March 18, 2018  
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Online Wind Power Petition
Action Alert - Thursday, October 31, 2013 

This petition by Friends of Maine's Mountains asks the Governor and Legislature to repeal the Expedited Wind Law and to place a moratorium on all Maine wind projects until their impacts have been fully analyzed.
Baxter State Park naturalist to speak at UMFK, Nov 8
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 31, 2013 

Baxter State Park Naturalist Jean Hoekwater will speak on “The People’s Mountain: Resource Protection Strategies for Katahdin’s Alpine Zone.” At University of Maine at Fort Kent, Nadeau Hall, Nov 8, 11 am - 12 pm.
Eight Ways to Fish, Nov 7 & 9
Announcement - Thursday, October 31, 2013 

This film was recorded in Stonington and Deer Isle, on the East side of Maine’s Penobscot Bay, the perfect place for exploring ways to fish. Maine Public TV, Nov 7 at 10 pm and Nov 9 at 11 am.
Building a Mass Movement to Fight Climate Change, Nov 8
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 31, 2013 

Phil Aroneanu, co-founder and campaign director, discusses carbon bombs like tar sands oil; fossil fuel divestment; and strategies toward a clean energy economy. At Bates College, Lewiston, Nov 8, 4:30 pm.
GMO OMG, Nov 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 

Concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? Is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey in this film from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate? At Unity College Center for Performing Arts, Unity, Nov 6, 7 pm.
Inspiring Philanthropy, Nov 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 

Nell Newman will speak about how she has translated her commitment to organic foods into philanthropic action while having a lot of fun along the way. Newman credits her parents, actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, with teaching her by example to be socially responsible, politically involved, and philanthropic. At Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Nov 6, 5:30 pm. Sponsored by the Maine Community Foundation.
Voluntary environmentalists? Nov 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 

Many companies around the world are participating in voluntary programs that require them to do good things for the environment, even beyond the requirements of government regulations. Some environmentalists worry that these programs are yet more corporate propaganda attempting to greenwash companies' poor environmental records. Supporters see in these programs great potential to improve environmental conditions in an era when gridlock prevents government led solutions. Matthew Potoski proposes focuses on what problems these programs can solve and what types of rules they need to be effective. At Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Moulton Union, Moulton Union, Nov 6, 7:30 pm.
The Art of Katahdin, Nov 6
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 30, 2013 

Author David Little will present a visual and historic look at one hundred and fifty years of paintings, photos, sketches and little known facts about the peak andsurrounding areas. At Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, Nov 6, 7 pm. Sponsored by Maine Outdoor Adventure Club.
The Real Hunger Games: The Farm Bill Fight, Nov 5
Event - Posted - Monday, October 28, 2013 

At stake in the farm bill is our nation's second largest anti-poverty program, in addition to cropping, environmental conservation, and regulatory programs affecting more than half of the total land area and every major water body and forest in the U.S. Also addressed in the farm bill are invasive species programs, organic food, genetically modified organisms, and access to local food. Tom Berry is a field representative for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. At Colby College, Waterville, Room 1, Olin Science Center, Tuesday, November 5, 7 pm.
What's Eating Maine's? What Does Maine Eat? Nov 4
Event - Posted - Monday, October 28, 2013 

Mark Lapping, Professor at the Muskie School of Public Service, is working with a team of colleagues to develop a food plan for the state of Maine to build a strong, abundant, and resilient food system strategy to enhance value-added production, processing, and distribution of Maine food throughout the state. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Nov 4, 6:30 pm. Co-sponsored by Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, and Cornerstones of Science.
Lynx Critical Habitat Designation, Nov 4
Event - Posted - Monday, October 28, 2013 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to revise the critical habitat designation for the Canada lynx. An informational public meeting will be held at Stearns High School, Millinocket, Nov 4, 7-9 pm.
MST Poll: Aroostook County wind power
Action Alert - Sunday, October 27, 2013 

Maine Sunday Telegram Poll: Are two proposed wind farms in Aroostook County a positive development for the state?
Divest Now
Action Alert - Sunday, October 27, 2013 is encouraging people to use your power as an individual investor to divest your personal finances from fossil fuels. The Fossil Free campaign and are not making investment recommendations; they are providing information about possible alternatives to fossil fuel related investments.
GrowSmart Maine Annual Meeting, Nov 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 24, 2013 

Registration is open for GrowSmart Maine's 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting. At the Atrium at Bates Mill, Lewiston, Nov 20, 1-5pm.
Merrymeeting Conservation & Education Alliance Online Auction, thru Nov 7
Announcement - Thursday, October 24, 2013 

Funds raised support the conservation and education work of the Cathance River Education Alliance, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
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Editorial: How much can Paul LaPage waste?
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

According to a new review by The Associated Press, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has hired outside legal representation that has cost at least $110,000 just since last fall, raising his total expenditures on frivolous lawsuits to more than half a million dollars over the past four years. LePage seems determined to squander not only the public trust, but the public piggybank, before he stumbles off into the sunset next year. What a waste.
Live trapping is one way to deal with freeloading rodents
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The current two-year tally at Nancy Donovan’s home is, Donovans: 95, Squirrels: 0. Nancy Donovan and her husband, Daniel, have been actively trapping and releasing the gray squirrels around their Presque Isle home since 2016 in an effort to keep the fluffy-tailed rodents from cleaning out their bird feeders. Nancy Donovan said, “We started keeping count to see how many of the little buggers we were going to get.” Turned out, an impressive amount. They caught 55 in 2016 and another 40 last year, all subsequently released a mile or two from their house.
Portland’s bustling port sees volume, value of goods more than double over five years
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Shipping containers are piling up on the Portland waterfront at a record pace as the state invests millions of dollars into its largest port to encourage Maine’s growing trade links to Europe and the North Atlantic region. The volume of containers moving through the International Marine Terminal on West Commercial Street has more than doubled in the past five years and so has the value of goods, to $502.7 million last year.
We are gun owners: Each of us has a story
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Five Mainers describe their love of hunting, concern for security and passion for firearms.
A sauna in the woods draws devoted disciples
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Saunas have been around for centuries and are a way of life in many European countries such as Germany, Austria and Finland. They are not as popular in Maine, but there are many who find their way to the one in Denmark – the western Maine town at the foothills of the White Mountains. At the 33-acre holistic retreat, this outdoor European tradition takes place every weekend from October through March when the sauna is open to the public. Then a small community of sauna enthusiasts hike through the woods for a $15 visit.
100-plus nominations came in for the 2018 Source Awards
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Each April for the past four years, Source has honored a handful of accomplished Mainers, Maine organizations and Maine businesses working in the arena of sustainability. We were impressed with the number of nominations that talked about bringing people together, about building bridges between scientists and ordinary people, loggers and treehuggers, new and old Mainers, farmers and eaters. Tackling the immense environmental problems the planet faces – climate change, mass extinction, population explosion and water scarcity, to name a few – is going to require all of us. We’re so pleased to announce this year’s 2018 Source Award winners. They are leading the way. ~ Peggy Grodinsky, SOURCE Editor
Mainer instrumental in state’s loon count is recognized for her expertise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Her efforts on behalf of Maine Audubon earn her the Source Award for Conservationist.
Meet the 2018 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship winners
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

This year's crop of farming scholarship winners are full of passion, pluck and plans:
• August DeLisle
• Sarah Fallon
• Zenaide McCarthy
Maine State Prison teaches inmates to garden, compost, recycle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Their work on the prison's sustainability initiative earns Capt. Ryan Fries and Mark Hutchinson the Source Award for Trailblazer.
WindowDressers inserts help Mainers lower their fuel bills
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Research done by the University of Maine shows that the nonprofit, which earns the Source Award for Energy Saver, helped save more than $2.2 million in fuel costs.
Rosemont Market proves small shops can thrive
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The six-location market, which earns the Source Award for Entrepreneur, builds community by bringing shoppers and farmers together.
Maine Grain Alliance has ‘changed the face of bread and baking’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The nonprofit has helped bring back grain farming for baking and brewing, earning the Source Award for Farmer.
This teacher’s got a whole seed bank of apples in Waldoboro
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

'Our seeds have basically gone all over the world,' says Neil Lash, who earns the Source Award for Teacher.
Partnership between land trust, Maine Forest Service grew into something big
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Local Wood Works is honored with the Source Award for Forester, based on its efforts to connect consumers to local wood products.
Editorial: New plant shows brighter future for Maine lobster
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

In a game-changing investment announced last week, Ready Seafood Co. is expanding its live and processed lobster business with a new 40-acre campus in Saco. In addition to their investment, they are receiving $2.4 million in research and development funds to build facilities where university and industry scientists can work alongside Ready’s in-house marine biologist to study and better understand lobsters. What they learn will be shared throughout the industry, helping the company as well as their competitors find ways to add value to a product that supports so many Maine jobs and communities.
Letter: Burying electrical lines would avert storm outages
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The news reports are full of accounts of fallen trees and impaired utility poles causing electrical outages that result in life safety and economic situations imperiling many individuals and businesses. The current policy of tree removal and resultant limb trimming is ineffective and does not result in an effective policy response. A more effective policy would require that all electrical utility transmission and local distribution lines be installed underground and that our monopoly utility distribution providers be required to file for justified exceptions from situations that may require exceptions from said policies. ~ Frederic W. Coulon, Rockport
Column: Big fish being caught at lakes throughout state
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

This has been a winter that has brought ice anglers out on the ice in good numbers. Gouldsboro angler Ryan Bridges iced a 40-inch, 25.5-pound togue in February at Tunk Lake. At Sebec Lake, an ice-fishing grandmother hooked and landed a lake trout in the 12-pound range. Ice fishing college student Chris Parent from Biddeford brought home an impressive landlocked salmon in the 12-pound range. (The lake? He’s not telling.) Tyler Smith got lucky when he landed a 23-pound muskie that measured 40 inches at Wilson Pond in Monmouth. Dustin Harrington from Hampden, while ice fishing Moosehead Lake, caught a big-bellied brook trout that tipped the scales at 6 pounds. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Historic 150-year-old Maine inn destroyed by fire
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

A historic inn in northern Maine built more than 150 years ago burned to the ground early Saturday morning. The Chesuncook Lake House was built in 1864 for supplying logging operations. Fifty miles north of Moosehead Lake, the lake house was listed on the Federal Historic Register. Maine Forest Rangers and Greenville firefighters responded to the scene by snowmobile. The owners said all family members and employees escaped unharmed.
Editorial: Contrary to LePage claims, land conservation is good for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Even as Gov. Paul LePage continues his crusade against land trusts, a new report by a bipartisan group of lawmakers finds that these groups contribute a lot to the state, including tax dollars. The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee’s work should put an end to LePage’s false claims that land trusts and conserved lands are a detriment to Maine and its taxpayers. This report shows clearly that they are not.
Historic Maine wilderness inn destroyed by fire
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

The Chesuncook Lake House, a historic inn 50 miles north of Moosehead Lake, was destroyed by fire early Saturday. The remote inn, built in 1864 in Chesuncook Village, originally supplied logging operations in northern Maine. Accessible only by snowmobile in the winter, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The owners, David and Louisa Surprenant, said they are trying to make sense of the conflagration. The fire started about 1:30 a.m. but it took the owners, whose cellphone service was cut off, about two hours to alert the fire department. Nine firefighters set out on five snowmobiles hauling portable pumps and other equipment. By the time they reached the inn at daybreak, the fire was over.
It’s been three years since Maine towns started banning plastic bags. How’s it working?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Bag regulations have been enacted in Portland, South Portland, Belfast, York, Falmouth, Freeport, Kennebunk, Topsham, Brunswick, Saco and Cape Elizabeth, with the most recently adopted ordinances in the cities of Bath and Rockland. Single-use plastic bags certainly can be convenient, but non-biodegradable plastic bags can end up littering streets and storm drains, stuck high in tree branches or floating out to sea, where they break down into tiny pieces and can be mistaken as food by fish and wildlife. Sarah Lakeman of the Natural Resources Council of Maine hopes that there eventually will be a statewide ban.
Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA
National Public Radio - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

President Trump's nominee for deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, has spent much of his career working for less oversight from the agency. A longtime aide to Sen. James Inhofe, known for his climate-denying antics on the floor of the Senate, Wheeler worked on environmental legislation for more than 15 years in various roles on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He helped to defeat a 2008 climate bill before leaving to be a private consultant and lobbyist.
Maine Farmland Trust applying for accreditation
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Maine Farmland Trust has announced it is applying for accreditation. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.
Letter: Respect Union River
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

On Feb. 9, FERC issued notice of a new license application for the Union River dams. This starts a 60-day clock that is the last chance to comment on or protest the details of this license application. The license proposed will not stop the fish kills that are documented in Ellsworth each year as alewives and eels try to head out to sea. It does not offer any new proposal to help native fish returning to the Union River. It does nothing to change the way water levels are managed at Graham Lake. Contact DEP Commissioner Paul Mercer and encourage him to issue a water quality certificate that respects the Union River. ~ Dwayne Shaw, Columbia Falls
Letter: Water rights
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Regarding Attorney General Janet Mills and Penobscot Nation fishing rights, what is not stated in any coverage I’ve seen on this issue is the intention behind the state’s denial of tribal control over the water surrounding their Islands. The Environmental Protection Agency supports tribal water quality standards. Tribal water quality standards are tough and environmentally sustainable. The state is motivated by big business interests that lobby for the freedom to pollute. There is a word game going on and surprisingly little demand from the people for clarity. ~ Rosalie Paul, Brunswick
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