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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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Two MDIFW projects awarded federal funding
Republican Journal - Saturday, November 30, 2013 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that two department projects have been chosen to receive nearly $540,000 of federal funding as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Competitive State Wildlife Grant program. One of the grants will allow IFW, along with partners New Hampshire and Massachusetts, to work on filling critical knowledge gaps on the basic ecology, distribution and abundance of 27 species of greatest conservation need along the Gulf of Maine’s coastal marine ecosystem. The second SWG-funded project will enable IFW to review and update the Maine Wildlife Action Plan to address threats to the state’s species and habitats.
Maine Warden Service scales back search for missing hunters
Associated Press - Saturday, November 30, 2013 

The Maine Warden Service said the search for Travis Hafford of East Millinocket and Ryan Stevens of Millinocket will resume Sunday morning. The two 33-year-olds were last seen early Friday when they left to go hunting near Chamberlain or Clayton Lake. They were due back by dinnertime Friday.
Maine’s road salt comes from unexpected places
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, November 30, 2013 

Suppliers of one of the world’s most abundant minerals described a complex chain that begins in a Chilean desert and ends at the base of your driveway.
Millinocket flooring maker named to top 100 by This Old House magazine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 30, 2013 

A town business that pulls river drivers’ wood from Quakish Lake provides American homebuilders with one of 2013’s most innovative products, according to the editors of This Old House magazine. The third annual This Old House Top 100 ranked Maine Heritage Timber’s architectural millwork — typically wainscoting, trim and flooring — 97th out of 100 for its “unique pickled patina” in a listing published in the current edition of the magazine. Maine Heritage Timber co-owner Tom Shafer said he was thrilled to get the award.
Fewer right whales seen, counted in Gulf of Maine
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 30, 2013 

Only one North Atlantic right whale was spotted in the Gulf of Maine this fall by biologists who are tracking the species. Rather than the dozens that are sometimes seen in the gulf in November, only a single right whale was seen during aerial surveys this fall, said Tim Cole, a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But the low count shouldn’t be interpreted as a bleak report on the status of the species. While right whales are very rare, with only about 500 remaining in the North Atlantic Basin, they range over a huge area and simply may be eluding scientists.
Letter: Impact statement
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 30, 2013 

Those who support the relentless development of Penobscot Bay are keen to build a container port on the western shore of Sears Island. Deeper and wider dredging of the channel to Mack Point in Searsport is an attempt to put one more piece in place so as to be ready to set this project in motion as soon as possible. The ecological integrity of the bay has already been compromised far too much to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with this just to please some corporate interest groups. At the least, we need a comprehensive environmental impact statement. ~ Larry Litchfield, Belfast
Opinion: Our kids aren’t lab rats
Times Record - Friday, November 29, 2013 

Maine has one of the highest rates of asthma and autism. When it comes to cancer, Maine has a high rate of deaths compared to the national average. What do these diseases have in common? All have links to toxic chemicals in products. The good news is that exposure to toxic chemicals is often preventable. That is one of the reasons we joined a group of eight Maine women who flew to Washington, D.C., last month: to fight for safer products for all families. ~ Bettie Kettell and Tracy Gregoire
Opinion: Royal River’s journey to future should begin with removal of lower dam
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 29, 2013 

For as long as anyone living can remember, two dams have impounded portions of the Royal River as it flows through North Yarmouth and Yarmouth on its way to Casco Bay. Both of the dams are now owned by the town of Yarmouth, which must decide what to do with them. It’s time to move forward on the removal of the lower dam, while undertaking a more deliberate process for continued focus on the Elm Street dam. The river is resilient and connects habitats, communities and recreational destinations. It’s time to restore it fully, beginning with the removal of the Bridge Street dam. ~ Eugenie Francine, president, Royal River Conservation Trust
Russia frees the last of 30 Greenpeace detainees
Associated Press - Friday, November 29, 2013 

Russia has freed the last of 30 people detained after a Greenpeace protest in Arctic waters. The 30 still face charges of hooliganism, which carries a sentence of up to seven years, after being arrested following an attempt by some of the activists to scale an offshore drilling platform belonging to state-owned natural gas giant Gazprom. It is unclear whether the foreigners in the group will be allowed to leave Russia before the start of the trial. U.S. ship captain and veteran Greenpeace activist Peter Willcox, who has ties to Maine, was released on bail Nov. 22.
Bethel man charged with night hunting
Sun Journal - Friday, November 29, 2013 

Bradley R. Chamberlain, 26, was arrested by the Maine Warden Service around 7:17 a.m. in Bethel and charged with night hunting, operating without a license and failure to appear in court. Maine law prohibits hunting wild animals from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise. A violation is punishable by a mandatory three-day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine. This was the second arrest on night-hunting charges in the area in less than a week. Last Wednesday, wardens arrested a Rumford man who allegedly shot at a deer decoy they were operating in Woodstock.
Hunter pulls himself from Pleasant River after canoe mishap
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 29, 2013 

A 52-year-old Brownville man scrambled out of the Pleasant River before hypothermia could set in after his canoe tipped over as he paddled toward a deer hunting site on Friday, police said. Brownville Police Department Cpl. Chad Perkins met Paul Bucci on Interconnected Trail System 110 near Front Street and took him home after Bucci’s wife reported the incident about 2:45 p.m., Perkins said.
Last Call
Other - Friday, November 29, 2013 

Globe & Mail - On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying millions of litres of crude oil derailed in the heart of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The tangled wreck exploded, transforming the town’s main drag into a river of fire. Many of the 47 people who died in the disaster were inside the Musi-Café, a popular bar packed with friends, lovers, neighbours, husbands and wives. The night of terror is told through the eyes of the survivors. The train was headed across Maine to New Brunswick. [video]
Scarborough leash-law repeal goes to voters
Forecaster - Friday, November 29, 2013 

Absentee ballots received by Wednesday morning show more than half the required votes have been submitted to validate a Dec. 3 referendum on the town-wide leash law. Town Clerk Tody Justice said 1,260 absentee ballots have been returned. A total of 2,379 votes must be cast to make the referendum official. The local leash law was put into effect following the death of a piping plover, a nationally listed endangered species, by an unleashed dog on July 15 on Pine Point Beach.
Maine’s Salmon Farming Management System an Example to Emulate, says ASF
Atlantic Salmon Federation - Friday, November 29, 2013 

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is working in Canada to convince government to implement better controls of the salmon farming industry to protect wild Atlantic salmon and their environment. “We have found,” said Sue Scott, ASF’s VP of Communications,” that the management of salmon farming in Maine holds the industry there to higher standards than is the case in Canada.” Ironically, a major salmon producer, New Brunswick-based Cooke Aquaculture, operates in both countries, but is better regulated in Maine thanks to the clout of the U.S. Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts.
Thanksgiving Bucks – Got one, Lost one
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, November 29, 2013 

I’ve had some memorable hunts on Thanksgiving mornings, before gathering with family for the annual feast. Here are two of my most memorable Thanksgiving encounters with big bucks.
Jonesport to vote on moratorium on new wind energy projects
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 29, 2013 

Jonesport voters will gather at a special town meeting next week to decide on a proposal that would impose a temporary moratorium on new wind energy projects. Officials of the picturesque fishing village have approved two small projects to allow wind turbines to generate power, but the process generated some controversy and opposition. The proposal would impose a 180-day moratorium on any new projects. Town officials may draft and adopt an ordinance during the moratorium to further regulate wind power projects.
Big deer, lots of sightings for hunters
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 29, 2013 

“We are at numbers that we usually have at the end of the season, all our registration stations are up in numbers,” says Southern Region Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Scott Lindsay, who has seen a lot of deer and deer hunters as this deer season continues. In central Maine, hunting conditions remain excellent. “Things have been robust as far as quantity and quality,” said biologist Keel Kemper, who said that numbers continue to be up throughout the region. In the western mountains, while there may not be the number of deer that are south of there, hunters are bagging some large deer. No report from northern Maine.
Column: Maine experiencing a Canadian owl invasion
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 29, 2013 

It’s a little early for rare owls to be visiting Maine, but here they come. An invasion from Canada is underway. The star of the show is a northern hawk-owl in Lincoln. Snowy owls have been popping up all over southern Maine. ~ Bob Duchesne
Scarborough dog owners fighting to overturn leash ordinance
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 29, 2013 

The first snowfall of the season didn’t deter Katy Foley from stepping into a dog suit and standing outside the Scarborough Municipal Building during the morning commute Tuesday. Foley stood with other dog owners holding signs encouraging residents to vote next Tuesday to overturn ordinance amendments that prohibit unleashed dogs on public property in town. Since the day after the Scarborough Town Council adopted the amendments in October, a group of dog owners, led by Foley, has been working to overturn the rules. They are meant to better protect piping plovers, like the one killed by an unleashed dog on Pine Point Beach in July. The birds are classified as a threatened species by the federal government and considered endangered by the state.
Letter: Advocates lay out leash-law positions Maine
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 29, 2013 

It is not a coincidence that Pine Point (the beach where a plover was killed by an off-leash dog this past summer) has one of the lowest rates of chick productivity in the state. Under this updated ordinance, dogs will still have access to beaches year-round, even during the sensitive nesting season — they will just need to be on leashes. Concurrently, the town will work to establish dog parks where dogs can run off-leash without worrying about hurting wildlife or bothering people. If the ordinance is repealed, it will effectively annul the agreement Scarborough made with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and it opens the town to even greater fines in the future. ~ Sally Stockwell, Maine Audubon
Letter: Leash-law vote is about tolerance
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 29, 2013 

So what is Tuesday’s special election in Scarborough all about? It seemed simple at first, but in truth it is difficult to explain. Dogs? Plovers? The feds? It is all of those things, but so much more. For me, it is this: I want to live in a town that exercises tolerance, acceptance, understanding, respect, personal accountability and responsibility, a town where we can disagree respectfully and not be judged on those differences of opinion. Not everyone likes dogs, Not every dog owner is responsible. We understand that. But you cannot manage to the exception or you might as well put a dome around the town and restrict everything. ~ Katy Foley, Dog Owners of Greater Scarborough
Letter: End limitless carbon pollution
Sun Journal - Friday, November 29, 2013 

There are currently public health safeguards on pollutants from power plants for mercury, lead and soot, but none limiting the carbon pollution that is dumped into the air. Not only is carbon pollution fueling climate change, but it is posing a serious threat to public health here in Maine, especially to the elderly. I urge Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to support the president's climate action plan and the EPA's proposal to regulate carbon emissions from new power plants. ~ Stephen Drane, Auburn
Letter: So much for sound testing
Sun Journal - Friday, November 29, 2013 

I attended a state Board of Environmental Protection meeting concerning the permit for Saddleback Ridge Wind on Nov. 7. The developer’s lawyer said over and over again that the data shows no wind project “out of compliance” in Maine. Why? Applicants must set up a toll free complaint hotline, then the DEP determines if complaints to the hotline are valid, which could take months, or years. Local boards of health should handle these hotlines. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court noted that “It is unclear from the record how the Department and Board intend to enforce sound level limits for wind projects.” ~ Alice McKay Barnett, Carthage
Opinion: Wind Power Is Brought to Justice
Wall Street Journal - Thursday, November 28, 2013 

The Justice Department announced late last week that a subsidiary of Duke Energy has agreed to pay $1 million for killing golden eagles and other federally protected birds at two of the company's wind projects in Wyoming. The guilty plea was a long-overdue victory for the rule of law and a sign that green energy might be going out of vogue. ~ Robert Bryce
Opinion: Transformation, innovation in Maine’s forest products industry
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 28, 2013 

Throughout Maine’s history, the forest products industry has been one of our leading natural resource based economic drivers. The fact it continues to yield international investment and appreciation is a testament to the true value that new innovations bring to materials that have always been a part of our heritage. As the many rings grow wider, our prosperity in the forest product industry regenerates and our economy continues to reap the benefit. ~ Rosaire Pelletier, Gov. Paul LePage’s forest products industry liaison
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