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Feeding Maine Photography Exhibit, thru Feb 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food is a photo exhibit by Brendan Bullock, which seeks to document the many people working to address hunger in the state. Created by Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank. At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, Atrium Art Gallery, January 16 to February 23, opening event January 19.
February Vacation Camps, Feb 20-23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Audubon Vacation Camps at Fields Pond in Holden and Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, February 20-23.
Nominations for Source Awards due Feb 12
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Sunday Telegram Source Awards recognize the individuals, nonprofits, businesses and institutions in Maine working to safeguard the state’s spectacular natural environment. Deadline for nominations is February 12.
Apprenticeships at MCHT Preserves
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has paid apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm and Ericsson Fields in Rockport. Each apprenticeship will be up to 9-months starting in March and will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. Applications are due Feb. 5
Land-use history of Midcoast, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Forestry experts Lloyd Irland and Ken Lausten will explore the land-use history of Midcoast Maine. At Camden Public Library, January 23, 7 pm.
Friends of Casco Bay Annual Members Meeting, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Recognition for those who help protect the health of Casco Bay, an updated Casco Bay Health Index based on data collected by volunteer Citizen Stewards over the past 25 years, and new program directions. At DiMillo's, Portland, January 23, 5:30-8 pm.
Offshore drilling public meeting, Jan 22
Action Alert - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public meeting on a proposal to open Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas to oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic (and other) coasts. At Augusta Civic Center, Jan 22, 3-7 pm.
Scouting for Mammal Tracks and Signs, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Sandra Mitchell will follow up on the November tracks and signs class in the field. At Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, January 20, 10-11:30 am.
Nature Journaling, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Andrea Lani will lead a nature journaling workshop at Viles Arboretum, Augusta, January 20, 10 am to 2 pm, $35 for Arboretum members, $45 for nonmembers.
Prowl for Owls, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

Maine Master Naturalist Kit Pfeiffer will lead a walk scouting for owls. At Carl and Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek, Westport Island, January 19, 6 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Futures of the Maine Waterfront, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

This forum will feature panel discussions on the future of our coastal and island economy, presented with trends and analysis by key coastal leaders. At The Westin, Portland, January 19, 2-8:30 pm, $35-150. Sponsored by the Island Institute.
Meet the Feet: Mammal Tracks and Sign, Jan 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 11, 2018 

Dorcas Miller presents an evening of hands-on learning about Maine mammals. At Belfast Library, January 18, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Connecting rivers, people and fish - by bike, Jan 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 11, 2018 

Alicia Heyburn spent five weeks on a solo bicycle tour from the source of the Rhine River in the Swiss Alps to the outlet at the North Sea near Amsterdam. Learn about Europe's extensive international network of bike trails, free cultural exchange and accommodation services, the stages and benefits of re-naturalizing a river, and how to travel alone without being lonely. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, January 18, 7 pm.
Growing Farm-Friendly Communities, Jan 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 11, 2018 

Community leaders share policy approaches and practical ideas for ways communities and farmers can benefit from working together. At Windham Town Hall, January 18, 9 – 11 am, Maine Farmland Trust or GrowSmart Maine members $15, non-members $25.
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Wild food company takes root in Millinocket
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 

Last summer, Steven Golieb and his girlfriend, Ashley Wells, opened Turn The Page Bookstore and Wine Bar in the former Pelletier Logging Family Restaurant in the heart of Millinocket. In November, he was elected to the Town Council. And all along, he and Wells have been working on growing their natural food company, Edible Wilds, which features tasty treats made from Maine-grown ingredients. They are now sourcing ingredients from local farmers and producers and by foraging the Maine woods and fields.

Canadian firm unveils plans for large hemp farm in northern Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 

A Canadian company plans to launch a large, industrial hemp operation in northern Maine this year in the latest sign of burgeoning interest in the versatile yet tightly regulated crop. Future Farm Technologies recently purchased 120 acres in the Aroostook County town of Amity and plans to lease another 100 acres for an operation that would dwarf all of Maine’s current licensed hemp farms. Future Farm also reportedly secured a lease option on an additional 1,000 acres in Amity, a town of fewer than 250 residents located south of Houlton along the Maine-New Brunswick border.
Commentary: One nation, divided under Trump, faces perilous consequences
Washington Post - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 

The shrinking space for governance worries me. The problem begins at the top: President Trump is the most unpopular president in modern times. Sharp partisan divisions extend even to issues where factual evidence should be crucial. Only 27 percent of Republicans who said they had “high” scientific knowledge believed that climate change was causing either rising sea levels or harm to wildlife, compared with 75 percent and 73 percent of high-knowledge Democrats. What worries me most is that, in Trump’s America, people seem increasingly doubtful that these divisions can be healed. ~ David Ignatius
Recycling advocates push for environmental, cost savings
Sun Journal - Monday, January 1, 2018 

Maine appears to be doing better in recycling waste than the national average, but some advocates are still frustrated with the state’s progress. Patty Duguay, chairwoman of the Northern Oxford Regional Solid Waste Board, which serves Roxbury, Byron, Rumford, Mexico, Peru and Dixfield, said, “Recycling pays for itself. Any revenues from recycling go back into the taxpayers’ pockets." Even with all the pros, Duguay said the recycling rate for the six towns is only about 10 percent. “It should be closer to 60 percent."
Suppliers of renewable energy woo Bay State
Associated Press - Monday, January 1, 2018 

Some entrepreneurs hoping to provide renewable energy to Massachusetts electricity customers are touting their projects in the run-up to the decision, expected in late January, about which company could be chosen to help provide clean power to the Bay State. In Maine, the utility Central Maine Power has proposed working with two Canadian energy suppliers to move Canadian electricity along more than 90 miles of existing CMP corridors and 51 miles of newly purchased rights of way in western Maine.

Bangor, Portland set records for cold
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 1, 2018 

Maine’s bitter cold set records on the first day of 2018, but forecasters predicted Monday that a letup will arrive by midweek. The National Weather Service recorded a temperature of -16 degrees Fahrenheit at Portland International Jetport on Monday. Bangor, meanwhile, smashed its record for low air temperature on New Year’s Eve, recording a temperature of 24 degrees below zero at 4:03 a.m.
Solar projects large and small dominated central Maine in 2017
Kennebec Journal - Monday, January 1, 2018 

From small scale projects on business roofs to sprawling arrays with thousands of panels, solar developers see potential in rural Maine.
Maine skiing legend ‘Chummy’ Broomhall dies at 98
Sun Journal - Monday, January 1, 2018 

Maine – and the United States – has lost a skiing icon. Wendall “Chummy” Broomhall, an Olympian, one of the most decorated skiers in Maine history, one of the driving forces behind the development of Black Mountain of Maine ski area in Rumford, and one of the most revered of Androscoggin River Valley natives, died Saturday at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris. He was 98.
Editorial: Just because it is cold in Maine doesn’t mean climate change isn’t real
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 1, 2018 

The year just ended is mostly likely to be the most expensive ever in terms of weather-related disaster costs.vWhat is happening? For one, 2017 was hot. The frigid end to 2017 was an anomaly. Second, more rain is falling on the US. More rain, of course, means more flooding and more powerful hurricanes. The answer is not to roll back regulations on climate-change inducing pollutants or to promote the production and burning of fossil fuels, which emit these pollutants, as the Trump administration is doing. Congress isn’t providing much leadership either. But, 2018 is an election year and Americans can send a strong message by voting for candidates who take the threat of climate change seriously.
Maine mushers prepare for sled dog racing season
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 1, 2018 

Experience mushers and dog handlers, Ashley Patterson and her husband Mark Patterson own and operate Lone Wolf Kennel at their home in Shirley, a small town south of Moosehead Lake. They currently have nearly 50 sled dogs, and each winter, a portion of those dogs participate in at least three major long-distance races: the Eagle Lake Sled Dog Races, Jan. 12-14 in Eagle Lake; the Wilderness Sled Dog Race, Feb. 3-4, in Greenville; and the 250-mile race at the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races, March 2-7, in Fort Kent.
Sprague revives plans for marine business complex on Portland waterfront
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 1, 2018 

Phineas Sprague Jr.’s dream of reviving Portland’s marine businesses on the western waterfront appears to be back on track after half a decade of fits and starts. Sprague, through a company called Canal Landing, has proposed constructing three new buildings and boat storage areas across 8 acres next to a boat maintenance shop operated by Sprague’s Portland Yacht Services company.
Maine to prohibit sale of invasive plants
Associated Press - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Maine state officials say that the Maine landscape is being invaded by otherwise lovely plants like "Crimson King" Norway maple, burning bush and Japanese barberry. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says such plants crowd out native plants and eliminate the food source for other species like caterpillars, an essential food for baby birds. Starting Jan. 1, it will be illegal to sell, import, export or buy 33 invasive plants. The state recommends gardeners plant native species like native red maples, red chokeberries and staghorn sumac.
Trail Stewardship in the Modern Environment
Other - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Senior Hiker - Changes in our climate are exacerbating hikers' impact on trail erosion, and are contributing to the frequency and ferocity of storms, forest fires, blowdowns, and other destructive natural forces. Baxter State Park officials, the number of hikers arriving at the northern terminus on Katahdin is doubling every four years. Appalachian Trail campsites have become so crowded that some traditional pit toilets are filling up in just a single season. Increasing traffic on the trail is outpacing our ability to maintain it, given the environmental conditions we face today.
Trail Stewardship in the Modern Environment
Other - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Senior Hiker - Changes in our climate are exacerbating hikers' impact on trail erosion, and are contributing to the frequency and ferocity of storms, forest fires, blowdowns, and other destructive natural forces. Baxter State Park officials, the number of hikers arriving at the northern terminus on Katahdin is doubling every four years. Appalachian Trail campsites have become so crowded that some traditional pit toilets are filling up in just a single season. Increasing traffic on the trail is outpacing our ability to maintain it, given the environmental conditions we face today.
Impacts of Climate Change: Acadia Prepares and Responds
Other - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Senior Hiker - Not yet online. See Senior Hiker magazine, Issue 4, 2017, pages 48-55.
Last Hike
Other - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Do I have to take another trip across the Knife Edge? Or is it OK to know when a hike is your last? [Senior Hiker magazine, Issue 4, 2017, pages 70-75]
Opinion: We don’t need oil from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Los Angeles Times - Conservationists have won the fight to keep oil drilling out of the Arctic refuge more than 50 times. But in conservation, you only get to lose once. The tax bill passed by Congress circumvents environmental laws and expedites oil drilling in the Arctic refuge. We all have our sacred places: the Taj Mahal, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Grand Canyon, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We may never set foot in them, but these places offer us spiritual refuge even from a great distance. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is still here for you, but Congress just gave away the keys to the sanctuary. ~ Brad Meiklejohn
Superheroes might save the world, but they’d totally wreck the environment
Washington Post - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Three scientists have calculated the carbon footprint for nine heroes from the comic book canon – and realized that Earth might be better off if they stopped trying to save it.
An oyster’s journey from sea to table
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Maine’s local oyster market is booming like never before. According to the Department of Marine Resources, Maine has somewhere between 75 to 90 mid-sized and large-sized oyster farms. There are also roughly 325 small – 400 square feet – experimental farms. At least 40 more applications are pending across categories, according to the Department of Marine Resources.
Wildlife watching in Maine draws fans for a reason
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Tourism in Maine attracts 38 million visitors a year and in 2016 had an overall economic impact of more than $8.8 billion, according to the Maine Office of Tourism. Moreover, of 1,407 tourists queried by the state in 2016, almost a third (or 28 percent) said they preferred wildlife watching to all other touring activities. Why not? Maine is home to some of the largest populations of iconic wildlife species in the Northeast and, in some cases, the country, including moose, puffins, loons, and brook trout.
Column: Deer poaching is a problem we should all pitch in on
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

We really don’t know how much of an impact it has on Maine’s deer population, but some sources estimate deer mortality from illegal kills to be equivalent to that from legal hunting. Let that sink in for a moment. Maine’s deer herd is estimated at around 300,000, give or take. Hunters take around 20,000 a year. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Resolving to make the most of 2018 on the slopes
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

Why not make resolutions about having your best ski season ever? In 2018, I resolve to…
• Take a lesson
• Make first tracks on a power day
• Go cat skiing
• Ski more with friends
• Do some good on skis
• Race my friends and family
~ Josh Christie
Column: Pros and cons for planting native plants
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

If doing what is best for the environment is foremost to you, the answer is clear: Grow seed-grown natives in the soil that existed in your garden before your home was even built. You won’t be adding fertilizer and other soil amendments, and the plants will feed native insects, birds and other wildlife. It sounds like paradise. The result may not make you happy, though. ~ Tom Atwell
Opinion: This fish(erman) didn’t get away
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

I recently confessed to my wife that she’s married to a small-time criminal. I made a bad decision one autumn morning, moving from one body of legal fishing water to another body of illegal fishing water without checking the season limits or otherwise thinking too much about what I was doing. Like most clueless, small-time criminals, I was caught with my pants down, metaphorically speaking: A game warden spotted me within minutes of dropping my line in the water. He was pleasant enough about the whole sordid business, but it was evident from our clipped conversation that he was going to write me up. No fish were killed in the commission of this crime. ~ Steven Price, Kennebunkport
Letter: Praise for what president accomplished in first year
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 31, 2017 

I’d like to celebrate the accomplishments of President Trump’s first year. Among the long list he has:
• Opened the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines.
• Withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.
• Removed climate change from the national security threat list.
• Stacking federal courts with conservatives.
~ Crystal Martell, Sanford
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