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Help wanted: Organizing Director
Announcement - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Maine Conservation Voters/Maine Conservation Alliance, two statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations, are seeking a shared full-time Organizing Director to build and manage grassroots organizing and field programs.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Taking on diesel, one engine at a time
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 31, 2009 

A $1.7 million stimulus grant will help the state reduce emissions from school buses, fishing boats, garbage trucks and other high-use sources.
Editorial: Polling no way to set state's energy policy
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 31, 2009 

The issue of the solar power alternative is too complex to be measured in an opinion survey.
Letters: Time is running short to control global warming
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 30, 2009 

Scientific evidence has irrefutably proved that climate change is happening now and we are responsible for much of the problem. The consequences of inaction will be catastrophic for the global economy, biodiversity and our future
Letter: Kill ‘canned hunts’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 30, 2009 

Let’s hope the full Legislature has the good sense and the decency to defeat LD 316, an attempt to license two additional “Big Game Hunting” parks in rural Maine.
Editorial: The Eagle has Landed
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 29, 2009 

It is fitting that the bald eagle is the first species to be removed from the state’s list of threatened plants and animals. The eagle is a powerful symbol, but also now serves as a symbol of the success of the state and federal endangered species protections, as well as its shortcomings.
Obama Admin Issues Moratorium on Forest Road-Building
Exception magazine - Friday, May 29, 2009 

The Obama administration is calling for a one-year moratorium on road-building, reinstating most of a Clinton-era ban put in place just before President Bush took office.
State in front on bulb recycling
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 29, 2009 

Maine is about to become the first state in the nation to require the makers of fluorescent lighting to recycle burned-out bulbs and keep mercury out of the environment.
Former market being turned into green offices
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 29, 2009 

The renovation of the former Portland Public Market into an office building will feature a public cafe, and workers will be encouraged to bicycle to work. The building's conversion to a workplace will retain some its original design while improving efficiency.
Maine ranks high for pollution
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Maine released more greenhouse gases from 1960 to 2005 than 114 of 184 countries, according to a report released Wednesday by Greenpeace. In fact, on a per-person basis, Maine released more greenhouse gases than Canada, Germany, China and all but a few foreign nations.
Solar beats power lines in state poll
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

By a nearly 2-to-1 ratio, Mainers would prefer using solar panels to upgrade the state's power grid over putting up high-voltage lines, according to a poll released Wednesday by GridSolar LLC, a Portland-based company. The event was part of a high-stakes campaign to present an alternative to Central Maine Power Co.'s proposed $1.5 billion upgrade of the state's transmission system.
Katahdin area ATV trails could bring millions
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Construction of the area’s first organized ATV trail system could begin this summer with an agreement the town approved Wednesday that could help bring millions of tourist dollars into the Katahdin region.
Editorial: Eagles' comeback proof that conservation programs work
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Now that bald eagles are back from the brink of extinction, efforts can focus elsewhere.
Editorial: Bringing Swan Island a little closer
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Swan Island belongs to all of us -- but to fully appreciate its value, we need to be able to touch it, smell it, walk through its forests and scramble along its shores.
Opinion: Energy initiatives hold promise for state
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Maine needs to insist on reciprocity when it comes to transmission corridors. In return for the proposed Maine corridor, northern and eastern Maine interests ought to get the same treatment. It's only fair.
Better birding in Maine? That'd be really tweet
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

The Maine Birding Trail, announced by the state two weeks ago, will take a few years to catch on with expert birding tourists and locals who enjoy exploring their own state. But Bob Duchesne is confident it will be successful.
Provocative biography details headstrong birder's obsession
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Phoebe Snetsinger became the first person to see 8,000 species of birds. With roughly 10,000 species of birds in the world, that achievement is truly remarkable.
'You feel pretty far away'
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

For the first time this summer, the River-Link trail, which has been several years in the making by the Damariscotta River Association, will be open for business – complete with blazes and bridges needed to navigate the first five of seven miles of this unfettered wilderness trail on the Boothbay peninsula.
Opinion: Two new reasons to trek through Maine
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

Maine has cleverly packaged its birding and beer drinking opportunities into two trails for tourists and residents alike.
A life's work takes bald eagles off state's endangered list
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

In the mid-1970s, there were less than three dozen pairs of nesting bald eagles from Chesapeake Bay to Canada, with fewer than 30 of them here in Maine. Everybody involved at every level of management points to one person for getting those 30 nesting pairs in Maine 35 years ago up to nearly 500 today, with an eagle population in every one of Maine's 16 counties. Charlie Todd.
Citizens group challenges DEP wind farm permit
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

A Lincoln-based property owner’s group is appealing a Maine DEP permit issued for a $130 million industrial wind site on Rollins Mountain. The Friends of Lincoln Lakes charges that DEP officials and project applicant First Wind of Massachusetts failed to fully consider the impact that noise, vibrations and light flicker generated by the 40-turbine wind farm would have on humans and wildlife.
Bald eagle taken off threatened list
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

Declaring the bald eagle officially recovered in Maine, Gov. John Baldacci signed legislation on Tuesday to make the iconic bird the first species to be removed from the state’s list of threatened plants and animals.
Opinion: An hour a day of outdoor play teaches children nature's way
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

I have yet to see one of my kids walk past a fat, round dandelion puff without picking it and blowing away the seeds, as if the two – children and dandelions – had co-evolved a kind of symbiotic relationship.
Baxter State Park weathers tough economy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 

This season at Baxter State Park looks promising even though reservations are about 6 percent less than last year on the revenue side, according to Jensen Bissell, park director.
Opinion: A red flag on green energy plan
Boston Globe - Monday, May 25, 2009 

The northeastern Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative treats carbon released into the atmosphere by burning wood as if it is immediately "resequestered" by new growth, and is thus "carbon neutral." Although it takes a minute to burn a tree and 70 years to grow it back, there is no acknowledgement that regrowth is not immediate. The climate bill before Congress buys into this notion, too.
Bees and woodlots workshop planned
Sun Journal - Monday, May 25, 2009 

The delicate balance within the ecosystem between bees and woodlots is the topic to be addressed by Peter Lammert of the Maine Forest Service, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 30, at the home of Mary and Robert Burr on Beech Hill Road. Matt Scott, past president of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, will join Lammert.
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