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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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America's Best Wilderness Escapes
Other - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Forbes - True wilderness is even found in the crowded northeast. The Maine Woods is not public land, but the group RESTORE: The North Woods wants to make it into a national park. The collection of spruce and birch-covered land is owned by timber companies and billionaire John Malone, who have a longstanding tradition of allowing use by campers and outdoor sportsmen. This was one of Thoreau's favorite places.
Opinion: LePage is too outrageous to ignore
Forecaster - Monday, February 28, 2011 

According to LePage, there is no science to suggest that BPA presents any health risks at all, despite the fact that Canada has banned it as a known toxic substance and many European countries have banned it from use in baby bottles. Mike Beliveau of the Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center said last week that LePage’s “little beards” statement “displays shocking ignorance for the science and a callous disregard for children’s health.” But then shocking ignorance and callous disregard are fast coming to define the LePage administration.
Farm Renaissance within Maine’s Reach with the Maine Farmland Trust
Maine Insights - Monday, February 28, 2011 

There is a rebirth of farming occurring across Maine, spurred by new economic opportunities and highly creative farmers, and directly supported by a fast-growing nonprofit named Maine Farmland Trust.
Opinion: Law keeping sprawl out of Maine communities— endangered
Maine Insights - Monday, February 28, 2011 

One of the regulations Gov. LePage would like to see repealed is the Maine’s Informed Growth Act. Enacted by the Legislature in 2007, the act requires municipalities to conduct economic impact studies to determine whether proposed large-scale retail developments like Wal-Mart would have “undue adverse impacts” on local economies and communities.
Opinion: Vernal pools, with their sounds of spring, need protection
Maine Insights - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Peepers fill the woods with the unmistakable song of spring. Their mating calls result in vernal pools being populated by these amphibians as the snow melts. The frogs, along with vernal pool salamanders, are a major part of the biodiversity in Maine woods. They provide food for great blue herons, eagles, egrets, foxes, skunks, raccoons, and minks, weasels, and even bear and moose. They are part and parcel of Maine’s quality of life. Where subdivisions and strip malls have moved into communities, theses sounds of spring have disappeared. That’s the threat proposed by the LePage administration that could permanently damage Maine’s valued quality of life.
Opinion: Maine eco-based tourism on the rise
Maine Insights - Monday, February 28, 2011 

The last five years have witnessed an increase in nature-based tourism in Maine. With new opportunities for kayaking, nature trail walks, whale watching, cross-country skiing, whitewater rafting, geocaching, gemstone digging, camping, biking, fishing, and hiking, the industry is on the rise. Maine is playing a unique role in this tourism industry, being one of the few Northeastern states with wild places left to explore. Tourism pumps $10- to $13 billion into the state economy each year and employs 140,000 workers, which is nearly 22 percent of the state’s workforce, according to the Maine Office of Tourism. Ecotourism is playing an ever-increasing role
Opinion: At risk: Maine’s natural resources, the health of citizens, and tourism
Maine Insights - Monday, February 28, 2011 

ov. Paul LePage has made proposals that could irreversibly damage Maine’s quality of life, if enacted. If the governor is successful there will be no law stopping big box stores from informing communities about their intentions to build in their backyard, no law protecting at least three million acres of northern Maine for development, and no law requiring manufacturers to take back recyclable goods for disposal. His proposed rollbacks of environmental protections would also reverse a ban on the use of a toxic chemicals linked to cancer in children’s products, amongst a long list of other measures he said are designed to “open Maine for business.”
Updated list of Legislation of Interest
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Bills concerning outdoors issues in Maine.
LePage's "Flexibility" Comments Leave Some Baffled
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Gov. LePage told media outlets, "My biggest flexibility that I'm looking for is allow us to use our forest; allow us to fish in the ocean; allow us to grow crops. And those are the flexibilities that we need from the federal government to allow us to do the things we need to do to create jobs." But LePage's reference to forest use leaves Cathy Johnson, the North Woods Project Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine baffled. "Well, I have no idea what he's talking about," she says. "The federal government doesn't tell Maine how to manage its forests." Russell Libby of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners' Association says the federal government has no role in crop planting in the state of Maine.
Howland seeks grants to raze tannery buildings as part of cleanup
Bangor Daily News - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Town leaders will seek at least $375,000 in federal and state aid to demolish the former Howland Tannery building and redevelop the site, officials said Monday. The three grants Town Manager Jane Jones hopes to apply for by mid-April at the latest would allow for the razing of the mammoth and decrepit structure before the end of the year.
Meriturn seeking Katahdin paper mill tax breaks
Bangor Daily News - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Meriturn Partners LLC officials explained their plans and sought tax breaks for the two Katahdin region paper mills they hope to buy when they met with town and union leaders on Monday, participants said. Mark Scally, chairman of East Millinocket’s Board of Selectmen, said the tax breaks sought by Lee C. Hansen, a leading partner in Meriturn, would be difficult to grant. Hansen, who met with the Millinocket Town Council and East Millinocket’s selectmen in closed-door sessions, also seeks state tax breaks that he has said are crucial to the mills’ plans.
Maine’s farmed salmon harvest hits 10-year high
Associated Press - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Maine salmon farmers had their most abundant harvest in a decade in 2010, marking the continued rebound of the state’s finfish aquaculture industry. More than 24.5 million pounds of salmon valued at $76.8 million were harvested from pens in ocean waters off eastern Maine, making it the second most-valuable seafood in the state behind lobster.
Opinion: Press Herald Rewrites History In Bennett Obit
Al Diamon Maine Media Mutt Blog - Monday, February 28, 2011 

On Feb. 25, the Portland Press Herald produced a story on the passing of Oakhurst Dairy CEO Stanley Bennett II. The front-page piece made prominent mention of Bennett’s “David-and-Goliath battle with Monsanto Corp.” The story said, “Oakhurst kept the pledge on its labels, and the company’s stand has since spread throughout the industry.” Trouble is, Oakhurst did back down. About six months after the suit was filed, Bennett quietly agreed to settle with Monsanto by changing the label to wording the bigger company considered acceptable. Bennett never commented on why he gave up the fight, but speculation was that his company couldn’t afford the enormous expense.
Woodcock IF&W Nomination Clears Hurdle
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Chandler Woodcock’s nomination to be Maine’s commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife won the unanimous support of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee last week. The popular Woodcock drew support from a dozen Maine sporting and environmental groups, including the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Maine Audubon, as well as individual sportsmen.
Letter: LePage using 'junk science' not 'sound science'
Kennebec Journal - Monday, February 28, 2011 

In his proposed environmental rollbacks, Gov. Paul LePage is trying to give the impression that he has science on his side, which could not be further from the truth. There is no defensible reason for LePage to ignore hundreds of high-quality scientific studies and instead protect the financial interests of the chemical industry, which doesn't even reside in Maine, over the health of Maine's children.
Opinion: Will Gov. Paul LePage Let Maine Residents Be Poisoned by BPA?
Other - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Change.org - Toxic chemicals found in baby bottles aren't usually fodder for comedic material. Unless, of course, you happen to be Maine's Governor, Paul LePage. Last week, LePage blithely dismissed the dangers of bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical found in everything from cash register receipts to canned foods to baby bottles. LePage claimed that he hasn't seen enough scientific evidence to support a ban on BPA in Maine. The governor then went on to callously joke that the only bad thing about BPA is that it might give women "little beards." Hilarious showstopper, right? Wrong. BPA is no joke.
Letter: Keep Maine's bottle bill
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 28, 2011 

The bottle bill is one of the crown jewels of Maine environmental policy. It has succeeded enormously in reducing litter and in encouraging recycling. The bottlers were against the bill in the '70s and indeed tried to repeal it by referendum in 1979 (the vote supporting the bill was 227,000 to 41,000). It would appear the bottlers think the current time is ripe for trying again. Let's make sure that they fail again.
Repeal of BPA rule could be tough fight for LePage
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Gov. Paul LePage's proposed repeal of Maine's efforts to restrict bisphenol A, a chemical that state health agencies concluded poses a health risk to babies, will likely test his ability to pass controversial measures, though Republicans control the Legislature. The proposal, submitted as part of the Republican's regulatory reform package, has generated criticism from the public -- even before the governor made national headlines for saying that the worst-case impact of the endocrine-disrupting chemical would result in some women getting "little beards."
Conservation groups to vie for $9.7 million
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 28, 2011 

Dozens of groups from across the state are expected to apply for some of the $9.7 million becoming available for land conservation projects through the Land for Maine's Future Program. The money, approved by 60 percent of the voters in November, will be used to help preserve farms, forests, working waterfronts and recreation areas. The program has triggered more than $126 million in matching grants from private and public sources. Most states have similar programs, some spending hundreds of millions of dollars annually to preserve lands, said Tim Glidden, program director.
Might Be a Good Time to Invest in Timber
Other - Monday, February 28, 2011 

NuWire Investor - With a looming inflation coming, it’s time to look into alternative forms of investment to hedge against it. Timber fits the bill as a strategy for investment. Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. is based in Seattle, but has a long reach; it owns timberland in 19 states - from Washington to Maine. Its forest holdings are also broadly diversified by species - from redwood and spruce, to ash and oak - as well as by age. The company also has a secondary division that focuses on mineral extraction and natural-gas production, giving it an extra edge in the inflation-hedge category. Plum Creek had revenue of $1.19 billion in 2010, producing earnings of $1.24 a share. The dividend of $1.68 gives the stock a very nice yield of 4.06%.
Opinion: Inviting the groundfish industry back home
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 27, 2011 

Maine's long-standing groundfish industry is at an all-time low. This once-vibrant industry, which used to land more than 50 million pounds of fish annually and bring millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the state, is now a tiny vestige of itself. Overfishing is no longer occurring and several stocks are at levels well above fully recovered. Yet Maine has seen its landings shrink. Where did these landings go? By my estimate, 60 percent of the fish landed in Gloucester, Mass., comes from Maine boats. Luckily, there is a chance we can turn this around. Allow Maine groundfish boats a winter season for offshore lobster landings and remove the fuel tax.
Opinion: To Mainers charged in wildlife slaughter: Poaching no measure of hunting prowess
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 27, 2011 

It's clear from the group photo that they consider themselves master hunters -- four guys, all from Maine. But in Pennsylvania, where the photo was taken, nobody's impressed. "The reaction has been one of disgust and support," said Jerry Feaser, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. "Disgust at the actions of these individuals and support for our agency cracking down on it and for the partnership between Maine and Pennsylvania officials." Hunters? These guys? Not even close. Rather, as Feaser put it last week, they're the alleged perpetrators of "one of the largest wildlife crime sprees ever detected in Commonwealth (of Pennsylvania) history."
Kingfield braces for ATV noise
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, February 27, 2011 

Even though the all-terrain vehicle season is still months away in Kingfield, Heather Moody is already worried about residents' complaining about unsafe riders and noisy engines. Her fear is tied to a decision to give the recreational vehicles access to state roads. Residents narrowly voted in January to make the change, and the state Department of Transportation approved the request last week to let riders drive all-terrain vehicles on about 600 yards of routes 27 and 142 in town. It makes Kingfield one of just a handful of towns across Maine that has been approved to let all-terrain vehicles drive on extended sections of state roads.
Editorial: Private investment will drive offshore wind
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 27, 2011 

It's time to find out if the next generation of maritime jobs in Maine will come from a plan to generate electrical power from the winds that blow over the rough waters in the Gulf of Maine. It's an idea that could attract billions of dollars in investment and change the way that we buy and use power. It's also a gamble, because instead of using proven but expensive technology developed for shallow-water wind farms in Europe, researchers at the University of Maine are proposing floating platforms in deep water. The question is whether private industry will jump in and invest in the testing and implementation of the deep-water wind-farm concept developed by the university, using both state and federal funds.
LePage takes federal wish list to D.C.
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 27, 2011 

From how Maine runs its Medicaid program to regulations covering how Mainers farm, fish and use forests, Gov. Paul LePage said Saturday that he is armed with a simple federal wish list during the National Governors Association winter meeting. LePage said he stands by his recent comment, criticized by a number of environmentalists, that there is a lack of scientific evidence proving the danger of the chemical additive bisphenol-A, or BPA. The call for a BPA ban "is an emotional cry for regulations where it's not needed," LePage said. "The science says that there is nothing wrong with it."
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