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Creating Backyard Habitat, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 24, 2017 

Hildy Ellis, district coordinator of Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk on “Beyond the Birdfeeder, Creating Backyard Habitat.” At Rockport Opera House, July 6, 1 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

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Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine or opening it to logging and mining as well as expanding areas for hunting, trapping, and off-road vehicles. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to rescind or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 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
Stop Trump-LePage’s Monumental Betrayal
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Let's tell Secretary Zinke that any attempt to revoke the Katahdin Woods and Waters and other National Monuments is an assault on our historical, cultural, and natural heritage, and that our public lands must be protected for generations to come. ~ Sierra Club
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 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
Defend Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

There was a multi-year process that incorporated public input to protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, which garnered broad support in Maine and across the country. And yet the Trump administration issued an executive order that may alter the size of or even attempt to eliminate the national park site. ~ National Parks Conservation Association
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review – and potentially eliminate or shrink – protections of some of our nation’s most pristine national monuments, including Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is a direct attack on our shared Maine history and heritage. ~ League of Conservation Voters
"Born to Rewild," Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

This documentary features wilderness ultratrekker John Davis who traveled 5,000 human-powered miles from Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway, a mega wildlife corridor along the western spine of North America, during an epic conservation journey called TrekWest. Also, William Stolzenburg will read from his book "Heart Of A Lion." At Frontier, Brunswick, June 29, 7 pm, $5 in advance, $6 day of show.
The Future of Maine's Fisheries: Threats Posed by Federal Budget Cuts, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Leaders from Maine’s marine and fisheries communities discuss how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA and NOAA would hurt Maine’s marine environment, economy, and research—and what you can do to help protect these important marine resources. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Luther Bonney Building, Talbot Hall, June 29, 6 pm.
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Blue Hill Public Library, June 29, 7 pm. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.
Celebrate MITA's new home, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Join Maine Island Trail Association staff, trustees and friends to help celebrate this exciting new chapter. At 100 Kensington St, 2nd Floor, Portland, June 28, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Mountain Lions in Maine – Rewilding the Maine Woods, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Panel discussion about the challenges involved in bringing large, apex predators, specifically the cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther) and other wildlife back to their native habitat in the Northeast corridor, and how human communities can adapt to co-exist with and even benefit from them. At DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, June 28, 7 pm, $8.
Renewable Energy Activity – Global to Regional, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Lawrence Mott, Director Americas of SgurrEnergy, a global renewable engineering firm, will speak on the current status of large scale wind and solar projects, technology, and policy here and abroad. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, June 28, 5:30 pm.
Solar bill
Action Alert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

The Maine Senate has voted unanimously to support the majority report in support of LD 1504 the solar policy bill. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on LD 1504. The bill is a step toward overturning an anti-solar PUC rule and increasing the accessibility of community solar. The governor has been bullying lawmakers into supporting his anti-renewable ideology. Email your Senator and Representative now to urge them to support this solar bill. ~ NRCM & Maine Audubon
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News Items
Public presses for Sears Island to remain as is
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Monday, June 30, 2008 

The committee charged with creating a joint use plan for Sears Island got an earful Wednesday night, from locals who called for an end to the planning process and for the island to remain undeveloped.
Report on Maine Lakes Now Available
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 26, 2008 

The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP) has released the 2007 Maine Lakes Report, including water quality summary data for more than 400 Maine lakes and invasive aquatic plant screening survey data for more than 350 Maine lakes.
Sears Island: JUPC prepares for public meeting; skeptics continue grilling state officials
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 

Critics and some Sears Island committee members pressed for an answer from state officials about how planning for a shared use of the island might make the permitting process for a container port less restrictive.
Opinion: Susi Higgins Walker: Unspoiled, scenic Maine a salve to the soul
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 23, 2008 

All Maine officials who make land use decisions, such as those regarding Sears Island and Plum Creek, need to hear we cannot afford more "deals" or "agreements" like the ones being pressed upon the public and environmental advocacy groups. The environment cannot sustain interminable compromise.
Black flies surge on Maine's clean rivers
Boston Globe - Monday, June 23, 2008 

Maine's cleaner rivers and streams create a growing black fly population.
Marine Aquaculture Laboratory Will Boost Maine’s Salmon Industry
Ellsworth American - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

Despite the almost unearthly silence that cloaks it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center is really a hive of activity. Situated on the shore of Taunton Bay just north of the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR), the $22.7 million center operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) celebrated its first birthday with a formal dedication earlier this month.
Water, Water Everywhere...And Electricity Too?
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

A cover story exploration of Maine's wind and tidal energy potential, in light of "The Power of the Gulf,” a conference organized by the University of Maine’s Center for Law and Innovation and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and held in Northport last Thursday, June 12.
Opinion: Hiking Sears Island
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

As a hiking destination, Sears Island has several things to recommend it. First, it has a varied geography. From seashore to forest, field and fen, it is representative of the best of what Maine has to offer. And since it is an island, getting hopelessly lost is virtually impossible
Land Trusts Act to Preserve Blue Hill Bay Island Gem
Ellsworth American - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

Jed’s Island, an off-the-beaten-track gem of a destination for local residents and visitors seeking a place to picnic, camp, or simply explore, is changing hands. As a result, the 13-acre island located off the shores of East Blue Hill at the mouth of Morgan Bay will remain in its natural state and open to the public for many years to come.
DMR, Lobstermen Explore Options For Snarl of Sinking Groundlines
Ellsworth American - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

A handful of Zone B lobstermen gathered at Ellsworth High School last week for the latest Department of Marine Resources (DMR) update on sinking rope and whale protection rules. Terry Stockwell, the department’s director of external affairs, briefed the lobstermen on DMR’s latest efforts to reduce the impact of the federal Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) rule requiring lobstermen to use sinking rope groundlines on traps set in state waters.
MaineDOT Seeks Corps Permit to Work on Newcastle Bridge, Sherman Marsh - Also wants to develop state-wide “wetland mitigation bank”
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

The Maine Department of Transportation is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to excavate and place fill material below the high-tide line in Marsh River in Newcastle to stabilize and protect the support structure for the Route 1 bridge in Newcastle that spans what is now the Marsh River.  MaineDOT says it plans to conduct the restoration of Sherman Marsh as a “departmental mitigation banking initiative,” and that by establishing a “mitigation bank,” it hopes to use that restoration to help mitigate other MaineDOT projects in the midcoast area.
 
Area poised to be top wind farm site
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 

With 40 1.5-megawatt windmills creating as much as 60 megawatts of electricity on sites in Burlington, Lee, Lincoln and Winn, the proposed Rollins Wind farm would slightly outproduce the 38-turbine Stetson Mountain site being built between Danforth and Springfield and the 28-turbine wind farm operating in Mars Hill.
Opinion: Sears Island development a terrible plan for the state
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 14, 2008 

Pave over more than a third of Sears Island as a cargo port, with meaningless concessions offered to environmental partners as a necessary condition of the deal? Despite denials from Joint Use Committee members that a port proposal is on the table, anyone can see that groundwork is being laid by Maine Department of Transportation and the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway
Group on track to protect more Down East acreage
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 13, 2008 

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust announced the public phase of a fundraising campaign Friday to protect an additional 6,644 acres near Grand Lake Stream from development. DLLT already has purchased the 27,080-acre Farm Cove Community Forest west of this Washington County town renowned for its historic sporting camps and recreational fisheries. On Friday, the organization’s representatives gathered on the scenic shores of Wabassus Lake to announce that they have reached the halfway point in their $3.2 million campaign to add the Wabassus Lake Tract to the Community Forest.
Groups aim to protect Lily Bay
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 13, 2008 

Two influential conservation groups, NRCM and Maine Audubon, pleaded Thursday with state regulators to alter Plum Creek Timber Co.’s ambitious plans for the Moosehead Lake region and keep the Lily Bay peninsula free from development. Both environmental leaders indicated they are not opposed to development on the western side of Moosehead Lake, but stressed that Lily Bay should be off limits.
Maine waters, wind touted as untapped energy
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 13, 2008 

The winds and waters of coastal Maine offer a promising yet untapped alternative to the fossil fuels that are driving the nation into what could be a historic energy crisis, experts said Thursday
Quoddy Bay delay request is challenged.
Other - Friday, June 13, 2008 

Quoddy Tides. A group supporting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal in Robbinston has now registered a complaint against another company proposing to build an LNG facility. The group, Robbinston Residents In Support of Downeast LNG LLC, in a letter dated June 2 to Ernest Hilton, chair of the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP), asked the board to deny the Quoddy Bay LNG application for the construction of an LNG terminal at Pleasant Point, stating that Quoddy Bay's repeated requests for postponement are an abuse of the BEP hearing process.
Maine Yankee proposal could mean loss in taxes. Boothbay Register
Other - Thursday, June 12, 2008 

A proposed environmental covenant to resolve a dispute between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Maine Yankee could cost the taxpayers of Wiscasset, according to Attorney Peter Murray. The environmental covenant is part of a proposed settlement concerning the cleanup of the former reactor site on Bailey Point.
Sears Island committee prepares for public meeting, answers critics
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Thursday, June 12, 2008 

The Sears Island Joint Use Planning Committee was reminded Friday that some people still strongly believe the entire island should remain undeveloped. At the First Congregational Church on Friday, June 6, the committee fielded comments and questions from several members of the public who said they were outraged at the joint use concept being planned for the island.
Solar Power Helps Waldoboro Businesses Stay Ahead of Oil Crunch
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 12, 2008 

A home sewing business and downtown market use solar PV panels and an electric car, respectively, to reduce energy costs and operate more sustainably.
What's In Your Trash (column): Yogurt Cups Into Toothbrushes
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 12, 2008 

Free Press columnist Paul McGurren profiles Recycline, an entrepreneurial recycling company in Massachusetts making innovative plastic products.

Opinion: Letters on Sears Island
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 9, 2008 

A recent protest by a group of activists at Sears Island brought to attention several points about the negative impact a container port there would have on the area and Penobscot Bay. Three letters from people with different positions.
Conservation at center of Sears Island panel debate
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 9, 2008 

After years of debate over conservation vs. industrial use of the state-owned Sears Island, the arguments for conservation remain as intense as ever. A discussion during the Sears Island Joint Use Planning Committee meeting Friday provoked a long public input segment.
Belfast hires intern for greenhouse gases study
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, June 6, 2008 


BELFAST — The city has hired an environmental policy expert as an intern to perform Belfast’s first greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

Medicinal plant hikes offered on Sears Island
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, June 6, 2008 

BELFAST — Lao Gillam will lead a series of three walks on Sears Island, sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.







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