The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) announced that Laura Rose Day of Hallowell, Maine, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Lee Wulff Atlantic Salmon Conservation Award. The award was presented by Christopher H. Buckley Jr., Chairman of ASF’s U.S Board of Directors, at a meeting in New York City.
Rose Day has provided outstanding leadership and management of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, the largest river sea-run fisheries restoration project ever undertaken in the eastern United States. The decommissioning of 3 dams on Maine’s Penobscot River vastly improves access to 1,000 miles of habitat for eleven species of sea-run fish, including wild Atlantic salmon.
“Laura has been involved in every aspect of the project from direct negotiations with the dam owners to purchase the dams, to helping raise $60 million in public and private funds,” said Mr. Buckley. “She has been instrumental in directing an unprecedented collaboration among the Penobscot Indian Nation, seven conservation groups, hydropower companies and state and federal agencies to restore the river’s ecosystem, while maintaining energy production. She kept everyone working together through both the challenges and celebrations.”