"Cover Story" piece on eking out a living Downeast in Maine's Washington County.
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"Cover Story" piece on eking out a living Downeast in Maine's Washington County. It covers 2,528 square miles, which is twice the size of Rhode Island, but has a population of only 35,000, which is less than that of the city of Lewiston. Despite record-breaking blueberry harvests and the developing aquaculture industry, the area still had a 9.4 percent average annual unemployment rate in 1998, the highest in the state. Dana Nelson, the retiring program director for Down East Resource Conservation and Development, a Department of Agriculture program, has been working for 10 years trying to protect Washington County's natural resources while improving its economy, which is based in the resources of fields, woods and waters but increasingly dominated by large companies. With special focus on the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Cherryfield Foods in Cherryfield, the University of Maine Experimental Farm at Blueberry Hill, Connors Aquaculture in East Machias, Peacock Canning in Lubec, fish processing, small woodlot management, and blueberry, cranberry and salmon farming in general.
Carpenter, Murray, ""Cover Story" piece on eking out a living Downeast in Maine's Washington County." (1999). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3653.
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