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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: Filling Acadia’s 'Holes'
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

The park’s managers have been buying up the 130 privately-owned tracts that remain within Acadia National Park's boundary. The money comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Congress established to finance acquisitions and easements to protect national parks, forests and wildlife areas. The fund gets its money from offshore oil drilling royalties. Congressional budget cuts threaten to halt this methodical land purchasing in its tracks. Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are key figures in the funding of Acadia National Park acquisitions. They must ensure that they put the best interests of their state and its people ahead of mindless budget slashing pressed by their party leaders.
Letter: Hunting is not source of problem for wildlife
Seacoast Online - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

The Maine deer herd is not in poor shape because of hunters. Harsh winters, predators, de-forestation and population increase by "nature lovers" who move into the woods are eliminating deer feeding areas and deer wintering areas. We need to increase land conservation and eliminate predators.
Wind energy talks stir concerns about the environment
WLBZ-TV2 - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Representatives from the Maine Audubon Society, Appalachian Mountain Club and First Wind held a public meeting in Holden to discuss the controversial subject of land-based wind energy. Some people expressed concerns about the idea of wind power as a perfect solution to the nations clean energy crisis. Others talked about the need for better regulations over where turbines can be built. Both sides of the debate say getting more people talking about the issue will help to avoid problems in the future.
Alaskan and Maine students team up to present ‘Dear Fish’
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Fishermen in Juneau, Alaska, catch millions of pounds of salmon, halibut and crab each year, while across the country, fishermen of Deer Isle-Stonington haul in millions of pounds of lobster. As these fishermen navigate the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, they accumulate stories and pass them down to the youths in their communities. Thanks to modern technology and the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program, students from these two coastal communities have been able to swap their fish tales for the past two years.
Opinion: "Doing Wind Right” Forum
Other - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

A standing-room-only crowd filled the Field’s Pond Audobon Center in Holden on March 31 to listen to four panelists address the question, “How might Maine develop land-based wind power as a renewable energy source while protecting ecological health and natural heritage?” The very fact that this question was asked is significant.
Northeast Creek study splits warrant committee, council
Bar Harbor Times - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Funding for a Northeast Creek Watershed model — a study that advocates say could help determine whether development in the Northwest part of the island is affecting the environmental health of the creek, which feeds into Frenchman Bay — is in dispute. On Monday night, the Warrant Committee voted unanimously to request the allocation of $30,000 from the town's cruise ship fund for the study model. The next night, the request was met with instant skepticism from members of the town council.
Rare Acadia National Park lodge tour draws crowd
Bar Harbor Times - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Acadia National Park enthusiasts braved brisk winds and chilly temperatures on March 26 for a rare look inside and around the grounds of the Brown Mountain Gate Lodge in Mount Desert. In addition to taking a tour of the 77- year-old granite and brick building, spectators were also treated to a stone cutting demonstration by Steve Haynes of the Maine Granite Museum.
Local communities compete to save energy
Herald Gazette - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

PowerWise Systems has partnered with the Island Institute to provide technical needs for Energy for ME, a new energy-efficiency project. Students – and their families – from six island and coastal schools are learning to measure energy usage and explore renewable energy sources with the goal of increasing home and school energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption.
TIF expansion for recreational trail development a popular idea
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Through a 2008 TIF agreement between the state, county and project developer TransCanada, 75 percent of tax revenues through the Kibby Wind Project were captured, with 60 percent of that amount returned to the company. The other 40 percent, or an estimated $4 million over a 20-year period, was taken by the county for economic development in the unorganized territories. The TIF program has since expanded to include funding for public safety equipment, workforce training and recreation trail development.
Library volunteers fighting against bottle bill changes
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Over the last 10 years, a nonstop bottle drive for the Stockton Springs Community Library has generated $56,000, enough money to keep the volunteer-run program well-supplied with books. If major changes are made to Maine’s 35-year-old bottle bill, that income stream could slow to a trickle — but a group of library lovers here is gearing up for a fight to keep the law, and their book supply, intact.
Pleasant River Hatchery still suffering from diesel spill; local smelt fishery closed
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

“We are still very on the edge here,” Dwayne Shaw of Downeast Salmon Federation’s Pleasant River Hatchery said Thursday, two days after 1,000 gallons of off-road diesel fuel spilled into the river and contaminated the waters both inside and outside of the hatchery. The smelt fishery at the mouth of the river has been closed under an emergency order of the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
NRCM Legislative Bill Tracking
Other - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Updates on the highest priority bills that the Natural Resources Council of Maine is following.
Updated List of Legislation of Interest
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

A compendium of bills in the Maine legislature of interest to outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Wind, Solar May Be Competitive With Coal Without Aid in Decade, Chu Says
Maine Insights - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Wind and solar power may compete with fossil fuels, without aid from government subsidies, within the next decade, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. “It’s not going to be three decades."
Opinion: Energy Crash
Free Press - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

We are engaged in three wars in the Middle East right now, wars that are costing us dearly and that are clearly related to our need to maintain our power in a region upon which we depend for oil. This effort is doomed and at the accelerating rate at which the world is consuming oil, we will very soon be desperate. Probably we will be reduced to attacking and blaming each other - a process that is already well under way. The best solution is to have plenty of money. Oil is going to get much more expensive. The relatively wealthy will not suffer much. The poor will freeze to death, or starve, as the wealthy buy up the food supply to turn into alcohol to fuel their engines.
LePage: GOP Meeting About "Zipping my Mouth"
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

As he often is, Gov. LePage was blunt when asked what he discussed with the Senate Republicans today. "About zipping my mouth up and not offending them," he said. "It's all about getting back on topic. I told them that it's time that both the House and the Senate and the administration focus on the task at hand, and that's pension reform, health care reform, regulatory reform, energy reform and lowering the tax on Maine people."
UMaine Holding Meetings Around the Midcoast to Discuss Offshore Wind Test Site Near Monhegan
Free Press - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

Fishermen, community members and local politicians turned out for a meeting in Port Clyde last week sponsored by the University of Maine-led DeepCwind Consortium. The Department of Energy awarded UMaine $7.1 million to fund the DeepCwind Consortium National Research Program. Bob Lindyberg, from the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at UMaine, discussed the Offshore Wind Test Site south of Monhegan Island and the newly released 567-page Maine Offshore Wind Report, which details all the information needed for future project development and permitting.
Saving bats could prevent huge U.S. farming losses
Reuters - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

America's bats are dying in their hundreds of thousands due to a mysterious illness called white-nose syndrome, and efforts to save them could prevent billions of dollars in agricultural losses, scientists say. In a paper published in the journal Science, bat researchers estimated that the value of such bats to agriculture may be around $22.9 billion a year. "This disease is burning through our bat populations like a five-alarm fire," said Mollie Matteson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity.
Obama renews call for reducing oil imports by 2025
Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

President Obama on Wednesday called for a one-third reduction in U.S. oil imports by 2025. He offered little in the way of new initiatives, relying instead on a litany of energy proposals he's already called for, including boosting domestic oil production, increasing the use of biofuels and natural gas, and making vehicles more energy efficient. Obama also embraced nuclear power as a critical part of America's energy future.
Opinion: When we voted, did we really know what LePage would do?
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

LePage was elected by people who thought Maine government had been on a spending binge and by business interests that opposed much state regulation, especially in the environmental sector. Going beyond the conservatism that voters should have expected, he has turned out to be a pro-business extremist. Consider his regulatory appointments. They look like a case of the fox guarding the chicken coop.
Google wind project runs into opposition
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

A Google-backed effort to build a $5 billion undersea power line supporting wind energy from New Jersey to Virginia faces opposition from state officials and utilities. Atlantic Wind Connection's request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks incentives to build the project, including a guaranteed 13.58 percent return on equity for its development. "They want consumers to pay for them to go through the planning process," said Jay Morrison, vice president for regulatory affairs of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Google has a 42 percent stake in the project.
Researchers make golf balls from lobster shells
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

University of Maine researchers have developed a biodegradable golf ball made from lobster shells. Intended for use on cruise ships, the balls are made from crushed lobster shells with a biodegradable binder and coating.
Lawmakers call for health warning labels on cell phones
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

A year after Maine lawmakers rejected a bill requiring warnings about cellular phone use, a Sanford lawmaker is back with a new version of the legislation. Democratic Rep. Andrea Boland’s new bill calls for warning labels on cell phones, and notices would have to be posted by cell phone retailers warning users of potential health hazards and how to use cells phones more safely.
Committee Rejects Use of BPA in Plastic Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups
Free Press - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

A Maine legislative committee unanimously approved outlawing the use of a potentially hazardous chemical in plastic baby bottles, sippy cups and other food and beverage containers used by children on Friday, March 25, but will now face another proposed bill that could weaken child product safety laws. LD 412, the BPA sippy cup bill, will face a vote in the full legislature later this spring. If it passes, BPA will be phased out from use in food and beverage containers and replaced with commercially available safe alternatives that are in widespread use. The BPA rules came before the Maine Legislature as a result of the Kid-Safe Products Law, which itself is now under attack.
Katahdin towns to meet to discuss deal on two mills
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 31, 2011 

East Millinocket town leaders will meet with Millinocket officials on Thursday to discuss property tax proposals that are part of a San Francisco investment firm’s efforts to buy two Katahdin region paper mills for $1. Under a tentative agreement Meriturn Partners made with the mills’ owner, Brookfield Asset Management, Meriturn has until April 29 to negotiate a property tax agreement with the towns and secure deals on several other aspects of revitalization of the mills.
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