July 18, 2018  
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Law Farm Volunteer Day, Jun 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 31, 2014 

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a Law Farm Volunteer Day in Dover-Foxcroft, followed by a potluck picnic luncheon, in order to prepare the land for summertime visitors. June 7, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
National Trails Day, Jun 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 31, 2014 

Here is a listing of events in Maine for National Trails Day on June 7.
Maine Canoe Symposium, Jun 6-8
Event - Posted - Friday, May 30, 2014 

Over 50 on water and on land workshops presented by Maine Guides and Paddling Professionals from the US and Canada. At Camp Winona, Bridgton, June 6-8.
Parks and Open Spaces, Jun 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 29, 2014 

Adrian Benepe, former New York City Parks Commissioner and current Trust for Public Land Senior VP, will speak about city parks and open spaces. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the history, future and potential of city parks that will also include Michael Mertaugh of the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery and Tobin Scipione of Friends of Canco Woods. At First Parish Church, Portland, June 5, 6 pm.
World Environment Day, Jun 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 29, 2014 

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.
DamNation, Jun 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 29, 2014 

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, June 5, 7 pm. Presented by Patagonia and Friends of Casco Bay.
A new day for Portland parks, Jun 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 29, 2014 

Adrian Benepe, a leading global expert on connecting the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in public-space development and management, will speak at First Parish Church, Portland, June 5, 6 pm; tabling 5-7:30 pm.
Purchasing and Stewarding Woodland, Estate Planning, and Conservation Easements, June 3
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 

Presented by Norm Rodrigue, Conservation Realty LLC; Howard Lake, Lake and Denison; and Theresa Kerchner, Kennebec Land Trust. At KLT Office, Winthrop, June 3, 5:30-7 pm.
Sears Island Walk, May 31
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 24, 2014 

Celebrate nature and wildness, as well as some of the history of Sears Island. Meet at the gate at the end of the causeway, May 31, 2-4 pm. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
Thorne Head Birding, May 31
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 24, 2014 

Thorne Head Preserve is rich in vireos and warblers. The paths provide easy walking under a canopy of mature trees. Meet MY 31 at CVS in Bath at 7:30 am to carpool or at the preserve parking lot at the north end of High St., Bath, at 8 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
White Pine Management Workshop, May 31
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 24, 2014 

White pine can provide lifelong benefits, from excellent financial returns to aesthetic beauty, wildlife habit and recreational opportunities. This workshop will focus on white pine management. At Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Williamsburg Demonstration Forest, May 31, 9 am - 12 pm. Pre-register.
Stop Arnold Schwarzenegger from terminating rain forests
Action Alert - Friday, May 23, 2014 

The first mass-media program to highlight the rain forest destruction driven by palm oil, Years of Living Dangerously, is a great show. But behind the scenes, one of the show’s star producers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is profiting from forest destruction as part-owner and a major client of Dimensional Fund Advisors, a money manager with nearly a billion dollars in logging and palm oil companies — the very same ones that are burning and bulldozing the forests of Southeast Asia, threatening rural communities and some of the last wild populations of orangutans, rhinos and tigers. Urge Schwarzenegger to terminate his ties to rainforest destruction. ~ Friends of the Earth
Undiscovered America
Action Alert - Friday, May 23, 2014 

Zack Frank is trying to raise $20,000 through Kickstarter by June 3 to help fund a 6-month photography trip that will result in a 200 page landscape photography book titled “Undiscovered America.” The book will feature images of 56 natural landscapes across the U.S. that could become future National Parks.
Oppose Doc Hasting's bad endangered species bills
Action Alert - Friday, May 23, 2014 

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, is continuing his assault on wildlife protections even into his final year in Congress. His Natural Resources Committee has passed four bills that would seriously harm our nation's endangered species. These bills are set to be voted on by the House of Representatives. ~ Endangered Species Coalition
Deadly pesticides could wipe out bees
Action Alert - Friday, May 23, 2014 

Chemical giants Dow and Syngenta have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to authorize the expanded use of two highly toxic pesticides that could have deadly consequences for bees. Tell the EPA to reject the companies' reckless proposal and protect bees from the devastating impacts of these two dangerous chemicals. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
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Waterville council approves contract extension with WasteZero for trash bag supplies
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

City councilors on Tuesday voted to approve extending a contract with WasteZero to continue supplying purple trash bags to retailers for purchase by residents as part of the city’s pay-as-you-throw system of trash collection.
UMF fitness center director dies of cancer
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Jim Toner, the director of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center and a former director of both parks and recreation and public works in Waterville, died Monday of cancer. Toner, 59, served as director of the Fitness and Recreation Center, or FRC, since 2006 and was the founder of the center’s Mainely Outdoors Program and the annual Sandy River Canoe/Kayak Race.
Those lobster license plates are supporting $340,000 in research on vital industry
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using $340,000 from the sale of specialty license plates to bankroll lobster research. The state agency is using lobster license plate profits to fund six research projects, including five run by the University of Maine and one by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and give $5,000 mini-grants to four other researchers.
Scoop that poop: A case for picking up dog waste on trails
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Dog waste has long been a problem in public outdoor spaces, in trail networks and on beaches. And in addition to being disgusting, this problem is a public health concern, and can harm the environment and wildlife. Dog feces often contains harmful bacteria, diseases and parasites. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people pick up and dispose of dog feces, “especially in areas where children might play.” While picking up dog poop is a big inconvenience, it’s the right thing to do. Whether you’re visiting public or private property, you’re a visitor. It’s not your space to wreck.
Right whales give scientists a way to collect data: They blow it into the air
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get real-time hormonal data by collecting the spray from whales’ blowholes.
Forest Service wants to know who built campfire that started fire in Belgrade
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service is trying to figure out who started a campfire on a small Belgrade island last week, eventually causing a wildfire. So far, no suspects have been identified, said Darrell Rich, a state forest ranger who went to the scene Friday afternoon. The fire burned about a half-acre on a small, tree-covered island in Hamilton Pond, near the intersection of routes 27 and 135 in Belgrade. Rich said the wildfire was the result of someone failing to extinguish a campfire fully.
175,000 watched Maine lobster harvester, chef live-stream event
Other - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

More than 175,000 tuned in to watch the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative’s live-streamed, roughly 30-minute lobster-oriented talk show Monday night, in Brooklyn, New York, the group tells Undercurrent News.
The new Maine Mountain Guide is entertaining and inspiring
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

I live vicariously through Carey Kish, enjoying his posts about all his outdoor adventures. He and his wife are amazing hikers and adventurers, and Carey has written a number of hiking books. But his new book, Maine Mountain Guide, published by AMC Books, is his best.
The big deals that won LePage’s favor for tax breaks
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s selection of 32 areas of the state for new federal tax breaks reads like a map of big business deals to be done. LePage’s administration said its picks of Opportunity Zones around the state were driven by the potential for successful new investments. The major projects include a plan from J.D. Irving, the state’s largest landowner, to rezone and develop camps and commercial properties on 51,000 acres in Aroostook County and subsidized wood-to-energy company Stored Solar’s plans to add a shrimp farm, greenhouses and an organic poultry farm next to its West Enfield energy plant. Critics say the program will only fatten investors’ pockets for deals they would have done anyway.
Pending bait shortage poses another threat to Maine lobster industry
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Feeling pressure from trade tariffs and pending rules to protect right whales, Maine’s lobster industry is facing yet another threat: a severe bait shortage. Regulators want to cap this year’s herring landings at last year’s levels, or 50,000 metric tons, and slash next year’s quota of the most popular lobster bait from 110,000 to 30,000 metric tons. They want to do this to offset record low numbers of newborn herring that are entering the fishery to replace those that are caught, eaten by other predators or die from natural causes.
Central Maine officials urge calm amid rabies fears
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

With reports of four incidents involving a rabid fox in Brunswick earlier this month, and a rabid otter attack in Rockland, central Maine residents are on edge when they see wild animals. But the officials who deal with those animals are cautioning people against worrying too much when they see a fox or raccoon.
Maine Author Explores The Changing American Border With Canada
Maine Public - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Since September 11 — and, more recently, under the Trump administration — the Maine border with Canada, which used to be more porous, is now hardened. It was during this period of hardening that writer Porter Fox, himself a native of Maine's border region, embarked upon a trip along America's northern border, from Maine all the way to Washington state. His new book, "Northland: A 4,000-mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border," documents that trip, and looks at how things have changed in the last couple of decades.
Canadian ferry firm proposes 5-year lease, $1M minimum total payment for Bar Harbor site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 16, 2018 

In a proposal to base The CAT in Bar Harbor, the Canadian firm that operates high-speed ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia says it will spend $3 million in infrastructure improvements to the idle Route 3 property and will pay the town at least $200,000 in annual rent for five years.
Belgrade marina permit stirs debate at scenic lakeside area
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Shawn Grant runs Brightside Marina on scenic Great Pond Outlet Stream off Hulin Road in the village, and his application for a commercial business permit — recently denied by the Planning Board — is the subject of a hearing Wednesday by the town’s Board of Appeals. The permit denial also led the town to issue an order for him to cease operating the commercial part of the marina. The marina operation itself also has caused some controversy.
Wildfire burns half-acre on small Belgrade island
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

About a half-acre of land burned Friday afternoon in a wildfire that started on a small island in a Belgrade pond and which state officials say was caused by an illegal campfire. It’s not clear if anyone has been charged in connection with the fire.
Portland developer solicits bids for marina expansion with space for ‘mega yachts’
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

A Portland developer is soliciting public bids for a marina expansion tied to an ambitious redevelopment of Portland’s eastern waterfront. The marina expansion will more than double the number of boat slips at the current 58 Fore Street marina and make space for “mega yachts.” Expanding the marina is the first step in a 10-acre redevelopment of the former Portland Co. property by Portland Foreside Development Co., the development partnership’s current iteration.
Four rescuers and a helicopter get hiker with broken ankle off Bigelow Mountain
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

A hiker from London, England, who broke her ankle, was rescued early Friday by emergency responders from West Peak of Bigelow Mountain. It was a joint rescue effort from several agencies to reach injured hiker Jennifer Custer, 38, atop Bigelow Mountain, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Much of the heart of downtown Bath being sold
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The Sagadahock Real Estate Association, which has owned vast portions of the downtown since the 19th century, is selling off its properties and making way for new owners. The character of Bath’s downtown is an important selling point for the city. The small, walkable retail area has found a way to survive in the era of the big box store.
Along Maine’s Down East coast, seaweed stirs an international controversy
Washington Post - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is pondering whether seaweed is a plant — which would make it the property owners’ — or an animal, which would mean it could be harvested by anyone, like fish from the sea. Renee Gray, the administrator in this town of 1,300, said the long dispute has left everyone confused about who can do what. She threw up her arms over conflicting maps of seaweed areas, complaint calls from constituents and shrugs from the marine police. Property owners believe the harvesting is ravaging the watery nurseries that shelter and feed a vast array of fish and wildlife. “Our operation is absolutely sustainable,” said Jean-Paul Deveau, president of Acadian Seaplants.
Auburn considers future of agricultural land
Sun Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The debate over how to best take advantage of the city’s vast agricultural zone continued Monday as the City Council reviewed the results of a recent study and committee recommendations. But even the chief recommendation from the ad-hoc committee made up of local farmers — to create a permanent agriculture commission — received pushback from Mayor Jason Levesque.
You can eat lots of Maine’s wild plants
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Who knew so many wild plants in Maine’s fields and forests are edible? Well, Tom Seymour does, of course, because he’s been eating them his entire life. The third edition of Tom’s guide, Wild Plants of Maine, is truly amazing.
Opinion: I love solar!
Morning Sentinel - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The 26 solar panels installed at my house about 19 months ago generate more electricity than I use in a month, except in the darkest winter months. In the summer, my panels more than make up for that deficit. It was a great decision to install the solar panels. So, “I love solar!” ~ Jonathan G. Rogers, Benton
Opinion: Taking action to curb climate change could throw lifeline to Maine lobsters
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Our fisheries are the second largest industry in the state, earning $569,173,090 in 2017. Our fisheries have high economic and cultural value in the state, and we need to act to protect them for the future. The United States needs to take more initiative in combating global climate change at the federal level, and citizens must continue to urge our elected officials to advocate for pro-environmental regulations in Congress. If we work to reverse rising ocean temperatures, we have a chance to not only protect our fisheries in the Gulf of Maine, but also rebuild collapsed fisheries elsewhere. ~ Madeleine Fenderson, Environment America, and Jason Goldstein, Wells National Estuary Research Reserve
CMP touts benefits of power line project in Farmington
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

About 100 people gathered at Mt. Blue High School on Monday night to ask questions of Central Maine Power Co. officials about a proposed Quebec-to-Massachusetts power line, many of them silently voicing opposition through signs and stickers that featured an “X” over the words “CMP’s Line.”
Blog: The Northern Bobwhite Calls for a New Ethic
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

The coming of the Anthropocene is such a profound change that it calls for us to develop a new, fundamentally different ethic. We need to recognize that nature exists not solely to satisfy human needs. Second, recognizing this intrinsic value of nature means that some places should be set aside for natural processes to work without human interference. This is the idea behind rewilding. Wild areas are those without human management so rewilding calls for humans to get out of the way so that nature can be as it will. Third, when natural events wreak havoc with human culture, we can no longer place all the blame on “acts of God.” We now must look to ourselves and understand how human actions may have contributed to the change in natural systems. Fourth, we need to acknowledge the first law of ecology: Everything is connected to everything else. ~ Mark W. Anderson
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