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Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 26, 2017 

This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats. At Fields Pond, Holden, Jun 2, 8:45 am – 2 pm, Maine Audubon members $23, non-members $25.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

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Help wanted: Conservation Policy Associate
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Appalachian Mountain Club is seeking to fill this temporary position July-December 2017; there is the potential for the position to extend into 2018.
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 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
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 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
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating or changing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to eliminate or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Appalachian Odyssey, May 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Jeff Ryan will regale with tales about his 28-year odyssey hiking the Appalachian Trail. At Freeport Conservation Trust annual meeting, at the Freeport Community Center, May 28, 7 pm.
BDN Poll: Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society present the 10th annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28. Witness the annual return of the alewives as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.
Third Annual Freeport Birding Festival, May 26-28
Event - Posted - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Owl Prowl at Mast landing Sanctuary; birding at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Sayles Field; Casco Bay kayak tour; outing at Winslow Park, etc. May 26-28. Sponsored by L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon.
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons from Puffins, May 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

60% of all seabirds have vanished in the last 60 years. Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, will talk about the restoration of Maine seabirds. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, May 25, 7-9 pm, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
Community Conservation, May 25 & 27
Announcement - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture is a new film created by Mark Ireland of MI Media. Shot throughout four seasons, this documentary profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine: coastal, inland, western mountains and downeast. On Maine Public TV, May 25, 10 pm, and May 27, 11 am.
Climate Change on the Maine Appalachian Trail, May 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

Simon Rucker, Executive Director of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, will present on Appalachian Trail conservation in Maine and how AT groups are factoring climate change into their work. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, May 24, 5:30-7 pm.
Forgotten Farms, May 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

A new film about the important role dairy farms play in New England's farming landscape, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Maine dairy farmers. At at Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, May 24, 7:15 pm.
Forgotten Farms, May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

A new film about the important role dairy farms play in New England's farming landscape, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Maine dairy farmers. At Johnson Hall, Gardiner, May 23, 6 pm.
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As the national parks turn 100, a visitor grows up, too
Trust for Public Land - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Being from New England, some of my early outdoor adventures were in Maine’s Acadia National Park. As a young adult, I viewed it through the same focused lens that I would later turn on the landscapes I visited in the West: I saw these places as natural playgrounds for my outdoor adventures, there for me—and people like me—to enjoy. I still turn to the national parks for intense backcountry adventures, just as I did before I was a parent. But today I look at the parks through a wider lens. I see not only a personal playground, but the parks’ powerful impact in providing an open and inviting doorway for many people’s first experiences in the natural world. Best of all, I view the parks through the eyes of my kids—and reconnect with a sense of wonder. ~ Michael Lanza
Maine Woods Myth Buster: Top 4 Myths about Creating a New National Monument in Maine’s North Woods
Other - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

National Parks Conservation Association - A generous land donation would pave the way for the creation of the new Maine Woods National Monument. Here are four myths circulating about the proposed park.
Supreme Court eases challenges to Clean Water Act restrictions
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development because of concerns about water pollution. The justices ruled unanimously Tuesday that a Minnesota company could file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the agency’s determination that its land is off limits to peat mining under the Clean Water Act. The ruling is a win for property rights and business groups that said it was unfair for government agencies to decide what land is subject to complex environmental laws without a court ever deciding whether the agency is right.
Marine patrol checking boats as season gets off to tragic start
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

As Maine boat owners dust off their vessels and hit the state’s waterways, authorities are urging boaters to use caution and brush up on the rules of the water. One of those authorities is Officer Clint Thompson of the Maine Marine Patrol, the law enforcement organization that covers all the state’s coastal and tidal waterways. On Tuesday morning, Thompson was patrolling the capital area, checking with all the boaters he could find.
Chellie Pingree encourages Obama to create national monument in Maine
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree has written to President Barack Obama to encourage him to create a national monument in northern Maine. In her letter, the Maine Democrat said Tuesday that she believes a proposal to donate 87,500 acres by a foundation created by the co-founder of Burt’s Bees is supported by “most people in the region and throughout the state.” Her letter came on the eve of a congressional field hearing Wednesday in East Millinocket that underscores how partisan the issue has become. Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, opposes the use of presidential authority to create national monuments. The event will feature four speakers opposed to the proposal, with opening remarks from another opponent, Maine Gov. Paul LePage.
Bishop’s Brand of Public Lands Bashing Won’t Fly in Maine
Huffington Post - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

On June 1, West will meet East when Utah Congressman Rob Bishop chairs a congressional hearing in Millinocket, Maine targeting a proposal from a private landowner who wants to donate 87,500 acres of land—and a $40 million endowment—to the National Park Service to create and maintain the Maine North Woods National Monument. There are differing views in Maine about whether to establish a new monument on the site, though polling indicates that roughly two-thirds of Mainers support the concept. But the Utah congressman’s ideological opposition to conserving lands and wildlife is well outside Maine’s mainstream. Rep. Bishop heads up a 20-member congressional Anti-Parks Caucus.
Politicians to converge on Katahdin region Wednesday
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Republican congressional and state leaders will visit the Katahdin region on Wednesday to immerse themselves in Roxanne Quimby’s controversial North Woods national monument proposal and the area’s economic environment. Gov. Paul LePage will hold a town hall-style meeting about the direction of Maine’s economy at Stearns High School in Millinocket on Wednesday that will overlap a forum on the monument proposal hosted by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, at the East Millinocket town office, officials said Tuesday.
Hike: Merryspring Nature Center
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Located just outside the cluster of shops and art galleries of downtown Camden, Merryspring Nature Center is a 66-acre park that features gardens, fields, easy woodland trails and a visitor center where public programs on gardening and nature are held on a regular basis.
Blog: Three Times is a Charm
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Our chosen route was Penobscot Mountain Trail. I wanted to do this trail after looking at its granite ridge while hiking the other side of Jordan Pond the last two times. It’s exposed surface looked so grand and impressive I just had to see what was over there. My guidebook “Acadia The Complete Guide” by James Kaiser states that Penobscot Mountain trail is 6 miles round trip with an elevation change of 900 feet. ~ Emily M. Leonard
Opinion: Creating a national park is for the greater public good, not just the local area
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Some of the folks who live adjacent to the proposed national park don’t like businesswoman Roxanne Quimby’s plan and want to keep the land for traditional forestry, timber and pulp industries. Quimby’s supporters say we should embrace the inevitable transition toward a more sustainable tourism-based economy, especially in the wake of five Maine paper mills shutting down in the past three years. Big changes — such as the establishment of a national park — are pretty much always messy, typically with a small and vocal opposition to change and the uncertainties associated with it. But history shows us the parks are adored by people from everywhere, who bring their tourist dollars and create huge economic benefits. We shouldn’t let the fears of the locals stop the changes that benefit everyone. It’s called progress. ~ Samuel Winch, retired photojournalism professor, Lubec
State lawmakers to question Maine Warden Service officials
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Legislators will question Maine Warden Service leaders this week about allegations of improper conduct during undercover operations in York and Aroostook counties. Members of the public can attend, but not speak, at the 9 a.m. Wednesday hearing at the State House.The hearing follows a Maine Sunday Telegram investigation detailing hunters’ accusations that an undercover warden gave them alcohol and encouraged them to commit crimes. Sen. Paul Davis, a Sangerville Republican, says the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will review claims made in the newspaper “line by line.”
Pros And Cons Of Proposed Maine Woods National Park
National Public Radio - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

A plan to establish a national park in Maine's North Woods could receive a boost from the White House by the end of the year. A long simmering battle has been brewing over the area's future. [audio]
Portland forum to tackle public’s battles with developers
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

A series of conflicts over development in Portland has inspired smart-growth advocates to organize a dialogue among residents, city planners and developers about ways to better incorporate public input into the city’s planning process and avoid costly lawsuits over developments in Maine’s largest city. The forum – “A Panorama on Portland’s Growth: Can Public Process Bridge the Gap?” – is being organized by GrowSmart Maine, an advocacy group that seeks to balance new development with protecting natural and historic resources. It will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on June 9 at the Portland Public Library. The goal is to find ways to improve the public planning process for everyone during a time when Portland is experiencing a surge in real estate development.
Opinion: Widespread support for Katahdin region national monument evident at Orono forum
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

I graduated from Katahdin High School, served in the Army and now live in Patten. I haven’t always supported the proposal to create a national park – but the proposal has improved to include protections for many of the things we enjoy, value and earn a living from. The land and activities that make up Maine’s North Woods are as much a part of us as we are of them. The mills and timber companies shaped this land and, in turn, we’ve been shaped through generations that built our communities. But the paper companies left us and took with them something many never imagined could be taken: the certainty of our economic well-being. Our challenge is to accept that change happens and to shape rather than try to fight it. ~ Richard H. Schmidt III, Patten
Letter: Portland needs fairer, smarter trash collection system
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

I read with interest the articles about city trash collectors depositing both trash and recycling into the trash collection truck. They bring attention to Portland’s system of recycling and trash collection, now seen as regressive by those of us who conduct research and consult on municipal solid waste policies and programs. Portland’s pay-as-you-throw bag system, coupled with nonmechanized trucks that pick up trash and recycling, is passé, unfair and expensive to residents. There are many other fairer and equally or more effective ways to reduce municipal trash. The composting program in Portland is laudable, but it is expensive for low-income families. Portland should try to act like the progressive city it purports to be and implement a fairer and more effective system for its residents and businesses. ~ Ron Deprez, former Portland resident, Deer Isle
Letter: Wind power project is anti-Dixfield
Sun Journal - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Some people have suggested that members of the Dixfield Planning Board are anti-business. Once built, the wind power project would give Dixfield only one new job. Its tax value would result in only one-half of one mill in tax reduction after state school subsidy and county taxes are adjusted.
Anti-business? High rates for electricity may have contributed to businesses leaving Maine. Those rates are high in order to pay for wind power subsidies and power line upgrades to send power to southern New England. Maine has a surplus of electricity without new wind power projects. Such projects are not being built for Maine electricity. Green? Wind power projects will never recover the carbon footprint from the construction destruction. Wind power is the only industry allowed to kill eagles. No, the wind power projects are all about outside corporations getting rich on government subsidies at the expense of local Maine citizens. ~ Lauren Hebert, member, Dixfield Planning Board
Q&A with Lucas St. Clair on Maine Woods monument
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Monday, May 30, 2016 

Lucas St. Clair is the president of Elliotsville Plantation, a private nonprofit organization that owns 87,500 acres in Northern Maine just east of Baxter State Park. Elliotsville is seeking to donate the land to the federal government for creation of a Maine Woods National Monument.
Why the Governor should take a hike on Wednesday
Jim Andrews' Self Propelled Travels in Maine Blog - Monday, May 30, 2016 

On Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage will be the featured witness at a congressional field hearing in East Millinocket. The hearing is an attempt to influence President Obama’s upcoming decision on whether to designate lands east of Baxter State Park as a national monument. The outcome of the hearing is a foregone conclusion — given the one-sided nature of the witnesses and the pre-determined position of the committee chair. But as long as the Governor is in the Katahdin Area perhaps he could lead the press corps on a short hike. Barnard Mountain, located in the proposed monument area, would be an appropriate destination. Mr. LePage identifies himself primarily as a businessman, not an outdoorsman. There’s no shame in that. But plenty of Mainers don’t preside over a state which gets $1.5 billion in wages and salaries from outdoor recreation, and annually collects $382 million in state and local tax revenues from its participants.
Blog: Illegal Logging Is Bigger Than You Think
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 30, 2016 

Looking at the kind of illegal logging that happens in Maine—where every once in a while someone cuts down the wrong trees and has to pay a fine—it might be hard to imagine how it could be such a major problem. It turns out that, according to Interpol, the illegal logging industry was worth an estimated $30 billion globally in 2012. That was slightly more than a quarter of the legitimate global logging industry’s value of around $115 billion that year. That is a whole lot of money. This logging contributes to unsustainable deforestation, loss of government revenues, and of course, the subversion of legitimate logging operations like those found in Maine. ~ Phoenix McLaughlin
This week, it’s all about Maine’s fisheries
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, May 30, 2016 

Do you think you know a lot about Maine’s inland fisheries? So did I until I read Suzanne Auclair’s amazing new book. The Origin, Formation & History of Maine’s Inland Fisheries Division is a thorough, often-in-their-own-words, fascinating examination of the important and historical work of our state’s fisheries biologists. This book is a treasure and will be the place future fisheries managers and anglers go to understand the state’s complicated evolution of fish and fisheries management.
Opinion: Maine’s forest products industry is in freefall, but there’s another use for these woods
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 30, 2016 

The wood industry is not dead, but it is a much smaller component of the economy than it once was. We need to consider that Maine’s woodlands have value not only as material for products but also in the inherent value of standing timberland. Real estate investment trusts recognized this inherent value a few decades ago. But Maine’s wild and scenic natural forestlands with abundant water resources have even greater value as pressure relief valves for the stressed urban populations of the world. As the globe becomes warmer and, in many cases, drier, and more urbanized, our unique natural forested landscape will gain even more value. And how do we attract these visitors? The brand with the highest cachet is the U.S. National Parks system. Continual visitor growth to Acadia National Park is testimony to that. A Northwoods National Park, with cool sylvan glades and scenic waterfalls could be an even more enticing draw — a viable option for improving the economy, and putting dollars into the pockets of Maine’s workers and businesses. ~ Richard Jagels, emeritus professor of forest resources, University of Maine
Editorial: Why this week’s national monument hearing is a sham
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 30, 2016 

A congressional field hearing that will be held in East Millinocket this week is billed as a more fair chance for local residents to be heard by national leaders about the prospects of a national monument in the Katahdin region. It won’t be. Unlike a public hearing with the director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, and Sen. Angus King, where anyone who showed up could speak and ask questions (which were answered), the field hearing is a staged event meant to showcase opposition to national parks and federal land ownership nationwide. Wednesday’s field hearing makes no attempt to continue that honest and productive dialogue.
Portland looks at cart system, privatization of trash pickup
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 30, 2016 

The city of Portland will explore privatizing the collection of its trash and recyclables as part of a review that is expected to bring major changes to a waste management program that has become increasingly unpopular with residents and municipal officials. Advocates of modernizing waste-handling operations say Portland’s system is outdated compared with nearby communities such as South Portland and Westbrook.
Letter: National monument wisdom
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 30, 2016 

The idea for a national monument east of Baxter State Park is a very sensible one. I have visited a number of national monuments and national parks around the United States. Without exception these parks and dozens of others are gemstones of our country and provide great economic benefits to the people in their areas. Our residents who oppose the monument in northern Maine are dreaming if they think the forest products industry will support the whole economy. I hope the people in the Katahdin area will see the wisdom of a relatively small lot of national monument property in the area as much of our state does now. ~ Dick Brooks, Phillips
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Says Government Can Help Clean Energy Innovation
National Public Radio - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Government officials in charge of energy policy from around the world are scheduled to gather in San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday for the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial. It's a conference to serve as a follow-up to December's climate change talks in Paris. Organizers describe it as the "world's largest and most forward-leaning countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy." Ministers plan to discuss ways to actually achieve the goals set in the Paris climate change agreement. Part of that involves spurring companies to develop new, cleaner technologies.
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