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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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Opinion: How to Mend the Conservation Divide
New York Times - Friday, October 31, 2014 

“New conservationists” have been proposing new approaches that break old taboos — moving species to new ranges in advance of climate change, intervening in designated wilderness areas, using nonnative species as functional stand-ins for those that have become extinct, and embracing novel ecosystems that spring up in humanized landscapes. Some “old conservationists” prefer to keep the focus on protecting wilderness and performing classical restoration. So what should we do? We should do all three. In the face of great uncertainty, the sensible thing to do is hedge our bets and allocate large swaths of landscape to all three approaches: restoration, innovation and hands-off observation. ~ Emma Marris, author of “Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World,” and Greg Aplet, The Wilderness Society
Farms and organic farms, on the rise in Maine
Maine Insights - Friday, October 31, 2014 

In 2007 organic products generated $23.3 million in sales in Maine, by 2012 that number had increased to $36.4 million. “You can see Maine people take high quality local food and farming seriously,” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. “Just look at the growth of organic farming, which increased by over 50 percent in five years.” Pingree's work made it possible for the USDA to make $13 million available nationwide to help assist farmers with the costs of achieving organic certification—up from $5 million from the year before.
11-year-old Bangor girl bags 200-pound 8-pointer on Youth Deer Day
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, October 31, 2014 

Youth Deer Day, which is held annually a week before the state’s regular residents-only opening day, began in 2002. Many Maine hunting families look forward to sharing the day with their children. I heard from one such family, thanks to proud pop Adam Curtis of Bangor. Curtis went hunting with his 11-year-old daughter, Melody Curtis. And they had a hunt to remember. “Saturday was her first day deer hunting,” Adam Curtis said. “I bought her a .243 rifle a couple weeks ago, and although she is small, she handled it well with the help of a recoil pad and shooting stick. The deer froze and snapped his head up and looked right at us at about 30 yards away. About two seconds later, Melody fired,” he said.
Carthage woman loses appeal over wind farm
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 31, 2014 

An appeal filed by a Carthage resident opposing the 62-turbine Bingham Wind Project has been dismissed by the Board of Environmental Protection. The appeal was rejected on grounds that Alice McKay Barnett would not be affected by the wind farm at her home in Carthage, more than 40 miles away. The decision does not affect an appeal filed by Friends of Maine’s Mountains, on which the board has until Nov. 17 to rule.
NewPage seeks sale of Rumford mill to advance its merger with Verso
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 31, 2014 

The proposed sale of the Rumford Paper Co. mill to a Canadian firm is part of an effort by mill owner NewPage Holdings Inc. to prevent the U.S. Department of Justice from denying its planned merger with Verso Paper Corp., analysts said. In addition to the Rumford mill, NewPage also plans to sell a mill in Biron, Wisconsin, to Catalyst Paper Corp., based in Richmond, British Columbia. The sale price for the two mills is $74 million. Verso, a publicly traded company based in Tennessee, wants to buy NewPage.
Who is Catalyst Paper and why do they want a mill in Maine?
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 31, 2014 

On Thursday, Catalyst Paper Corporation announced that it wants to buy the Rumford Paper Company mill in Maine as part of a $74 million deal to also acquire a second mill in Wisconsin. Both paper mills would be purchased from NewPage Corp., a subsidiary of Cerberus Capital Management. Provided that Cerberus can sell NewPage to Verso Paper Corp., a subsidiary of Apollo Global Management. But who are Catalyst, Rumford Paper, NewPage, Cerberus, Verso and Apollo?
Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: East-West Highway
WABI-TV5 - Friday, October 31, 2014 

Paul LePage: “An East-West highway would do some good. If the people in the area don’t want it, I am not one who wants to force feed people." Mike Michaud: “I do not know how they are going to build an East-West highway, with the environmental regulations that we have on the books. But I am opposed to using the state’s eminent domain authority for any East-West highway proposal for a private entity, and I don’t know how it is going to be built without that." Eliot Cutler: “I certainly don’t support it. If this East-West highway proposal ever comes back, it had better come back with a completed environmental impact statement where people know where the road is supposed to go, people know what the impacts are going to be, and where people know what the alternatives are."
Book artist Goodale speaks about Maine wildlife
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Friday, October 31, 2014 

Combining contemporary art and the history of endangered Maine species, book artist Rebecca Goodale gave an illustrated lecture on her most recent project, “Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine,” on Tuesday evening in Kresge Auditorium. Goodale’s accompanying works are currently on display at Bowdoin’s Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. Goodale spoke to a full audience of students, faculty and community members while showcasing images of pieces from the project. The exhibition of Goodale’s works runs alongside “Envisioning Extinctions: Art as a Witness and Conscience,” by Associate Professor of Art Susan Wegner.
NewPage agrees to sell Rumford mill to advance Verso merger
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 31, 2014 

NewPage has agreed to sell its mill in Rumford and another in Wisconsin to satisfy antitrust concerns about its merger with Verso Paper. Catalyst Paper Corp., based in Canada, announced the $74 million purchase agreement Thursday for the Rumford mill and NewPage’s mill in Biron, Wisconsin. The deal is contingent on Verso Paper buying NewPage, which industry analysts have projected could mean mill closures or that the company would shed some assets, improving its overall financial position. Verso announced early this month it will close its Bucksport mill in December.
Opinion: In my first 4 years, actions have spoken louder than words
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 31, 2014 

In my second term, we will increase our efforts to attract investment in pipelines for lower-cost natural gas and to get renewable hydropower right here in Maine. I look forward to four more years of doing the right thing for Maine people. ~ Paul R. LePage, Maine governor
Canadian company to buy paper mill in Rumford
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 31, 2014 

Catalyst Paper Corp. announced Thursday that it has entered an agreement to purchase the Rumford Paper Co. mill as part of a $74 million deal to buy two mills owned by NewPage Corp. The Biron mill in Wisconsin also is part of the deal, according to Catalyst, which is based in British Columbia. The deal is contingent on the successful completion of a $1.4 billion merger between NewPage and rival coated paper maker Verso Paper Corp. Verso owns two mills in Maine: one in Jay and a smaller one in Bucksport, which it intends to shut down by Dec. 1. With the impending shutdown of that mill, the state’s pulp and paper industry will have lost three mills in a single year. Old Town Fuel & Fiber in Old Town and the Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket closed in 2014.
Letter: Who better to talk about Question 1 than wardens?
Morning Sentinel - Friday, October 31, 2014 

Everyone is upset with the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife about using our wardens [sic] to let the public know their opinion on Question 1. Well, who better to inform the public than our game wardens of this state? They are the experts. We should trust their firsthand knowledge about this question. We do have the best management program. I suppose that when we have problems with our bear population, we can live-trap them in a Havahart trap and then let them loose in the southern parts of the state, then those people can deal with them. So in conclusion: Vote no on Question 1. ~ Boyd Fortier, Jackman
Letter: Fair chase hunting rebounded in Oregon
Sun Journal - Friday, October 31, 2014 

I am a lifelong hunter of French Canadian descent. I strongly support Question 1 to end the baiting, hounding and trapping of Maine’s bears. Here is why. ~ René Tatro
Letter: The Maine brand?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 31, 2014 

While Mainers know the quality of our seafood, the rest of the nation and the world really doesn’t. This is one of Eliot Cutler’s campaign issues — Maine doesn’t brand itself well. This fact has economic consequences for everyone. Everyone in the world has heard of Maine lobster, right? Not the case. What I found out was east of Nantucket few have heard of Maine lobster, but they sure have heard of Canadian lobster. The problem about the “Maine brand” goes beyond seafood. It encompasses all natural resources and products made in Maine. Cutler is the only candidate that gets it, understands the problem and knows how to fix it. Fixing the “Maine brand” and its market value attracts business, investment, and creates jobs. ~ Colin Amundsen, Rockport
Letter: Maine wildlife agency can’t be trusted on bear baiting
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 31, 2014 

Trusted to preserve our northern whitetail herd, our Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Department presided over its collapse due to loss of wintering habitat, and refused to admit it for fear of losing nonresident deer hunting fees. Trusted to preserve Maine’s wild freshwater fishery, IF&W stood by while pristine native brook trout ponds became infested with baitfish; they continue to watch sportsmen spread the problem. For over a decade, northern Mainers have railed about the loss of moose due to winter ticks. IF&W said our herd was thriving; a GPS collaring study indicated severe losses, exposing the economic allegiance to moose permits. Now we’re asked to trust IF&W biologists’ warnings of impending bear attacks if Question 1 passes. After researching their record, I don’t trust them on bears either. ~ Cecil Gray, Skowhegan
Letter: Hunters and trappers know best: Vote down Question 1
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 31, 2014 

Had I not had the privilege of knowing well-regarded hunters and trappers while growing up in Connecticut and New York state, I, too, might have fallen for the propaganda put forth by the urbanites and out-of-state do-gooders. The men and women I knew — the hunters and trappers — were by far the most knowledgeable and caring conservationists I have ever met. To group bear baiting, hunting with dogs and trapping all in one bill reveals a frightening agenda. I urge you to vote “no” on Question 1. ~ Mary “Koko” Harris, South Bristol
Letter: National action needed on climate change
Kennebec Journal - Friday, October 31, 2014 

One month ago, some 300,000 people gathered in New York City to press for action to combat climate change. The media flash that accompanied this event has quieted, but out-of-the-limelight work continues to make sure that action occurs on this crucial issue. Since many human activities generate carbon dioxide and thus contribute to climate change, it’s good to have many different approaches to reducing carbon dioxide pollution. But we also need concerted action on a national level. A key component of such action could be a revenue-neutral carbon tax (carbon fee and dividend) that would return all the money collected to all households equally. ~ Philippa Solomon, Winthrop
The latest on Question 1: Two polls, plus a Maine Supreme Court ruling
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

Here’s the latest news on Question 1, the bear-baiting vote.
Gov. Paul LePage's staff finally responds to email questions
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

During the summer, the Penobscot Bay Pilot, Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper collectively sought interviews with the three candidates for governor. Eliot Cutler and Mike Michaud were quick to accommodate a roundtable discussion with editors and reporters. After months of trying to arrange an interview with Gov. LePage, the newspapers submitted written questions. On Oct. 29, campaign spokesman Alex Willette finally responded on behalf of the governor. On the environment, he wrote: "A clean and healthy environment is critical to healthy people and especially important for our economy. Governor LePage has made the environment a top concern, and has enforced our environmental laws to the fullest, levying the largest fine in decades on an oil company who tried to pollute Maine’s waterways. Actions speak louder than words, and the Governor’s actions show that he takes protecting our environment seriously."
Why Bears and Jelly Doughnuts Could Decide the Fate of the Maine Governor's Race
Other - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

National Journal - Sticky-sweet pastries and black bears have become wild cards in Maine's elections next week. Residents of the state will vote on a ballot initiative Tuesday that would ban hunters from using dogs, traps, and junk food like jelly doughnuts and cold pizza to bait bears. The controversy could have an especially powerful impact on the gubernatorial race. Political analysts say the ballot initiative may boost conservative voter turnout during an extremely close contest for the Maine governor's mansion. And that, analysts say, might deliver a reelection win to Republican Paul LePage, who has been locked in a tight race with Democratic challenger Michael Michaud for months.
Conservation groups fret about proposed Canadian oil pipeline’s impact on St. John Valley
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

Four conservation groups said Thursday they are launching a campaign to warn Maine residents about possible environmental harms from a $10.8 billion crude oil pipeline proposed by TransCanada. The company filed of a formal application to build North America’s largest and longest crude oil pipeline, with a combination of new and existing pipelines that would transport tar sands oil west from the oil-rich province of Alberta. The Energy East proposal would end in Saint John, New Brunswick, requiring construction of new pipelines in five Canadian provinces and conversion of natural gas pipelines to carry the oil. The Natural Resources Council of Maine, Sierra Club of Maine, Environment Maine and 350 Maine warned that a spill could pollute tributaries of the St. John River and that the project threatens to speed up climate change by bolstering tar sands production.
The Bakken Formation
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

Photographer Daniel J. Cox normally focuses on wildlife and wildlands, but recently he shot a series of aerial images of the Bakken Formation in North Dakota. The entire Bakken Formation consists of about 200,000 square miles of subsurface land within Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Oil and gas is being extraced and exported, including through Maine. View the aerial images Cox took of coal-fired power plants, wind power developments, coal strip mines, and more.
‘We might be better off’: Millinocket businesses, Virginia consultant confront future without paper mill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

For the first time in Millinocket’s history, “the town is outside the shadow” of the paper mill, local businessman Tom Shafer said Thursday. Shafer was one of several business leaders who talked about the town’s future just months after the remnants of Great Northern Paper Co. were auctioned for scrap and with the company’s tax bills still unpaid. “We’re just starting to figure out we might be better off,” Shafer, who co-owns Maine Heritage Timber, said at a meeting of many of the area’s large business operators and a neighborhood development consulting firm from Virginia that is offering pro bono work assessing the town’s economic assets and helping to develop its goals for the future.
Think Before You Print? Maybe not
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

We’ve been told to “think before we print” to save trees. But some are arguing that reducing paper consumption is more harmful — both to the pulp and paper industry and to the environment. The Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine claims that reading an article on your computer emits more of the greenhouse gas CO2 than printing the article out. And what about electronic devices? Soon they will be obsolete and will need to be disposed of. Paper, on the other hand, is fully recyclable says the SBCM.
Plan to Pipe Tar Sands Oil Near Maine Border Sparks Environmental Concerns
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, October 30, 2014 

Environmental groups in Maine are speaking out against Canadian energy giant TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada today submitted formal applications to build the largest, most expensive pipeline in North America. Emmie Theberge, with the Natural Resources Council of Maine, says the pipeline would come within 25 miles of the border, "and crossing at least five tributaries of the St. John (River) which are upstream from Maine communities like Madawaska and Van Buren."nMeaning there's potential for serious water and air pollution in Maine in the event of any rupture to the pipeline.
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