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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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Editorial: Conflicted Secretary
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

Maine's Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap also finds time to serve on the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine board of directors. Mr. Dunlap may have strong feelings about SAM's mission, and he may be diligent in his job as secretary of state, but he exercises poor judgment by mixing the two.
Veterans group urges energy reforms
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

The push for comprehensive energy policy reform that would reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign oil is hardly a new concept. But people need to hear that message from more than just environmentalists. Eckstein, an Army veteran who represents a group called Operation Free, said Tuesday at UMaine in Orono that military “people might be willing to listen to veterans about this issue. This isn’t some left-wing radical idea.”
Acadia to hold session on marine protected areas
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

A public information session about federally recognized marine protected areas, and what it might mean for Acadia National Park, has been scheduled for April 13 at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth Middle School.
Letter: The dirty sock strategy
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

If there weren’t so much at stake in the Mallinckrodt-HoltraChem story, their whining and deep investment in PR puffery — to convince us rubes that the plan to do a partial cleanup ought to be good enough for Orrington — and threats of endless appeals would be amusing. What really needs to happen is for this company, which owns this mess, to act like an adult, stop pouting about it and clean it all up now.
R.I. regulators reject plan to sell wind power
Associated Press - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

Rhode Island regulators Tuesday dealt a major setback to a proposed offshore wind farm, rejecting an agreement between Deepwater Wind to sell power from eight turbines proposed off Block Island. Gov. Don Carcieri, who has said the wind farm and power-purchase agreement would create jobs and benefit the environment, said he was "stunned" and disappointed. The Block Island plan was to have been a demonstration for what Deepwater Wind hoped would eventually be a larger offshore project involving about 100 turbines.
Montville voters OK ordinance for wind energy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Residents voted at Saturday’s annual town meeting to join some of their Waldo and Penobscot county neighbors in adopting a strict wind energy ordinance that would require mile-wide setbacks between wind turbine towers and homes.
Eddington to consider wind moratorium
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Residents at tonight’s annual town meeting will vote on whether to enact a six-month moratorium on commercial and residential wind energy facilities to give planners the time they need to craft an ordinance that fits the town.
Opinion: Coyotes not subject to ‘wanton waste’ rules
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

When the governor signed a bill that jump-started the state’s open-water fishing season on Thursday, he also enacted a number of other provisions in the so-called “omnibus” legislation. The state will now allow bear hunters to utilize six, instead of four, dogs while pursuing bruins in Maine. Wasting game is still not allowed, but the new law adds the phrase “this subsection does not apply to coyote.” The new law also allows the placing of a carcass on any lake, pond or river that is used for domestic drinking purposes, as long as the carcass is used for bait by those hunting coyotes, and as long as the carcass is removed before the ice melts and the carcass falls into the water.
First Wind set to test the waters with IPO
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Maine's most prominent wind energy developer is attempting to go public and issue stock, aiming to fund aggressive growth plans. Boston-based First Wind Holdings LLC is preparing an initial public offering, in which it hopes to list common stock on the Nasdaq market under the symbol WIND. The outcome of First Wind's effort could affect Maine's energy future and the public debate over how many wind turbines to erect and where to put them.
Letter: Letter writer was right about Maine woods park
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Besides protecting a magnificent landscape, a North Woods park would help Maine's economy. Who doesn't respect Percival Baxter for his generous gift to Maine of Mount Katahdin and its immediate environs? Now it's our turn to create what could be the Yellowstone of the Northeast
Letters: No wind power near Bigelow, please
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Thirty-five years ago this spring, Mainers exhibited the incredible foresight in creating the Bigelow Preserve. Right now, the issue is about opposing one wind project that has been proposed for a site where it should not be placed....I understand Angus King's desire to see wind power developed in Maine, but if this development harms Highland in ways that can't be repaired, it's not First Wind who will lose.
Opinion: Next Year, Everyone Will Need a License to Fish in Maine
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Thanks to an intensive month-long lobbying effort by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine aided by a few key legislators, freshwater anglers will not have to purchase a new, separate saltwater fishing license.
Maine conservation chief to be sworn in
Associated Press - Monday, March 29, 2010 

The commissioner of the agency that oversees state parks, public lands and wildlands development in Maine will be sworn into office today. Elizabeth Townsend has been serving as acting commissioner since January. Before joining the Conservation Department, Townsend was executive director of the Maine League of Conservation Voters and the Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund. She also served previously a state representative.
Baldacci signs saltwater license bill
Associated Press - Monday, March 29, 2010 

Gov. John Baldacci has signed into law a bill creating a saltwater recreational fishing registry, ending a four-year debate over the issue. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2011, meets a federal mandate for states to set up their own registries this year or face having a federal registry with fees next year.
House OKs concealed guns in Acadia
Associated Press - Monday, March 29, 2010 

A bill restricting guns at Acadia National Park moved a step closer to final passage Monday as the House routinely approved a measure that changes the previous no-gun policy by allowing a few exceptions — including an exception for concealed weapons.
Letter: Big wind encroaching
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 29, 2010 

No one is asking the majority of residents living in the unincorporated townships of Maine how they feel about having the tops of their mountains covered with huge wind turbines and flashing red lights. When they complain about the noise, no one cares. When they complain about the flicker effect, they are told to stop whining. What about the effects on wildlife near these wind farms?
Editorial: Ground Condor Expansion
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 29, 2010 

More information is needed before a decision is made on expanding a military flight training area in western Maine. The state’s major concerns include the impact of noise levels from civilian plane traffic on wildlife habitat in the area. Allowing the public to share its concerns is a help. Better would be for the Air National Guard to show that it truly considered alternatives and that the negative consequences for Maine truly are necessary for military readiness. Until that happens, this proposal should be put on hold.
Can fishermen tap into tourism?
Bar Harbor Times - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Clive Farrin of Boothbay Harbor is a lobster fisherman who, three years ago, started taking one or two paying passengers at a time when he went out to haul traps. Farrin shared his experience at a session on how fishermen can tap into the tourism dollar, hosted by Maine Sea Grant at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport. Farrin said it didn’t take long for him and his sternman to realize that they had a good thing going.
Peregrine falcons nesting at Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor Times - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Acadia National Park staff have observed the adults engaging in courtship and pre-nesting behavior, signaling the birds' intentions to nest and raise chicks into and beyond the middle of the summer. Peregrine falcons are identified as a state endangered species and with the fledging of more than 90 chicks over the last 19 years, Mount Desert Island's falcon pairs have become the foundation of Maine's peregrine falcon recovery program.
Thrills, chills, spills galore at St. George River Race
Herald Gazette - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

With temperatures in the 30s and ice on the tree branches near the side of water, the scenario was set Saturday for plenty of thrills, chills and spills during the 31st annual St. George River Race. And the popular event did not disappoint. The event, which starts in Searsmont and finishes in Appleton, is the start of the whitewater paddling season.
Surf’s up, dude
Capital Weekly - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Surfers at Reid State Park have their own culture. They share a skill, a passion, and a unique language in which the word “dude” can be applied as a noun, verb, exclamation, greeting, or simply allowed to stand alone as a complete sentence. They also make quite a splash with our park visitors. Whether you call them thrill-seekers or “crazy fools,” the show that these adrenaline junkies put on is absolutely riveting.
Tidal energy center gets approval to begin in-stream testing
Capital Weekly - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

The Tidal Energy Demonstration and Evaluation Center based at Maine Maritime Academy received a special order of clarification from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be established as the only in-stream tidal energy device testing facility in the United States.
AMC Maine Woods: Scenic skiing, comfy lodges
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

The Appalachian Mountain Club is refurbishing the cabins at Chairback Lodge, renovating the lodge, and making a variety of other improvements in order to open the place to the public by early next winter. The lodge will be the 4th link in the fabulous AMC lodge to lodge ski route route, along with Medawisla Lodge, the privately-owned West Branch Pond Camps, and Little Lyford Ponds Lodge. We are on one of the AMCs few scheduled trips here this winter.
Wind tower ordinance turned down
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

The only request voters turned down at Saturday's town meeting in Unity was an article asking them to enact a moratorium ordinance for wind mill towers more than 35 feet in height. Officials wanted an ordinance in place to protect the town until a more permanent ordinance could be developed for next year. But some said the wording of the article could be better crafted and returned to voters for approval at a special meeting.
Wind-farm pioneer ties family farms to Wall Street
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Worlds away from Wall Street, Dan Juhl runs Juhl Wind – one of a few publicly traded companies helping communities and farmers develop their own wind projects.
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