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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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Trip offers new take on food's future
Morning Sentinel - Monday, November 30, 2009 

Jay Nutting, a 33-year-old lobbyist, recently completed an overseas trip as an Eisenhower Fellow for Agriculture. Nutting, son of Leeds dairy farm Sen. John Nutting, says while farmers are feeling the brunt of climate change in other countries, U.S. farmers are contributing to the problem. Nutting said 20 percent of the fossil fuel used in the United States is for agriculture and food production. "Nobody's talking about that."
Dig it: Taking clams from mud is back-breaking work
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 30, 2009 

A reporter finds that digging for clams isn't like playing in beach sand.
Opinion: Gun ownership part of proud Maine tradition
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The recent lead editorial, “Lawyers, Guns and Money” (BDN, Nov. 21-22), following the five-part series on guns in Maine, might have been more accurate and less shameful. The shame lies in the failure to warn those who come to Maine to try to change the tradition of Maine, in effect, bring with them to Maine the essence of what they came to Maine to escape.
Signs pointing to bountiful shrimp season
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The population is healthy, regulators say, as fishermen and dealers predict steady demand and stable prices.
Base price
Mainebiz - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The $891M hole it will leave in Maine’s economy begs the question for Brunswick Naval Air Station: What’s next? “We have the opportunity to lead the way in Maine in new areas, like renewable energy and aerospace clusters,” says Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.
King of the range
Mainebiz - Monday, November 30, 2009 

Thanksgiving arrives at Maine’s largest turkey farm. Orders are down — yet size is up.
Backyard weather watchers sought in Maine
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Volunteer weather observers are being sought to take precipitation measurements across Maine. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network is offering six training sessions between Dec. 1 - 9.
Northern New England launches ski season
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

As the economy lurches toward recovery, northern New England’s ski industry is viewing the season with optimism, saying the amount of snow nature sends the region is a much bigger factor in determining how well the ski areas fare.
Comment period ending for Maine ocean wind sites
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Monday is the last day that the Department of Conservation is accepting comments on potential sites. A final decision is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 15.
Maine puts out guide to help businesses
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has developed a tool it says will help businesses understand the laws that are designed to protect Maine’s air, land and water.
Buying Woodland for Fun and Profit
Other - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Forbes - The USDA estimates the nation has 500 million acres of timberland. The ownership breakdown is: government, 27%; wood and paper companies, 17%; institutional investors like college endowments, 4%; individuals, 54%, up from 45% two decades ago. The individuals get a mix of recreation and asset appreciation. They get a nice tax break, too.
Augusta Trails receives $10,000 grant
Capital Weekly - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Augusta Trails says the Davis Conservation Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the “Bond Brook Recreation Area Trails Project” Capital Campaign. The campaign seeks to raise $480,000 for the creation of a four-season, multi-use recreational trail network at Bond Brook Recreation Area. Once completed, the trails will support more than 17 miles of hiking, mountain-biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, walking, nature viewing and birding.
Opinion: Wind industry must be stopped
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

The facts about wind power have been concealed behind the propaganda that has accompanied the wind industry's well planned assault on Maine. Claims of climate benefits by the wind industry, the government and once respected environmental groups have been grossly exaggerated. It is time for the governor, the legislature and the NRCM to admit they made a mistake, correct it and move on with a sensible agenda for Maine's energy future.
Family in tow as man hikes Appalachian Trail
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Tim Pettingill spent five and a half months hiking the Appalachian Trail from north to south. During the week, as Pettingill roamed the woods on the long haul south, his family was driving and living in a 1988 Ford van bought just for this trip, exploring the towns they passed through. When Saturday rolled around, Pettingill would hike out of the woods and meet his family.
Opinion: Coyote attacks
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

In October a young female hiker, Taylor Mitchell, was attacked by two coyotes in Nova Scotia. The woman died from her wounds. It is too bad that it takes an innocent young woman's agonizing death for people to see this canine predator for what it is: an effective and opportunistic killing machine that will attack, kill and eat whatever it can, whenever it can, wherever it can. Our increasingly plentiful Eastern coyotes in Maine are evolving into larger animals that more resemble their wolf progenitors than the scraggly coydogs of yesteryear.
Moving right along
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Bath Trails is a group that emerged from the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and gathered momentum to link the trust's land, the city's open space and future easements on private land. The result will soon be a five-mile network of trails running through thick woods and allowing hikers and bikers to take in river views just a few miles from downtown.
Unique meteor shower and Mars will draw eyes skyward
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Even though the next month will be much colder than November, there will be several interesting celestial events. These include a good meteor shower and the brightening of our neighboring planet, Mars. We are celebrating Galileo's great discoveries with his telescopes 400 years ago during this entire year, which is a way of making more people aware of the importance of astronomy in our everyday lives.
Tips to take good outdoor winter photos
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Keep yourself and your batteries warm, watch your step and your breath, keep your camera cool, overexpose snow, and use as little sky in your shot as possible.
Man behind raptor cams sets sights on owls
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Now a senior scientist and deputy director at the BioDiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Wing Goodale got the institute's first bald eagle cam up and running in 2005. The institute had a loon cam, since 2003. Today it has two bald eagle cams up, and plans for more. Anyone know where there are nesting bard owls?
Deer up north could use more warmth
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Except for southern Maine, deer hunting reports everywhere speak of a thinned herd, and in northern Maine it may well be at historically low levels.
Deer success may take years longer than expected
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

I swung the gun, put the crosshairs on his chest and paused for one extra second. It was over in an instant. The sound of a buck fleeing though the brush barely outlasted the echo of the shot. I climbed down from my perch and hurried over to where I'd last seen the deer. Crimson splotches on the leaves confirmed I'd at least connected. But how well? The answer came 50 yards further on. I'd finally made amends for my miss, and it only took 20 minutes – and 11 years.
Birds can make it tricky to put a species label on them
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

The families and orders into which birds are classified are pigeonholes defined by scientists. The only taxonomic unit that is defined by nature is the species. Recognizing species is not as easy as one might think. A recent scientific review showed that there are more than 60 definitions of species.
Beetle's threat to ash trees also puts tribal art at risk
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine Forest Service entomologist Charlene Donahue says it's only a matter of time before the emerald ash borer beetle arrives in Maine and decimates the ash trees here. Native American basket makers in Maine worry that will spell the end of their long tradition. The state's tribes make their traditional baskets from the wood of ash trees.
New policies simplify winter use of Baxter State Park
Other - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

There's good news for winter hikers and climbers frustrated by the old Baxter winter-permit system. Things have changed, and the formerly rigid process of organizing an extended winter visit has been streamlined.
Program links those wanting to get into farming with those looking to get out
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine Farmland Trust has lots of work left to do. An estimated 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will be in transition over the next 10 years as farmers look to retire.
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