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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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News Items
In The County, ire, concern over land use changes
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 28, 2008 

FORT KENT , Maine - Aroostook County residents voiced their fears, frustrations and suspicions toward state regulators Sunday during a meeting on potential changes to land use policies in Maine’s vast Unorganized Territory. The Land Use Regulation Commission is seeking feedback on proposed alterations to the planning document that guides policy decisions...
DOE Awards $30 Million to Biofuel Project in Old Town
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced last Friday that Red Shield Environmental in Old Town has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant of up to $30 million. The grant will support the development of a cellulosic biorefinery at the Old Town pulp mill. 
Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Enacted
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

Last Friday the Maine State Legislature enacted LD 2257, the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.  Maine now joins 40 other states that have adopted uniform building and energy codes. Maine was the only Northeastern state, and one of only 10 nationally, that did not have a statewide energy-efficiency standard for new homes.
MMA Exploring Potential for Tidal Energy Testing Center — Public Forum in Castine April 30
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) and its industry partners engaged in exploring the possibility of establishing a Tidal Energy Device Evaluation Center (TEDEC) in waters local to Castine will host an open forum on Wednesday, April 30.  
Maintaining State Land Open for Hunting
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

LD 648, “An Act To Maintain the Amount of State Land That Is Open for Hunting,” was signed last Wednesday by Governor Baldacci.  It ensures that the number of total acres of land open to hunting on public reserved lands and lands owned and managed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife does not fall below the acreage available for hunting as of January 1, 2008.
A Tale of Two Farms -- Maine Farmland Trust and Aldermere Farm Collaborate to Preserve Farmland
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

Maine Farmland Trust and Aldemere Farm partner to preserve Erikson Farm and local tradition of agriculture in Rockport.
At UM, ecovillage idea gains allies
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 23, 2008 

"York Village" dorm renovation plans to model permaculture sustainable living practices by fall of 2010.
Editorial: Don't waste Earth Day
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 

Requiring the recycling of computer and television monitors — and having manufacturers cover most of the cost — has diverted tons of lead from Maine landfills while saving residents money. As the country marks Earth Day, the state’s e-waste program can offer a model for the handling of other products that contain hazardous materials or that can be reused or remade into other items.
Observing Earth Day just the beginning for some
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 

While today marks the 39th annual Earth Day, central Maine residents have already begun observing the occasion. And they'll continue to in the coming weeks, with events meant to raise awareness of ways to live life "green."
Editorial: Earth Day ideal must translate to problem solving
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 

Our collective thinking has to evolve from merely recognizing that pollution we can see is bad, to crafting policy that accepts that nearly everything we do has an impact on the environment.
More churches going green
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 

Earth Day was born exactly 38 years ago on college campuses, and many universities are still leading the environmental movement. But today, churches also are helping drive a new green ethic, both by example and by doctrine.
Goldeneye ducks, winter birds leave Maine, ring-necks arrive
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Ring-necked ducks don’t care for salt water, even in winter. They spend the winter in the South on fresh water, often in forested swamps. In the spring in Maine ring-necked ducks appear when the ice goes.
In Maine, fishing major contributor of shore debris
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Every spring and fall since its inception MITA has brought volunteers to Maine’s islands to remove flotsam from the shore. Spanning a day or a weekend, these island cleanups are volunteer-driven and include stops on multiple islands. In 2006, nearly 70 volunteers participated in more than 12 events and removed more than 250 bags of marine debris
Solar — Delivered Daily to Your Door, Free
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Oakhurst Dairy goes solar in deal with Ascendant Energy of Rockland, saving up to 7,500 gallons of heating oil yearly.
Moratorium on New Coal Gasification Plants Enacted
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Governor Baldacci held a ceremonial signing of LD 2126, “An Act To Minimize Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Coal-Powered Industrial and Electrical Generating Facilities in the State,” in his office on Tuesday.
Bill Aims to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

A bill aimed at preventing childhood lead poisoning and eliminating the estimated 550 cases of lead poisoning in Maine children each year was enacted by the Maine Legislature last Thursday.
City Energy and Climate Committee looks back on progress as Earth Day approaches - Wednesday, April 16, 2008 

BELFAST — Andrew Carpenter can recite a list of accomplishments for Belfast when Earth Day comes on April 22.
King pushes for offshore wind turbines
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 16, 2008 

BRUNSWICK — As governor, Angus King liked to pitch a big idea, like giving laptop computers to all seventh-graders. Now, as a wind energy entrepreneur, he's floating a whopper. King said Tuesday that the state should launch a massive research and development effort to create a $15 billion network of offshore wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine over the next 10 years.
Eco-Community Proposed for Schoodic Peninsula
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, April 16, 2008 

Environmental groups and residents of the picturesque Frenchman Bay region near Mount Desert Island are expressing concern about the consequences of a proposed eco-resort community. Over three thousand acres of scenic wilderness on the Schoodic Peninsula are being eyed for the development.
Wind Power Gets Big Boost in Maine
Other - Friday, April 11, 2008 

The Maine Legislature today approved legislation to promote wind power development in Maine as part of a strategy to improve energy security, control electricity costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide economic and environmental benefits to Maine people.
Author, Activist Jim Merkel tours Maine for Earth Day - Friday, April 11, 2008 

BELFAST — Jim Merkel is the authority on how to reduce one’s ecological footprint.
East Belfast students learn about climate change - Friday, April 11, 2008 

BELFAST — Students in Mrs. Hoenig’s fifth-grade class learned about greenhouse gases and climate change during a Maine Energy Education Program (MEEP) presentation Wednesday morning.

Baldacci touts wood energy use
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 11, 2008 

ORONO, Maine — Baldacci administration officials said Wednesday that Maine’s vast commercial forests contain enough "waste wood" to heat 150,000 homes and small businesses without reducing fiber supplies to existing mills.

Wind tower proposal on table in Addison
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 11, 2008 

ADDISON, Maine — Bonnie Thompson said she wasn’t optimistic when she applied last fall to erect an 80-foot wind tower on her property in Addison.

License fee proposal divides Maine sportsmen
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 11, 2008 

AUGUSTA, Maine — Several of Maine’s sportsmen’s organizations were divided Thursday over a proposal to charge hunters and fishermen a few dollars more to help cover a budget deficit in the Maine Warden Service.

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