- Colnes, Andrea
University of Maine Graduate School
This paper presents a framework for a program of long-term environmental monitoring and research to be carried out on a system of ecological reserves to be established in the State of Maine. The focus of the monitoring program is to provide reliable baseline information on key ecosystem parameters, to track changes in these parameters over time, and to record the levels of certain widely dispersed contaminants present in the State of Maine. Intensive monitoring activities will be conducted. on one or two sites within the reserve system. The remaining reserves are intended to provide secure sites for a wide range of activities including research and monitoring, conservation of biological diversity, and environmental education.