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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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Column: Open Season
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

Daren Worcester has written a wonderfully authentic book that is anything but a recycle of warden stories that we have already seen on TV or read before. “Open Season” contains 20 real-life stories as told to Worcester by 12 different wardens, most of them retired. Published by Downeast Books, “Open Season” is a must read for anyone who likes warden stories, or for that matter, anyone curious about what it is exactly that game wardens do, especially when things don’t go as planned. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Kennebec Messalonskee Trails walk organizers want to send a message
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

Kennebec Messalonskee Trails has been conducting community walks on first weekend in June to celebrate National Trails Day since 2000. But this year, the organization wanted the walk to send a message. Peter Garrett, past president of group and board members said the goal of the walk is to bring people together, to put aside their differences – whether they be political, religious or social – and talk to each other.
KELT awarded grant to help monitor bird habitat
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust in Bath will use a $5,000 grant to expand bird monitoring programs in the region. The land trust, based in Bath, has earmarked grant funds to expand and strengthen a bird monitoring program on its preserves in the region.
Climate change, the Paris agreement and the U.S.: The facts
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

A guide to what's in the Paris agreement, what's going on with global warming, and what might happen if the rest of the world keeps fighting man-made climate change with the U.S. on the sidelines.
Trump Administration Aims to Open More Arctic Areas for Oil
Bloomberg News - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has issued a directive aimed at spurring oil and natural gas development in Alaska. Zinke’s order compels a rewrite of a 2013 plan that limited oil and natural gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. President Donald Trump already has proposed raising $1.8 billion over the next decade by opening up parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas development.
Mainers want signs for national monument
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage has blocked signs along Interstate 95 and Maine Routes 11, 157, and 159 directing visitors to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. On May 20, the Bangor Daily News posted an online poll. As of May 31, at 4 p.m., the response was a resounding yes, the State should put up directional signs for the national monument. Out of 1,417 respondents, more than three-quarters (76.71%) said yes.
New England’s last big coal plant is shutting down
Associated Press - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

New England’s largest – and one of its last – coal-fired power plants is shutting down permanently. The owner of the Brayton Point Power Station says it will cease operating Wednesday. The plant has generated electricity since the 1960s along Mount Hope Bay in Somerset, Massachusetts, near the Rhode Island border. It’s been cited by federal regulators as one of the region’s heaviest polluters.
Maine lawmakers Consider Copyrighting Public Meeting Audio
Associated Press - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

A little-known group of legislators in Maine is fearful of political groups twisting statements that lawmakers and the public make in committee hearings. The lawmakers have spent the last year mulling what to do with mounting requests for audio recordings of such hearings. Republican Sen. Garrett Mason says it's not appropriate for members of the public to have their testimony recorded forever. A Legislative Council committee is currently considering adding a copyright or disclaimer to the recordings to keep them from being used out of context. But critics called the idea self-serving and unprecedented.
ExxonMobil fails to fend off shareholder rebellion over climate change
Washington Post - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

ExxonMobil failed to fend off a shareholder rebellion over climate change, as investors with 62.3 percent of shares voted to instruct the oil giant to report on the impact of global measures designed to keep climate change to 2 degrees centigrade.
Tick-borne Powassan virus sickens two residents in midcoast Maine
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

Two residents of midcoast Maine are recovering from the Powassan virus, a life-threatening but rare illness spread by a tick bite. The two infections bring Maine’s case count for Powassan to nine since 2000. The virus claimed the life of a Rockland-area artist in late 2013. Powassan is spread by the bite of an infected deer or woodchuck tick. In addition to the potentially debilitating symptoms, Powassan has been shown to spread from tick to human in under an hour.
Trump Has Multiple Escape Routes From Paris Climate Accord
National Public Radio - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

President Trump is nearing a decision on whether to formally withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement — a landmark deal in which nearly every country volunteered to curb its greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit global warming. Various news outlets have reported that Trump has already made the decision to withdraw. But the president is doing his best to maintain suspense. For all its symbolic importance, the decision may have little practical effect on U.S. carbon emissions. Trump has already taken steps to reverse many of the Obama administration's rules designed to cut carbon pollution. Those moves make it unlikely the U.S. will meet its Paris commitment in any case. If Trump does decide to pull out, he has a number of options.
Meet the people telling Trump to ditch our last, best hope at avoiding climate catastrophe
Climate Progress - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

President Donald Trump will reportedly soon announce he plans to exit the Paris climate agreement, humanity’s last, best hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change. Leaving the Paris climate deal could be Trump’s biggest blunder to date, from a historical and personal perspective. It would simultaneously weaken his presidency and ruin his brand. It would give him a Neville Chamberlain or Richard Nixon level of historical notoriety — all to destroy a global deal that requires minimal effort by us to fulfill.
Things to do in Acadia if you have knee problems?
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

The highlight of any trip to Bar Harbor has to be a tour of Acadia National Park. The 27-mile scenic Park Loop Road includes stops at the top of Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Point, Jordan Pond, Wild Gardens of Acadia, and other places to take in the views. You don’t need to do much hiking to enjoy these spots, as there are short easy walkways and plenty of roadside pullouts with explanatory wayside exhibits.
Opinion: Finding freedom in the mountains of Maine
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

We need to remove the barriers so everyone can live in freedom. By “freedom,” I mean freedom from disease and oppression, freedom to experience nature as we know it (which requires acknowledging and ending global warming), freedom to live and love and learn without fear of state-sanctioned violence, among many other expansive and empowering freedoms. As I do what I can to work for not only equality, or even simply for j ustice, but for liberation, I’m fueled by the belief that everyone should get to feel as free as I do when I spend time in the mountains of Maine. ~ Heather Denkmire, Portland
Trump plans to pull U.S. out of Paris climate deal, White House official says
Associated Press - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

President Trump is expected to pull the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though there could be “caveats in the language." Exiting the deal would be certain to anger allies that spent years negotiating the accord to reduce carbon emissions. Nearly 200 nations, including the U.S., agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. Withdrawing would leave the U.S. aligned only with Russia among the world’s industrialized economies in rejecting action to combat climate change. The U.S. is the world’s second largest emitter of carbon, following China. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.
Trump pulling U.S. out of Paris climate deal
Reuters - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Fox News and other news outlets reported Wednesday. Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, refused to endorse the landmark climate change accord at a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday. The decision could have sweeping implications for the deal, which relies heavily on the commitment of big polluter nations to reduce emissions of gases scientists blame for sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.
Boating season is here
Maine Government News - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming boating season. Maintenance crew members have been putting out floats and completing spring clean-up at boat launches, while crews from the Navigational Aids program are checking the condition and location of hundreds of navigational markers and bouys across the state. For more information on the location of public boat launches and navigation aids see the bureau's website.
Legislature kills lots of deer bills
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

Legislators had lots of ideas about how to improve deer hunting, from allowing baiting to letting kids shoot does anywhere anytime to protecting small bucks. But the bills didn’t get much support from the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee and they were all killed by the House and Senate.
Letter: Juniper Ridge hearing
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

On June 1, the Board of Environmental Protection will make its final decision on the expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill. This would be the first standalone expansion permit to be granted to this landfill. Until now, this already gigantic facility has been operated solely under the original permit that was given to the Old Town paper mill in 1993. After June 1, either the state will begin to get a grip on its waste problems or it will be open to filling this landfill to a 30-million cubic yard capacity over 30 years. The public is welcome to attend the meeting on June 1 in Augusta. ~ Paul Schroeder, Orono, and Ed Spencer, Old Town
Letter: Plenty of reasons to support solar
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

I am writing to ask our community to support L.D. 1373. There are so many reasons to support the development of solar energy: 1. It’s the future of energy globally and Maine should be on the cutting edge. 2. It could become an economic driver in Maine. 3. What is a better form of this than citizens having more control over their energy source? 4. L.D. 1373 has a fee to solar users to defray the cost of maintaining the power lines. ~ Emanuel Pariser, Waterville
With Trump, A Full-Scale Assault on Protections for U.S. Public Lands
Other - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 

Yale e360 - With a series of actions – including proposals to de-authorize recently created national monuments and open environmentally sensitive lands to fossil-fuel development – the Trump administration is moving to overturn long-standing U.S. policies on protecting the nation’s public lands.
Even as Wind Power Rises, It Falls Under a Political Cloud
New York Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 

Wind farms, with their rapid geographic spread and technological advances, are reshaping the electric system, defying skepticism that they are steady or reliable enough to displace conventional power plants. Now politics, not skepticism, may be wind power’s biggest barrier. Under new leadership with ties to conventional energy interests, the Energy Department is scrambling to complete an internal study in the next month that could lead to an upending of the policies that fostered the rapid spread of solar and wind.
Trump could deal fatal blow to climate deal
Washington Post - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 

Donald Trump wasn’t exaggerating when he said during his election campaign that the U.S. could “cancel” the Paris Accord on climate change. A decision due from the president this week on whether to pull the U.S. out of the deal involving almost 200 nations could have a domino effect on the participation of other countries in limiting fossil-fuel pollution, making it almost impossible and extremely expensive to stop catastrophic climate change. That’s the conclusion of researchers and scientists evaluating the impact of Trump on the health of the climate.
Appalachian Trail Hikers After 500 Miles: 'We Feel Great'
Maine Public - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 

Since April, Maine Public has been following the journey of two Mainers thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail — Danny Moody of Winthrop, and Dan Giguere of Manchester, Maine. Danny, trail name "Bubba," and Dan, trail name "Lieutenant," are hiking the trail with Danny’s dog Daisy, no trail name, from its origin in Georgia to its end, at Mount Katahdin. They’ve traveled about 500 miles, and are about a quarter of the way to Katahdin. Danny and Dan are expecting to reach Katahdin in mid-September. But, Danny says, “You get there when you get there.”
‘I Give the Governor Credit’ — LePage Lauded for Prisoner Commutations
Maine Public - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage took to the airwaves of WVOM Tuesday morning to defend his decision to release 17 nonviolent male prisoners deemed to be at low risk of re-offending. LePage said he commuted their sentences as a way to help address the state’s growing labor shortage.
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