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Feeding Maine Photography Exhibit, thru Feb 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food is a photo exhibit by Brendan Bullock, which seeks to document the many people working to address hunger in the state. Created by Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank. At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, Atrium Art Gallery, January 16 to February 23, opening event January 19.
February Vacation Camps, Feb 20-23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Audubon Vacation Camps at Fields Pond in Holden and Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, February 20-23.
Nominations for Source Awards due Feb 12
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Sunday Telegram Source Awards recognize the individuals, nonprofits, businesses and institutions in Maine working to safeguard the state’s spectacular natural environment. Deadline for nominations is February 12.
Apprenticeships at MCHT Preserves
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has paid apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm and Ericsson Fields in Rockport. Each apprenticeship will be up to 9-months starting in March and will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. Applications are due Feb. 5
Public Meeting on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Management Plan, Jan 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

The National Park Service will host a public meeting to discuss winter use within the monument. At Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, East Millinocket, January 24, 6-8 pm.
Land-use history of Midcoast, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Forestry experts Lloyd Irland and Ken Lausten will explore the land-use history of Midcoast Maine. At Camden Public Library, January 23, 7 pm.
Friends of Casco Bay Annual Members Meeting, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Recognition for those who help protect the health of Casco Bay, an updated Casco Bay Health Index based on data collected by volunteer Citizen Stewards over the past 25 years, and new program directions. At DiMillo's, Portland, January 23, 5:30-8 pm.
Join the REAL public hearing to stop oil drilling in Maine waters, Jan 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Trump Administration is hosting a sham ‘public meeting’ on January 22 in the Augusta Civic Center to hide Mainers’ vocal opposition to their plan to open up the Atlantic Ocean, including the Maine coast, to oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups will host a "real public hearing" at the Civic Center in the Aroostook Room where there will be a microphone and videographer to capture all public comments.
Offshore drilling public meeting, Jan 22
Action Alert - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public meeting on a proposal to open Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas to oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic (and other) coasts. At Augusta Civic Center, Jan 22, 3-7 pm.
Scouting for Mammal Tracks and Signs, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Sandra Mitchell will follow up on the November tracks and signs class in the field. At Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, January 20, 10-11:30 am.
Nature Journaling, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Andrea Lani will lead a nature journaling workshop at Viles Arboretum, Augusta, January 20, 10 am to 2 pm, $35 for Arboretum members, $45 for nonmembers.
Prowl for Owls, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

Maine Master Naturalist Kit Pfeiffer will lead a walk scouting for owls. At Carl and Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek, Westport Island, January 19, 6 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Futures of the Maine Waterfront, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

This forum will feature panel discussions on the future of our coastal and island economy, presented with trends and analysis by key coastal leaders. At The Westin, Portland, January 19, 2-8:30 pm, $35-150. Sponsored by the Island Institute.
Meet the Feet: Mammal Tracks and Sign, Jan 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 11, 2018 

Dorcas Miller presents an evening of hands-on learning about Maine mammals. At Belfast Library, January 18, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
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Getting Warmer: Historians on Climate Change and the Anthropocene
Other - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Besides the political uncertainty that lies ahead, climate change has a history, one that is wrapped up in the enormous impact humans have had on the environment. Scholars in the increasingly visible field of climate history have been thinking both about the dynamic interaction between humans and weather fluctuation historically, and about the contributions they can make to the public conversation on climate change. After a third straight year of record-setting temperatures, exploring the history of humanity’s impact on and response to the climate, whether at the smallest or the largest scale, is more important than ever.
Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Anti-Clean Water Executive Order
Other - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

According to the Waterkeeper Alliance, "continuing the administration’s dangerous march toward the destruction of federal clean air and water protections, today President Trump signed an executive order directing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others to take a series of actions, long sought by industry, that will allow uncontrolled discharges of toxic pollution into our nation’s waters."
Public Records Sought on Trump Appointees' Links to Industry
Center for Biological Diversity - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed public records requests for information about who Scott Pruitt met with in his first days as the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as his email correspondence since his confirmation. The requests follows last week’s disclosure of thousands of emails showing Pruitt’s close ties to the oil and gas industry, as well as right-wing groups, during his time as Oklahoma’s attorney general.
Trump Guts Protections for Wetlands, Endangered Species
Center for Biological Diversity - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

In his latest move to weaken environmental protections nationwide, President Trump signed a new executive order today that will make it easier to destroy, pave over and pollute thousands of wetlands across the United States. Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in the country, providing clean fresh water, flood control and essential habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife, including endangered species. The order requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the legal process to rescind the Obama “Clean Water Rule” and replace it with a new rule that would only protect wetlands with nearly permanent connections to downstream waters.
How Anti-Trump Is Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Or Is She A Double Agent?
Other - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

WGBH - In January, five of Trump’s nominees came to a vote in the Senate. They received a total of nine votes against them, from New England’s 12 Senators. In February, nine nominees have received an average of nine “no” votes from the same dozen. February’s votes included both of Susan Collins’s no votes, against DeVos and Pruitt. She voted in favor of the other 12 nominees so far. Her colleague from Maine, former Republican Angus King, has been the next most accommodating to Trump’s choices, voting yes on eight and against six.
Katahdin national monument now has its own support group
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Days after Gov. Paul LePage asked President Donald Trump to reverse the executive order that created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, leading monument proponent Lucas St. Clair announced the formation of a non-profit group dedicated to protecting and supporting it. Like Friends of Acadia, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters will work to preserve the beauty, ecological vitality and distinctive cultural resources of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and surrounding communities, said St. Clair, the group’s president.
The Most Important Economist You Probably Have Never Heard About
Mark W. Anderson's Stirring the Pot Blog - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

The most important economist you may never have heard about is Herman Daly, sometimes known as the father of ecological economics. Daly challenged the prevailing of 20th Century economic paradigm. Daly’s vision provides reason for hope when the prevailing model suggests pessimism.
Maine logging firm claims bankruptcy looms as IRS investigates
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

A federal court has ordered the Lyman-based T&D Timber Products to reunite an Oregon company with $2.2 million worth of timber mats after T&D’s owner claimed his company is under IRS investigation and on the verge of bankruptcy. Oregon-based Totem Forest Products won a preliminary injunction against T&D earlier this week, ordering Totem be allowed to inspect the equipment it claims T&D has hidden.
Developer gets temporary injunction to limit demolition work at former GNP site
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Investors seeking to build a biofuel refinery that they say would employ more than 100 people at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site were granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday preventing the razing of buildings vital to the project.
Maine Environmental Groups Concerned About Proposed Clean Water Rule Rollback
Maine Public - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to start rolling back a clean water rule that limits pollution in rivers, streams and wetlands — a rule that took years to put in place and involved extensive public and stakeholder input. The rule was established under the Clean Water Act after two Supreme Court rulings created confusion about protection for streams and wetlands and left hundreds of pollution enforcement cases hanging. Jeff Reardon of the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited says at least 13 percent of stream miles are affected in Maine. If they get degraded, not only could fish populations be lost downstream but drinking water could also be affected.
Hike: Rumford Whitecap Mountain in Rumford
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

With a long, granite ridge that tops off at 2,214 feet above sea level, Rumford Whitecap Mountain offers a moderately challenging day hike to panoramic views of the mountainous wilderness of western Maine and New Hampshire. Starting out in a quiet mixed forest, the hike is a fairly continuous climb, crossing several tumbling brooks on the way to the mountain’s open summit.
Trump to revisit protecting smaller creeks, wetlands
Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

President Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. The order will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to review a rule that redefined “waters of the United States” protected under the Clean Water Act to include smaller creeks and wetlands, according to a senior White House official.
New group forms to support Katahdin Woods and Waters monument
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

A new nonprofit organization has formed to support Katahdin Woods and Waters six months after President Obama created the national monument. The Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters is a private group that plans to work with and support the mission of the National Park Service, which manages the monument. Lucas St. Clair, president of the friends group, said the group will focus on building volunteers opportunities, developing education programs and advocating for the monument.
Nonprofit Formed to Preserve and Protect Maine's New National Monument
Maine Public - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Six months after the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a new nonprofit group has been formed to preserve and protect it. The Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters is a private group with a 13-member board of directors. The group is similar in makeup to one created for Acadia National Park in 1986. Since then, Friends of Acadia has granted more than $25 million to the park in support of youth programs, restoration of Acadia's trails and carriage roads and establishment of the free Island Explorer bus system.
Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters Group Forms
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Six months after President Obama created a new national monument in Maine, a new nonprofit organization has formed to support Maine’s new national monument. Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters will work to preserve and protect the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality and distinctive cultural resources of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of all generations.
TU decries Trump order to unravel clean water rule
Other - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Today President Trump signed an executive order that will begin to unravel the protections included in the Clean Water Rule. In response to the order, Jeff Reardon, Maine Brook Trout Project Director for Trout Unlimited, said, "In Maine, we know that 13% of stream miles are intermittent and 72% of stream miles are classified as headwater streams. And we know brook trout use those headwater streams, especially tributaries to small ponds that support brook trout spawning at their mouths. Clean Water Act protection for headwater brook trout streams is essential to keeping those critical habitats cold and clean enough to support trout."
Trump Gags EPA, Kills Clean Water Rule: 1 in 3 Americans Affected
Other - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

aNewDomain - The Trump administration today killed the Clean Water Rule, an EPA/Army Corps of Engineers. measure that protected the drinking water supplies of one in three American people. It also issued the agency a gag order prohibiting it from any public disclosures or from communicating with American citizens.
Trump’s EPA chief already at the center of multiple controversies
MSNBC - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Donald Trump’s hostility towards the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t exactly subtle. The president’s new budget proposes slashing the EPA’s funding; the White House is moving forward with plans to dramatically scale back the agency’s work; and Trump’s chosen director for the EPA makes no secret of his overt hostility towards the agency’s purpose. And it’s against this backdrop that the president’s EPA administrator has found himself at the center of several ongoing controversies.
$5 million will fix problems at two state fish hatcheries
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

The legislature’s supplemental budget, approved by the Appropriations Committee last week, includes $4.8 million to fix problems in two state fish hatcheries. While there’s been a lot of discussion about what we need to do for those addicted to opiates, DIF&W got $2 million more than was appropriated for opiate addiction treatment programs.
A Carbon Tax Gains Traction Among Some Conservatives
National Public Radio - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Beyond tax proposals from the Trump administration and the House GOP leadership, there's a long-shot idea that's received recent attention — a carbon tax. That means setting a price on carbon to encourage energy efficiency and limit the impact of climate change. The most recent push for a carbon tax comes from a stalwart group of Republicans. Selling the idea to Trump is a tall order.
Trump executive order scraps EPA water rule
Other - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

Washington Examiner - President Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday scrapping a controversial Environmental Protection Agency rule that expanded the agency's jurisdiction over the nation's waterways during the second term of former President Obama. The regulation, known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, broadened the definition of the type of water body that would fall under EPA's formidable clean water enforcement powers, making everything from streams to ditches and watering holes subject to the EPA's and Army Corps of Engineers' oversight. The rule has been a top target for the GOP on Capitol Hill.
Trump moves toward repealing Obama EPA water rule
CNN - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

President Trump will order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to formally review former President Obama’s Clean Water Rule, kicking off the process of eliminating or significantly changing the rule. The executive order is the first step toward fulfilling one of Trump’s key campaign promises, repealing a regulation that’s been a top target for Republicans and numerous business interests.
Letter: Border wall alternative
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

How about instead of spending billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border we employ American workers to build and install solar panels on every federal building? Use more drones to patrol our borders. ~ Jennifer Tibbetts, Jackson
Letter: Question for Collins
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

I have questions for Sen. Susan Collins. 1. What action items does she intend to prevent Scott Pruitt from dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency and turning our natural resources over to the fossil fuel industry? ~ Alan Lieberman, Trenton
Jay man arrested in maple syrup heist
Sun Journal - Monday, February 27, 2017 

Pollice say they arrested Brandon Hall of Jay in the theft of 50 half-gallons of maple syrup from a business in Wilton. Police recovered 17 of the containers of syrup.
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