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Maine Woods Initiative, Apr 6
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 30, 2017 

AMC Land Manager Steve Tatko will reflect on the first decade of AMC's ownership and what lies ahead for the 70,000 acres of AMC land in northern Maine. At Bangor Public Library, April 6, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow, Apr 5
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 

A fun and inspiring evening of music and activism. Help send a powerful, unwavering Earth2Trump message that oppression and environmental destruction will not be tolerated. At State Theatre, Portland, free.
Transform Your Community: Permablitz, Apr 5
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 

Speaker: Heather Foran of The Resilience Hub. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, April 5, 6:30 pm.
Monument Marketing Toolkit to be Unpacked, Apr 4-5
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 28, 2017 

Carrie Hamblen, CEO of the Los Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce in New Mexico, will share ideas that have emerged from the national monument in her region. At Lumberman's Museum, Patten, April 4, 5 pm; and at Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, East Millinocket, April 5, 5:30 pm.
Types of Gardens and Library Resources, Apr 3
Event - Posted - Monday, March 27, 2017 

Speaker: Hazel Onsrud. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, April 3, 12 pm.
Winter Gardening Workshop – Pest and Disease Control, Apr 2
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 26, 2017 

Eric Sideman, Crop Specialist, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will share his knowledge about the common vegetable diseases and pests in your garden, and some organic options for their management and control. At St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick, April 2, 2-3:30 pm, $5 donation.
Friends of Baxter State Park annual meeting, Apr 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 25, 2017 

Great food, guest speakers, the annual State of the Park Report from Director Jensen Bissell, updates on volunteer opportunities and trips for members, and some exciting news about new mountain models for Baxter State Park. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, April 1.
State of Maine Sportsman’s Show, Mar 31-Apr 2
Event - Posted - Friday, March 24, 2017 

At Augusta Civic Center, March 31 - April 2.
Edible Ornamentals, Mar 31
Event - Posted - Friday, March 24, 2017 

Speaker: Lisa Fernandez of The Resilience Hub. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 31, 12 pm.
Grow Your Own Mushrooms, Mar 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 23, 2017 

Speaker: Ben Whatley of Whatley Farm. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 30, 6:30 pm.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Mar 30
Announcement - Thursday, March 23, 2017 

At 2190-miles, hiking the Appalachian Trail is a daunting undertaking. Hear from the two hikers selected by Maine Public to hike the A.T. this summer, and from Maine Appalachian Trail Club experts to learn about its history, its upkeep, and what casual hikers should know about the trail. Maine Public Radio, March 30, 1 pm.
2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference, Mar 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 23, 2017 

Keynote "Conserving Pools and Watersheds" by Aram Calhoun, Professor of Wetland Ecology, UMaine. At Augusta Civic Center, March 30, 7:30 am - 4 pm.
Northern Goshawks in the Northeast, Mar 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 23, 2017 

Speaker: David Brinker, Maryland Natural Heritage Program. At Ladd Recreation Center, Wayne, March 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Backyard Bees, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

Beekeeper Mike Mcnally talks about keeping bees. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 29, 12 pm.
Planning a Garden for Preserving, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

Speaker: Kate McCarty of UMaine Cooperative Extension. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 29, 6:30 pm.
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LePage refused to put up national monument signs, so this couple made their own
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Call it a sign of protest: A Benedicta couple who oppose the governor’s ban of road signs showing the way to Maine’s national monument has hung their own signage on a highway overpass. Herman and Lisa Ammerman tied a spray-painted painter’s cloth banner on Benedicta’s Casey Road bridge on the northbound side of Interstate 95 on Tuesday. With Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument due to start its first full season with the opening of its main Loop Road entrance on Thursday, Lisa Ammerman said she hopes that motorists — and Gov. Paul LePage — get the message. LePage banned signs from all Katahdin region main roads until federal officials determine whether the executive order creating the monument is valid. That review is due on Aug. 24.
Why Are Environmental Agencies Celebrating Trump’s Devastating Cuts?
Other - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

New Republic - In curiously similar language, the environmental agencies claim Trump's proposed budget would return them to their "core mission" and allow them to work more "efficiently." The idea that massive cuts will allow these agencies to return to their “core missions” or “core functions” is laughable. And four out of five of the agency news releases applaud Trump’s “efficiency.” Of course, “redundancies” and “efficiency” are just euphemisms. The point of the cuts is not to make these agencies more streamlined and cost-effective, but to force them to do less with less, curtailing their ability to enact and enforce regulations.
Trump dumps ‘clean coal’ research he praised in campaign
Bloomberg News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

President Donald Trump promised his administration would bring about “clean coal,” but his budget proposed slashing research the industry says it needs to make that a reality. Coal is the top source of energy-related CO2 emissions, accounting for 68 percent of the emissions associated with electricity generation, according to Energy Department data.
Maine mining bill nearly through Legislature; veto expected
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

The Maine House voted on Tuesday, May 23 to enact LD 820, a bill to revamp Maine's mineral mining law. The Senate is expected to take final action imminently. According to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the bill would provide strong protections against metallic mineral mining pollution. Some grassroots activists had called for a complete ban on metal mining in Maine. However, LD 160, which would prohibit mining of major ore deposits, had no chance of passage. The grassrooters are calling for citizen members to resign from NRCM and other groups supportive of the compromise mining bill. Gov. Paul LePage is expected to veto LD 820.
Moose referendum was hard-fought battle
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

The 1983 referendum initiated by a group trying to stop Maine’s new moose hunting season was contentious and hard-fought. Here’s a look back at it in a Sun Journal news story.
Parents’ concerns prompt switch to organic pesticide at Freeport schools
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

School officials in Freeport have decided to treat browntail moth nests at athletic fields with an organic pesticide rather than a synthetic one, in response to parents’ concerns about the environmental effects of the chemical spray.
Letter: Maine needs strong mining rules
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

One only need to look in our state’s past to see issues with mining, such as what happened in Brooksville with the Callahan mine. Even after 40 years, the open-pit mine remains contaminated with toxic metals and affects wildlife. It was designated a Superfund site, requiring federal intervention. This is the third time in four years mining changes are trying to be rammed through the Legislature. The better move for Maine’s environment would be no mining, but if there is to be mining, better it be with strong but fair rules (such as proposed under LD 820) that hold mining companies responsible for incidents and protect our most vulnerable areas. ~ Jeremy Boulier, Mars Hill
Letter: LePage, Trump childish
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

The similarities between Paul LePage and Donald Trump are getting more apparent every day, with both acting like a 6-year-old who wants his way or will throw a fit and pout. The Paul has the same arrogance as The Donald. Most of the time LePage is in his own little world, which most of us don’t understand or have a clue where the stuff he says and does comes from. The latest is the national monument road sign foolery. I wasn’t for the national monument, either, but this sign issue is just another example of LePage showing how childish he can act. What has country come to? ~ Gary King, Howland
U.S. Postal Service Issues New Thoreau Stamp
Other - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The U.S. Postal Service has dedicated its new Henry David Thoreau postage stamp at a ceremony at Walden Pond, where the 19th century American philosopher and naturalist spent two years in solitude and reflection.
Once-rare bobcats thrive in New England
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

“They are back in New England and at least as abundant as they were 100 years ago, if not more,” said Litvaitis, who conducted much of his research while at the University of New Hampshire. “They are adapting to a landscape that has changed.” The resurgence of Lynx rufus comes during a shift over the past several decades from treating bobcats as vermin to be exterminated to being considered a top predator worthy of protection.
One-of-a-kind Acadia guide written just for kids
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

“Ten Days in Acadia: A Kids’ Hiking Guide to Mount Desert Island” by Southwest Harbor resident Hope Rowan was written to be read by young outdoor explorers, to engage them with nature and empower them to guide their parents on adventures throughout the park. To do this, Rowan wrote the guide in an unusual fashion: as a fictional story following a 12-year-old girl and her family as they explore Acadia during a vacation.
Advocates Say Trump’s Budget Makes Maine’s Economy, Social Problems ‘Gravely Worse’
Maine Public - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Advocates for the poor, environmental groups and members of Congress were quick to attack President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which was released in more detail on Tuesday. Included in the proposal: a 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, which U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says would result in the loss of $4 million in Maine. Programs that deal with radon, lead and beach protection and estuaries would be eliminated. Funding for the National Estuary Program and Coastal Waterways would be cut, which means fewer protections for Casco Bay. Big cuts are also slated for the Department of the Interior. Tom Abello of the Nature Conservancy in Maine is worried about cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
President's Budget Proposal For National Parks Calls for "Biggest Cut Since World War II"
National Parks Traveler - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

President Trump's Fiscal 2018 proposal for the National Park Service would be the "biggest cut to the Park Service since World War II" if enacted in its current form by Congress, park advocates claimed Tuesday. While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters several times during a conference call that the budget would allow the agency "to take care of what we have" across the Interior landscape, it would cut roughly $380 million and nearly 1,250 full-time positions from the Park Service's current budget. "If enacted, this would be the biggest cut to the Park Service since WWII," John Garder, the National Parks Conservation Association's director for budget and appropriations, said.
Trump budget targets land acquisition, conservation programs
E&E/Greenwire - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The Trump administration would scale back significantly on new federal land acquisitions and revenue-sharing partnerships with states, while seeking new oil and drilling opportunities in the Arctic, under its fiscal 2018 Interior budget proposal unveiled today.
Editorial: LePage and history
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

On the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Gov. Paul LePage has been monumentally on the wrong side of history. Even former opponents in the Katahdin region now support the monument. Nevertheless, LePage continues his insulting all-out assault. His latest infantile tantrum is to withhold road signage directing visitors to the monument. A new reader poll in the Bangor Daily News affirms that a majority of Mainers support the monument. Asked whether the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument should get its own signage, more than three-quarters voted yes. LePage cannot hear this news because his feet are in his ears, when they are not in his mouth, but everyone else gets it.
Hike: Acadia Mountain in Acadia National Park
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Located on what’s known as the quieter side of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Acadia Mountain rises 681 feet above sea level, making it one of the smaller mountains on the island. Nevertheless, the top of the mountain is free of vegetation in several places, including the summit, offering great views of the region. The mountain also features beautiful stands of twisted pitch pine trees and an abundance of lowbush blueberries.
‘Leading edge’ restrictions on electricity sellers become Maine law
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law new rules for companies that sell electricity directly to Maine homeowners and, on average, have cost them millions above the default rate. The law will tighten rules for retail electricity companies automatically renewing customer contracts, requiring new disclosures and an actual affirmative response from customers if the new rate equals an increase of 20 percent or more. It will also prohibit companies from charging a termination fee for re-enrollments done without specific consent from the customer.
Donald Trump’s budget is his biggest fraud since Trump University
Other - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Slate - Donald Trump’s pitch for his Trump University promised a world of possibility to potential students. Trump didn’t just fail to deliver; the entire thing was a scam. Ultimately, the law caught Trump, forcing him to pay a $25 million settlement for this fraud. Trump University was an exercise in cruelty and predation. It is also a useful episode for thinking about President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal, released on Tuesday.
Maine Live: Tim Glidden
Maine. The Magazine - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Tim Glidden, a self-proclaimed “free-range kid,” is now the president of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. In his Maine Live talk he discusses how his childhood led him to a career in conservation, how Maine’s environment is changing, and the importance of getting outside and embracing all that our state’s outdoors have to offer. “When we conserve these opportunities, we protect a source of energy and strength to face the challenges that are coming at us. We can build a future of which we can be proud—a future worth fighting for.” [video]
Donald Trump's Latest Budget Still Takes An Ax To Environmental Protection Agency
Huffington Post - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The latest version of the Trump administration’s 2018 budget will still cut the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third. The budget proposed on Tuesday would cut funding to the agency to $5.65 billion ― a 31.4 percent reduction. As far as the EPA goes, the proposal doesn’t appear to have changed drastically from the so-called “skinny budget” released in March. Science and health advocates decried the cuts.
Shuttered Madison mill to be sold piecemeal in June auction
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Owners of the shuttered UPM-Kymmene mill in Madison will sell off 3,000 separate pieces of industrial equipment through a three-day online auction starting June 13. The joint partnership of asset liquidators running the sale said the mill’s Valmet paper machine will be sold through private negotiation while the rest of the equipment will be sold through the auction. The previous owners sold the mill in December after it stopped production last May, laying off 214 workers in the process. It was Maine’s fifth major paper mill closure in three years.
Editorial: All signs point to monument being positive addition to Maine, even if LePage tries to hide it
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage doesn’t like the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. He tried to stop it from being created, and now that it exists he is working hard to get its designation reversed, even though the monument is bringing people and much needed economic activity to the Katahdin region. Meanwhile, other monument opponents have come to see its value. This follows the pattern of other national monuments: Loud local opposition quickly turns to support as area residents see the benefits of having a monument in their backyard. It is time for LePage to see it, too.
Memorial Day: Kick-off to Maine's Summer Travel Season
Maine Government News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

With Memorial Day and the summer travel season just around the corner, the Maine Office of Tourism anticipates another good year for the tourism industry in Maine. Approximately 40 percent of Americans in Maine’s core travel markets (New England and the Mid-Atlantic) say they expect to travel more for leisure during the next year compared to 2016. Maine had almost 36 million visitors in 2016, including 5 million first-time visitors. Growth in first-time visitation came primarily from the Mid-Atlantic states. “Maine has increased our marketing allocation in the mid-Atlantic region for 2017,” said Steve Lyons, Acting Director of the Maine Office of Tourism. “The numbers demonstrate that the Maine ‘brand’ resonates with today’s travelers.
Scientists say the rate of sea level rise has nearly tripled since 1990
Washington Post - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

A new scientific analysis finds that the Earth’s oceans are rising nearly three times as rapidly as they were throughout most of the 20th century, one of the strongest indications yet that a much feared trend of not just sea level rise but its acceleration is underway. The cause is that sea level rise throughout much of the 20th century was driven by the melting of land-based glaciers and the expansion of seawater as it warms, but sea level rise in the 21st century has now, on top of that, added in major contributions from the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica.
Lots of killed bills this session, from Spearfishing to Sunday hunting
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

As usual, most of the nearly 2000 bills introduced this legislative session have been killed or will be soon, including lots of fish and wildlife bills. Here are some of the more interesting bills that got nowhere.
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