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Four-Season Gardening, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 

Learn from the UMaine Cooperative Extension how to enjoy our gardens all year round. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 27, 12 pm.
Help wanted: Organizing Director
Announcement - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Maine Conservation Voters/Maine Conservation Alliance, two statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations, are seeking a shared full-time Organizing Director to build and manage grassroots organizing and field programs.
How to Participate in the Maine Bird Atlas, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Rich MacDonald will talk about the history of the Maine Bird Atlas and how you can participate. At Blue Hill Library, March 26, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Chapter of Maine Audubon.
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.
Lessons from Avian Haven, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Friday, March 16, 2018 

Laura Suomi-Lecker will discuss Avian Haven in Freedom, which was established in 1999 as a bird rehabilitation center dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds of all species to their natural environment. In 2017, they admitted over 2,500 birds from all over the state with varying degrees of injuries or illnesses. At Blue Hill Library, March 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Chapter of Maine Audubon.
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.
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MAINE REPORTS: 'Eco-resort community' proposed
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 30, 2008 

The owner of 3,300 acres of undeveloped land that abuts the entrance to the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park is exploring development of an "eco-resort community."  Two closed-door meetings have been held thus far to discuss the proposal with town officials and state legislators.
Rock snot threat has fishermen on lookout
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 30, 2008 

Rock snot, also commonly called didymo, is an invasive species that appears to hitch rides from one river to another on boots or waders worn by fishermen. Once introduced to a new stream that has clean, fast-moving water, didymo can spread quickly and coat the rocky bottom with gooey brown mats of algae, potentially impacting river ecosystems, including fish populations.  It was detected in New England last summer and could spread to Maine waters without vigilance.
Over 100 Contaminants Found in Maine Birds - Unprecedented Study Finds
Other - Thursday, March 27, 2008 

The BioDiversity Research Institute recently released a new report documenting that over 100 harmful contaminants were found in 23 species of Maine bird eggs.  Contaminants found included flame retardants (PBDEs), industrial stain and water repellants (PFCs), transformer coolants (PCBs), pesticides (OCs), and mercury, though banned chemicals were significantly lower than in the past showing the effectiveness of this method of toxics prevention. Source: The Free Press.
250 children in Maine are found to suffer from lead poisoning annualy
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

House Speaker Glenn Cummings on Tuesday called childhood lead poisoning "a completely preventable disease" that can be wiped out with education and money raised by keeping in place a 25-cent-per-gallon fee on paint. Cummings, a Portland Democrat, said he and his wife were stunned to learn years ago that their 18-month-old son suffered from lead poisoning related to home renovations.
Mars Hill wind farm celebrates a year of clean power
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

State officials touted Maine’s capacity to become a major producer of pollution-free wind power on Tuesday during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of electricity production at the Mars Hill wind farm. The Aroostook County facility has produced an estimated 133.5 million kilowatt-hours of power since beginning commercial operation in late March 2007. That is roughly the equivalent annual electricity demand of more than 19,000 New England homes.
Land trusts awarded $666,566 grant
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

A recently announced conservation grant will protect 3,800 acres of wetlands, adjacent uplands and more than three miles of shoreline in the greenway corridor north of Bangor Mall extending to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Hudson.
Bowdoin to Offset Carbon Emissions with Wind Power
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 

Bowdoin College has announced a three-year agreement to buy so-called renewable energy certificates, or REC's, from the owner of the Mars Hill Wind farm in Aroostook County.
Environmental Regulators Defend Treatment of Maine Scientist
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 

The Environmental Protection Agency is defending its dismissal of a Maine scientist from a panel assessing chemical safety, following industry allegations of bias. But others say a double standard is at work, and Governor John Baldacci wants the panelist reinstated.
Global Warming: Is the debate over? - Monday, March 24, 2008 

UNITY — The Global Warming debate in the scientific community is essentially over, according to Dr. George Jacobson of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. “These are facts that are not disputable at all in any scientific way,” Jacobson told the crowd gathered Saturday morning, March 15, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Education Center in Unity. MOFGA held its Spring Growth Conference on “Energy, Climate and Agriculture” over the weekend.
For some, recycling takes much creativity
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 23, 2008 

For most Portlanders, recycling couldn’t get much easier. Just throw paper, plastic and metal into a single bin and haul it to the curb once a week.
Bangor: Mall area pollution focus of draft plan
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 21, 2008 

Local officials received mixed reviews Thursday on a draft plan to reduce pollution in the Penjajawoc Stream and Meadow Brook without stifling development in one of the city’s prime commercial districts.
OPINION: Energy Audit highlights opportunities to conserve - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

The Co-op recently underwent an energy audit, performed by the State's Energy Program, as a part of our current upgrading and replacing of our line of deli, meat, and cheese coolers.
Belfast Eat Local Celebration planned - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

Celebrate community, the local harvest, good food and Maine farmers and producers! Throughout March, folks have taken part in an Eat Local Challenge, using Maine-grown food from their larders and from local producers. Once the Challenge is completed, the public is invited to join participants and local growers to celebrate with a community potluck and dance on Wednesday, April 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the UU Church in Belfast.
Sustainable and renewable energy the way of the future - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

BELFAST — Environmentalist and sustainable lifestyle practitioner Bob Bailey wants you to use renewable energy, and it is hard to find fault with his reasoning. First of all, he’ll explain that the expiration of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil is looming in the not-so-distant future.
Criticism of Plum Creek's plan continues
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

New sparring has broken out between critics of the Plum Creek development proposal for the Moosehead Lake region and the developer.
Opinion: Plum Creek deal good one for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 

As the chief economic development officers for Somerset and Piscataquis counties, we welcome a healthy debate about what constitutes sustainable economic development in northern Maine.
Groups join for effort to add land to refuge
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 

Several conservation organizations are teaming up for a $7 million land acquisition that would preserve a rare, largely undeveloped 110-acre piece of property along southern Maine's coast in Kennebunkport.
Saco wind turbine off to a slow start
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 17, 2008 

Though power output is below expectations so far, the windmill is attracting plenty of attention.
OPINION: Is modern religion relevant to the greatest challenge humans have ever faced: global warming? - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

Human beings and Earth are facing a potential catastrophe. Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime. As global temperatures rise and sea levels climb, shrinking glaciers are significant contributors to rising seas. There’s little doubt that greenhouse gasses released by agriculture, industry, automobiles and coal-fired generation are a key factor in changing the world’s climate.
Belfast Energy Challenge winner gets CFS bulbs - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

The winner of the first Belfast Energy Challenge turned down the thermostat five degrees and put on ski togs to stay warm. Belinda Pendleton and her husband, Dr. Thomas Maycock, won the Participation Award and will receive an assortment of compact fluorescent light bulbs, which save energy and last longer.
MOFGA hires director for Common Ground Country Fair - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

UNITY � The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has hired a new director for its annual event, the Common Ground Country Fair. MOFGA member and resident of Freeport Jim Ahearne joined MOFGA's staff this week, diving into coordinating the myriad details and logistics of Maine's renowned celebration of the organic harvest and vibrant local economies.
Farm links local growers, school lunch programs
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

Rippling Waters has invited nearly 60 other farms to meet with the food service directors in School Administrative Districts 6 and 55 on Monday in anticipation of Maine Harvest Lunch Day, when students eat meals made from local crops. "It's a way to begin to establish a dialogue between farmers, local food producers and supervisors for the school lunch program," said Richard Rudolph, executive director of Rippling Waters, a nonprofit farm operating on 12 acres of land.
Polluted Penobscot bears further study
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

A federal judge has called for more studies on how best to deal with mercury pollution in the lower Penobscot River caused by the former HoltraChem chemical manufacturing plant in Orrington.
EPA tightens amount of smog allowed in counties nationwide
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

The air in hundreds of U.S. counties is simply too dirty to breathe, the government said Wednesday, ordering a multibillion-dollar expansion of efforts to clean up smog in cities and towns nationwide.
Ellsworth company, EPA settle violations
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

An Ellsworth construction company was fined $16,017 for violations of the Clean Water Act and has agreed to contribute an added $87,154 to fund an invasive species control program at Acadia National Park.
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