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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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Tiny sailboats to roam ocean this summer
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

Five miniature sailboats will be roaming the North Atlantic this summer at the whim of the wind and currents. “This is a great for teaching geography, time zones, weather, navigation and map skills,” said Educational Passages founder Richard Baldwin of Belfast.
Opinion: Protect kids from effects of pesticides
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has an opportunity to establish model legislation for ensuring the public’s right to know about pesticide use around them.
Letter: Forestry and deer herd
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The state government allowed a Canadian company to buy state land. It stripped the land of the forest, year after year, including deer yards. Now, they put the blame on the harsh winters.
Fort Kent a vote shy of wind farm moratorium
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The article banning wind farm applications or wind farms in town for six months failed in a 45-45 vote by secret ballot during a town meeting.
Port readies options after Domtar decision
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

While eastern Washington County waits to see what its largest employer plans to do with its pulp mill, the port authority here is making plans. Port authority director Chris Gardner says he is pursuing the importation of windmills and the bulk-shipping market.
World Water Forum
WERU Radio - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

Jennifer Greene, Executive Director, Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, talks about World Water Forums held at various locations around the world. She offers her unique, holistic approach to water and water rights issues, locally & globally.
Obama envoy: Time to act on warming
Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Once booed at international climate talks, the United States won sustained applause Sunday when President Barack Obama's envoy pledged to "make up for lost time" in reaching a global agreement on climate change.
Opinion: Green-collar jobs could help level the playing field for workers
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Converting current skill sets to conservation and alternative energy is a national priority.
Letter: Bike lanes encourage bad practices
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. The idea of a vehicle type-specific lane runs counter to basic tenets of sound roadway design.
Interior Secretary's Remarks re the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act
Other - Monday, March 30, 2009 

The measure puts into law the 26-million acre National Landscape Conservation System within the Bureau of Land Management and adds 2 million acres of new wilderness across the country. It will also preserve 1,000 new miles of wild and scenic rivers.
Opinion: Mainers patience with Nestle dries up
Other - Monday, March 30, 2009 

USM Free Press - Nestle bought Poland Spring in 1980. Now municipalities across the state are struggling for sovereignty against this billion dollar foreign corporation that wants their water.
Opinion: Do it to debt
Capital Weekly - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Environmental groups are asking us to go in hock to the tune of $87 million to buy more public lands. Meanwhile, the public lands the state already owns, namely its state parks, need maintenance and repairs costing an estimated $40 million that nobody is talking about appropriating.
Opinion: Global warming, is it consensus or censorship?
Sun Journal - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

There is a growing body of opinion that global warming is a fraud perpetrated by liberal politicians and their scientific acolytes who want more control over our lives.
Editorial: The great humbling of paper
Sun Journal - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

It is a Maine sight rarer than an orange lobster: a paper company executive in the governor's office, talking about how state government can help the industry, in full view of lawmakers and media. Paper is, pardon the cliché, "too big to fail" in Maine, especially for the rural communities it supports.
Canadians Invest in Maine Alternative Energy
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

An interview with Jeanne Bisaillon-Cary, President of the Maine International Trade Center about why Canadian firms are putting money into Maine alternative energy projects.
Debate continues over threat posed by pike
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Paul Johnson is a retired state fisheries biologist whose recent stance and frequent public statements have drawn the ire of many conservationists who have enthusiastically supported the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
Opinion: Envisioning a future of green energy
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

It’s time for the whole world to wake up and prevent much of our present civilization being destroyed by sea level rise, extensive extinction of sea life by acidification, accelerating losses of potable water and arable land leading to inevitable rampant migrations and resource wars, and the spread of human and agricultural tropical diseases north.
Baldacci touts Northeast Energy Corridor
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Gov. John Baldacci says Irving Oil is serving as the catalyst for a Northeast Energy Corridor connecting Maine and New Brunswick. He says Maine can serve as a hub to markets in southern New England that are hungry for clean, renewable electricity.
Ex-millworkers with service sector jobs see pay drop
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Laid-off millworkers in eastern Maine who have taken jobs in the service sector have found their pay and benefits sharply reduced, primarily because much of the industry is not unionized, according to a report released in Maine Friday by the workers’ rights group Food AND Medicine.
Owners of Kineo Flies are now working in perfect tandem
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The fly-tying shop where Anne Coburn and husband Mike produce thousands of flies annually really is a long table, in the middle of their house, where they make some of the most remarkable impersonations of baitfish on the market.
Sportsman Show offers more than ever
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The 29th annual State of Maine Sportsman's Show runs April 3-5 at the Augusta Civic Center, and this year the largest and most prestigious outdoor-sports event in the state has the most attractions it has ever had in its history.
UN lauds effort to reforest Appalachia's mountains
Associated Press - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative is a movement to replace trees uprooted in the search for coal. The campaign is being lauded by the United Nations Environment Programme, which wants to plant 7 billion trees worldwide in the next three years to combat global deforestation.
Lights going out across the globe
Associated Press - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The lights are going down from the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower to Sears Tower, as more than 2,800 municipalities in 84 countries plan Saturday to mark the second worldwide Earth Hour.
Park ranger resigns in wake of night hunting conviction
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 27, 2009 

Reid Caron, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway assistant park ranger who pleaded guilty in February to night hunting and was sentenced, has resigned from his position.
Editorial: Saving Maine’s Downtowns
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 27, 2009 

The Land for Maine’s Future program has had phenomenal success winning voter approval for borrowing money for land purchases. A variation on the idea, Communities for Maine’s Future, would seek $27 million in bond funding to shore up another critical part of Maine’s quality-of-life assets — its historic downtowns.
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