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Announcement - Saturday, June 24, 2017 

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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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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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News Items
Going green proves profitable for towns
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 31, 2008 

A surge in household recycling in the past year is saving some greater Portland communities tens of thousands of dollars, and is expected to generate a record $950,000 annual surplus from recycling for ecomaine, the region's waste disposal cooperative.
No refuge from wildlife underfunding
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 31, 2008 

Maine's national wildlife refuges have gotten used to a lack of money for biological studies, maintenance and other projects. Now they're dealing with staffing cuts so deep that wildlife advocates warn that the refuges are in as much peril as some of the animal and plant species they're supposed to protect.
Partnerships that protect land and jobs
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 

Sporting camp owners, Maine guides, forest managers and residents of the Grand Lake Stream region Down East joined Gov. John Baldacci and conservation group officials last week to celebrate the completion of one of the most ambitious land preservation efforts in the last decade.
A funeral for Wassumkeag
LivingGreenMaine.com - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 

Activists hold a funeral for Sears Island, while bemoaning ‘betrayal’ of Sierra Club. Club signed an agreement with Maine DOT that reserved 341 acres of the 941-acre island for potential cargo port development. Organizers of Saturday’s event said they felt the Sierra Club had made a rash decision, one that does not represent the beliefs of a majority of the club’s members.

Plum Creek Plans to Cut Down 200 Year Old Trees
Other - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 

Plum Creek Plans on Cutting a 220 acre old-growth stand near the Moosehead Region.  This land would be part of the potential Moosehead Legacy Easement between Plum Creek and the Nature Conservancy.
Activists bury Sierra Club
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 26, 2008 

Environmental activists dedicated to preserving Sears Island held a mock funeral for a former friend Saturday — the Sierra Club. Members of Penobscot Bay Watch and others are incensed at the environmental group for having signed off on a compromise proposal that would reserve enough land to allow the state to build a cargo port on one third of the island.
'Funeral' held in wake of Sears Island
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Monday, May 26, 2008 

Penobscot Bay Watch and Fair Play for Sears Island sponsored a Keep Sears Island Wild! funeral march and wake Saturday, May 24. Protesters said they were upset that the Sierra Club Maine Chapter had signed an agreement not to contest the Maine Department of Transportation' plans to build an industrial port on the island, as long as it meets state and federal approval.
Critics pan Plum Creek development
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 24, 2008 

Representatives from the Forest Ecology Network and RESTORE: The North Woods said at a press conference that Plum Creek falls short in its attempt to have 20,000 acres rezoned to pave the way for 975 house lots and two resorts.
Unity House to serve as green model
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, May 23, 2008 


UNITY — Unity College President Mitchell Thomashow is about to get a house that is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes.

Sears Island's Future Still Focus of Contention
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, May 23, 2008 

Environmental activists plan to gather tomorrow at Sears Island for a funeral and wake: not for a person, but for the island itself. Members of the groups "Fair Play for Sears Island" and "Penobscot Bay Watch" say plans for an industrial port on the uninhabited midcoast island will kill any hope of keeping the island wild, and the bay in which it sits healthy.
Saving forest land, way of life in Maine
Other - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 

After seven years, the "Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership" has raised enough money to protect some 342,000 acres of remote lakefront and forest in downeast Maine. They are also helping to preserve a way of life.
Groups raise $35 million to save Down East forest
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 

A major fundraising effort that will protect 342,000 acres of Down East forest and hundreds of miles of remote waterfront from developers has been completed, preservation groups and Gov. John Baldacci announced Tuesday. The nonprofit New England Forestry Foundation and the Downeast Lakes Land Trust said the nearly $35 million raised will protect 445 miles of shore frontage on 60 lakes and 1,500 miles of riverfront in Maine's easternmost county.
$34.8M raised to protect 342,000 acres Down East
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 

Nine years ago, Jimmie Upham and a handful of other Grand Lake Stream residents gathered around a picnic table and, unbeknownst to them, set in motion one of the most significant land conservation deals in Maine history. On Tuesday, Upham was in Augusta to help mark the completion of a $34.8 million fundraising campaign that has permanently protected from development 342,000 acres in the Down East region.
Coastal land trust group taps new president
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust Announced that Paul Gallay will be joining the Trust as its next president. Mr. Gallay comes to the Trust from the Westchester Land Trust in New York where he served as executive director for eight years.
Plastics from spuds gets funding
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 

A consortium hoping to make plastics from Maine potatoes has received more than $650,000 to further develop the proposal.

Biologists keeping eye on red tide
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 15, 2008 

Marine biologists say 2008 could be a bad year for red tide in coastal Maine waters based on recent shellfish surveys and current weather patterns.
"Bird-A-Thon" To Benefit Bird Habitat
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, May 15, 2008 

Bird enthusiasts from around the state are scheduled to meet at Maine Audubon Society in Falmouth to trade strategies for finding and identifying bird species
Stockton Springs company features organic local ingredients and biodegradable packaging
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, May 9, 2008 


Sabine and Baxter of Stockton Springs are living the green lifestyle. Their food is handmade with organic ingredients that are, for the most part, produced at local farms. They avoid packaging that is not biodegradable. They also happen to be dogs.
A field trip with a ripple effect
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 9, 2008 

Fifth-grade students from York Middle School watch as their teacher, Margot Simonds, nets a salamander discovered at the York Land Trust’s Hilton-Winn property.
Freedom: Installation of wind farm nears
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 9, 2008 

Barring any legal challenges, installation of the Beaver Ridge wind turbines could begin this summer.
Who's the greenest? Colleges vie for title
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 9, 2008 

Environmentally sustainable efforts have been under way at Maine’s colleges and universities for years. Katona led COA, a small, private school, in a number of sustainability initiatives during his tenure from 1993 to 2006.
Forest Products Council slams LURC plan
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 4, 2008 

To landowners in Northern Maine, the Land Use Regulation Commission's proposed comprehensive plan for the state's unorganized territories intrudes on property rights.
Opinion: Vote to enact the GMO ordinance in Montville
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 2, 2008 

By casting their vote with a show of hands, they enacted an ordinance that places a 10-year moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops (GMOs) in town.
Editorial: Lobster vs. whales
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 1, 2008 

Despite concerns from federal oversight agencies, the National Marine Fisheries Service has gone ahead with rules requiring changes in lobster gear to protect right whales.
Proposed Taunton Bay Management Regs Draw Lukewarm Support
Ellsworth American - Thursday, May 1, 2008 

Maine DMR's proposed regulations for harvesters of mussels, sea urchins, scallops and kelp  in Taunton Bay drew restrained support at a public hearing in Franklin. April 22. The  regulations are  a joint effort between DMR and the Taunton Bay Advisory Group, formed last year to manage  the pilot program for localized resource management and stewardship of the Taunton Bay watershed.
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