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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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Rep. Martin, partner buy back bankrupt store for less than half of the debt
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

The federal bankruptcy court has allowed State Rep. John Martin and a partner to buy back their Eagle Lake convenience store for $125,000 even though they owe almost $300,000 to a variety of creditors, including Irving Oil. Martin, a Democrat, has been a power in state government going back to the 1960s. He was speaker of the house an unprecedented 10 terms and currently serves on the committee with oversight of the state’s $6 billion budget. Martin said the bankruptcy and his legislative roles should not be linked. Earlier this year, Rep. Martin sponsored a bill that became law that will make it easier for J. D. Irving Company, a Canadian firm, to mine for valuable minerals in Martin’s legislative district. A J.D. Irving spokesman has said there is no legal relationship between that company and Irving Oil.
Editorial: Yes on Question 3
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

The latest installment of the Land for Maine's Future bond program will continue to protect Maine's quality of place and natural environment, again at startlingly low borrowing costs for the $5 million — to be matched by an equal amount in other funds, both public and private.
Opinion: Getting around...we can do better
New Maine Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Electric light rail and bikeways, the combination increasingly employed by other developed nations, could reduce our transportation energy use in Maine by 72 to 99%. “Can’t be done, Maine is a rural state” comes the predictable knee-jerk response. Yet such objections hold no water. In 1927, when the state was even more rural, Maine’s 433 towns and villages were served by 330 railway stations, not counting hundreds of interurban electric and streetcar stops across the state. Virtually every inland Mainer had access to a train, and coastal villages were served by steamers. Our transportation system back then was on par with any in the world. Then, while others kept up with similarly excellent systems, we gave up ours to neglect, caving to spin by oil and auto interests. Why not reactivate the railroads as a state of the art regional light rail network for both passengers and freight? ~ Paul Kando
AMC launches new Maine schools program
Other - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Appalachian Mountain Club - Looking to its long-established A Mountain Classroom program as a model, AMC is sharpening its focus on outdoor education programming for schoolchildren in Maine’s Piscataquis County. The new AMC Maine Woods Community Youth and Environment Project kicked off at the start of the school year in September. It is overseen by recently hired Clint Hensley, a Bowdoinham native who is based out of AMC’s Greenville office. Hensley’s charge is to work with local schoolteachers and students to help kids develop a deeper connection to and understanding of the natural world around them. To do that, he encourages hands-on outdoor learning that complements traditional classroom lessons.
How will Sandy affect the election?
New Maine Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Hurricane Sandy struck the crucial east coast a week before the national election. In 2011, candidate Mitt Romney said, in response to a question by CNN debate moderator John King, that he would eliminate FEMA and turn over the responsibility for first responders and long term financial support over to the states ... or better yet, leave it to private enterprise. Predictably, the Romney camp is disavowing this claim now that the east coast has at least a $20 + billion disaster on their hands, which no state can deal with on its own. The New York Times correctly pointed out that big government is necessary for some things...including major natural disasters like Sandy. Will Sandy have an impact on the election? For now, that remains to be seen.
Column: Gridlock groove
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Everything at the State House is about to come to a halt. Chances are good the Democrats — in spite of having no clear agenda, no real leaders, and not enough voters north of Bangor to form a decent rugby scrum — will take control of at least one chamber, probably the House. It's not enough to be against what the other guys are trying to do, no matter how stupid that might be. You have to stand for something, too. The Democrats, showing no signs of having learned from Republican mistakes in '94, are prepared to block all motion in any direction except backwards. They believe they'll be in full command of the Legislature in '14 and dealing with a governor who doesn't have to be restrained with tranquillizer darts. As history has shown, that strategy can backfire. ~ Al Diamon
Blog: SAOVA Endorses Maine Candidates
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Here are the 2012 candidates endorsed by the Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners Voter’s Alliance for the State of MAINE (highlighting animal right endorsed candidates too).
Appalachian Mountain Club
Other - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Backwoods Plaid Blog - "The state of Maine contains 97 percent of all the wild or native brook trout ponds remaining in the entire country, and has been designated as the last true stronghold for wild brook trout in the eastern U.S.", reads a joint statement by Trout Unlimited and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Mainers proudly smile after reading this. Not only a true testament to our waters, but a tourism attraction for our state. ~ Rhon Bell
Maine confirms first-ever case of West Nile Virus
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

A 34-year-old man from Cumberland County who was hospitalized in October has been confirmed as the first person known to contract the West Nile virus in Maine, state health officials said Wednesday. The man, who suffered from encephalitis and meningitis as a result of the virus, has been released from the hospital and is recovering well.
Starks man shot, flown to Lewiston hospital
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Maine State Police detectives and other responders are investigating a shooting Wednesday in which a Starks man was injured. Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the victim is Kerry Hebert, whom he described as being in his late 50s. He also confirmed that the incident did not appear to be hunting-related. “What I will tell you is that this is our case,” Lancaster said. “There were hunters involved and there was a landowner involved. There were gentlemen involved that were hunting [but] this was not a hunting accident.”
Who Fracked Mitt Romney?
Other - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Mother Jones - When Harold Hamm talks, politicians listen. He is the founder and CEO of an Oklahoma-based oil company called Continental Resources and the 35th-richest American, worth an estimated $10 billion — more than William Koch, T. Boone Pickens, and David Rockefeller Sr. combined — and he isn't shy about deploying that fortune. Over the past two years, he has given at least $1 million to right-wing causes supported by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists who helped bankroll the tea party. In March, Mitt Romney named Hamm his top energy adviser. The choice signaled that Romney, who had advocated for clean power as governor of Massachusetts, was casting his lot with the oil and gas industry. Barely a month later, Hamm contributed $985,000 to Romney's super-PAC.
Got a Good Idea for Legislation?
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

As soon as the election is over, I plan to work with legislators on bills that would benefit sportsmen and the fisheries and wildlife of Maine. I’m building a list of bills that I will be asking legislators to sponsor. Email your ideas and suggestions to me now, at georgesmithmaine@gmail.com.
Maine warden recalls fellow warden who died
Sun Journal - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Maine Warden Rick Stone was remembered Wednesday as a dedicated and passionate outdoorsman. It was an especially trying day for the wardens who knew and had worked with Stone, who was named Game Warden of the Year in 2001.
Starks man shot, in serious condition, following possible 'hunting-related incident'
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Kerry Hebert was shot near his home at Dickson Corner at around 3:30 in the afternoon. The LifeFlight of Maine helicopter took him to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Several townspeople said that Hebert was shot on his own property by a hunter, although police would not confirm that.
Mystery gunshots injure Brunswick horse
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Brunswick police are trying to determine who shot and injured an Arabian horse with a small caliber gun on Coombs Road over weekend. The owner of Flash told police that the animal was fine on Saturday but was bleeding on Sunday. Two bullets hit the horse on the top of the head, breaking the skin but not embedding in the animal. A third shot did puncture the horse's side.
Downeaster Rolling North to Freeport, Brunswick
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

The last train station manager in Freeport when passenger rail service ended will be riding the first passenger train to arrive from Boston in more than 50 years. Nelson Soule, who's 91, is among celebrants making the first run Thursday on the Amtrak Downeaster's Boston-to-Portland service expands northward to Freeport and Brunswick.
Halloween! or, ghosts in the Maine woods
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

I don’t have a good ghost story anymore. The one “good one” I had recently was cast in doubt -- all due to one chilly night in a remote cabin on the Moose River.
Maine Forest Rangers to assist with super storm recovery efforts
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that he has authorized the deployment of the Maine Forest Ranger Incident Management Team to New York City to assist in disaster recovery following Hurricane Sandy.
Letter: Sustainability vs. more of the same
Times Record - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

According to Local Governments for Sustainability, “In 2008, humans used about 40 percent more resources than the planet could regenerate that year....If we continue utilizing natural resources and producing waste at current rates, by the early 2030s we will require the resources of two planets to meet our needs. This overshoot is at the root of the most pressing environmental problems we face today: climate change, declining biodiversity, shrinking forests and the collspse of world fisheries." I don’t believe that we can save ourselves without political, economic and social change. Neither the Twiddle Dums nor Twiddle Dees (Democrats or Republicans) has any kind of a plan to do that. ~ Thomas Fusco, Brunswick
Maine wildlife weathers Hurricane Sandy
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Did the animals know what was coming with Hurricane Sandy? It’s a common belief among hunters that white-tailed deer will seek shelter and lie down during windy weather. Popular hunting magazines often suggest that this behavior is a direct response to deer being capable of detecting drastic changes in barometric pressure, which decreases before a hurricane hits. “I think most animals have low pressure sensors or at least are detecting something,” said William Glanz, associate professor of zoology at the University of Maine in Orono.
First Wind Submits New, Smaller Bowers Wind Project Proposal
Other - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

First Wind has submitted an application to the Maine DEP for a revised 48 megawatt Bowers Wind project that has 40 percent fewer turbines than an earlier proposal. The $100 million project now enters the review process, with support from Maine Audubon, American Lung Association, Conservation Law Foundation, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, and the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Letter: Question 3 supports Land for Maine's Future effort
Seacoast Online - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

On Nov. 6, please vote "yes" on Question 3 to replenish finding for the Land for Maine's Future Program through the passage of a $5 million bond. Passing this bond is critical to building upon LMF's 25 years of success, which includes conserved land in all of Maine's 16 counties totaling more than 532,000 acres. LMF has secured public access on more than 1,000 miles of shorefront and 158 miles of rail-trails. The program has also conserved a quarter of a million acres of working forestland supporting 2,200 woods and mill jobs and 29 farms helping to sustain the state's agricultural economy. And, LMF has saved coastal access for nearly 1,000 fishing families, families responsible for landing more than 16 million pounds of seafood annually. ~ Doreen MacGillis, York Land Trust
New application submitted for Eastern Maine wind development
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Maine’s largest wind energy developer has come back with a scaled-back plan to build wind turbines on Bowers Mountain in eastern Maine, proposing 16 instead of 27 turbines. The $100 million project in Carroll Plantation has been submitted to state regulatory agencies, six months after it was rejected. First Wind says its new plan reconfigures the turbines to reduce visual impact, uses more efficient turbines and new technology to leave lights off at night except when planes are in the area, and creates of a fund to improve deer habitat and promote local guides.
Letter: Bond conserves our 'natural heritage'
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

All Mainers see value in Maine's natural heritage and realize it must be maintained for the future, as shown by the overwhelming and bipartisan support for Land for Maine's Future bonds in the past. Please continue to show this support for Maine's great outdoors and vote "yes" on Question 3 to secure a $5 million bond for the Land for Maine's Future program. ~ Peter Rubins, Cumberland
Tar sands oil project bad for our natural resources
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

As a student at Colby and a lifelong New Englander, I have a passion for the outdoors. It's no surprise then that I'm upset about the possibility of oil companies pumping tar sands oil through the Sebago Lake watershed. Tar sands oil is a sticky, peanut butter-like substance that's diluted with benzene and other chemicals. It's more corrosive to pipelines than conventional oil. These factors, and others, increase the risk of spills. And because tar sands are heavier and more toxic, these spills are more destructive and harder to clean up. I urge lawmakers at every level of government in Maine to do everything in their power to stop this reckless project. ~ Casey Ballin, Waterville
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