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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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Green Power Jobs Growing in Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine says more than 2,500 businesses are now involved in green power and energy efficiency projects.
Group effort opens river access
Sun Journal - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

Moran's Landing, a hand-carry canoe and kayak public access site to the Androscoggin River off Route 2, can now accommodate people with disabilities, drift boats and small boats.
Settlement talks on CMP project questioned
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

At a confidential meeting today, parties will seek ways to settle Central Maine Power Co.'s landmark request for a $1.4 billion upgrade of its transmission system. But two prominent parties in the case say the settlement attempt reflects political pressure by the utility's parent company and threatens to short-circuit a legal process that's meant to test whether the project is necessary in its proposed form.
Many still in the dark on recycling of fluorescents
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

In a survey, most respondents didn't know it's illegal to throw out mercury-containing lights, or that there's an alternative.
State agencies offer big energy grants
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

Efficiency Maine, a part of the Maine PUC, and the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust, which oversees revenue from a regional carbon cap-and-trade system, have combined resources to provide a $9 million energy efficiency and conservation grant program for large-scale projects.
Editorial: Climate Leadership
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

Climate change and its costs, both financial and human — the spread of disease, starvation because of droughts and floods, and increased warfare as groups seek out arable land are all predicted by the Pentagon — must be taken seriously. The climate bill that will soon be before the Senate is an opportunity for the U.S. to show it is taking the problem seriously, and more important, taking appropriate steps to ease it.
Misgivings, crowds lower at LURC hearings
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

While a few speakers expressed serious reservations about aspects of the draft comprehensive plan for more than 10 million acres in Maine’s Unorganized Territory, there has been much less anger and suspicion than commission staff heard during workshops held last year on an earlier draft of the document.
Bucksport to test potential wind power site
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

The town plans to explore the possibility of wind power. The only question is whether it will move forward on its own or with a prospective developer.
Public invited to hop aboard state rail plan
Times Record - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

The Maine Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting in Portland today to seek input about a Maine State Rail Plan that will determine how the state will invest in Maine’s passenger and rail infrastructure over the next ten years.
Few days with high ozone this year
Bar Harbor Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

A year that was cool and wet had health benefits to it — ozone exceedance days were among their lowest in years.
Greene company harvests underwater logs
Sun Journal - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Thom Labrie, a passionate environmentalist, had a background in the wood products industry and wood reclamation. Bruce Loring was a diver, a Maine game warden and a member of the Penobscot Nation, which has rights to part of the Penobscot River. Separately, the men learned about the wood that had been lost when loggers transported their logs down the Penobscot River. Together they realized they could find those logs and sell the wood — reducing, reusing and recycling with a profit.
Hearing focuses on northern lands
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Many of those who testified Monday before the Land Use Regulation Commission urged the regulators to find a balance between development and preservation of the state's 10-million-acre unorganized territory.
Letter: Story on bear hunter only celebrates cruelty
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

What kind of paper would publish an article giving accolades to a muzzle-happy so-called hunter? This is hunting? No, this is a cowardly way of killing.
Opinion: Trip to Europe could do a lot to boost Maine's wind-power prospects
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Gov. Baldacci's trade mission to Spain and Germany was the first trade mission focused on one industry – wind power. Maine has a significant strength in the power of its off-shore wind. At a time when many of our traditional industries are declining, this is the kind of opportunity that can get people excited.
Maine, Canada at odds over LNG
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

During a meeting in New Brunswick last week, the New England governors and premiers of eastern Canadian provinces discussed ways to work more cooperatively to turn the region into an energy powerhouse. That spirit of cooperation doesn’t appear to have thawed the ice jam between Maine and New Brunswick over LNG, however.
Family’s hunting success continues
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

The modern Maine moose hunt began in 1980 on an experimental basis and became an annual event in 1982. This year, over three regular-season sessions, 3,015 lucky permit-holders will be allowed to hunt moose in Maine. The first six-day-session began Monday, with 1,139 permits in play. Another 1,741 permit-holders can hunt from Oct. 12-17, while 135 hunters will head afield from Nov. 2-28.
Europe Ahead of U.S. in Renewable Energy
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Just back from a trade mission to Spain, Germany and Norway, Maine PUC Commissioner Jack Cashman says Europe is ahead of the U.S. in developing renewable energy.
SCA Endorses Report On National Parks
Other - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), the nation’s leading provider of conservation service opportunities for youth, has enthusiastically endorsed the National Parks Second Century Commission’s plan to strengthen America’s park system. Last week, the independent Commission issued a sweeping series of recommendations to inspire change in our national parks in advance of the parks’ 2016 centennial.
Activism flourishes at Common Ground Country Fair
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Among a total of more than 51,000 visitors at a sprawling field in Unity were representatives from at least 64 political or social activism organizations. All of them survived a screening process led by Gary Lawless and Beth Leonard, volunteers for MOFGA, who this year said they accepted 64 of 85 applications.
LURC protesters upset over bail rules
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Six protesters arrested last week during a Land Use Regulation Commission meeting concerning Plum Creek’s Moosehead Lake development plan are free on bail but say the conditions of their release are excessively harsh and irrelevant to the charges against them.
New National Parks Project launched
Other - Monday, September 28, 2009 

The New National Parks Project will urge public officials to initiate studies of special places across the country for their potential as new national parks. Proposals for new or expanded parks include the Maine Woods.
O'Brien recognized by Maine League of Conservation Voters
Republican Journal - Monday, September 28, 2009 

State Rep. Andy O’Brien, D-Lincolnville, earned special recognition recently from the Maine League of Conservation Voters for his work during the 2009 legislative session. The League, which rates all 181 House and Senate lawmakers on their voting records for conservation issues, releases an annual legislative scorecard based on votes taken on specific and critical bills that have an impact on the state’s natural resources.
BIW open to wind firm visit
Times Record - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Bath Iron Works would welcome a visit by Norwegian energy giant StatoilHydro as the local shipyard continues to research the offshore wind energy market.
Common Ground Country Fair draws quite a crowd
Republican Journal - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Despite Sunday's drizzly weather, MOFGA reported that 52,000 people flocked to the fair over the weekend, marking the third-highest attendance since the fair relocated to its permanent home in Unity. (Great photos.)
Apple Cider Rules Upset Maine's Organic Producers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Making and drinking cider is a time-honored autumn tradition. For about decade, the Food and Drug Administration has required apple cider to be fully pasteurized to protect customers from harmful bacteria. But many organic apple cider processors in Maine are upset because they say the product sold on store shelves is no longer cider, but apple juice.
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