We fondly remember Clinton “Bill” Townsend, 1927-2016 Former Maine Rivers President and founding board member.
Bill’s passion for the environment was rooted in his deep love of fishing and Maine rivers. He was 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 served 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 practiced law with the firm of Perkins, Townsend, Shay and Talbot in Skowhegan.