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Announcement - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

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Coyote and the Boy, Ben, Oct 26
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

Songdog Puppeteers presents a puppet show with handmade marionettes. This is a story of a mother Coyote searching for her little pup, who has run off to play with a butterfly, and a boy named Ben who has found himself in the forest after joyfully following a bunny. Suitable for children of all ages. At University of New England, Portland, Oct 26, 1-2 pm.
All Abilities Excursion up Mount Pisgah, Oct 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

The forested summit of Mount Pisgah in Winthrop features a former Maine Forest Service fire tower, which provides spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding 800-acre Mount Pisgah Conservation Area. Hike up with local conservation stewards; rides to the top will be available for those who are unable to hike. October 25, 2-4 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Wind Over Wings, Oct 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

Meet Wind Over Wings founder Hope Douglas, Bald Eagle Lady Grace, her namesake, 92-year old Grace Rowe, and the diverse support team who have all come together to rescue and care for this injured eagle. Featured also will be the Golden Eagle “Sky,” and two smaller live owls, the Eastern Screech and tiny Saw-whet. At Topsham Public Library, Oct 25, 2 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
The Better Together Summit, Oct 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, October 17, 2014 

A summit to bring together those who work for environmental literacy, science education, land conservation, community food security, outdoor recreation, environmental justice, and resilient communities. At Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Oct 24-26. Sponsored by New England Environmental Education Alliance and Maine Environmental Education Association.
Candidates' Perspectives on Eminent Domain, Energy Initiatives, & E/W Corridor, Oct 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Gubernatorial, Senatorial, Congressional, & Local Candidates weigh in on on eminent domain, energy initiatives, and the proposed East/West Corridor. At Center Theatre & The Village Center, Dover-Foxcroft, Oct 23, 5 pm.
The Heritage and Future of Maine Apples, Oct 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Author and horticulturist David Buchanan will discuss experimentation with hard cider, collecting rare foods, and finding a place for apples again in our fields and on our tables. At Univ of Maine at Machias, Merrill Library, Oct. 23, 6 pm.
Climate Adaptation and Sustainability, Oct 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Conference on "Building a Framework and Platform for Climate Adaptation and Sustainability Planning for Maine Communities." At UMaine, Orono, Wells Conference Center, Oct 23.
Ocean Acidification, Oct 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Susie Arnold, Marine Scientist at the Island Institute, will describe ocean acidification and its potential effect on the environment, marine resources and marine dependent businesses. At Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Oct 23, 6-8:30 pm.
Coyote Connections: Interactive Storytelling, Oct 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Environmental Studies faculty Cynthia Simon will offer an interactive story telling session entitled Encounters with Coyote: One Woman's Journey about connecting to coyote and how we can all learn about the coyote in our back yards. At University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, Oct 23, 5 pm.
Make conservation a priority
Action Alert - Monday, October 13, 2014 

The Land for Maine’s Future program leverages voter-approved bond money to support public access for recreation, conservation, habitat preservation, farming traditions, and serves to enhance Maine’s natural resource based economy. Ask your state legislative and gubernatorial candidates where they stand on LMF funding. ~ Bryan Wentzell, Appalachian Mountain Club
How to survive Maine’s 2014 elections
Announcement - Sunday, October 12, 2014 

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting’s 2014 Voter Survival Guide is an assortment of resources to help critical thinkers navigate the lies, exaggerations, hyperbole and misdirection of political campaigns.
Coyote Connections Art Exhibit, thru Jan 15
Announcement - Friday, October 10, 2014 

The University of New England’s Portland Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled “Coyote Connections” from October 9, 2014 to January 15, 2015. The exhibition features works by 32 Maine artists who celebrate the coyote and its relationships with the wild, the land, fellow wildlife, prey, families (mates, pups and parents), and with humans as well.
Orono Bog Boardwalk Fundraiser, Oct 25
Event - Posted - Friday, October 10, 2014 

A silent auction and potluck supper will be held to benefit the reconstruction of the Orono Bog Boardwalk, a mile-long pathway that serves thousands of visitors annually. At Keith Anderson Community House, Orono, Oct 25, 6-8:30 pm.
Silviculture with Birds in Mind, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Friday, October 10, 2014 

Foresters for the Birds provides foresters with tools for effectively communicating with landowners about the benefits of managing forests with bird habitat in mind. This is a field workshop co-sponsored by the Forest Guild and Maine Audubon. At Wiley Woodlot, Dresden, Oct 24, 8:30 am -12:30 pm, free. Participation limited to 25.
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Maine Forest Products Council braces for environmental pushback
Maine Environmental News - Monday, October 20, 2014 

After the profound damage inflicted on the state's environment programs during the past few years by the LePage Administration and anti-conservation legislators, the Maine Forest Products Council is bracing for pushback in 2015. According to the MFPC annual report, "For some, the gubernatorial election is a referendum on the environment and the perceived losses faced by 'environmental advocates.' Depending on the races and control of the House and Senate, we may see this pendulum swing towards overreaction and a stronger regulatory propensity."
On the edge: Monhegan Island's year-round residents take charge of their future
Mainebiz - Monday, October 20, 2014 

Maine islands "continue to have real challenges such as aging populations, declining school enrollment, limited employment opportunities and an elevated overall cost of living." All true, but Shermie Stanley also points to the work being done by the Monhegan Island Sustainable Community Association to counter those trends, as well as creative solutions such as the Island Farm Project launched by islanders four years ago to provide more locally grown food for residents.
From pencil to computer: Lobstermen adapting to digital data collection
Mainebiz - Monday, October 20, 2014 

Just 10% of Maine's lobster fishermen, selected randomly each year, are required to report landings and other data to the Department of Marine Resources. They use good old pen and paper, the forms provided by the DMR. In this digital age, that seems inefficient, says Susan Corbett, CEO of Axiom Technologies in Machias. In recent years, she has worked to develop an online data collection system. Under Axiom's program, 10 lobster fishermen and 10 blueberry farmers were each given a rugged laptop computer equipped with software to enhance business operations and track data. Corbett says the data collection is a real-time digital program that can meet regulatory reporting requirements.
Fifth-generation operator takes family-owned North Haven boatyard into the modern age
Mainebiz - Monday, October 20, 2014 

Adam Alexander is the fifth-generation operator of the family-owned J.O. Brown & Son Inc., a boatyard that has been on the island of North Haven since 1888. It provides fuel, boat maintenance and storage, hardware supplies, boat-taxi services and, not the least, local color to the North Haven waterfront. "We've changed a lot of how we do business lately, how we view our business, how we take in money, how we do expenses. The new gas pump system saves us $10,000 a year. A simple thing like changing credit card processing companies has saved us thousands of dollars a year. We're becoming more modern, whether we like it or not, and it's helping."
In international trade, you can get there from here
Mainebiz - Monday, October 20, 2014 

Livermore Falls native John Benedetto now lives in Singapore. He plans to set up a business selling "Made in Maine" goods. "As a Maine native, I can relate to the abundance of natural beauty and resources in Maine, but a limited market for the goods and services available," he says. "Part of that…is why I am working to establish myself in Singapore, where there is a robust jobs market and highly concentrated consumer base." While Maine has plenty of space in Aroostook and other counties to grow food, Benedetto notes that Singapore imports more than 95% of its food as there is no space for farming or agriculture. He initially plans to sell fresh produce. Maine lobster is another possibility.
Letter: Doughnut base
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 20, 2014 

The current stance by Commissioner Chandler Woodcock and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife concerning the question about how we allow our bears to be hunted is indefensible. I oppose the inhumane practices of baiting, hounding and trapping. I also resent the DIF&W for using my tax money to promote their agenda. Because Woodcock is a political appointee of Gov. Paul LePage’s, I need to believe this is not all about the bears but is a means for LePage to throw some red meat to his base — or in this case a bunch of jelly doughnuts. ~ Gary Gusinger, Perry
Letter: Cumberland needs waterfront access
Forecaster - Monday, October 20, 2014 

We have lost Cumberland's connection to the sea. What public property we did have along our shore became private and exclusive. Cumberland needs to re-establish waterfront access for all. If the voters do not purchase the Payson property, then it will forever remain an exclusive and private area, just like all the other land along Cumberland's shoreline. ~ Pam Russell, Cumberland
Letter: Breen, Denno care about the environment
Forecaster - Monday, October 20, 2014 

I will vote for Cathy Breen for state Senate and Dale Denno for House in the legislative races in Cumberland because Breen and Denno will advocate for a clean and healthy environment, as shown by their endorsements from Maine Conservation Voters. ~ Karen Herold, Cumberland
Letter: Dire weather, climate predictions better covered than actual outcomes
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 20, 2014 

A recent dispatch noted there have been only five named storms so far in the 2014 hurricane season. It might have been helpful to note that the weather experts predicted anywhere from 10 to 14 named storms. There are still six weeks left in the season, so the gap could close. However, predictions about climate change and its dire effects always seem to get much more coverage than the actual outcomes. Another dire prediction says incidents from minor coastal flooding will triple in 15 years. I hope someone will set a reminder to report on those outcomes in 2030. Even better would be reports every couple of years, because I don’t expect to be around to read the story in 2030 — if it’s ever written. ~ William Richards, Yarmouth
New England raking in windfall from leaf peepers
Associated Press - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists will spend upward of $3 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues — and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength. In Maine, spending is up about $92 million since 2009, when autumn visitors brought in $489 million. Last year, they spent $581 million, according to state tourism department figures.
Bear debate marked by contrast in funding
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

Maine’s bear-hunting referendum represents more than a philosophical struggle between animal-welfare activists and those who support the state’s bear-hunting practices. The most striking difference between the two sides is the source of their campaign funds. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the group asking voters to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps by bear hunters in Maine, raised more than $1.4 million in campaign funds through Sept. 30. Only 1 percent – $17,991 – is from Maine donors. The coalition of groups campaigning against the ballot measure, has raised $2.4 million — at least 43 percent of which comes from Maine donors.
The beauty of fall hiking
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

Every fall, my daughter Corinna — now age 11 — and I head to the mountains for an overnight hike. I have been captivated by the beauty of the mountains since I started hiking in the White Mountains as a teenager. Since taking my daughter on her first hike a few years ago, she also has been drawn to the majestic world above the treeline. This year, we decided to hike to Madison Spring Hut in the northern Presidential Range of the White Mountains. ~ Gregory Rec [videos]
Column: Time to take in trails ticking away
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

Snow has already blanketed the upper slopes of Sugarloaf and the autumn colors are fading fast most everywhere, so if you’re going to get in a few good hikes before Old Man Winter gets a firm grip on the Maine landscape, well, you’d better get out there on the trail soon. Here’s a sampler of some of my favorite fall hikes. ~ Carey Kish
Column: Animals must be free to shoot – with cameras
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

The U.S. Forest Service has initiated a proposal that would require “special-use permits” before professionals and, much to my surprise, even amateurs could shoot photos, film or video in federally designated wilderness areas – even with cell-phone cameras. Permits could cost up to $1,000 to $1,500. ~ Ken Allen [Ed: According to published reports, "The Forest Service is not going to charge you $1500 to take a photo....all the regulations do is make sure that any commercial motion picture or television crews respect the very stringent guidelines of the Wilderness Act if they film inside a Wilderness Area."]
Column: Get a rush from a woodcock’s flush
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

October means open season for upland birds, though that term could be a bit of a misnomer. Ruffed grouse are indeed more prevalent up on the aspen and beech ridges, but down in the bottomland alder runs, where the soil is wet enough to hold their preferred food — earthworms — you’ll find a rather remarkable upland bird, the American woodcock. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: October’s a double delight that passes too soon
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

October in Maine brings an array of choices to any angler or hunter. Brook trout, woodcock, landlocked salmon, ducks, geese, black bears, brown trout, wild turkeys, smallmouth bass, white-tailed deer…the list is impressive. Those who love the outdoors are not limited by the choices, but more so by the number of days and the hasty retreat of evening sunsets. Make the most of what remains this October, and plan your day so you can visit an area where you can both hunt and fish. ~ Mark Latti
Column: Tenants Harbor a wonderful choice for final paddle of season
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

Last week as the fall foliage dimmed along the coastal plain and the cool autumn breezes whipped across the bay, I sensed it was probably time for one last excursion in my kayak before it abandoned its summer berth on top of the Jeep and headed for the barn. A few late-season tourists waved as I paddled past on my way around the point to pick up a bearing into still-busy Port Clyde Harbor. ~ John Christie
Editorial: Bear-baiting case not made: We say ‘no’ on Question 1
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

A group that puts a citizens initiative on the ballot carries a heavy burden of proof. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting hasn’t met theirs. Mainers should vote no on Question 1, and then push their legislators to do their jobs and create a balanced wildlife management plan for the state.
Opinion: Humane Society lawsuit is a political stunt
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

The entire “Yes on 1” campaign has, from its inception, been based on claims that other states with similar bans on baiting, dogs and foothold snares have seen increases in license sales, and no problems with nuisance bears. In addition, proponents have made claims that baiting grows bear populations. For the average uninformed voter, claims like these sound logical and reasonable. But there is only one group in this state that has firsthand experience with these issues and the resources to contact other states and get the facts from fellow wildlife professionals to determine the truth. These are the state biologists — and they have found that every state that banned bait and dogs has seen increases, sometimes dramatic, in both bears and bear problems, including attacks on people. ~ David Trahan, Sportsman's Alliance of Maine
Letter: Keep wildlife management grounded in science, not sensationalism
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

I have been a practicing forester in Maine for over 30 years. During this time, I have seen just one black bear in the woods. I do not believe that the fair chase method of bear hunting, recommended by referendum proponents, is a suitable substitute for current hunting methods (baiting, hounding and trapping). Our woods are too densely stocked with trees for the still hunt or fair chase method to be effective. As part of the forestry curriculum at the University of Maine, I was taught that policy — with respect to the management of our renewable natural resources, such as timber and wildlife — should be grounded in science, not sensationalism. That is why I am voting “no” on Question 1. ~ Peter Klachany, Shapleigh
Letter: Maine should honor hunting tradition, restore fair chase
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

It seems some Mainers have forgotten our distinct heritage of humane traditions, as years of unsporting hunting practices have erased that memory. It wasn’t always the case that Maine’s black bears were reduced to “trophy hunting” targets while treed, trapped or being fed. Maine was the very first state to adopt an anti-cruelty law concerning animals. Maine has a history of valuing fair chase, giving an animal a chance to escape. ~ Gina Stoll, Portland
Column: Presenting a logical argument against the Bear referendum
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

As one who is, in heart and in soul, opposed to the bear referendum, and to the bogus, contrived methodology of its proponents, my hope has been that folks who treasure our bear hunting heritage will make use of some of our anti-referendum points. It is the Maine voter, who may be on the fence, who needs to hear our arguments presented in a clear, calm and logical way. Getting the message to these undecided voters in the final days before the November vote is the challenge! Those who would force the bear hunters to live according to the values that they cannot agree with are not so much different than the Islamic fundamentalists who push their dogma onto those who think otherwise. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Prophecy: The Best/Worst Maine Horror Film
Down East - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

What is it about the horror genre that a movie can achieve immortality by being either excellent or unaccountably bad? Prophecy is uniquely, inexplicably bad. One day, Dr. Robert Verne, a public health worker in New York, is standing in the ghetto when he’s approached by an EPA colleague who wants to put him on a plane for northern Maine. Native American tribes there are locked in a land dispute with a paper company. If Verne performs an environmental assessment on the papermaking operation, his results could help break the deadlock. “I forgot the world could look like this,” sighs Verne as he flies over Maine. Of course, the Maine Woods do not look like this — towering granite peaks, vast forests of lodgepole pine — because “this” is Washington State, where Prophecy was filmed. Verne’s cynicism rekindles when he realizes a paper company is polluting the water with mercury. This has created giant mutant tadpoles, at least one comically ferocious raccoon, and an enraged, fleshy beast the tribes call Katahdin.
GNP East bankruptcy filing delays auction, ‘increases chances’ of East Millinocket mill restart
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

The corporation that owns the land and buildings at the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Friday. The auction of GNP East buildings and real estate scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday will be delayed by the latest filing. According to Attorney Randy Creswell, “It increases the chances that this can sell the assets to a potential operator than not or to have it all sold off piecemeal,” Creswell said. “It doesn’t mean that we’re going to get an operator, but we are certainly going to try.”
Global warming reshaping bird communities in Northeast
Summit Voice - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

Global warming is reshaping backyard bird communities in eastern North America, as once-rare birds are now common in the Northeast. Cardinals, chipping sparrows and other warm-adapted species have greatly expanded their wintering range in a warmer world, a change that may have untold consequences for North American ecosystems,
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Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

Boulder's bee-safe boosters targeting businesses for no 'neonics' pledge
By Sam Klomhaus - First Melody-Catalpa, now all of Boulder County. Bee Safe Boulder, the group behind the first bee-safe neighborhood in the state, is at it again.
10/17/2014 11:00:00 PM

Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution
By Tracy McVeigh - In a small army field-hut Dr Arjen de Vos shows off his irrigation machine with pride. Pipes lead out to several acres of muddy field, where only a few stragglers from the autumn harvest of potatoes, salads, carrots and onions are left. The tubes are lined with copper to stop corrosion because – in a move that defies everything we think we know about farming – de Vos is watering his plants with diluted sea water.
10/17/2014 11:00:00 PM

The Smiths
Garin and Sarah Smith are terrific examples of what it takes to run a successful organic farm these days. Good piece about a MOFGA certified organic farm.
10/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

EPA Analysis Evidence Notorious Neonics Should be Suspended, Watchdog Groups Say
By Andrea Germanos - A new U.S Environmental Protection Agency analysis of neonicotinoid pesticides on soybean production offers further proof that they should be suspended, environmental watchdog groups say. The agency's analysis, released Thursday, found that there was little to no benefit to using neonicotinoid seed treatments on soybean yields. Such neonic-treated seeds, first registered for use in soybeans in 2004, were applied on an average of 30% of soybean acres between 2008 and 2012, EPA states.
10/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

A farm to bicycle journey
By Ashley Gaudiano; photos by Glenn Charles - Includes a shot from Hart-to-Hart Farm in Albion, a MOFGA certified organic dairy; and some beautiful onions grown by Veggies for All.
10/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

Field Day Supports Organic Dairy Producers
By Miles McEvoy - Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) Field Days at Stonewall Farm in Keene, New Hampshire. The field days combine many activities for attending farmers, giving them the opportunity to learn from each other, speak with experts in the organic field, catch up with old friends and make some new friends too.
10/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

A manifesto for solving the global food crisis
By Evan Fraser and Elizabeth Fraser - United Nations’ data shows that we produce enough food for everyone to have an adequate diet, but poor distribution means that 805 million people are hungry while some 1.4 billion people are overweight or obese. We need to take the food we have and make sure it is distributed to those who need it most.
10/15/2014 11:00:00 PM

Another Reason To Label Genetically Engineered Food: 2,4-D
By Mary Ellen Kustin - On Wednesday (Oct. 15), the Obama administration sped up the chemical treadmill by approving a new weed killer called Enlist Duo. This means that genetically engineered corn and soybeans – the two most widely grown crops in America – could soon be blanketed not only in glyphosate (the infamous ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) but also in 2,4-D, a toxic herbicide linked to Parkinson’s, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and thyroid and reproductive problems.
10/15/2014 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

My Maine This Week: Betty Hartley
“I took these photos on a recent trip to Lincoln to visit my college roommate. I arrived just in time to...
10/20/2014 12:24:22 PM

Thursday, October 30: PechaKucha Portland
Have you wanted to see the new National Park and National Recreation Area proposed next to Baxter State Park, ...
10/20/2014 11:08:39 AM

New Life to Old Sweaters
Does that old sweater have sentimental values? Unravel the yarn and use it to knit new hat or scarf. Or remove...
10/20/2014 4:00:32 AM

Thursday, November 6: Election Results and Maine’s Environment, Portland
Please join NRCM for an evening discussion about the November elections and what they may mean for the future ...
10/19/2014 11:14:15 AM

Furnace Upgrade
If your heating system is more than 15 years old it might be worth investing in a new one. To view more tips, ...
10/19/2014 4:00:10 AM

Thursday, November 13: Election Results and Maine’s Environment, Brunswick
Please join NRCM for an evening discussion about the November elections and what they may mean for the future ...
10/18/2014 11:26:43 AM

Celebrate the Clean Water Act
41 years ago the Clean Water Act was established as federal law. Written by Maine’s own Senator Edmund M...
10/18/2014 4:00:22 AM

Green Your Halloween
Halloween is just around the corner! Did you know that you could save thousands of pounds of waste by reusing ...
10/17/2014 4:00:51 AM

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