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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Maine reviews highway proposal
Other - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia) - A proposed $2-billion east-west highway across Maine that would be a significant boon to Nova Scotia truckers is under discussion in the state’s legislature. The toll highway would dramatically reduce the trucking time for Nova Scotia producers and manufacturers shipping to Quebec, Ontario and parts of the U.S. and would also help companies shipping through the Port of Halifax. Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raised concerns about the highway, but business leaders and many politicians have been vocal in supporting the project. A critical component of the project would be the construction of about 90 kilometres of highway on the Canadian side of the border to connect the new road with Highway 10 near Sherbrooke, Que.
Casco Bay's Keeper Celebrates 20 Years
Working Waterfront - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Mary Cerullo, who has worked with Friends of Casco Bay Baykeeper Joe Payne for 13 years, says she likes to describe him as “gracious and tenacious.” He has a “work-with” attitude, she says, which has made it possible over the past 20 years for him to maintain connections and respectful communication with people from all walks of life—fishermen and politicians, government officials and non-profit directors, homeowners and business owners, scientists and academics. All have played a part in his efforts to identify and implement strategies to achieve Friends of Casbo Bay’s (FOCB) mission: “To improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay.”
Opinion: Here We Go Again
Working Waterfront - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Two years ago stock assessments showed cod stock recovering, but the most recent data shows that the stocks, rather than continuing an upward trend, appear to have plummeted. How much the stocks have changed and how much the change is a result of a shift in the assessment process is unclear. But either way, assuming the numbers stand, fishermen across the gulf will be looking at a much reduced cod quota next year. The new report is bad news all the way around. ~ Anne Hayden and Philip Conkling
Acadia National Park Visitors Spent $186M in 2010
Associated Press - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

A new study from the National Park Service shows visitors to eastern Maine's Acadia National Park spent nearly $200 million in the park and surrounding towns in 2010. For Acadia National Park, the 2.5 million visitors in 2010 spent more than $186 million in the park and surrounding communities on Mount Desert Island. Of that total, more than $183 million came from people who did not live locally, resulting in nearly 3,150 local jobs. On top of that, the report says Acadia National Park employees and affiliated jobs from the park's payroll accounted for another 190 jobs.
Union of Concerned Scientists: USDA Aims to Support Local Foods
Other - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today unveiled an interactive map, or compass, on their Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website that tracks USDA’s support for local and regional food systems, as well as a report detailing successful case studies. USDA has more than 25 programs designed to expand local food systems, spread across 17 agencies. Such local food programs range from grants that establish farmers markets in low-income neighborhoods to loans for farmers to purchase equipment. Jeffrey O’Hara, an agricultural economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists' Food & Environment Program, says, “Many of these local food programs will be on chopping block when the farm bill expires this year. Party lines aside, rural communities need our support."
New National Water Trails System
Other - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today unveiled the National Water Trails System, a new network that will increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship of local waterways, and promote tourism that fuels local economies across America. Today’s announcement comes in advance of Friday’s White House Conference on Conservation hosted by the Department of the Interior. The conference will spotlight community-driven conservation efforts as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Salazar signed a Secretarial Order that establishes national water trails as a class of national recreational trails under the National Trails System Act of 1968.
Tar Sands, Trailbreaker, and a Martian's Musings
New Maine Times - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

On February 9 a well-attended briefing was held in the Glickman Library of the University of Southern Maine. Organized by the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Sierra Club, its purpose was to rally opposition to the oil industry’s Trailbreaker Pipeline, in part a massive project to expand exports of tar sands oil from Canada to the United States. With the Keystone X pipeline temporarily delayed, this project would reverse the flow of an existing pipeline system in Canada and Maine. The idea is to ship tar sands crude from Alberta to Portland through the Portland to Montreal pipeline. Once in Maine, it would be loaded onto tankers to be shipped to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds gives easement to Maine Farmland Trust
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Johnny’s Selected Seeds of Winslow has given an agricultural conservation easement to the Maine Farmland Trust on a 29-acre parcel of land the company owns in Benton. The land has been used by Johnny’s Selected Seeds for the past 25 years, said founder and Chairman Rob Johnston Jr. Johnny’s will continue to use the land as its research facilities where the company does vegetable breeding and vegetable seed production. It’s the third piece of land Johnny’s has donated to the trust for preservation.
Rangers, state police probe wood theft complaint in Medway
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Maine Forest Service rangers and state police served search warrants at several locations Wednesday as part of an investigation into a report of about $20,000 worth of wood allegedly cut illegally from a Hartland timber lot. The dozen rangers and state police spent the morning and part of the afternoon serving the four search warrants on a Medway logging business, the Gateway Motor Inn, and two town residences, forest service Lt. Jeff Currier said. Currier called the investigation one of the most significant alleged timber thefts rangers have investigated this year. Rangers handle hundreds of such complaints annually, he said. “Most people don’t understand the value of wood,” Currier said.
Can Am marks 20 years
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

All three Can Am Crown sled dog races, “the Iditarod of the East,” begin on Saturday in Fort Kent and run about a mile through town before turning onto the trail into the north Maine woods.
Whale Protection Regulations Remain For Lobstermen
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

At a workshop session in Bar Harbor Tuesday morning, Maine Lobstermen’s Association Executive Director Patrice McCarron told a gathering of about 20 fishermen that the population of endangered Northern right whales — only a few years ago calculated to be less than 300 — now numbers 490 animals and that 22 whale calves were born in 2011. The bad news, though, is that between November 2010 and January of this year, five right whales died and spotters from the National Marine Fisheries Service reported seeing 39 whales in New England waters entangled in fishing gear. There is little likelihood that fisheries regulators will back off on new regulations aimed at protecting the endangered whales when the federal Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Task Force meets in April.
Payments For Watershed Services
Other - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

The World Resources Institute’s issue brief, Insights from the Field: Forests for Water, looks at three potential “Payments for Watershed Services” programs, including the Sebago Lake Watershed in Maine. Preliminary results indicate that investment in a package of green infrastructure options could represent a cost savings of $68 million, relative to the gray infrastructure option in the low-cost scenario, and savings of $72 million or 76 percent in the high-cost scenario in present value terms over a 20-year period.
Coordinator reports on Mount Agamenticus conservation efforts
Seacoast Online - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Robin Kerr, Conservation Coordinator for Mount Agamenticus, on Tuesday gave a report of the 2011 season accomplishments in the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region. The “Mount A” Conservation Region contains 10,000 acres of land and is one of the largest remaining expanses of undeveloped forests in coastal New England. Kerr reported that the 2011 season was, “Highlighted by the completion of three distinct hike/bike loops that encompass all three ‘hills’ of the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region.”
Opinion: ‘Takings’ bill was carefully crafted to help small landowners
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Contrary to the opinions of some, the primary beneficiaries of LD 1810, the regulatory takings bill, would be small, not large, landowners. Landowners who voluntarily open their land to the public not only support hunters, fishermen, hikers and bird-watchers, but also support the industries that cater to these recreational users, the sporting goods stores, the motels and restaurants and tourism in general. Landowners who feel the state is taking advantage of them by keeping them from using their land for what they bought it for are in no mood to share it with others, and increasingly are posting it in protest. This is a good bill. ~ Clark Granger, Woolwich
Mean old grump saves the Maine woods from Frogzilla’s wrath
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Over the weekend, I may well have saved the Maine woods from a bloodthirsty beast named Frogzilla. At least, that’s the way I’ve chosen to rationalize the fact that when I look in a mirror, the face staring back at me belongs to a mean old grump who ruined a 9-year-old boy’s school vacation.
Children explore MDI beaches, mountains for vacation
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Eight campers are visiting Mount Desert Island with College of Atlantic senior Lucy Atkins and COA junior Anne Cohen, who together are leading a vacation camp for middle schoolers, "Natural History Exploration," for February school vacation. Atkins organized the camp for their senior project.
Winter on the Allagash a time to haul
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Winter in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway affords rangers an opportunity to bring supplies and materials into locations that are very difficult to access in the summer. It is much easier to bring propane and gasoline into Allagash Lake with a snowmobile in the winter than walking it in on the one-mile carry trail during the summer.
Feds decline to pursue study of Quimby national park proposal
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

The National Park Service has no plans to study environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposal for a North Woods national park next year, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday. Answering a long statement from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, during an Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington on his department’s 2013 budget, Salazar said the agency would not push for a study of a national park.
Column: Guess Who's Coming to Town
Free Press - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Dr. Jane Lubchenco will be attending the Maine Fishermen's Forum on Friday. This might not seem much of an event to those outside the fisheries world, yet it is akin to a Democrat walking into a caffeine-fueled Tea Party rally in Kansas. Fishermen do not like Dr. Lubchenco, who has been the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 2009. In that position she oversees the National Marine Fisheries Service, the branch of NOAA that oversees the harvest of the country's commercial fisheries.
Perschel named New England Forestry Foundation’s director
Other - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

MetroWest Daily News (MA) - New England Forestry Foundation has named Robert Perschel as its new executive director. Perschel is well known to those working in forest conservation and he brings extensive forestry, forest management, conservation leadership and experience to the New England Forestry Foundation, according to the organization. Previously, Perschel served as co-founder and Eastern Forests Director of the Forest Guild, chairman of the Northern Forest Alliance, and Northeast Regional Director for The Wilderness Society. He was also founder of the Land Ethic Institute.
Angus King considering run for Snowe's Senate seat
Sun Journal - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Former Gov. Angus King said Wednesday he's considering running for the U.S. Senate, filling a void left by Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, who announced Tuesday she's not running for re-election in November.
Dixfield anti-wind activist escorted from board meeting after contentious exchange
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Anti-wind-power activist Fremont Tibbetts was escorted from Monday night’s selectmen’s meeting after a contentious exchange about putting another ordinance before voters. The Dixfield resident said he wanted a guarantee from the board that it would allow another ordinance to go up for a vote if he and other anti-wind activists gathered enough signatures. Selectmen said they could not guarantee they would do that. The question of whether to create a municipal wind ordinance was prompted by a planned industrial wind turbine project for the Colonel Holman Mountain ridgeline by Patriot Renewables LLC of Massachusetts.
Baldacci, Michaud, Pingree enter Senate race, several seek U.S. House seats
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

The three biggest names in the Maine Democratic Party have all begun gathering signatures to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Olympia Snowe. Second District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, 1st District U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and former two-term governor John Baldacci are all in the mix. Not all candidates who take out papers will necessarily run for those seats, but it allows them to keep their options open.
Sumner wind ordinance going to board March 13
Sun Journal - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Industrial Wind Ordinance Committee Chairman Kathy Emery told selectmen Tuesday night they can expect a draft March 13. She said the document is about 30 pages and is based on Rumford's ordinance. There will be a public hearing April 4 to receive comments from residents. The committee will make changes recommended at the hearing and present the finished ordinance to selectmen for certification April 10. A special town meeting will be held Wednesday, April 25, to vote on the ordinance.
Roxbury wind farm's offer of free electricity to town households starts soon
Sun Journal - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 

Record Hill Wind's commitment to provide free electricity to all town households is nearly under way, company representative Gordon Gamble told town officials Tuesday night. “It's for the first 500 kilowatt hours per month of just the supply portion of (electricity) and that's based on the standard offer (the supply rate) that's out there,” he said.
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