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Canal Path walk, Mar 5
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 26, 2011 

Join Mike Shannon -- registered Maine guide, recently retired Unity College ornithology and ecological educator, former Director of the Audubon Ecology Camp and a Master Naturalist -- on a walk along the Canal Path in Searsmont. Mar 5 at 10 am. Sponsored by Georges River Land Trust.
Landscapes of the St. George River Valley, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 

Sid Quarrier of Appleton will give a slide presentation on the landscape history of the St. George River Valley at the Vose Library, Union, Mar 2 at 7:30 pm. Sponsored by the Union Historical Society.
Coyotes, Bobcats, and Beavers - Oh My! Feb 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 20, 2011 

Get up close and personal with animal artifacts and become a detective as you search for wildlife clues along the trail. Create your own ultimate winter-survival animal to take home. At Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells, Feb 23, 12-3 pm. For ages 9-12; $18 for members, $24 for non-members; pre-registration required.
Snow Movers Winter Transportation Festival, Feb 26-27
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 20, 2011 

This event will feature Lombard Log Hauler demonstrations, Model T snowmobile rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog sleds and an antique snowmobile parade, as well as many family-oriented activities throughout the weekend. At Owls Head Transportation Museum, Feb 26-27, 9:30 am - 5 pm.
Music, imagery celebrate the Earth, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 20, 2011 

Bay Chamber Concerts will present a unique combination of performing and visual arts Sunday, Feb 27 at 4 p.m. at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School. The concert will feature the Paul Winter Consort with Midcoast Community Chorus and projected photographs by local artist Eric Hopkins. Most tickets are just $25, and youth tickets for those younger than 19 are only $8; prime seating is available for $45.
Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 20, 2011 

A number of "Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: a celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries" events, co-sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association and organizations at each site, are slated for Feb 27, 1-3 p.m.
Brownie Carson's Going (Not Far) Away Party, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 20, 2011 

Natural Resources Council of Maine members and supporters will gather to celebrate Brownie Carson's 27 years as NRCM's executive director. At the Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, Feb 27, 1-4 p.m. RSVP.
Winter Family Fun Day, Feb 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 19, 2011 

Winter Family Fun Day, 10 am-3 pm, Saturday, Feb 26, Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle; Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobile “tote-rides,” guided nature interpretive walks. Sponsored by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
Maine State House Watch: Recommendations on Environmental Rollbacks
Action Alert - Friday, February 18, 2011 

During 31 hours of meetings around Maine and at a public hearing on Feb 14, the Maine legislative Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform listened to more than 350 people who addressed the committee. At least 225 people submitted written testimony, many in lieu of oral testimony. This is a link to a compendium of recommendations, many of them conflicting, made to the committee.
Oppose Conservation Spending Cuts
Action Alert - Friday, February 18, 2011 

The U.S. House voted this week on a broad spending bill that would slash Land and Water Conservation Fund appropriations by 90% and eliminate all funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and State Wildlife Grants. Next it goes to the U.S. Senate. Call your Senators and urge them to vote NO on the fiscal year 2011 continuing resolution because of these disproportionate cuts for conservation programs.
MERI Offering School Vacation Programs, Feb 22 & 24
Event - Posted - Friday, February 18, 2011 

The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) in Blue Hill is offering two school vacation programs for kids. On Feb 22, MERI will host “Marine Life Sculpting and Drawing with Rebekah Raye.” On Feb 24, children are invited to come learn about lobsters and other ocean creatures. Registration fee.
Climate Change Avatars, Feb 22
Event - Posted - Friday, February 18, 2011 

Eban Goodstein, director of the environmental studies program at Bard College, will discuss the science, economics, and politics of global warming, and show how, if the older generation will first deliver, then students today really do face a brilliant opportunity to vastly enrich the future. At Colby College, Olin Science Center, Room 1, Waterville, Feb 22, 7 p.m.
Local authors launch Best Nature Sites, Feb 22
Event - Posted - Friday, February 18, 2011 

Local authors Kyrill “Buzz” Schabert and Tony Oppersdorff will read from their new book "Best Nature Sites Midcoast Maine: Route One Corridor Brunswick to Belfast." At Camden Public Library, Feb 22, 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Winter Family Fun Day, Feb 23
Event - Posted - Friday, February 18, 2011 

Winter Family Fun Day, 10 am-3 pm, Wednesday, Feb 23, Fort McClary State Park, Kittery Point. Outdoor games, snowshoeing, maple sugaring, nature walks, winter survival demos, animal tracking, bonfires. Sponsored by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
Maine's native plants, Feb 22
Event - Posted - Friday, February 18, 2011 

Maureen Heffernan, executive director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay and author of a new book “Native Plants for your Maine Garden,” will be the featured speaker for the final program of the Winter Horticulture Series sponsored by the Camden Garden Club. At the Camden Public Library, Feb 22 at 10:30 am.
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Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument Officials To Discuss Winter Use
National Parks Traveler - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

With winter swirling all about the Northeast, the folks at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine are planning to host a public meeting on winter use in the monument. The meeting, set for January 24, is designed to help the National Park Service better understand the diversity of opportunities and concerns related to winter activities and to help inform the development of a management plan for the national monument.
MCHT’s Largest Preserve: Rocky Lake
Maine Coast Heritage Trust - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Thanks to generous donors, 2,352 acres of dense forest and over six miles of shoreline have been permanently protected in Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s largest preserve. Situated between Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and the Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land, protection of this land creates a wildlife corridor for animals like fisher, bobcat, moose, and black bear. It is also a critical piece of a larger MCHT Initiative to restore the Orange River watershed and rejuvenate once-abundant river herring populations—an important first step toward bringing ground fishing and jobs back to the area.
The Damage Done by Trump’s Department of the Interior
Other - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

The New Yorker - Under Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, it’s a sell-off from sea to shining sea. Zinke is, in many ways, a typical Trump appointee. A lack of interest in the public interest is, these days, pretty much a precondition for running a federal agency. In the decades to come, one can hope that many of the Trump Administration’s mistakes—on tax policy, say, or trade—will be rectified. But the destruction of the country’s last unspoiled places is a loss that can never be reversed.
Maine opposing push to require all lobstermen to report catch data
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

The state’s top fisheries official says Maine lobstermen should not be subjected to stricter requirements for reporting their catch to federal regulators. Patrick Keliher, commissioner of Maine Department of Marine Resources, also said he is confident he can convince the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to drop the idea. The commission is accepting public comment on the proposal until 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22.
China disrupts ecomaine and other recyclers with ‘foreign garbage’ ban
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

China has prompted “a crisis in the recycling world” with its decision to no longer accept what its regulators call “foreign garbage” such as paper contaminated with pizza grease. The action by China, long known for its willingness to import and repurpose recyclables from the United States and elsewhere, is being felt in Maine and around the nation. “They put the hammer down,” said Kevin Roche, chief executive officer of ecomaine, the nonprofit that handles recyclables for about a third of Maine’s population.
Letter: No oil drilling off Maine coast
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

I was encouraged to see that both Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King have come out against President Donald Trump’s proposal to open Maine’s coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling. Gov. Rick Scott has already had the entire coastline of Florida taken off the list, so we know it can be done. I can see Republicans taking Maine off the list when the House of Representatives passes the legislation to stabilize health insurance markets that Collins was promised for her yes vote on that same tax reform bill. ~ Warner Vaughan, St. George
Maine Conservation Corps Gives Away Winter Wear at Augusta Warming Center
WABI-TV5 - Monday, January 15, 2018 

As part of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service, the Maine Conservation Corps teamed up with the Augusta Community Warming Center on Monday to hand out winter wear to folks in need.
Freeport to talk goals, fighting climate change
Times Record - Monday, January 15, 2018 

The Freeport Town Council will meet Tuesday evening to consider a recommendation by the Freeport Sustainability Advisory Committee to endorse a the “Climate Mayors Statement to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement.”
Editorial: Lawmakers have one more chance to fix nonsensical solar rules
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 15, 2018 

In 2016, the Legislature passed a bipartisan bill to update the state’s rules around solar power generation. LePage vetoed that legislation. When it came time for the override vote, many House Republicans reversed their earlier support for the legislation and voted to uphold LePage’s veto. In his veto message, LePage repeated untrue accusations. Lawmakers have one more chance to fix this by passing LD 1686 before the PUC begins assessing the new costs on Maine electricity customers.
Cumberland veterinarian plugs into solar power
Forecaster - Monday, January 15, 2018 

Veterinarian Tom Netland hopes that from this spring forward, his power bill will be about zero, along with his business’ impact on the environment. Netland and his wife, Lauren, recently installed 160 solar panels behind their Cumberland Animal Clinic. The array of 10 ground mounts has been up and running nearly a month, and is expected to produce 66,000-kilowatt hours of energy over the course of a year. The return on the investment could be three to eight years, thanks also to a tax rebate incentive. Since the life of the array is supposed to be 30 years, Netland said, “from eight to 30 it’s all gravy.”
When deer yards disappear so do the deer
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, January 15, 2018 

In the Maine Sunday Telegram on December 24, Bob Humphrey’s column on deer wintering areas was a good one, thoughtful and provocative. With Bob’s permission, I am sharing his column with you today.
Deep freeze may reduce some insect populations in Maine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 15, 2018 

People who know bugs and trees say there could be an upside to the sustained freezing temperatures that have challenged Mainers for more than a month, besides providing ideal conditions for ice fishing and pond hockey. The daunting cold could tamp down insect populations that threaten backyard landscapes and woodlands across Maine, according to entomologists and tree experts. The devastating winter moth and hemlock woolly adelgid – and possibly the brown-tail moth and spruce budworm – may be especially susceptible to subzero temperatures.
Opinion: Maine will win when New England Clean Energy Connect comes online
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 15, 2018 

Today, we are on the threshold of an exceptional contribution to Maine’s and the region’s well-being. It is known as Central Maine Power’s new England Clean Energy Connect, a well-designed and cost-effective path to New England’s clean-energy future. Over the course of some years, CMP has assembled a strategic transmission corridor from the Canadian border down to Lewiston, the major energy hub for our state and our gateway to the New England electric grid. CMP’s proposed corridor would be a resource from which all of Maine may benefit, as it provides a steady supply of clean, reliable hydropower from Quebec to all New England. ~ Richard Anderson and Richard Barringer are both former Maine conservation commissioners and residents of Portland
Letter: Wind, solar, biofuel should power Maine
Forecaster - Monday, January 15, 2018 

I’m worried for Portland and all the cities that are going to be threatened by rising waters as a result of climate change. In order to reduce carbon emissions and reverse climate change, Maine should use a combination of three energy sources: wind, solar, and biofuels. Wind power creates jobs, is renewable and affordable. In the short term it is really expensive, but in the long run it will be worth the expense. Solar energy is another renewable energy source that will move Maine into the future. Biofuels are one more source that Maine could use to take into the carbon neutral future. By using these three energy sources, Maine could be carbon neutral. ~ James Cagney V, Portland
Letter: Oppose Trump's plan for offshore drilling
Forecaster - Monday, January 15, 2018 

At a time when we need to be moving away from fossil fuels, the Trump administration’s new offshore drilling plan would open up Maine’s coast to drilling by oil and gas companies. From the fishing industry, with lobsters and other marine life, to recreational activities like sailing and whale-watching, our ocean supports some of the best parts of life in Maine. It makes no sense to be opening our coasts to drilling when we can meet our energy needs through greater efficiency and tapping into our renewable energy potential. I invite Mainers to join me in opposing the Trump administration’s drilling plan Jan. 22 at the Augusta Civic Center from 3-7 pm. ~ Jacqueline Guyol, Environment Maine, Portland
Tour Series to Focus on Woodland Stewardship
Associated Press - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Officials in Maine are leading tours around the state to give the public a look at examples of woodland stewardship and conservation by private landowners. The Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service are co-sponsoring the tours, which are open to landowners, loggers, foresters and other people interested in care of small woodlands.
Cod catch at all-time low, but rebound could be near
Associated Press - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Atlantic cod were once the backbone of New England’s commercial fishing fleet, but catch has plummeted in the wake of overfishing and environmental changes. The 2016 catch, which is the most recent to be fully tabulated, was the lowest in recorded history, according to statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But NOAA officials said there are some positive signs for the cod stock, and quotas are set to increase slightly this spring after years of heavy cutbacks.
Opinion: Climate change is burning a hole in our pocketbooks
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

As we continue to notice the compounding decay in climate stability around the world, Mainers have largely avoided the catastrophic effects of climate change. But we are already beginning to notice the toll it has taken on our economy and on our own wallets. It is imperative that we remember the cost associated with consumptive lifestyles, but it is equally important that we harness our unique position as members of a free society. We have the privilege of standing up to certain pollutive agendas that, while intended to boost economic growth, inevitably damage infrastructure, contribute to disease, and drain our bank accounts. ~ J. William Somes is studying economics and political science at UMaine
Celebrated poster unveiled for 2018 Common Ground Country Fair
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Two adorable kunekune pigs grace the poster for the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair, which was unveiled last week by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. The artwork on the poster, created by Arika von Edler of San Francisco, was selected by the MOFGA board of directors and fair’s steering committee, will advertise the 42nd annual Common Ground Country Fair, to be held Sept. 21-23, in Unity.
LePage’s support for offshore drilling may undermine effort to exempt areas off Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s openness to exploration off the coast will make it hard for Maine to get a Florida-like exemption from the plan, said Sean Mahoney, executive vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation, the nonprofit that helped spearhead the 1982 moratorium on drilling in New England waters that Zinke intends to overturn.
Wooden snowshoes (and furniture) support a good cause
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Bob Howe’s snowshoes are worn by game wardens, hunters, foresters, maple syrup producers, trappers and other people who make their living in the woods in winter. Howe, owner of Maine Guide Snowshoes at Pine Grove Lodge in Pleasant Ridge Plantation, has been making classic wooden snowshoes for 20 years. The shoes are made of white ash and rope that is “very, very, very strong,” Howe said. “No bugs and squirrels will eat it.” Howe’s business helps support a nonprofit organization he and his wife started called Pine Grove Programs, which brings veterans to the lodge for a free week of hunting and fishing.
Heidi Powell is a one-woman show called Dirigo Wholesale
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

A little more than a year ago, Heidi Powell took a big leap, opening her own food distribution business, Dirigo Wholesale, in the Greater Portland area. She caters to restaurants and small businesses that need smaller orders of fruits and vegetables than the bigger suppliers are willing to deliver.
Buying locally raised goat meat in Maine is harder than you may think
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Goat meat is a cornerstone of meals in countries like Somalia, where many recent immigrants to Maine are from. You can buy it in places like Portland’s Makkah Halal Market and Peace Food Market or Global Halal in Lewiston, but typically, frozen goat meat is all that is available. Deliveries of fresh, goat meat, are infrequent, and sell out fast. Shopkeepers at those markets said that goat meat typically comes from Boston or New York and never from Maine farmers. That is changing.
When owls attack, people notice
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

A recent owl attack on a cross country skier at Pineland Farms attracted media attention last week, making the staff at the Nordic ski center smile at the soaring publicity, so to speak. Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox said it’s not unusual for the bigger owls to swoop at people or even knock them with their talons during the winter breeding season. “The more we encroach on wildlife habitat, the more we’re going to have interactions with humans and wildlife. I think we need to learn to be more sensitive of them.”
Column: Do your research to find the right guided hunt
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Before you plop down what could be a substantial deposit on a potentially pricey guided hunt, I’d like to share some tips, based on my experiences from more than two decades of outfitted hunts, that you might find helpful. First, decide what you’re after, whether it be a legitimate trophy or merely better odds of filling the freezer. Next, look for an outfitter. Another thing you’ll want to know is your odds of success. ~ Bob Humphrey
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