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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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Kennebunkport announces Goose Rocks Beach dog rules
Other - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

The town of Kennebunkport has an ordinance requiring dogs to be leashed in certain areas of town, including the Goose Rocks area. Piping plovers, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act, nest on the beach. Maine Audubon, with volunteers, erects and maintains enclosures around the nests. Harassing these birds is a federal offense. The police department will provide extra patrols during the summer season and, along with animal control, will enforce laws.
Local waste coalition could grant its communities permission to send trash to PERC
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

The Municipal Review Committee might temporarily allow its more than 100 member communities to send their waste to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Center rather than have it landfilled. The MRC Board of Directors is slated to discuss and possibly vote on an agreement at its May 31 meeting that would allow its central, northern and Down East communities a temporary waiver to send their waste to PERC, rather than the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock. MRC communities have been sending their waste to Crossroads and the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town since April 1 as a last resort, once it became clear the waste-to-biofuel Fiberight facility in Hampden was months behind its construction schedule.
Maine tourism industry has a sunny outlook as critical summer season kicks off
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Visitors started flooding into Maine on Friday to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the state’s tourism season. The next few months are critical for Maine’s tourism industry, and state officials are optimistic that more people will visit the state in 2018, continuing a five-year growth trend. “Two-thirds of our business does come during the summertime, but we have seen remarkable growth in the offseason, particularly winter and fall,” said Steve Lyons, director of the Maine Office of Tourism.
Letter: Officials abet plundering by Central Maine Power
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

P-C = A-R. Pro-Corporate = Anti-Ratepayers. Solution: Money talks. Here’s how it would work: Maine Public Utilities Commission members would forfeit any and all monetary entitlements while they continue to shuffle papers until this magnum boondoggle is settled to the satisfaction of the ratepayers, rather than abetting a monetary serial ravager, Central Maine Power, as it continues submitting artificially inflated electric bills. It may appear harsh to the commissioners; however, they can always ask CMP for financial assistance! ~ Ray Berard Sr., Windham
Maine Forest Service finds timber harvesters using best practices
Turner Publishing - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service has released the results of a study on the use and effectiveness of forestry best management practices at timber harvests across the state from 2016-2017. Findings were positive as far as using the practices, which protect water quality. The practices are voluntary measures.
Wood Conference connects forest products to designers
Other - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The Maine Wood and Sustainability conference May 9 at the University of Southern Maine brought together architects, engineers, builders and developers. It also highlighted the use of mass timber/CLT. Alex Ingraham, president of Pingree Associates, said, “It was really encouraging to see so many people in one room from very disparate backgrounds excited about wood and the potential growth of forest products and the local Maine Economy. Hopefully this is the first of many successful conferences.”
Windham readies for legal battle over proposed quarry near Forest Lake
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Windham is digging in for a legal battle over a proposed quarry near Forest Lake after the developer filed a lawsuit in Cumberland County court this week. Jim Pross, an Auburn-based lawyer representing Elvin Copp and his son Randy Copp of CSG Properties and Copp Equipment, told the Windham Town Council at its meeting Tuesday that the lawsuit was filed earlier that day as a result of the town’s emergency moratorium on all new mineral extraction activities. The council originally passed the 180-day mineral extraction moratorium in April after Forest Lake area residents repeatedly filled Town Council and Planning Board meetings to express concerns about the Copps’ proposed quarry.
Augusta eyes plan to turn historic mill building into cultural hub
Kennebec Journal - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Plans to restore and re-purpose the only remaining building of the massive riverfront Edwards mill complex may rely on attracting a private developer or organization with $3 million to spend. The complex at one time employed thousands of Franco-Americans who came to Augusta to create a better life for their families by toiling and sweating in the cotton mill. Advocates for renovating the piece of Augusta’s working-class history for new uses — such as a cafe and museum or heritage center — say it could pay tribute to the people whose labor fueled the growth of the city and could draw visitors to an area they say is a largely undiscovered gem.
Vegan & Plant-Based Living
Maine Public - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Maine Calling guests discuss how more people are turning to vegan diets for their health and for philosophical reasons, while others are embracing more plant-based eating, which may not qualify as vegan or vegetarian, but might minimize meat as part of each meal. Learn how to be vegan or to shift to plant-based living.
Catalyst to sell Rumford paper mill to Hong Kong company
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Catalyst Paper, the Canadian company that last July said it planned to pump $56 million into a new tissue-making machine to tap what it called a growing market for the product, said Friday it has agreed to sell its Rumford, Maine, and Biron, Wisconsin, mills to ND Paper LLC of Hong Kong for $175 million. ND Paper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd., said the purchase is an important step in its global fiber and customer strategies.
Chinese company to buy Rumford paper mill
Sun Journal - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Catalyst Paper announced plans Friday to sell the Rumford paper mill and a mill in Wisconsin to a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper of Hong Kong for $175 million. An operations center in Dayton, Ohio, is also included in the sales agreement. Nine Dragons Paper is the largest containerboard producer in China and the mills would be its first in the U.S. “We are very pleased to welcome the Rumford and Biron mills to the Nine Dragons family,” Nine Dragons Chairwoman Yan Cheung said in a statement. Forbes magazine’s World’s Billionaires index on Friday listed Cheung’s net worth at $2.1 billion and noted that her husband and younger brother, also with the company, were also billionaires.
What Adam Cote learned at a stalled clean energy company now fuels his campaign
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Clean energy companies have “been playing defense” during the LePage years. The trials of Adam Cote’s company shed light on how his business career has shaped his approach to achieving his goal of powering Maine by 100 percent clean energy within 10 years and how it ties into a broader economic plan for the state.
Katahdin Woods and Waters finally has its own map
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The first recreational map for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument available for purchase was recently released by the Maine-based company Map Adventures LLC, offering outdoor enthusiasts a detailed look at the trails, roads, boat launches and campsites of KWW and surrounding communities. The waterproof map, which costs $9.95, is now available at retail outlets throughout the Katahdin region and online at www.mapadventures.com. It was created in partnership with Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, a nonprofit group that promotes and supports the new monument, which was established in August 2016.
Best Swimming Holes in New England
Yankee Magazine - Friday, May 25, 2018 

For a truly old-fashioned, New England dose of summer pleasure, get your bathing suit and go jump in a swimming hole. Top picks from Maine include Frenchmen's Hole at Sunday River, and Emerald Pool at Charles Brook at the Cold River Campground in the White Mountain National Forest on the ME/NH border.
Proposed farm bill could mean bad news for Maine’s organic farmers
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

When the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the massive $867 billion 2018 farm bill last week, that was good news for Maine’s small family farms and organic growers according to those who work closely with them. But there remains concerns that language in the Senate’s unreleased version could still spell disaster for Maine’s organic and small growers.
Opinion: Would Rachel Carson eat organic?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Did Rachel Carson's 1962 book “Silent Spring” launch our modern organic farming movement, as many organic advocates and businesses often suggest? Actually, no. That movement began in Austria in 1924, led by a mystic philosopher named Rudolf Steiner. Organic farmers use no synthetic chemicals at all, but Carson found this approach needlessly strict. She favored a restrained use of pesticides, but not a complete elimination, and did not oppose judicious use of manufactured fertilizers — which are prohibited in organic farming. ~ Robert Paarlberg, Harvard University
Maine’s becoming a hub for the animal health industry – and that’s good for the economy
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Looking at $100 million in new investment, companies such as Idexx, Dechra, ImmuCell and Vets First Choice say the area's growing industry cluster creates a magnet for workers and could get the region's economy purring.
Acadia weighs ‘residents only’ pass as part of new traffic plan
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

As they shape their latest transportation plan, Acadia National Park officials are sorting through ideas that include a “residents only” park pass. With park traffic having increased by 60 percent during the past decade, park officials in April unveiled their draft of a plan to ease congestion and improve visitors’ safety and quality of experience. The proposal includes a car reservation system for the park’s most popular spots. The plan’s 60-day review period, during which people can critique the plan and present their own ideas, ends June 26.
Here’s the traditional Memorial Day boating safety update, which shouldn’t be ignored
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Over the upcoming long weekend, families around the state will head to lakes and ponds to enjoy some of the activities that make summers in Maine so fun. They’ll launch their power boats, and go for a paddle in canoes, and gather up the kids for a leisurely kayak trip along the shore. And sadly, some won’t come back. Wear a life jacket.
Letter: Supporting Luchini
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, May 25, 2018 

I am writing to support Louie Luchini’s candidacy in the primary election on June 12. Luchini fights to protect Maine’s precious natural resources. His advocacy for clean water, clean air, building a clean energy economy and confronting climate change have been recognized by the Maine Conservation Voters, who have given him their endorsement in this Senate race. In fact, during his eight years in the House, Luchini earned a perfect voting score record from the Maine Conservation Voters. ~ Susan Whitby, Southwest Harbor
Electricity Maine founders' 'business divorce' gets ugly
Sun Journal - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

After more than 30 years in business together founding Auburn companies, including Electricity Maine, Emile Clavet and Kevin Dean have apparently decided the gloves are off. The high-stakes fight between the two former Auburn residents includes charges of lies and distortions, allegations of drug trafficking and claims totaling millions of dollars. In 2011, Clavet and Dean founded Electricity Maine with a vow to undercut the state’s standard offer price for electricity, signing up more than 150,000 customers in the first year. The company eventually ran into legal problems when customers claimed they were transferred to higher rates without their permission.
Katahdin Woods and Waters balancing 'wild' with infrastructure needs
Sun Journal - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

It’s new, it’s wild and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is open to be explored. That was the basis of a discussion by Andrew Bossie, executive director of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, Thursday during the final Great Falls Forum of the season at the Lewiston Public Library.
New Hampshire committee rejects Northern Pass appeal
Associated Press - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted on Thursday to deny a request by Eversource to rehear the $1.6 billion, 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line project. It first voted against the project in February, which resulted in Massachusetts abandoning plans to contract with the project to fulfill its clean energy needs. The Massachusetts Office of Energy said it would reverse course and terminate the earlier selection of Eversource’s Northern Pass project. The state will instead move toward an agreement with New England Clean Energy Connect, a hydropower project proposed by Central Maine Power Co.
Watchdog Agency Calls For Changes To Bottle Deposit Law
Maine Public - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

The legislature’s watchdog agency is recommending that lawmakers do a comprehensive review of the state’s bottle deposit law, passed first by voters at referendum in 1976. The office of Program Evaluation And Government Accountability reviewed the history and operations of the bottle deposit law, and it concluded that lawmakers need to consider several changes to make the law work more efficiently. The report suggests several improvements in data collection and recommends changing language in the current law that it found to be confusing.
Pigs found buried on Swanville farm close to emaciated, state documents say
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

A Swanville farmer, Jerry Ireland, has entered a plea of not guilty to 13 counts of cruelty to animals charges filed after state animal welfare officials exhumed a dozen Mangalitsa pigs that he allegedly shot, killed and buried on his property a day before the agents were scheduled to check on them.
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