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Feeding Maine Photography Exhibit, thru Feb 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food is a photo exhibit by Brendan Bullock, which seeks to document the many people working to address hunger in the state. Created by Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank. At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, Atrium Art Gallery, January 16 to February 23, opening event January 19.
February Vacation Camps, Feb 20-23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Audubon Vacation Camps at Fields Pond in Holden and Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, February 20-23.
Nominations for Source Awards due Feb 12
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Sunday Telegram Source Awards recognize the individuals, nonprofits, businesses and institutions in Maine working to safeguard the state’s spectacular natural environment. Deadline for nominations is February 12.
Apprenticeships at MCHT Preserves
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has paid apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm and Ericsson Fields in Rockport. Each apprenticeship will be up to 9-months starting in March and will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. Applications are due Feb. 5
Public Meeting on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Management Plan, Jan 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

The National Park Service will host a public meeting to discuss winter use within the monument. At Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, East Millinocket, January 24, 6-8 pm.
Land-use history of Midcoast, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Forestry experts Lloyd Irland and Ken Lausten will explore the land-use history of Midcoast Maine. At Camden Public Library, January 23, 7 pm.
Friends of Casco Bay Annual Members Meeting, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Recognition for those who help protect the health of Casco Bay, an updated Casco Bay Health Index based on data collected by volunteer Citizen Stewards over the past 25 years, and new program directions. At DiMillo's, Portland, January 23, 5:30-8 pm.
Join the REAL public hearing to stop oil drilling in Maine waters, Jan 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Trump Administration is hosting a sham ‘public meeting’ on January 22 in the Augusta Civic Center to hide Mainers’ vocal opposition to their plan to open up the Atlantic Ocean, including the Maine coast, to oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups will host a "real public hearing" at the Civic Center in the Aroostook Room where there will be a microphone and videographer to capture all public comments.
Offshore drilling public meeting, Jan 22
Action Alert - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public meeting on a proposal to open Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas to oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic (and other) coasts. At Augusta Civic Center, Jan 22, 3-7 pm.
Scouting for Mammal Tracks and Signs, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Sandra Mitchell will follow up on the November tracks and signs class in the field. At Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, January 20, 10-11:30 am.
Nature Journaling, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Andrea Lani will lead a nature journaling workshop at Viles Arboretum, Augusta, January 20, 10 am to 2 pm, $35 for Arboretum members, $45 for nonmembers.
Prowl for Owls, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

Maine Master Naturalist Kit Pfeiffer will lead a walk scouting for owls. At Carl and Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek, Westport Island, January 19, 6 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Futures of the Maine Waterfront, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

This forum will feature panel discussions on the future of our coastal and island economy, presented with trends and analysis by key coastal leaders. At The Westin, Portland, January 19, 2-8:30 pm, $35-150. Sponsored by the Island Institute.
Meet the Feet: Mammal Tracks and Sign, Jan 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 11, 2018 

Dorcas Miller presents an evening of hands-on learning about Maine mammals. At Belfast Library, January 18, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
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News Items
Opinion: Bonds and Babies: Extremists use trojan horse tactics to push anti-business agenda
Maine Wire - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center and vice president of the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine, is a one-man assault team who has assembled genial words like “safe,” “green” and “sustainable” into anti-consumer Trojan horses, wheeling them into the public debate during his crusade to over-regulate business and destroy consumer choice. For over three decades, Belliveau has decried the influence of big business in the political arena. In 2011, when Governor LePage rolled out a list of environmental regulations he wanted repealed, Belliveau joined Sean Mahoney of the Conservation Law Foundation and Matt Prindiville of the Natural Resources Council of Maine in condemning LePage for proposing reforms that they said came from lobbyists for wealthy, out-of-state companies. But Belliveau’s anti-consumer efforts in Maine are financed through the country’s most infamous left-wing organization that is well known for hiding its real donors: The Tides Center.
Wind Energy Association says LePage supports wind power subsidy
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

According to the American Wind Energy Association, a bipartisan coalition of 23 governors, including Gov. Paul LePage of Maine, supports extending the federal Production Tax Credit, which AWEA says describes as the wind industry's "key federal incentive."
Chris Hamilton to be MOFGA’s new associate director
Coastal Journal - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Chris Hamilton, the new Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA) Associate Director, has been hired to fill a newly created position. The Whitefield resident will be responsible for fundraising, state-level public policy, and some organizational management. On June 3, Hamilton will step down from MOFGA’s Board of Directors and become part of its three-member management team, along with executive director Russell Libby and Associate Director Heather Spalding.
Penobscot resident wins farmland conservation award
Other - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Castine Patriot - Paul Birdsall has been named the recipient of the 2012 Espy Land Heritage Award for his leadership in both local and statewide farmland conservation efforts spanning more than three decades. This award is presented annually by Maine Coast Heritage Trust to an individual, organization, agency or coalition that has made outstanding contributions to land conservation in Maine while inspiring others. The award was made at the recent Maine Land Trust conference.
Maine’s Got Moose!
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Based on his new sampling techniques, using Maine Forest Service helicopters and pilots and a “double counting” system, Maine’s top moose biologist Lee Kantar estimates the state’s moose population to be an astonishing 75,000. That’s 45,000 higher than the estimates Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reported up until 2007.
Local touring map goes mobile
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

A touring map of the Bethel region that has been in print for several years is now available online and in a mobile application. The Mahoosuc Touring Map features interactive links to local destinations, and includes YouTube videos and audio downloads. “There are also easy identifiers for popular features like fishing holes and scenic vistas,” according to a press release. The map, available at www.mahoosuctouringmap.org, encompasses the Bethel, Umbagog and northeastern New Hampshire areas.
SAM President Named to LMF Board
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Jim Gorman, Jr., President of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, was among three of Governor Paul LePage’s nominees to the Board of the Land for Maine’s Future program. The other nominees were Don Marean, a former legislator, and Bill Vail, former Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The legislature unanimously endorsed all three nominees.
Invasive, noxious giant hogweed spotted in Bowdoinham
Coastal Journal - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Giant hogweed is an impressive plant, growing eight to 14 feet tall, with clusters of pretty white flowers that can reach up to two feet across. Looks can be deceiving. The attractive plant, with purple-blotched stems and unevenly lobed, five-foot-long leaves, is highly toxic. The Maine State Department of Agriculture (MSDA) reports the presence of giant hogweed in at least 20 sites around the state, including Bowdoinham in Sagadahoc County. The plant has also been verified to be growing in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and York counties. The sap of giant hogweed plants can cause severe inflammation when affected skin is exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet rays.
Smart meters cause controversy in Bath and around Maine
Coastal Journal - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Installation of “smart meters” by Central Maine Power has ignited heated controversy among customers, as worries about health effects, privacy issues, and costs associated with refusing the meters mount. Utilities around the country deny claims regarding the alleged ill effects and associated issues, claiming the meters are key to energy conservation and reliability of grids.
Woodcock Names New DIF&W Fisheries Groups
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Three new fisheries groups have been chosen to provide Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock and his staff with advice, another signal that Woodcock is making fisheries a strong focus of his tenure.
An East-West Highway Doesn’t Make any Sense
Maine Sierran - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

This winter, proponents of an east-west highway across Maine, from Calais to Goburn Gore, made their case in the legislature for a highway feasibility study which would cost $300,000. Do we want our taxpayer money to go toward building a private, for profit highway? And do we really need or want to place a road through these pristine areas of Maine? Any discussion
regarding Maine’s east-west corridor development should have rail at the head of the list. On every level, an east-west highway makes no sense.
At What Cost?: A Study of the American Highway System and the Maine East-West Highway Proposal
Other - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

According to this UMaine honors thesis by Brian Philbrook: Highway construction has been a staple of American development since the early 20th century, drastically changing the American landscape. The United States is a nation characterized by, and dependent upon, automobile transportation as constructed by this vast network of asphalt connectors. As America’s continued quest for increased connectivity and infrastructure grows, there must also be a balanced and fair look at both the benefits and costs related to highway construction. Political, sociological, economic and environmental concerns must be considered. This is demonstrated through case studies, in particular the analysis of a proposed East-West Highway in Maine.
Fish and Wildlife Department Reorganizes
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Same number of positions. No new money. But the reorganization plan for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is a thoughtful restructuring that reflects the priorities of the agency’s new leadership.
Six States Join 10 Percent Green Power Club
Other - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Greentech Media - Six states got 10 percent or more of their power from wind, solar and geothermal power in 2011. That's double the number from just a year ago. CleanEdge released its State Clean Energy Index on Wednesday, tallying up the state of green energy and technology across the 50 states of the union as of the end of 2011. CleanEdge excluded biomass, a big contributor for the forested states of Maine, and hydropower.
Large, sometimes-hostile crowd greets Cianbro CEO for east-west highway discussion
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Only a few empty seats remained in a packed Foxcroft Academy gymnasium as Cianbro Chairman and CEO Peter Vigue answered written questions about the proposed east-west highway from a sometimes hostile crowd on Thursday evening. He pointed to the economic benefits of the highway for a region that is struggling. Vigue became visibly upset when some members of the audience repeatedly asked about the potential that the project would require use of eminent domain to take land, which he said would not happen. “When I tell you we’re not using eminent domain, we’re not.” Vigue said he wouldn’t divulge what exact path the highway would take, claiming that outside groups may intimidate landowners and tell them things that aren’t true.
Hundreds Expected for Forum on Maine East West Highway Proposa
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Hundreds of people are expected to fill a gymnasium in Dover-Foxcroft this evening for a public forum on a controversial proposal to build a four-lane toll road across northern Maine. Supporters of the East West highway say the project has the potential to open up new markets for Maine-made products and bring jobs and revitalization to rural parts of the state that have struggled for a generation or more. But critics argue that building the roadway would cause people to lose their homes and threaten the region's waterways, water quality and habitat for threatened and endangered species.
Protesters expected at hearing on east-west highway
WMTW-TV8 - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Hundreds of people are expected to hold a protest ahead of a 5 p.m. public meeting Thursday at Foxcroft Academy about the proposed east-west highway. The highway would run from Calais to Coburn Gore, which is on the Quebec border. While supporters say the highway would bring billions of dollars in private investments to the state, opponents are concerned about the environmental impact.
Free fishing weekend on tap June 2-3
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that this Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, is a “free fishing weekend,” and any person — resident or non-resident — can fish without a license. The only catch: If you’ve had your license suspended or revoked, you’re still on the naughty list, and you’re not allowed to participate. All other normal rules and regulations still apply, including the bag and possession limits.
Editorial: East-west highway to civility. Please?
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

The idea behind the 230-mile privately owned east-west highway — and let’s remember, it’s just that, an idea — is one worth considering. Objecting to it before a feasibility study contract has been awarded, let alone before the study has even begun, doesn’t help protesters make well-informed arguments. Vigue said the road would not go through conservation areas, would not run through communities and would not divide the North Woods. People have valid concerns about the highway, such as whether it will be audible from their home or what it will do to potential deer-wintering areas or the habitats of rare species. But stop the hostility. Have the conversation. At the very least, wait for all the information.
Island town wants say in fate of propane tank project
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

The fate of a controversial, $40 million liquid propane terminal project now rests with the Searsport Planning Board, but elected officials from another midcoast community want a say, too. “Any decision that affects the use of Penobscot Bay affects us all,” the Islesboro Board of Selectmen wrote the Searsport Planning Board in a letter dated Thursday. “The proposed DCP Midstream [liquid propane gas] tank and terminal will have an impact on the economy, environment, safety and security of the entire Midcoast Region.” Denver-based DCP Midstream already has secured state and federal permits for the project to go forward.
New fisheries management plan proposed for once protected Taunton Bay
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Years after state fisheries officials took action to create a special management area for Taunton Bay, they are poised to implement a simplified version of the plan that would ban dragging for scallops and urchins in the tidal estuary. Two people at Tuesday’s hearing who voiced support for the proposed plan include Steve Perrin and Frank Dorsey. Dorsey, president of Friends of Taunton Bay, said the proposed plan is “science-based” and called Taunton Bay “one of the most valuable estuaries on the East Coast.” Perrin said dragging should be restricted in the bay to better protect eelgrass, horseshoe crabs and other marine plants and animals. He said people once thought groundfish were endlessly plentiful, but that belief turned out to be wrong.
Outrage on display over plans for an East-West Highway in Maine
WGME-TV13 - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Protesters packed the gym at Foxcroft Academy. They were there hours before the meeting even began. At the meeting Cianbro officials explained their plans for the planned East-West Highway, which would connect New Brunswick to Quebec. Opponents call the size of the project and its imposition on Mainer's quote "horrific." Cianbro officials say the highway would take about 6 years to construct at an estimated $2 billion.
Lighted buoys to mark hazardous underwater turbine test bed area in Cobscook Bay
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Four lighted buoys are being installed in Washington County’s Cobscook Bay to mark the perimeters of a 61-acre area between Goose Island and Grove Point that will serve as an underwater test bed for five experimental tide-powered electrical turbines. The lighted buoys will help define the rectangular test bed area for mariners who are unaware of the submerged turbines. The Maine Tidal Energy Project is being funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy and by the Maine Technology Institute.
LePage veto of R&D bond sustained
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

A $20 million proposal earmarked for research and development died in the Maine House on Thursday, where supporters of the measure were unable to come up with the votes needed to override a veto from Gov. Paul LePage. The House vote, 88-53 in favor of overriding the veto, fell short of the two-thirds required and came about an hour after senators voted overwhelmingly, 29-6, to override the veto. The research and development bond would have allowed the state to borrow $20 million to be targeted to organizations working in the renewable energy, biotechnology, marine technology, forestry, agriculture and precision manufacturing sectors.
Navy: Three times more sonar testing
Other - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Cape Cod Times (MA) - The U.S. Navy says it's doing more than ever to protect marine mammals from potential harm by explosives and sonar used in offshore training and testing, despite its plans to boost its use of sonar threefold in the coming years. Over the next five years, the Navy will focus more on detection of enemy subs and mines. Navy researchers utilized a new computer model that predicted an increase in the opportunities for whales, seals and dolphins to be harassed or harmed during Navy training, from 1.9 million potential impact events per year under the old permit to 2.1 million per year. The testing area covers 2.6 million square miles from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. Testing of new ships and equipment could add another 1.8 million impact events. Possible effects on marine mammals vary from small behavioral changes to cessation of feeding on up to temporary and permanent hearing damage.
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