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Feeding Maine Photography Exhibit, thru Feb 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food is a photo exhibit by Brendan Bullock, which seeks to document the many people working to address hunger in the state. Created by Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank. At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, Atrium Art Gallery, January 16 to February 23, opening event January 19.
February Vacation Camps, Feb 20-23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Audubon Vacation Camps at Fields Pond in Holden and Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, February 20-23.
Nominations for Source Awards due Feb 12
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Sunday Telegram Source Awards recognize the individuals, nonprofits, businesses and institutions in Maine working to safeguard the state’s spectacular natural environment. Deadline for nominations is February 12.
Apprenticeships at MCHT Preserves
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has paid apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm and Ericsson Fields in Rockport. Each apprenticeship will be up to 9-months starting in March and will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. Applications are due Feb. 5
Public Meeting on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Management Plan, Jan 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

The National Park Service will host a public meeting to discuss winter use within the monument. At Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, East Millinocket, January 24, 6-8 pm.
Land-use history of Midcoast, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Forestry experts Lloyd Irland and Ken Lausten will explore the land-use history of Midcoast Maine. At Camden Public Library, January 23, 7 pm.
Friends of Casco Bay Annual Members Meeting, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Recognition for those who help protect the health of Casco Bay, an updated Casco Bay Health Index based on data collected by volunteer Citizen Stewards over the past 25 years, and new program directions. At DiMillo's, Portland, January 23, 5:30-8 pm.
Join the REAL public hearing to stop oil drilling in Maine waters, Jan 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Trump Administration is hosting a sham ‘public meeting’ on January 22 in the Augusta Civic Center to hide Mainers’ vocal opposition to their plan to open up the Atlantic Ocean, including the Maine coast, to oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups will host a "real public hearing" at the Civic Center in the Aroostook Room where there will be a microphone and videographer to capture all public comments.
Offshore drilling public meeting, Jan 22
Action Alert - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public meeting on a proposal to open Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas to oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic (and other) coasts. At Augusta Civic Center, Jan 22, 3-7 pm.
Scouting for Mammal Tracks and Signs, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Sandra Mitchell will follow up on the November tracks and signs class in the field. At Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, January 20, 10-11:30 am.
Nature Journaling, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Andrea Lani will lead a nature journaling workshop at Viles Arboretum, Augusta, January 20, 10 am to 2 pm, $35 for Arboretum members, $45 for nonmembers.
Prowl for Owls, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

Maine Master Naturalist Kit Pfeiffer will lead a walk scouting for owls. At Carl and Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek, Westport Island, January 19, 6 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Futures of the Maine Waterfront, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

This forum will feature panel discussions on the future of our coastal and island economy, presented with trends and analysis by key coastal leaders. At The Westin, Portland, January 19, 2-8:30 pm, $35-150. Sponsored by the Island Institute.
Meet the Feet: Mammal Tracks and Sign, Jan 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 11, 2018 

Dorcas Miller presents an evening of hands-on learning about Maine mammals. At Belfast Library, January 18, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
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Natural Resources Democrats to Release Fact Sheets Highlighting Consequences of Republican Policy Failures
Other - Friday, September 30, 2016 

Despite clear public support for American federal conservation programs, the Republican majority on the congressional Natural Resources Committee has steadfastly opposed the Antiquities Act and Endangered Species Act; refused to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund; failed to offer new funding to the National Park Service on the occasion of its 100th anniversary; continued to deny the reality of climate change; declined to propose or support any meaningful environmental regulations for the oil and gas industry; insulted Native American communities and belittled their legitimate demands for federal consultation on major decisions; and generally played an unproductive and unsuccessful role throughout the 114th Congress.
Game Over: Roxanne Quimby 1 - Maine People 0
Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine - Friday, September 30, 2016 

It’s happened. On August 22 [sic], Roxanne Quimby turned over title to her 87,500 acres of cutover timberland east of Baxter Park to the federal government — or more specifically, to “the people of the United States of America.” Just 24 hours later, President Obama declared the Quimby lands the “Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument” by executive order. We now have, forever, a major federal presence in the working forest of northern Maine. Feel like you’ve been fleeced? I do. ~ Gerry Lavigne
Blog: The Battle of Katahdin: Maine vs. the Feds
Other - Friday, September 30, 2016 

[Caution: This is filled with factual and grammatical errors.] Last month, on the 23rd of August, Elliotsville Plantation donated approximately 87,500 acres to the federal government. Two days later the land was declared, by executive order, the ‘Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’. This confirmed the concerns of opponents to the Quimby conservation plans. The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) is concerned that hundreds of thousands of acres of land will become virtually unusable for hunting, fishing, and other life sustaining activities necessary to people’s survival in the region. SAM condemned the transfer calling it a “federal land grab unlike any other in the East”.
Arctic Council gathering to be held in Portland
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2016 

With Maine positioned to play a leading role as climate change enables more shipping and other economic activities to occur in the Arctic, the state is set to host an international conference on the topic for a series of events next week in Portland. Nearly 250 people are expected to attend the Arctic Council gathering, which includes several events scheduled from Oct. 3-6 in Maine’s largest city.
MRC agrees to buyout, lawsuit settlement over PERC profits
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2016 

A group representing 187 municipalities that send solid waste to an Orrington energy incinerator voted Friday to settle a lawsuit it filed against the Minnesota-based firm that owns a majority interest in the plant. In the negotiations, the Municipal Review Committee agreed to accept $600,000 from USA Energy Group of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to settle the lawsuit and also forged a plan to accept a $5.4 million buyout to exit a three-party partnership that owns the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. facility in Orrington on March 31, 2018.
Unusual Conservation Project Seeks To Restore Massachusetts' Loons With Maine Chicks
Maine Public - Friday, September 30, 2016 

Biologists from the Biodiversity Research Institute have been capturing loon chicks from places with healthy loon populations and transporting them to a lake in southeastern Massachusetts, where they were wiped out more than a century ago. The hope is that by the time the chicks migrate for the winter, they’ll have imprinted on the new lake and will eventually return to successfully reproduce.
Poliquin submits bill on Acadia mudflat access, Schoodic land transfer
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2016 

Whether clam and worm harvesters can continue to dig without interference in the mudflats abutting Acadia National Park may depend on Congress ratifying the park’s recent expansion on the Schoodic Peninsula. Rep. Bruce Poliquin said Friday that he is introducing a bill that would address both issues in the same piece of legislation.
Sappi North America receives Maine Development Foundation award
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 30, 2016 

Sappi North America, with paper mills in Skowhegan, South Portland and Westbrook, has received a Champion of Economic Development Award from the Maine Development Foundation. The Madison Paper Industries mill was the fifth Maine mill to shut down in a little over two years when it closed this year, and its closure left just six mills operating in the state, including the Skowhegan mill.
Maine issues recall of mussels, clams tainted with neurotoxin
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 30, 2016 

The state Department of Marine Resources issued a recall notice Friday for certain mussel and clam harvests after they tested positive for unsafe levels of a neurotoxin that causes brain damage in humans. The recall applies to mussels and mahogany quahogs harvested or wet-stored Sunday through Friday in the Jonesport area, and clams harvested Wednesday through Friday in the area from Cranberry Point in Corea to Cow Point in Roque Bluffs.
Opinion: Wind tax credit harms economy
Other - Friday, September 30, 2016 

Wichita (KS) Eagle - If we want a robust economy, we cannot afford the wind production tax credit – or any other form of federal energy subsidy. The wind PTC is an enormous government handout, and it is wrong to borrow money from future generations to give away corporate favors to those who promise jobs but who cannot deliver on that promise without continued reliance on other taxpayers. Most important, the wind PTC does not work. ~ U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo
Poland Spring Supports Conservation and Community
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, September 30, 2016 

Poland Spring is about a lot more than bottled water. Yes, they have three bottling plants in Poland Spring, Hollis, and Kingfield and employ 800 Mainers full-time or seasonally in places where jobs are hard to come by, with a $42 million annual payroll. And they’ve invested over $500 million here since 2000. They also spend $60 million each year with other Maine companies. But what I most admire is the $6 million that Poland Spring contributes to conservation and community each year, supporting schools, fire and rescue services, environmental conservation and lots of causes from the local to the state level.
USDA declares five Maine counties a ‘disaster area’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 30, 2016 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is declaring five counties in southern Maine a disaster area over the recent drought. Farmers in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin and Oxford counties are now eligible for emergency loans.
Moose will be gone from this state in 20 years
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

“That’s right, in less than 20 years moose will be gone from this state save for a remnant population. How sad of a legacy we are leaving our grandchildren.” Those are the words of Eric Orff in his New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife News published in the October 2016 edition of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. As we approach the end of Maine’s first week of moose hunting, this sobering news from New Hampshire is certainly troubling.
As Trump denies climate change, scientists fear we’re about to blow past the 2-degree red line
Washington Post - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

In the wake of the first presidential debate, the media skewered Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for denying his prior Twitter claim that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese” — even as Trump’s surrogates continued to bluntly advance positions contrary to modern scientific understanding on the subject. On Thursday, a group of seven distinguished climate scientists asserted that the chance of holding warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels “has almost certainly already been missed.” And we could very soon be on an irrevocable path to 2 degrees of warming.
Marsh work would aid cottontails
Keep Me Current - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The Maine population of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit is estimated to be less than 300, prompting the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s new project to increase the species’ preferred habitat at the Scarborough Marsh. On Friday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m., staff from the department will hold a public site walk at the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Scarborough Marsh is the only IFW management area in the state with documented New England cottontail use, which is why the department is planning to cut down even more trees, plant shrubs and work to minimize the spread of invasive plants in the coming months. The goal is to create young forest habitat that will also benefit a number of other species such as yellow warblers, Eastern towhees and the American woodcock.
Canadian organic waste company picks Unity for first U.S. facility
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

In a boon for Maine’s hard-hit and changing wood products industry, a Canadian-based organic waste company announced Thursday it plans to open its first U.S. facility in an industrial building in the town of Unity and eventually create 30 jobs while investing $4 million. Patrick Strauch, executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council, said, “To me, it looks like they’d have a line of mulch, and that’s always been an important part of moving sawmill residuals.”
Drought conditions dramatically expand reach across Maine
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

According to federal data released Thursday, Maine shows a dramatic expansion of the most drought-stricken part of the state compared with data released a week ago that showed only southern York County within the extreme drought zone. The severe drought area now reaches north to the Bangor region and east to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. More than 1.05 million Mainers are now living in drought conditions, according to the updated model from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Environmental concerns to be focus of South Portland candidates’ forum
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The South Portland Land Trust will quiz City Council candidates on a wide variety of environmental issues at an election forum to be held Tuesday evening in the council chamber at City Hall. Steve Jocher, trust president, said past forums hosted by the trust have revealed a great deal about candidates’ positions on the use of open space and other environmental concerns that are hot topics in South Portland and across the nation.
Column: ‘River’ of songbirds stopping in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

There are 5 billion songbirds leaving Canada right now, heading toward the tropics. Millions of Maine birds are leaving, too. It’s a river of birds. What a spectacular sight to see! Except that you can’t see it. Larger birds migrate in daylight. Hawks need the sun to warm air masses, lifting the birds over obstacles. Geese honk their way south in V formations. Double-crested cormorants do likewise, though silently. You can see all of this. But songbirds migrate at night. ~ Bob Duchesne
USDA Funds Effort to Curb Food Insecurity for Maine Somalis
Associated Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The United States Department of Agriculture is committing nearly $400,000 to increase food access for the Somali community in Lewiston. Members of the Somali Bantu community in the city are partnering with the Cumberland County Food Security Council on the project. The funding is expected to support Somalis' agriculture and help them reconnect with their cultural heritage.
Planning for New Maine Woods National Monument Begins
Free Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The fourth of four meetings will be held in Orono tonight, September 29, to seek public input on how the new Maine woods national monument should take shape. So far, 340 people have attended the first three National Park Service meetings, which were held over the past two weeks in towns near the 87,500-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The national monument, which is located just east of Baxter State Park, was established August 24. The goal of the meetings is to collect questions and ideas that can then be incorporated into the early stages of the park planning process.
Maine archers head out to hunt deer
Associated Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

Maine archers are heading into the woods to participate in the state’s annual fall hunt for those who harvest deer with bow and arrow. The archery season begins on Thursday and lasts until Oct. 28. The firearms hunting season for deer follows the archery season and begins on Halloween. It lasts until Nov. 26. There is also an “expanded archery season” that runs from Sept. 10 to Dec. 10.
Maine biologist expects mediocre bird season for hunters
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The leaves are still on the trees, and there have been relatively few frosty mornings thus far, but the state’s upland bird hunters will still celebrate their own opening day on Saturday, taking to the woods in their annual October search of ruffed grouse and woodcock. Kelsey Sullivan, the game bird biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said he expects a mediocre year of hunting, especially for those seeking grouse — known to many Mainers as “partridge.”
Downeaster will bus passengers between Brunswick and Wells this fall
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The Amtrak Downeaster will transport passengers on buses between Brunswick and Wells for about six weeks this fall as workers replace railroad ties on about 30 miles of track. Also, one of the Downeaster’s five daily round-trips will be suspended during the work and there will be no service on two weekends in October and November because of track construction and bridge work in Massachusetts. Because bus space is limited, passengers should make reservations well in advance.
Letter: Powerful inertia against climate change action
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

Many people feel that climate change is really happening and that we must begin to change in our ways of living on this earth or we will be leaving an uninhabitable planet to our children and grand children. We want to change. But the inertia is powerful. Many of us have chosen a rural lifestyle, yet we drive to work, to the supermarket or to visit our friends. We use and expect electric service. We protest to bring about the needed change, but we drive to the protests. Meanwhile oil trains are exploding. Pipelines are bursting. Fracking is inducing earthquakes. The Gulf of Mexico is still suffering from the BP spill. We are getting oil in increasingly unsafe places. We have to change our ways. We have to do it now. Our leaders must listen to us. We’re almost out of time. ~ Abby Shahn, Solon
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