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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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News Items
A River Reborn
Other - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

Atlantic Salmon Journal, Autumn 2009 - The Edwards Dam removal celebrates a 10th anniversary.
A Vision in Green
Other - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

AMC Outdoors, Nov-Dec 2009 - The Appalachian Mountain Club's new Roach Ponds Tract protects a critical link in the 100-Mile Wilderness.
Letter: Outdoorsmen are ignored
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

I can't believe that the state of Maine passed a law so the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department can charge $5 for tagging a bear, moose, deer or turkey. Outdoorsmen are not being listened to. They fill out comment cards, but those probably get filed away and forgotten.
Federal bill pumps $10M into Maine wildlife, water projects
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

Funding for Maine includes: $3.7 million to buy 19,647 acres as part of the Katahdin Forest Expansion in the Baxter State Park region, $500,000 to address the threat of invasive species to Maine lakes and ponds, $1 million to buy nationally significant seabird nesting islands for the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and $3 million to buy a 110-acre property to become part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
Maine’s cranberry growers find their healthy product under siege
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

Last year, Maine’s cranberry crop averaged about 100 barrels an acre on 196.7 acres. According to the USDA, each 100-pound barrel was worth $94.20, or about 94 cents a pound. This year, those same barrels are likely to fetch about $35 each. This is disheartening to Maine’s growers because while the price may hover at 35 cents a pound, it costs 42 cents a pound to grow the berries.
Provincial power deal aimed at N.E. energy markets
Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

North America’s largest utility company has announced it will pay $4.4 billion for transmission lines that would help secure greater access to electricity markets in the U.S. Hydro-Quebec also announced that it expects to spend up to $23 billion over the next decade to boost its electric output by 4,500 megawatts a year.
Maine’s deer-hunting season kicks off
Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

Maine residents are allowed to hunt for the first day of firearms season, with residents and nonresidents alike allowed starting Monday. The season ends Nov. 28. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is predicting this fall’s deer kill to be the smallest in at least 25 years.
Maine Milfoil Consortium receives $500,000
Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

The federal funds will be used to mitigate and control invasive milfoil in seven “test bed” lakes, which pose a high risk of spread to other waters.
Madison hopes grants will help cut energy use
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

An Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant for $73,000 would allow the town to install light-emitting diodes in 38 street lights, saving a total of 334,780 kilowatt hours over the life of the bulbs and "more than half of what we're paying in electrical costs." The grant, which is composed of federal stimulus funds, handed down through the Maine PUC, would also allow the town to install four solar-lit stop signs.
CLYNK's customers complain of changes
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

The bottle redemption service at Hannaford stores cuts staff and now serves only account holders.
Northern border panel awarded $1.5M
Mainebiz - Friday, October 30, 2009 

President Obama has signed a measure that will funnel $1.5 million to the northern reaches of Maine and three other Northeast states to spur economic development by investing in infrastructure improvements, high-speed Internet access, health care and renewable energy. The governors from the four states had sought $30 million to support sustainable forestry, economic development and land conservation. The commission grew out of legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Michaud.
Opinion: Kennebunkport seizing private property rights at Goose Rocks Beach
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 30, 2009 

The vast majority of the owners believe that the adversarial claim made by the town represents a remarkably unjustified, unprecedented, and irresponsible change of the status quo on the question of the limits of public and private access at Goose Rocks Beach.
Katahdin Forest Expansion bill in Congress
Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2009 

A bill advancing through Congress will expand conservation land in northern Maine by nearly 20,000 acres. The House has passed an Interior Department appropriations bill providing $3.7 million for the Katahdin Forest Expansion.
Maine wood-energy projects sought
Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Gov. John Baldacci says the state is inviting applications for 15 biomass heat and energy installation projects.
Hydro Quebec to Buy New Brunswick Power in $4.75 Billion Deal
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 30, 2009 

The acquisition will give Hydro Quebec access to electricity markets in the northeastern U.S., including Maine and New Hampshire.
Authorities Investigate Slaying of Endangered Lynx
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 30, 2009 

State and federal officials are investigating the killing of an endangered Canada lynx in a wooded area north of Rangeley. The cat was found shot to death October 21st after being caught in a trap.
Bangor, Saint John links sought
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Civic leaders from Bangor met Thursday with their counterparts from Saint John, New Brunswick, for a series of sessions on tourism, economic development, transportation and energy in hopes of fostering collaboration. Irving Oil’s proposed energy corridor project through Maine is the perfect example of a mutually beneficial partnership.
Conference in Caribou targets pests
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 30, 2009 

An outbreak of spruce budworm during the 1970-80s taught forest managers, scientists and others a great deal about what to do to prevent a possible recurrence and combat it if one does occur. The lessons learned was the topic of discussion in Caribou on Thursday, as the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit held a conference to bring people up to date on the state of Maine’s forests and to introduce tools for managing forests under pressure from the budworm.
Wood for energy: The pros and cons of biomass plants
Other - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Would burning wood on a large scale to produce electricity be a boon or a bane? It depends on who you talk to.
Tart Red Fruit Producing Green For Maine Farmers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 30, 2009 

October is harvest time for cranberries and Maine farmers are finding the fruit to be a viable new crop, and another way to diversify their produce. This summer's heavy rains, which harmed many potato and tomato crops, actually helped cranberry bogs.
Hydro Quebec Moves to Export Energy Through Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Hydro Quebec has announced that it will acquire New Brunswick Power for $4.4 billion dollars U.S. Hydro-Quebec has long sought an entry into the lucrative New England electricity market. That entry may now come through the state of Maine.
Just one race contested in Millinocket elections
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Steve Campbell would like to see Millinocket’s economy diversify beyond the shut down Katahdin Avenue paper mill. “By the time my daughter goes to college, it would be awesome to think that there’s something here that she could come back to work for after she graduates,” Campbell said of his daughter Sydney, 5.
New England fishermen protest new catch rules
Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Hundreds of fishermen from the Northeast rallied before the headquarters of federal fishery managers Friday to protest changes intended to prevent overfishing. Fishermen from Maine to Maryland made the trip to Gloucester.
Kansas Supreme Court rules against wind farms
Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2009 

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that county commissioners have the right to prohibit the construction of commercial wind farms. In a unanimous decision, the court acknowledged the commission's concerns about potential harm to the aesthetics and ecology. Owners of wind rights say the ordinance constitutes a "taking" of their rights without compensation.
COA president a national 'planet panelist'
Bar Harbor Times - Friday, October 30, 2009 

"Negotiate as if the quality of our children's lives depended on the outcome...for the simple reason that it does," writes College of the Atlantic President David Hales in his new role as "Planet Panelist" for the Washington Post.
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