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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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Maine ready to assist in Gulf of Mexico
Associated Press - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Gov. John Baldacci says he's readying state agencies to assist with clean-up efforts in the Gulf Coast in the wake of one of the worst oil spills in the nation's history.
Young Turkey-Caller Demonstrates Winning "Cluck"
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Contestants gathered in Scarborough recently to square off in a turkey-calling contest sactioned by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Ten-year-old Tyler Fenderson of Shapleigh took first in Junior Division.
Closing Hampden Landfill Likely to Take Years
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, April 30, 2010 

After 35 years of maintaining a large and odorous presence over a portion of Interstate-95 just south of Bangor, the Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden is closing. But the process of closing the landfill will take up almost as much time as the facility was in use.
MCC Revs Up for the Season
Other - Friday, April 30, 2010 

The month of May will see the ranks of the Maine Conservation Corps field teams swell to more than 50 members and leaders. The nine summer trail crews will head out onto trails across Maine at the end of the month. A total of 13 environmental educators also will be joining the MCC this spring, several of whom will be serving in Maine’s state parks and public lands this season.
Obama says new oil leases will need safeguards
Associated Press - Friday, April 30, 2010 

President Barack Obama on Friday directed that no new offshore oil drilling leases be issued unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the explosion that unleashed the massive spill threatening the Gulf Coast with major environmental damage.
Washington County gets federal grants to identify contaminated sites
Working Waterfront - Friday, April 30, 2010 

The Washington County Council of Governments recently won two grants totaling $400,000 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to identify brownfield sites in the county for cleanup.
Letter: Fox Islands are benefiting from wind power
Working Waterfront - Friday, April 30, 2010 

I am absolutely amazed at the opposition to the Fox Islands Wind project. If your town is looking into wind power, come on out to Vinalhaven and listen to the turbines for yourself because nothing the naysayers or the supporters have to say can paint a true picture of the benefits (and drawbacks) of a windmill project.
Fire Danger Prompts "Red Flag" Warning
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Weather forecasters say a combination of low relative humidity, gusty winds and warm temperatures is creating explosive fire conditions in much of the state.
Bog award
Bar Harbor Times - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Friends of Acadia will receive $1000 for a bog restoration project at the Wild Gardens of Acadia National Park. Four other national parks that were in the running for a grant of $5,000 will also receive an equal share of the award.
Damariscotta man snags record-setting yellow perch
Capital Weekly - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Eric York of Damariscotta caught a record-setting yellow perch Feb. 28, 2010, on Damariscotta Lake. The fish weighed 1.73 pounds on a certified scale. The previous state record, caught in 1989, weighed 1.625 pounds.
Homeowners may be eligible for free water-quality test
Capital Weekly - Friday, April 30, 2010 

The Maine Geological Survey is offering free water quality tests to homeowners with private wells in select towns, during summer 2010, as part of the MGS’s ambient ground water-quality program. The tests, which will examine the presence of natural chemical components in the water, are being offered in Belgrade, Monmouth, Mount Vernon, Waterville and West Gardiner.
Editorial: Fish ladder in Brunswick needs to go
Sun Journal - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Only a few hundred shad have climbed the Brunswick fish ladder since 1985. That compares to the hundreds of thousands — perhaps a quarter of a million — that freely swam the river before the construction of the first dam in 1809, along with herring, Atlantic salmon and other natural species. So long as some species cannot pass the Brunswick dam, the communities along the lower reaches of the Andro, including Lewiston-Auburn, are being deprived of the full enjoyment of the river and the economic benefits of a restored fishery.
Outlays elusive on state's $42M weatherizing program
Kennebec Journal - Friday, April 30, 2010 

New statistics released by MaineHousing (formally Maine State Housing Authority) state that more than 1,300 Maine homes have been "weatherized" through the early stages of a program funded by $42 million in federal stimulus funds. MaineHousing has spent $8 million so far and claims this has created the equivalent of just over 163 full-time jobs, but details of who exactly is employed are unclear.
Letter: Converting sardine plant to fish processing is cruel
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Bill Nemitz's April 21 column about PETA's suggestion that the just-closed Stinson sardine cannery in Prospect Harbor be turned into a cannery for Maine's famous blueberries misses the mark. Whether you call it "reasoning" or not, fish are intelligent animals and they can feel pain, as all animals do.
Editorial: Cape Wind approval too slow to celebrate
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Those who think wind power should be part of the renewable energy portfolio should be thrilled to hear federal approval has been granted for the first offshore wind farm in the nation. But the news comes a little too late to generate a thrill. It took a nine-year regulatory battle to bring the Cape Wind project to this point, and it should give investors pause about trying to follow this success with another.
New catch rules to shake up NE fishing industry
Associated Press - Friday, April 30, 2010 

New England's centuries-old fishing industry changes dramatically Saturday under new rules that promise autonomy for fishermen and better protection for fish but have so far inspired a lot of uncertainty. The new regulations replace a system that was broadly unpopular and tried to stop overfishing by making fishermen less efficient, such as by slashing the number of days they were allowed to fish.
Almost time to pay bills for Long Creek's cleanup
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 30, 2010 

More than 100 landowners will be involved in reducing runoff of polluted stormwater into the creek, which runs through the Maine Mall area, and its tributaries. The landowners in the collective must pay 15 percent of their first annual assessments by May 18.
Letter: Degrees of sense
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 30, 2010 

I am appalled to think administrators at the University of Maine continue to allow many of their students to parade around in their birthday suits to celebrate Earth Day.
Democratic gubernatorial candidates speak at UMM
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Pat McGowan, Libby Mitchell, and Steve Rowe attended the event, held at UMaine at Machias. Rosa Scarcelli was absent. All the candidates supported siting a liquefied natural gas facility in Washington County as a short-term transitional solution. All were opposed to a northern national forest.
MATC opposes Highland Plantation wind energy plan
Other - Friday, April 30, 2010 

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club board has voted unanimously to oppose the proposed wind power development in Highland Plantation. Developers are seeking permission to install forty-eight 420 foot high turbines within the viewshed of the Appalachain Trail.
Blowing in the wind
Other - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Maine Townsman - Some the most debated questions at town meetings this March centered on wind power construction. Of the 10 proposed wind-development moratorium votes reviewed by the Townsman, seven were passed and three failed.
Opinion: A Boost of Wind
Other - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Maine Ahead - Nayyers on Maine wind power may make the op-ed page, but try asking businesses from Weston to Fryeburg how they feel about the economic boost from recent wind projects.
GOP Blaine House hopefuls air views at UMM
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 29, 2010 

Six of the seven Republican gubernatorial candidates on the June 8 primary ballot attended at UMaine at Machias. The candidates varied little. All pushed for a strong stand against Canada for its opposition to locating a liquefied natural gas facility in Washington County. They decried the lack of strong objection by Maine’s leaders when the federal government severely limited the herring catch. All but Mills supported Sunday hunting.
How the wind blows in Vinalhaven
Other - Thursday, April 29, 2010 

As Martha's Vineyard residents contemplate the possibility of wind farms, whether modest or extensive developments on land and offshore, it may be useful to turn a curious eye to Vinalhaven, Maine, an island that is home to New England's largest coastal wind-power facility.
Hope selectmen address responsible idling
Herald Gazette - Thursday, April 29, 2010 

Hope selectmen addressed a proposal to craft a responsible idling ordinance at their April 27 meeting. The proposed policy would encourage drivers to be more aware of the environmental hazards and wasting of gasoline that result when vehicles are left idling. Signs could be posted telling the public about the pitfalls of idling and a forum held to educate citizens about the negative effects of exhaust. The selectmen agreed to have the town administrator draft a policy.
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