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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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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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'Popovers for Pigs' helps green up famous Acadia National Park restaurant
Christian Science Monitor - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

At the Jordan Pond House, if a popover doesn’t make it from oven to table in 15 minutes, it’s toast. Each season two local pig farmers collect more than 20,000 pounds of uneaten popovers from the famed tea house to use as animal feed. Known as “Popovers for Pigs” this program is just one example of the many environmental steps undertaken by the only restaurant to operate inside Acadia National Park. Each year the restaurant recycles more than 50,000 lbs. of cardboard, 8,000 lbs. of paper, 2,500 lbs. of plastic, and 2,500 lbs. of metal. Jordan Pond House composts approximately 30,000 lbs. of lemon rinds, egg shells (200,000 of them), coffee grounds, tea bags, vegetable trimmings, and garden waste each season. The compost is spread on the gardens and lawns. In another nod to the restaurant’s roots, the Jordan Pond House features local seafood. The restaurant has joined a local fishermen's cooperative.
Students raking in good money this summer
Times Record - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

For the first time in years, local teens are spending their summer ankle-deep in the mud off Thomas Point Beach digging clams. Thanks to diligent detective work by the local shellfish community, which rooted out failing septic systems and other causes of degraded water, nearly all of Brunswick’s clam flats are open this year, prompting the town’s Marine Resources Committee to increase by 14 the number of shellfish licenses. Four of those licenses were awarded to Brunswick High School students, who are raking in “pretty good” money by working their own hours.
Nonresident Moose Hunters are Maine's Cash Cows
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

While many resident sportsmen resent the fact that nonresidents get moose permits while most Maine applicants are lottery losers, the fact is that we are lucky – whether or not we win a moose hunting permit – because the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife gets a huge amount of money from those nonresident applicants. DIF&W raised $1,160,446.50 from this year’s moose lottery. $633,400.80 of that came from nonresidents, who got just 363 permits. Residents actually spent less this year in the lottery, $527,045.70, while receiving 3,362 permits.
New EPA rules target cruise ship emissions
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

New federal rules about to go into effect are expected to reduce pollution being generated off Maine’s coast. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Environmental Protection Agency will require cargo carriers and cruise ships to use a low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of U.S. and Canadian shores. In Bar Harbor, where there are 119 cruise ship visits scheduled for this year, harbor master Charlie Phippen said he rarely gets complaints about “billowing smoke” when the ships crank up their engines as they are about to leave port. He said he doesn’t think people will notice a difference from the cleaner-burning fuel. EPA said the effects will be felt hundreds of miles inland and are expected to prevent thousands of premature deaths and relieve respiratory issues for nearly 5 million people a year.
Marines finish 2,180-mile hike with more than $30,000 for disabled veterans
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

A 2,180-mile journey ended Tuesday for two former Marine captains who walked the Appalachian Trail in its entirety, raising money along the way to help disabled veterans adapt to civilian life. Mark Silvers, 27, of Virginia and Sean Gobin, 36, of Rhode Island reached Mount Katahdin’s summit at around 11 a.m., 4½ months and roughly 5 million steps after their hike started at Springer Mountain in Georgia. As of Tuesday, Silvers and Gobin had raised more than $31,000, Silvers said. They added more than $3,500 to that total Tuesday night during a fundraising event and dinner in Millinocket, where local veterans, bikers, politicians and residents from across the state gathered to welcome the Marines.
Environmental Group Report Shows Increase in Storms and Intensity
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

If you think the weather in Maine in recent years has been getting worse, with more heavy downpours and snowstorms, you may well be right. A new report by the advocacy group Environment Maine analyzes meteorological data going back to 1948. Since that year, the study finds that extreme events like rain and snowstorms are becoming more common and more intense.
Extreme downpours in Maine 74 percent more frequent than 65 years ago, study says
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

While drought cripples agriculture in the American Midwest, New England has seen an 85 percent increase in extreme downpours over the past six decades — and both troubling weather patterns can be blamed on global warming, a group of scientists, environmental advocates and politicians said Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree joined state Sen. Justin Alfond and John Jemison of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the unveiling of Environment Maine’s latest report. The report calls for federal and state governments to adopt limits on global warming pollution that would reduce emissions to at least 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and by at least 85 percent by 2050.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Livesay appointed new LURC director
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) will consider the appointment by the LePage Administration of Nicholas Livesay as director of the commission's staff at a meeting on August 3 in Greenville. Livesay is an attorney at Pierce Atwood, the largest private law firm in Maine, where he has worked mainly with developers on permitting, wetlands, coastal management, solid waste and endangered species issues, as well as administrative appeals. He will be taking over LURC during a period of radical transition. Last spring, with bi-partisan support, the Maine Legislature enacted, and Gov. Paul LePage signed, a bill that terminates LURC and replaces it with a new Land Use Planning Commission dominated by appointees from the counties with the largest Unorganized Territories.
Editorial: The St. Croix River should be opened to alewives
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

It’s time alewives were allowed into the upper reaches of the St. Croix River. Research, in addition to dozens of ponds and streams in Maine, show that alewives can coexist with smallmouth bass. The environment deserves consideration. Alewives serve as food for other fish, in addition to birds and mammals. They attract bald eagles and make good bait for the lobster industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrote on July 9 to Attorney General William Schneider warning that keeping the passage closed violates the Clean Water Act. The LePage administration is continuing to consider the matter, according to a spokeswoman. The governor should introduce legislation to open the perfectly good fish passage at Grand Falls Dam. The only things blocking it are a lack of political will and a wooden board.
New lean-to for Wildlands campers
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Thanks to an enterprising high school student, campers in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands can now enjoy a new, Adirondack-style lean-to at the Baker Brook Camping Area near the North Gate of the Wildlands. Paige Cote of Orland, a Girl Scout and recent graduate of John Bapst High School, organized acquisition of materials and construction of the lean-to, working with a team of volunteers to assemble it offsite and then reconstruct it in the Wildlands earlier this summer.
Opinion: Bridging the gaps in Maine’s economic development
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

It seems as though economic issues that plague Maine are mostly due to a lack of cooperation. There are many resources in the state but not enough bridges between them all. Maine should be a finely greased economic machine, but instead it seems to sputter out with sporadic periods of growth that never seem to last. Our government says it is focused on creating jobs, and I believe this is the wrong approach. Our government should be focused on creating and supporting new businesses. Why are we importing windmill parts when we should be producing them? We have so many different pieces at work here. The workers, the entrepreneurs, the academics and the government all exist in the same place. How do we bridge all of these people together? Charles Hastings, UMaine, Orono
Cast for Recovery gives women with breast cancer respite, fly rod in hand
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The women at the Casting for Recovery retreat held July 6-8 at Bald Mountain Camps in Oquossoc were there for two reasons — to get respite from the daily weight of dealing with breast cancer and to have fun. They also were there to learning to fly cast, taught by Registered Maine Guide Bonnie Holding.
Governors, Premiers Promise To Work Together To Cut Greenhouse Gases
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

New England’s governors and premiers from eastern Canadian provinces have promised to work together to cut greenhouse gases and boost public transportation in the region. The governors and premiers met Monday and Tuesday morning in Burlington, Vermont, where they called for a regional approach to acquiring renewable electricity. The New England governors have their eyes on Canada’s electricity resources. Maine Gov. Paul LePage did not attend.
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park Offers Free, Daily Nature Programs
Maine Government News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport is offering nature programs daily at 2 p.m. through Labor Day. The programs, which include walks, talks and activities in the beautiful, natural setting of the park, are free with park admission. No reservations are needed, except for large groups. Programs last about one hour, weather permitting, and are suitable for children and adults.
Maine Conservation Voters scorecard analysis of current state Representatives is revealing
Maine Insights - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

On July 27th, Maine Conservation Voters (MCV) unveiled its 26th annual Environmental Scorecard. Overall, the Scorecard shows that the 125th Legislature made little progress for Maine’s clean waters, natural areas and wildlife, and the economies that depend on them. “Too many legislators are advancing an agenda that puts our natural resources at risk,” concluded Maureen Drouin, MCV Executive Director. “To get Maine back on track, we need to elect new people who will move us toward a healthier environment and a stronger economy.”
Gate women keep traditions of North Maine Woods alive
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Covering more than 3.5 million acres of commercial forestland, the North Maine Woods is a partnership of landowners including corporations, individuals and families that manages a large chunk of Maine. Over the years, the landowners have established a series of gated entrances into the North Maine Woods to control access. Without a doubt, the eyes and ears keeping track of all comings and goings are the 70 receptionists who monitor the 14 checkpoints — or gates — leading to and from the North Maine Woods. Known locally as the “gate women,” since the jobs are held largely by females, no one gets in — or out — of the North Maine Woods without those receptionists knowing about it.
Letter: GoMaine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Last week you had several articles about GoMaine, and how it was being closed because it did not have enough funds to replace older vehicles. The articles stated that there was $233,000 profit from rider fees, and the DOT had budgeted $240,000 for vehicle replacement — $233,000 plus $240,000 equals $473,000. Divide that by $43,000 per vehicle and the result is 11. They don’t need 11 new vehicles right now, but they have exactly enough to buy them. The DOT should be looking for ways to make it easier for people to get to work, not harder. ~ Cara Doucette, Van Buren
Letter: Protection Act attacks rights
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

Recent legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would unnecessarily sweep away 16 major environmental laws that protect the people, wildlife and natural resources of Maine. H.R. 1505, The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, passed the House earlier this month. The bill grants Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security unwarranted powers to ignore major environmental legislation within 100 miles of U.S. land borders and along the coast. In Maine, this bill would make vulnerable thousands of protected acres in the Aroostook and Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuges, the White Mountains National Forest, Acadia National Park and many other fragile areas that the people of Maine have fought hard to protect for future generations. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has issued a statement opposing H.R. 1505, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has said, “It is unnecessary, and a bad policy.” ~ Sarah Loftus, Bar Harbor
'For such a busy park,' Acadia has few fatalities
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The trail that Shirley Ladd was hiking Saturday when she fell 60 feet to her death is one of the most popular -- and most dangerous -- in Acadia National Park. Still, it had been 27 years since someone died while hiking the Precipice Trail, a jagged wall of rock that rises from the eastern base of Champlain Mountain. In fact, fatalities at Acadia National Park and at national parks in general are rare, according to statistics kept by the National Park Service.
Opinion: Maine has an energy plan, and it is wisely trying to implement it
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

There has been a lot of critical commentary regarding the viability of renewable energy resources in Maine. While renewable energy resources include biomass, hydro, tidal, solar, geothermal, wind and, in some instances, recycled waste heat, it is utility-scale wind power that seems to attract the most controversy. Ironically, wind power is generally supported by 85 to 90 percent of Mainers. Maine's Comprehensive Energy Plan wisely supports reducing our state's dependence on fossil fuels, and not only by promoting cleaner and, increasingly, more competitive renewable resources, such as wind, hydro, solar, biofuels and geothermal. It also encourages energy conservation, energy efficiency, the recycling of wasted heat and the upgrading of our aging electricity, natural gas and petroleum transportation infrastructures. ~ John Kerry, former director, Maine Office of Energy Independence
Opinion: Waste-to-energy plant plays important environmental role
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The state estimates that most individuals produce about 7.3 pounds of waste every day; it is that waste which we generate that contains many pollutants. Unlike old incinerators, today's waste-to-energy plants do not "spew" those contaminants into the air. Ecomaine's waste-to-energy plant plays an important and environmentally positive role in the state's hierarchy of waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, waste-to-energy and, then, landfill). It has state-of-the-art air pollution controls. ~Kevin H. Roche, ecomaine, Portland
Letter: Headline clouds smart-meter concerns
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission "wants" an answer to the question "are so-called smart meters hurting us" (July 25)? It "decides" to investigate safety concerns? What a ridiculous sub-headline. Anyone in the state who followed the lack of investigation, the lack of concern about the public's safety and the lack of ethics on the part of the Maine PUC in fast-tracking the greed of the foreign-owned monopoly they call Central Maine Power knows better. ~ Kerry Corthell, Scarborough
The East-West Highway
AsMaineGoesLOLz Blog - Monday, July 30, 2012 

The East-West highway is the bright conservative transportation beacon of economic freedom and hope. By building a road across the middle of the state, Canadian truckers will be able to shave hours off of their trips between Toronto and New Brunswick. The economic ramifications are enormous. With a highway nearby, previously sleepy towns like Corinna could achieve the towering economic heights previously reserved for the giants of Maine highway exit stops like Burnham, or Medway. Why should prosperity be reserved for the likes of Island Falls?
Police fire on tar sands protest in Vermont
Other - Monday, July 30, 2012 

Free Speech Radio - Police in Burlington, Vermont, used rubber bullets against clean energy protestors who gathered this weekend at the Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. Inside, the New England Governors, Eastern Premiers and their energy consultants were meeting on what they called “building a clean and cost effective energy future for the Northeast.” But outside, activists from all around the Northeast converged to underscore their opposition to the community and environmental impacts of a number of proposed regional energy projects. These include the proposed private East West Highway which would link Quebec and the Martimes through Maine, and the Trailbreaker pipeline, which is in the process of being reversed to bring tar sands oil from eastern Canada to Portland, Maine for shipping.
Verso paper mill assessing damage after train carrying paper derailed
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 30, 2012 

After the second derailment in about as many months of a train going to or from the Verso mill, the papermaking plant is concerned. The stretch of rail connects the mill to Bangor, where it connects with routes headed as far north as Madawaska and as far south as New Haven, Conn. Cohen said accidents such as Sunday’s derailment can leave the mill anxious about supply routes in and out of the sprawling Bucksport complex.
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