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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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News Items
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.
‘Mad fisherman’ to showcase County fishing
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2009 

It is no secret that some of the best fishing and hunting grounds can be found in Aroostook County. Evidence of that will now be presented on a national scale, as a sportsman with shows on three television networks recently was filming there.
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