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Sears Island Tree Identification Workshop, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

Natural science educator Kevin Doran will lead a tree identification workshop on Sears Island, July 26, 3-5 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

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Urge Poliquin to VOTE NO on Biggs’ amendment #129
Action Alert - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Urge Rep. Bruce Poliquin to VOTE NO on Rep. Andrew Biggs’ amendment #129. It would take funds for the National Park Service maintenance backlog from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. A vote is expected July 18 about 2 pm. Poliquin's offices: Lewiston (207) 784-0768; Bangor (207) 942-0583; Caribou (207) 492-1600; DC (202) 225-6306.
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The Trump administration is waging an all-out assault on some of America’s most cherished national lands. Tell President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke to keep their hands off of our spectacular national monuments.
Great Old Broads for Wilderness meet, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a national grassroots organization led by women who believe strongly that we need to act now to protect our wild natural areas, will be planning outdoor activities, service projects and social events for the next few months. At Rockport Public Library, July 25, 4:30 pm.
Nominate someone for lifetime outdoor achievement award
Announcement - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking nominations for its annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award. Deadline: August 8.
Climate Communications Report
Publication - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

This report from the Land Trust Alliance and the Open Space Institute aims to provide helpful guidance on how to talk about climate change.
Maine Open Farm Day, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. July 22.
Hike-the-Guide: Penobscot Shore Preserve Hike, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 14, 2018 

Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust for a Hike-the-Guide outing. At Penobscot Shore Preserve, Prospect., July 21, 9-11 am.
Redneck Regatta, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 14, 2018 

Join this wacky race of “boats” constructed of cardboard and duct tape. At Prince Thomas Park, Lincoln, part of the Loon Festival, July 21, 1-2:30 pm.
Reuniting kids with nature, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Brad Cook will share a message about reuniting kids with the great outdoors. Cook's hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2008 taught him exposure to the natural world may be the crucial missing piece children need in today’s technology-addicted society. At Rangeley Public Library, July 18, 6 pm.
Continental Divide Trail hike talk, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Thomas Jamrog will discuss his five months hiking the Continental Divide Trail. At Oakland Public Library, July 18, 6:30 pm.
Fur, Feathers and Feet, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

An introduction to birds and mammals presented by the Chewonki Foundation. Suitable for children ages 5 and older. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, July 18, 10 am.
Rope or bracelets, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Rewild Maine will show how to use materials from the Maine woods to make your own rope or bracelets. Ages 5 and up. At Freeport Library, July 18, 4 and 6 pm.
Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
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Residents pack MDOT meeting to question I-395 extension plan
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

State officials on Wednesday unveiled a preliminary design and timeline for a controversial six-mile Interstate 395 connector road from Brewer to Eddington, sketching a rough outline that did little to appease local residents who overwhelming oppose the project. Feeding their frustration, many town residents and officials said they have felt left out of the loop. Earlier this month, 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced the project had s ecured $25 million in federal grant money — news that again took local officials by surprise.
Column: Thirty years of 'global warming' panic
Sun Journal - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the “global warming” (now known as “climate change”) panic. It was on June 23, 1988 that NASA scientist James E. Hansen testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and asserted a “high degree of confidence” in “a cause-and-effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and observed warming.” Predictions, especially those of global significance, should be rigorously examined to see if they have come true. In the case of Mr. Hansen, it’s apparent they have not. Numerous apocalyptic predictions of an imminent end of the world because of “climate change” have proved wrong. ~ Cal Thomas
Letter: Steele a dedicated public servant
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

I had the high honor and privilege of serving as assistant secretary of the interior under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Among my responsibilities was the supervision of the National Park System. Former Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele built on previous Superintendent Paul Haertel’s excellent record. During Steele’s tour of duty, important land acquisition was accomplished. The gift of a Caribbean trip by the appreciative Friends of Acadia National Park in no way clouds Steele’s career of remarkable stewardship and management skills that are the hallmarks of his long service to the nation. ~ Nathaniel Reed
Seaweed entrepreneur expands in Biddeford, launches new products
Mainebiz - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Ocean's Balance Inc., a Maine innovator of edible seaweed products, has moved into a new facility in the Pepperell Mill Campus in downtown Biddeford and will launch nine new edible seaweed products. Ocean's Balance was founded in 2016 by Tollef Olson and Mitchell Lench. Olson is a long-time aquaculture operator and a senior advisor at the Macroalgae Nursery and Research Cluster in the University of New England's Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences. Lench owns the impact investment management firm Treetops Capital in Cape Elizabeth.
Islands look to neighbors for survival
Working Waterfront - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Island communities survive when they work together. I experienced this alongside leaders on Long Island in Casco Bay and in dialogue with the former president of Kiribati. Spend time on Long Island and you will have the sense that anything is possible. ~ Rob Snyder, Island Institute
100th Anniversary of Migratory Bird Treaty Act Marks Major Conservation Success
American Bird Conservancy - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Nearly 100 years ago, on July 3, 1918, the United States enacted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to protect migratory birds. Passed in the nick of time, the Act helped restore populations of many birds, ranging from herons and egrets to shorebirds and waterfowl. The original Act was a means of implementing a 1916 treaty between the U.S. and Canada intended to ensure the preservation of migratory bird species. “The Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been a remarkable success,” said Mike Parr, President of American Bird Conservancy.
Rangeley’s Lakes Heritage Trust Greenvale parcel gets an upgrade
Turner Publishing - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Maine Conservation Corps dedicated a day of service to Rangeley Lake Heritage Trust’s Greenvale parcel on Rangeley Lake’s Greenvale Cove in early June. The RLHT staff and MCC members were joined by volunteers on June 6 to establish public water access trails and picnicking sites. The sandy bottom in Rangeley’s Greenvale Cove is well-known locally. Each summer boaters anchor and raft up for an idyllic Maine afternoon. The shallow cove is the pristine place to let kids be kids and for adults to relax.
Rockland, cruise ship industry reps meet to calm waters
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Rockland City officials and representatives of the cruise ship industry met Wednesday morning to discuss the community's concerns. Harbor Management Commission Chair Louise MacLellan-Ruf said lobstermen are concerned about damage to their gear from cruise ships and other vessels, such as barges, buses idling for long periods, and the lack of infrastructure at the harbor. Harbormaster Matt Ripley also listed concerns, including air and water pollution, the lack of public bathrooms at the harbor, clogging up Main Street, damage to lobster gear and the cruise ships blocking harbor views from Owls Head.
Livermore officials consider closing beaches due to 'mess'
Sun Journal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Reports of a dead cat, bags of human feces, dirty diapers and used needles at Round Pond and Brettuns Pond beaches have selectmen considering closing them. “Our beaches are a mess,” Highway Department Foreman Roger Ferland told the board Monday night.
Carbon Fund Investment Supports Ecological Stewardship of Upper St. John River Forest
Other - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the nonprofit The Climate Trust, today announced it has closed on one of its final carbon investments in its $5.5 million Fund I. The St. John Improved Forest Management carbon project agreement is Climate Trust Capital's largest investment at $2.2 million. Climate Trust Capital's Fund I will develop and manage the Upper St. John River Improved Forest Management carbon project with The Nature Conservancy in Maine.
Report On Air Quality In Maine Has Environmentalists Concerned
Maine Public - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

On Wednesday, Environment Maine Research & Policy Centers published a report about air quality. The report showed that more than 500,000 people in Portland experienced 26 days of degraded air quality in 2016. Additionally, 150,000 people in Bangor had 46 days with degraded air quality, and 107,000 people in Lewiston had 24 days. In total, more than half of Maine residents experienced nearly a month or more of days with unclean air in 2016, an increase from previous years. The Environmental Protection Agency, under Administrator Scott Pruitt, is considering a move to make clean car standards more lax.
CMP to spend $250M, hire hundreds to build Lewiston conversion station
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Lewiston City Council unanimously approved the Central Maine Power company’s plan for a clean energy DC to AC conversion station. It will be located near the power substation in north Lewiston. “Lewiston itself will see a $250 million investment,” Lincoln Jeffers, the city’s economic development director told CBS 13. “That translates into $5 million annually in taxes. There will be about 1,700 jobs during construction of this project.”
Playful otter disrupts South End beach area
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Maine Marine Patrol was called June 27 after a young otter came ashore at the beach in Rockland's South End and played tug-of-war with a child's towel. Laurie and Mike Brogan of Pennsylvania were at the beach and caught images of the critter on video. Showing no fear, the otter approached several children and at one point grabbed onto one child's towel. Two Marine Patrol officers were called to the scene and pursued it away down the shoreline.
Solar panel installation complete in Stockton
Republican Journal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

A solar array expected to provide enough power for Stockton Springs Town Office, Fire Department, ballpark, harbor and Public Works garage was recently installed atop the garage. The nearly 32-kilowatt system was designed and is owned by Sundog Solar of Searsport. Selectmen in September 2017 approved a power purchase agreement with Sundog to purchase the power produced by the solar panels at a lower rate than that of its previous electricity supplier. Sundog projects the town will save more than $100,000 over the life of the system, which includes solar panels and inverters.
Portland fishermen skeptical over proposed waterfront development
WGME-TV13 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Portland’s working waterfront could be a thing of the past, as developers and fisherman continue to butt heads over the once-thriving area. For 50 years, Willis Spear has been a lobsterman, but what’s been hard to take, is the change around Portland’s waterfront. “Hotels can be put anywhere, but the fishermen, they can’t go anywhere, they have to have these wharfs to survive,” Spear said. A new proposal to transform Widgery and Fisherman’s wharves is still working its way through city planning.
Long Journeys for Conservation
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

In the Year of the Bird, as the Natural Resources Council of Maine joins other groups in celebrating 100 years since the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is exciting to know that some of the biggest players in bird conservation today are not necessarily ones many bird enthusiasts know or recognize.
Brunswick resident kills rabid fox
Times Record - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Brunswick police say another resident has been bitten by a rabid animal. A 95-year-old man was bitten on the foot by a fox at around 4:10 p.m. Monday near his Breckan Road residence. The man was able to kill the animal with a piece of wood before it could hurt him . The fox tested positive for rabies. This is the third Brunswick victim in the last ten days.
Westbrook mushroom grower North Spore wins another big cash prize
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The $100,000 prize comes from Greenlight Maine, a Maine-based reality television series. A specialty mushroom producer in Westbrook has won yet another business competition, this time taking home a $100,000 cash prize. North Spore beat two other small businesses to win the third annual “pitch-off” competition on the reality TV series “Greenlight Maine” earlier this month. Based in the Dana Warp Mill, the company also sells mushroom-growing kits, mushroom spawn and other similar products.
Public Notice: Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company
Lincoln County News - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are hereby providing public notice of proposed changes to certain requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program, which are currently contained in a Compliance Order by Consent, dated July 2, 2008 and also in an Environmental Covenant dated August 24, 2009.
"Where Do the Children Play?"
Maine Public - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Lisa Pohlmann is the executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. She moved to Maine in 1979 – a period when a great number of young people were moving to Maine because of its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and back-to-the-land culture. A resident of Jefferson, Lisa has had a lifelong love of the outdoors, and regularly kayaks, hikes, skis and camps across Maine. Her Musical Memory is "Where Do the Children Play?" by Cat Stevens.
Camping in Maine: Options and Tips for Campers of Every Level
Maine Public - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Summer’s here so it’s time to break out the camping gear and head to the great outdoors. Several guests discuss the importance of camping to the Maine economy, off-the-beaten path places to check out, and safety tips for sleeping out under the stars.
Anglers need to steer clear of these spots on the Penobscot River
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Striped bass and American shad are in the Penobscot River, but local Game Warden Jim Fahey has a reminder that prospective anglers should heed. Learn about fishways and avoid them. “Regarding the newly evolving fishery on the Penobscot River at Old Town’s Milford Dam, there’s a prohibition on fishing within 150 feet of any fishway,” Fahey said. “We need to let people know that there are actually three fishways on that dam.”
Time to tell DIFW if you support lots more any deer permits
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

It’s time to let DIFW know if you support their proposal to issue the most any-deer permits ever. You can send your comments to Becky Orff by email (Becky.Orff@maine.gov) or regular mail (Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department, 284 State Street 42 SHS, Augusta. ME 04333.
Column: Time to stop arguing about climate change
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

It’s time to stop arguing about whether climate change is happening. It’s time to recognize what has already happened because of climate change, and do something about it. We must do all we can to stop climate change — now. If we don’t, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will, with great justification, blame us for their misery. Please don’t let that happen. ~ George Smith
Damariscotta improves waterfront in face of rising seas
Working Waterfront - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Damariscotta is moving forward with projects aimed at improving its waterfront. The work comes despite the Jan. 4 “king tide,” the highest tide of the year, and the associated storm surge which flooded a municipal parking lot and the lower levels of two downtown businesses. Improvements include a new facility housing four bathrooms, a utility room, a small office for the harbormaster, and an information kiosk, along with upgrades to Riverside Park, a new green area near the maritime history kiosk, and a new pedestrian walkway and improvements to the parking lot’s asphalt surface.
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