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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

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Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many state buildings in 'rough' condition
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 29, 2010 

In addition to the 34 camps and houses the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife owns on state-owned and leased lands, the state also owns 56 structures within the Department of Conservation that include staff housing and camps. [Online map]
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.
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