QLF receives the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency

QLF receives the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency. GuideStar by Candid is the world’s largest source of nonprofit organizational information and data. The Gold Seal is an important distinction as only 1% of the 1.8 million registered nonprofit organizations have earned a Gold Seal of Transparency for ethics, finance and governance.

QLF is committed to transparency in our commitment to excellence in leading Biodiversity Conservation Programs in-region (Eastern Canada and New England) and shared worldwide; a strategy to build resilience to a changing climate.

Living Rivers Newsletter, Volume 3, November 2020

QLF Partner, Intervale Associates, founded by QLF Senior Consultant Kathleen Blanchard, is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mission is to conserve biodiversity, interpret heritage, and protect the integrity of rural livelihoods. Intervale conducts programs that focus on fish and wildlife conservation and the recovery of species at risk, working with regional networks of communities, industry, development associations, university, and citizens.
Intervale has recently published the third volume of their newsletter, Living Rivers. Living Rivers is a multi-year, collaborative project for the conservation of rivers and Atlantic salmon populations in Newfoundland and Labrador. The work engages volunteers and partnering organizations, including the Quebec Labrador Foundation. . Click the link below to read the third volume of the Living Rivers Newsletter.Living Rivers Newsletter Vol. 3-2 Nov 2020

QLF Alumna Kathryn Olmstead publishes, Stories of Aroostook

For nearly thirty years, Echoes magazine brought the culture, heritage, landscape, and people of Aroostook County to readers in Maine and across the United States. Publisher Kathryn Olmstead, who founded the magazine along with Gordon Hammond, once told a newspaper: “In our experience, a place like Aroostook County is the kind of place most people can only imagine.” Olmstead and Hammond, both “from away” set out to share the experience of living in an area where people not only leave vehicles unattended and unlocked, but running in the winter to keep the engines warm. But what started as a portrait of a place, quickly evolved into a magazine with a mission—affirming the value of living simply with respect for nature, not as an escape, but as a way of life. Stories of Aroostook is a curated collection of articles and essays from the pages of the beloved quarterly magazine, all capturing the spirit and sense of place that makes Aroostook County unforgettable. For additional information and purchasing

QLF Alumnus Greig Cranna exhibits portraits of President Obama taken by former White House photographer, Pete Souza in the window of his BRIDGE Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Photojournalist and longtime QLF friend Greig Cranna shares a new exhibit of President Barack Obama portraits at his BRIDGE Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The exhibit, “An Intimate Portrait of the Obama White House” showcases the works by the former White House photographer, Pete Sousa, who served the Obama administration for 8 years.

Greig Cranna, in front of his BRIDGE Gallery, Cambridge, MA

 

Greig is a longtime friend of QLF and has been documenting the impact of QLF’s Internships in Conservation across Eastern Canada for more than 40 decades. Greig has traveled extensively in the Canadian Maritimes, photographing seabird research, Atlantic salmon research, aquaculture, environmental issues, and ecotourism. Greig has participated in and photographed countless QLF programs, from Canada to Long Island Sound, Hungary to Argentina, and has played an invaluable role in promoting the QLF mission. Greig’s interests also include education, agriculture and architecture.

 

 

 

Recommended reading: Compass, the QLF Annual Newsletter, 2015 edition – an article written by Greig, with accompanying photographs, on his experience with QLF

Visit the exhibit, “An Intimate Portrait of the Obama White House” at the BRIDGE Gallery, #5 Pemberton Street in Cambridge, MA

For more information, visit the gallery’s website or Greig’s photography website.

 

Gallery founder Greig Cranna said about 50 people drop by each day. DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

Released Back into the Environment: On the Road to a Blue Future

Last year, QLF coordinated a research internship with Friends of Sebago Lake and Friends of Merrymeeting Bay focusing on researching information on the impacts of reservoir dams and flow regulation on lake, river, estuarine, and ocean systems.

The winter edition of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s newsletter, Merrymeeting News, features an article written by our former research intern, Kiran Yendamuri. Click on the image below to read the full newsletter.

Friends of Sebago Lake was founded in 1992 to promote an understanding of the interconnected harmful impacts of unnatural freshwater flows by dam regulation and to advocate for the restoration of natural freshwater seasonal water flows from inland waters to the seas.

Founded in 1975, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) takes a holistic approach to protect Merrymeeting Bay, combining research, education, advocacy, and land conservation. With approximately 375 members, one staff person, and 125 volunteers contributing over 3,000 hours of service annually, FOMB is the only conservation organization in the area implementing these diverse tactics to achieve biological and cultural protection of the Bay as a whole.

 

Living Rivers Newsletter, Volume 2, December 2019

QLF Partner, Intervale Associates, founded by QLF Senior Consultant Kathleen Blanchard, is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mission is to conserve biodiversity, interpret heritage, and protect the integrity of rural livelihoods. Intervale conducts programs that focus on fish and wildlife conservation and the recovery of species at risk, working with regional networks of communities, industry, development associations, university, and citizens.

Intervale has recently published the second issue of their newsletter, Living Rivers. This edition showcases their important breadth of work carried out this year: from river habitat assessment to community-based stewardship, and much more.  Intervale continues to effectively tackle conservation issues in the region with more exciting work to come in the new year. Click here or the image below to read the second volume of the Living Rivers Newsletter.

Larry Morris: On the Road as QLF’s Ambassador 2019

Season’s Greetings,                                                        

 

The last year has been nothing short of amazing!  It began on a sad note; it was the 12th of December 2018, when our Founder, Bob Bryan, passed away at the age of 87.  Much has been written about the many accomplishments of this extraordinary man. One of his greatest is the organization that he began in the 1960’s, The Quebec-Labrador Foundation.  I came aboard in 1975, a young Cornell graduate student, to direct the Living Rivers Program, QLF’s first foray into community-based conservation. From there things took off.

 

I spent my entire professional career with QLF and with Bob, who acted as mentor, counselor, and friend for more than 45 years. QLF also connected me to many of you and for that I am eternally grateful.  I stepped down as President at the end of 2016 after QLF’s Alumni Congress in Barcelona.   As I thought about what to do next, events took an unexpected turn.  QLF’s CEO, Beth Alling, asked me if I would consider remaining as President Emeritus.  I agreed and now sign up each January as QLF’s Ambassador-at-large. I have just concluded my third year in such capacity.

 

Entering the holidays, Beth asked if I would share some of the experiences of the last twelve months to provide a flavor of what I am doing in my current role. Needless to say, I have enjoyed the assignment.

 

Over the Holidays, take a YouTube break, sit back, and enjoy this six-minute video. The program moves quickly, so be ready. I have a hunch you will see a number of familiar places and people. The mix of personality and geography comprises the network that we know as “QLF.” The mission reflects the optimistic vision of our Founder, adapted to meet the challenges of a world quite changed from the one of 60 years ago.

 

Let the photographs transport you into the new year and all that lies ahead. The “message” of my effort here is that on a global stage QLF is doing so much…thanks to each of you.

 

You can access the video below:

 

With appreciation to Beth, QLF Board Members, staff, and to all of you, thank you for the privilege of serving such a special place.

 

My very best wishes for the Holidays and for 2020 ~

 

 

Larry Morris

20 December 2019

QLF hosts first Conservation and Cultural Exchange Program with Mongolia

With support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and in partnership with the Mongol Ecology Center (MEC), a QLF East Asia Conservation and Cultural Exchange Program was convened in March 2019. It was QLF’s first exchange with Mongolia, and first partnership with the MEC, a non-governmental organization. The Director of Public Administration & Management in the Ministry of the Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, the Director of the Ulaanbaatar Environmental Department, and a MEC board member represented the delegation of three.

The theme of the exchange was Sustainable Communities ~ Urban to Rural. Sustainable communities are defined here as economically viable, environmentally and socially responsible, and culturally respectful. Conservation challenges in Mongolia include habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of biodiversity and, climate change and its impacts. In addition, wildlife plays an important role in traditional Mongolian culture, with reverence for animals and nature remaining important today, especially among rural communities.

Appalachian Trail, Harpers Ferry, WV From right to left: G. McHugh, O. Batkhuu, T. Purev, L. Potteiger, B. Erkhembayar.
PHOTO BY C. WILBUR

Over the course of seven days, we had opportunities to see and hear how the protection of nature can be both an economic and community asset from federal, state, and local governments, the private, academic, and non-profit sectors and the public in New England and Washington, D.C.

Our meetings and site visits were with individuals encompassing a broad cross-section of professional, community, and cultural backgrounds. We learned about US organizations and their programs, and about their collaborations with other institutions and the public.

U.S. Department of Interior, Washington D.C. B. Erkhembayer (left) and T. Purev
PHOTO BY O. BAKTHUU

Our US hosts learned about Mongolian organizations, programs, protected areas, and cultural heritage. These informal learning experiences enhanced our understanding of the challenges, practices and processes of conservation and cultural heritage both successes and failures.

A program goal was to build openly, respectively, and constructively international relationships and partnerships by engaging with various stakeholders. Outcomes from this goal include collaborative partnerships for Junior Ranger Training, re-opening the Museum of Victims of Political Persecution, development of a city park, and a QLF exchange to Mongolia.

Download the full report on the Exchange here.