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Maine's Fascinating Sturgeon, Jun 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Dr. Gayle Zydlewski will present about sturgeon life history and habitat as well as their population in the Kennebec and Sheepscot Rivers and other parts of Maine. At Bath Freight Shed, June 26, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Midcoast Conservancy.
FarmYard Jam, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Multiple musical acts, food trucks, farm tours, corn hole, games for kids, farm animals and mini horse cart rides. Benefits Growing to Give, which grows organic food at Scatter Good Farm using climate-friendly methods, and donates it to local people with food insecurity through food banks and pantries. At Scatter Good Farm, Brunswick, June 23, 5-9 pm, $10 per adult, 12 and under free.
Maine Forests and Their Importance to People, Nature, and Our Climate, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Andy Cutko, Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy in Maine, will speak about special habitats and places in Maine, what is threatening them, and strategies for conserving Maine’s natural heritage. At Highland Green Community Center, Topsham, June 25, 7 pm.
Your fundamental rights are under attack
Action Alert - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Greenpeace is launching a month-long campaign to raise $500,000 between now and July 14 — money that is desperately needed as we continue our work across all our programs and defend ourselves against SLAPP lawsuits.
Urge Maine Legislative Leaders to Authorize Clean Water Bond
Action Alert - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Maine's legislative leaders are expected to strike a deal concerning water bonds on June 18. Calls needed by their constituents to:
• Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Waldo County: home (207) 223-5177, cell (207) 949-1481
• House Minority Leader Rep. Ken Fredette, Newport: home (207) 368-5562, House Republican office (207) 287-1440
Scott Pruitt's next goal: Destroy science
Action Alert - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

In one of his most outrageous moves yet, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is pushing a proposal to grant himself the power to censor science — including research that demonstrates the harmful impacts that his big polluter allies have on our clean air and water, our land, our wildlife, and our climate. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
Field Trip: Brunswick Town Commons South, Jun 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Participate in a citizen science project to survery breeding birds along this town-owned property looking and listening for breeding birds. Meet at Brunswick Town Commons parking area off Harpswell Rd. (Rt. 123), June 24, 6:30 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Field Trip: Brunswick Town Commons North, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

Participate in a citizen science project to survey breeding birds along this town-owned and Bowdoin College property. Meet at Brunswick Town Commons parking area off Harpswell Rd. (Rt. 123), June 23, 6:30 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
48th Maine Lakes Conference, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

This year’s conference emphasizes community action and the connections between ourselves and the natural world. At University of Maine at Farmington, June 23, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Ferns of Merrymeeting Fields, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

Maine Master Naturalist volunteer Alan Seamans will lead the way to uncover the world of these often overlooked flowerless, seedless plants. At Merrymeeting Fields Preserve, Woolwich, June 23, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Swanville Grass Walk, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

Maine is home to around 235 species of grasses. Meet some of the common grasses with Matt Arsenault, co-author of “Grasses of Maine.” At Thanhauser-Chunn farm, Swanville, June 23, 10 am 12 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Solstice by the Sea, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 14, 2018 

Join Friends of Sears Island to celebrate the longest day of the year. At Sears Island, June 21, 6 pm to sundown.
Solar Walking Tour, South Portland, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 14, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy for a walking tour of the 1 MW solar array at the South Portland Landfill. In 2017 the City installed 2,944 photovoltaic panels on the 34-acre former landfill. June 21, 9 am.
Bald Pate Summer Solstice Hike, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 14, 2018 

Celebrate the summer solstice with the Loon Echo Land Trust annual hike up Bald Pate Mountain. Meet at Bald Pate Preserve parking area, Bridgton, June 21, 3 pm.
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FDA reconsiders ‘added-sugar’ labeling requirement for honey, maple syrup
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The Food and Drug Administration will reconsider requiring “added-sugar” labeling on pure maple syrup and honey after receiving thousands of comments on the proposed change. Producers of maple syrup and honey were upset by the requirement for an added-sugar labeling, saying it would be confusing and could have a devastating effect on their businesses.
Mountain bike: Rick Swan Trail System in Old Town
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The Rick Swan Trail System is a mountain biking and wildlife watching destination located on an 850-acre forested parcel on Perch Pond in Old Town. Since the property came under ownership of the University of Maine in 2010, local mountain bikers have developed more than eight miles of intersecting single-track trails under the direction of UMaine forester Al Kimball, the Forest Society of Maine and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. In addition, old gravel roads and a number of hiking trails are tied into the network.
Skowhegan, Kingfield awarded trail grants by BikeMaine
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The nonprofit Main Street Skowhegan is one of two area groups awarded trail grants announced this week by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Main Street Skowhegan will receive $10,000 as part of this year’s BikeMaine grants for trail work in a loop around the downtown Kennebec River Gorge the future site of the Run of River Whitewater Recreation Area. Kingfield Trail Builders, in Franklin County, plans to use the $3,025 in grant money to improve nonmotorized trails and trail connections, install shared bike-lane markings and add bike racks in key locations around Kingfield. Mahoosuc Pathways, based in Bethel, will receive $3,250 and apply the funding to the improvement of mountain bike trails at the Crescent Park School. BikeMaine 2018 is scheduled for Sept. 8-15.
Future uncertain for Aroostook ReEnergy plants
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Aroostook County’s two biomass energy plants are facing a precarious future that could shake out this summer. The ReEnergy biomass plants in Ashland and Fort Fairfield could shut down in September for an undetermined amount of time. But the company is hoping that some changes could buy the facilities time as they pursue potential “co-location” projects with business partners that could pave the way to longer-term financial sustainability. One of four Maine biomass plants operated by New York-based ReEnergy, the Ashland and Fort Fairfield facilities have been particularly hit hard by low wholesale electricity prices, transmission fees and a decline in the value of renewable energy credits.
Shawn Moody tells Republicans at rally he’d carry on LePage’s legacy
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Republican state lawmakers and former candidates for governor rallied at the State House on Tuesday in support of Shawn Moody, the party’s pick to be its candidate in the 2018 governor’s race. With Maine Democrats still awaiting the results of their primary race as ballots were being counted and retabulated in Maine’s first statewide ranked-choice election, Moody told supporters he intended to carry on the legacy and policies of outgoing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Moody, who has recruited LePage’s daughter and other former LePage staffers to work on his campaign, spoke glowingly of LePage.
Maine’s farm community mourns loss of conservation pioneer who trained generation of farmers
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The Maine agricultural community is mourning the recent loss of a Hancock County man described as a pioneer of farmland conservation who shared his love of farming with horses with the world. Paul Birdsall, who died June 12 at age 91, made Horsepower Farm in Penobscot into a destination for many who came to learn how he and his late wife, Mollie, successfully farmed with the help of their hardworking Belgian and Suffolk Punch workhorses. He was a longtime leader in the Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association community and was a pioneer of Maine land conservation, helping to found both the Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Belfast-based Maine Farmland Trust.
State energy official refuses to identify members of wind-farm review panel
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is refusing to identify the members of a public commission charged with reviewing the impact of wind farms on the state’s tourism economy. LePage, a strident critic of wind power, ordered the commission created in January under an executive order that allows it to gather public comments but meet in secret. Now the administration is also keeping secret the names of the group’s members, saying it will reveal them only after public comments have been gathered.
LePage’s wind energy commission is picked, but he won’t say who’s on it
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is seeking public comment on wind energy development after a controversial executive order on that issue earlier this year, but LePage and his staff aren’t saying who is on an advisory panel after disclosing in a lawsuit that it was formed in May. It’s a continuation of LePage’s broad and contested executive order looking to block new wind permits in Maine. Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, said questions around the makeup of the panel make it difficult for him to tell members how to respond. “To me, if it’s really just a group of people who are known to hate wind, it’s not worth everybody’s time and effort to put together a very detailed set of comments,” he said.
Kate Dempsey: Connecting the Dots
Other - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Bowdoin College magazine - Kate Dempsey, Bowdoin College class of ’88, is the state director in Maine for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) headquartered in the Ft. Andross Mill in Brunswick.
Good News From the Allagash
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The 300-page volume, "Storied Lands & Waters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway" is the product of a two-year collaboration between the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Principal author is Bruce Jacobson, former Chief of Planning & Land Resources for Acadia National Park and Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. In addition to the Waterway’s heritage resource assessment, the report presents an elaborate menu of options to interpret the exceptional assets of the Waterway, and to advance teaching and learning about the Waterway in Maine’s classrooms.
As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients
National Public Radio - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Plants need carbon dioxide to live. But its effects on them are complicated. As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of climate change, scientists are trying to pin down how the plants we eat are being impacted. Mounting evidence suggests that many key plants lose nutritional value at higher CO2 levels, and scientists are running experiments all over the world to try to tease out the effects.
Guide to New England Slang
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Working on your Maine accent? This Guide to New England slang might help.
Opinion: Hospitality industry leader: Don’t tie tourism’s success to Maine’s economic woes
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The hard reality is that our state’s growth problems exist because we have longstanding issues going back hundreds of years. Typically, we do not welcome new permanent residents – foreign or domestic; we distrust business in general, and that’s reflected in our policies and regulations; and economic development is viewed as something to be controlled lest it destroy our “quality of life.” Maine’s hospitality industry is the model and path for long-term sustainable growth of Maine’s entire economy, and for bringing more permanent residents here. ~ Steve Hewing, Maine Innkeepers and Maine Restaurant associations
Opinion: Lack of government transparency hinders work to improve Maine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Government by the people, for the people is characterized by transparency, accountability, participation and inclusion. In Maine, we have a strong legacy of town halls, relatively high voter participation rates and publicly accessible information and accountability. However, our publicly accessible information for accountability has come under threat in the last few years. There are several public data systems that are not working. ~ Flynn Ross, co-coordinator, Maine chapter of Scholars Strategy Network
China’s threatened tariff on lobster from U.S. has Maine’s industry on edge
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The Maine lobster industry is reeling at the prospect of losing its biggest overseas market. Industry leaders warn that a proposed 25 percent Chinese tariff on U.S. lobster exports will drive U.S. lobster prices down, causing untold harm to an industry that was counting on China to offset market losses in Europe caused by a trade deal between Canada and the European Union. When the American lobster industry hurts, Maine’s economy does, too.
Column: EPA would be better off without Pruitt
Sun Journal - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt long ago acquired the moniker “scandal plagued” in the press. As the stories continued to pile up, week after week, often astonishingly petty and memorable, it became impossible to conclude that Pruitt wasn’t behaving selfishly and indefensibly. Every indication is that Pruitt’s questionable practices have created a poisonous internal atmosphere at EPA. None of this is necessary to deregulation; indeed, it detracts from doing the work. The Natural Resources Defense Council calls Andrew Wheeler, the former energy lobbyist, “Scott Pruitt’s ideological twin.” He should take up Pruitt’s baton. ~ Rich Lowry
Blog: Visit the Cutler Coast, but Please Be Gentle on this Fragile Land
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Amid the 12,234 acres of the Cutler Coast Public Lands in Cutler are 4.5 miles of precipitous headlands interspersed with pocket coves and cobble beaches – a cool, windswept environment that overlooks the Bay of Fundy. Take a walk along this wild and rugged stretch of the Downeast coast, complete with maritime spruce and fir forests, grassy meadows and upland peat bogs, and it will be abundantly clear why it’s also known as the Bold Coast. ~ Carey Kish
South Portland’s ‘Clear Skies’ ordinance clouds pipeline company’s future, CEO says as trial begins
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Tanker deliveries of foreign crude oil to Portland Pipe Line Corp. terminals in South Portland have essentially stopped in the last nine months, the company’s president and CEO testified Monday, kicking off the long-awaited federal trial challenging the city’s “Clear Skies” ordinance. The company is trying to show that the 2014 municipal ban on shipping crude oil from the city’s waterfront violates the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, which gives Congress sole power to regulate foreign and interstate trade. Environmental groups and others who supported the Clear Skies ordinance say tar sands oil is more hazardous to load onto ships, transport through pipelines and clean up if spilled.
Summer fruit season kicks off with strawberries across central Maine
Kennebec Journal - Monday, June 18, 2018 

This year's crop is in good shape and at least 10 days earlier than past years.
Land donation prompts plan for new village park in Belgrade
Kennebec Journal - Monday, June 18, 2018 

One of the entrances to Belgrade Lakes Village could have a new look next year thanks to the generosity of Lynn and Phyllis Matson of Rome, who donated property and land for a public park on a triangle of land between Route 27 and West Road. The Matsons, who retired to the Belgrade area full time in 2010, bought the land several years ago and recently donated it to the Friends of Belgrade Lakes Village. The couple also promised to provide the funding to create a welcoming park, including a gazebo, through donations to the Friends group.
LePage May Get Job Offer From Trump Administration
Associated Press - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Maine's Republican governor said the Trump administration has reached out to him about a job but that there's "nothing concrete at this time." Gov. Paul LePage told Fox News' "Cavuto Live" last weekend that he is planning to take some time off after he leaves office in January, and that he is exploring his options. LePage said that the president "made some overtures" and that he may be asked "to do certain things." The governor said it probably wouldn't involve a cabinet-level position. He said he doesn't want to live full time in the nation's capital.
2019 Global Seafood Sustainability Conference to be Held in Bangkok
Other - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Diversified Communications, which is based in Portland, Maine, announced today that the 15th edition of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier conference on seafood sustainability, will take place June 10-14, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Biddeford gets grant to upgrade Clifford Park
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Biddeford will use a grant from the Elmira B. Sewell Foundation to make Clifford Park safer and more accessible to users, city officials announced Monday. The $52,500 grant from the foundation’s Healthy People, Healthy Places program will allow several city departments and the Heart of Biddeford blaze new trails, clean up debris more easily and add signs to increase safety on the trails.
Do you think moose hunters want to shoot calves?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, June 18, 2018 

DIFW’s new moose management plan notes that as Maine moves into a new horizon moose management impacts of winter ticks, a warming climate, changing forest practices and new information on moose health have resulted in some uncertainty for moose in the state. That is an understatement. The plan presents lots of goals, objectives, and initiatives that will be very challenging given the department’s minimal staffing and budget. I have to note that new fisheries management plans started with the same process at the same time but have been suspended for the last two years and are nowhere near completion. That is not acceptable to Maine anglers.
Emerald Ash Borer Discovery Subject Of Meeting in Northern Maine
Associated Press - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Maine forestry officials are holding a meeting near the Canadian border to address the discovery of a destructive forest pest in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emerald ash borer was discovered recently in Madawaska in Aroostook County. The state says the detection of the borers is a first in Maine. The forestry department says the borer kills most species of ash and presents a major threat to Maine's trees.
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