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Creating Backyard Habitat, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 24, 2017 

Hildy Ellis, district coordinator of Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk on “Beyond the Birdfeeder, Creating Backyard Habitat.” At Rockport Opera House, July 6, 1 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

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Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine or opening it to logging and mining as well as expanding areas for hunting, trapping, and off-road vehicles. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to rescind or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Stop Trump-LePage’s Monumental Betrayal
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Let's tell Secretary Zinke that any attempt to revoke the Katahdin Woods and Waters and other National Monuments is an assault on our historical, cultural, and natural heritage, and that our public lands must be protected for generations to come. ~ Sierra Club
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Defend Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

There was a multi-year process that incorporated public input to protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, which garnered broad support in Maine and across the country. And yet the Trump administration issued an executive order that may alter the size of or even attempt to eliminate the national park site. ~ National Parks Conservation Association
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review – and potentially eliminate or shrink – protections of some of our nation’s most pristine national monuments, including Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is a direct attack on our shared Maine history and heritage. ~ League of Conservation Voters
"Born to Rewild," Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

This documentary features wilderness ultratrekker John Davis who traveled 5,000 human-powered miles from Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway, a mega wildlife corridor along the western spine of North America, during an epic conservation journey called TrekWest. Also, William Stolzenburg will read from his book "Heart Of A Lion." At Frontier, Brunswick, June 29, 7 pm, $5 in advance, $6 day of show.
The Future of Maine's Fisheries: Threats Posed by Federal Budget Cuts, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Leaders from Maine’s marine and fisheries communities discuss how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA and NOAA would hurt Maine’s marine environment, economy, and research—and what you can do to help protect these important marine resources. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Luther Bonney Building, Talbot Hall, June 29, 6 pm.
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Blue Hill Public Library, June 29, 7 pm. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.
Celebrate MITA's new home, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Join Maine Island Trail Association staff, trustees and friends to help celebrate this exciting new chapter. At 100 Kensington St, 2nd Floor, Portland, June 28, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Mountain Lions in Maine – Rewilding the Maine Woods, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Panel discussion about the challenges involved in bringing large, apex predators, specifically the cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther) and other wildlife back to their native habitat in the Northeast corridor, and how human communities can adapt to co-exist with and even benefit from them. At DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, June 28, 7 pm, $8.
Renewable Energy Activity – Global to Regional, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Lawrence Mott, Director Americas of SgurrEnergy, a global renewable engineering firm, will speak on the current status of large scale wind and solar projects, technology, and policy here and abroad. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, June 28, 5:30 pm.
Solar bill
Action Alert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

The Maine Senate has voted unanimously to support the majority report in support of LD 1504 the solar policy bill. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on LD 1504. The bill is a step toward overturning an anti-solar PUC rule and increasing the accessibility of community solar. The governor has been bullying lawmakers into supporting his anti-renewable ideology. Email your Senator and Representative now to urge them to support this solar bill. ~ NRCM & Maine Audubon
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Faith groups lobby Congress for climate bill
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

Maine Interfaith Power and Light, a non-profit founded by a group of religious communities, is rallying the state's faithful to demand congressional action that promotes clean energy and cuts greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are heating the planet and changing climate patterns. The effort is part of a national initiative that will culminate the weekend of Feb. 12-14 with a national "preach-in" on climate change.

Money at core of fishing dispute
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

On the surface, the argument over a proposed state license for saltwater sportfishing is about tradition and freedom. But dollars and cents will more likely make or break the idea in the Legislature. A saltwater license could have financial implications for two state agencies, and the money at stake is helping to motivate both supporters and opponents, including the Maine Lobstermen's Association and the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

Wind backers decry conflict-of-interest claims
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

As Maine rushes to embrace wind power, unnamed critics posting on Internet sites and reader comment pages contend that money and political connections -- reaching all the way to the governor's office -- are greasing the skids. A repeated theme focuses on Gov. John Baldacci and Kurt Adams, former chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The charge has become more persistent over the past year, as the pace of energy development has picked up in Maine, fueled by federal stimulus money, efforts to cut reliance on oil and strong support for renewable energy by both Baldacci and President Obama.


Opinion: Make North Woods next governor's priority
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

First, a comprehensive planning strategy should begin with recognition that these forested areas are part of a larger region. Second, a 7-member Temporary Commission on the Future of the North Woods should be created. Third, in cooperation with the organized communities, the commission would prepare local land use plans to protect special places and preserve land uses in a North Woods State Park and Forest Reserve. Fourth, the commission would determine the organization necessary to insure land acquisition and management of the park and reserve, and administration and enforcement of the local land use plans.
Editorial: Companies that conserve should not have to pay more
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

A funny thing happened to some Maine businesses when they tried to save energy by making their plants more efficient: Their electric bills went up. By reducing their demand, the companies stopped getting a bulk power discount. The PUC wisely ruled that customers who reduce their demand for power should still get the best rate.
Sportsmen looking over clover for deer herd
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, January 31, 2010 

While state biologists ponder what can be done to help increase the dwindling deer herd in northern Maine after the past two severe winters, the members of the Aroostook County Conservation Association have taken matters into their own hands by planting crops of clover and planning their second annual coyote hunting contest.
Bill would help to map flood plains
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

As ice jammed the Kennebec River this week, lawmakers on the Natural Resources Committee considered a bill that supporters said would make it much easier to plan for future floods. The bill would allocate $250,000 to map much of the state using technology called LiDAR – Light Detection and Ranging.

Lawmakers sadly split on business, environment
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Horace Hildreth, a former Republican lawmaker from Falmouth, knew there was a pretty deep partisan divide in Augusta even before he started looking at voting records. But even he was surprised at just how deep and wide that divide really is when it comes to Maine's environment and economy.

Snowmobiles get faster, cost more
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Snowmobiling has come a long way since 1908 when the first track and ski vehicle — the cumbersome Lombard log hauler — was built in Waterville. Today’s snowmobiles are exponentially smaller, faster and more maneuverable than the Lombard or the 1913 track and ski conversion built by Virgil White, the man said to have first coined the term “snowmobile.”
Snowmobile enthusiasts fuel $350 million economic boom statewide
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Part 1 - Bob Meyers, executive director of the Maine Snowmobile Association, said snowmobiling in Maine is a $300 - $350 million business responsible for 23,000 jobs statewide.
Group seeking tighter limits on solid waste disposal rules
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Heartened by the state DEP’s recent rejection of a proposed expansion of the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, community members and activists called Friday for the state to exercise stronger oversight of all public and commercial landfills.
Letter: Wind cries ‘pride’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

As a result of the Fox Islands Wind Project, electricity prices have dropped significantly for all 1,800 residents. Far, far fewer than one person in 10 is bothered by the sound from the project.
Letters: No candidates back North Woods park? That's a shame
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Maine's politicians have demonstrated zero leadership in exploring a new national park for Maine. Hopefully, some gubernatorial candidates will emerge to represent the majority of Mainers who, at minimum, want a feasibility study done to explore the national park option for the North Woods.
Letter: As Earth Day nears, recall need to protect our assets
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

The 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day is April 22, so this is a good time to treat every day as Earth Day. Maine's forests play a vital role in soaking up carbon, and our natural areas also help wildlife adapt to climate change by giving species a chance to move to areas that provide the conditions they need to survive.
Caution urged on Moosehead
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Anglers will flock to the state’s largest lake this weekend for the third annual Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby with former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven. One veteran water-watcher said those anglers would be wise to exercise caution on the big lake.
Connecticut Parks Bring In The Deer Hunters
Other - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

NRP - A booming deer population has become an issue across much of the eastern half of the country. Much of the deer population growth is in suburbs, where hunting isn't a big part of the culture. But some Connecticut suburbs are so fed up, they're opening up their parks and woods to hunters.
Mayor sees no gain for Biddeford in trash plan
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 30, 2010 

Biddeford Mayor Joanne Twomey has withdrawn her support for a deal to transform the Maine Energy Recovery Co. incinerator and has quit the task force formed by Gov. John Baldacci to put the plan together because it became clear to her during the past year of negotiations that Biddeford has nothing to gain.
Rockland church to celebrate Green Sanctuary certification
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 29, 2010 

The First Universalist Church will celebrate the congregation’s certification as a Green Sanctuary at its worship service at 10 a.m. this Sunday. The Green Sanctuary Program provides a path for congregational study and reflection and a call to individual and collective actions in response to environmental challenges.
Group seeking tighter limits on solid waste disposal rules
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Community members and activists called Friday for the state to revise its policies governing the management and regulation of solid waste disposal. Heartened by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s recent rejection of a proposed expansion of the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, participants at a news conference said the state should exercise stronger oversight of all public and commercial landfills
New warden service facility draws criticism
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 29, 2010 

A brand-new two-story camp constructed by wardens for their enforcement work at Baker Lake deep in the forest in northern Somerset County has come under fire from some legislators, who question the logic of spending the funds at a wilderness camp when the department is seeking fee increases from sportsmen.

Preparation, challenge: skiing to the North Pole
Portland Press Herald - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Tyler Fish and friend John Huston finished their historic 500-mile Nordic ski journey across the North Pole last April, but Fish is still wondering why they embarked on the rigorous odyssey. The two men became the first Americans to complete a human-powered, unassisted Nordic ski journey across the North Pole. Fish, an alumnus of Bates College and a Minnesotan, will be in Lewiston this Saturday (7 p.m., Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave., Bates College) to retell his amazing journey as part of the 90th anniversary celebration of the Bates Outing Club.

Underwater turbine to be unveiled in Bath
Portland Press Herald - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Composite turbines that are designed to harness the power of moving water will be unveiled today in Bath, before they're shipped to a pending tidal power project in Eastport.

Interview with a Seal
Maine Outdoor Journal - Friday, January 29, 2010 

There are few animals on this earth as endearing as seal pups, and at Reid State Park, I see quite a few of them. Until last week, I’d never had a report of a seal stranded in the woods.
Composites convergence
Times Record - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Today in Bath, America’s first tidal power turbines made entirely from composites will be unveiled, a move trumpeted by industry, university and political leaders as a historic breakthrough.
Oil dealers support haze rules
Kennebec Journal - Friday, January 29, 2010 

Maine's oil dealers and some lawmakers support moving the state to cleaner-burning oil, but concerns about supply are driving debate in the Legislature.
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