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Photos: Penobscot River Restoration Event


June 11, 2012

On Monday, June 11, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar participated in a ceremony to begin removal of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River in Maine – a major step toward enabling the river to flow freely from Old Town to the Gulf of Maine for the first time in generations.

Later, Salazar held a press conference at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine. Along with the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit of America’s national parks, and L.L. Bean, Salazar will provide an update on the year-long Million Moment Mission. A celebration of the company’s 100-year anniversary, L.L. Bean has committed $1 million to the National Park Foundation’s “America’s Best Idea” program in support of efforts to increase children’s opportunities to spend time outdoors.


  • Secretary Salazar speaking with Stakeholders at the Veazie Dam in Maine. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar speaking with Stakeholders at the Veazie Dam in Maine.
  • Secretary Salazar touring the Veazie Dam in Maine. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar touring the Veazie Dam in Maine
  • Secretary Salazar speaks with Chief Francis Chief, Penobscot Indian Nation. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar speaks with Chief Francis Chief, Penobscot Indian Nation.
  • Secretary Salazar makes remarks at the Penobscot River Restoration Event. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar makes remarks at the Penobscot River Restoration Event.
  • Construction on the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River.  The decommissioning and removal of the Great Works Dam, a 1,253 foot long dam located north of Bangor, is a cornerstone of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, a diverse public-private partnership Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Construction on the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River.
  • Secretary Salazar holds a container open for a salmon from the Penobscot River that will be tagged released to track the migration of the salmon.  Over two centuries, more than 100 dams have been erected throughout the watershed, altering the river’s free flow and the migratory paths of native sea-run fish like the endangered Atlantic salmon. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar holds a container open for a salmon from the Penobscot River that will be tagged released to track the migration of the salmon.  Over two centuries, more than 100 dams have been erected throughout the watershed, altering the river’s free flow and the migratory paths of native sea-run fish like the endangered Atlantic salmon.
  • Secretary Salazar speaks with the media with (L - R) Congresswoman Chellie Pingreee, Acting Assistant Secretary NOAA Conservation and Management Eric Schwaab, and Congressman Mike Michaud. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar speaks with the media with (L - R) Congresswoman Chellie Pingreee, Acting Assistant Secretary NOAA Conservation and Management Eric Schwaab, and Congressman Mike Michaud.
  • Salazar traveled to Freeport, Maine where he joined outdoor retailer L.L. Bean and the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit of America’s national parks, to underscore the power of outdoor recreation and tourism to strengthen local economies and create jobs in communities across the country. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Salazar traveled to Freeport, Maine where he spoke at retailer L.L. Bean Headquarters.
  • Secretary Salazar stands with Ella Werner from Freeport Middle School, a student who participated in the Schoodic Education Adventure Program in Acadia National Park. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar with a student at L.L. Bean Headquarters in Maine.
  • Secretary Salazar with L.L. Bean’s grandson and Chairman Leon Gorman.  announced progress in a year-long effort to increase outdoor recreation among families and introduce more children to America’s national parks. Nearly 350,000 stories, ideas and photos of outdoor experiences have been shared as part of the Million Moment Mission, an initiative to encourage outdoor activity. For every outdoor moment shared this year, L.L.Bean will donate a dollar - up to $1 million – to the NPF’s “America’s Best Idea” program. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar with L.L. Bean’s grandson and Chairman Leon Gorman
  • Secretary Salazar speaking with Stakeholders at the Veazie Dam in Maine.
  • Secretary Salazar touring the Veazie Dam in Maine
  • Secretary Salazar speaks with Chief Francis Chief, Penobscot Indian Nation.
  • Secretary Salazar makes remarks at the Penobscot River Restoration Event.
  • Construction on the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River.
  • Secretary Salazar holds a container open for a salmon from the Penobscot River that will be tagged released to track the migration of the salmon.  Over two centuries, more than 100 dams have been erected throughout the watershed, altering the river’s free flow and the migratory paths of native sea-run fish like the endangered Atlantic salmon.
  • Secretary Salazar speaks with the media with (L - R) Congresswoman Chellie Pingreee, Acting Assistant Secretary NOAA Conservation and Management Eric Schwaab, and Congressman Mike Michaud.
  • Salazar traveled to Freeport, Maine where he spoke at retailer L.L. Bean Headquarters.
  • Secretary Salazar with a student at L.L. Bean Headquarters in Maine.
  • Secretary Salazar with L.L. Bean’s grandson and Chairman Leon Gorman