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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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Hiker who died on Appalachian Trail identified as New Jersey man
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Robert Yerike, 69, of Brick, N.J., was nearing the end of his solo through hike from Springer Mountain, Ga., when he became ill on the side of Nahmakanta Lake. Hikers who came across Yerike were able to get cellphone reception and called 911, then hiked about two miles to Nahmakanta Lake, where they met wildlife wardens. The 100 Mile Wilderness area is some of the most remote territory in Maine. Neither a Maine Forest Service helicopter nor LifeFlight could respond to the area because of bad weather.
Unexpectedly strong salmon returns offer hope of recovery
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Atlantic salmon are returning to rivers in Maine and elsewhere along the North Atlantic this season in numbers not seen in years, suggesting to biologists and conservation groups that ocean conditions for the famed sportfish are improving after decades of decline. On the Penobscot River, biologists have counted more than 3,100 salmon at the Veazie dam fish trap so far — more than double the number that returned last year and the highest spawning levels since 1986. “And it’s not just Maine rivers,” said Oliver Cox, a biologist at the Maine Department of Marine Resources. “It is up and down the North Atlantic into Canada and Nova Scotia.”
Cleanup of old cabin on Big Spencer Mountain on tap
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2011 

A popular hiking area on Big Spencer Mountain in the Moosehead Lake region will get a face lift next month as volunteers work to clean up an old fire ranger’s cabin that has fallen into disrepair. Big Spencer Mountain is owned by the state but The Forest Society of Maine has an easement on the property, Karin Tilberg, the society’s deputy executive director, said Friday. Part of the state’s management plan for the mountain off Moosehead Lake’s eastern shore is to dismantle the cabin.
DEP says water, air in Wallagrass is safe after gas spill
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Although weather conditions have slightly hampered the cleanup effort, representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection are pleased with the progress made in the nearly four months since a major gasoline spill. Thus far, according to the DEP, approximately 1,200 gallons of gas have been recovered. A new ground water remediation system has been running since Sept. 2. As part of the cleanup effort, crews also have drilled recovery and monitoring wells.
Multi-use trail takes shape on Ragged Mountain
Herald Gazette - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Work on a new hiking, biking and Nordic ski trail at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area in Camden is under way, with plans to open it for Nordic skiing as soon as the ground is frozen and covered with snow.
Opinion: Don’t delay clean air rules
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2011 

The American Lung Association in Maine deeply appreciates Sen. Susan Collins’ long‐standing record of support for protecting public health. In light of her firm commitment to protecting health, especially her work this spring to stand up to special interests and stick up for Maine’s kids, we are most disappointed in her recent sponsorship of legislation that would delay and block the implementation of science‐based safeguards that protect every family and business in Maine. We have asked her to reconsider her support for three bills that create delays and additional barriers to the implementation of lifesaving safeguards and health protections. ~ Jeffrey Seyler, American Lung Association of New England
90 miles per gallon? Maine-built three-wheeler shows it’s possible
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Whenever the Dirigo rolls into town, heads turn. And that’s before onlookers learn that the three-wheeled car is capable of getting 90 miles per gallon. With its rounded shape, shiny wood finish and retro charm, it doesn’t look like a car that is years ahead of its time, but Camden boat builder Bill Buchholz hopes that the interest generated by its unusual appearance will help get the message out about the future of transportation.
Editorial: New biomass rules demand cleaner, more efficient plants
Boston Globe - Friday, September 30, 2011 

There could be a place for wood-burning power plants in Massachusetts, but not until the biomass power industry establishes new ways of producing energy that waste fewer trees and spew less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Biomass energy production, when done in the right way, could help the state ease away from energy produced by fossil fuels. It may not be a perfect solution, but until solar and wind power become more widespread and reliable, every option should remain on the table.
In Wood Pulp Country, A New Plan For Conservation
National Public Radio - Friday, September 30, 2011 

For more than a decade, there's been talk of creating a new national park in the heart of the Maine woods. Most locals were opposed from the start, but as the economy here changes, opposition is softening. For generations, Maine's North Woods have provided pulp for the state's paper mills and created plenty of good jobs in an area with little other economic activity. But now the paper industry is struggling and a mill job is no longer a guarantee. A national park is being proposed by Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of the natural products company Burt's Bees. After selling the company, Quimby used her newfound fortune to buy up land in Maine's North Woods from downsizing paper companies. Some local residents see her as a villain for closing off her land to hunting and snowmobiling and for taking it out of timber production. Others are changing their minds.
Opinion: Energy for ME
Working Waterfront - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Our energy choices are stark, even if you believe that climate change from our carbon economy is an elaborate hoax. It comes down to this: we can continue to export money, jobs and technology to other parts of the world and remain a lovely but impoverished energy colony, or we can invest in an indigenous source of energy we harnessed a century ago, offshore wind energy, and become independent energy exporters. ~ Philip Conkling
Newry ordinance proposal would effectively ban wind projects
Sun Journal - Friday, September 30, 2011 

The Newry Planning Board is proposing ordinance amendments that would effectively ban the construction of commercial wind power projects in the town. A public hearing on the proposal will be scheduled in October. Planners have hammered out changes to the Unified Development Review Ordinance, which governs land use and development, to incorporate wind projects.
Third wind power ordinance approved by Rumford selectmen
Sun Journal - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Rumford Selectmen are hoping the third time is a charm after unanimously voting for a proposed Wind Energy Facility Ordinance on Thursday night. Voters will decide in November whether to adopt it.
Pellet maker in Strong gets federal money
Morning Sentinel - Friday, September 30, 2011 

A wood pellet company in Strong is among the three companies in rural Maine getting federal aid for producing alternative energy sources, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Geneva Wood Fuels will receive $11,825 for producing and selling premium-grade hardwood pellets, which help generate power for schools and residents in the northern Franklin County community. The payment is through a program that makes federal tax dollars available to companies that produce advanced biofuels.
LePage: Merge natural resource departments
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Gov. Paul LePage aims to merge the state's Departments of Agriculture and Conservation, with a goal of a more "robust natural resource economy," not budget savings. Legislation to allow the change is being drafted by his office, he said. Unlike his predecessor, Gov. John Baldacci, who tried and failed to merge the state's four natural resource agencies in order to consolidate government and save money, LePage aims to pool resources, not reduce them.
Opinion: Threats to menhaden stocks need to be countered quickly
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 30, 2011 

Scientists have called menhaden "the most important fish in the ocean," and for good reason. They help clean our coastal waters, and their diet makes them a nutrition-packed source of food and energy for many predator fish, birds such as eagles and ospreys and marine mammals, including dolphins. If managers continue to allow menhaden to be caught at levels that don't leave enough in the water for predator species, the consequences could include fewer and smaller marine game fish. The impacts would cascade deeply and widely through our already weak coastal economies and could amount to thousands of jobs lost. The question at hand is whether the voting members of the Atlantic States Fisheries Commission will summon the courage to take the steps necessary to rebuild the menhaden population. ~ Bradford Burns, South Portland
Letter: Quimby’s heavy hand
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2011 

For over 50 years landowners large and small have willingly allowed access to old trails and roads for a few weeks in the winter for use by snowmobilers. Now along comes the heavy hand of Roxanne Quimby and her “my way or the highway” attitude against snowmobile clubs and the millions of dollars pumped into the Maine economy by snowmobilers. ~ Jim Fitz-Patrick, Whitefield
Award Winning and Environmentally Conscious Community Wins Planning Board Approval
Other - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

The Belfast Planning Board at its last meeting approved construction of Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, a socially and environmentally innovative neighborhood that will feature furnace-free homes with a 90% savings in home heating that will not require the use of fossil fuels- a rare commitment to creating an authentic community. The 36 clustered homes are based on the German “Passive House” (energy) Standard and will be so energy efficient that it is said a hairdryer could heat the homes in winter. With only 13 certified Passive House homes in the country, if the residents choose to certify their homes, the project may become the largest of its kind in the nation.
Fair-goers find common ground on environmental issues
Coastal Journal - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

Common Ground Country Fair executive director Russell Libby said he has saved $800 since he started taxing himself on the impacts his actions have on the environment, from the food he eats to how he gets around. He spoke to a large crowd, surrounded by thousands of others at the fair on the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners fairground property in Unity Saturday. Libby argued for sustainable agriculture and a reversal of the damaging trend of pollution on the Earth's environment, inspiring others to seek alternative modes of living to reach this goal. Libby was not alone in his sentiments.
Malaga Island history revisited at descendants’ gathering
Coastal Journal - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

Next July marks the 100-year anniversary of the state's forced deportation of Malaga Island residents: a poor, interracial fishing community targeted by social Darwinist sentiment, economic strain and ignorance. A descendant of the patriarch of the family whose relatives settled the island is organizing a family gathering. According to a historical overview of the island by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Benjamin Darling was a freed slave who was given money to purchase nearby Horse (now Harbor) Island after saving Captain Darling's life during a shipwreck. Some of Benjamin Darling's descendents eventually settled on Malaga Island.
Clifton area residents weigh in on Pisgah Mountain wind farm
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

Folks who are against a five-turbine wind farm proposed for Pisgah Mountain made their concerns known Thursday night at the second and last public hearing held on the project before planners are expected to make their decision. Bangor businessman Paul Fuller and his wife, Sandy, purchased 270 acres on Pisgah Mountain a couple of years ago and have been working since 2009 to develop a wind farm on the property. Fuller and business partner Mike Smith answered all questions Thursday, basically saying each issue raised already has been addressed in their substantial, report-filled application.
Project Canopy trees to help green up town, university in Fort Kent
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

Officials at the University of Maine at Fort Kent said Thursday that the college and the town will receive almost 100 free trees next month. Provided by Project Canopy, a community tree program initiated by the Maine Forest Service, the balsam fir, white spruce, hemlock and red maple trees will help restore what animals and flooding have destroyed. The trees were provided by Dutton’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Morrill, which plans to close at the end of the summer.
Apply Public Trust Doctrine to 'Rescue' Wildlife from Politics
Other - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

Science Daily - When a species recovers enough to be removed from the federal endangered species list, the public trust doctrine -- the principle that government must conserve natural resources for the public good -- should guide state management of wildlife, scientists say. In the Sept. 30 issue of the journal Science, the researchers note that the public trust doctrine holds that certain natural resources, including wildlife, have no owners and therefore belong to all citizens. So, they add, when federal statutory law no longer offers protection to a species, the public trust doctrine imposes upon states an obligation to conserve the species for their citizens.
LePage Proposes Merging Maine Conservation and Agriculture Departments
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

Gov. Paul LePage today announced a plan that would merge the Maine Department of Conservation with the Agriculture Department. It's an idea that has been proposed and rejected by the Maine Legislature before. The governor says the move would strengthen Maine's natural resource-based economy. But there is concern that it could shift priorities.
Unity College Unveils New Ultra-Energy-Efficient Dorm
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

The unstable economy in recent years has put intense pressure on colleges and universities to cut costs and save money wherever they can. There have been layoffs and hiring freezes. There's also been a push to boost sustainability on campuses by among other things making residence halls more energy efficient. A dorm at Unity College in Maine that's just opened offers one blueprint for how colleges and universities could greatly reduce their long-term energy costs
Wardens on way to help ill Appalachian Trail hiker near Nahmakanta Lake
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 29, 2011 

Wardens from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, along with a warden pilot, were in the process of trying to rescue an ill Appalachian Trail hiker late Thursday afternoon in the 100 Mile Wilderness area south of Baxter State Park, according to the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. Members of the hiker’s party walked from the trail to Nahmakanta Lake, where they used a cell phone to summon help. The 100 Mile Wilderness is some of the most remote territory in Maine.
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