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Philip Conkling

Philip Conkling, co-founder and former president of the Island Institute from Camden, ME, recounts how his early work as a forestry surveyor on offshore Maine islands led him to focus instead on the sustainability and development of their year-round communities. He recollects some of the most salient first successes of the Island Institute and shares his insights into the most pressing issues that fishermen and islanders have to face today.




Giulia Cardoso

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Natalie Springuel

Suggested citation: Conkling, Philip Oral History Interview, March 2, 2019, by Matt Frassica and Giulia Cardoso, Page #, Maine Sound & Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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