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Creating Backyard Habitat, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 24, 2017 

Hildy Ellis, district coordinator of Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk on “Beyond the Birdfeeder, Creating Backyard Habitat.” At Rockport Opera House, July 6, 1 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

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Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine or opening it to logging and mining as well as expanding areas for hunting, trapping, and off-road vehicles. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to rescind or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Stop Trump-LePage’s Monumental Betrayal
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Let's tell Secretary Zinke that any attempt to revoke the Katahdin Woods and Waters and other National Monuments is an assault on our historical, cultural, and natural heritage, and that our public lands must be protected for generations to come. ~ Sierra Club
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Defend Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

There was a multi-year process that incorporated public input to protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, which garnered broad support in Maine and across the country. And yet the Trump administration issued an executive order that may alter the size of or even attempt to eliminate the national park site. ~ National Parks Conservation Association
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review – and potentially eliminate or shrink – protections of some of our nation’s most pristine national monuments, including Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is a direct attack on our shared Maine history and heritage. ~ League of Conservation Voters
"Born to Rewild," Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

This documentary features wilderness ultratrekker John Davis who traveled 5,000 human-powered miles from Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway, a mega wildlife corridor along the western spine of North America, during an epic conservation journey called TrekWest. Also, William Stolzenburg will read from his book "Heart Of A Lion." At Frontier, Brunswick, June 29, 7 pm, $5 in advance, $6 day of show.
The Future of Maine's Fisheries: Threats Posed by Federal Budget Cuts, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Leaders from Maine’s marine and fisheries communities discuss how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA and NOAA would hurt Maine’s marine environment, economy, and research—and what you can do to help protect these important marine resources. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Luther Bonney Building, Talbot Hall, June 29, 6 pm.
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Blue Hill Public Library, June 29, 7 pm. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.
Celebrate MITA's new home, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Join Maine Island Trail Association staff, trustees and friends to help celebrate this exciting new chapter. At 100 Kensington St, 2nd Floor, Portland, June 28, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Mountain Lions in Maine – Rewilding the Maine Woods, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Panel discussion about the challenges involved in bringing large, apex predators, specifically the cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther) and other wildlife back to their native habitat in the Northeast corridor, and how human communities can adapt to co-exist with and even benefit from them. At DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, June 28, 7 pm, $8.
Renewable Energy Activity – Global to Regional, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Lawrence Mott, Director Americas of SgurrEnergy, a global renewable engineering firm, will speak on the current status of large scale wind and solar projects, technology, and policy here and abroad. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, June 28, 5:30 pm.
Solar bill
Action Alert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

The Maine Senate has voted unanimously to support the majority report in support of LD 1504 the solar policy bill. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on LD 1504. The bill is a step toward overturning an anti-solar PUC rule and increasing the accessibility of community solar. The governor has been bullying lawmakers into supporting his anti-renewable ideology. Email your Senator and Representative now to urge them to support this solar bill. ~ NRCM & Maine Audubon
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The Underground Forest
Other - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Walking in the forest you are bathed in sounds, sights, smells – chirping of birds, sighing of the wind in the branches, flashes of light off the leaves, warmth of sun on your skin, the skittering of tiny creatures in the underbrush. There's peace there, and beauty. But there's more to the forest than the trees. Look down.
Sixth-grader helps paint Camden green
Herald Gazette - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Two entire Camden streets' lawns are officially safe for people, dogs and wildlife, and the Megunticook River is cleaner, thanks to Eliza Robinson. Robinson, a sixth-grader at the Camden-Rockport Middle School, received assurances from every homeowner on William Glen Drive and Azalea Lane that they do not use pesticides for cosmetic use on their lawns. Now, William Glen and Azalea will be painted green on the Citizens for a Green Camden map.
Unity College to build first Passive House-certified dormitory in the nation
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

As soon as students vacate the premises in a couple of weeks after finals are finished, Unity College will raze two of student Cottages and replace them by September with a super-efficient 10-person apartment-style residence hall known as TerraHaus. The groundbreaking structure is believed to be the first Passive House-certified student college residence built in the United States.
First Wind to partner with two Canadian companies
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

The most aggressive developer of wind power in Maine has entered into a complicated partnership agreement with two Canadian power companies in order to build, own and operate wind projects in the Northeast United States. The deal provides First Wind of Boston with seriously needed financing through Ontario-based Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. and Halifax-based Emera Inc.
Letter: L.D. 1210 addresses small part of bottle bill
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

L.D. 1210 inserts a single phrase into Maine's bottle bill, and its sole intent is to correct a regulatory glitch that hurts small business. All of Maine's large distributors are exempt from paying a monthly fee because they belong to so-called "co-mingling" recycling groups. Small Maine distributors (even though they recycle as aggressively as their larger competitors) cannot join these groups and so have to pay up to $30,000 a year to Maine Revenue.
Letter: We need ban on mercury amalgam dental fillings
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

I was shocked L.D. 146, An Act to Prohibit the Use of Mercury Amalgams in Dental Procedures for Children, Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers, was voted down 12-0. Why won't our government protect everyone, including fetuses, from toxic mercury amalgam dental fillings? Norway, Sweden and Denmark have all banned its use.
Letter: Climate-change critic finds data confirm warming
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

A couple of weeks ago, Professor Richard Muller, a longtime critic of government-led climate studies, testified about a project at the University of California, Berkeley, that was expected to cast scientific doubt on government sponsored studies. The Berkeley project's biggest private backer is the Charles G. Koch Foundation. Oil billionaires Charles and David Koch are the nation's most prominent funders of efforts to prevent curbs on the burning of fossil fuels. Muller, however, unexpectedly told the congressional hearing that "We see a global warming trend that is very similar to that previously reported by the other groups." Science won over political doctrine in this case.
Letter: Sunday hunting dead for 127 years, should stay dead
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Sunday hunting has been dead in Maine for 127 years, and I think that's a good start, regardless of how many other states have caved in. Chandler Woodcock, the new commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has never supported Sunday hunting and is unlikely to suddenly change his mind. Col. Joel Wilkinson, chief of the Maine Warden Service, is not in favor of landowner Sunday hunting because it would be impossible to enforce. As an avid hunter, a charter, life member of SAM and the owner of hundreds of acres of prime, non-posted hunting land, I encourage our lawmakers to continue to fight off Sunday hunting creep.
When bugs battle, nature win
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Employing "good bugs" to battle bad ones is helping nature take its course at Longfellow's Greenhouses in Manchester. The two-year old biological control program has enabled Longfellow's to reduce the application of chemicals.
Jetport expansion includes geothermal heat
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

The Portland International Jetport's expanded terminal will open Oct. 2, officials said Friday. Airport manager Paul Bradbury announced the opening date during a meeting with city and state officials and Christa Fornarotto, the Federal Aviation Administration's associate administrator for airports, who toured the under-contruction terminal and its new geothermal heating and cooling system.
Letter: Fishing stock growth too late for many
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Your editorial of April 24 ("New catch limits signal success of new fish rules") leaves the impression that groundfish stocks have increased as a result of a single year of catch-shares management. In fact, stocks have increased as a result of nearly a generation of engaged fishery management and sacrifice by commercial fishermen. Nonetheless, as a result of catch shares, many of the same fishermen whose efforts helped rebuild fish stocks have effectively lost their access to them because they no longer have "share" enough to catch.
Letters: Billboards' return finds no fans among readers
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 30, 2011 

So we need to strew the landscape with billboards to aid the tourists. How about conducting a survey at the visitor center down at Mile 3 on the turnpike? Ask visitors whether they feel inconvenienced by a lack of billboards. Does anybody think any significant number would say yes? This isn't about providing a needed "service" for anybody. It's about trashing the landscape to benefit a few.
Go with the flow: rivers
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 29, 2011 

As the snow melts with the help of the warm sun and spring showers, the runoff in the high mountains makes its way to the brooks, streams, ponds, marshes and into a river. What is a river? It is nothing more than surface water that finds its way over land from higher altitudes to lower altitudes because of gravity and winds its way to an ocean or sea.
Big Reporting Changes At The Bangor Daily News
Al Diamon Maine Media Mutt Blog - Friday, April 29, 2011 

The Bangor Daily News sent out an internal email on April 29 announcing several staffing changes and what appears to be an increased emphasis on its online product. Christopher Cousins will cover the coast, particularly from Rockland south. Eric Russell will take over the State House beat. Current Augusta reporter Kevin Miller is shifting to the Ellsworth bureau when the legislative session ends. Miller will replace retiring veteran reporter Rich Hewitt. In addition to covering Hancock County, Miller will return to the environment beat, a post he filled before being moved to state government.
Opinion: Birther
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 29, 2011 

[Editorial cartoon] We’d like to see proof that Governor Lepage was born on this planet.
Brunswick airport returns to civilian duty
Other - Friday, April 29, 2011 

Aviation International News - In the 1920s, Brunswick Municipal Airport became Maine’s first airfield. By the 1960s, the airport was greatly expanded and became Brunswick Naval Air Station. On April 2 this year, events officially came full circle when the former base, being closed by the Navy, again became a civilian-owned facility and reopened as Brunswick Executive Airport. The former base comprises more than 3,200 acres, 750 of which are being used for Brunswick Executive Airport and its development projects. Other parts of the property are designated as recreational, conservation and nature areas.
Clearing at fort reveals rabbits
Other - Friday, April 29, 2011 

South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Sentry - It was a project arborist Nate Greene said he readily embraced last fall when he joined as many as 100 volunteers who removed invasive plants from Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. But to remove about an acre of thickets above the Cliff Walk became tangled last week when the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said workers disturbed a habitat for the New England cottontail, an endangered species in Maine.
Vermont won't ease penalty for firm that cut too much timber
Other - Friday, April 29, 2011 

Burlington Free Press - Plum Creek Maine Timberland, the largest private landowner in the nation, ran into trouble last year for harvesting too many trees on 140 acres in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, a move that meant 56,000 acres the company owns was tossed from a program that offers more favorable tax rates. That trouble bubbled up this week, as some lawmakers sought to limit what they saw as harsh consequences. Those efforts failed late Friday as other legislators worried about carving out a special deal and undermining the state current-use tax program designed to protect undeveloped land.
Editorial: Signs of the Times
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 29, 2011 

In their zeal to craft policies to boost Maine business, some legislators risk creating a chaotic, unpredictable economic environment, not the stable one that businesses seek. The proposal by Sen. Doug Thomas to end Maine’s 32-year-old ban on highway billboards, is a chaos risk — pardon the pun — writ large. A disturbing theme has emerged in some proposals from the governor and Republican legislators. It’s as if they believe Maine will prosper if an imagined business wish list were implemented as policy. That list does not represent subtle, common-sense tweaks. Instead, it resembles a combine working its way through a field of wheat, sending the rules and values Mainers have collectively settled on over the years into the wind with the chaff.
Legislative inquiry deepens into Maine Green Energy Alliance
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting - Friday, April 29, 2011 

Sparks flew, tempers flared and the gavel banged Friday as Democratic and Republican lawmakers debated whether to have the Legislature’s watchdog agency conduct a formal inquiry into the now-defunct Maine Green Energy Alliance. Despite the rancor between the top Republican and Democrat on the Joint Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, committee members — who have spent the last two months conducting their own informal inquiry into the Alliance — ultimately voted unanimously to ask the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability to investigate the Alliance.
Deadline for Dismantling Katahdin Paper Mills Extended
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, April 29, 2011 

Today's deadline for dismantling and liquidating two shutdown Katahdin Paper mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket has been extended until the end of July according to Gov. Paul LePage, who says that he met this week with officials of Brookfield Asset Management, the mills' current owner. The Millinocket mill shut down earlier this month, putting about 400 people out of work, and the East Millinocket mill closed in 2008.
Urchin council seeks increase in diving days
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 29, 2011 

At the urging of fishermen who dive for urchins to the west of Penobscot Bay, the advisory Sea Urchin Zone Council is recommending to state officials that those fishermen be given twice as many days to fish as they got this past year.
Machiasport man agrees to $2,000 fine for clear-cut violation
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 29, 2011 

A Machiasport man has agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty for clear-cutting on his land in violation of state tree-harvesting laws. Todd Purington entered into an agreement with the Maine Forest Service to resolve the violation that involved a clear-cut created by improper harvest operations completed without a plan.
Fins a-flying, workers mark state-raised salmon
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 29, 2011 

on Thursday as experienced fisheries personnel joined forces with volunteer anglers, knee-deep in the raceways of the Grand Lake Stream Fish Hatchery, to prepare this year’s crop of landlocked salmon for their release into the state’s waters. The crew will have clipped the fins off 42,000 salmon during the two-day session. Another 5,000 to 6,000 brook trout were also scheduled for marking. Marking those fish, a time-consuming process that is repeated at the state’s hatcheries, is essential in the DIF&W’s fish management efforts because "when our anglers [catch them]…we’ll know automatically how old they are because their fin clip corresponds to that particular year that they were stocked.”
Letter: Add milk containers to current bottle bill
Kennebec Journal - Friday, April 29, 2011 

If our legislators are actually considering revising the "bottle bill," which is the main reason our highways don't have more trash along the shoulders than they do, our lawmakers might consider adding milk containers to the list requiring a 5 cent deposit.
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