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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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Wildfire Episode 16 – New Hunting Laws/Enforcement
Maine Audubon - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Hosts George Smith and Harry Vanderweide discuss a raft of new hunting laws plus enforcement. Maine Audubon Executive Director Ted Koffman joins for further discussion.
Deal that would launch Millinocket pellet project delayed despite LePage’s urging
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 30, 2013 

A proposal for the state of Maine to guarantee a $25 million loan to create wood products jobs in Millinocket was tabled Monday by the Finance Authority of Maine board of directors, the majority of whom were unwilling to take the risk without stronger financial assurances from the applicants. Gov. Paul LePage attended Monday’s meeting to urge support for the proposal. While he acknowledged the financial risk involved, LePage said the potential return to one of the state’s most economically depressed areas is worth it. At issue is a plan by a firm called Thermogen Industries LLC, to build a torrefied wood pellets plant on the former paper mill site on Katahdin Avenue in Millinocket. Torrefied wood pellets, otherwise known as “black” wood pellets, are an emerging product used extensively throughout Europe by commercial entities, many of which seek to scale back their use of coal.
Sandy River work on schedule, Whittier Road to open Wednesday
Kennebec Journal - Monday, September 30, 2013 

The portion of the Whittier Road in Farmington closed for construction on a bank stabilization project is expected to re-open by Wednesday at the latest. The portion of construction that took place in the river is finished. Federal regulations stipulate construction in the river needed to be finished before Oct. 1 in order to minimize the effects on the endangered Atlantic Salmon.
Commissioner backs away from blast at Land for Maine’s Future
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Walt Whitcomb, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, was recently quoted in the The Downeast Coastal Press blasting the Land for Maine’s Future Program. Today, I spent an hour with Commissioner Whitcomb to get a better understanding of just what he meant. He was speaking to the Washington County Republican Committee, dominated by the tea party, and its members were giving him a rough time. Clearly, the hostility in the audience had an impact on the way the usually cautious Whitcomb responded. He regrets some of the words he used. “I have not seen anything approaching dishonesty,” in the LMF program, he told me. With conservation programs under fire and funding sources threatened, it’s time for all of us to step up and remind political and government officials of how important these programs are to us.
Prosecutor won’t charge Linda Bean, lobster plant for animal cruelty
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Knox County’s top prosecutor said he will not pursue animal cruelty charges in connection with the processing of lobsters at Linda Bean’s plant in Rockland. District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau issued a statement Monday afternoon in response to a complaint filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA asked that Bean be investigated for possible criminal charges of cruelty to animals for the way her facility processes lobsters. Rushlau said his research shows that the state’s animal cruelty laws never were intended to cover invertebrate species — animals without backbones.
Long-Time Acadia Concessioner Shaken by Park Service Rejection
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, September 30, 2013 

An era will likely come to an end when concession stands and a restaurant at Acadia National Park close for the season later this fall. Since 1933, a local company, Acadia Corporation, has run these businesses inside the park. But earlier this month, the National Park Service chose not to renew the firm's contract, offering it instead to a concessioner based in New Mexico. Officials with Acadia Corp say they're disappointed by the move.
Maine lawmakers want Greenpeace crew freed
Associated Press - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Forty-one members of the Maine House are petitioning the Russian government to release a Greenpeace ship captain and crew that tried to climb aboard a drilling platform in the Arctic. State Rep. Deane Rykerson of Kittery said he’s friends with the ship’s captain, Peter Willcox, who this year married a woman from Islesboro off the coast of Belfast. He said that he began soliciting signatures on Friday and that he had 41 by Monday. The signatories said they are “deeply troubled” by the Russians’ actions in capturing the ship.
‘North Woods Law’ cast attracts fans to Maine Wildlife Park
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Stars of “North Woods Law,” a reality TV show focusing on Maine’s game wardens, spent the day mingling with fans at the Maine Wildlife Park on Sept. 28 for “North Woods Law Day.” About 1,400 people visited the park that day. Young and old, fans lined up to take photos with the famous game wardens and have a variety of memorabilia signed, from hunting caps to free posters available at the event.
Federal government shutdown would imperil key Acadia tourism season
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 30, 2013 

A federal government shutdown remained likely late Monday as lawmakers in Washington were at a stalemate over a government spending resolution. Mail carriers, military personnel and air traffic controllers are among the federal employees who will continue working through a government shutdown. However, Acadia National Park, one of the state’s top attractions, would be closed during a crucial fall stretch for tourism.
Opinion: Let’s make paper, not a national park
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Lucas St. Clair appears to have a new plan for a national park. But a national park is not what northern Maine wants or needs. The northern Maine woods don’t meet the criteria for a national park. The national park proposal lacks the support of a key business in the area, Great Northern Paper. Maine’s forest products industry is not dying. It’s thriving. Our answer has always been “no” and will remain “no!” ~ Mark Marston, East Millinocket
Plan to log Georgetown preserves scrutinized
Times Record - Monday, September 30, 2013 

A plan for managing two town-owned forest preserves met with loud opposition Thursday on the question of whether to remove most or all of the mature spruce at Ipcar Preserve. Forester Barrie Brusilla of Warren said that while the Round the Cove parcel, on the west side of Robinhood Cove, mostly requires removal of some invasive species and repair of a road that is being washed away, the Ipcar Preserve, near the tip of Five Islands, is in danger of “blow downs” with spruce trees that cannot withstand ocean winds. Most of the 40 or so attendees at Thursday’s meeting were unconvinced.
Local state reps earn perfect scores on environmental votes
Foster's Daily Democrat - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Maine State Reps. Roberta Beavers, D-South Berwick, Paul McGowan, D-York, and Deane Rykerson, D-Kittery, received perfect ratings for 2013 from Maine Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental advocacy group.
Give ‘em enough rope
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 30, 2013 

More old fishing rope from Maine is being repurposed by artist Orly Genger. Laura Ludwig, formerly of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation and now of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass., was in Maine last month collecting old rope for Genger’s project, paying out 50 cents per pound to fishermen who brought her their old groundlines. One objective of the program is to help Maine fishermen pay for replacing their old float rope, which has been banned more than a few miles from shore because of the threat it poses to diving whales.
Microsoft, Google Put Analytics Muscle Behind Conservation Research
Other - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Forbes - Both Microsoft and Google are investing seriously in massive databases that can be used for conservation and research purposes. Microsoft technology, for example, is behind an ambitious project to protect 60 percent of Earth’s plant species by protecting just 17 percent of its land surface. Google is likewise applying its considerable Big Data analytics, mapping and visualization capacity to various conservation projects around the world, particularly ocean-related ones.
The Fryeburg Fair: Last but not least
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 30, 2013 

The 163rd Fryeburg Fair kicked off Sunday with displays of agriculture and thrill rides. The fair showcases more than 3,000 animals and has the usual fall offerings: harness racing, pig scrambles, exhibition halls and more than 50 rides on the midway. The event typically draws about 200,000 people a year. The fair is Maine's final agricultural show of 2013.
Letter: Well-funded critics fighting South Portland ordinance
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Matt Byrne's article about South Portland's citizen initiative ("Rival camps dig in on South Portland waterfront zoning," Sept. 15) quotes a city councilor saying this is going to be a "fair fight." He then describes the opposition's six-figure budget, its team of professional advisers and media consultants, its glossy direct-mail and robocalling initiatives, its radio, print and television ads and, of course, its lawyers — from Maine's biggest firms and beyond. This is the army lined up against volunteers who plan to spend their Saturdays and Sundays walking the city, knocking on doors, armed only with facts and their unremunerated concern. I question which aspects of this match-up strike anyone as balanced. ~ Susan Hasson, South Portland
Letter: Snorkeler's Fort Gorges visit reveals sad ecological decline
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Maine's environment is fragile. I've spent a lot of time this summer snorkeling in and around Portland. I'm surprised and dismayed at how dirty the water is and how relatively lifeless the seabed is. I recently went out to Fort Gorges to take a look. I thought there might be a good deal of interesting life to see around the island. It was depressingly murky, dirty and dead, aside from a few fiddler crabs. The myth of the pristine Maine environment is quickly disappearing right under our noses, unless you pay attention. When it's gone, it will be gone for a very long time. ~ Benson Dana, Cape Elizabeth
Letter: Monson No. 1
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 30, 2013 

On Sept. 4, 2012, the town of Monson passed a “Moratorium Ordinance Regarding Private Corridors To Include Paved Highways, Pipelines and High Tension Transmission Lines.” During the pursuing year, the planning board worked on amendments to the land use ordinance with the help of a consultant to protect the inhabitants’ welfare, health and safety. This amended Land Use Ordinance and Natural Resource Extraction Ordinance is the first in the state to pass language limiting the passage of the “east/west corridor.” ~ Cynthia Turner, Monson
Letter: Managing the black bear
Sun Journal - Monday, September 30, 2013 

Without baiting, hounding and trapping, the bear population will rise sharply, and we will be paying agents to shoot them to keep them in control. Just this week a sow was spotted in Topsham along with three cubs. There will be many more bear and human contacts without these methods to keep them in check. We do not need out-of-town interests to tell us how to manage our wildlife. ~ Kenneth Scribner, Durham
Column: As Maine skies darken earlier, drivers must watch out for the wild things
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 29, 2013 

When driving at night, scan for deer and if you see one, look behind it for another one. If one crosses your path, expect another one to be right behind it. Last year, the number of vehicle-deer accidents reported in Maine was 2,837, up from 2,744 in 2011 and 2,626 in 2010, according to statistics from the state Department of Transportation. ~ Amy Calder
Maine coyotes: Dangerous wild pests or important members of the ecosystem?
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 29, 2013 

According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, at least 12,000 coyotes live in Maine. The medium-sized canines expanded their range into the state in the 1930s, after the demise of the wolves, which used to be the area’s largest canine predator. “These intelligent and adaptable animals now occupy almost every conceivable habitat type, from open agricultural country to dense forest to downtown urban areas,” the department’s coyote fact sheet states. Geri Vistein of Brunswick, a Maine wildlife biologist, said that coyotes are important in the ecosystem, but they are so new to Maine that most people don’t know how to live with them.
Critics Pan Pandora's Promise
Other - Sunday, September 29, 2013 

The final movie of the 2013 Camden International Film Festival, to be shown on Sunday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Camden, Maine, is Pandora's Promise. Many critics are giving the pro-nuclear power film two thumbs down.
Waterkeeper movement thrives from Maine to Nepal
Associated Press - Sunday, September 29, 2013 

For 22 years, Joe Payne has patrolled the waters of Casco Bay, improving water quality, restoring clam flats, protecting young lobsters and mobilizing oil spill cleanup efforts. This month, he was honored for his work as Casco Bay baykeeper with a new 28-foot vessel christened in his name. But he says he’s equally proud of the increased numbers of waterkeepers who oversee and protect bays, rivers, sounds, channels, inlets, lakes and creeks in 23 countries, on six continents.
Capitol eerily quiet as government shutdown nears
Reuters - Sunday, September 29, 2013 

With just a day to go before a midnight Monday deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown, the U.S. Capitol building was eerily quiet on Sunday, with meeting rooms locked and no lawmakers to be found inside. Senate Democrats decided on Sunday not to take up a measure approved in the early hours of Sunday by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that ties funding governmental agencies with a one-year delay of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law. As government agencies edge toward closing their doors, the standoff is a harbinger of the next big political battle: a far-more consequential bill to raise the federal government's borrowing authority. Failure to raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling by mid-October would force the United States to default on some payment obligations — an event that could cripple the U.S. economy and send shockwaves around the globe.
Destination Maine
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 29, 2013 

Restaurant sales were up as much as 7 percent across western Maine, up 3.65 percent across the state as a whole. Visits were up 5.3 percent at Acadia National Park from July and August 2012. Hotel nights throughout Maine were up 3 percent in August, according to Smith Travel Research. Signs look good that this summer will go down in the books as a success for one of Maine's largest industries, with optimism for fall — Maine's second-largest tourist season — and for winter beyond.
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