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Announcement - Saturday, June 24, 2017 

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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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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
Power struggle at packed meeting in Farmingdale
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

If a community feels strongly about burying lines in a certain area, then Central Maine Power Co. representatives will talk with them -- if they are willing to pay for the additional cost. That was one of the messages from CMP officials Tuesday evening. Residents were given a chance to ask CMP representatives questions about plans to erect a 245-kilovolt transmission line through the Kennebec Heights Country Club as part of its Maine Power Reliability Project.
Harbor porpoise returned to wild off Biddeford
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

A small harbor porpoise rescued after becoming stranded on Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport on Feb. 26, has been returned to the wild. A satellite tag on her dorsal fin will allow researchers to follow the two-year-old 52-pound porpoise’s movements for the next six months.
Searchers fail to find vessel's stolen equipment
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

A research mission to study global warming's effect on Greenland's glaciers will get under way in a few days, despite failed efforts to find critical pieces of stolen scientific equipment. Phineas Sprague said Tuesday that Sonar Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd. of England has agreed to ship a pair of transducer heads to replace the ones that were stolen this month from the research vessel Gambo.
COA to rebuild destroyed field station on remote island
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

The summer programs that College of the Atlantic holds each year on Mount Desert Rock faced a significant challenge last summer when Hurricane Bill, passing by the Gulf of Maine, churned up exceptionally heavy surf along Maine’s rocky coast. Rough seas decimated some of the college’s buildings. For the past couple of weeks, work crews have been trying to make repairs so research can resume in mid-July and classes can be held in August.
Collins, Snowe roles key in jobs, energy bills
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

The political spotlight is once again focused on Maine’s two U.S. senators as Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill grapple with a host of contentious issues during a pivotal election year. From financial reform to a federal cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases, there is no shortage of weighty and often partisan issues. And Maine’s two moderate senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, could play major roles in shaping and deciding the fate of legislative initiatives.
Carter, King clash over wind power project
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

A former Green Independent Party candidate for governor exchanged charges of greed and hypocrisy Wednesday with a former governor who’s promoting a 128-megawatt wind power project. Building 48 wind turbines in Highland Plantation would require blasting of 1.6 million cubic yards of rock and dirt, decimate fragile alpine terrain and generate visual and noise pollution all while failing to reduce greenhouse emissions, said Jonathan Carter, director of the Forest Ecology Network. Former independent Maine Gov. Angus King, one of the Highland Wind LLC business partners, said the project carries an environmental impact but that it’s more benign than oil, gas, coal or nuclear power.
Hearings ahead for Calais liquid natural gas project
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

The process to bring a $1 billion liquefied natural gas facility to the city is moving along quickly this summer, with a series of public hearings set before the Calais Planning Board and the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. Save Passamaquoddy Bay has been against siting any LNG facility on that body of water.
A fishing record that lives on
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

James “Bob” Foster Sr., who passed away Monday at the age of 73, was the fisherman who caught the state record brook trout — an eight-pound, eight-ounce monster — at Aroostook County’s Chase Pond back in 1979. Foster’s record stood for 30 years. It was broken by Patrick Coan of Waterboro on Jan. 8, 2009. But Coan’s 9.02-pound brookie was not wild. It was stocked in York County’s Mousam Lake.
Letter: Nukes are mistake
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

I disagree with the June 26 BDN OpEd, “Nuclear power is the answer to our energy needs.” Nuclear fission power is not a solution. Instead, we should be focusing on developing truly green alternatives to oil, such as wind, solar and even nuclear fusion.
Beach access conflict simmers
Times Record - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Tucked away off a dirt road, a small, privately owned beach on the northern point of Bailey Island in Harpswell is the subject of a legal inquiry by the town of Harpswell, which seeks to determine whether the public’s use of a private access road for years justifies a public easement.
Horseshoe Crab Study Continues Along Shores of Taunton Bay
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Despite the depredation of a fishing industry that once harvested them by the millions to chop up for bait, the horseshoe crab has survived essentially unchanged, and apparently unperturbed, for some 445 million years. For the past decade, less then an eye blink in their history, these creatures have been the subject of an annual population survey at several sites along the Maine coast.
Letter: Go with natural gas, shale oil
Sun Journal - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

It is said that the shale oil out West contains around 3 trillion barrels of oil. When will we be ready to make an effort to develop that resource, when the Gulf spill reaches Miami Beach? The beaches of the Carolinas? The Gulf of Maine?
Acadia Birding Festival a big draw
Bar Harbor Times - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Acadia Birding Festival took place June 10-13. Participants from across North America traveled to Mount Desert Island for an opportunity to observe the incredible diversity of Gulf of Maine birds, and spend quality time in the field with local naturalists and experts. During the three field days of the festival, we collectively saw 116 species of birds on Mount Desert Island.
Butterfly Restoration Project Takes Wing
Mount Desert Islander - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Volunteers at the Charlotte Rhoades Park in Southwest Harbor are participating in a nationwide program to revive the dwindling population of monarch butterflies.
Opinion: Why Is Maine’s Moose Lottery and Hunt Disappearing?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

You’d have to conclude that hunters are losing interest in Maine’s moose hunt, judging by the huge decline in applicants in the state’s once-popular moose lottery. In the last two years alone, applications have decreased by a stunning 23 percent.
Dam controversy swirls in Wiscasset
Times Record - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

The Chewonki Foundation’s planned removal of the Lower Montsweag Brook Dam, and the loss of an upstream pond it has held in place for 42 years, continues to stir passionate debate in Wiscasset. State officials tapped Chewonki, a Wiscasset-based environmental education organization, to restore fish passage up Montsweag Brook. But some property owners argue that the project strips them of valuable recreational space and a backup to the town’s water supply. They also question whether removing the dam will restore fish passage.

Rockweed harvest in question this year
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

While four companies — twice as many as last year — submitted plans to harvest rockweed in Cobscook Bay this summer, the number of residents that have signed up to halt harvesting at their oceanfront properties has tripled. Between already protected lands, such as state-owned and conservation property, and the high number of private landowners on the no-harvest list, nearly the entire bay has requested protection.
UMF launches program for outdoor recreation
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

UMaine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center has launched an outdoor recreation program. Mainely Outdoors is now taking registrations for the summer programming that will begin in July. It will offer members of the campus and local community year-round opportunities to participate in activities to promote a fit lifestyle, to acquaint people with new recreation opportunities and to take advantage of the abundant natural resources in the region.
Bush's daughter to appear in Acadia National Park
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

Jenna Bush Hager, he daughter of President George W. Bush, will be in Acadia National Park Wednesday to appear live on the "Today" as part of the NBC morning staple's series on national parks.
Mainers full of gusto for wind power, survey finds
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

Maine residents overwhelmingly support wind power development, chiefly because it cuts dependence on fossil fuels and creates jobs, according to the first survey released by the industry. In a statewide telephone poll of 500 registered voters, 88% supported wind power in Maine. Calls to residents in seven rural "rim" counties, from Aroostook to Oxford, where most wind power projects are built or planned, showed 83% in support.
Open-carry gun group plans Acadia event
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 28, 2010 

The Maine Open Carry Association will hold a picnic on Thompson Island in Acadia National Park on July 11 to protest a new state law that limits the possession of firearms in the park. Under the law, which takes effect July 12, a gun is allowed in the park if: it is carried by a qualified law enforcement officer; it is in a motor vehicle and rendered temporarily inoperable or packed away; it is concealed and carried by a person who has a concealed weapons permit.
Commissioners stand pat on forest proposal
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 28, 2010 

Skeptical of the “Keeping Maine’s Forests” effort, the Maine Woods Coalition has asked officials in Aroostook, Piscataquis, Somerset and Penobscot Counties to sign a resolution to stop what it calls a “back door” approach to turn the northern Maine forest into a national park. “We have put in writing that this is not about a national park, this is not about a national forest,” committee member Alec Giffin of the Maine Forest Service said. He stressed that he found it “incredibly ironic” that the coalition is opposed to a document that would do everything the coalition supports.
Maine crew to help in gulf cleanup
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 28, 2010 

Two teams of oil spill cleanup experts from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection left for Panama City, Fla., on Monday hoping to lend a hand in the cleanup of the nation’s worst-ever oil spill.
Maine Oil Skimmers Head to Gulf to Help With Cleanup
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, June 28, 2010 

It's been nearly two months since the Maine Department of Environmental Protection offered to provide staff and equipment to respond to the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama and Florida made inquiries about the DEP's offer earlier this month. But no one has taken Maine up on the invitation until now.
Scenic rail line ready to launch
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 28, 2010 

The Downeast Scenic Railroad is gearing up for the start of an excursion rail service later this summer. The locomotive will power the railroad's planned scenic trips between Ellsworth and Ellsworth Falls.
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