A little about us.
SHARE focuses on building and maintaining good relationships. SHARE was formed in 1994 as a cooperative forum where stakeholders could contribute to Atlantic salmon restoration efforts. Goodwill amongst our members is maintained by remaining neutral on political issues and focusing on win-win opportunities. Learn more about who we are.
We work collaboratively with our partners to find solutions that are both ecologically and financially efficient. SHARE leverages a variety of funding sources to enable landowners to take on projects they wouldn't be able to do alone.
A history of success. SHARE has completed over 150 restoration projects in the last 10 years. Our network of contractors are experienced in habitat restoration projects, allowing us to get work done quickly and efficiently. Due in large part to our excellent relationships, SHARE has been the recipient of numerous awards, and we plan on winning more.
Why our work is necessary.
The log-drive era dramatically altered the shape of Maine's rivers and streams. Dams were constructed, channels were straightened, and complexity was reduced in an effort to make it easier to get lumber downstream.
The number of road-stream crossings has increased dramatically since the 1950's, as Maine's timber industry shifted it's means of extracting wood from rivers to roads. While hydraulically sufficient, many of these crossings affect natural stream processes. Individually, the effects may be negligible; cumulatively, they're dramatic.
Atlantic salmon are endangered, and unless we work to rehabilitate their habitat, it's unlikely that they'll recover. We've already improved over 2,800 habitat units; more will be required.
How we achieve results
Open-bottom arch culverts span the bankfull channel width of the stream, allowing natural stream processes to occur. In addition to restoring the stream's capacity to move nutrients and sediments, fish passage is often dramatically improved. Open-bottom arch culverts are relatively maintenance free, and once installed, can be left untouched for upwards of 70 years.
Large woody debris additions help to address the lack of naturally occuring wood in Downeast Maine's streams. Additions increase the rate at which streams develop complexity, allowing for more numerous and varied habitats for the species inhabitating the stream.
Clamshell additions are a cost-effective means of buffering pH. Many of Maine's watersheds lack significant levels of basic pH buffers. Combined with acid rain and backwaters which form peats and bogs, this often results in highly acidic streams that aren't conducive to insect or animal life. By adding clamshells, we create more pH neutral environments which benefit the local fauna.
Education. SHARE works with local schools and colleges to provide students with restoration experience and an understanding of why it's important. We help others to understand how 'natural' streams should function, why they don't, and how to fix them.