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Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 26, 2017 

This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats. At Fields Pond, Holden, Jun 2, 8:45 am – 2 pm, Maine Audubon members $23, non-members $25.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

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Help wanted: Conservation Policy Associate
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Appalachian Mountain Club is seeking to fill this temporary position July-December 2017; there is the potential for the position to extend into 2018.
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 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
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 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
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating or changing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to eliminate or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Appalachian Odyssey, May 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Jeff Ryan will regale with tales about his 28-year odyssey hiking the Appalachian Trail. At Freeport Conservation Trust annual meeting, at the Freeport Community Center, May 28, 7 pm.
BDN Poll: Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society present the 10th annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28. Witness the annual return of the alewives as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.
Third Annual Freeport Birding Festival, May 26-28
Event - Posted - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Owl Prowl at Mast landing Sanctuary; birding at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Sayles Field; Casco Bay kayak tour; outing at Winslow Park, etc. May 26-28. Sponsored by L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon.
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons from Puffins, May 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

60% of all seabirds have vanished in the last 60 years. Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, will talk about the restoration of Maine seabirds. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, May 25, 7-9 pm, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
Community Conservation, May 25 & 27
Announcement - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture is a new film created by Mark Ireland of MI Media. Shot throughout four seasons, this documentary profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine: coastal, inland, western mountains and downeast. On Maine Public TV, May 25, 10 pm, and May 27, 11 am.
Climate Change on the Maine Appalachian Trail, May 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

Simon Rucker, Executive Director of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, will present on Appalachian Trail conservation in Maine and how AT groups are factoring climate change into their work. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, May 24, 5:30-7 pm.
Forgotten Farms, May 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

A new film about the important role dairy farms play in New England's farming landscape, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Maine dairy farmers. At at Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, May 24, 7:15 pm.
Forgotten Farms, May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

A new film about the important role dairy farms play in New England's farming landscape, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Maine dairy farmers. At Johnson Hall, Gardiner, May 23, 6 pm.
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The Renewable Energy Source That’s About to Boom Again
TIME - Friday, July 31, 2015 

Ten years ago hydropower might have been taken for dead in the United States. Environmentalists didn’t want hydropower dams because of the destruction they wreaked on nearby ecosystems. Energy companies had lost interest because hydropower wouldn’t produce enough energy to make the investment worthwhile. Indeed, in every decade since the 1970s, the U.S. has added less hydropower capacity than the decade prior. In some areas, increasing dam efficiency has meant eliminating dams that harm the environment and replacing them with more sustainable ones. The Penobscot River in Maine, for instance, had several dams over hundreds of miles of river. But whether we like it or not, over the next 20 years, roughly, the world will double its hydropower capacity.
Column: To bee or not to bee?
Ellsworth American - Friday, July 31, 2015 

Producers of Maine’s agricultural products, from apples to blueberries, would have few, if any, crops to harvest without the help of honey bees. Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, are essential players in the natural process by which many crops evolve into commodities that wind up on consumers’ tables. Research at Yale University shows that one of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for successful harvest. Given that biological and economic reality, there’s no shortage of hand-wringing over the fact that widely used herbicides and pesticides are killing honey bees, as bee foragers bring toxic pollen back to their hives that kill the entire hive population. ~ Tom Walsh, Gouldsboro
Pioneer conservation researcher tapped to lead Darling Marine Center
Boothbay Register - Friday, July 31, 2015 

A leading conservation scientist has been hired to lead the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. Heather Leslie begins her tenure as director of UMaine’s coastal marine laboratory in Walpole on Aug. 1. Leslie comes to the center from Brown University, where she was Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology.
Auburn Mill to Become Medical Facility for Chinese Tourists
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 31, 2015 

A former shoe mill here is set to become a five-star medical tourism facility that caters to wealthy Chinese. The plan was announced Friday morning at a press conference in which a Chinese investment company, Central Maine Medical Center and city and state officials heralded what they call a unique opportunity. So, just what is a five-star medical tourism facility? In Auburn, it will be a 200-room recovery center that can house at least 5,000 guests a year.
Wind project near Bridgewater to grow industry employment
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2015 

The American division of Madrid, Spain-based EDP Renewables has applied to build a 250-megawatt wind farm with as many as 119 turbines in T9R3, an area nine miles west of Bridgewater. The company secured power purchase agreements with the electric utilities Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating, both in Connecticut.
What does summer in Maine mean to you?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2015 

When the snow is knee-deep and the wind rips down out of Canada, it can be hard to remember how fabulous — if fleeting — Maine’s summers can be. But eventually, the snow melts, the resulting mud dries up and even the most northerly of our lakes reaches that magical swimming temperature. Summer has arrived. So what does summer in Maine mean to you?
Oil, gas companies in heated battle for customers north of Portland
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 31, 2015 

In neighborhoods of Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth where Summit Natural Gas of Maine is installing gas lines, salespeople in helmets and company T-shirts are riding the streets on Segways, hoping to engage homeowners and convert them to natural gas. A weekly newspaper that serves the three communities features colorful ads run by Summit touting stable gas rates and low air emissions, while guaranteeing that new customers will enjoy prices at least 15 percent lower than oil for a year. Meanwhile, a lobbying group largely made up of oil and propane dealers has launched its own ad campaign, highlighting falling oil prices and warning that natural gas prices appear to be on their way up.
Letter: Support the park
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2015 

I have taught school in East Millinocket for 40 years, and when my students march out the door after graduation they do not return to their hometown. Something has to change or the Katahdin region is simply going to wither away. I urge U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin to join Rep. Chellie Pingree in supporting the creation of a national park and recreation area. This would mean jobs, new economic activity and new energy for our communities. We can’t wait. Time is running out. ~ Nancy A. Moscone, East Millinocket
Acadia exempt from gun law
Mount Desert Islander - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

A new Maine law allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a permit goes into effect October 14 but will not apply to Acadia National Park. The law, passed last month, directed the Department of Public Safety to develop a list of locations in Maine where a concealed carry permit will continue to be required. That list includes Acadia. It will also still be illegal to carry concealed weapons without a state-issued permit in state parks. Concealed weapons will continue to be allowed in Acadia with a permit. Hunting is illegal in the park.
Maine Lottery sees record year
Mainebiz - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

The Maine Lottery broke several records in fiscal year 2015 ended June 30, with players taking home a record $156.2 million in pretax winnings, up from $135.5 million in fiscal 2014, while lottery sales hit a high of $251.9 million, up from $228.85 million last year. The Lottery transferred $647,500 to the State's Outdoor Heritage Fund through the sale of select instant tickets. That fund, created by the Legislature in 1996, supports critical wildlife and conservation projects throughout Maine. The amount is the highest transferred to the fund since 2010.
Blog: Mount Katahdin named one of 10 best summit hikes in the world by National Geographic
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

Maine has an abundance of mountains and peaks to conquer, some of which are globally recognized as the best in the business. National Geographic recently featured the best summit hikes in the world, and coming in at No. 2 was Maine’s own Mount Katahdin.
Trash group signs deal to send waste to Norridgewock landfill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

The group representing the trash-disposal interests of nearly 200 Maine towns has taken another step toward operating its own recycling and processing facility by signing a contract that will send leftover waste to a landfill in Norridgewock. The Municipal Review Committee, which is working on a proposed $69 million facility in Hampden that will turn trash into biofuel and recycle other materials, approved a 10-year contract Wednesday with Waste Management of Houston to take the plant’s residuals.
Power cable project in Machias Bay delayed by cost
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

A $14 million project to run a power cable across the Machias Bay to connect the Navy base at Cutler to the Emera Maine power grid will be delayed until 2016, according to a Navy official. Tom Kreidel, public affairs officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Unit in Norfolk, Virginia, said Thursday that bids for the work were returned higher than anticipated. The project has generated concerns among scallop fishermen because the cable would straddle two scallop management areas in the bay. When it began operating in 1961, the communications station was the largest and most powerful facility of its kind in the world. The gigantic radio transmitting station extended the Navy’s worldwide communication system and transmitted on very low frequency to the fleet, including ballistic missile submarines in the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean regions. The station continues to operate around the clock.
Rockland gathering calls for climate change action
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

With Rockland Harbor and the Maine Lobster Festival as backdrops, a group of environmental activists turned out Thursday to voice support for federal regulation of carbon emissions. About 70 people were at Sandy Beach in Rockland for the rally. The event was timed to precede the expected announcement next week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of what the federal agency has called a Clean Power Plan. “This is the first ever regulation of carbon pollution in the United States,” said Beth Ahearn, policy director of the Maine Conservation Alliance. Richard Nelson, a commercial fisherman from Friendship and a member of Maine’s Ocean Acidification Commission, also called for more aggressive federal action on climate change.
Opinion: Rural tourism can create quality careers in northern Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

Patricia Callahan’s essay, “Tourism jobs can’t replace high-wage manufacturing jobs,” highlights an inescapable rural Maine reality. No one sector can offset the thousands of forest-industry jobs that have eroded away in recent decades, even as productivity has increased. But tourism, health care and agriculture have potential to create the jobs needed to sustain rural communities. What Callahan misses is tourism’s thousands of rewarding and well-compensated careers, from guides to artisans to chefs and entrepreneurs. A quality-centered, rural tourism strategy could generate many more excellent careers. ~ Keith Bisson, David Vail, Mike Wilson and Bryan Wentzell
Tidal power startup plugs Alaska river power project to the grid
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

The tidal power generation developer Ocean Renewable Power Co. that made international headlines in 2012 for connecting a Cobscook Bay tidal generator to the grid has started generating power for a remote Alaskan village using a smaller version of the turbine. The company announced this week that it placed its RivGen turbine generator in the Kvichak River to generate power for the southwestern Alaska village of Igiugig.
Editorial: GMO labeling doesn’t answer the right questions
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, and Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, rarely see eye to eye. But on the matter of GMO labeling, both agree that people deserve to know what’s in their food, and together, they’ve opposed a bill that would prevent states from requiring GMO labels and pre-empt state law in Maine. The problem is, GMO labels don’t tell consumers much of anything.
Why Big Game Hunters Believe They’re the Real Conservationists
TIME - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Animal lovers around the world have united in outrage against Minnesota-area dentist Walter James Palmer after news broke that he stands accused of killing Cecil the lion, a popular attraction in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks. The government in Zimbabwe has alleged that Palmer’s actions were illegal because of issues with permitting and other practices Palmer and his guide used to pursue the lion. But Palmer is far from the only American trophy hunter to head to Africa to hunt big game. Every year thousands of trophy hunters primarily from North America and Europe travel to the Africa to try their luck at killing a highly-coveted trophy animal, often threatened species such as lions and elephants. Some conservation groups say the killing of any animal for sport is unacceptable.
Feds: Canadian Subsidies Hurting Maine Papermakers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Government subsidies provided to Canadian producers and importers of supercalendered paper are directly hurting competitors in Maine, according to a preliminary ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, which includes Madison Paper Industries and Verso Paper, had asked the department to investigate the subsidies back in February.
Conservation agreement preserves 100-acre Scarborough farm
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

A 99-acre farm in Scarborough is permanently preserved as agricultural space under an agreement using taxpayer-approved funds to preserve open space. Using $270,000 in town funds, officials in June finalized a conservation agreement that permanently preserves the 99-acre Comstock farm on Beech Road in Scarborough. Since 2000, Scarborough residents have voted in multiple referendums to authorize more than $5 million in land bonds.
Madison Paper, Verso win duties on Canadian paper imports
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

The U.S. Department of Commerce will start collecting duties on imports of certain Canadian paper after a long-sought ruling from the mill in Madison and Verso Paper Corp. Both companies have mills making the same type of paper as Canadian producers that have received government subsidies. While the two U.S. producers cheered the decision, Gov. Paul LePage raised concerns that the subsidies could affect other paper industry jobs in Maine that are supported by Irving and Catalyst, both based in Canada.
L.L. Bean gives $50K grant for Carrabassett Valley bike trails
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

The development of a world-class mountain bike trail network in Carrabassett Valley is underway, and one of Maine’s most iconic companies, L.L. Bean, recently has stepped forward with a $50,000 grant that would support the ongoing project. The grant was awarded to the Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. The funds will be matched by the town of Carrabassett Valley. Combined with other funding sources, the grant will generate a total of $237,000 for trail construction.
Maine AG kicks energy efficiency ‘and’ rule back to regulators
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills’ office has returned to utilities regulators a controversial rule limiting funding for state energy efficiency programs, prompting a new rulemaking process. The routine rulemaking step comes after a legislative session that generated political controversy about that specific case and the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s autonomy from the administration of Gov. Paul LePage. While the law change involved only the addition of one word, PUC officials indicated changing the proposed rule “would entail more than a few word changes” so the new draft should be subject to public comment. The PUC will open a new rulemaking case and draft a new proposed rule to outline how commissioners will determine the maximum amount that utilities can be required to pay toward state electricity efficiency programs.
Maine regulators nix CMP land deal for wind farm
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Utilities regulators turned down Central Maine Power Co.’s request to negotiate a land purchase for an affiliated wind power developer, arguing such an arrangement could open the possibility of improperly favorable treatment. Tuesday’s unanimous decision of the three-person Maine Public Utilities Commission came before the panel allowed a financial relationship between Nova Scotia utility Emera and the generation company Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to continue pending a challenge in Maine’s top court. The commission’s decision in the CMP case falls in line with the recommendation of its staff, who argued earlier this month that Atlantic Wind should find someone other than CMP to acquire the right-of-way it will need for its West Range Wind project, previously Fletcher Wind, in Somerset County.
Harpswell moving forward with clam disease study
Forecaster - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

After being described as Maine's epicenter of neoplasia, a disease that kills soft-shell clams, the town wants to find out if it still deserves the distinction. The finding came after clams from 32 of Harpswell's 54 coves were tested for the disease between 2011-2012. Now, the town wants to test those coves again to track any changes.
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