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Announcement - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

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Growing More Crops in Less Space, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Workshop leader Will Bonsai is director of the Scattered Project. He is best known for his work in preserving crop diversity. At St. Paul's Church, Brunswick, March 25, 2-3:30 pm, $5 donation. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Ski-A-Thon, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation promotes year-round education and training for individuals with disabilities to develop skills, enhance independence, and provide enjoyment through active recreation. In addition to being an excellent fundraiser, the Ski-A-Thon is a ton of fun. Fundraising goal: $380,000.
Stand up for Federal Bird Conservation Funding
Action Alert - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

The proposed federal budget would gut major programs and protections for birds and their habitats. One-third of migratory bird species have already lost significant populations as threats to wildlife increase. Tell your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to make protecting migratory birds a priority in the federal budget. ~ American Bird Conservancy
Earth Hour, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Join millions of people around the world—along with businesses, cities, and landmarks—who will turn off lights in celebration of Earth Hour. March 24, from 8:30 - 9:30 am local time.
Solar Energy for ME, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Friday, March 16, 2018 

Dylan Voorhees, Climate & Clean Energy Director for the Natural Resource Council of Maine, and Rep. Seth Berry, House Chair of the Maine Legislature's Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, discuss expanding solar energy in Maine. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Resist Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as Secretary of State
Action Alert - Thursday, March 15, 2018 

Trump just fired Rex Tillerson, one of the few people left in his cabinet who was willing to speak out against Vladimir Putin. But even more egregious is that Trump nominated Mike Pompeo, a xenophobic, pro-torture, climate-denying war hawk, to replace Tillerson.
Protect Maine from EPA budget cuts
Action Alert - Monday, March 12, 2018 

There have been more than 90 of harmful amendments proposed that undermine federal safeguards to everything we rely on the EPA to protect: our air, water, climate, and wildlife.
Ask Congress to Oppose Anti-wolf Riders
Action Alert - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Congress will likely vote in the next two weeks on a 2018 spending bill for the Department of Interior. Because that legislation is likely to be broadly supported, anti-wolf legislators are using it as a vehicle to try to pass their otherwise unpopular attacks on wildlife. Email your senator or representative and ask that they persuade Leadership to strip these "riders" prior to the bill being voted on. ~ Endangered Species Coalition
What’s a woodlot and what do I do if I have one? Mar 19
Event - Posted - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Morten Moesswilde, District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, will talk about the most common considerations for landowners with 2 to 200 acres. At Belfast Library, March 19, 6 pm.
Powering Change: Saving Our Environment—and Saving Money, Mar 19
Event - Posted - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Panelists: Sophie Janeway, Climate and Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Gary Friedmann, President, A Climate to Thrive; and Martha Dickinson, Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee. At Moore Community Centre, Ellsworth, March 19, 7 pm. Hosted by Ellsworth Garden Club.
Baxter State Park Visiting Artist
Announcement - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Visiting Artists are asked to hold one evening program and one open studio with the public during their stay, and within one year to provide the Park with professional quality images, prints, or documents representative of their style and resulting from their experience. Dates: August 11-24, 2018. Applications due by April 20.
Help wanted: Baxter State Park Director
Announcement - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

The Baxter State Park Authority seeks an active, experienced individual to serve as the Director.
Winter Family Fun Day, March 17 CANCELLED
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Ice fishing demo, wildlife exhibit, snowmobile tote rides, winter camping demo, build a bird house, enjoy a bonfire-scavenger hunt, door prizes, & more. At Lily Bay State Park, March 17, 10 am - 3 pm.
Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo, Mar 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Theme: Women In Fly Fishing featuring panel discussions with prominent women in the fly fishing industry. At Gould Academy, Bethel, March 17, adults $5; kids under 16 free.
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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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