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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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Extinction rate is accelerating, scientists say
Other - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

Philadelphia Inquirer - We humans can be so destructive that some scientists believe we’ve now triggered a mass extinction – one that in several hundred years will rival the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs. In some places, a mass extinction is already under way. There’s plenty of evidence that the sixth mass extinction has begun, said biologist Stuart Pimm, chair of conservation ecology at Duke University. “We are clearly living in an era where we’re driving species to extinction 100 to 10,000 times faster than they should be going extinct,” he said.
Editorial: Cape Cod seashore holds lessons for North Woods park plan
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

Fifty years ago President John Kennedy signed the law creating the Cape Cod National Seashore, which preserved 44,000 acres and 40 miles of shoreline on the outer reaches of an environmentally fragile, yet universally attractive peninsula. Today, that stroke of President Kennedy’s pen is seen as evidence of a clear vision. Yet like the proposed North Woods National Park in Maine, at the time, the seashore designation was not seen as a slam-dunk victory among locals. A Maine North Woods Park would not draw the same numbers, or the same sorts of people the Cape Cod seashore does. But the streams, rivers, ponds and lakes of the Katahdin region also have their lure. Whether towns like Millinocket would be blessed by being a gateway to a park is an open question. A Cape Codder editorial 50 years ago offered some sage advice: “If the remaining area of towns goes to the devil it will because the towns themselves failed to take the necessary preventive steps.”
Group works to make NH a golden state for rare bird
Other - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

In the 1960s, Rawson Wood began to notice an alarming silence and was afraid New Hampshire loons would eventually disappear the way they did in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the 19th century. So, Wood established the Loon Preservation Committee in 1975, the first organized group to try to study and preserve loons in North America. Maine has more loons than any other state in the Northeast, with estimates putting the total at more than 5,000.
New Jersey fuels cap-and-trade flap
Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

New Jersey's expected pullout from a 10-state pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is among the latest developments in a nationwide dispute over whether cap-and-trade programs work and what limitations states should place on energy producers to curb the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. At the crux of the debate is an irony that those with competing priorities are unlikely to resolve: In order for cap-and-trade to be effective, it must come at a price -- an added operating cost for energy producers, who then pass it on to customers.
Opinion: Feeling tasked by all these studies
Sun Journal - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

We are now six months into the LePage administration. While the governor has produced some solid accomplishments in non-sportsmen areas, a couple of recent developments at DIF&W have a deja-vu-all-over-again look that is unsettling. Forming committees and task forces to conduct studies is easy. Taking meaningful action is always the real challenge. The ultimate irony is that many of the same people who are serving on Commissioner Woodcock's study groups are the same people who served on similar study groups of the former DIF&W commissioner.

Revival of fishing boils down to lobsters
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

If nothing else, Norm Olsen's abrupt resignation as commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources has shed light on the plight of the state's groundfishing industry and the challenges -- and politics -- involved with reviving it. Gov. Paul LePage and DMR officials see potential in Maine's groundfishing industry, which has waned in recent years. The state's groundfishing industry wants to change Maine law to permit lobster by-catch, letting fishermen sell lobsters caught up in their nets. But that prospect is loathed by most of Maine's lobster industry, one of the biggest cogs in the state's economy.
Tackling Maine's pike problem
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

Northern pike were first reported in Pushaw Lake in 2003. Every year since 2006, the lake has been netted in the spring and all the northern pike captured are killed in an effort to thwart this non-native fish, which can eat a landlocked salmon whole. State biologists feel the time has come for serious measures. A proposal has gone to the Maine Attorney General's office to allow for a catch-and-kill regulation in the Penobscot River drainage. A new concern to some biologists is what will happen when the dams are affixed with fish passageways -- part of the Penobscot Restoration Project effort to bring back the sea-run fish. But the effort to restore sea-run fish to the Penobscot will benefit the river's ecosystem, said Laura Rose Day, executive director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust. That restoration effort, supported by a large team of state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, has considered the threat of pike, Day said.
'Our garden is our North Maine Woods'
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

With two-thirds of the state covered with trees, most of it working forestland, Maine's identity is rooted in its trees, its woodland life, its logging history and the relationships between them all. Greenville has been celebrating this for 20 years, and in two weeks Forest Heritage Days again will highlight all the reasons to love a landscape of trees. Heritage Days chairwoman Elaine Bartley said the take-home message from the event is that the logging industry is not about "wiping out the trees" but preserving the forestland.
Opinion: Nothing beats a fresh broiled mackerel
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

Many years ago, my Aunt Vivian asked me to stay for lunch because she was serving mackerel that her son, Ray, had caught that morning. I was 18 years old and gladly accepted the invitation because I liked eating this delicious fish fresh from the ocean. Right at mid-meal that day, though, I decided "liked" didn't describe my feelings strongly enough. I loved pigging out on mackerel and have ever since. ~ Ken Allen, Belgrade Lakes
Opinion: Successful commissioners master a precarious balancing act
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

There are two sides to every story, and in the case of the recent resignation of Norm Olsen, commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources, I don't know more than what has been reported in the news. What I know is that all governors begin their terms believing they bring a unique, fresh perspective to governing and that all who came before them were wrong-headed. All governors will learn that as CEO of state government, they will have to pay attention to issues that never arose during a campaign, and they must rely on the institutional knowledge of a state agency to solve them. It's often commissioners who must bring this potentially unwelcome perspective to a new chief executive. ~ Kay Rand
Editorial: Governor discredited by his own anti-media tirade
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

Gov. LePage had a chance to clear the air with the city of Portland and the struggling groundfishing industry Thursday. Before he even sat down with Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones, however, LePage decided to use the moment in a way that lent credence to a criticism of him -- that he is a bully, who lacks the character and discipline to carry out the complicated task of leading the state. His target this time was not Portland, but the news media. If the point of his diatribe was to discredit the media for publishing charges made by outgoing Commissioner of Marine Resources Norman Olsen, the governor failed miserably. He showed himself, as he has all too often, to be a thin-skinned hypocrite who views anyone who disagrees with him as an enemy.
Letter: Turbines – noise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

The wind industry needs to respect the rights of those who by happenstance live nearby. People have the right to an environment that is not compromised in terms of health and property value devaluation because of excessive noise from these machines. The more conservative noise levels should be approved by the Board of Environmental Protection. ~Norman Kalloch, Carrying Place Town Twp.
Letter: Turbines – fire?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

The recent letter to the editor suggesting that flaming shards of wind turbines would ignite forest fires ("Real danger to forests is broken wind turbines," July 17) is so misleading and uninformed it cries out for a response. There are about 175 commercial-size wind turbines operating in Maine now. Not a single one has caught fire or thrown flaming turbine shards into the woods. And there is no evidence to suggest these modern turbines are prone to doing so. ~ Kirk Wood, West Gardiner
Letter: Turbines – view
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

In the June 26 Telegram, a story about Washington County's guides complaining about the possibility of a wind farm destroying their fishing experience included a statement from visitors who said, "we can see industry in Massachusetts." Then in the Outdoors section was a piece about fishermen in front of the Upper Dam At Mooselookmegundic, an industrial view that doesn't seem to be too bothersome. Offering conflicting points of view is good journalism. ~ Dave Shaw, Sidney
Goose Rocks: Test of public, private rights
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

Two dozen Kennebunkport beachfront landowners sued the town in the fall of 2009 in response to the town's assertion that the private owners had no enforceable right to limit public use of the beach in front of their homes. The town claims that the beach has been public property since the 1680s, and that it has the Colonial-era documents to prove it. If that argument fails to persuade Justice G. Arthur Brennan in York County Superior Court, town officials also argue that the beach is public property because the public has earned a permanent recreational easement, by virtue of using the beach for centuries.
Can you get to the beach?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

The battle for access, according to coastal resource experts, beachgoers and people who work at the beaches, is more intense than ever. Maine boasts the longest tidal coastline in the nation, with 3,500 miles. But only about 30 miles of that -- less than 1 percent -- is made up of publicly owned sand beaches. Privately owned beachfront makes up another fraction of the total, although state officials don't have an estimate of that amount. The vast majority of the shoreline is rockbound. Another challenge is simply finding beaches that are publicly owned or otherwise open to the public.
Project under way to create beach access guide
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 31, 2011 

There's no comprehensive guide, either online or in print, to the coastal beaches in Maine that are open to the public. But that's about to change, thanks to a project by the Maine Coastal Program. The program is developing a coastal access guide, which will include detailed information about well-known and lesser-known beaches, costs, parking, and facilities.
Retired UM professor takes readers along Appalachian Trail
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 30, 2011 

David B. Field, a retired University of Maine professor of forest resources, has written a book about Maine's Appalachian Trail, a part of the state he knows very well. He should after maintaining six miles of the scenic trail for 54 years and serving as an officer of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and on the board of managers of the Appalachian Trail Conference.
Quimby rep unfazed by Millinocket leaders’ opposition to park
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 30, 2011 

Opposition from the Millinocket Town Council to environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s plan to give 70,000 acres she owns to form a national park, or to a study of that proposal’s feasibility, doesn’t much faze her land manager. “Right now my reaction is that the glass is still half full. The Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 businesses in the region, voted unanimously to support a study,” said Mark Leathers of the James Sewall Co. on Friday as he listed various Katahdin region governmental and civic groups that also supported a study.
Opinion: Republicans took initiative in Augusta to make changes that counted
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 30, 2011 

After a select legislative committee working on L.D. 1 finished its tour of the state, listening to business owners, farmers, fisherman, employers and other regular Mainers, we crafted legislation to start dismantling unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles while maintaining reasonable safeguards, reducing paperwork and streamlining procedures. Republican chairs worked hard to find common ground on this legislation, which ultimately passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. However, the regulatory reform process would never have gotten out of the gate without Republican leadership. ~ Rep. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden
Letter: We should be happy there are farms to smell
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, July 30, 2011 

We live just down the road from the largest dairy farm in the state that has several hundred head of cows. We moved to this home on the river knowing full well of the consequences; the odors, the farm equipment traffic and all that goes with it. We embrace the fact that we live in this area of the state where farming is strong and thriving. ~ Jean and John Jones, Clinton
Opinion: Exploit New England's Renewable Energy
Other - Saturday, July 30, 2011 

Hartford Courant - New England is blessed with bountiful on- and offshore wind, solar energy resources and an emerging smart energy industry that is making our energy use more efficient. Development of these resources will not only meet the renewable energy goals of the New England states, but also provide a welcome source of future economic development and thousands of jobs. What we need is a coordinated regional plan — not individual states acting in silos — to optimize our energy potential.
Retired UM professor takes readers along Appalachian Trail
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 30, 2011 

David B. Field, a retired University of Maine professor of forest resources, has written a book about Maine's Appalachian Trail, a part of the state he knows very well. The Appalachian Trail was extended through Maine, thanks to Maine native Myron H. Avery who brought together friends from Washington, D.C., personnel with the Maine forest and warden service, guides and sporting camp operators, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. This happened, despite questions of whether it would be possible to carve a trail through the state’s wildlands. "Images of America: Along Maine’s Appalachian Trail" is published by Arcadia Publishing.
Maine game chief says big deer here
Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2011 

Maine is known for its big deer, and Chandler Woodcock wants everybody to know that they're out there. Just not everywhere. But he's attending to that. As the head custodian of all wild things that live on Maine's land and in its fresh waters, Woodcock is leading efforts to restore the state's cherished big game animal, which once roamed in greater abundance. Those efforts include some drastic measures, including limited night hunting of coyotes.
Letter: A healthy community
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 30, 2011 

The North Woods is no place for dirty energy. Solar, hydro and wind development would create jobs, lower energy costs and put us on the forefront of alternative energy technology. Our small towns are already set up to deliver independent energy services. Without a healthy planet, none of us can thrive. ~ Lisa Laser, Dover-Foxcroft
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