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Creating Backyard Habitat, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 24, 2017 

Hildy Ellis, district coordinator of Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk on “Beyond the Birdfeeder, Creating Backyard Habitat.” At Rockport Opera House, July 6, 1 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

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Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine or opening it to logging and mining as well as expanding areas for hunting, trapping, and off-road vehicles. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to rescind or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Stop Trump-LePage’s Monumental Betrayal
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Let's tell Secretary Zinke that any attempt to revoke the Katahdin Woods and Waters and other National Monuments is an assault on our historical, cultural, and natural heritage, and that our public lands must be protected for generations to come. ~ Sierra Club
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Defend Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

There was a multi-year process that incorporated public input to protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, which garnered broad support in Maine and across the country. And yet the Trump administration issued an executive order that may alter the size of or even attempt to eliminate the national park site. ~ National Parks Conservation Association
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review – and potentially eliminate or shrink – protections of some of our nation’s most pristine national monuments, including Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is a direct attack on our shared Maine history and heritage. ~ League of Conservation Voters
"Born to Rewild," Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

This documentary features wilderness ultratrekker John Davis who traveled 5,000 human-powered miles from Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway, a mega wildlife corridor along the western spine of North America, during an epic conservation journey called TrekWest. Also, William Stolzenburg will read from his book "Heart Of A Lion." At Frontier, Brunswick, June 29, 7 pm, $5 in advance, $6 day of show.
The Future of Maine's Fisheries: Threats Posed by Federal Budget Cuts, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Leaders from Maine’s marine and fisheries communities discuss how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA and NOAA would hurt Maine’s marine environment, economy, and research—and what you can do to help protect these important marine resources. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Luther Bonney Building, Talbot Hall, June 29, 6 pm.
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Blue Hill Public Library, June 29, 7 pm. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.
Celebrate MITA's new home, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Join Maine Island Trail Association staff, trustees and friends to help celebrate this exciting new chapter. At 100 Kensington St, 2nd Floor, Portland, June 28, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Mountain Lions in Maine – Rewilding the Maine Woods, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Panel discussion about the challenges involved in bringing large, apex predators, specifically the cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther) and other wildlife back to their native habitat in the Northeast corridor, and how human communities can adapt to co-exist with and even benefit from them. At DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, June 28, 7 pm, $8.
Renewable Energy Activity – Global to Regional, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Lawrence Mott, Director Americas of SgurrEnergy, a global renewable engineering firm, will speak on the current status of large scale wind and solar projects, technology, and policy here and abroad. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, June 28, 5:30 pm.
Solar bill
Action Alert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

The Maine Senate has voted unanimously to support the majority report in support of LD 1504 the solar policy bill. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on LD 1504. The bill is a step toward overturning an anti-solar PUC rule and increasing the accessibility of community solar. The governor has been bullying lawmakers into supporting his anti-renewable ideology. Email your Senator and Representative now to urge them to support this solar bill. ~ NRCM & Maine Audubon
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News Items
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pollution on the rise in Maine
Sun Journal - Friday, March 27, 2009 

Toxic emissions and waste management data released by the U.S. EPA revealed that 99 facilities in Maine reported releasing 11.1 million pounds of chemicals into the environment. That's up 507,291 pounds over 2006 releases.
Editorial: Bring this fishery back
Boston Globe - Friday, March 27, 2009 

Within days of her confirmation as head of NOAA, Jane Lubchenco was meeting with New England fishermen to get their views on one of the thorniest decisions she will have to make: whether to back an extremely tight federal limit on commercial fishing for the season that begins May 1.
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