Gulf of Maine Coastal Program

The Gulf of Maine Coastal Program works with a variety of partners to share information, knowledge, and capabilities for habitat conservation at the landscape scale to support healthy populations of fish and wildlife. Together, we protect and restore habitats that sustain diverse and abundant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants throughout the Gulf of Maine watershed. With the threat of climate change, successful landscape level habitat conservation will provide opportunities for fish and wildlife to adapt. This holistic approach ensures that individual projects produce meaningful and sustainable results for fish and wildlife and makes the best use of limited resources.

We work closely with other federal and state agencies, non-government conservation groups, willing landowners and other local partners to identify and assess, protect and restore:

  • seabird, wading bird and eagle nesting islands,
  • coastal wetlands and upland buffer, with
  • an emphasis on high value waterbird habitat,
  • estuaries, rivers and riparian corridors that support
  • all of Maines native diadromous (searun) fish,
  • rivers and riparian corridors that support Atlantic salmon
  • in federally listed rivers and the Penobscot River,
  • lands and waters that support other coastal federally
  • endangered and threatened species, such as: shortnose
  • sturgeon, bald eagle, roseate tern and piping plover,
  • large blocks of contiguous and intact habitat, and
  • lands that support the purposes of
  • Maine's coastal national wildlife refuges.

Using a voluntary, collaborative approach, and by working with others who have similar goals, we seek opportunities to protect and restore high value habitat. We are committed to working in respectful partnerships, with flexibility, creativity, and a "we-can-do-it-together" outlook.

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Contact Gulf of Maine Coastal Program

Contact Gulf of Maine Coastal Program

Jed Wright
Gulf of Maine CP Project Leader
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4 R Fundy Road
Falmouth, Maine  04105
Phone: 207-781-8364 x 12
Fax: 207-781-8369


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Maine