June 18, 2018  
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Alewife Day, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

See the alewives swim upstream. Smoked fish, kid’s games, mills running, Machinery Hall open. At Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Bradley, May 26, 10 am - 1 pm, $3 per person ages 12+.
Birding Extravaganza, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Ted Allen from Merrymeeting Audubon will lead birders through the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Thorne Head Preserve in Bath, May 26, 8 am.
Edible (and Poisonous) Plants, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Tom Seymour, author, botanist and edible plant enthusiast, will introduce you to many of the edible and medicinal plants that can be found in Maine’s woods and fields. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 26, 10 am - noon.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 2 pm.
BPL Hiking Trail Resources & Info
Publication - Friday, May 18, 2018 

A list of hiking trails in Maine on state lands and more.
L.L. Bean Birding Festival, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Friday, May 18, 2018 

David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds, is featured speaker at the L.L.Bean Birding Festival, a weekend filled with free events, outings and activities for beginner and expert birders of all ages. At Freeport, etc, May 25-27.
Learn how to plant a tree in field tour May 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 17, 2018 

Tour guides will demonstrate selection and methods of planting trees, from seedlings to balled/burlapped ornamental trees. At Belfast City Park, May 24, 3-5 pm.
Celebrate Rachel Carson's legacy, May 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 17, 2018 

Celebration of Rachel Carson with Sandra Steingraber includes speaker’s reception, presentation, book-signing and Q&A. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 24, 5:30 pm, $24 for the evening or $15 for just the presentation. Sponsored by Environmental Health Strategy Center and Maine Audubon.
Celebrate Rachel Carson's legacy, May 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 17, 2018 

Celebration of Rachel Carson with Sandra Steingraber includes speaker’s reception, presentation, book-signing and Q&A. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 24, 5:30 pm, $24 for the evening or $15 for just the presentation. Sponsored by Environmental Health Strategy Center and Maine Audubon.
Fisheries Restoration in Maine: A Closer Look at River Herring, May 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 17, 2018 

Learn why river herring are vitally important to the ecology of freshwater, estuarine, and marine environments along our coastline in Maine. At Buck's Mills Rod & Gun Club, Bucksport, May 24, 7 pm.
Planet Ocean, May 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 17, 2018 

“Planet Ocean” captures extraordinary images of our remarkable oceans. The film aims to explain some of the planet’s greatest natural mysteries, while reinforcing how essential it is that mankind learns to live in harmony with the sea. At Rockland Public Library, May 24, 6:30 pm.
Living Downstream, May 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 17, 2018 

Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor Dr. Sandra Steingraber, known for her ground-breaking book and documentary film "Living Downstream," will speak about how Rachel Carson is a model today for environmental champions who ground their activism in science. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 24, 5:30 pm, $24. Sponsored by the Environmental Health Strategy Center and Maine Audubon.
Cathance River Education Alliance annual meeting, May 23
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 

The Cathance River Education Alliance will celebrate its 18th anniversary with a discussion of CREA’s unique programming for children and adults. At Holden Frost House, The Highlands, Topsham, May 23, 4:30 pm.
River Herring Migration Celebration, May 23
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 

Tour the Downeast Salmon Federation's hatchery where they raise endangered Atlantic salmon, and learn more about alewives. At Peter Gray Hatchery, East Machias, May 23, 3:30 - 6:30 pm.
Field Trip: Florida Lake, May 23
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 

This 167-acre property, owned by the Town of Freeport, consists of a large shallow pond and surrounding forest habitat suitable for waterfowl and a variety of land birds. Trails surround the pond (about 2.5 miles). To carpool, meet at Brunswick Hanaford, May 23, 6:30 am; or at Florida Lake off Rt. 125, Freeport, 7 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
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LePage May Get Job Offer From Trump Administration
Associated Press - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Maine's Republican governor said the Trump administration has reached out to him about a job but that there's "nothing concrete at this time." Gov. Paul LePage told Fox News' "Cavuto Live" last weekend that he is planning to take some time off after he leaves office in January, and that he is exploring his options. LePage said that the president "made some overtures" and that he may be asked "to do certain things." The governor said it probably wouldn't involve a cabinet-level position. He said he doesn't want to live full time in the nation's capital.
2019 Global Seafood Sustainability Conference to be Held in Bangkok
Other - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Diversified Communications, which is based in Portland, Maine, announced today that the 15th edition of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier conference on seafood sustainability, will take place June 10-14, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Biddeford gets grant to upgrade Clifford Park
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Biddeford will use a grant from the Elmira B. Sewell Foundation to make Clifford Park safer and more accessible to users, city officials announced Monday. The $52,500 grant from the foundation’s Healthy People, Healthy Places program will allow several city departments and the Heart of Biddeford blaze new trails, clean up debris more easily and add signs to increase safety on the trails.
Do you think moose hunters want to shoot calves?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, June 18, 2018 

DIFW’s new moose management plan notes that as Maine moves into a new horizon moose management impacts of winter ticks, a warming climate, changing forest practices and new information on moose health have resulted in some uncertainty for moose in the state. That is an understatement. The plan presents lots of goals, objectives, and initiatives that will be very challenging given the department’s minimal staffing and budget. I have to note that new fisheries management plans started with the same process at the same time but have been suspended for the last two years and are nowhere near completion. That is not acceptable to Maine anglers.
Emerald Ash Borer Discovery Subject Of Meeting in Northern Maine
Associated Press - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Maine forestry officials are holding a meeting near the Canadian border to address the discovery of a destructive forest pest in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emerald ash borer was discovered recently in Madawaska in Aroostook County. The state says the detection of the borers is a first in Maine. The forestry department says the borer kills most species of ash and presents a major threat to Maine's trees.
Coping with addiction on an isolated Maine island starts with ‘uncomfortable’ conversations
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 18, 2018 

With about 1,200 residents, Vinalhaven boasts the largest year-round population of Maine’s 15 island communities. A part of Knox County, Vinalhaven is located in a region of Maine where substance abuse among residents is significantly higher than the rest of the state. People familiar with Maine’s fishing industry and addiction say the rate of substance use is higher in fishing communities ― which make up a large portion of coastal Knox County. A new group, Our Island C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Addiction, Recovery, Education, Support) hopes to change the dialogue around addiction.
Oil pipeline v. South Portland starts Monday in U.S. District Court
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

The trial is finally set to start Monday in the Portland Pipe Line Corp.’s federal lawsuit challenging South Portland’s 2014 ban on shipping crude oil from the city’s waterfront, including controversial tar sands oil produced in western Canada. After more than three years of preliminary court filings, hearings and orders, U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock Jr. must decide whether the city’s so-called “Clear Skies” ordinance violates the Commerce Clause, which gives Congress sole power to regulate foreign and interstate trade.
Letter: North Woods at risk
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 18, 2018 

This October, the Land Use Planning Commission will vote on a proposal to make close to 2 million acres of land in Maine’s Unorganized Territories eligible for development. At what cost is the LUPC willing to sacrifice the qualities that distinguish our state? My family runs a lodge near Jackman, and it’s no wonder why visitors love it here: where else on the East Coast can you find lakes and landscapes as remote, scenic, and undeveloped as Maine’s? The state’s outdoor recreational tourism industry accounts for $8 billion each year, but nature-based tourism businesses like mine will suffer if our beautiful spots become miles of unsightly strip development and soon look just like everywhere else. ~ Barrett Holden, Jackman
Letter: Protecting our water
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 18, 2018 

I offer praise to Bangor’s Peace and Justice Center for showing the just released documentary “Awake” that shows the efforts of Water Protectors at the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation. The video exposes violent actions of the North Dakota National Guard, sheriff department, and hired mercenaries who worked for the oil pipeline company throughout 2016 and 2017. Even though data shows that oil pipelines leak tremendous amounts of oil as compared to train transported oil, President Donald Trump signed off on continued pipeline drilling at this site as soon as he took office. Take action to protect our water by standing up, speaking out and voting for those who will protect our water and the environment as a whole. ~ Tim Roger, Lagrange
Letter: Clammers’ real enemy? Climate change, not green crabs
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

The Gulf of Maine has warmed at four times the global average rate for the last 30 years, creating its now green-crab-friendly temperature. Focusing solely on clams misses the true issue. Clammers join a growing list of communities hurt by climate change. If each community enacts solutions to only their own issues, they may find temporary relief until another issue arises. Every community affected by climate change must join forces and share stories like this one, for, through unity, we can create large-scale permanent solutions. ~ Ethan Brown, Toxics Action Center, Portland
Standish councilors wade into dam dispute
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Standish town councilors have authorized Town Manager Kris Tucker to file a motion to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of an agreement that would remove or modify dams along the Presumpscot River. The town, which straddles the uppermost section of the river, joins two conservation groups, the Friends of Sebago Lake and Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, in objecting to the agreement based on concerns that it doesn’t go far enough or act soon enough in requiring fish passages at two of the dams farther up the Presumpscot.
Four area towns send firefighters to deal with flare-up at Norridgewock landfill
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Fire crews from four area communities returned on Sunday afternoon to the Waste Management Crossroads Landfill off Mercer Road in Norridgewock to deal with a possible rekindling of a fire that burned there last week. The fire was reported to have been less severe than the one that broke out Tuesday in the landfill and resulted in three firefighters receiving hospital treatment for heat stress and smoke inhalation.
Night fishing for eel, catfish on the Kennebec River in Waterville
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Bryan Lumbra and his kids Sam, 17, and Caleb, 13, went fishing for eel and catfish on the night of June 6 from the west bank of the Kennebec River in Waterville. Lighting up the banks with a lantern, they baited their hooks with worms and cast them off into the darkness while lights shone from buildings at and above the river’s edge. [photo essay]
Mount Vernon approves food sovereignty ordinance
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Mount Vernon Town Meeting voters on Saturday approved a food sovereignty ordinance, which will allow local farmers and other food producers to sell the foods their produce directly to consumers in town without being licensed or inspected by the state. The vote follows similar action elsewhere to adopt food ordinances in Maine, including votes in Starks, Madison and Solon.
Camp like it's 2018!
Sun Journal - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Up for some glamping, boondocking or bubblecamping? Campground owners, farmers and entrepreneurs alike in Maine and worldwide are pitching new ways of enjoying the great outdoors.
Most Maine State Parks Free for Residents on Fathers' Day
Maine Public - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

The majority of Maine State Parks and historic sites will offer free admission for Maine residents on Sunday. Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Spokesman, John Bott, says the free parks day, which traditionally falls on Fathers' Day each June, is a way to recognize that Maine tax payers make the 48 park system possible.
Trial over South Portland’s oil pipeline ordinance starts Monday
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

The trial to determine if South Portland’s so-called Clear Skies ordinance violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution is set to begin Monday before a federal judge in Portland. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock in December dismissed claims that the local law is preempted by federal law, but left open the question of whether it interferes with interstate and international commerce.
Passport to Maine Outdoors is a lot of fun
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

You should get a Passport to Maine Outdoors and hit the road to visit all the great places included in the passport. This is a project sponsored by the Land For Maine’s Future and the Maine Land Trust Network. They started the project last year to celebrate LMF’s 30th anniversary. The passport was so popular, they decided to do it again this year. LL Bean is partnering with them, something that is sure to attract even more participants. While there is still an emphasis on places conserved with LMF funds, the new “Passport to Maine’s Outdoors” also includes land trust preserves, state and national parks, and other public outdoor recreation areas.
Got 99 cents? Help the environment and sick children
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

HomeGoods – that store where you find all kinds of things you didn’t know you couldn’t live without – is selling two limited-edition, reusable bags this month, one of which was designed by an ill child from Portland. More than 465 of the stores are participating in the company’s 18th annual “Help Families Fight Cancer” campaign. Customers can donate at the register, or buy a shopping bag for 99 cents. Fifty cents from every bag purchased will go to the Jimmy Fund, which helps defray the cost of cancer care and funds research.
Cannabis businesses shut out of Maine’s energy-efficiency programs
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

One of Maine’s most energy-intensive industries is being shut out of the state’s energy efficiency programs. Efficiency Maine has decided that it is too risky to give its grants to cannabis businesses, even if they are state licensed, because they operate outside of federal law. That makes any cannabis business a potential federal target that could be forced to close before it can achieve the energy savings needed to justify Efficiency Maine’s investment, the trust’s board concluded.
Pesticide bans raise question: Can we manage garden pests without chemicals?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

An ordinance severely restricting synthetic pesticides on private property in South Portland took effect in May. The law has been in effect for public property for a year. No fines are attached to the ordinance. Instead, the rollout of the new ordinance is being used as a teachable moment to educate people about ways to manage weeds and pests in lawns and gardens without the potential harm of chemicals. The goal is to get people to think about lawn and garden care in new ways.
Amy Sinclair signed on to manage an ailing farmers market in Yarmouth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

When Amy Sinclair took over management of the Yarmouth Farmers Market in 2015, it was limping. She’d heard that the town was about to shutter the market. Three years later, she’s in her fourth season and finally breathing a little easier about its future. We called her to talk about the surest sign of a successful market, the lengths she’s gone to find vendors and the unique approach the market takes to reach low income customers.
Get busy celebrating the arrival of Maine strawberry season
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Strawberry season is upon us. We all know it’s short but sweet, and so is the celebratory Cape Elizabeth Strawberry Festival Weekend. It’s not until June 29-30. There is one hot-ticket component to the festival that typically sells out. Hence the almost two weeks’ notice. There are nearly 20 farms in Cape Elizabeth, including three that grow strawberries.
Lower greenhouse gas emissions with 4 changes in how you consume food
Washington Post - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

If your household is anything like the American average, your diet generates lots of greenhouse gas emissions. But consumers can make small daily changes to bring that number down. It’s a simple matter of watching your budget, your “food miles” and – most important – your consumption of meat and dairy.
Bethel group plans to create ‘massive network of trails’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Bethel’s trail organization, Mahoosuc Pathways, is poised to launch the final phase of a $2.25 million fundraising effort to purchase 978 acres beside Sunday River ski resort in order to create the Bethel Community Forest, envisioned as a recreational playground for local residents. The effort, in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land and Northern Forest Center, eventually would lead to a total of 3,589 acres of conserved land between Sunday River and Bethel, seven miles away.
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