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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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Half of Global Wildlife Lost, says new WWF Report
Other - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Between 1970 and 2010 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund. In addition to the precipitous decline in wildlife populations the report’s data point to other warning signs about the overall health of the planet. The amount of carbon in our atmosphere has risen to levels not seen in more than a million years, triggering climate change that is already destabilizing ecosystems. High concentrations of reactive nitrogen are degrading lands, rivers and oceans. Stress on already scarce water supplies is increasing. And more than 60 percent of the essential “services” provided by nature, from our forests to our seas, are in decline.
Hike: Cathedral Trail of Katahdin
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

The steep, rocky Cathedral Trail is one of several routes to the top of Katahdin, which at 5,267 feet in elevation, is Maine’s tallest mountain. Along the way, the trail visits three massive rock formations called Cathedrals, granite towers that almost appear to be manmade.
King to endorse Cain in Maine’s 2nd District congressional race
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine will endorse Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain at two events Wednesday. On Tuesday, her main opponent, Republican Bruce Poliquin, announced an expected endorsement from the National Rifle Association, a gun-rights group.
Group says IFW using taxpayer money for bear referendum
WCSH-TV6 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Supporters of referendum Question 1 to change bear hunting practices filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The lawsuit says the IFW illegally used taxpayer money for a campaign to oppose the measure.
Cutler Lambastes LePage Administration Over GNP Tax Deal
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler lashed out today at the LePage administration for encouraging a tax credit scheme two years ago for the Great Northern Paper Company. With the company's recent bankruptcy filing, Cutler says Maine taxpayers are now on the hook for $16 million, and have no jobs in Millinocket to show for it.
Maine wildlife department proposes changes to Belfast’s Muck, getting rid of giant goldfish
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed to the city of Belfast that the Muck, a spring-fed pond at the intersection of Miller Street and Lincolnville Avenue, be reclaimed for youth recreational fishing. In order for that to happen, Maine Game Warden Chris Dyer said that the city will need to dredge the pond so that it is at least 10 feet deep — and get rid of the goldfish.
Bear referendum proponents sue Maine wildlife department for campaign activities
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

The group fighting to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding in Maine has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife acted illegally in its campaign opposing the bear referendum. Question 1, the referendum to ban the use of bait, traps and dogs to hunt bear in Maine, is slated to be on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot. The lawsuit seeks to force DIF&W to immediately comply with previous Maine Freedom of Access Act requests as well as prohibit the department from any further campaigning against Question 1.
Why the Web of Life Is Dying
Other - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Truthout - Could you survive with just half of your organs? Well, this is exactly what's happening to the web of life on planet Earth right now. According to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund, a staggering 52 percent of the world's mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians disappeared between 1970 and 2010. Losing 52 percent of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in just 40 years is not normal.
Cutler slams LePage on mill failure
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler accused Gov. Paul LePage of showing ‘willful ignorance” by supporting Cate Street Capital, a company that was provided tens of millions of dollars in state credit to help save two paper mills but ultimately failed to deliver. Cutler said LePage showed poor leadership by not properly vetting the equity firm, for promising and then delivering public assistance and for personally going to bat for a company with a dubious track record. “The story of Cate Street Capital, its investors and Maine’s governor is a massive scandal. Corporate welfare and crony capitalism at its worst,” Cutler said. “Before the state of Maine goes the way of Great Northern, we need new management.”
Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting Suing Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
WABI-TV5 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Supporters of the referendum that would ban baiting, trapping and the use of dogs to hunt bear in Maine have filed a lawsuit against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The suit alleges the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is illegally using taxpayer money to oppose Question 1. “The Maine IF&W is using staff time, equipment, and agency dollars to influence a statewide election, and this should concern every Maine resident who cares about good government and the proper conduct of elections without heavy-handed intervention from state government. The agency has also been withholding public records that are likely to show an even more widespread use of agency resources in politics,” said Katie Hansberry of Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting.
Cutler decries Cate Street tax credits, opponents object to ‘politicizing’ mill’s plight
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

The rise and fall of Great Northern Paper Co. will cost Maine taxpayers about $15.9 million in tax credits allocated to investors in the project’s restart, a figure for which independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler chided political leaders. For the mill, which employed 256 people and now has a skeleton crew to manage the resources, that amounts to about $62,100 in tax credits per job added at the mill for a period of almost two years. “[It’s] corporate welfare and crony capitalism at its worst,” Cutler said.
Supporters of bear-baiting ban sue state wildlife agency over ad campaign
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Supporters of referendum Question 1 on bear hunting filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife of illegally using taxpayer money to conduct a political campaign in opposition to the measure. The lawsuit seeks to force the department to immediately respond to Freedom of Access Act requests concerning its political activities, according to the complaint filed by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, a coalition of animal welfare advocates. The suit also wants to stop Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from using “taxpayer resources and agency staff time to run a coordinated political campaign.”
Oil, rail industries want up to seven years to retrofit tank cars
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.
Group Sues over Maine Wildlife Department's Role in Bear Hunting Campaign
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

The group that wants to end the use of bait, hounds and traps in Maine's annual bear hunt today filed suit against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife over its role in a statewide referendum. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting says the department's use of paid staff in what it calls "a far-reaching, partisan political campaign" to defeat Question 1 on the November ballot is an illegal use of taxpayer money.
Watch time-lapse video of the night sky in Brooksville
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Photographer Gregory Rec set up a camera on a tripod and took a photo once every minute for eight hours as clouds and planes passed overhead. [video]
After 50 years, Falmouth farm couple cutting down, not out
Forecaster - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Half a century ago, newlyweds Elwin and Jean Hansen went into business for themselves. They started farming at Idleknot Farm, a 125-acre span where everything from corn and cucumbers to hay and pumpkins is grown. "Retirement's not in our schedule," Hansen said. "So our motto is to cut down, but not out." Hansen said rain or shine, the couple will be celebrating Oct. 4 at the farm with family, neighbors, friends and old business partners. The couple will arrive by hot-air balloon in the morning to kick off the event, which they are calling the "50-50 Anniversary."
Maine DEP to take its time on chemical ruling
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will likely take most of the allotted 120 days to rule on new regulations for a chemical used in household products. A proposed change would elevate four phthalates from "high concern" to "priority chemical" status under state rules. Manufacturers would need to report the use of the chemicals in products sold in the state. Aho has until Jan. 27 to make a ruling.
LePage urges federal regulators to fast-track natural gas pipelines
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

With electricity prices expected to climb sharply across New England this winter, Gov. Paul LePage asked federal regulators Monday to address natural gas supply bottlenecks, and he again criticized Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for not supporting gas pipeline development in that state. LePage called on FERC to fast-track regulatory reviews on pipeline projects, and to consider building natural gas storage facilities so power plants across the region will have a more stable supply. But LePage was criticized by his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who said a federal pipeline bill that the Republican governor supports would make it easier for private pipeline developers to seize land by eminent domain. Critics also noted that LePage was a no-show when the region’s governors met last summer to lay the groundwork for a regional approach to gas pipeline expansion.
Maine food producers land $1.25 million in federal grants
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Maine farms and food producers are benefiting from the Farm Bill as it winds its way through the appropriations process, to the tune of $1.25 million in federal funding. Coastal Enterprises Inc. in Wiscasset landed the biggest grant — $800,000 through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Economic Development program — to be used to support its Healthy Food Finance Initiative. The money will be used to finance small businesses, including farmers, food processors, and retailers, for facilities expansion, equipment, and operations. The rest of the money, $450,000, will be funneled into local food marketing.
Hunter, 11, bags 502-pound black bear in Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

An 11-year-old boy from New Jersey shot and killed a 502-pound black bear in Bethel on Monday, one of the largest bears bagged in Maine in two years. Steven Myers Jr., a sixth-grader, was hunting early in the morning with his father, brother, grandfather and others when the family’s team of hounds treed the gigantic male bear off Rabbit Road. Mark Latti, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said the state does not keep records, but the unofficial record was set on Sept. 12, 2012, when Matt Knox of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, shot and killed a black bear in Greenville that weighed 699 pounds.
Wildlife populations of about 3,000 species plummet far worse than previously thought
Other - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Populations of about 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have plummeted far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups. The study Tuesday largely blamed human threats to nature for a 52 percent decline in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2010.
Opinion: Maine Voices: Michaud surpasses Cutler in acting to protect Maine’s environment
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Based on his proven record of effective leadership, Democrat Mike Michaud is the best choice for governor for anyone who cares about Maine’s environment and wants positive change in Augusta this fall. It is telling that Mike has been endorsed by Maine Conservation Voters, Sierra Club Maine and Maine Environment, each of which evaluated the candidates head to head. Although Eliot Cutler works to cultivate an image of a pro-environment candidate — based largely on working as a staffer for Sen. Edmund Muskie decades ago and his private practice of environmental law since — he’s been missing in action on all of Maine’s major environmental policy issues. ~ Conrad Schneider, environmental attorney, Brunswick
Letter: Bigger wildlife problem
Sun Journal - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

As a biologist, hunter and environmentalist, my position on bear hunting is smart and well-informed. But people don't need to know my two-cents-worth about bear hunting, because there is a way bigger wildlife problem that folks should focus on. Global warming is this nation's big wildlife issue, and it is here now. Of course it is not just a problem for wildlife, it is a major threat to everyone — to our fisheries, farms, timber, infrastructure, health and security. Whatever people vote on bear hunting, they all need to work together for a clean energy future. There is no time to lose. ~ Ken Hotopp, Newry
Letter: Vote fair for bear
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Maine is the last state in the country to still allow the unnecessarily cruel practices of trapping, hounding and baiting bears. Bear hunting in Maine is big business, never known for its morality. As for fear of public safety, in 40 years of living in the Maine woods, I have seen black bears exactly three times, all of them running away from me. Yet we kill them by the thousands. So one has to wonder why there is such fervor to hunt these shy and intelligent beings other than “fun and money.” For bear facts instead of myths, you can go to the organization that has actually studied bears for many years: I urge those of you who care about our black bears to get out and vote in favor of the fair bear law. ~ Gail Rein, Bryant Pond
Blog: Suicide Note of an Atlantic Salmon
Other - Monday, September 29, 2014 

The Parsnippety - They sometimes call us the King of Fish, but the nickname must have been given a long time ago, because there is nothing regal or even distinguished about Atlantic salmon today. Nowadays, they might as well call us peasants or beggars or worse. The truth is that we do not even deserve the name salmon. Our ancestors would not recognize us; and if they did, they would turn away in grief and horror. Why? Because the King of Fish that once darted and splashed up and down the rivers of Western Europe and North America, the mighty salmon that once migrated hundreds of miles to roam and feed in the North Atlantic, the Norwegian Sea, the Arctic Ocean — this fish now “exists” in pens or cages or nets along the coasts. (Very few “wild” or real Atlantic salmon remain.)
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