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USM storytellers collaborate for new book about the Presumpscot River

A dozen current and retired USM professors have collaborated for a just-released book on the Presumpscot River.

The 370-page book, “River Voices: Perspectives on the Presumpscot,” was published last month by North Country Press in Unity, Maine.

USM Professor of Environmental Science and Policy Robert Sanford co-edited the recently published book “River Voices: Perspectives on the Presumpscot” — and he had a raft of USM faculty and staff collaborators on board for the project.

It’s described as “a celebration of a river, a vision of stewardship and caring, with chapter topics ranging from geology to Native American history to fighting for fish passage,” according to the publisher.

The 25-mile-long river begins at Sebago Lake and flows through the communities of Standish, Windham, Gorham, Westbrook, Portland, and Falmouth before emptying into Casco Bay at Falmouth.

USM’s Robert Sanford, a professor of environmental science and policy, edited the book with William S. Plumley.  USM Art Professor Michael Shaughnessy created more than a dozen illustrations, including the cover art.

And a list of USM professors each wrote a chapter. They included Tracy Michaud, an assistant professor in Tourism & Hospitality, Robert Kuech, an associate professor in the Extended Teacher Education Program, Firooza Pavri, a professor of Geography and the director of the Muskie School of Public Service, Rachel Bouvier, an associate professor and chair of Economics, and Libby Bischof, a professor of History and the executive director of the Osher Map Library.

Other contributors included Lisa Hibl, the director of the Russell Scholars Program, Research Librarian Tim Lynch and USM retirees Zip Kellogg, Irwin Novak and Maurice Whitten.

Sanford also wrote a chapter.

“It took extra effort in these COVID times, but it is a nice collaboration,” he said. 

The book is available for purchase on Amazon and the North Country Press.