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Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine or opening it to logging and mining as well as expanding areas for hunting, trapping, and off-road vehicles. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to rescind or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Stop Trump-LePage’s Monumental Betrayal
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Let's tell Secretary Zinke that any attempt to revoke the Katahdin Woods and Waters and other National Monuments is an assault on our historical, cultural, and natural heritage, and that our public lands must be protected for generations to come. ~ Sierra Club
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Defend Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

There was a multi-year process that incorporated public input to protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, which garnered broad support in Maine and across the country. And yet the Trump administration issued an executive order that may alter the size of or even attempt to eliminate the national park site. ~ National Parks Conservation Association
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review – and potentially eliminate or shrink – protections of some of our nation’s most pristine national monuments, including Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is a direct attack on our shared Maine history and heritage. ~ League of Conservation Voters
"Born to Rewild," Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

This documentary features wilderness ultratrekker John Davis who traveled 5,000 human-powered miles from Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway, a mega wildlife corridor along the western spine of North America, during an epic conservation journey called TrekWest. Also, William Stolzenburg will read from his book "Heart Of A Lion." At Frontier, Brunswick, June 29, 7 pm, $5 in advance, $6 day of show.
The Future of Maine's Fisheries: Threats Posed by Federal Budget Cuts, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Leaders from Maine’s marine and fisheries communities discuss how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA and NOAA would hurt Maine’s marine environment, economy, and research—and what you can do to help protect these important marine resources. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Luther Bonney Building, Talbot Hall, June 29, 6 pm.
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Blue Hill Public Library, June 29, 7 pm. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.
Mountain Lions in Maine – Rewilding the Maine Woods, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Panel discussion about the challenges involved in bringing large, apex predators, specifically the cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther) and other wildlife back to their native habitat in the Northeast corridor, and how human communities can adapt to co-exist with and even benefit from them. At DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, June 28, 7 pm, $8.
Celebrate MITA's new home, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Join Maine Island Trail Association staff, trustees and friends to help celebrate this exciting new chapter. At 100 Kensington St, 2nd Floor, Portland, June 28, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Renewable Energy Activity – Global to Regional, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Lawrence Mott, Director Americas of SgurrEnergy, a global renewable engineering firm, will speak on the current status of large scale wind and solar projects, technology, and policy here and abroad. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, June 28, 5:30 pm.
Solar bill
Action Alert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

The Maine Senate has voted unanimously to support the majority report in support of LD 1504 the solar policy bill. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on LD 1504. The bill is a step toward overturning an anti-solar PUC rule and increasing the accessibility of community solar. The governor has been bullying lawmakers into supporting his anti-renewable ideology. Email your Senator and Representative now to urge them to support this solar bill. ~ NRCM & Maine Audubon
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Shaw Public Library, Greenville, June 27, 5 pm.
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It’s spring in Maine and that means black flies
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

Here’s a fun fact: There are more than 48 species of black flies in Maine. I think all of them live on Rusty Metal Farm. If you’re like me and battling hordes of the tiny, winged monsters that arrived like unwanted out-of-town guests Memorial Day weekend and overstayed their welcome, there’s a reason.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to Visit New England
Other - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will start a four-day visit to New England. The itinerary will include stops in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Secretary Zinke will tour Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which is under review via President Trump's Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.
Maine House strongly endorses new effort to arm forest rangers
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

After years of debate, a proposal to arm Maine’s forest rangers on the job had a breakthrough moment Thursday with a 132-15 vote of support from the House of Representatives. However, funding could prove to be the bill’s undoing.
The zombie-like disease that could threaten Maine’s wild blueberries
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

A monster is lurking in Maine’s bucolic blueberry barrens: mummy berry disease, a type of fungus with zombie-like qualities that can be devastating to the state’s crop of wild blueberries. The disease, which turns sweet, juicy blueberries into hard, shriveled-up and gray “mummy” berries, is bad news for growers and eaters. In an affected field, it can wipe out as much as 90 percent of the blueberry crop. But even though it is probably the most serious blueberry disease, it’s not well understood, according to Frank Drummond, a University of Maine insect ecology professor.
U.S. Interior Secretary to Visit Katahdin Monument Amid Review
Maine Public - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke isn't saying one way or the other what his recommendation might be regarding the status of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Zinke told Maine Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree that he will be assessing the monument, along with 26 others singled out for review by the Trump administration. Zinke said, "Many of our monuments are, to a degree, settled. There's some controversial ones, more than others. But is it in the best public interest? And I have to be consistent in my review of it, and I''ll make my recommendations." Zinke told Pingree that he plans to visit the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument next week, where he'll meet with various stakeholders, tour the area and go canoeing. It's not clear if Zinke plans to meet with Gov. Paul LePage, who has been an outspoken opponent of the monument's creation.
Interior Secretary Zinke to visit Maine’s Katahdin national monument next week
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will visit Maine’s Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument next week as part of his agency’s review of 26 national monuments that have been designated since 1996. Zinke confirmed the trip during a hearing Thursday morning of the House Interior Appropriations Committee. The Katahdin monument was added to the list of monuments under review because of heavy lobbying by Gov. Paul LePage, who has long opposed the designation and more recently barred the installation of signs directing visitors to the site. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree told Zinke she hopes he sees not only the natural beauty but the economic value of the monument to a part of the state that has been ravaged by mill closures and job losses.
Column: Birdathon proves eventful for the Cardinal Sins
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

My birdathon team is called the Cardinal Sins. We strive to find at least 120 species of birds in one day in Greater Bangor. By rule, teams can go out for 24 hours, but our team can’t seem to stay awake beyond 20, except for my wife, Sandi, whose motto is “C’mon, just one more bird!” By 5 p.m., we had merely managed to identify 109 species. Things were looking grim. And then, suddenly things got wild. ~ Bob Duchesne
Interior secretary will take canoe trip in Maine’s national monument next week during visit as part of review
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will visit Maine’s national monument next week as part of his review of the legality of the presidential order that created it, he said Thursday. Speaking before the House Interior Appropriations Committee, Zinke disclosed the trip but did not say what day he will tour the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Zinke will seek to determine how residents feel about the monument in the nearly 10 months since President Barack Obama created it with an executive order. He will also meet with members of the family of Burt’s Bees entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby, who donated to the federal government the 87,562 acres east of Baxter State Park.
Editorial: Yes on Question 1: A needed investment in research and innovation in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

In 2007, Maine voters approved a $50 million bond to create the Maine Technology Asset Fund to provide financial support to grow the state’s research and development capacity. A decade later, the asset fund needs to be replenished. A question on the June 13 ballot asks voters whether they support $50 million in state borrowing with $45 million going to the technology asset fund. The other $5 million would replenish the Small Enterprise Growth Fund at the Finance Authority of Maine, which uses the money to entice venture capital funds to invest in Maine startups. Voters should support this bond to continue the growth of innovative research and development companies in Maine.
State Considers Taking Over Dam on Popular Fishing Lake
Maine Public - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage wants the state to take over a small dam in northern Maine that straddles the border with Canada on the St. Croix River. But the proposal is meeting skepticism from some lawmakers, and opposition from environmentalists. East Grand Lake is a 22-mile impoundment created more than a century ago by the Forest City dam, a small, wooden structure that still controls the lake’s water levels. The lake is a popular fishing and recreation destination. But the company says it doesn’t need the dam to run the mill. Last year, it asked federal energy regulators for permission to abandon ownership and pull the gates. The Natural Resources Council of Maine is worried the state would overlook efforts to re-establish alewife migrations.
Letter: Trump living in Pittsburgh’s long-gone past as a steel town
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

I’m a native of Pittsburgh. I don’t know in what decade Mr. Trump is living when he defends his decision to back out of the Paris climate accords by his disingenuous suggestion that he is acting on behalf of Pittsburgh. When the steel industry was at its height 70 years ago, the Iron City needed to keep its streetlights on throughout the day. I can’t even imagine the rate of lung cancer and asthma that plagued residents. As Pittsburgh bottomed out, leaders came together to form a new vision for the downtrodden city. They steered investments into education, biomedical research and technology development. They also invested in downtown redevelopment, with a particular focus on the arts and entertainment. The world Trump alludes to ceased to exist in the 1960s. ~ Elizabeth Miller, Portland
Letter: Trump makes America a pariah
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

In a stunning but not unexpected move, President Donald Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. He has rejected entreaties from 97 percent of the world’s scientists, 190 other nations, the Pentagon, the CIA, our nation’s insurance companies, Gen. James Mattis, Rex Tillerson, major petroleum companies, major corporate leaders, the pope and even Ivanka Trump to instead align himself with scientific luminaries such as the Koch Brothers, Scott Pruitt, Betsy Devos and Mitch McConnell. The Senate can no longer afford to pander to the bizarre and vindictive whims of Trump, McConnell and the hard right-wing. Our senators must stand up for the people of Maine and reject policies that greatly harm our residents and lead our nation into a box canyon of irrelevance. ~ Greg Rossel, Troy
Letter: Carbon tax a climate solution
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

President Donald Trump could use some advice from his predecessor, President Ronald Reagan. Reagan, in the 1980s, faced a situation in which scientists warned him of a serious atmospheric problem, an ozone hole growing in the stratosphere, because of emissions of manmade chemicals. Reagan called for an “insurance policy,” which phased out those chemicals. It has worked well. Trump is faced with scientists predicting serious climate change caused by increased concentrations of carbon dioxide and other atmospheric warming gases, mostly from burning coal, oil and natural gas. One proposal put together by several prominent Republicans and conservative economists is called carbon fee and dividend. It puts a price on carbon fuels to discourage their use while encouraging clean alternative energy sources. ~ Peter Garrett, Winslow
Maine's most mysterious catch
Christian Science Monitor - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

Elver fishing was once a quirky pastime that gave Mainers a few extra bucks. As worldwide demand for eels grew, it has become a big-money business, with struggles over quotas, poaching, and a federal investigation dubbed Operation Broken Glass.
Maine senators say Congress should save Sea Grant program
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

Maine’s U.S. senators are signing on to a request to keep the National Sea Grant College Program funded at least at its current level. President Trump has proposed to eliminate the program, which funds science that’s beneficial to commercial fisheries, conservation and coastal businesses. It has existed for about a half-century. Maine Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus King, an independent, are joining an effort led by Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy to save the program. The group is sending a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the commerce appropriations subcommittee to stress the importance of Sea Grant.
Legislature Overrides LePage Veto of Mining Regulations
Maine Public - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

The Maine House and Senate have overridden the governor’s veto of a bill to protect Maine from the hazards of mining pollution. This marks the third time in the past five years that lawmakers have blocked the Department of Environmental Protection from adopting mining rules that critics said were not protective enough of taxpayers or the environment.
Lawmakers override LePage veto, adopt mining restrictions
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

After years of heated debate, Maine lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to restrictive new regulations on metallic mining despite a veto from Gov. Paul LePage. The Senate voted 35-0 and the House voted 122-21 to override LePage’s veto of a bill that bans larger open pit mines as well as underwater storage of mine waste. The bill also requires companies to set aside money to cover the costs of cleaning up or treating any environmental contamination for at least 100 years after a mine’s closure.
Maine lawmakers buck LePage, pass mineral mining rules after years of debate
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

A bill to regulate large-scale mining in Maine will go into law over the objections of Gov. Paul LePage following the Legislature’s rejection of his veto. The House of Representatives settled the matter Wednesday afternoon in a convincing 122-21 vote in favor of the bill and against LePage’s veto. Earlier in the day, the Senate voted unanimously to override the veto. This development effectively ends what amounts to years of debate over metallic mineral mining in Maine and the state’s struggle to implement rules that adhere to laws enacted by the Legislature.
LePage’s latest salvo in energy fight aims to link long-term energy deals to forest jobs
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage submitted a bill to lawmakers Wednesday that would allow forest product manufacturers to land special long-term energy contracts, as long as they maintain certain employment levels. LD 1632, introduced by Sen. James Dill, D-Old Town, expands an existing program created to encourage development of small renewable energy projects. The bill would add incentives for newly constructed combined heat and power systems, such as biomass generators that also channel the waste heat into some other process.
Opinion: Enough with the hand-wringing; Trump exiting the Paris climate accord isn’t a disaster
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord has been received in many circles as an unmitigated disaster. But if one actually reviews the consequences of withdrawal, it deserves more of a yawn. The Paris accord is a flawed document. It has so many signatories that it is unenforceable and in some ways not even measurable. The variety of stated goals is costly and unfair to the U.S., and will result in little, if any change in emissions. If we think that a global agreement is necessary, then we should negotiate something fair to all nations, including the U.S., that would stand a chance of ratification. ~ Peter Triandafillou works for the forest products industry
Opinion: LePage misrepresented Maine opinion on national monument
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

Katahdin Woods and Waters is under an Interior Department review ordered by President Trump to ensure what his executive order called “adequate public outreach” was part of the designation process only because Gov. LePage traveled to Washington and misrepresented public opinion in Maine, saying the majority of Mainers were opposed to the monument. Just because a small, vocal minority doesn’t like what the vast majority of the input was, that doesn’t mean the input didn’t happen. And just because a politician has never visited an area or met with local business leaders to find out how the monument is benefiting the economy and communities, that doesn’t mean benefits aren’t accruing. They are. After decades of decline and strife, the monument has given our communities hope and early signs of economic growth. ~ James Talbott, owner, Millinocket radio station WSYY
Former diplomat from Maine calls U.S. withdrawal from Paris Accord ‘not a great sign’
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 6, 2017 

Falmouth native David P. Pearce, who served as the ambassador to Greece and to Algeria, was guarded in his remarks to the World Affairs Council of Maine about U.S. standing under the Trump administration. “It’s not a great sign, but we should wait to see what happens,” Pearce said, referring to the decision on the climate agreement.
Scandinavian biologists see threat in crossbreeding by American, European lobsters
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 6, 2017 

Scandinavian biologists say American and European lobsters are crossbreeding and their offspring can survive in European waters, but it is too early to tell if the hybrids can reproduce. Susanne Eriksson of the University of Gothenberg in Sweden and Ann-Lisbeth Agnalt of the Institute of Marine Research in Norway presented their findings on the threat that American lobsters found in the northeast Atlantic Ocean pose to their smaller European cousins Tuesday during the second day of the International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology & Management in Portland.
Portland to unveil affordable, energy-efficient apartments
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 6, 2017 

Officials will hold a grand opening celebration on Wednesday for Bayside Anchor, an energy-efficient, 45-unit affordable apartment building in Portland. The four-story, bright green building has solar panels on the flat rooftop and is the first multifamily building in the city to be certified as a Passive House by the Passive House Institute U.S., according to Avesta Housing. As a energy efficient Passive House, the building does not have a centralized heating system because it is highly insulated, airtight and well-ventilated.
Poliquin: If Trump reverses monument order, the state should take control of land
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 6, 2017 

The state should take control of Maine’s national monument if President Donald Trump rescinds the executive order that created it, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin said Tuesday. Poliquin responded to a request from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke with a three-page letter reiterating his opposition to the controversial Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Poliquin did not recommend reversing President Barack Obama’s executive order creating the monument in August 2016, but he did say that Mainers would be the best managers of the 87,562 acres. Zinke’s review of the legality of Katahdin Woods’ creation is due by Aug. 24. The public can comment online.
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