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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.
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.
Little Big Day, May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Join naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a van trip full birds. From Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 23, 7 am 3 pm, Maine Audubon members $50, non-members $60, space is limited.
Bradley Pond Farm , May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

An easy walk through a conservation easement surrounding a privately-owned working farm. See migrating warblers, flycatchers, blackbirds, vireos, sparrows, and an occasional raptor. At Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's Bradley Pond Farm Preserve, Topsham, May 23, 8-10 am.
Help wanted: Contract planner for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Announcement - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, is seeking a 3-year community planner to assist with the development of a management plan for this new unit of the National Park Service. Deadline: May 26, 2017, 5 pm.
Spring Bird Walk at Fort Williams Park, May 22
Event - Posted - Monday, May 15, 2017 

Doug Hitchcox leads a spring bird walk, in collaboration with the Fort Williams Park Foundation, to look for migrants and local nesters like warblers and vireos around one of Maine’s most scenic vistas. At Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, May 22, 7-9 am, Maine Audubon members $5, non-members $8.

Sewall Woods Birding & Bird Monitoring Workshop, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Join Kennebec Estuary land Trust and Maine Audubon for a morning practicing bird identification and bird monitoring methods at KELT’s demonstration forest at Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath, May 20, 7-10 am.
Pollinator Parade & Festival, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Family Festival, Pollinator Parade, and the release of "A Monarch Butterfly Story" book by Melissa Kim and Jada Fitch. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 20, 1 am – 1 pm, free but $5/car to park.
3D Experience: Sportsmen and the Maine Sporting Camp Tradition, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum director, will present never-before-seen 3D images featuring the history of sportsmen and the sporting camp tradition in Maine. Supporting commentary from David Trahan, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. At Maine Elk’s Lodge, Augusta, May 20, 5-8:30 pm, $60.
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Friday, May 12, 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
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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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