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Wanted: brook trout anglers
Announcement - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, are seeking new volunteers to explore remote ponds with their rods and reels before the end of this year’s fishing season Sept. 30. The partners are looking for anglers willing to survey a total of 187 remote ponds for previously-undocumented populations of wild brook trout.
UMaine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests
Publication - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 

The University of Maine's Center for Research on Sustainable Forests has released its 2011 Annual Report.
Free Trees
Announcement - Monday, August 29, 2011 

Through the generosity of Dutton’s Greenhouse and Nursery, more than 1,000 trees, representing 75 different species, are being offered free of charge to municipalities, schools and non-profit organizations for community planting, according to Project Canopy officials. Two distribution dates in Sep and Oct will be set aside to pick up trees at Dutton’s Nursery in Morrill.
Most State Parks, Historic Sites Open
Announcement - Monday, August 29, 2011 

Maine state parks and historic sites sustained some damage to trees and shorefronts during Tropical Storm Irene, with no buildings or facilities damaged, according to officials with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. All but three parks opened on Monday.
Maine closing state parks and beaches
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

All coastal Maine state parks and several inland parks will be closed for day use on Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's arrival in the state, officials announced today.
White Mountain National Forest Closing
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

The USFS is issuing a closure order for the White Mountain National Forest due to potentially dangerous conditions caused by Hurricane Irene. The WMNF will close at 6 PM on Saturday, August 27 and will remain closed through Monday, August 29. All WMNF facilities will be CLOSED to the public including the trail system. This includes all backcountry shelters, which are being vacated. The Appalachian Mountain Club will also close all eight White Mountain Huts, Joe Dodge Lodge, and Highland Lodge.
Acadia National Park closing campgrounds
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

The National Park Service announced today that it will close the Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds at Acadia National Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday because of the predicted path of Hurricane Irene. The campgrounds will reopen when the storm has passed. In addition, the Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut will close on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will reopen when conditions are safe.
Maine State House Watch: New EO mandates Gov. approve all new rules
Action Alert - Thursday, August 25, 2011 

On Aug 25, Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order, which mandates that the Governor's Office sign off on each and every proposed rule change.
Woodcock Q&A, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will lead a public question-and-answer session hosted by the Moosehead Lake Fisheries Coalition. Woodcock will answer questions about hunting, fishing and outdoors-related topics in Maine. At the Rockwood Community Center, Aug 26, 7-9 pm.
PRRT photojournalism workshop, Sep 17 & Oct 1
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is offering a free conservation photojournalism workshop Sep 17 and Oct 1, allowing a two week period in-between to go on a “photo shoot” focused on the river and the anticipated community benefits of the PRRT Project.
Pesticide Notification
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

On September 28, the Maine agricultural pesticide notification registry will cease to exist. The law that created this registry was repealed by the Legislature in June. However, state law provides other options for notification about nearby pesticide spraying: (1) Self-Initiated Request for Notification; (2) Non-Agricultural Pesticide Notification Registry.
Lessons from puffins, terns, Aug 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Susie Meadows, manager of Project Puffin, will discuss some of the factors limiting Maine seabird populations and will discuss how techniques developed by Project Puffin have led to the restoration of puffins and terns to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. At the Project Puffin Visitor Center, Rockland, Aug 31 at 5 pm.
Donn Fendler talk, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 

On Aug 30, 5-6 PM, the Gardiner Public Library will host Donn Fendler as he discusses his experiences, which led to the book Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Joseph Egan.
Wildflowers, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 

Local botanists will talk about a variety of wildflowers appearing around the state this time of year and discuss their importance. At Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, Aug 30, 6:30 pm.
Wilton meeting to discuss open space, Aug 23
Event - Posted - Monday, August 22, 2011 

Wilton residents are invited to participate in a discussion about municipal conservation commissions and their role in assisting towns to develop open space plans. It will be facilitated by conservation resources advisor, Marcel Polak, a land conservation consultant who is working for the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions. At the Wilton Town Office, Aug 23, 7 pm.
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Bringing Sustainable Tourism to the Masses
Other - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

A new study from the Impact Travel Alliance presents an optimistic outlook on the effort to mainstream sustainable tourism. It provides 32 concrete tactics to help accomplish such a lofty goal. The 66-page “Bringing Sustainable Tourism to the Masses,” was designed specifically to popularize sustainable travel and engage the average traveler in the movement.
Regulators approve new probe of CMP rates
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Wednesday morning to open an investigation into Central Maine Power Co.’s rates, saying the utility’s returns on investment exceed its allowable amount. The ruling came in response to a complaint that asks the commission to investigate whether CMP and its parent companies are capitalizing on excessive returns on investment. Other parts of the complaint asked the PUC to investigate whether CMP benefited from the inordinate costs associated with the October 2017 windstorm.
On Delicate Ground: Communicating about Climate Change
Other - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust in Maine is among a number of land trusts that engage young people in studying and documenting climate change. KELT has found students, teachers and administrators to be highly receptive, and a recent Yale study reported overwhelming public support nationwide for teaching students about the causes, consequences and potential solutions of climate change.
Maine Photographer's Bailey Island Image Selected for U.S. Stamp Series
Maine Public - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The Maine Coast will grace a new stamp thanks to DownEast Magazine's photography editor Ben Williamson. A 20-stamp series produced by the U.S. Postal Service will conclude with an image of Bailey's Island that Williamson shot. William's image of the Maine coast will illustrate the last line of "America the Beautiful" in the stamp series.
Bath Iron Works to pay $355,000 to settle EPA complaint
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Bath Iron Works will pay $355,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over claims that the company allegedly failed to submit Toxic Release Inventory reports for a number of chemicals for the years 2013 to 2015. The shipyard also failed to comply fully with all the requirements in its stormwater permit, according to the federal regulatory agency. Masters Machine Co. of Round Pond, which makes precision automotive and electrical components, will pay a $92,210 penalty after allegations it failed to file TRI forms for copper and lead.
Maine Young Birders Club is a wonderful project
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

I love seeing kids outside enjoying birds and birding. My wife Linda did a birding unit for her first graders every year, and at the end, they would be bused to our house for a birding adventure, which we all enjoyed very much. So I was pleased recently to learn about the Maine Young Birders Club, founded and coordinated by Lena Moser and Nathan Hill.
LePage had two special places to give out tax benefits. Both went to paper
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Out of 32 places to give tax breaks to investors, Gov. Paul LePage had special discretion for two. For each of those special picks, LePage looked to paper towns. The governor’s use of those special selections to pick Madawaska and Baileyville reflect a hope that, despite declines in most paper industry sectors, the mills that have endured some brutal years may still draw new investment or serve as an anchor for sustaining rural economies. The reaction among Maine’s paper industry shows how policymakers and local officials were operating in the dark as they selected those zones in Maine.
Striped bass have made a big return to eastern Maine. Here’s why.
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Anglers caught more than 4.1 million stripers in Maine in 2006. Five years later, they only caught 160,000. But this year, after a steady trend toward improvement, striper anglers are smiling again, and the population of the coveted fish are seemingly surging again. So why have the stripers returned? A regulatory change that has protected smaller stripers up and down the East Coast and an abundance of bait for those fish to feed on are likely contributors, experts say.
Column: Our good neighbor Canada
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Take a look at a map and you’ll see that Maine is in Canada. The current turmoil with our Canadian friends is unfortunate and harmful. From President Donald Trump’s nasty and insulting remarks about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the emerging trade war, disaster is lurking. J.D. Irving, based in New Brunswick, is our state’s largest landowner. And perhaps you buy gas at the Irving’s Maine stations. If the relationship between Canada and the United States continues down this troubling road, Maine will suffer greatly. Someone needs to step up and stop this before we all get hurt. ~ George Smith
Letter: 'Yes' on windmill ordinance
Sun Journal - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The towns of Woodstock and Greenwood have been the focus of energy corporations seeking to establish wind farms to provide electricity to other locations, with the impact of the wind farms affecting our residents, our views and all the collateral damage that is now known to accompany wind power generation. Green, renewable energy in the form of wind and solar provides significant environmental benefits. However, in those circumstances in which wind power is in close proximity to our lakes, it is likely to negatively affect use and enjoyment. Therefore, the Community Lakes Association opposes the project. ~ Janice Kendrick, Community Lakes Association, Woodstock
Rescuers take an hour to rescue scrappy raccoon under Denny’s dumpster
Sun Journal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Police and an animal rescuer wrestled with a 20-pound raccoon for more than an hour Tuesday after the animal got stuck beneath a dumpster outside Denny’s restaurant. The raccoon was ultimately freed, although it did not happen easily.
Over 200 CMP customers join class-action lawsuit claiming they were overbilled
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

More than 200 Central Maine Power Co. customers who believe they have been overcharged on their electricity bills have joined a class-action lawsuit against the company. Lipman & Katz, an Augusta-based law firm, issued a statement Tuesday night announcing that it plans to file the lawsuit Thursday in Cumberland County Superior Court. Other law firms will join in the class-action case. About 97,000 CMP customers‘ monthly bills increased 50 percent or more in December, January or February over the same month a year earlier. The firms contend that another 200,000 customers have been overcharged by up to 50 percent.
Brunswick residents appeal town’s assessment on solar panels
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

A group of seven Brunswick residents is asking the town not to add solar panels to their property assessments. Jake Plante of Rossmore Road, one of the seven, estimated there are about 130 homes with solar in town. Plante said, “There are a lot of other fuel types and energy-saving measures people take to reduce their energy footprint and they’re not taxed for those things. So solar is being singled out for this tax.” Town Assessor Cathleen Jamison rebutted that, saying other energy-efficient components are included in the construction details of a home.
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.
BIW and Lincoln County company pay to settle EPA allegations
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Bath Iron Works agreed to pay a $355,000 penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to report their use and release of toxic chemicals. Masters Machine Co. of Round Pound, will pay a $92,210 penalty.
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.
Sens. Collins and King, Rep. Poliquin testify against tariffs on Canadian newsprint
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, as well as U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, were among more than a dozen lawmakers who testified Tuesday before the International Trade Commission against tariffs on Canadian newsprint that already are having a devastating effect on newspapers. President Trump, who has been increasingly aggressive on trade, ordered the tariffs. The tariffs so far have increased newsprint prices by as much as 25 percent.
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.
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