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Winter Wildlife Photography, Jan 5
Event - Posted - Friday, December 28, 2012 

Join Andy Anderson, nature photographer, on a winter adventure on the grounds of Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, Jan 5, 1-3 pm, $10/Maine Audubon member; $15/nonmember. Advance registration required.
SAM Sportsman’s Congress, Jan 4
Event - Posted - Friday, December 28, 2012 

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine will host its annual Sportsman’s Congress at SAM’s Augusta Conference Center on Jan 4, 9 am - 3:30 pm. $20.
Whales and Ales at the Sea Dog, Jan 4
Event - Posted - Friday, December 28, 2012 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for Bar Harbor Whale Watch, will present amazing photos and a talk about the natural history and conservation of whales. At Sea Dog Restaurant, River Driver event room, Bangor, Jan 4, 7 pm. Sponsored by Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon.
Goranson Farm: An Uncertain Harvest, Jan 3 & 5
Announcement - Thursday, December 27, 2012 

This film follows a small organic farm in Dresden, Maine, during its most difficult season in 25 years. Maine Public TV, January 3 at 10 pm and Jan 5 at 11 am .
Baxter State Park & Katahdin, Jan 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 27, 2012 

Illustrated presentation by John Neff and Howard Whitcomb on “Baxter State Park & Katahdin: A Photographic History.” At Curtis Library, Brunswick, Jan 2, 12:15 pm.
Free National Parks Entrance Days in 2013
Announcement - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 

265 of the 398 U.S. National Park System units do not charge any entrance fee. For those parks that do have a fee, the fees will be waived on nearly a dozen days in 2013, including: Jan 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Apr 22-26; National Park Week; Aug 25, National Park Service Birthday; Sep 28, National Public Lands Day; and Nov 9-11, Veterans Day weekend.
NRCM Dip & Dash against Climate Change, Dec 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine's 2012 Polar Dip and Dash is fast-approaching. Meet the morning of Dec 31 at Portland's East End Beach for a 5K run around Back Bay, then take the plunge at noon into the icy Atlantic. The event is a fun way to raise awareness and funds for NRCM's work to curb climate change that threatens Maine's coastline, leaf-peeping and ski industries, and causes so many other problems for Maine and the planet.
National Parks Business Plan Internship
Announcement - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 

The National Parks Business Plan Internship is a highly selective summer program for top graduate students studying business, public policy, environmental management, and related fields. Over the course of eleven weeks, pairs of interns work in various parks and regional offices across the country, where they lead strategic projects that impact the long-term health of America's national parks. Applications due Jan 13.
Chasing Ice
Announcement - Saturday, December 22, 2012 

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.
Nature Time: Winter Session, Jan 14 – Feb 25
Event - Posted - Friday, December 21, 2012 

Nature in winter is a wonderful, mysterious time. Children ages 2 to 4, come to our wintertime nature-based program with stories, creative play, and art projects. Caregivers participate too. At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, Mondays, Jan 14 – Feb 25, 10-11:00 am. $50/Audubon member, $60/nonmember per child for 7-week session. Advance registration required.
Maine DEP Seeks State Sustainability Stewards for Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Announcement - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking nominations for the annual environmental excellence awards. The awards honor entities that go beyond standard techniques or regulatory requirements to creatively meet environmental challenges or opportunities. The categories: businesses with 19 or fewer employees; businesses with 20 to 99 employees; businesses with 100 or more employees; local, state federal or tribal entities; not-for-profit organizations; and new ventures begun in the last 24 months. Deadline is Feb 22.
Help Wanted: The Working Waterfront Editor
Announcement - Saturday, December 15, 2012 

This position oversees all aspects of the Island Institute’s monthly newspaper. In addition, the editor is responsible for the paper’s website and for assisting with production of the annual Island Journal.
Western Maine Passport to the Arts
Announcement - Friday, December 14, 2012 

Western Maine’s mountains, forests, lakes and rivers have long been an inspiration for artists in every genre. The new Western Maine Passport to the Arts will help visitors experience this rich culture by providing great discounts, deals and incentives on performance tickets, arts, crafts, lodging and meals in Oxford and Franklin Counties. Provides one-time discounts valued at more than $300 to attend performances or purchase art at 22 venues and galleries as well as 17 accommodations, restaurants and other associated businesses. $20.
New Views of Earth at Night
Announcement - Monday, December 10, 2012 

Scientists have unveiled an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and NOAA satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before. Note that northern Maine is the largest remaining dark (wild) place in the eastern U.S.
Wildlife, landscape art exhibit
Announcement - Sunday, December 9, 2012 

The Maine Arts Commission presents an exhibition of landscape photography and painted bas-reliefs of birds through February in Maine's Capitol Complex as part of the agency's Arts in the Capitol program. The works by John and Cynthia Orcutt and Hugh Verrier were previously exhibited at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield. The work is on display for the public throughout the week at the Maine State House from 8 am to 5 pm, and at the Blaine House from 2 to 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Those wishing to see the work at the Blaine House should call ahead.
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Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument Officials To Discuss Winter Use
National Parks Traveler - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

With winter swirling all about the Northeast, the folks at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine are planning to host a public meeting on winter use in the monument. The meeting, set for January 24, is designed to help the National Park Service better understand the diversity of opportunities and concerns related to winter activities and to help inform the development of a management plan for the national monument.
MCHT’s Largest Preserve: Rocky Lake
Maine Coast Heritage Trust - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Thanks to generous donors, 2,352 acres of dense forest and over six miles of shoreline have been permanently protected in Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s largest preserve. Situated between Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and the Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land, protection of this land creates a wildlife corridor for animals like fisher, bobcat, moose, and black bear. It is also a critical piece of a larger MCHT Initiative to restore the Orange River watershed and rejuvenate once-abundant river herring populations—an important first step toward bringing ground fishing and jobs back to the area.
The Damage Done by Trump’s Department of the Interior
Other - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

The New Yorker - Under Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, it’s a sell-off from sea to shining sea. Zinke is, in many ways, a typical Trump appointee. A lack of interest in the public interest is, these days, pretty much a precondition for running a federal agency. In the decades to come, one can hope that many of the Trump Administration’s mistakes—on tax policy, say, or trade—will be rectified. But the destruction of the country’s last unspoiled places is a loss that can never be reversed.
Maine opposing push to require all lobstermen to report catch data
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

The state’s top fisheries official says Maine lobstermen should not be subjected to stricter requirements for reporting their catch to federal regulators. Patrick Keliher, commissioner of Maine Department of Marine Resources, also said he is confident he can convince the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to drop the idea. The commission is accepting public comment on the proposal until 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22.
China disrupts ecomaine and other recyclers with ‘foreign garbage’ ban
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

China has prompted “a crisis in the recycling world” with its decision to no longer accept what its regulators call “foreign garbage” such as paper contaminated with pizza grease. The action by China, long known for its willingness to import and repurpose recyclables from the United States and elsewhere, is being felt in Maine and around the nation. “They put the hammer down,” said Kevin Roche, chief executive officer of ecomaine, the nonprofit that handles recyclables for about a third of Maine’s population.
Letter: No oil drilling off Maine coast
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

I was encouraged to see that both Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King have come out against President Donald Trump’s proposal to open Maine’s coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling. Gov. Rick Scott has already had the entire coastline of Florida taken off the list, so we know it can be done. I can see Republicans taking Maine off the list when the House of Representatives passes the legislation to stabilize health insurance markets that Collins was promised for her yes vote on that same tax reform bill. ~ Warner Vaughan, St. George
Maine Conservation Corps Gives Away Winter Wear at Augusta Warming Center
WABI-TV5 - Monday, January 15, 2018 

As part of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service, the Maine Conservation Corps teamed up with the Augusta Community Warming Center on Monday to hand out winter wear to folks in need.
Freeport to talk goals, fighting climate change
Times Record - Monday, January 15, 2018 

The Freeport Town Council will meet Tuesday evening to consider a recommendation by the Freeport Sustainability Advisory Committee to endorse a the “Climate Mayors Statement to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement.”
Editorial: Lawmakers have one more chance to fix nonsensical solar rules
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 15, 2018 

In 2016, the Legislature passed a bipartisan bill to update the state’s rules around solar power generation. LePage vetoed that legislation. When it came time for the override vote, many House Republicans reversed their earlier support for the legislation and voted to uphold LePage’s veto. In his veto message, LePage repeated untrue accusations. Lawmakers have one more chance to fix this by passing LD 1686 before the PUC begins assessing the new costs on Maine electricity customers.
Cumberland veterinarian plugs into solar power
Forecaster - Monday, January 15, 2018 

Veterinarian Tom Netland hopes that from this spring forward, his power bill will be about zero, along with his business’ impact on the environment. Netland and his wife, Lauren, recently installed 160 solar panels behind their Cumberland Animal Clinic. The array of 10 ground mounts has been up and running nearly a month, and is expected to produce 66,000-kilowatt hours of energy over the course of a year. The return on the investment could be three to eight years, thanks also to a tax rebate incentive. Since the life of the array is supposed to be 30 years, Netland said, “from eight to 30 it’s all gravy.”
When deer yards disappear so do the deer
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, January 15, 2018 

In the Maine Sunday Telegram on December 24, Bob Humphrey’s column on deer wintering areas was a good one, thoughtful and provocative. With Bob’s permission, I am sharing his column with you today.
Deep freeze may reduce some insect populations in Maine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 15, 2018 

People who know bugs and trees say there could be an upside to the sustained freezing temperatures that have challenged Mainers for more than a month, besides providing ideal conditions for ice fishing and pond hockey. The daunting cold could tamp down insect populations that threaten backyard landscapes and woodlands across Maine, according to entomologists and tree experts. The devastating winter moth and hemlock woolly adelgid – and possibly the brown-tail moth and spruce budworm – may be especially susceptible to subzero temperatures.
Opinion: Maine will win when New England Clean Energy Connect comes online
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 15, 2018 

Today, we are on the threshold of an exceptional contribution to Maine’s and the region’s well-being. It is known as Central Maine Power’s new England Clean Energy Connect, a well-designed and cost-effective path to New England’s clean-energy future. Over the course of some years, CMP has assembled a strategic transmission corridor from the Canadian border down to Lewiston, the major energy hub for our state and our gateway to the New England electric grid. CMP’s proposed corridor would be a resource from which all of Maine may benefit, as it provides a steady supply of clean, reliable hydropower from Quebec to all New England. ~ Richard Anderson and Richard Barringer are both former Maine conservation commissioners and residents of Portland
Letter: Wind, solar, biofuel should power Maine
Forecaster - Monday, January 15, 2018 

I’m worried for Portland and all the cities that are going to be threatened by rising waters as a result of climate change. In order to reduce carbon emissions and reverse climate change, Maine should use a combination of three energy sources: wind, solar, and biofuels. Wind power creates jobs, is renewable and affordable. In the short term it is really expensive, but in the long run it will be worth the expense. Solar energy is another renewable energy source that will move Maine into the future. Biofuels are one more source that Maine could use to take into the carbon neutral future. By using these three energy sources, Maine could be carbon neutral. ~ James Cagney V, Portland
Letter: Oppose Trump's plan for offshore drilling
Forecaster - Monday, January 15, 2018 

At a time when we need to be moving away from fossil fuels, the Trump administration’s new offshore drilling plan would open up Maine’s coast to drilling by oil and gas companies. From the fishing industry, with lobsters and other marine life, to recreational activities like sailing and whale-watching, our ocean supports some of the best parts of life in Maine. It makes no sense to be opening our coasts to drilling when we can meet our energy needs through greater efficiency and tapping into our renewable energy potential. I invite Mainers to join me in opposing the Trump administration’s drilling plan Jan. 22 at the Augusta Civic Center from 3-7 pm. ~ Jacqueline Guyol, Environment Maine, Portland
Tour Series to Focus on Woodland Stewardship
Associated Press - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Officials in Maine are leading tours around the state to give the public a look at examples of woodland stewardship and conservation by private landowners. The Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service are co-sponsoring the tours, which are open to landowners, loggers, foresters and other people interested in care of small woodlands.
Cod catch at all-time low, but rebound could be near
Associated Press - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Atlantic cod were once the backbone of New England’s commercial fishing fleet, but catch has plummeted in the wake of overfishing and environmental changes. The 2016 catch, which is the most recent to be fully tabulated, was the lowest in recorded history, according to statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But NOAA officials said there are some positive signs for the cod stock, and quotas are set to increase slightly this spring after years of heavy cutbacks.
Opinion: Climate change is burning a hole in our pocketbooks
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

As we continue to notice the compounding decay in climate stability around the world, Mainers have largely avoided the catastrophic effects of climate change. But we are already beginning to notice the toll it has taken on our economy and on our own wallets. It is imperative that we remember the cost associated with consumptive lifestyles, but it is equally important that we harness our unique position as members of a free society. We have the privilege of standing up to certain pollutive agendas that, while intended to boost economic growth, inevitably damage infrastructure, contribute to disease, and drain our bank accounts. ~ J. William Somes is studying economics and political science at UMaine
Celebrated poster unveiled for 2018 Common Ground Country Fair
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Two adorable kunekune pigs grace the poster for the 2018 Common Ground Country Fair, which was unveiled last week by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. The artwork on the poster, created by Arika von Edler of San Francisco, was selected by the MOFGA board of directors and fair’s steering committee, will advertise the 42nd annual Common Ground Country Fair, to be held Sept. 21-23, in Unity.
LePage’s support for offshore drilling may undermine effort to exempt areas off Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s openness to exploration off the coast will make it hard for Maine to get a Florida-like exemption from the plan, said Sean Mahoney, executive vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation, the nonprofit that helped spearhead the 1982 moratorium on drilling in New England waters that Zinke intends to overturn.
Wooden snowshoes (and furniture) support a good cause
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Bob Howe’s snowshoes are worn by game wardens, hunters, foresters, maple syrup producers, trappers and other people who make their living in the woods in winter. Howe, owner of Maine Guide Snowshoes at Pine Grove Lodge in Pleasant Ridge Plantation, has been making classic wooden snowshoes for 20 years. The shoes are made of white ash and rope that is “very, very, very strong,” Howe said. “No bugs and squirrels will eat it.” Howe’s business helps support a nonprofit organization he and his wife started called Pine Grove Programs, which brings veterans to the lodge for a free week of hunting and fishing.
Heidi Powell is a one-woman show called Dirigo Wholesale
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

A little more than a year ago, Heidi Powell took a big leap, opening her own food distribution business, Dirigo Wholesale, in the Greater Portland area. She caters to restaurants and small businesses that need smaller orders of fruits and vegetables than the bigger suppliers are willing to deliver.
Buying locally raised goat meat in Maine is harder than you may think
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Goat meat is a cornerstone of meals in countries like Somalia, where many recent immigrants to Maine are from. You can buy it in places like Portland’s Makkah Halal Market and Peace Food Market or Global Halal in Lewiston, but typically, frozen goat meat is all that is available. Deliveries of fresh, goat meat, are infrequent, and sell out fast. Shopkeepers at those markets said that goat meat typically comes from Boston or New York and never from Maine farmers. That is changing.
When owls attack, people notice
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

A recent owl attack on a cross country skier at Pineland Farms attracted media attention last week, making the staff at the Nordic ski center smile at the soaring publicity, so to speak. Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox said it’s not unusual for the bigger owls to swoop at people or even knock them with their talons during the winter breeding season. “The more we encroach on wildlife habitat, the more we’re going to have interactions with humans and wildlife. I think we need to learn to be more sensitive of them.”
Column: Do your research to find the right guided hunt
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Before you plop down what could be a substantial deposit on a potentially pricey guided hunt, I’d like to share some tips, based on my experiences from more than two decades of outfitted hunts, that you might find helpful. First, decide what you’re after, whether it be a legitimate trophy or merely better odds of filling the freezer. Next, look for an outfitter. Another thing you’ll want to know is your odds of success. ~ Bob Humphrey
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