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Saddleback Mountain Foundation Gains New Leadership Team

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2018


Crystal Canney, Executive Director | | 207.615.5968

(Rangeley, Maine) – The Saddleback Mountain Foundation Board of Directors voted in a new President recently. Outgoing President Dr. Peter J. Stein stepped down and Wolfe Tone was voted in as President of the organization.

Dr. Stein said, “It is with great confidence that I am handing over the reins to Wolfe Tone who is the former director of the Maine Trust for Public Land. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with this board during the initial years of this effort.” Stein will remain as a board member.

Wolfe Tone will be working directly with Executive Director Crystal Canney who was appointed by the board over the summer. Tone said, “I am looking forward to the new direction we hope to be taking this year. I am deeply indebted to the board for its vote of confidence and will be diligent in leaving no stone unturned to maximize our opportunity and role in the future of Saddleback Mountain.”

Executive Director Canney said, “I have every faith and confidence that given Tone’s background, negotiating skills and deep love of the mountain that this is the right move for the organization.”

Carol Millhouse was re-elected as secretary and appointed as treasurer.

Wolfe Tone Bio:

Wolfe’s professional carrier spans the spectrum of private, public, and non-profit sector experiences in land conservation, water quality, and watershed protection, and empowering partnerships; the thread always being a healthier, resilient environment and communities for future generations. Wolfe was the Maine State Director for The Trust for Public Land from 2009 until the spring of 2017.  He started his career with TPL in 2001, first as a project manager in Ohio, and continued in that role after moving to Maine in 2004. Over the course of his time as state director, he oversaw the protection of more than 75,000 acres of community-priority lands and helped raise $50MM in public funding and $7MM in private funding for work in Maine, touching on the lives of thousands of Maine residents.  Shaping his next professional frontier, Wolfe brings to the table extensive experience in conservation real estate, non-profit management, fundraising, and a passion and understanding of the value of connecting people with the land and experiencing our natural environment.

Crystal Canney Bio:

Crystal Canney is co-founder and CEO of the Knight Canney Group. She was the Communications Director for Senator Angus S. King, Jr. who was elected by a wide margin in November of 2012 and was Communications Director in Washington, D.C. After returning to Maine, Crystal accepted a position at the University of New England and was also named the Global Affairs Operations Director. Prior to the King campaign, Canney operated – Canney Communications, a media, and public relations firm in Maine. Among the many services offered were political campaigns, crisis communications and business communications strategy review. Her team has won numerous campaigns on varying referenda issues and by wide margins. Prior to starting Canney Communications, she was the Communications Director for Governor John Baldacci (D) – Maine. Her work involved policy, messaging, and imaging. She was appointed in 2007 to Associate Commissioner of Finance where she oversaw multi-million dollar budgets and a staff of 350 people. The team was tasked with providing human resources, finance and personnel for the largest agencies in state government along with a statewide consolidation of financial services. Prior to that, she was a national award-winning journalist in Maine and Massachusetts. Among her many awards, she received first place in the country from the Annie E. Casey Foundation for her series of reports on impoverished children. She has won numerous Associated Press, Maine Association of Broadcasters awards and was nominated for an Emmy. She was also the first Maine journalist to report live from New York City during 9/11 and she was in New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi covering Hurricane Katrina filing report. She has a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Boston.

Carol Millhouse Bio:

Carol Millhouse is a semi-retired Family Nurse Practitioner with 45+ years of experience in nursing education, college health services, and primary care.  She holds an MSN from UTexas-El Paso and an Advanced Graduate Studies Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from UMaine-Orono.  Carol’s passion for Saddleback began in the early 1990’s when her daughter participated in a ski race there and continued through the years, including her serving as Ski Doc for the Saddleback Ski Patrol and an instructor in the Saddleback Ski School.  Her husband, John, served 9 years on the Saddleback Ski Patrol before joining the Saddleback Ski School as an instructor, also.





Maine People Celebrate RCV Certification and More Voice

Ranked Choice Voting Maine

Voters express excitement about ranking their choices and affirming their support for RCV

MARCH 5, 2018 | AUGUSTA, ME – Today’s certification of 66,687 signatures by Maine’s Secretary of State guarantees that on June 12, 2018, Maine voters will be the first in the nation to rank their choices in primary elections for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, State Senator and State Representative. This marks the first time in our state’s history that voters have initiated a People’s Veto in response to the Legislature’s attempt to overturn a Citizen’s Initiative.

“There’s just no stopping the Maine people,” said Kyle Bailey, campaign manager for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting. “During the coldest months of the year, the Maine people collected at least 66,687 valid signatures in 88 days to restore Ranked Choice Voting and insist on more voice and more choice in our democracy.”

“The people of Maine want a system that works for us, and for our children and our grandchildren,” said Cara Brown McCormick from Cape Elizabeth, who collected more than 900 signatures for the People’s Veto. “Together, we stood up to the politicians who wanted to take away our right to choose the way we elect our leaders. I’m excited to rank my choices in June and to vote YES for the People’s Veto to keep Ranked Choice Voting moving forward.”

Dick Woodbury, Chair of the Committee, added, “Braving subzero temperatures and Arctic winds, Maine people stood on street corners and outside town dumps, municipal centers, and libraries to insist on more voice for Maine people. I could not be more proud or thankful.”

“This is a really important voting reform. It will enable us to elect the candidates who truly represent a majority of the people,” said Victoria Adams, a volunteer from Kennebunk. “I’m looking forward to ranking my choices starting this June and voting YES for the People’s Veto.”

“There are a lot of people running for Governor this year. That’s one reason why we need Ranked Choice Voting,” said Kathleen Glenn-Lewin, a volunteer from Brunswick. “This June, I will rank my choices based on policies and principles, and not on polling. That’s also why I will be voting YES on the People’s Veto, so we can keep electing our leaders with this better system.”

Contact: Kyle Bailey | (207) 939-8600



Whole Oceans to Grow Atlantic Salmon with Land-Based Aquaculture Operation – Purchases Mill Site in Bucksport, Maine

Whole Oceans, Atlantic Salmon, recirculating aquaculture system , Bucksport Maine, Rob Piasio

Maine-based company has already pre-sold 100% of production for the next ten years

PORTLAND, Maine | February 23, 2018When Whole Oceans’ CEO Rob Piasio was growing up in Yarmouth, Maine, he knew that one day, he would help his state grow and prosper.

After more than six years of research and preparation, Rob is leading efforts to launch Whole Oceans, a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), that will raise Atlantic salmon on the site of the former Verso paper mill in the heart of Bucksport, Maine.

At full production, Whole Oceans will create hundreds of direct jobs and invest more than $250 million in Bucksport.

RAS is an entirely land-based technology that optimizes growing conditions that help fish thrive. Water is continuously recycled through ultra purification systems, creating a clean, healthy growing environment that eliminates the use of antibiotics. The result is an earth-friendly, superior grade salmon.

Whole Oceans, Bucksport Maine,
Rendering courtesy John Gutwin of Pepperchrome

“The time for RAS has arrived and Whole Oceans will make Bucksport a global leader in sustainable Atlantic salmon production,” according to Piasio. “But this story is much bigger than just Whole Oceans. This story is also about the resiliency and determination of towns throughout Maine that make projects like this possible. Whole Oceans is entering a long-term partnership with the community of Bucksport, a responsibility we accept with the greatest care, and together we will strive to make Whole Oceans a source of pride every single day.”

The arrival of Whole Oceans is welcome news to Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, whose administration and regulatory agencies have been monitoring the progress of Whole Oceans.

“’Maine is open for business’ has been my motto from day one,” the Governor said. “Whole Oceans and its Maine-grown team will be an important addition to our state’s economy and transformative for Bucksport.”

Whole Oceans is confident that land-based Atlantic salmon is a product in high demand. How confident? Whole Oceans already has pre-sold 100% of its total production for the next 10 years.

According to Ben Willauer, Whole Oceans’ Director of Corporate Development, Freeport resident, and current board member of the Nature Conservancy of Maine, “In all my years in investing, I have never seen a more obvious and compelling business model than Whole Oceans. All aspects of this plan have been carefully considered, with an uncompromising dedication to ‘doing the right thing’ toward every decision, at every level. It is with great pride and purpose I am able to help bring this project to Bucksport.”

Whole Oceans is garnering praise for its desire to bring an industry that provides both prosperity and environmental sustainability to Maine.

“Whole Oceans’ investment is exciting news for Maine’s coastal economy and communities,” said Senator Susan Collins“Rob Piasio and his team are bringing innovative, sustainable jobs to Bucksport while providing the world with high-quality, wholesome salmon.”

“Aquaculture is a centerpiece of our state’s ocean economy.  As a result of careful planning and effort, Whole Oceans is bringing a new opportunity and economic diversification to a former industrial site, creating renewed economic vitality and jobs,” said Senator Angus King. “The innovative Whole Oceans aquaculture facility will reflect our ocean heritage in a new, environmentally sustainable manner.”

The Whole Oceans team understands that keeping Maine beautiful and maintaining its natural resources are vital. “The logic behind Whole Oceans is simple: modern RAS technology provides a truly win/win outcome,” states Piasio. “Over time, Whole Oceans’ mission is to capture 10% of the U.S. Atlantic salmon market using only earth-friendly technologies. We will create hundreds of jobs and cement Maine’s leadership in the future of land-based aquaculture.”

“To execute our plan, we have assembled a team of global leaders in land-based technology, including Billund Aquaculture based in Denmark and the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute in West Virginia,” according to Piasio. “The Whole Oceans team brings together the world’s longest and unmatched track record of success.”

True to its working roots, Bucksport and its town leaders have pulled together to redefine and refocus the community following the shuttering of the Verso paper mill. When Rob approached Bucksport town manager Sue Lessard with his proposal to repurpose the abandoned mill site, the response was enthusiastic and welcoming.

“We have been working diligently for the past two years to find businesses willing to invest significant capital and provide good jobs in the region,” said Lessard. “Along with Rich Rotella, Bucksport’s Community and Economic Development Officer, we have been speaking with the Whole Oceans team for some time and are excited they have chosen Bucksport for this amazing facility. This business will provide an environmentally friendly industrial component for Bucksport while utilizing the assets of the former mill site. It will be an important partner in helping to move the community forward as we improve our economic vitality and diversity.”

Whole Oceans is breaking ground in Bucksport in 2018 and is already an important part of Maine’s future. And the future is now.


Fast facts:

  • Whole Oceans will produce 50,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon per year using entirely land-based technology.
  • Whole Oceans has pre-sold 100% of production for 10 years.
  • At full capacity, Whole Oceans will create hundreds of direct jobs and invest over $250 million in Bucksport.
  • Whole Oceans plans to begin construction in August 2018.
  • Americans consume more than $2 billion of Atlantic salmon every year.
  • Virtually all Atlantic salmon consumed in the U.S. is farmed.
  • More than two million metric tons of Atlantic salmon were produced globally in 2017, generating more than $10 billion in sales.
  • More than 95% percent of Atlantic salmon consumed in the U.S. is imported from foreign offshore cage farms.

About Whole Oceans

Whole Oceans is a Maine-based company poised to become America’s premier producer of sustainably farm-raised Atlantic salmon in state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible, recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018. For more information visit


Rendering courtesy John Gutwin of Pepperchrome