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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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Water Rights in Maine
WERU Radio - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Guest: Emily Posner.
Teen took shelter in wilderness cave
Associated Press - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Eagle Scout Scott Mason kept his cool as overnight temperatures dropped around New Hampshire's Mount Washington, building a rock cave to protect himself from the mountain's notorious winds while stranded in the wilderness for three nights.
New WMNF land protects trail access
Sun Journal - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

According to the Trust for Public Land and the U.S. Forest Service, $500,000 in restored federal funding was used to protect the public trail heads of the Miles Notch and Haystack Notch trails and links to the Caribou-Speckled Mountains Wilderness .
Letter: Keep open small roadside parks
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Maine has received millions of our tax stimulus dollars and now wants to eliminate maintaining the roadside parks for tourists in Maine because it costs too much.
Governor names Poland Spring an 'environmental leader'
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Poland Spring Water Co. has been recognized as an "environmental leader" because it achieved a 46 percent fuel reduction, surpassing the 37 percent goal it set going into 2008. The company also surpassed its commitment to recycle 92 percent of its waste stream, now at 96 percent.
Stimulus funds may help save energy
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Federal economic stimulus dollars for an expanded program to weatherize thousands of Maine homes and trim energy costs are expected by June. The package will cost $36.9 million over two years and will create 1,000+ jobs, measuring the efficiency of homes, insulating buildings and installing solar panels.
Forest officials watch for invasive beetles
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

While the Asian longhorned beetle is not yet known to be in Maine, forest experts are worried that if the eggs slip in through a load of firewood, it could cripple Maine’s maple syrup and hardwood industries and have a detrimental effect on tourism, experts warn.
Forest Service warns mudders to follow laws
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Maine Forest Service District Ranger Jeff Currier said Wednesday that a growing number of landowners, along with hikers, hunters, anglers and other recreational land users, are complaining that heavy four-wheel-drive trucks have caused deliberate damage to remote forest access roads.
Under pressure, Maine calls off salmon season
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Maine officials have reluctantly canceled the monthlong fishing season for Atlantic salmon scheduled to begin this Friday in the latest possible sign of escalating tension between the state and the federal government over the imperiled fish.
A Push to Shed More Light on Electricity Sources
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee may seem like a long way from Maine, but environmentalists want Mainers to start thinking about those states every time they open up their electricity bills. That's because they say more than 800 square miles in Appalachia has been destroyed by mountain top coal mining. And coal is a cheap source of electricity.
Falmouth green team wins Eco Challenge
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

A group of Falmouth High School students captured first place in the Lexus Eco Challenge and won $30,000. The team's entry for the air and climate challenge addressed issues of global warming and climate change, as well as vehicular and industrial pollution in the atmosphere.
Opinion: Do right thing for town, environment
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

Clean up of the HoltraChem site in Orrington appears to be on the wrong track. There is an opportunity to do better.
Opinion: There's money in 'them thar' trees; it comes from bird tourists
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

How different birders are from anglers. An angler wouldn't share a hot fishing tip or spot with his or her mother. Birders will tell you everything, eagerly. Here in Maine, some folks, especially Rep. Robert Duchesne, are working to create a birding economy. Check out his Web site.
Federal funds to benefit wildlife
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

Maine will receive $4.3 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, part of a $280 million investment from the federal stimulus package that will fund more than 800 projects nationwide.
East Millinocket paper mill to restart May 5
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

The Katahdin Paper Co. LLC mill will restart May 5 with enough orders to keep at least one machine running for the rest of that month, mill officials said Tuesday. Exactly how many workers furloughed since April 10 will return to work remains unclear.
Report tells of lakes' health
Sun Journal - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program has released its 2008 Maine Lakes Report.
Bill bars smoking on Maine park beaches
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

The state Maine Senate gave final approval to a bill that bans smoking in places where people commonly congregate at state parks or other historic sites, sending it to Gov. John Baldacci for his signature.
'Dark skies' bill passes
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

A bill intended to prevent outdoor lighting from ruining Maine's dark, starlit skies has won final Senate approval and been sent to Gov. John Baldacci. As amended, it calls for a review of Maine's existing commercial outdoor lighting standards so recommendations can be presented to lawmakers next January.
Endangered Species Protections Restored
Other - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Today, Interior and Commerce Secretaries announced the restoration of rules under the Endangered Species Act that help protect imperiled species when government decisions or projects are implemented. The rules were weakened in the final days of the Bush administration.
Pill-disposal idea hard for drug companies to swallow
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Maine could become the first state to require drug companies to collect and dispose of unused medications that might otherwise be misused or flushed into rivers and streams.
Barbs fly at hearing on ocean fishing
Times Record - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

A hearing Monday about creating a saltwater fishing license or registry in Maine morphed into a debate about conservation measures, whether they work and who should pay for them.
Augusta seizes abandoned paper mill site
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Augusta city officials said they expected to take ownership of the former Augusta Tissue mill, known for years as Statler Tissue, at midnight Monday, when a tax foreclosure process was to conclude. The city is then planning to demolish and level the structures at the 17-acre riverside mill.
IF&W try to lure anglers to do better
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is strongly encouraging anglers to refrain from using soft plastic lures and pick up biodegradable or digestible ones instead.
Opinion: LNG projects key to Maine’s long-term energy policy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Natural gas supplies about 40 percent of Maine’s electricity and sets the price of electricity more than 80 percent of the time. The push to clean up the environment by switching from coal and oil to natural gas has not been met with a commensurate buildup in gas supply. There is a solution — the permitting and construction of one or more of the Maine liquefied natural gas projects proposed for Passamaquoddy Bay.
Tourism summit draws worldwide travel buyers
Sun Journal - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Nearly 350 delegates from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan and China were expected to attend the 14th annual Discover New England Tourism Summit, which runs through Wednesday at the Sunday River Resort in Newry.
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