AUGUSTA — U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is citing two Maine programs in a 50-state report outlining some of the country’s best ways to reconnect Americans to the natural world.

The first Maine program is designed to restore hundreds of miles of migration and spawning habitat for 11 species of sea-run fish along the Penobscot River and its tributaries.

The second, called Keeping Maine’s Forests, is a partnership of forest landowners, recreationists, conservation and environmental organizations and government to demonstrate new ways of promoting forest stewardship.

Those and other states’ projects were identified for their potential to conserve important lands and build recreation opportunities and economic growth for the surrounding communities.