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The Future of Snow, Mar 7
Event - Posted - Friday, February 28, 2014 

Porter Fox, author of "DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow," will discuss how will climate change affect snow and the ski industry. At University of Southern Maine, Portland, March 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Of Moose and Main Street, Mar 7
Event - Posted - Friday, February 28, 2014 

Cathy Johnson, Natural Resources Council of Maine North Woods Project Director, and Marsha Donahue, owner of North Light Gallery in Millinocket, will discuss a proposed national park and what it could mean for the environment and the economy of northern Maine. At Hampton Inn, Bath, Mar 7, 4-6 pm.
Reviving the Freedom Mill, Mar 6
Announcement - Thursday, February 27, 2014 

When environmentalist Tony Grassi takes a crazy gamble to rehab an abandoned Mill, he inspires both skepticism and hope that its revived bond with the river will breathe new life into the town of Freedom. Maine Public TV, March 6, 10:15 pm.
Peace, Power, Righteousness: Environmental Stewardship From a Native Perspective, Mar 3
Event - Posted - Monday, February 24, 2014 

A talk by Native American leader and environmental activist Chief Oren Lyons. Lyons is a member of the Onondaga and Seneca nations. He is a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan and a chief of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. At Bates College, Lewiston, Peter J. Gomes Chapel, March 3, 7 pm.
Meet Your Farmers, Mar 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 22, 2014 

A Community Supported Agriculture Fair will be held at the Maine Holistic Center, Bangor, March 1, 1-4 pm.
Reinventing Maine’s Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Industries, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 20, 2014 

Panelists: Donna Cassese, Sappi Fine Paper; Dick Arnold, Old Town Fuel & Fiber; and John Williams, Maine Pulp & Paper Association. At University of Southern Maine, Portland, Feb 27, 7:15 - 9:30 am. Sponsored by E2Tech.
Birding in a Digital Age, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 20, 2014 

Join naturalist Doug Hitchcox to explore spectrograms of bird songs and calls, radar images of birds migrating, an in-depth view of eBird, and a peek at what the future of birding holds. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Feb 27, 7-8 pm. Maine Audubon members $10; non-members $15.
The Art of Katahdin, Feb 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 

Author David Little will present a visual and historic look at one hundred and fifty years of paintings, photos, sketches and little known facts about the peak andsurrounding areas. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, Feb 26, 12:15 pm.
Support the Solar Rebate Program
Action Alert - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Maine is the only state in New England without any policies specifically designed to foster solar energy. LD 1252 would re-establish funding for the recently expired Solar Rebate Program that helps homeowners and businesses invest in solar by decreasing the upfront costs. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Bald Eagle Telemetry, Feb 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Chris Desorbo, a research biologist and the Director of the Raptor Program at the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham, will discuss of research efforts focused on Maine’s Bald Eagle population spanning a 30-year period, from early contaminants and tracking studies to current debates over eagle predation on seabird colonies and wind power. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Feb 25, 7 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
White-Tailed Deer: Managing Healthy Herds, Feb 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Kyle Revana, Maine State Deer Biologist, will discuss the health and habits of white-tailed deer, and how wintering areas or "deer yards" are important habitats for the long-term survival of Maine's deer populations. At Topsham Public Library, Feb 25, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Mining rules hearing, Feb 24
Action Alert - Monday, February 17, 2014 

The Department of Environmental Protection drafted very weak mining rules and posted them for public hearing last September. Despite overwhelming public testimony supporting stronger rules, the Board of Environmental Protection made DEP’s terrible rules even weaker. Hearing on the proposed new mining rules at Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Cross State Office Building, Augusta, Room 216, Feb 24, 9 am. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Hot Environmental Issues at the State House and Beyond, Feb 24
Event - Posted - Monday, February 17, 2014 

Pete Didisheim, NRCM Senior Director of Advocacy, will provide an insider’s view of efforts to defeat weak mineral mining rules, increase solar energy development, strengthen Maine’s lake protection program, and build support for a new national park and national recreation area east of Baxter State Park. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Glickman Library, 7th floor, Feb 24, 5 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Maine Master Naturalist Program
Announcement - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

This program provides year-long courses of classroom and field experience to individuals with the goal of conveying both field natural history as well as teaching skills. Deadline March 15.
Solid Waste Policy
Action Alert - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

The Maine Legislature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee is requesting input in updating Maine’s solid waste policies. Deadline is Feb 21 at 5 pm.
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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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