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Portland Trails Annual Meeting & 15x15, May 1
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Portland Trails annual meeting is a night of the best ideas in trails, transportation, conservation, and placemaking from members of our community. Presenters get 15 slides, and 15 seconds per slide, to share the story of their idea or innovation. At Space Gallery, Portland, May 1, 5:30 pm.
Trees, Trails, and Vernal Pools, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2018 

Arborist Doug Johnson will show how to identify trees in early spring, and Board member Roger Rittmaster will discuss the importance of vernal pools to the ecology of our forests. At Sagamore Farm, Camden, April 28, 10 am - 12 pm. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Stanton Bird Club Field Trips
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2018 

See the schedule of field trips sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club of Lewiston.
Stream Smart workshop, Apr 27
Event - Posted - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Stream Smart workshop offered for professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings. At UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, April 27, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Lake Lover's Raffle
Announcement - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Many prizes including a North Woods Dream Package. Benefits Maine Lakes Society.
Restoring Endangered Seabirds, Apr 26
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Susie Meadows, manager of Project Puffin Visitor Center, will talk about restoring endangered seabirds. At Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, Rockland, April 26, 2 pm.
Climate Brews, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 

A monthly get-together to discuss state and national environmental issues. At Cushnoc Brewing, Augusta, April 23, 5 pm. Sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters.
Adventures in Northern Quebec, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Registered Maine Guide Polly Mahoney will talk about her adventures canoeing in northern Quebec. At Alumni Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel, April 24, 7 pm.
Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Sherri Mitchell, indigenous rights attorney, teacher and spiritual activist, will speak at Lincoln Theatre, Damariscotta, April 24, 7 pm.
Preparing for Sea Level Rise, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

90-minute multimedia interactive learning experience that explores the potential impact of sea level rise. At Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, April 24, 6:30 pm.
Help wanted: Sierra Club Maine Chapter Director
Announcement - Monday, April 16, 2018 

The Chapter Director implements policies and programs adopted by the Sierra Club Maine Chapter Executive Committee.
DIY Adaptations & Home Energy Efficiency, Apr 23
Event - Posted - Monday, April 16, 2018 

Learn about do it yourself home weatherization projects and energy efficiency tips that will cut back on heating and energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, April 23, 6:30 pm
The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, Apr 23
Event - Posted - Monday, April 16, 2018 

Dr. Andrew Barton, UMaine Farmington, will discuss how Maine forests have changed over the past 10,000 years, their remarkable diversity across the state, and the challenges and possible solutions for the future. At Blue Hill Public Library, April 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.
The Birds Are Coming!, Apr 23
Event - Posted - Monday, April 16, 2018 

Veteran bird watcher Tom Hayward presents a look at what birds are returning to Maine this time of year and ways to make them feel welcome. At Auburn Public Library, April 23, 6 pm. Sponsored by Stanton Bird Club.
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Pruitt wades into a fraught science debate, declaring biomass burning ‘carbon neutral’
Washington Post - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the burning of biomass, such as trees, for energy in many cases will be considered “carbon neutral” by the agency. But the consideration of biomass as carbon neutral is contentious among scientists, who fear that forests, once cleared so that their wood can be used for energy, may not grow back as planned. “The big problem is you’re cutting old growth forests and expecting them to regrow,” said William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies and an EPA Science Advisory Board member. “That’s totally unrealistic in 20 years and not guaranteed over 100 years.”
A Sense of Wonder: Hog Island, Maine
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

On a small island in Maine, explorers of all ages find a wide-open window into the natural world.
How to protect your dog from tick-borne diseases
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

As disease-ridden ticks become more numerous and widespread in Maine, many veterinarians are suggesting that dog owners invest in both a canine Lyme vaccine and some form of tick preventative treatment year round. In recent years, these anti-tick treatments have been refined and improved, offering dogs better protection against tick-borne infections that can cause serious complications and even death. Lyme disease, which can be transmitted to dogs through the bite of a black-legged tick (also known as a deer tick), is now a chief concern for pet owners in Maine.
Deep current of record-breaking warm water causes concerns for the Gulf of Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The deep current entering the gulf via the Northeast Channel – a deep passage between the Georges and Browns banks – normally consists of chillingly cold water originating off Labrador and Greenland, and contributes to Maine’s unusually productive ocean waters. But this month researchers recorded temperatures exceeding 57 degrees at depths of 150 to 450 feet – nearly 11 degrees above normal for this time of year and the highest seen in 15 years of surveys, prompting concerns about effects on marine life.
Growing population will add to Gorham’s tax bill
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The town, which added 1,000 residents between 2010 and 2016, could see a tax rate increase of 10.5 percent that is largely tied to the cost of serving new students and a decrease in state funding.
Letter: Squatters’ garbage ruins pleasant trail
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

For years after it ceased to be the Oxbow Nature Reserve, the little wood behind the Lutheran Church on Cool Street in Waterville, used to offer a pleasant 20- or 30-minute walk where the dogs could even have a swim. Well, it isn’t a very pleasant spot now. Last summer the squatters moved in. Now the whole area is strewn with shopping carts, broken furniture, torn clothes and tents, and an entire summer’s worth of trash and garbage. Holes were dug in the paths for fire pits, branches were torn off trees and either burned or left where they fell. Why are these people allowed to move onto land that isn’t even theirs and so ruin it that nobody can ever again get any enjoyment from it? ~ John Wells, Oakland
More than 20 wildfires break out across Maine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 23, 2018 

More than 20 wildfires broke out across Maine on Monday, with some threatening homes and others causing damage to buildings. The Maine Forest Service had responded so far this year to more than 80 wildfires, which had burned close to 70 acres. History has proved that April and May tend to be the months when most wildfires occur.
LePage will allow highway signs for Katahdin monument
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage has lifted his ban of road signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said the Maine Department of Transportation “is working with U.S. Department of Interior officials to expedite the production and installation of the KWWNM signs."
18 Months After Its Creation, National Monument In Northern Maine To Get Road Signs
Maine Public - Monday, April 23, 2018 

It has been 18 months since former President Barack Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine — but there are still no road signs to direct interested visitors where to go or how to get there. Republican Gov. Paul LePage made headlines last year when he forbade the placement of signs pending the outcome of a review by the Interior Department. That review was completed months ago, and the signs are expected to be erected soon.
CEI wins $300,000 grant to study scallop farming
Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018 

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit corporation established by the 2014 Farm Bill, has awarded Hugh Cowperthwaite of Coastal Enterprises Inc. a $300,000 matching research grant to investigate the economic viability of a Japanese scallop production technique that has been shown to grow scallops faster and produce larger meat yields.
Farm bill forestry title potentially disastrous for national forests
Other - Monday, April 23, 2018 

U.S. House Republicans have been promoting highly controversial legislation called the “Resilient Federal Forests Act.” Many conservationists and others have strongly opposed the bill because it would undermine bedrock environmental laws and take away opportunities for public involvement.
Officials Setting Fires In White Mountain National Forest
Maine Public - Monday, April 23, 2018 

You might see smoke rising or trails blocked off in parts of the White Mountain National Forest over the next six weeks. The U.S. Forest Service will be setting as many as 20 fires across in an effort to keep the forest healthy. Fire management officer Patrick Johnson says the fires' locations depend on what the forest needs every year. He says the fires create natural clearings for wildlife to live in, and let in sunlight to help new trees grow.
Scarborough Marsh gets Earth Day TLC
Forecaster - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Volunteers pulled trash out of standing water at Scarborough Marsh on Sunday, April 22. The 25th Earth Day clean-up was sponsored by Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the town of Scarborough.
Maine Towns Allowed To Ban Sex Offenders From Parks, Fields
Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Maine towns will be able to ban sex offenders from any state or municipal park, athletic field or recreational facility serving children. A new law allows municipalities to prohibit sex offenders from coming within 750 feet of such property.
Don’t let the blackflies kill you like they did this falcon
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 23, 2018 

As we eagerly await blackflies you may enjoy this story of a young falcon that was killed by blackflies in Minnesota. This Associated Press story was published in the Bangor Daily News on June 19, 1986. For some reason I kept this. Here it is. "Blackflies Kill Young Falcon"
Will a transmission line run through the wilds of Maine?
Boston Globe - Monday, April 23, 2018 

The broad, endless sky, curving over the vastness of the deep woods. Stillness broken only by the whooshing of white water and the squawks of wildlife. This is what drew Kevin Ross to the North Woods. “It’s pristine, untouched land — pure wilderness,” said Ross, a 32-year-old rafting guide. “It’s a place where you can say goodbye to civilization for a while.” But the grid finds even the most secluded places, it seems. Central Maine Power wants to run a new transmission line through more than 50 miles of the North Woods, the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River, to deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts.
Developer to unveil updated plan for Saco Island
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 23, 2018 

A developer, Bernie Saulnier, Tuesday will unveil updated plans for The Waters, an ambitious $40 million mixed-use development on Saco Island. The Island – also known as Factory Island – sits in the Saco River between the downtowns of Biddeford and Saco. It links both cities’ historic mill districts, where developers in the last decade have transformed former textile factories into housing and commercial and light industrial spaces. Renderings of the development released ahead of the meeting also show a walking path along the river.
Dexter council looks to open seven streets to ATVs
Piscataquis Observer - Monday, April 23, 2018 

In an effort to help town businesses and bring in more visitors, the Dexter Town Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would open seven town streets to ATVs.
Great Maine Bike Swap draws 2,000 people
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

A crowd estimated at 2,000 people showed up Sunday morning at the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness complex, located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine, for the annual Great Maine Bike Swap. The event, organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, offered a convenient venue for bikers to buy and sell quality used bicycles.
Animals keep getting their heads stuck in our trash
Washington Post - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Environmental and wildlife advocates have urged consumers for decades to cut up six-pack rings to prevent them from strangling birds and sea animals. But because one man’s greasy trash is another critter’s delicious snack, they say people should also give more thought to animals when disposing of containers. These should be rinsed and — if they might serve as traps — tightly lidded, crushed or cut apart, then placed in secured recycling or garbage bins.
How to spring clean without harsh chemicals
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

As sunny spring days illuminate grimey windows, cobwebs and dust that’s built up over the winter, homeowners head to the store to stock up on cleaning supplies. Bleach, degreaser, that blue window cleaner — those are the old standbys. But a growing group of people are steering away from these chemical-filled products in favor of natural, eco-friendly alternatives, some of which can be found right in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
Beer in cans: A greener way to go
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

From an environmental standpoint, canned beer is better than bottled. “Beer cans are twice as likely as beer bottles to be recycled,” said Luke Livingston, 33, founder of Baxter Brewing in Lewiston. Environmentalists agree that cans are recycled more than bottles. Worldwide, 75 percent of aluminum is reused, and more than once. That’s one reason when Livingston opened Baxter Brewing in 2011 he went with only cans.
Earth Day: Yes, you CAN recycle that!
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

You’ve mastered paper, glass and plastic. But on this Earth Day, you’re wondering where to best ditch those old Christmas lights, antiquated cellphones, half-used paint cans, alkaline batteries and microwave. Surely not the trash. We’ve got answers.
Why drive an electric car?
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Since he started driving electric last summer, Bill Hensley’s become an enthusiast. He’s made YouTube videos sharing his experience. He’s taught an electric car workshop at Lewiston Adult Education. He even keeps an eye out for good, used electric cars, recently test driving one and posting it on YouTube. Consumers can find good, used electric cars for $12,000, he said.
Solar power one part of Geiger’s green initiatives
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Geiger’s solar field is believed to be the largest owned by a private, commercial company in Maine, said Phil Coupe of Revision Energy, the company that did the installation. Since the solar panels were planted in September, they’re generating enough electricity, on average, to provide 100 percent of electricity for the company. Geiger, publisher of Farmers’ Almanac and international distributor of branded promotional goods.
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