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Butterfly Walk, Jul 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 30, 2012 

Help count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Count. At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, July 7, 1 pm.
Palmer Meadow Pond Paddle, Jul 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 30, 2012 

Join Ed Friedman, chair of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, on July 7 at 9-11 am to paddle Palmer Meadow Pond in Dresden. Pre-registration required.
Maine Political Watch: LePage, Elton John Tribute Band Headline Events at Fort Knox, Jul 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 30, 2012 

The first-ever “Economic Freedom Festival” will feature a stellar lineup of political conservatives, according to Carol Weston, director of Americans for Prosperity – Maine, including Governor Paul LePage. At Fort Knox, Prospect, July 7, 3:30 pm. For those not interested in hearing from LePage, the Elton John tribute band Yellow Brick Road will present a show at 6:30-8:30 pm.
Climate Change & Forests
Publication - Friday, June 29, 2012 

According to this fact sheet by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, "climate change will alter many aspects of forests and forest management, and although managers and landowners cannot control the changes in climate (e.g., warmer temperatures, altered precipitation), we are not helpless in shaping the future condition of our forestland. The best way to plan and prepare for climate change is to practice good forestry."
Farm Training Project
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 27, 2012 

These workshops, ranging from ecological pest control to farming off the grid, are designed for and targeted to participants in MOFGA's Apprenticeship Program, but are free and open to anyone. They are intended to give apprentices and other young, beginning, and aspiring farmers the chance to visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and socialize with peers. Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Stop East-West Corridor through Maine
Action Alert - Saturday, June 23, 2012 

Though purported to be a benificial endeavor for Maine citizens with the lure of increased jobs and commerce, it is now known the purpose of the proposed East-West Corridor across Maine with its massive privately owned land requirements is an attempt to aquire property for the shipment of extremely toxic oil through the state. Sponsored by Eric A. Tuttle.
Natural Resource Conservation Funds Available
Announcement - Saturday, June 23, 2012 

More than $2 million will soon be available for protecting wetland and significant wildlife habitat in Maine. The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program helps offset impacts to natural resources by funding the restoration, enhancement or preservation of similar habitats. Public agencies, non-profit conservation organizations and private individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of intent for eligible restoration and preservation projects in Maine by July 20.
Landscape Conservation Stewardship Program
Announcement - Saturday, June 23, 2012 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in cooperation with its partner, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announces a new initiative to develop community-based partnerships that further the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants and other natural resources in distinct landscapes. In 2012, approximately $180,000 will be available for matching grants nationwide. Deadline is July 31.
Robin Hood Tax campaign
Action Alert - Friday, June 22, 2012 

Today, the U.S. is the most unequal advanced industrial country in the world. While poverty rates go up, Congress continues to slash programs that protect the environment and help people in need while doling out welfare to corporate polluters and big banks. The Robin Hood Tax is a proposal for a tiny tax, 1/2 of 1 percent or less, on financial transactions in the U.S. that would free up hundreds of billions of dollars to protect public goods. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and more than 1,000 economists already endorse it.
Old Fort Western Summer Apprentice Program & Field School for Young Naturalists at Viles Arboretum
Announcement - Thursday, June 21, 2012 

Old Fort Western, a 1754 National Historic Landmark fort, store, and house museum on the Kennebec River in Augusta, will be collaborating with the Viles Arboretum to offer a unique learning experience of living history and nature conservancy all in one day. This program is for kids ages 8-12 during the weeks of July 9-13 and August 6-10.
Androscoggin Source to the Sea Trek, Jul 6-Aug 4
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 21, 2012 

Paddle some or all of the Androscoggin's 170+ miles, July 6-August 4. Sponsored by Androscoggin River Watershed Council.
New England Human Powered Vehicle Rally, Jun 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 21, 2012 

Expect to see recumbent bikes, velomobiles (enclosed recumbent bikes), electric assisted bikes and home-built or store-bought versions of any of the above. At Rogers Pond, Kennebunk, June 30, 8 am 5 pm.
Portland LobsterFest, Jun 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 21, 2012 

The Great Maine Lobster Eating Contest will test the skill and the stomach of the competitors. In a ten minute period, each contestant must shuck and eat the lobster tail and both claws. Senator Olympia Snowe will be a special guest judge for the Lobster Eating contest. Governor Paul LePage will also attend the Portland LobsterFest. At Maine State Pier, Portland, June 30, 11 am.
Bird Sounds Walk, Jun 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 21, 2012 

Ornithologist Will Broussard will lead a morning bird sounds walk in Bowdoinham. June 30, 7-9:00 am. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay. Pre-registration required.
Maine Regulatory Fairness Board, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 21, 2012 

To effectively report to the Legislature and the Governor on regulatory conflicts, the Maine Regulatory Fairness Board is eliciting public comment concerning "specific state rules and regulations that may unreasonably impede business sustainability and growth; and recommendations for regulatory and statutory change that may enhance Maine's business climate." Or you can remind the board that regulations protect the public from excesses of the private marketplace. Next meeting is at the Ellsworth Middle School, June 29, 1-4 pm.
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Letter: Skowhegan Millers?
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

If Skowhegan is the name European-Americans adopted from what Native Americans called a place for watching and spearing fish in the Kennebec River, then it is sad (or worse) to note that such fish are now dammed downstream and rarely seen that far up the river. Considering Skowhegan’s heritage of mills along the falls, the resilience of Sappi paper mill, and the forward-looking vision of milling locally sourced grains — MSAD 54 may want to consider retiring the “Skowhegan Indians” as the team name and updating it to “Millers.” ~ Mark Rains, Vienna
Concern About Global Warming Among Americans Spikes, Report Says
National Public Radio - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

According to a new public opinion survey, the proportion of Americans who said global warming is "personally important" to them jumped from 63% to 72% from March to December of last year. 29% are "very worried" about global warming; 40% are "somewhat worried;" 56% said their family will be harmed by global warming. The survey says that 48% of Americans feel hopeful about global warming, while 51% feel helpless. Just 14% of Americans think it is too late to do anything about it.
Bill To Tax Fossil Fuel Producers Among Dozens Of Climate-Related Proposals Before Maine Legislature
Maine Public - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Democratic state legislators want to tax fossil fuel producers and redirect the dividends to Maine electricity buyers. The bill proposes what's known as carbon pricing. Democratic state Rep. Deane Rykerson, of Kittery, is sponsoring the bill, which is among more than 100 climate-related proposals introduced this session. The Maine proposal would charge $5 per ton of carbon emissions, with the fee increasing every year. Several other state legislatures are considering carbon-pricing bills. Economics professor Thomas Tietenberg says the concept is politically popular because the carbon tax is returned to ratepayers instead of being used to expand government.
Sea-level rise hurting Maine real estate values
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Increased tidal flooding caused by sea level rise has contributed to a loss of about $70 million in the appreciation of waterfront real estate values in Maine over the last 12 years, according to a report released Tuesday.
Plan To Quarantine Invasive Forest Pest Up For Hearings
Associated Press - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Maine forest managers are holding public hearings about a plan to use a quarantine to stop the movement of an invasive forest pest that can cause havoc for the state's timber industry. Maine wants to use the quarantine to contain the emerald ash borer. The new rule is designed to prevent the pest's movement in firewood, ash logs, ash wood products and other products from northern Aroostook and York counties. The first public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11 in Ashland. The other is slated for Feb. 13 in Springvale.
Editorial: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Department serves diverse interests. That’s not all bad.
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Many in the conservation community argue that the merged Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry diminished their interests. Gov. Janet Mills has pledged to make Maine less dependent on imported fossil fuels, which drain money from the state and are major contributors to climate change. ACF can be a leading agency in this work. Despite a resurgence in farming, Maine imports most of its food. Producing more food in state will boost the state’s economy while also reducing transportation, which is costly and is a major source of greenhouse gas pollutants. Farms and forests also store carbon, one way to reduce the impacts of climate change. Giving up on a merged department may be premature.
Belfast salmon farm ignites debate about what ‘NIMBY’ actually means
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

In Greater Belfast, almost every recent development proposal — from the land-based salmon farm to turning an old school into apartments — has been met with noisy, sometimes hostile, opposition. And as those localized debates about specific developments play out, a separate examination of what it means to be a “NIMBY” and what it means to accuse someone of being one has intensified the conflicts. People are objecting to these projects for all kinds of reasons, of course: fears about pollution, water use, urban sprawl and neighborhood decline, to name a few. But underlying all these objections may be one, more simple idea: “we just don’t want that here.”
SAM Proposes Seven Legislative Bills
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has proposed seven legislative bills governing turkeys, bears, shooting ranges, hunting near hiking trails, the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, and sales taxes. Here is a summary of their bills.
Trail snack tips, suggestions and recipes from readers
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

During a mountain hike or an ocean paddle, even the simplest fare can be enjoyable and nourishing. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put a little extra thought and effort into what you pack to eat – the opposite, in fact.
Liberty homesteader shares ‘all the dirt on living the good life’
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

The farmhouse had been empty for 30 years. Built in the 1860s, the building had no electricity or running water, the surrounding fields were overgrown with brush, and a giant Yankee-style barn on the property was filled with animal waste and discarded equipment. Yet to Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and her partner Patrick Jackson, the old farm looked like home, a place where they could pursue their homesteading dreams. Now three years later, Lie-Nielsen is sharing these experiences and all she has learned along the way in her latest book, “So you Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?: All the Dirt on Living the Good Life.”
Letter: Bond package would pay to preserve land, but not wildlife that uses it
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

A recent Press Herald article (Jan. 15) describes a proposed $75 million bond package for the Land for Maine’s Future program, but it doesn’t mention that hunting and trapping must be allowed on land bought with Land for Maine’s Future funds. LMF requires that “hunting, fishing, trapping and public access may not be prohibited on land acquired with bond proceeds except to the extent of applicable state, local or federal laws, rules and regulations and except for working waterfront projects and farmland protection projects.” ~ Don Loprieno, Bristol
Westbrook’s ice disk survives storm and takes a spin on the internet
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 21, 2019 

Westbrook’s world famous ice disk is ready for its close-up –— at least it better be. There’s now a webcam that broadcasts the daytime movements of the disk, which has been spinning in the Presumpscot River for more than a week and continues its counterclockwise rotation, despite a new covering of several inches of fresh snow over the weekend. The image can be found at mooseheadwebcams.com.
Kennebec Land Trust cabins to be featured on 'Maine Cabin Masters'
Mainebiz - Monday, January 21, 2019 

The Kennebec Land Trust's Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary is quiet this time of year — the 115 acres on Cobbossee Stream in West Gardiner don't have any developed trails yet, or even a parking area. But the preserve, one of the Winthrop-based land trust's more than 60 properties stretching through Kennebec County, is about to get its celebrity moment. Two cabins recently renovated on the shore of the stream will be featured on an episode of "Maine Cabin Masters" Feb. 25 on the DIY network. The cabins will be rented out to the public beginning in July, the 30-year-old trust's first foray into renting out property.
Maine Farmland Trust CEO chosen to lead Maine’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Dept.
Mainebiz - Monday, January 21, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills on Friday nominated Maine Farmland Trust President Amanda Beal as the state's next agriculture chief, completing her roster of 15 Cabinet picks less than three weeks after taking office. If confirmed, Beal would be the first woman to lead Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. She has served as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust since 2016.
Rare raptor’s health improving after being rescued during snowstorm
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 21, 2019 

A great black hawk that was found on the ground in Portland during Sunday’s snowstorm and brought to a midcoast wildlife rehabilitation center was standing and looking alert Monday morning, Avian Haven reported. The rare raptor was residing in Deering Oaks Park the past few weeks and was found by passersby who said it was unable to stand and who contacted Avian Haven in Freedom, which specializes in the rehabilitation of wild birds. Before this year, a great black hawk – a raptor native to Central and South American – had never been seen in Maine and was extremely rare in the United States.
Rare hawk rescued from Portland park during storm
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 21, 2019 

A great black hawk that made itself at home in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park was rescued during Sunday’s storm after suffering from frostbite. Two volunteers came across the bird on Sunday morning, and the raptor was on the ground and unable to stand under its own power, according to Avian Haven, a wild bird rehabilitation center in Freedom. Native to Central and South America, the great black hawk is the first of its kind to be spotted in the United States.
9 ways to make your kitchen more earth friendly
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 21, 2019 

If you are looking to green your lifestyle habits, your kitchen is a great place to start, between all the food waste, packaging and energy used to run cooking and cleaning appliances. Here are some ideas on how to green your kitchen:
• Reduce your paper towel use
• Mind your pots and
• Opt for energy efficient appliances
• Green your dishwasher
• More green ways to wash dishes
• Buy in bulk
• Consider your containers
• Recycle food scraps
• Grow your own herbs
Opinion: Join the effort to support renewable energy development
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 21, 2019 

In 2018, “gross metering” rules went into effect, requiring new solar power projects to measure exactly how much power they generate. Previously, only the difference between electrons generated and used on site was tracked. This was called “net metering,” and it allowed people to harvest some sunlight for their own use entirely separate from their utility bills. Under the new rules, the utilities now claim ownership of the portion of harvested sunlight we use immediately to power our homes – energy that never touches the utility distribution lines. Rep. Seth Berry, who co-chairs the Energy and Utilities Committee, has introduced L.D. 91, An Act To Eliminate Gross Metering, to stop this practice, which is taking away the right of Maine people to collect and use renewable energy freely on their own land. ~ Tobey Williamson, Warren
Editorial: Diverse group unites for conservation of Maine land
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 21, 2019 

A task force on land conservation is calling for a return to the robust programs that have protected lands for all Mainers but which suffered during the Le-Page administration. LePage held back voter-approved funding for the Land for Maine’s Future program. He even called the program “corrupt," even though there was no proof of that and the program is widely admired. The recommendations of the task force include a $65 million bond for Land for Maine’s Future, which matches private and individual contributions to projects deemed to be in the public’s interest. The task force also recommends a $10 million bond to finance projects and maintenance at state parks, which have a backlog of needed work.
5 reusable products to help you reduce waste
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, January 20, 2019 

We live in a disposable culture. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws out 4.4 pounds of garbage per day. If you are looking to reduce your contribution to landfills, here are seven products you can use (and reuse) to reduce the amount of garbage you dispose every day.
The Bangor area was once home to more than 10 ski areas — all now lost
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, January 20, 2019 

As recently as 40 years ago there were at least 12 known ski mountains and hills in the Bangor area of varying size and popularity. A few of them were big enough to boast paid memberships, ski lifts and full-service lodges. Some were little more than a hill with a portable rope tow set up for parts of the winter. Today, they’re all either overgrown, privately owned or in some cases, both.
Solar-panel plan for Blaine House sends a message
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 20, 2019 

The Mills administration is drawing up a request for proposals over the coming weeks to install solar-electric panels on the Blaine House, an action meant to signal that Maine once again aims to be a leader in clean energy development.
Clean-energy agenda sees power surge in Augusta
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 20, 2019 

Rep. Chloe Maxmin, D-Nobleboro, is the lead sponsor of a bill to create a Green New Deal in Maine. The bill would chart a path for Maine to get all its power from renewable sources by 2030, transforming the economy and creating clean-energy-sector jobs. Maxmin’s bill also is emblematic of the surge of energy-related proposals in Augusta this year. Taken together, more than 60 separate working titles would have the effect of reversing the priorities of former Gov. Paul LePage.
Dreaming of a lobster license, but trapped on a waitlist
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 20, 2019 

Most lobster fishing zones in Maine were closed to newcomers almost 20 years ago in an effort to prevent overfishing and the turf wars that can happen when a fishery grows too large, too fast. Would-be lobstermen who finish a state apprenticeship program go on the zone waiting list, where they must wait for a certain number of fishermen to give up their licenses, or their trap tags, before they can start fishing. State lawmakers want to help people who have been languishing on the apprentice waitlist for years. Rep. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell, has proposed a bill that would give licenses to anyone who has been on the list for a decade or more. Based on state records, 55 of the 248 people currently sitting on one of the seven regional waitlists would fall into that category.
Opinion: Loggers and conservationists have many common interests
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 20, 2019 

The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine would like to commend Kate Dempsey, director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine, for her Dec. 30 Maine Voices column: “When it comes to preserving northern forests, Maine can’t afford to falter.” We need to do all we can to preserve and build our professional logging and trucking workforce, as it will be essential to preserving our northern forests through responsible timber harvesting and management to achieve this shared vision. ~ Dana Doran, Professional Logging Contractors of Maine
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