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Forever Yours, Bar Harbor, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Talk by Journalist Earl Brechlin has collected beautiful postcards of Mount Desert Island from the late 1800s and early 1900s for his book “Forever Yours, Bar Harbor.” At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, July 8, 7 pm.
Birding hike at Mount Abraham, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Peter McKinley and Dylan Cookson of the High Peaks Alliance will lead a birding hike on Mount Abraham in West Kingfield. Meet at Tranten’s Grocery, Kingfield, July 8, 9 am, to carpool to the trailhead.
Right to Know about GMO
Action Alert - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Urge Maine's U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King to oppose a bill designed to kill mandatory labeling laws for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
100 Words for Acadia
Announcement - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Submit an original 100-word piece about Acadia National Park in any genre: poem, story, editorial, song, letter, etc. Submissions accepted September 1-30, 2016.
Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program Grants
Announcement - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 

The Nature Conservancy is seeking initial proposals for a new round of competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program. More than $3 million will be available for award in 2016 for those seeking to protect wetland and significant wildlife habitat in Maine.
Maine Woods National Park photography exhibit, Jul 1-31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Maine Woods National Park fine-art photography exhibit by Thomas & Lee Ann Szelog. At Barbara Kramer Gallery, Belfast Free Library. Exhibit runs July 1-31; artist reception, July 5, 5:30-6:30 pm, artist presentation, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Biddeford Coast Bike Ride, Jul 4
Event - Posted - Monday, June 27, 2016 

A moderate 15 mile loop from UNE in Biddeford through Biddeford Pool, Fortune's Rocks, and Hill's beach. July 4, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
Demonstration Forest Volunteer Work Day, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Friday, June 24, 2016 

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a Demonstration Forest Volunteer Trail Clearing Day to prepare our community forest for summertime visitors. At Williamsburg, July 1, 8 am
Stop New GMO Labeling Law Threat
Action Alert - Friday, June 24, 2016 

New legislation - falsely spun as a "compromise" - would preempt existing strong state labeling laws for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). If passed, the bill would create a toothless, national charade and instantly extinguish forever the strong GMO labeling laws passed overwhelmingly in recent years across New England. The Stabenow-Roberts bill would immediately preempt Maine's GMO labeling law. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Ocean, coast management plan hearing, Jun 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 23, 2016 

Hearing on plan to improve management facets of the ocean and coasts of the northeastern U.S. states. At University of Southern Maine, Portland, June 30.
Education and the Economy, Jun 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 23, 2016 

Maine's economy is in transition and the jobs of tomorrow will require new skills and training. What are the state's education innovators doing to respond? At Bowdoin College, June 30, 8:30 am - 4 pm.
The Hour of Land
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, Terry Tempest Williams' new book is a celebration of our national parks and a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Annie Proulx's epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic new novel about the taking down of the world’s forests.
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands-down. Dan Flores’s book is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote.
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Maine retiree fueling governor’s questions about ethanol
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 1, 2016 

A retired mechanic from South Berwick who believes ethanol in gas may be to blame for Maine’s opioid crisis was a driving force behind Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to study the corn-derived gasoline additive. Ralph Stevens said that he believes emissions from the additive have prompted the state’s ongoing drug crisis and may be responsible for a host of other health problems. Jamie Py, president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, said there are processes available to produce gasoline without ethanol that meet all of the other emission standards, but it results in a more costly fuel. Py said he hadn’t heard the theory that burning ethanol might be a cause for the opioid addiction crisis in Maine.
Editorial: Acadia’s centennial should spotlight need to clear the air
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Visits to Maine’s Acadia National Park are meant to be a chance to enjoy what the best of what nature has to offer. But too often, the manmade world comes along, in the form of pollution that not only clouds the air but also makes it hard to breathe. Acadia is celebrating its 100th anniversary next week, and to mark this milestone – and protect the park’s air and climate – improvements to the federal Clean Air Act should be allowed to move forward. Acadia’s birthday should spotlight the need to keep cheap power produced outside our state from affecting the health of people who live and travel here.
Opinion: It’s time for Portland to assume a leadership role on solar energy
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Portland needs a solar plan. Why? Because the world’s use of coal, oil and gas is disrupting the climate. Climate change is the greatest threat to the survival of not just the human species, but all species. It represents the principal challenge facing humanity in our day. No cause is more pressing, Pope Francis said in his 2015 encyclical on the environment and human ecology. It’s time for Portland to assume a leadership role in solar energy deployment in Maine. Solar is the best non-carbon source for urban areas: The sun’s energy is constant and plentiful. ~ Elizabeth Parsons, Sierra Club Portland Climate Action Team
Letter: Maine’s annual influx of tourists brings excitement, worry
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Maine has so much to offer visitors to our state, and these travelers are most welcome. But no one appreciates a lousy houseguest. The vast majority of those who come here are respectful and decent folk. Yet there are also those who treat their vacation/visit as an opportunity to be stupid or inconsiderate regarding the land and waters and those who live in the communities where they are spending time. The litterbugs, the late-night rowdies, and those who feel that, since they’re on holiday, they can do anything they want. The arrival of vacationers can be a mixed bag of excitement, worry and concern for how they will spend their time with us. Aren’t we are all just guests on this planet? ~ Peter Anderson, Peaks Island
Letter: Action needed now on climate change
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Everywhere the world is struggling with the effects of climate change. Droughts, floods, record high temperatures. Our lobsters moving northwards. You may agree or not that the change is human caused, but there can be no doubt that there is a world crisis at hand and if there is something you and I can do about it we had better give it our best effort. The solution is not to build levees around our coastlines, but instead to slow or halt climate change. It can be done; it is as basic as adjusting our lifestyle to use less fossil fuel and more renewable energy. Do it for your children; do it for the planet. ~ Christiaan Beeuwkes, Mercer
Blog: 8 essential and utterly ridiculous items you’ll need for ‘glamping’ in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Glamping, more oxymoron than portmanteau, is a term that combines the words and concepts of glamour and camping to form “glamping,” which is a truly obnoxious way to miss the point of camping altogether. As a Maine native and avid camper, I cannot imagine complicating the task of sleeping outside with an unnecessary need to bring all the accouterments of a spa or resort. So imagine my consternation and amusement when I searched for “glamping essentials,” and Google showed me the following ridiculous items that “glampers” would need should they find themselves in the great Maine woods. ~ Sarah Cottrell
Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers from island off Boothbay Harbor: Video
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

A Coast Guard helicopter crew based on Cape Cod rescued two kayakers Thursday afternoon after their kayaks capsized near White Island in Boothbay Harbor. A 29-foot rescue boat crew from the Coast Guard station in Boothbay Harbor responded around 2:30 p.m. after getting a call from a woman who said she and another kayaker had capsized but reached White Island. The rescue boat was unable to land on the island because of shallow water and rocky terrain.
Plan to remove dam draws protesters in Vassalboro
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Protesters carrying colorful signs near the Masse Dam on Main Street shouted at motorists to “Save our wildlife!” Thursday afternoon, the latest effort to stall plans to lower the water level and remove the dam as part of a proposed alewife restoration initiative by government and environmental groups. The protest comes about a week before the initiative is scheduled to lower the water level in the stream in anticipation of the removal of Masse Dam later this summer. Property owners say lowering water levels in the stream that runs through their backyards could reduce property values and affect wildlife that has become acclimated to the state of the stream since the dams have been in place.
Commerce Department to Establish Economic Development Team to Strengthen Maine's Forest Economy and Assist Rural Communities Impacted by Mill Closures
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins and Representatives Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree received letters today from the U.S. Department of Commerce announcing that it has agreed to establish an integrated, multi-agency Economic Development Assessment Team, known as an EDAT, to assist Maine’s forest products industry in the wake of several mill closures. The goal of the EDAT will be to leverage the power of multiple federal government agencies and harness stakeholder input to create economic development strategies that help pave the way for job growth in rural Maine communities in the years to come.
Collins and King Cast Preliminary Vote to Block Consumers' Right to Know about GMO Foods
Other - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

MOFGA - Late on Wednesday night, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward on the new bill designed to kill mandatory labeling laws for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The tally was 68 to 29, with three senators not voting. Disappointingly, Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King came down on the wrong side of the first vote on this sell-out bill. If passed by the U.S. Senate after July 4th, the Monsanto-backed bill would overturn strong state GMO Labeling laws in Maine, Vermont and Connecticut. Collins and King are defying the unanimous sentiment of Maine's State House of Representatives, Maine's State Senate, Maine's Governor, Maine's Attorney General, and 95% of Maine citizens who support Maine's labeling law.
Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs
Reuters - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society.
Farmers, lumberjacks, fishermen are occupations with highest suicide rates
Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen kill themselves most often, according to a large new study of workers in the U.S. that showed enormous differences of suicide rates across jobs. Researchers found the highest suicide rates in manual laborers who work in isolation and face unsteady employment. The lowest rate was in teachers, educators and librarians.
Penobscot basketmaker wins nation’s highest honor in the traditional arts
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Theresa Secord, a Penobscot basketmaker from Waterville, received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. “It’s really a humbling experience,” she said Thursday. “I am just like the average person, thinking, ‘Wow, this can’t be for me.'” Six other Maine artists have previously won the award: Passamaquoddy basketmakers Molly Neptune-Parker, Clara Keezer and Mary Gabriel; traditional wooden boatbuilder Ralph Stanley; Shaker singer Sister Mildred Barker; and fiddler Simon St. Pierre. Secord is founder of the Maine Indian Basketmaker’s Alliance.
The Antarctic ozone hole has finally started to ‘heal,’ scientists report
Washington Post - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

In a major new paper in the influential journal Science, a team of researchers report strikingly good news about a 30-year-old environmental problem. The Antarctic ozone “hole” — which, when it was first identified in the mid-1980s, focused public attention like few other pieces of environmental news — has begun, in their words, to finally “heal.” The initial discovery that ozone depleting chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) carried in refrigerants, spray cans and other substances could damage the stratospheric layer that protects us from ultraviolet solar radiation (and thus, skin cancer) came in 1974. But it wasn’t until the sudden discovery of a vast seasonal ozone “hole” over Antarctica in 1985 that the world was shocked into action.
St. George Students Help Alewives Return to Tenants Harbor
Free Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Alewives have returned to the Tenants Harbor marsh after an absence of 40 years, thanks in part to eighth-graders from the St. George School who became enthusiastic about citizen science. The effort to bring alewives back was started by the St. George Conservation Commission, who worked with the state departments of Marine Resources, Transportation, and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to restore the historical run up the tidal creek and into what locals call the Town Marsh. Since 2009, the DMR has released about 1,500 alewives into the marsh a year in the hopes that some of their spawn would survive, go to sea, and return after four years to repeat the cycle.
U.N. urges tax on meat to save planet and people
Washington Post - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Evidence is accumulating that meat, particularly red meat, is a disaster for the environment — and not so great for human beings, too. By 2050, scientists forecast that emissions from agriculture alone will account for how much carbon dioxide the world can use to avoid catastrophic global warming. It already accounts for one-third of emissions today — and half of that comes from livestock. That’s a driving reason why members of a United Nations panel last month urged its environmental assembly to consider recommending a tax on meat producers and sellers. By raising the cost of buying meat, it would ultimately aim to reduce production and demand for it.
L.L. Bean gives another $1 million to MDI bus system
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The Island Explorer bus system, which provides fare-free transportation on and around Mount Desert Island each summer and fall, is getting a big gift in connection with the park’s 100th anniversary this year. Maine-based retailer L.L. Bean is giving the propane-powered bus system another $1 million, officials indicated Thursday in a written statement. With the new gift, L.L. Bean has donated and pledged more than $4 million toward the Island Explorer since 2002.
Dry Conditions Could Reduce Maine's Wild Blueberry Harvest
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Maine's wild blueberry crop is on its way to ripening, but the berries aren't in the bucket just yet. It's been a drier than average spring, and experts say that could cause some crop loss if things don't turn around. "There are lots of little berries out there but whether those little berries stay on the bushes depends on whether we get the rain," says David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
More Than 40 Work Together In Maine To Save Injured Hiker
Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Maine authorities say a group of more than 40 people collaborated to carry to safety a 20-year-old Connecticut hiker who was injured while descending a Baxter State Park trail. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the hiker, a resident of Salisbury, Conn., fell and was hurt a little less than three miles up a trail. She was unable to walk. Park rangers treated the hiker and she was then carried back to Katahdin Stream Campground, where she could be taken by ambulance to Millinocket Regional Hospital. The rescue effort took nearly 10 hours and included members of Maine Association of Search, the Maine Forest Service and others.
‘Moose safari’ gets lucky in the Moosehead region
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Quietly, Ashley Patterson, a Maine registered guide and the leader of the “moose safari,” motioned for everyone to gather together, then for each person to grasp the gunwales of the canoe beside theirs, forming a raft of four boats, floating side by side. That evening, Patterson would write in her mandatory moose report for the guide service that her evening tour had spotted six moose — a cow and calf by the road, an adult bull walking down the road leisurely and a cow, calf and yearling on the pond — as well as a young black bear, which darted across the road during their drive, a porcupine by the road, an osprey wheeling in the air above the pond, a family of ducks and a loon.
Planners in Maine Town OK Expanded Community Solar Farm
Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The China planning board on Tuesday approved a plan by New England solar energy company ReVision Energy to build the farm on an uncultivated field. The company had originally planned for up to 150 panels that would generate 50 kilowatts of energy. But the new plan calls for up to 650 panels that would generate up to 200 kilowatts of energy for as many as nine owners. The modules will cover up to 12,000 square feet of land. The company's engineer says it expects to complete the project by the fall.
Maine paddler finishes 1,500-mile voyage in 70 days
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

After 70 days of paddling, through storms and sun, John Connelly of Falmouth kayaked into Kittery Harbor last week to celebrate the completion of PaddleQuest 1500, a 1,500-mile odyssey that linked four major water routes in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. The voyage, starting April 16 and ending June 24, may be the first time a paddler has connected the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Saint John River, Bay of Fundy and Maine Island Trail, paddling all four in one continuous journey and traveling between waterways by portaging. The trip took him through two countries, four states, 22 streams and 58 lakes.
Lakes are a Maine treasure worth protecting
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Last weekend, I spent a day at the Maine Lakes Society’s annual convention, and told some of my lake stories to a small group of other lake-lovers. The message that came out of the day’s presentations rang true with me: Our lakes are special. And if we want them to remain that way, we’ve got to do what we can to protect them.
Maine Forest Service urges caution this weekend with all outdoor fires
Maine Government News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The Maine Forest Service is requesting people be extremely careful with any outdoor fires, especially over the holiday weekend. There has been an increase in wildfires this year and with the current forecast for warm and dry weather over the fourth of July, there could be more. So far in 2016, there have been 464 wildfires throughout Maine that have burned a total of 752 acres. This is roughly 12% more fires and affected acreage than from the entire 2015 fire season.
Time to stop whining and start dealing with Warden Service problems
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The personal attacks challenging my motives for writing about problems and issues in the Maine Warden Service are disappointing. Here’s my challenge to those who are attacking me and my motives. It’s time to stop whining and time to start answering why? Why are those undercover tactics necessary? Why do we have so few women wardens? Why have women wardens never been promoted to leadership positions? Why, when complaints about a game warden are received, does the Warden Service still investigate itself? Why are you continuing to attack me, instead of answering these questions and helping us address these concerns that are shared by so many people?
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