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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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GE looks to build wind turbines in Britain
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

General Electric is considering building wind-energy turbines in Britain as the country prepares to spend $120 billion boosting its offshore wind capacity. ''When you deliver machines of the size and scale of these units you need to be close to where these wind farms are located."
Investment in U.S. clean energy stalls
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

The political stalemate in the United States stands in sharp contrast with the situation in other countries that are major competitors now and into the foreseeable future -- especially China and the European Union. In these countries, investment is booming in the development and production of low-carbon-emission energy technology such as wind and solar power and improved electric power grids.
Letter: Rush to wind power
Sun Journal - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

Gov. John Baldacci’s task force has rushed plans through the Legislature to meet his power generation goals to allow companies to erect about 1,700 windmills on about 340 miles of Maine’s mountaintops. Those 400-foot-high turbines will be set on huge holes blasted in 15,000-40,000 acres of unspoiled forests. Where are the tree-huggers and the wildlife activists on this issue?
Letter: Sensible clean energy future
Sun Journal - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

J. Dwight seemed a reasonable man, so I was surprised at his Perspective column in the Sun Journal Feb. 17. Offering a series of false assertions about wind power, he neglects mentioning its indisputable benefits, nor the overwhelming threat of climate change.
Opinion: Delve into a clever kingdom
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

Recently, I bought Bernd Heinrich's ''Winter World," a wonderful nature book by one of the world's more prolific and entertaining naturalists. He owns a cabin west of Farmington. Here in Maine, Heinrich spends time with meticulous, scientific studies of our fauna and flora.
Letter: 'Atomic energy is just a stupid way to boil water'
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

Stupid and dangerous! That was Buckminster Fuller's quote, and it's even more relevant today. With all we know about it, we still don't know how to dispose of the radioactive waste!
Editorial: Better science necessary to protect fish stocks
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

It's easy for the industry to blame the regulators for the closure of the sardine cannery in Prospect Harbor. However, there is a case to be made that the problem is not over-regulation but under-regulation. Preserving the fish stocks and the jobs that depend on them is the best way to avoid more tragic losses like the Prospect Harbor closure from shutting down what's left of one of Maine's most important industries.
Letter: Fishing permit banks trying to address severe problem
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

While there are 3,000 fishermen along the eastern Maine coast between Penobscot Bay and Canada, none of those fishermen is currently catching groundfish. There are two reasons for this. First, the fish disappeared inshore 15 years ago in eastern Maine. Second, federal fisheries managers just allocated future fishing rights based on how many fish fishermen caught starting 15 years ago -- when no one was catching fish in eastern Maine.
Letters: Pull trigger on guns in Acadia?
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

I do not want to see open carry in Acadia or on the Appalachian Trail. However, I am in favor of allowing concealed carry of personal firearms for citizens who have permits....Whatever the rationale, it would change the experience of visiting a national park in Maine; it has nothing to do with hunting, which always has been banned in Acadia; and it really doesn't appeal to many members of the NRA or SAM who don't care about the swagger of carrying handguns in public.
Opinion: Wind project comes at great cost
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

It is time to take a step back from industrial mountaintop wind power and to develop an energy policy that is not driven by the profits to be made from federal subsidies. After this mountaintop gold rush has played out, Mainers will be left with a despoiled landscape and the magic of the mountains will be gone forever.
Surf, tides may shape future of beloved beach
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

The shifting Morse River has eaten away sand dunes to within 25 yards of the bath house and septic system at Popham Beach State Park. This weekend, an unusual trifecta of ocean surf and tides could solve the decades-old erosion. A tidal surge and a pounding surf, followed by astronomical high tides, may be enough to recut the original river channel, which will result in a visibly enlarged beachfront.
Greenhouse project promotes self-sufficiency
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

The Greenhouse Project already has built several small greenhouses, including one at the Brooksville Elementary School, which has been growing vegetables throughout the winter months. The hope of founders Tom Adamo of Penobscot and Tony Ferrara, is to encourage more people to grow their own food.
Future engineers check out wind, electricity at annual expo
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

1,000 or so students who visited the more than 60 exhibits at the 12th annual Engineering Expo at the University of Maine. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center helped attendees put together model wind turbine platforms.
Letter: Help save Acadia
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

What is the need for looser gun regulations in Acadia? "Look Mom, there's Old Faithful. Look Dad, there's a Smith and Wesson." Will there now be calls for rifles on Katahdin?
Super Bowl of oil-spill drills coming here
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

An unusual scene is set to unfold off the Eastern Promenade next month, involving hovering helicopters, Coast Guard boats and Maine Marine Patrol vessels. The activity will be part of a major oil-spill response drill on March 24, when as many as 1,000 emergency workers will descend on Portland.
Port of Eastport set to spend $6.5M in expansion
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

With the infusion of $4.5 million in state transportation bonds and another $2 million in federal stimulus money, the port of Eastport is poised to diversify. Right now, the port’s only customer is Domtar, a paper mill in Baileyville that sends pulp all over the world. But soon there may be two new facilities in Washington County, one that would produce wood chips and a second that would manufacture wood pellets.
Acadia National Park official clarifies marine proposal
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

An Acadia official on Friday clarified where marine protected areas in the park would exist if any such areas were created within the park by the federal government. Earlier reports suggested that waters outside the existing park boundary on Mount Desert Island and Isle au Haut would be included in proposed marine protected areas, but David Manski, head of Acadia’s resource management division, said that is not the case.
Campobello park seeks to offset loss of visitors
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

There is no doubt the international park on this small island is a treasure shared by both Canada and the U.S. But park officials have noticed a marked downturn recently in the number of visitors crossing from the U.S. to the Canadian island to enjoy the park. When the U.S. implemented new border crossing requirements last year, visitors apparently thought crossing the border too difficult.
Letter: No conscience
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

What happened here in Millinocket, I didn’t want happening at Fraser Paper in Madawaska. Young people are leaving the area. Businesses are closing. Many concessions were given away here at our mill and what good did that do? Now you see the higher-ups getting big bonuses. Don’t these people have a conscience?
The Atlas of Global Conservation
Other - Friday, February 26, 2010 

No one has ever tried to collect everything we know about nature on planet Earth — until now. On Earth Day 2010, The Nature Conservancy and University of California Press will publish The Atlas of Global Conservation, bringing together for the first time such information as where animal populations are concentrated, which species are in imminent danger of extinction, where forests are disappearing most rapidly, and where nature is thriving.
Calculating the value of carbon in trees
Other - Friday, February 26, 2010 

Marketplace - Delegates at the global climate summit failed to figure out a way to stop the destruction of the world's forests. But some lawmakers think they have a solution, and it relies on financing from some of America's biggest polluters.
Wyoming wind tax, rules move through Legislature
Other - Friday, February 26, 2010 

The Wyoming Senate voted Friday to impose the nation's first state excise tax on wind energy production, and committees in both legislative chambers advanced new regulations on the state's fledgling wind industry.
Opinion: 50 Simple Ways to Get Off
Other - Friday, February 26, 2010 

Orion - What I want is for us to think like members of a serious resistance movement. That means a commitment to winning. For me, winning means living in a world with more wild salmon, more migratory songbirds, more amphibians, more large fish in the oceans, and for that matter oceans not being murdered. It means less dioxin in every mother’s breast milk. It means living in a world where there are fewer dams each year than the year before. More native forests. More wild wetlands. It means living in a world not being ravaged by the industrial economy.
Maine trailing N.H. in tapping Canadian power
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 26, 2010 

Maine shouldn't expect lower-cost, Canadian hydroelectricity to flow through the state via new transmission lines in the near future, a top Hydro-Quebec executive said Thursday. Hydro-Quebec plans to concentrate first on expanding its exports to New England with a line through New Hampshire. He did have advice, however, for how Maine can lower electricity prices: Diversify a fuel mix that's too heavy on natural gas, and build enough transmission to handle more wind and hydro generation.
Economic report gives Maine two gold stars, four red flags
Bar Harbor Times - Friday, February 26, 2010 

The Maine Economic Growth Council has released its “Measures of Growth 2010” report Areas where Maine moved toward its benchmarks included conservation of lands and sustainable forest lands.
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