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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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Letters: Climate change needs solution now
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 31, 2009 

Earth is a closed system, so when 6 billion people burn stuff, it causes atmospheric CO2 levels to rise. As those same people chop down trees and clear land around the globe, we reduce the ability of the Earth's systems to absorb our CO2 emissions. Common sense, not scientists, helps us arrive at the conclusion that these activities are not sustainable.
Clunkers program funding runs low
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 31, 2009 

Four days after it launched, the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program has burned through its $950 million budget, sending the Obama administration scrambling to find additional money and avoid a shutdown of the program.
DMR: Red tide may be abating
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2009 

The massive blooms of red tide algae that have shut down much of Maine’s shellfish industry for weeks may be abating, according to the Department of Marine Resources.
Scallop advisory council weighs season, closures
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2009 

Where and how many days scallop fishing will be allowed became a hotly contested issue last winter after declining stocks prompted DMR officials to consider canceling the winter season altogether. After an outcry from fishermen, the state decided instead to limit scallop fishing to 70 days and to enact emergency closures in several areas.
UM wind project advances in Senate measure
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2009 

The U.S. Senate has approved $5 million for a University of Maine research program seeking to develop wind turbine technology capable of operating in the harsh conditions in the Gulf of Maine. A state task force, meanwhile, continued on Thursday to discuss the enormous opportunities but daunting technological, financial and regulatory challenges of developing ocean-based renewable energy projects off the coast of Maine.
Lynx carcass leads to jail time
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2009 

A Vermont man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to seven days in jail for having a Canada lynx carcass. The lynx is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Northeast States Struggle to Fund Land Conservation
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 31, 2009 

“The public shortfall in funding for land conservation has all but brought land conservation transactions to a full stop,” said Kim Elliman, head of the Open State Institute. Green groups say if the economy begins to recover by next year, when states get to work on their next budgets, the land conservation bottleneck could end.
Midcoast Towns Seek “No Discharge” Designation to Stem Boat Pollution
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 31, 2009 

The Maine DEP has petitioned EPA to designate the coastal waters of Camden, Rockport, Rockland and portions of Owls Head as a “No Discharge Area.”
Wildlife Foundation Opens Nature Center
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, July 31, 2009 

Acadia Wildlife Foundation announces the opening of its new Nature Center. There will be programs for the general public on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Economy Creates Opportunities to Protect Land
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

States are facing tough decisions about where to invest their shrinking budgets. In most cases protecting open space is not at the top of the list. But the downturn in the economy has also meant, in some places, a drop in land values and that's creating new opportunities to preserve land and curb development.
Multi-Million Dollar Initiative Will Help New England Conserve Natural Areas
Other - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The Open Space Institute announces Saving New England's Wildlife. The protection of Highland Farm in York, Maine, which links the un-fragmented forested area around Mt. Agamenticus to conservation lands along the York River, is the first of 15 projects that the initiative plans to support over the next 18 months.
Canada restates opposition to Downeast LNG
Mainebiz - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The Canadian government has restated that it won't allow liquefied natural gas tankers through Canadian waters to reach LNG terminals on the Maine side of Passamaquoddy Bay. Downeast LNG says that vessels have a right of innocent passage through the waterway under the United Nations' Laws of the Sea Treaty.
Energy Infrastructure Commission members announced
Capital Weekly - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Gov. John E. Baldacci, Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell and House Speaker Hannah Pingree have announced the appointments to the Commission to Study Energy Infrastructure, which was created by LD 1485, An Act Regarding Maine’s Energy Future.
Neighbors near and far aid vandal-damaged farm
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Several acres of the alfalfa crop at Two Loons Farm, an organic dairy farm in China, were destroyed July 11 when underage youths threw a drinking party on the site with at least 50 people.
Letter: Recreational saltwater fee will help fishery
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The proposed license fees are modest and will improve the recreational fishery through research, resource and habitat enhancement, and acquisition of public access points as well as enforcement. A responsible fisherman should consider this a small price to pay toward improving the recreational fishery.
Opinion: 'Cash for Clunkers' helps dealers - and many more
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

If you can get thousands of dollars for trading up for a better car, why not take advantage?
Pre-race favorite: Protecting the planet
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Joan Benoit Samuelson's emphasis on a healthy Earth is reflected in many 'green' practices.
After big loss, IP says worst is over
Associated Press - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

International Paper Co. on Thursday reported a 40 percent drop in second-quarter profit but said the worst of the global economic slowdown appears to be over and that demand is steadying.
Shark tournament scheduled
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

If you’re looking to check out a tourney featuring bigger (and toothier) fish than you’re used to, you may want to head to Saco on Aug. 28-29 for the DownEast Maine Shark Tournament.
Judge hears arguments in Lincoln appeal fight
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The Lincoln Board of Appeals had no business refusing to hear a landowners group’s appeal of a permit issued to a proposed $130 million wind farm on Rollins Mountain, the group’s attorney said Wednesday.
Millions from cruise ship visits on the rise
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Cruise Lines International Association says the cruise ship industry spent $29 million directly in Maine last year, representing a 20 percent increase over 2007. Researchers with UMaine released a study indicating cruise ship passengers spent $5.8 million to $8 million in Portland last year.
Natural resource visitors center plan wins grant
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

A $253,000 federal grant will help Natural Resource Education Center officials realize a dream they have had since 1996 — the creation of a visitors and community center in Greenville. The grant will allow center officials to start designing the building with construction likely beginning in 2010.
P.I. fair to debut new agricultural heritage building
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Visitors to this year’s Northern Maine Fair will be within reach of Aroostook County’s rich agricultural heritage when the gates open Friday, as the fair’s new Agricultural Heritage Building will be open for the first time.
Green Open House
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

"We want to teach people about clean energy practices with renewable energy sources," said Duane Hallowell.
Library summer reading program centers on "Growing Green"
Sun Journal - Wednesday, July 29, 2009 

The theme of the Wilton library's summer reading program has been "Growing Green" this year, said Children's Librarian Sandra Warren. Guest readers and topics have varied from recycling and reusing materials to gardens and community beautification.
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