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Geology Walk, Aug 28
Event - Posted - Monday, August 21, 2017 

Leader: Peter Goodwin. At Bowdoinham, August 28, 4:30-6 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Georges River Land Trust marks 30 years
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 20, 2017 

Georges River Land Trust invites members and friends to get out their boat togs and dancing shoes to celebrate 30 years of conservation along the Georges River. At Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding boatyard, Thomaston, August 27, 2:45 - 6:30 p.m, $40.
Bird Monitoring, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 19, 2017 

Join a marsh-wide survey of birds and help document all present species timed to catch the beginning of shorebird migration. At Scarborough Marsh, August 26, 7-10 am, free.
Head Harbor Passage Boat Trip, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 19, 2017 

A birding trip to Head Harbor Passage and the surrounding Canadian Islands. At Eastport, August 26, 10 am – 2 pm; Maine Audubon Members $60, Non-members $75.
Don’t let Trump censor climate science
Action Alert - Friday, August 18, 2017 

President Donald Trump may censor a comprehensive and alarming new report written by scientists from 13 federal agencies — research that confirms climate change is real, it’s caused by human activity and it’s already hurting people across the U.S. We deserve to know the truth about climate change — no matter how inconvenient it may be for Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Aug 25-26
Event - Posted - Friday, August 18, 2017 

The Life Happens Outside Festival celebrates Maine's outdoors and its passionate outdoor community. Featuring 6 outdoor villages, 40+ vendors, interactive workshops, exhibits, gear demos, food, and live music. Free giveaways, competitions, outdoor presentations, and the ability to purchase outdoor gear directly from the brands. At Thompson's Point, Portland, August 25-26.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Aug 25-26
Event - Posted - Friday, August 18, 2017 

Celebrate active, outdoor lifestyles. At Thompson's Point, Portland, August 25 & 26. Sponsored by Teens to Trails.
Nature Detectives, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 17, 2017 

Join a scavenger hunt, make your own nature notebook, and learn how to use the tools of the trade. At Scarborough Marsh, Augoust 24, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Child Members $5, Child Non-members $7, pre-register.
Exploring Nature Through Art, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

Through various art forms children (age 6-10) will discover some of the secrets of Scarborough Marsh; August 22, 10:30 am – 12 pm; Maine Audubon Child Members $5, Child Non-members $7, pre-register.
Sierra Club Maine Climate Action Conference, Sep 16
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

The theme of this year's event is "Maine Community-Based Approaches to a Clean Energy Future and Climate Change Solutions." At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Campus, September 16.
Project WILD Educator Workshop, Aug 21
Event - Posted - Monday, August 14, 2017 

This 6-hour workshop introduces educators to Project WILD materials, activities, and strategies. At Bonny Eagle Middle School, Buxton, August 21, 9 am – 3 pm; Maine Audubon Members $23, Non-members $25.
Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Maine-Wabanaki REACH offers an interactive learning experience, "Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History," a participatory presentation for adults and teens. At Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Brooksville, August 20, 4-6 pm.
CREAtive Walk, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

For more than a year, poet Gary Lawless and photographer James McCarthy have guided monthly walks that inspire conversation among participants about nature. David Reed, a dragonfly/damselfly expert, will join Gary and Jim on this final CREAtive walk. At Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, Aug 20, 9-11 am.
Kayak Scarborough Marsh, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Discover the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. At Scarborough Marsh, August 20, 1–2:30 pm; Maine Audubon Members $13, Non-members $15, deduct $1.50 if you bring your own kayak, must be 16+.
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High Peaks Region receives grant aimed at artistic, economic collaboration
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Communities in northern Franklin County are expected to benefit from the awarding of a $50,000 state grant, with all funds going toward supporting the development of the region's creative economy. The grant calls for the hiring of a part-time coordinator and formation of a High Peaks Cultural Council. The grant also incorporates a proposed Multimedia Arts Center, including a recording studio and space for art or music classes. The proposal is tied into other regional assets, including recently-expanded Fly Rod Crosby Trail.
Maine Woods Consortium awards grant to NMDC
 - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Tourist-based businesses in Aroostook County will benefit from a grant to Northern Maine Development Commission. The Maine Woods Consortium has awarded $3,000 in funding for advancement of the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative.
HVNC Encourages Winter Overnights in Its Primitive Huts
Free Press - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Hidden Valley Nature Center's 1,000 acres offer a rich, peaceful getaway, best absorbed by spending more than just a few hours. Located in Jefferson, HVNC has three primitive huts available for overnights. In an effort to encourage more overnight use of the huts, HVNC is lowering its requested donation rate, especially for HVNC members. There is also a discount for multiple nights, and the base rate includes four people, rather than two.
Natural gas firms offer millions in investment to three Maine towns
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Two utility companies that are bidding for the chance to bring natural gas to thousands of homes and businesses in Cumberland, Yarmouth and Falmouth say they would spend about $60 million to $70 million to expand access to the cost-saving fuel. Maine Natural Gas and Summit Natural Gas are seeking approval from town officials to build a network of piping that would eventually bring gas to roughly 27,000 customers in the coastal surburbs, where oil and propane are now the dominant sources of energy.
Maine plan for a one-acre greenhouse using a hybrid composite concrete framework gets MTI grant
Maine Insights - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

The Maine Technology Institute awarded $68,000 to the Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society in support of research and development targeting greenhouse technologies for a pilot project to increase year-round agriculture in Maine.
Republicans and Democrats agree on limiting governor's bond authority
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Some top Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature agree on one of the hot button issues around the capital: The governor should not be able to hold up bond issues for improvement projects and economic development. The move to limit Gov. Paul LePage's authority on bonds came to light when a new round of bills were made public Thursday. It's the latest in a stream of policy disagreements ranking Republicans have with the Republican governor.
Bangor plant closing will hurt all Maine dairy farmers
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

The recent closing of Garelick Farms in Bangor is having an impact beyond the loss of the dairy processor's 35 jobs. It also means higher costs for Maine's 307 dairy farmers, on top of high feed and fuel prices. Dairy farmers now must strike deals to process their milk at small dairies or one of Maine's two remaining large dairies -- Oakhurst or Hood. Their only alternative is to pay high fuel costs to truck their unprocessed milk to plants out of state. The farmers will take another hit because Garelick's closing reduces the amount of money going into the Maine Milk Pool, a fund to subsidize struggling dairy farmers and ensure that milk produced in Maine is processed and sold in the state.
IBEW rejects Sappi contract setting stage for strike vote
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Electrical workers at Sappi Fine Paper voted against a contract Thursday night, setting the stage for a possible strike. Members of machinists union at Sappi agreed to the contract. There are about 800 employees at the Somerset mill in Skowhegan, including 170 salaried employees.
Here’s a Downeast Dream Job
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Downeast Lakes Land Trust is looking for an education and communications manager. The position will create partnerships with local schools in addition to being in charge of print and online communications. DLLT recently was awarded a 3-year, $285,000 grant from the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust to expand and develop its education and communications program. The Trust is a private foundation established by Barbara Wheatland upon her death in 2010. Its mission is to assist organizations dedicated to the conservation and economic development of forestlands, timberlands, and other natural resources in the State of Maine, as well as related education, research, and other activities supporting the environmentally compatible use and preservation of these resources.
New York Times reporter urges greater climate awareness in Bar Harbor talk
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

New York Times reporter Justin Gillis told an audience of about 80 people gathered Tuesday night at College of the Atlantic that the issue of climate change has been hotly debated in recent years but poorly understood. The public needs to demand more action from their governmental leaders on the issue, he said, and it needs to demand better coverage of the issue from the media. Even though there is no widely held scientific data that supports climate change deniers’ arguments, in his reporting he does not ignore the position of such “deniers” entirely because they do have political influence. Gillis was equally critical of international efforts to mediate environmental treaties between nations because they haven’t worked. “The governments of the world have dragged their feet in meeting their own stated goals largely because not much pressure is coming from their citizens,” he said.
‘Originality’ is Maine’s new tourism calling card
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Most Mainers know a quirky, eccentric, marches-to-a-different-drummer character or two. Those qualities — in more of us than we might admit — now are being used to market Maine to tourists. After researching the elements that connect tourists with a destination, the Maine Office of Tourism chose “originality” as the key theme in its marketing plan, now in full swing for 2013. The marketing campaign plan was released Thursday at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Samoset Resort.
Conservationsists Move to Save Disappearing Bumble Bee
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

You may be aware that European honeybee populations have experienced steep declines in recent years. But they're not the only ones. Another bee is also struggling for survival, and this one is native to the United States. It's the rusty-patched bumble bee. Maine was smack in the middle of its range. "Relatively recently, it's disappeared from more than 85 percent of its historic range," says Sarina Jepson, who is with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Insect conservationists are taking steps to make it the first bumble bee officially listed as an endangered species in America.
Maine's Few Remaining Groundfishermen Face Bleak Future
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Making a living in commericial fishing in the Northeast has gotten tougher with each passing year. Now, regulators have announced strict new limits on the amount of cod that fishermen from Massachusetts to Maine can catch. It's part of an effort to rebuild severely depleted fish stocks. But fishermen worry the new restrictions may put them out of business for good.
Plum Creek and The Rockefeller Group to Pursue Development of 4,722 Acres in the Southeastern U.S.
Other - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Fort Mill Times - Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., and The Rockefeller Group, the global real estate investment and development company, today announced a memorandum of understanding to evaluate and pursue joint venture development projects on 4,722 acres of land in the southeastern United States owned by Plum Creek. The initial agreement covers two large tracts of land, including approximately 2,600 acres in Columbia County, Fla., near the municipality of Lake City, as well as approximately 2,122 acres in Laurens County, Ga., near the municipality of Dublin. The companies have also agreed to review other land parcels owned by Plum Creek for consideration of future development opportunities. [Editor's Note: Plum Creek has received development zoning approval for 17,000 acres in Maine's Moosehead Lake region.]
Maine DEP Certifies New Environmental Leaders In Lodging in Ogunquit, Brunswick
Maine Government News - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Lodging businesses in Ogunquit and Brunswick are the latest in Maine to be recognized for voluntary efforts in reducing their environmental impact by the State’s Department of Environmental Protection. The Abalonia Inn and the Dunes on the Waterfront in Ogunquit and the Inn at Brunswick Station in Brunswick were certified recently by DEP as Environmental Leaders. The State’s self-guided Environmental Leader program encourages lodging facilities, restaurants and grocers to implement sustainable practices that reduce environmental impact. The 125 current certified lodging leaders are also incentivized to participate by recognition within marketing materials published by state tourism and industry associations and by research that shows environmental designations are attractive to customers.
Waterville Winter Carnival canceled second year in a row
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

The annual Winter Carnival in Waterville, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, was canceled Thursday morning due to recent high temperatures and heavy rain. This is the second year in a row organizers have been forced to cancel the big event. Last year, the cancelation was due to dangerous ice and lack of snow cover.
Greenville sled dog race postponed due to rain
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

The eighth annual Plum Creek Wilderness Sled Dog Race in Greenville, originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, has been postponed one week due to the effects of warm rainy weather on trail conditions. Race organizers’ primary concern is the safety of sled dog teams. Snow predicted for next week should bring trails back to prime shape for the event’s new date, Feb. 9.
Helicopter surveys bolster moose research effort
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Atop the list of things you might not want your helicopter pilot to say when you’re on your first-ever flight, and his high-powered Bell 407 chopper is midway through a catch-your-breath corkscrew turn so that he — and you — can get a better look at a burly Maine moose that, according to plan, has been stirred up by the aerial disturbance: “That would be the 100-foot bell going off there,” Maine Ranger Pilot Chris Blackie said, his calm voice crackling through earphones. That’s 100 feet above ground level.
A Look at Legislature's Hunting Bills
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

All of Maine’s big game animals will get attention during this legislative session. Although only bill titles have been published so far, in addition to the first 200 bills that are now available, we can tell you what the major and minor issues are going to be.
Sally Jacobs' Family Presents East Coast Greenway Tile to Sunrise Trail Coalition
Other - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

In honor of Sally Jacob's many contributions to the East Coast Greenway in Maine, the East Coast Greenway Alliance presented a 20th anniversary tile to her family at the Sunrise Trail Coalition Annual meeting on December 3. Sally's daughters, Jenny Leach and Stephanie Lull, presented the award to the Sunrise Trail Coalition in her honor. A notation on the back of the tile reads: "The East Coast Greenway Alliance presented this special edition 20th Anniversary, handcrafted tile in honor of Sally Jacobs, a founder of the Downeast Sunrise Trail and former President of the Sunrise Trail Coalition, for her many contributions promoting the East Coast Greenway in Maine." The East Coast Greenway Alliance is dedicated to promoting the establishment of the East Coast Greenway, a 3000-mile, continuous route linking seaboard cities and towns from Maine to Florida.
Over 1,400 Rally in Portland to Oppose Tar Sands Pipeline
Free Press - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

Last Saturday, January 26, with the mercury plunging into the teens, about 1,400 people marched from Monument Square to the Maine State Pier in Portland to protest the potential use of the Portland-to-Montreal oil pipeline to transport tar sands oil from Canada to Casco Bay. "The pipeline companies are still saying they don't have an active plan to send tar sands oil through Maine," Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine told the crowd at the Maine State Pier. "Just like I don't have an active plan for dinner yet tonight."
Pipeline executive, Canadian consul attend Windham meeting on tar sands
Keep Me Current - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

An oil pipeline executive and an official from the Canadian consulate were surprise visitors at a meeting Tuesday night in Windham centered on the Lakes Region’s role in the growing “tar sands” oil debate. The meeting, hosted by the Windham Town Council, was held to hear from Environment Maine. The group believes the company in charge of the pipeline – which runs from South Portland to Montreal, transecting nearly every town in the Lakes Region – is working to reverse that flow, bringing tar sands oil from Alberta through Maine. The tar sands oil, the group says, could be an environmental disaster for the area. Tuesday in Windham, Larry Wilson, president and CEO of the pipeline company, and Aaron Annable, a consul in charge of foreign policy and diplomacy service at the Canadian consulate in Boston, showed up at the meeting to dispel what they say are misleading claims by environmental groups.
Massachusetts town supports removing wind turbines
Other - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

The Board of Selectmen of Falmouth, MA, voted Jan. 30 to support removing the town’s industrial-sized turbines, in hopes to unify a divided community. The turbines have divided Falmouth residents and public officials since they were first erected about two and one-half years ago. The selectmen’s decision follows completion of a 53-page Wind Turbines Options Analysis and a Jan. 23 public meeting in which residents spoke overwhelmingly in favor of removing the turbines. Impacted neighbors say they have suffered from serious sleep disturbances, adverse health effects, and depreciating values of their homes.
Public forums on Maine lobster industry wrap up
Associated Press - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

A monthlong series of forums seeking public opinion about the Maine lobster industry is drawing to a close. The 16th and final forum organized by the Department of Marine Resources is taking place Thursday in York. DMR staff attended the meetings in search of ideas about the harvest, prices, marketing, Maine’s relationship with Canada and the lobster licensing system. Maine’s lobster industry was thrown into turmoil last summer when a lobster glut caused prices to plunge.
Big cuts in catch bring 'sad day' for fishermen
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, January 31, 2013 

In its most dramatic move yet to protect dwindling stocks of cod, the New England Fishery Management Council passed a 77 percent reduction in the catch limit for Gulf of Maine cod Wednesday. The council also approved a cut of 55 percent for cod on Georges Bank for three years. The catch limits are set to take effect May 1, the start of the 2013 fishing year. "This ruling will put many fishermen out of business," said Angelo Ciocca, president of Nova Seafood in Portland and part-owner of a few fishing vessels. "This is the end of the Gulf of Maine fishing industry."
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