco to Kauai.

 

Rick Lawrence & companion

Rick Lawrence

Rick Lawrence owns and manages a tree farm along a mile of the Fifteenmile Stream, a major tributary of the Sebasticook River. He uses the river in all seasons, for swimming, skating, skiing and paddling. Rick retired from teaching after 33 years. He has strong interests in conserving rural ways in Central Maine, including forestry, agriculture and recreation.

 

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Jeff Reardon is the New England Conservation Director for Trout Unlimited, currently overseeing the permitting and design of the Penobscot River Restoration Project. He is a graduate of Williams College who has been working on river conservation in Maine since moving home to Maine in 1994.  Since 1999, he’s been working full time for TU.

 

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Cameron Scott

Cameron Scott is a Valuation Analyst at Meyers, Harrison & Pia Valuation and Litigation Support, LLC.  He holds a master’s in business administration with a finance concentration from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor of science in business administration from Bryant University.  Cameron enjoys kayaking and canoeing the rivers of Maine, and grew up taking many trips down Balcony Falls on the James River in Virginia.

 

Bill Townsend with his daughter Eliza Townsend, courtesy of the NRCM

Clinton “Bill” Townsend, Former Maine Rivers President

Bill’s passion for the environment is rooted in his deep love of fishing and Maine rivers. He has been awarded the River Network’s “River Hero Award,” Gulf of Maine Council on the Environment Visionary Award and Down East Magazine’s Environmental Award. Bill currently serves on the boards of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Maine Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and Somerset Woods Trustees, Maine’s oldest land trust. He has served on the Boards of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Maine League of Conservation Voters. He served previously as United States Commissioner to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, and on the Land for Maine’s Future Board and the Land Use Regulation Commission. Bill practices law with the firm of Perkins, Townsend, Shay and Talbot in Skowhegan.

 

Sharri Venno, Maine Rivers President

Sharri Venno spends most of her water time on Penobscot Bay but has spent the last fifteen years of her life thinking about the health of the Meduxnekeag River in Aroostook County as an Environmental Planner for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. In her spare time she helps her family maintain Hiram Blake Camp on Cape Rosier, and hangs out with her sister’s children. Sharri joined the Maine Rivers board because “John Banks from Penobscot Nation roped her into it” ….and adds “it’s a good group of people with a wonderful mission.” She brings a northern Maine perspective into the mix.

Chuck Verrill

For many years Chuck practiced law in Washington D.C., most recently at Wiley Rein LLP, where he is now of counsel and Chair Emeritus of their International Trade Practice. Chuck has been an Adjunct Professor of International Trade Law at Georgetown University Law Center since 1978 and a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School. Chuck has acted as pro bono counsel on a number of river restoration issues involving the Penobscot, Kennebec, Sebasticook, and St. Croix Rivers. For the past several years, he has been president of Islesboro Islands Trust. Chuck has six children and eight grandchildren, and is an avid fly fisherman and devoted fan of Duke basketball.