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Help wanted: Maine Conservation Voters / Alliance jobs
Announcement - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 

Maine Conservation Voters and Maine Conservation Alliance are hiring a full-time organizing director and a part-time administrative coordinator.
Kittery Ski-Snowshoe, Feb 3
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 27, 2018 

Kittery Land Trust holds its annual Ski-Snowshoe at Brave Boat Headwaters, February 3, 10 am - 2 pm.
Linking the Northern Forest Canoe Trail & Maine Island Trail via Canada, Feb 2
Event - Posted - Friday, January 26, 2018 

John Connelly will talk about his 2016 expedition to canoe the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, kayak the Maine Island Trail, and connect them with the Saint John River and Bay of Fundy in Canada; 1500-miles in 75-days. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, February 2, 7 pm.
SEED: The Untold Story, Feb 1
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 25, 2018 

This documentary reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage battle with chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy. Local farmers and seed collectors will table at this event. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, February 1, 6 pm.
Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, Jan 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 

The day after President Trump’s first State of the Union, climate justice leaders will come together in Washington, D.C. to share stories on the urgency of the current political and climate crises, and to light a path ahead. Live streamed January 31, 8 pm.
Living the Hike, Jan 31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 23, 2018 

Join Ron Dobra as he describes, with photos, his experience completing the “Triple Crown” – hiking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails – and how and why he chooses to interact with the natural world on foot and with a backpack. At Greenville Town Office, January 31, 6 pm.
Help wanted: Operations and Special Projects Coordinator
Announcement - Tuesday, January 23, 2018 

Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters is hiring this position, which is responsible for office duties, data management, and ongoing communications and development projects, as well as creating, implementing, and managing organizational, membership, and program materials and protocols.
POSTPONED: Offshore drilling public meeting, Jan 22
Action Alert - Monday, January 22, 2018 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management public meeting planned for January 22 in Augusta on a proposal to open Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas to oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic (and other) coasts has been postponed due to the federal government shutdown. But you can still submit written comments.
AMC winter outings
Event - Posted - Monday, January 22, 2018 

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Maine Chapter can show you the ropes when it comes to getting outside in winter. Check the schedule of outings.
Allagash Tails, Jan 29
Event - Posted - Monday, January 22, 2018 

Learn about the Allagash, Maine's Wild River, with Tim Caverly, author of "Allagash Tails.” At University of Maine at Presque Isle, January 29, noon.
Phonebank for solar, Jan 29
Action Alert - Monday, January 22, 2018 

Join Maine Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Council of Maine for a phonebank calling Maine people whose state legislators are swing votes on the solar bill (LD 1444) and asking them to contact their legislators in support of solar. At NRCM, 3 Wade Street, Augusta, January 29, 5-8 pm.
Conserving Nature in an Unnatural World, Jan 29
Event - Posted - Monday, January 22, 2018 

Kent Redford will kick off the University of New England Center for Global Humanities’ Spring 2018 lecture series with a talk on the deep-seated reluctance many environmentalists have to embrace unnatural means to safeguard nature. At UNE, Portland, January 29, 6 pm.
Soil Health and Water Management, Jan 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Professional, will lead a workshop on sustainable farming practices, including social sustainability through farm and tractor safety programming, economic sustainability through farm business planning and management training, and building healthy agroecosystems through the adoption of sustainable production practices. At St. Paul’s Church in Brunswick, January 28, 2-3:30 pm, $5 donation. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
River of Hope, Jan 26
Event - Posted - Friday, January 19, 2018 

Peter Marbach will talk about how the Columbia River flowed for thousands of years in a natural state. The era of dams brought clean hydropower, flood control, and irrigation that created a rich agricultural bounty for the Northwest. In 1964, the U.S. and Canada enacted a 50-year treaty that focused on these benefits but did not address the restoration of ecosystems and the impact on tribal nations. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, January 26, 7 pm.
Feeding Maine Photography Exhibit, thru Feb 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food is a photo exhibit by Brendan Bullock, which seeks to document the many people working to address hunger in the state. Created by Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank. At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, Atrium Art Gallery, January 16 to February 23, opening event January 19.
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Did Maine Rep Janice Cooper Attempt to Besmirch Maine Citizens at LD 1810 Public Hearing?
Citizens Task Force on Wind Power - Monday, March 19, 2018 

On March 18, at a public hearing on LD 1810, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Expedited Permitting for Wind Energy Development, Chris O'Neil, on behalf of the citizen-funded 501c3 nonprofit organization Friends of Maine's Mountains, gave testimony which called for "repealing the Wind Act ten years and countless disappointing results after it was hastily enacted." In response, state representative Janice Cooper (D-Yarmouth) had only one question: “What are your funding sources?” Ms. Cooper's question was asked to perhaps create an impression that Mr. O'Neil was simply up there at the behest of the oil and gas industries. She was not interested in asking anything about the FMM testimony and no one else at the hearing was asked who gave them money. This is what happens when good citizens are scoffed at, ridiculed and besmirched by those who take the oath of office to represent them.
Norway moving forward to get LED streetlights
Sun Journal - Monday, March 19, 2018 

The Board of Selectmen has voted to have Town Manager Dennis Lajoie write to RealTerm Energy advising that officials want to move forward with switching to LED streetlights. RealTerm Energy specializes in LED conversions for municipalities. Among its projects are conversions in Wells, Biddeford, South Portland, Falmouth, Rockland and Mount Desert.
Opinion: Central Maine Power transmission line project raises red flags
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Central Maine Power is engaged in a major public relations effort to convince Maine people that its 145-mile transmission line project, which would cut a new 53-mile swath through Maine’s scenic North Woods to bring Canadian hydro power to Massachusetts through our state, is good for Maine people and Maine’s environment. New Hampshire regulators recently turned down a similar proposal because of the harm it would do. So the question is: why should Maine accept a line like the one New Hampshire just rejected? Gov. LePage has vowed to ram the project through Maine’s DEP. If we want to send renewable power across Maine to Boston, a far better alternative would be to build farms of offshore wind turbines. ~ Ernie Hilton, Starks selectman and former Maine Board of Environmental Protection chair, and Adam Lee, Lee Auto Malls owner
Letter: Trump budget cuts make food insecurity worse
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Food insecurity is an issue, especially for seniors, children under 18 years and adults with disabilities, who make up almost 66 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in this country, as well as for the 58 percent of working-age, non-disabled adult SNAP recipients who work while getting SNAP, earning wages below living costs. By cutting off access to affordable, nutritious food for an estimated 4 million in-need Americans who have been oppressed by our federal government, further restrictions on SNAP could ultimately kill them. The Trump administration is using SNAP budget slashes as a way of saving money for other careless spending. ~ Ashley Kulesza, Lewiston
Letter: Install monument signs
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 19, 2018 

When my husband and I moved to Medway in 2016 to become the owners of a small business in the tourism sector (Pinegrove Campground and Cottages), the timing was right: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument had recently been established. Since the monument’s designation, many of our customers have asked me about it and have been interested in exploring it themselves. What can we do to ensure these visitors have a positive experience? Let’s start with getting signs to the monument installed on Interstate 95 and on routes 11, 157 and 159. It’s so unfortunate to hear from customers who couldn’t find the monument and had to turn around when they didn’t know where to go. This doesn’t need to happen. ~ Kate Deshler, Medway
Letter: Local farmers care about neighbors
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 19, 2018 

When I buy food products from local farmers, I know how it is grown, raised and handled. I know the famers. We talk, and I learn. The product is consumed by the growers and their families and friends. Our local farmers don’t poison their families and neighbors. When I read the March 10 BDN article on food sovereignty, what I was reminded of was all the industrial meat and poultry recalls from supermarkets and food poisonings at fast food restaurants. Supermarket food comes from all over the world, processed by strangers who have no interest in our community. I don’t need government bureaucrats to tell me where to obtain my food, or how it ought to be produced. ~ Peter Nelson, Brooksville
Editorial: How much can Paul LaPage waste?
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

According to a new review by The Associated Press, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has hired outside legal representation that has cost at least $110,000 just since last fall, raising his total expenditures on frivolous lawsuits to more than half a million dollars over the past four years. LePage seems determined to squander not only the public trust, but the public piggybank, before he stumbles off into the sunset next year. What a waste.
Nor’easters give New England ski resorts late season powder blast
Associated Press - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Back-to-back nor’easters that have pounded New England have given ski resorts a late-season blast of their life’s blood, luring skiers and snowboarders to the slopes, and allowing smaller ski areas that rely on natural snow to stay open. From Vermont to Maine, skiers and riders were cheering the mounds of snow.
Live trapping is one way to deal with freeloading rodents
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The current two-year tally at Nancy Donovan’s home is, Donovans: 95, Squirrels: 0. Nancy Donovan and her husband, Daniel, have been actively trapping and releasing the gray squirrels around their Presque Isle home since 2016 in an effort to keep the fluffy-tailed rodents from cleaning out their bird feeders. Nancy Donovan said, “We started keeping count to see how many of the little buggers we were going to get.” Turned out, an impressive amount. They caught 55 in 2016 and another 40 last year, all subsequently released a mile or two from their house.
Portland’s bustling port sees volume, value of goods more than double over five years
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Shipping containers are piling up on the Portland waterfront at a record pace as the state invests millions of dollars into its largest port to encourage Maine’s growing trade links to Europe and the North Atlantic region. The volume of containers moving through the International Marine Terminal on West Commercial Street has more than doubled in the past five years and so has the value of goods, to $502.7 million last year.
We are gun owners: Each of us has a story
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Five Mainers describe their love of hunting, concern for security and passion for firearms.
A sauna in the woods draws devoted disciples
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Saunas have been around for centuries and are a way of life in many European countries such as Germany, Austria and Finland. They are not as popular in Maine, but there are many who find their way to the one in Denmark – the western Maine town at the foothills of the White Mountains. At the 33-acre holistic retreat, this outdoor European tradition takes place every weekend from October through March when the sauna is open to the public. Then a small community of sauna enthusiasts hike through the woods for a $15 visit.
100-plus nominations came in for the 2018 Source Awards
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Each April for the past four years, Source has honored a handful of accomplished Mainers, Maine organizations and Maine businesses working in the arena of sustainability. We were impressed with the number of nominations that talked about bringing people together, about building bridges between scientists and ordinary people, loggers and treehuggers, new and old Mainers, farmers and eaters. Tackling the immense environmental problems the planet faces – climate change, mass extinction, population explosion and water scarcity, to name a few – is going to require all of us. We’re so pleased to announce this year’s 2018 Source Award winners. They are leading the way. ~ Peggy Grodinsky, SOURCE Editor
Mainer instrumental in state’s loon count is recognized for her expertise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Her efforts on behalf of Maine Audubon earn her the Source Award for Conservationist.
Meet the 2018 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship winners
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

This year's crop of farming scholarship winners are full of passion, pluck and plans:
• August DeLisle
• Sarah Fallon
• Zenaide McCarthy
Maine State Prison teaches inmates to garden, compost, recycle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Their work on the prison's sustainability initiative earns Capt. Ryan Fries and Mark Hutchinson the Source Award for Trailblazer.
WindowDressers inserts help Mainers lower their fuel bills
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Research done by the University of Maine shows that the nonprofit, which earns the Source Award for Energy Saver, helped save more than $2.2 million in fuel costs.
Rosemont Market proves small shops can thrive
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The six-location market, which earns the Source Award for Entrepreneur, builds community by bringing shoppers and farmers together.
Maine Grain Alliance has ‘changed the face of bread and baking’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The nonprofit has helped bring back grain farming for baking and brewing, earning the Source Award for Farmer.
This teacher’s got a whole seed bank of apples in Waldoboro
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

'Our seeds have basically gone all over the world,' says Neil Lash, who earns the Source Award for Teacher.
Partnership between land trust, Maine Forest Service grew into something big
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Local Wood Works is honored with the Source Award for Forester, based on its efforts to connect consumers to local wood products.
Editorial: New plant shows brighter future for Maine lobster
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

In a game-changing investment announced last week, Ready Seafood Co. is expanding its live and processed lobster business with a new 40-acre campus in Saco. In addition to their investment, they are receiving $2.4 million in research and development funds to build facilities where university and industry scientists can work alongside Ready’s in-house marine biologist to study and better understand lobsters. What they learn will be shared throughout the industry, helping the company as well as their competitors find ways to add value to a product that supports so many Maine jobs and communities.
Letter: Burying electrical lines would avert storm outages
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The news reports are full of accounts of fallen trees and impaired utility poles causing electrical outages that result in life safety and economic situations imperiling many individuals and businesses. The current policy of tree removal and resultant limb trimming is ineffective and does not result in an effective policy response. A more effective policy would require that all electrical utility transmission and local distribution lines be installed underground and that our monopoly utility distribution providers be required to file for justified exceptions from situations that may require exceptions from said policies. ~ Frederic W. Coulon, Rockport
Column: Big fish being caught at lakes throughout state
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

This has been a winter that has brought ice anglers out on the ice in good numbers. Gouldsboro angler Ryan Bridges iced a 40-inch, 25.5-pound togue in February at Tunk Lake. At Sebec Lake, an ice-fishing grandmother hooked and landed a lake trout in the 12-pound range. Ice fishing college student Chris Parent from Biddeford brought home an impressive landlocked salmon in the 12-pound range. (The lake? He’s not telling.) Tyler Smith got lucky when he landed a 23-pound muskie that measured 40 inches at Wilson Pond in Monmouth. Dustin Harrington from Hampden, while ice fishing Moosehead Lake, caught a big-bellied brook trout that tipped the scales at 6 pounds. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Historic 150-year-old Maine inn destroyed by fire
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

A historic inn in northern Maine built more than 150 years ago burned to the ground early Saturday morning. The Chesuncook Lake House was built in 1864 for supplying logging operations. Fifty miles north of Moosehead Lake, the lake house was listed on the Federal Historic Register. Maine Forest Rangers and Greenville firefighters responded to the scene by snowmobile. The owners said all family members and employees escaped unharmed.
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