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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: Webster Stream Trip
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

Do you like canoeing smaller rivers? If so, Webster Stream is an awesome little river with lots of character. This trip will take you through some of the wildest and most pristine country in the Maine Northwoods. The traditional starting point for a Webster Stream trip is the boat launch at Chamberlain Bridge. Instead of heading north, down the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, you go south towards Telos Lake. This part of the waterway is surprisingly quiet because it is not in the travel route for an Allagash canoe trip. ~ Matt LaRoche
Maine outdoor recreationists surveyed
Associated Press - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

Outdoor recreationists in Maine are being asked to share their attitudes and opinions about public use of private land. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife — in collaboration with the Maine Professional Guides Association, the Maine Snowmobile Association and the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine — is sending surveys to 1,000 people randomly selected from license and registration databases. The results will help address land-use issues across Maine. Officials say many landowners in an earlier survey said they’re considering forbidding public access because of people not respecting their land.
Curbside recycling finished in Auburn
Sun Journal - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

Curbside recycling might be gone for a while, according to city officials. Public Works Director Denis D'Auteuil said residents may need to get used to taking their recycling to one of two collection points for as long as a year, when a new curbside recycling program could start.
Sharing the road
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

New legislation aimed at clarifying the rules of Maine’s roads was passed earlier this month, explicitly giving cyclists the right to steer into travel lanes if they deem the shoulder unsafe. The law, which takes effect in September, also explicitly requires drivers to wait for nearby cyclists to pass before turning, if turning would interfere with the cyclist’s safety or legal passage. In addition, the law establishes that any collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle is apparent or “prima facie” evidence of a violation of the law that limits passing vehicles from closing to less than 3 feet of a bicyclist or roller skier. However, law enforcement officials say that provision will have little effect on how such collisions are enforced.
Date set for historic Veazie Dam breaching
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

Mainers will have an opportunity to see some history in the making in July, when the effort to remove the Veazie Dam — one of the few remaining impediments to the return of native sea-run fish to the Penobscot River — gets underway with its initial breaching. That event has been set for July 22, according to Laura Rose Day, executive director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, a nonprofit organization formed to bring the river reopening to its fruition.
Opinion: A tainted process over use of live bait fish
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

This spring, State Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, sponsored a bill that, in effect, overturned a fishing regulation promulgated by the commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife and endorsed by the Fish and Wildlife Advisory Council. The departmental regulation banned the use of live fish as bait on a number of northern waters. There is a far-reaching issue beneath the surface. It has to do with the political and administrative mechanism through which we make public decisions about managing our sport fishery in this state. Although the department testified before the committee that there was no significant opposition to the live bait ban on the waters in question, the truth eventually rose to the surface. Protecting trout is a noble cause and a worthy passion, but it should not come at the expense of subverting the precious public process or fostering a management culture in IF&W that is threatening or repressive. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Androscoggin River cleanup
Sun Journal - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

Dozens of citizens took part in the Androscoggin River Clean project on Sunday sponsored by Androscoggin Land Trust.
Editorial: Legislature acts responsibly on budget, energy bill
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

Under tremendous pressure, a bipartisan group of lawmakers got together last week and passed a budget and a major energy policy reform bill in the session's final hours. Both measures passed over the veto of Gov. LePage, who fought to stop them until the last moments. The energy bill did not come out unscathed, with a last-minute amendment demanded by the governor's office. The bill that passed, however, will promote efficiency and lower energy prices.
Column: Neighbor's quest to save timber rattler
Sun Journal - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

Maine has no rattlesnakes or any venomous snakes, for that matter. At least, that's what the snake experts tell us. Maine once was home to the Timber Rattlesnake but we are told they were "extirpated" a number of years ago. There are 2,700 snake species around the world. Maine has nine different species: The Brown Ribbon, the Smooth Green, the Northern Water, the Milk, the Northern Black Racer, the Ringneck, the Common Garter and the Red Belly. It will be interesting to see if Vermont is able to save its disappearing rattlesnakes. State wildlife officials there are determined to do so. They view the Timber Rattlesnake as an important native Vermonter who is "an integral part of Vermont's wildlife heritage." ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Column: Hikers hear the call: Hut, hut, hut!
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the AMC hut system, the oldest hut-to-hut network in the country, which has been sheltering tired and hungry mountain travelers since 1888, when Madison Spring Hut first opened its doors. The huts offer European-style hospitality in a distinctly American way, with simple but comfortable accommodations, hearty meals, lots of camaraderie and a doting hut crew that takes mighty good care of its guests, all in spectacular mountain settings. Green energy, be it wind, solar, hydro or a combination thereof, powers the huts in a sustainable manner. And hut-to-hut travel means you can hike with only a light pack of clothing, snacks, water and other essentials, a real bonus. ~ Carey Kish
Column: A storybook upbringing rediscovered riverside in Windsor
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

This weekend, before the big summer holiday marks the end of fast May and June salmonid fishing for lots of Maine anglers, serious fishers turn their thoughts to black bass, striped bass, mackerel and maybe blues. However, veteran anglers know the truth: Salmonid action can continue with micro-patterns, deep-trolling gear or trips north. If tiny flies intimidate folks, salt water and bass ponds and rivers provide sport until waters cool in September, and trout and salmon fishing picks up. That's what's so grand about Maine -- something going on every month for outdoors types looking for exercise and sport. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Shelter in an inspiring storm
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

For a few minutes in the chaos of the storm, it was the dawn of creation. I was so grateful to be there, to have perhaps a glimpse of the grace that is delivered in a tattered leaf or drop of rain. Our storm turned out to be a hymn, which is what we always hope for -- something familar but neither thundering nor fierce. We were content with the lullaby of the refuge in the storm, to curl up under covers light as lichen and call it a day, a good day at that. ~ North Cairn
Column: State's rife with outdoor activities to suit every interest
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 30, 2013 

We could write a column a week about hiking, biking and paddling in the state and never run out of fodder. It is a disservice to Maine's myriad other outdoor activities. The odds say you haven't yet seen every inch of Maine trail on foot, bike or boat. But let's say you have. Or let's say you're looking for something else to do outside during Maine's beautiful summer weekends. Friend, I have you covered.
~ Josh Christie
Direct Action in Fairfield against Tar Sands Train
Other - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

Citizens peacefully tried to block a train in Fairfield carrying tar sands oil from western Canada to New Brunswick. [video]
How Audubon Society’s Chief Took Wing From Journalism
New York Times - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

After a career in journalism, I started thinking about an encore. In 2005, I joined the Environmental Defense Fund as executive director. I was promoted to president of the Environmental Defense Action Fund in 2003. A recruiter contacted me in 2010 about the top position at the National Audubon Society, and I joined that August. My first challenge was to find a unifying message for the society. After a month in which I listened to staff members, chapter leaders and our international partners, a story emerged. Birds’ migratory routes are like four superhighways in the sky, and below them are their rest stops and homes. When you connect all these flyways and habitats, there’s a web of biodiversity, and it’s our job to protect that. I’m not a bird expert, but I’m skilled in figuring out a story. That vision became the basis of our new strategic plan. ~ David Yarnold
Waterville's Head of Falls marketing efforts in limbo
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

Efforts to draw businesses to the city's waterfront apparently are in limbo, as Mayor Karen Heck and other city officials are focusing instead on filling vacant buildings and supporting existing businesses. Several years ago, the city invested $1.5 million in the waterfront, installing underground utilities including sewer, water and electricity there with the idea that if it were site-ready, businesses would be more likely to build there.
Alewives spawn optimism
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

Here in the shadow of the Grand Falls Dam power house, the fish ladder is clear for alewives to climb, the boards that once prevented their passage having been taken away. From the top of the ladder, the schooling fish have access to a staggering expanse of spawning, nursing, and feeding habitat: more than 65,000 acres of river, stream, and lake bottom straddling the Maine-New Brunswick border. Those who fought to persuade Maine lawmakers to let the fish over the dam have high hopes that the species will kick-start the recovery of living systems laid low by past overfishing, dam building and water pollution.
Otisfield town meeting voters OK petition opposing tar sands oil
Sun Journal - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

Otisfield voters OK'd a citizen-initiated petition at the annual town meeting Saturday that opposed the possible transport of tar-sands oil through Otisfield and Maine. The action was intended to send a message that the town does not want tar sands shipped through a pipeline that crosses Otisfield at the Crooked River. It crosses the river six times and crosses the Androscoggin River twice, resident Vicki Rogers said. Environmental advocates and Otisfield residents who urged a yes vote on the resolution said they believe a plan is in the works to allow a Canadian company to pump tar-sands oil through the 62-year-old Portland Pipeline for export to global markets.
Conservation trust looking to buy top of Orland Mountain
WCSH-TV6 - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

For years hikers have been able to climb Great Pond Mountain in Orland. At more than 1000 feet high they can see views stretching all the way over to Penobscot Bay. Conservationists say parts of the mountain are on private land, which means as of now they could still be used for development. Members of the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust don't want to see that happen. Back in 2007 the group was able to purchase about 4,300 acres on the mountain. Members are now looking to buy the summit from landowners, which they say will cost about $750,000.
Islanders shell-bent on lobster boat races
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

"The whole idea of racing began in Jonesport-Beals, and over the years spread up and down the coast....The races are a fun tradition for many lobstering communities, an exciting event for spectators to watch, and a fun social gathering out on the water with family and friend," said Lisa Kimball, one of the organizers of the races off Long Island in Casco Bay.
State raises lobster trap limit on Swan’s Island
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

Local lobster fishermen will be able each fish up to 75 more traps than they currently are allowed, now that Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill approved by the Legislature into law. The bill, LD 1020, increases the trap limit for Swan’s Island fishermen from 475 to 550. Most lobstermen in Maine are limited to 800 traps.
Down on the farm, frustration's up
Associated Press - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

Dairy farmers expressed frustration this week with Congress' failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program. Farmers also worried that if a current nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling.
Letter: Table rhetoric
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

In her June 18 BDN OpEd, “The cost of requiring more renewable power,” Americans For Prosperity Maine Director Carol Weston sites two economic studies — one from the Beacon Hill Institute and another from the Institute for Energy Research — to buttress her claims that Maine’s successful Renewable Portfolio Standard is bad for Maine consumers. What Weston fails to mention is that these institutions have well-documented financial ties to conservative mega-donor oil magnates Charles and David Koch, who have a vested financial interest in maintaining Maine’s reliance on fossil fuels. We welcome a healthy debate with Weston about Maine’s RPS. We just hope she will bring more than rhetoric to the table in the next round. ~ Linda Beck, Maine Conservation Alliance, and Dick Bissel, Maine People’s Alliance
Letter: Acting alone
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 29, 2013 

Recently, LD 616, a bill allowing citizens in Unorganized Territories to have a voice in zoning wind towers, which the Baldacci administration stripped from the public through the 2008 Wind Energy Act, was pulled from the omnibus energy bill. Senate Democratic Leader Seth Goodall said the reason was, “These are very complicated issues. We need to look at these issues comprehensively, look at all the moving parts to strike the right balance between economics, people and the process.” Unfortunately, the Democrats were not interested in citizens’ rights issues when ramming the Wind Energy Act through the Legislature in 2008, but now they choose to use due diligence as an excuse to further delay the rights of Maine people. Justice delayed is justice denied. ~ James C. LaBrecque, Bangor
Old Town Canoe rises with the tide of renewal
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 28, 2013 

The low hum of machinery, heat from the ovens, and the hollow echo of a large, enclosed space meet visitors to Old Town Canoe’s manufacturing floor. Between 175 and 225 people work at the four-year-old facility on Gilman Falls Avenue depending on the season. They work three shifts during the week, churning out as many as 100,000 canoes and kayaks a year, according to David Hadden, the company’s brand director. From its first canoe built in 1898, the 115-year-old company, which is now owned by Racine, Wis.-based Johnson Outdoors, has evolved over the years, maneuvering some tough streams and rivers.
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