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Help wanted: Environment Maine State Director
Announcement - Friday, February 24, 2017 

Coordinate advocacy, field organizing, and media communications driving campaigns to restore Maine's lakes and rivers, to bring more clean energy to Maine, to curb global warming pollution, and to protect Maine's open spaces.
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Maine Governor Paul LePage is urging President Trump to kill the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This makes no sense for a host of reasons. Tell President Trump and Maine's congressional representatives to oppose any effort to undo our national monument. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Governor LePage has asked President Trump to undo the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Ask your Senators and Representatives to do everything in their power to protect the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Help wanted: Maine Audubon Executive Director
Announcement - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Seeking an inspiring leader who can articulate the vision of Maine Audubon and lead, support, and galvanize the organization’s stakeholders.
RESIST: Skills to Fight Back for Maine’s Environment, Mar 8
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Learn the skills you need to be an powerful activist. At Urban Farm Fermentory, Portland, March 8, 5:30-8:30 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Conservation Voters, The Wilderness Society, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Maine Public Health Association.
The National Parks in the 21st Century, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Gretchen Long, a member of the National Park System Advisory Board, will present an overview of the park system. At Yarmouth History Center, March 2, 2 pm.
Lets Go Hiking, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Don Miskill talks about his experiences hiking and shows photos from his travels. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, March 2, 7 pm.
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

Jonathan White takes you on a journey spanning the globe as he examines the many dimensions of the tides, the science behind them, and how they influence culture. At Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, Unity, Feb 28, 6 pm.
Inspired by Nature, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

An examination of how nature inspires people in many different ways and in many different fields. At Topsham Public Library, February 28, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Mindful Meditation at Morse Pond Preserve, Feb 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 18, 2017 

Bobby Carnicella will lead a mindful nature walk at Morse Pond Preserve in Georgetown, February 25, 9:30 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Clean Up Pence’s Dirty Coal
Action Alert - Friday, February 17, 2017 

Mike Pence may be Trump's "clean up" man, but he failed the environment. Under Pence's leadership, super polluters spewed unregulated pollution into the air, placing children at risk of disease and the world in danger of the consequences of climate change.
Owl Prowl, Feb 24
Event - Posted - Friday, February 17, 2017 

Learn about native owl species, their ecology and adaptations, and meet local representatives up close. At Center For Wildlife, York, Feb 24, 5 pm, $7.
Appalachian Odyssey, Feb 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 16, 2017 

Maine native and insatiable (10,000 mile) hiker Jeff Ryan has just published "Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on the Appalachian Trail." For nearly 3 decades, Jeff hiked a section of the trail with the same friend (they started hiking in 1985 and completed the AT in 2013). This is a fundraiser for Teens To Trails. At Frontier, Brunswick, Feb 23, 7 pm, $5.
Malaga Island management meeting, Feb 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 16, 2017 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust will hold a public meeting in Phippsburg to gather input on the management of Malaga Island. At Phippsburg Town Hall, Feb 23, 6 pm.
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John Andrews, force behind the Eastern Trail, dies at 79
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 24, 2017 

John Andrews, known as the founder of the Eastern Trail and a leader of the Appalachian Mountain Club, died on Monday. He was 79. Andrews started the Eastern Trail Alliance in 1997 and was the driving force behind the creation of the 65-mile, multi-use trail that extends from Kittery to South Portland.
Editorial: Gov. LePage should drop effort to rescind Katahdin national monument
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 24, 2017 

If Gov. LePage really wants to “make the Maine woods great again,” eliminating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument isn’t the way to do it. As the region begins to benefit from the designation, the governor should direct his energy toward helping Maine's forest products industry develop a long-term economic plan.
Congressional delegation not backing LePage’s request to abolish Katahdin monument
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Sen. Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree said there are signs that the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument designation has already started yielding economic benefits for the region, six months after President Barack Obama created it. Both disagreed with LePage’s request that President Trump “undo the designation and return the land to private ownership” or allow the state of Maine to manage the roughly 87,500 acres east of Baxter State Park. Republican Sen. Susan Collins had opposed Obama’s use of his executive authority to create the national monument. But Wednesday Collins questioned whether Trump could reverse Obama’s actions. The Katahdin region’s representative in Congress, Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin, did not take a position on LePage’s letter or whether Trump should take action, despite his vocal opposition to the national monument before the designation.
Canada’s Trudeau, Trump discuss border cooperation, softwood lumber
Reuters - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump on Thursday discussed a long-running dispute over Canadian exports of softwood lumber. U.S. firms launched legal action last December, alleging that Canada is subsidizing lumber exports.
LCV Environmental Scorecard Released
Maine Conservation Voters - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

The national League of Conservation Voters has released their 2016 National Environmental Scorecard and we've got the scores for Maine's elected leaders. Maine's U.S. Senator Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree earned impressive scores of 94% and 97%, respectively. U.S. Senator Collins knows that climate change and our environment are not partisan issues. Her willingness to challenge her party's leadership on these issues earned her a 76% - the highest Republican score in both the House and Senate in the entire country. Representative Poliquin got the embarrassing score of only 21%.
LePage should drop monument repeal effort, federal delegates say
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Northern Maine accepts the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and so should Gov. Paul LePage. That’s the message from Maine’s two U.S. senators and Rep. Chellie Pingree in separate statements released Wednesday and Thursday. They said LePage was wrong to ask President Donald Trump to reverse an executive order that created the monument and return the land to private ownership or state management. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican who represents northern Maine, including the monument area, on Wednesday declined to comment on LePage’s letter. Poliquin opposed the monument designation.
Fishermen at Odds over Impact of Trump Executive Order
Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Fishing groups are divided over whether President Donald Trump's "one in, two out'' approach to federal regulations will benefit their industry, harm it or affect it at all. Trump issued an executive order in January that says when a public agency proposes a new regulation, it must also identify two regulations to be repealed. The order caused a flurry of debate, and a lawsuit from political opponents, over whether it's a wise idea or even possible. Several fishing groups are asking Trump to rescind. They describe the order as arbitrary and dangerous. The Fisheries Survival Fund says the order will likely leave fisheries unaffected.
Opinion: Maine needs the good-paying jobs nuclear energy provides
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Mainers should develop a strategy to capitalize on our assets and determine how they can be used to stimulate the state’s economy and generate good-paying jobs. I believe nuclear energy can be an important part of that strategy. In the years since Maine Yankee shuttered, there have been many technical advances in the design and operation of nuclear plants. We also now know that nuclear energy’s carbon-free electricity is an essential part of the solution to address climate change. ~ John Tuohy Jr., Bridgton
Portland council approves rules to preserve views from Fort Sumner
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to protect the view from a historic park on Munjoy Hill from being blocked by a proposed condominium complex. Residents who have been working with the city to protect the view from Fort Sumner Park applauded city leaders as they cast their votes, bringing to a close a six-month process. The new height overlay zone would prevent any new development from obstructing the panoramic view from the park, which is a popular place to view sunsets.
Maine proposes smaller reduction in moose hunting permits for 2017
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

State wildlife biologists propose reducing moose permits by less than 3 percent for the coming season after cutting the number almost in half over the previous three years. If approved by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Advisory Council in April, the number of statewide moose permits would drop to 2,080, the lowest since 2,000 permits were issued in 1998.
Portland, South Portland approve plans to put solar farms on closed landfills
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Portland and South Portland approved plans Wednesday night to partner in a project to build solar farms on old landfills in each city, creating two of the state’s largest municipal solar installations. The Portland City Council unanimously approved a contract with Portland-based ReVision Energy that passed with little discussion despite an independent analysis by a California-based consultant that outlined a scenario in which each city could lose money – an outcome that Portland city leaders said was highly unlikely.
Wex donates $25,000 to help fill gaps in Eastern Trail in Scarborough
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Wex, the South Portland-based provider of corporate payment solutions, has donated $25,000 to the Eastern Trail Alliance’s effort to complete a 1.6-mile section of the off-road recreational trail as it passes through Scarborough. The alliance has raised $3.2 million of $3.8 million needed to build two bridges in Scarborough – one over the Nonesuch River near Eastern Road and the other over railroad tracks near Pleasant Hill Road. Once the bridges are completed, trail users will have access to 16 contiguous, off-road miles from downtown Saco to Bug Light Park in South Portland.
Collins does not want to undo national monument
Maine Public - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Sen Collins: "I don't think the president has the legal authority to rescind it based on work that we had the Congressional Research Service do; and I think that at this point the majority of the people of the area, not everyone by any means, but former opponents have said to me, 'let's, at this point, see if we can put it together."
A Belfast proposal to curb plastic bag use is too weak, activists say
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Activists criticized a proposed fee on plastic bags in Belfast, saying the measure doesn’t go far enough. City councilors ironed out a draft version of a plastic bag ordinance during a meeting Tuesday night that would tack on a 5-cent fee for every fresh single-use plastic bag — but only at three stores.
LePage Asks Trump to Rescind Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Maine Public - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is asking President Donald Trump to reverse the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument established by an executive order from President Barack Obama last year. In a Feb. 14 letter to Trump, the governor calls the monument’s designation “a grave injustice that has been done to the people of Maine and our forest economy.” But there is no precedent for such an action, and undoing this particular deal would require clearing a series of complicated legal hurdles.
Aldo Leopold Week is Celebrated the First Week in March
Forests for Maine's Future - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Each year the Aldo Leopold Foundation celebrates the first week in March as Aldo Leopold Week. The week is marked with readings from A Sand County Almanac or screenings of the film Green Fire. It’s an opportunity to “recognize Aldo Leopold, his writings, and his contributions to the conservation field. It is also a time for people to come together to celebrate the natural world and consider how Leopold’s land ethic idea of care for people, places, and the connections between them applies to their community.” In Maine there will be readings from A Sand County Almanac at the Wayne Town Library. The Maine State Library is planning a lobby book display of Leopold’s work to mark the week.
LePage urges Trump to scrap Katahdin-area national monument designation
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

In a letter to the president, he asks Trump to undo the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument despite questions about whether a president can legally rescind a predecessor's monument designation.
LePage to Trump: Kill North Woods national monument
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage has asked President Donald Trump to reverse an executive order and return the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to private ownership. In a two-page letter dated Feb. 14, the Republican governor asks Trump to enact the reversal “before economic damage occurs and traditional recreational pursuits are diminished.”
New emails shed light on EPA chief’s industry ties
MSNBC - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

Donald Trump chose Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA despite his overt hostility towards environmental safeguards. Pruitt, in effect, was illegally hiding official emails that documented his cooperation with the oil and gas industries – the industries he’ll ostensibly help oversee as the head of the EPA. A judge ordered their release. This unfolded before the Senate confirmation vote, which led Democrats to make an obvious request: members should wait a few days to review the documents before deciding whether to give Pruitt the job. Republican leaders refused saying it made more sense to vote on the nomination with less information about Pruitt’s professional background, instead of more.
Legislature faces busy marine resources calendar
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

With last week’s blizzard upending the Legislature’s schedule, the Marine Resources Committee has a busy calendar between now and the start of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum on March 2. With elvers and worms on the docket next Monday, on Wednesday the committee will turn its attention to lobsters, smelt and seaweed.
Republicans moving to terminate EPA
Sierra Club - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

A bill introduced in Congress February 3 is designed "To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency." This is not hyperbole. This is not a drill. This bill, along with the nomination of Scott Pruitt and leaked Trump administration plans, make it clear that they intend to follow through on campaign promises to eliminate the agency. Polluters would be unchecked, and even programs that are popular in red states, like Superfund cleanups, would go away.
Things to consider before navigating steep terrain on a hike
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

As highlighted by the recent tragic fall of an experienced climber on the Abol Trail on Mount Katahdin, navigating steep terrain can be dangerous. There are several places in Maine and New Hampshire that are not by definition technical but should be approached with a healthy dose of respect. A few that come to mind are The Knife Edge on Mount Katahdin and Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington. Here are some things to consider when hiking difficult terrain.
Letter: Collins’ Pruitt failure
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

While many of my colleagues are lauding Susan Collins for her rejection of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, I am incredibly disappointed. I began calling her office a month ago, when the lines were jammed day after day because of the nomination of the army of miscreants that our 45th president is surrounding himself with. Collins can capture a “moderate” label in DC for her vote, but it appears she waited until the votes were in for Pruitt anyway, and then threw her vote like a bone to her constituents. If Collins really cared about Maine people and our quality of life, and the legacy we want to leave our children and communities, she would have taken a stand sooner and louder and used her position and influence. ~ Lissa Widoff, Freedom
Letter: Monument support needed
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

With the designation as Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, this beautiful natural area is finally acknowledged and now experiencing much needed economic development, and is even receiving international recognition. The idea that Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Bruce Poliquin have not yet joined Sen. Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree in endorsing this monument, let alone the possibility that they may actually be working against our national parks, defies comprehension. We deserve a delegation that protects and promotes it for the very benefits it offers to Maine. ~ Penny Dunning, Rockport
Hike: Flying Mountain and Valley Cove in Acadia National Park
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

Flying Mountain, at 284 feet above sea level, is one of the lowest peaks in Acadia National Park, yet from the exposed bedrock at its top, hikers are rewarded with a great view of Somes Sound, Northeast Harbor and the nearby Greening Island, Sutton Island and Great and Little Cranberry islands. Located in what is known as a quieter part of Acadia National Park, Flying Mountain is the perfect option for people looking for an easy, short hike in the park, and it’s a perfect introduction to hiking for children.
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