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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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News Items
Philosophy professor talks about our obligation to nature
Capital Weekly - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Greg Fahy's attitudes about how people should treat animals are part of a larger belief that humans should look on the entire natural world as an end in itself, not merely regard it as a resource to be stewarded.
How clean is the river?
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to work on the bill that could upgrade a portion of the lower Androscoggin River from Class C to Class B. The DEP said it's not sure the river meets the Class B standards under the worst conditions, but Friends of Merrymeeting Bay says its research indicates that it does.
Verso machines to idle for 2 weeks
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Verso Paper will idle three of its four paper machines on a staggered basis at the Androscoggin Mill between March 6 and March 23 due to market conditions. The company is also idling all four of its machines for two weeks at the Bucksport Mill.
When the snow gets deep, keep deer in mind
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

There are a number of benefits to be reaped from time spent on skis or snowshoes. Though you shouldn't feel guilty about startling a deer in a winter forest, it is admirable to consider avoiding disturbing deer when they are most vulnerable.
Giving them a lift
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

For the last 12 years, the state Department of Marine Resources has been manually helping alewives move from the Kennebec to Seven Mile Stream to Webber Pond. The way Nate Gray sees it, we should all see it the way people in Maine saw the alewife population 200 years ago, before dams became popular.
Opinion: What's the challenge of hunting animals that can't go anywhere?
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Canned hunting. The phrase itself is nothing but an oxymoron. How do you hunt for something in a preserved or sealed container? Talk about the proverbial shooting fish in a barrel!
Opinion: Keep Maine Woods as carbon sink
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The Forest Ecology Network is calling for the Maine Woods to be designated as a National Carbon Storage Forest.
Can't stop warming, so it's time to deal with it
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

It's too late to prevent climate change. So deal with it. That was the message this week, when a team of UMaine researchers presented a new report on Maine's future. The bottom line was: Even if the entire world stops burning all oil, coal and gas, Maine is still going to get warm and wet enough over the next 100 years to change its environment, economy and way of life.
Winter is for the birds
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Danby cartoon.
Buzz, Baxter together again
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Two things are certain: First, Buzz Caverly was a tireless wilderness advocate in a rapidly changing world. And second, if you want to learn more about the man and the park he dedicated his life to, Phyllis Austin can help. She recently completed a book that delves into the inner workings of the park and into the life of its longtime director.
Guilford seeks to become lilac, chickadee capital
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Guilford has long been a pass-through community to the Moosehead region, but if a group of residents has its way, the town will become a destination. The Guilford Economic Development Board has a long-range goal of blanketing the town with fragrant lilacs. Another part of the “branding” effort is to have Guilford designated as the Chickadee Capital of Maine.
Hams set up for Can-Am race
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Putting on a distance event like the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race would be all but impossible without reliable communication. On Friday afternoon ham radio operators from around the state were at Can-Am central getting their marching orders and preparing to head into the North Woods.
Bridge permit OK’d for Katahdin trails
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

State and local officials set as a top goal the introduction of ATV trail networks to the Katahdin region Friday after town volunteers announced they had secured a key permit from the Land Use Regulation Commission.
Discovery TV’s ‘American Loggers’ wows Millinocket
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

“Perfect!” said Tom St. John. “It doesn’t get any better!”
Not out of the woods
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Logging industry observers expect a wave of layoffs in Maine
Ruling helps U.S. lumber
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The U.S. lumber industry scored an economic victory Thursday after an international court ruled Canadian producers must pay millions of dollars in additional taxes for violating a bilateral trade agreement.
Opinion: Gore guilty of spreading fear about environment
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Gore is, without question, the most successful fearmonger in America, if not the whole world. He is constantly spinning climate change in the most horrifying terms possible. He asserts global warming as the author of nearly every calamity, inflating threats in order to bully people into agreeing with him.
Herring Trawlers Damaging Groundfish
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Maine groundfishermen and the environmental group Earthjustice are asking a federal court to banish herring trawlers from certain areas of the Gulf of Maine. They've filed a lawsuit that claims midwater trawlers are damaging stocks of cod, haddock and other groundfish.
"Darth Vader" Returns
Other - Friday, February 27, 2009 

NRCM has found that Plum Creek, after ignoring the “stop work” recommendation of an independent inspector, recently caused significant erosion resulting in a 900-foot mudslide. A Plum Creek spokesman said this was “not a mudslide,” instead, he said, “there was an erosion event in which sediment moved down a hill.”
Wild Coastlines
Other - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Stand on top of Pulpit Rock, on Maine's Bold Coast and you get a glimpse of the America that greeted the first European explorers to venture here, nearly 400 years ago. National Geo Traveler, March 2009, p. 87.
Salaried mill workers leaving this week
Sun Journal - Friday, February 27, 2009 

The last of the 30 salaried employees scheduled to lose their jobs at NewPage Corp. in Rumford are expected to be done by Saturday.
Maine loggers on Discovery Channel Reality series
Morning Sentinel - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Pelletier Brothers Inc. of Millinocket will be the focus of a new reality TV series, "American Loggers," which debuts at 10 tonight on the Discovery Channel.
Letter: Windmills 'likely caused Don Quixote's dementia'
Kennebec Journal - Friday, February 27, 2009 

We should all be grateful to Dr. Albert Aniel for pointing out that windmills cause a "worrisome set of symptoms," resulting in myriad health problems.
Bucksport mill to idle for 2 weeks
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 27, 2009 

The local Verso Paper mill will be idling most of its workers for two weeks in March as part of the company’s continuing efforts to match production with orders, according to a mill spokesman.
Bill demands dam-power priority for Katahdin mills
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Seeking to ensure that Brookfield Asset Management sticks with the Katahdin region’s two paper mills, town councilors will travel to the state capitol next week to testify on behalf of a bill requiring Brookfield to give the mills priority when allocating electricity created by its dams.
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