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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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Wind Farms: Are All the Best Spots Taken?
Other - Monday, May 31, 2010 

The wind industry has expanded from a handful of developers to a plethora. It is no longer easy to find large pieces of land with all the right ingredients for a wind project. Developers find themselves jostling for position, with companies sometimes vying for the same sweet spot. The state of Maine is lucky. Poised at the northernmost point of the power hungry US Northeast, the state has a ready market for the power it generates. While Maine has large and desolate swaths of land ideal for wind power, its heavily populated neighbors to the south need wind energy.
Pembroke Observatory gives look at universe
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 31, 2010 

When Charlie Sawyer was 9 years old, his family moved from Brewer to Pembroke. Arriving at his new home after dark, Sawyer was astounded at the number of stars he could see in the night sky. That single glimpse ignited a passion in Sawyer, who now operates the Pembroke Observatory high above Cobscook Bay. “On a moonless night in Maine when the sky is clear, it is incredible,” Sawyer said.
Rockport hosts energy forum
Herald Gazette - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Ecologist Richard Podolsky, whose work as an environmental consultant on proposed wind projects has taken him to places as far away as Hawaii and Texas, said all exploratory wind projects are challenged by a combination of well-organized opposition and public apathy. "Of all the ways to manufacture electrons, wind power is probably the best."
Letter: Problem of oil spill ‘just too big to allow failure’
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 31, 2010 

BP has lied from day one. Before this is over, you’re going to see us pay trillions for the cleanup. The excuse again: This problem is just too big to allow failure.
Letter: Climate change affecting Maine; we can mitigate
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Climate change is affecting our state at an increasing rate. We can, however, to some degree influence what the change may be, causing it to be less catastrophic. Wind is not the “silver bullet” that will confront climate change, but there is “silver buckshot,” the combination of conservation, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and others, allowing time to find better solutions. We need all of them, now.
NH trails Maine in local food production
Associated Press - Monday, May 31, 2010 

A new report shows New Hampshire lagging behind Maine and Vermont when it comes to the volume of food it produces and the profitability of its farms. Only 6 percent of the state's population could be supported by the current level of local agricultural production, compared to about 40 percent in Maine and Vermont.
Letter: Today it's worth pondering cost of our addiction to oil
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Memorial Day is the day when we honor the sacrifices of servicemen and women, and it is also one of the starting points of the summer, during which many Americans take to the roads for travel and vacations. This Memorial Day, we should strive to understand the connection between national security and energy, and to start working on solutions here in Maine that can end our oil addiction.
The supply chain question: Can Maine compete?
Sun Journal - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Maine's wind-energy leaders know they are in a race — one where the clock has already been ticking for 10 years. But they need look no farther than 150 miles north of the state's border at Van Buren to Quebec's Gaspe' Peninsula for a model of wind-energy development. Efforts in that region have not only added a bolt of new green energy generation, but also incubated a supply chain of hard goods prompting a manufacturing renaissance and an injection of foreign investment from Denmark and Germany, the countries leading the wind-energy development race in Europe.
Will birds and wind farms compete?
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Researchers have begun the first electronic tracking studies ever done in Maine to determine whether migrating birds might be disturbed by floating wind turbines off the coast. They've implanted satellite transmitters inside four common eiders in Casco Bay and are keeping tabs on their movements.
Bond targets wind project, energy upgrades
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 31, 2010 

The $26.5 million bond issue for wind-energy development would leverage an additional $24.5 million in federal funds to make energy improvements at the university, community colleges and Maine Maritime Academy. It also would advance the state's goals of building an offshore wind power demonstration site and an associated laboratory. Cutting power costs and creating clean-energy jobs sound like good things, but the bond faces opposition from fiscal conservatives who insist this is a bad time for the state to borrow money.
Bonds would replenish water-aid funding
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Voters will decide June 8 whether the state should borrow $10.25 million to upgrade water infrastructure and improve water quality. The bond would be matched with $33.25 million in federal and private funds. If approved, Question 5 would replenish two funds that lend money to communities and water districts on a revolving basis; as the loan is repaid with interest, the money is lent again.
Sierra Club chairman to speak at COA
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 31, 2010 

A former executive director of the Sierra Club will be featured at College of the Atlantic’s 38th commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Carl Pope, Sierra Club’s former executive director and the group’s current chairman, will be the commencement speaker at the ceremony.
Missing Baxter State Park hiker found
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 31, 2010 

A hiker who was last seen Friday and over the weekend became the subject of the largest search in Baxter Park in 40 years has been found, park officials said Sunday afternoon. The search for Hays began Saturday after he did not sign out on a trail register after he was seen by other hikers Friday afternoon on the Knife Edge Trail. His rental car was found in a parking lot.
MOOMilk gets backing, sales boost
Mainebiz - Monday, May 31, 2010 

MOOMilk, a company representing nine Maine organic dairy farms, got an unexpected boost recently from Hannaford Bros. Co., which, in mid-May, erased 30 cents from the retail price of the cooperative’s half-gallon containers. “We’re already seeing sales pick up."
Mainebiz - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Businesses and tourism officials in Bangor and Saint John, N.B., are optimistic more visitors will be attracted to their cities by a targeted, two-nation vacation plan available next month through a new regional partnership. The brainchild of Kerrie Tripp, executive director of the Greater Bangor Visitors Bureau, the plan lays out six suggested trips grouped by interest or activity to take tourists from a visit in the New Brunswick city to a visit in Greater Bangor, or vice versa.
Natural direction
Mainebiz - Monday, May 31, 2010 

After more than 40 years with one of Maine’s premier environmental groups, Don Hudson breaks camp. He is excited and a little anxious when he thinks about the day after he concludes his 19-year tenure as president of the Chewonki Foundation on July 12.
How we can coexist peacefully with coyotes
Boston Globe - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Massive forest clearing and thorough persecution of wolves and cougars left the Eastern U.S. without a top predator by the early 20th century. Coyotes, the native wild dog of the Western states, have been pushing east ever since, filling nature’s vacuum. Feeding coyotes takes wild animals out of their natural habits. The toughest nut to crack has been cat feeders. There are an estimated 70 million feral cats nationwide and many people feed them, providing easy pickings for coyotes. The food subsidies habituate the wild coyotes to humans and "once they make the humans-and-food connection, bad things happen.”
Birding: Blue beauties may be moving in
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Before Europeans colonized the eastern U.S., blue-winged warblers migrated to Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky to nest. As forests were cleared throughout the East, the blue-winged warblers expanded their range because favorable habitat was being created. Blue-wings were quite rare in Massachusetts in 1924, but now are found nesting widely across that state. The incursion of blue-winged warblers into Maine may simply be a continuation of the range expansion that has been going on for more than 200 years.
Opinion: Give anglers a test on safety and identifying fish
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Occasionally, I tell folks the state should initiate a law forcing new anglers to pass a test before buying a license. This comment can make jaws drop and get hot-tempered people barking, but facts support such a move, beginning with this one: New hunters must take a course on hunting ethics, safety and skills, and then they must pass a test before purchasing a license. Fishing accounts for far more deaths per year than hunting does, and in fact, angling ranks as the world's most dangerous common life-recreation sport.
Smith stepping down, but hardly going away
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Last week George Smith announced his retirement from his work as lobbyist for the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine to a chorus of grumbling (or perhaps cheers) from many opponents. "Whether he did it consciously or whether it was just the way he was driven, he came across as just mean and cruel in a lot of the things he did," said Lee Perry, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from 1997 to 2003. But it's worth noting that by being outspoken and overwhelmingly difficult, Smith helped Maine's special outdoor places. If nothing else, he drew attention to the need for greater protection and access there.
Officials ready cleanup plan for mill
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

State environmental officials are completing a new cleanup plan for the charred remains of the former Cascade Woolen Mill. It was destroyed by a fire this winter. But how much the work will cost and how it's paid for will determine when the mill site can be completely cleaned up, according to state and town officials.
Looking healthy might be hazardous to your health
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Local advocates and college students are challenging the safety of chemicals used in everyday shampoos, cosmetics and personal-care products, which they say are toxic and possibly cancer-causing.
Letter: Wind may be free, but creating power from it has costs
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

I believe we have some "too good to be true" moments happening all around our country today. One is called "wind energy." In every state wind energy is being touted as the solution to our energy woes. It is supposed to be "green," which is technically an untruth, considering the costs and environmental effects. Wind power brings stimulus money in. And who wouldn't want that? But, where does the money go? Does it go overseas to companies that build the giant wind turbines and ship them here to our country?
Tied to the wind: How a region in Quebec is making wind energy pay
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Over the past decade, the Gaspé region of Quebec has evolved into a cluster for wind-energy development and technology. Since 1998, more than 830 megawatts of wind-powered generation have been installed. In comparison, Maine has 199 megawatts of wind power on line. Additional wind energy farms expected to be commissioned in the next three years will bring that total for the Gaspé to more than 1,000 megawatts at 16 locations. But some not working in the industry have questions, including what happens after the typical 20-year contract the wind parks operate under, expire.
Opinion: Looking for a good sport in high office
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

There are almost as many candidates vying for the Blaine House as there are coyotes in Washington County. A number of Maine outdoor writers are saying that it is high time that we elected a bonafide sportsman to the governorship. You know, the real thing, somebody who truly appreciates our sporting heritage, someone who hunted or fished long before he or she wanted to be governor. Not a bad idea.
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