Ray B. (Bucky) Owen, Jr. is a highly-respected Maine environmentalist. Through his efforts, 1000 miles of habitat is being restored to sea-run fish in Maine’s Penobscot River, which is home to US’s largest wild Atlantic salmon population. An exceptional communicator, Bucky led, contributed significantly to, and gained support from the river’s salmon clubs for the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
When complete, two dams will be gone and a third circumvented, allowing fish, including wild Atlantic salmon, access to spawning habitat that has been inaccessible for many decades.
Dr. Owen taught in, was chairman of, and is professor emeritus at the University of Maine’s Wildlife Department in Orono. He also served as Commissioner, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Chairman, Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission; U.S. Commissioner, North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization; and on the Natural Resource Council of Maine, the Nature Conservancy, Land Use Regulation Commission, the Maine Critical Areas Program, and the Veazie Salmon Club