March 17, 2018  
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Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Ski-A-Thon, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation promotes year-round education and training for individuals with disabilities to develop skills, enhance independence, and provide enjoyment through active recreation. In addition to being an excellent fundraiser, the Ski-A-Thon is a ton of fun. Fundraising goal: $380,000.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Friday, March 16, 2018 

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Solar Energy for ME, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Friday, March 16, 2018 

Dylan Voorhees, Climate & Clean Energy Director for the Natural Resource Council of Maine, and Rep. Seth Berry, House Chair of the Maine Legislature's Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, discuss expanding solar energy in Maine. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Resist Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as Secretary of State
Action Alert - Thursday, March 15, 2018 

Trump just fired Rex Tillerson, one of the few people left in his cabinet who was willing to speak out against Vladimir Putin. But even more egregious is that Trump nominated Mike Pompeo, a xenophobic, pro-torture, climate-denying war hawk, to replace Tillerson.
Protect Maine from EPA budget cuts
Action Alert - Monday, March 12, 2018 

There have been more than 90 of harmful amendments proposed that undermine federal safeguards to everything we rely on the EPA to protect: our air, water, climate, and wildlife.
Ask Congress to Oppose Anti-wolf Riders
Action Alert - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Congress will likely vote in the next two weeks on a 2018 spending bill for the Department of Interior. Because that legislation is likely to be broadly supported, anti-wolf legislators are using it as a vehicle to try to pass their otherwise unpopular attacks on wildlife. Email your senator or representative and ask that they persuade Leadership to strip these "riders" prior to the bill being voted on. ~ Endangered Species Coalition
What’s a woodlot and what do I do if I have one? Mar 19
Event - Posted - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Morten Moesswilde, District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, will talk about the most common considerations for landowners with 2 to 200 acres. At Belfast Library, March 19, 6 pm.
Powering Change: Saving Our Environment—and Saving Money, Mar 19
Event - Posted - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Panelists: Sophie Janeway, Climate and Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Gary Friedmann, President, A Climate to Thrive; and Martha Dickinson, Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee. At Moore Community Centre, Ellsworth, March 19, 7 pm. Hosted by Ellsworth Garden Club.
Baxter State Park Visiting Artist
Announcement - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Visiting Artists are asked to hold one evening program and one open studio with the public during their stay, and within one year to provide the Park with professional quality images, prints, or documents representative of their style and resulting from their experience. Dates: August 11-24, 2018. Applications due by April 20.
Help wanted: Baxter State Park Director
Announcement - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

The Baxter State Park Authority seeks an active, experienced individual to serve as the Director.
Winter Family Fun Day, March 17 CANCELLED
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Ice fishing demo, wildlife exhibit, snowmobile tote rides, winter camping demo, build a bird house, enjoy a bonfire-scavenger hunt, door prizes, & more. At Lily Bay State Park, March 17, 10 am - 3 pm.
Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo, Mar 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Theme: Women In Fly Fishing featuring panel discussions with prominent women in the fly fishing industry. At Gould Academy, Bethel, March 17, adults $5; kids under 16 free.
Winter Ecology Walk on Sears Island, Mar 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Enjoy a late winter walk on Sears Island with Maine Master Naturalist Cyrene Slegona while searching for animal tracks and signs of spring and observing the ever-changing beauty of the island. March 17, 10 am - noon.
Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, Mar 16-18
Event - Posted - Friday, March 9, 2018 

More than 120 exhibitors, demonstrations, talks and entertainment. At UMaine, Orono, March 16-18; adults and children 12 and older $8, weekend pass $12. Sponsored by Penobscot County Conservation Association.
Grazing Conference, Mar 16
Event - Posted - Friday, March 9, 2018 

At Kennebec Valley Community College, Hinckley, March 16, 9 am – 3:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network.
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CEO of Ecology School in Maine to be featured speaker at Kalamazoo College
Other - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

A distinguished group of Kalamazoo College alumni will join Silicon Valley executives and venture capitalists for Career Summit 2018. Featured speaker is Drew Dumsch, the founder and president/CEO of The Ecology School, a residential environmental learning center on the southern coast of Maine. Since its founding in 1998, The Ecology School has educated more than 175,000 children and adults and trained more than 350 ecology educators through the science of ecology and the practice of sustainability.
Whistleblower denounces Trump's failure to tackle climate change
Sun Journal - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

As the climate policy chief for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Falmouth native Joel Clement had his work cut out for him. For almost seven years, his job required him to come up with ways to deal with fast-changing conditions that threaten everything from national parks to remote villages on the crumbling shores of the Bering Sea in Alaska. When Donald Trump won the 2016 election, Clement, who held a career civil service post, wondered what would happen, but hoped to continue plugging away on the issues that consumed him. After all, he told a crowd at Bates College on Tuesday night, taking action on those issues related directly to “the health and safety of Americans.” “It was like being led by a gang of vindictive fifth-graders,” Clement said, adding that he might be giving them too much credit.
Saddleback’s fate looks uncertain after prospective buyer’s comments aired
Sun Journal - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

An audio tape has been released indicating the cash-strapped, prospective buyer of Saddleback only wants the resort so he can take advantage of a federal program that gives U.S. visas to rich foreign investors, prompting a Maine official Wednesday to call such a situation fraudulent if true. Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais said, “If putting a project out there as a way to attract investments that have no intentions of getting off the ground, yeah, I’d say that is (fraud).”
Climate scientist Joel Clement discusses being a whistleblower
Maine Public - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Joel Clement, a scientist from Maine and the former whistleblower from the Department of Interior, spoke at Bates College Wednesday evening and will be at Maine Audubon Thursday. He spoke to Maine Public about being a whistleblower and his turn to climate change-centered activism.
Land Trust to Host Monks During Sacred Art Tour
Free Press - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Georges River Land Trust will host eight Tibetan refuge Buddhist monks from Mundgod, India, at Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing from Tuesday, March 27, through Saturday, March 31, as they create an intricate mandala, grain by grain of colorful sand.
Recent blizzard shouldn’t pose a major problem for Maine’s deer
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

For critters that live in the woods, some late-winter storms can be life-threatening. Luckily, however, the state’s deer biologist says this most recent storm shouldn’t prove too troublesome to the state’s whitetail population. “We’ve had a really mild February for the most part, so I think a big storm coming after all that mildness is not going to be that big a deal for deer,” said Nathan Bieber of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Stephen Hawking’s dire warning about what Trump’s policies will do to the Earth
Climate Progress - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Renowned physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking died Wednesday morning at the age of 76. Hawking had become an iconic figure because of his scientific brilliance, his popular writings, and the grace and humor with which he waged a multi-decade fight against ALS. In recent years, Hawking used his status as a legendary scientist to warn the public about the dangers posed by a number of catastrophic threats to humanity, particularly global climate change. In 2016, he joined 377 members of the National Academy of Sciences in signing an open letter that began, “Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality.” The letter warned about a Trump victory.
Ryan Zinke wants you to pay more for national parks, but charge less for oil drilling
Other - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Salon - Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke found himself in the hot seat on Tuesday as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee grilled him over his determination to force taxpayers to spend more money to go to national parks...even as he spends their funds in seemingly egregious ways for himself. As Zinke testified before the Senate about the White House's proposed 2019 budget, he was confronted with his proposal to double entry fees at some national parks during peak seasons.
Judge orders mill, dam owners to give Maine residents their lake back
Lincoln County News - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

A Maine Superior Court justice’s decision to uphold a Maine Department of Environmental Protection water-level order regarding Clary Lake Dam represents a significant victory for lakefront property owners. The mill owner, AquaFortis Associates LLC, represented by Richard Smith, of Camden; and the dam owner, Pleasant Pond Mill LLC, represented by Paul Kelley Jr., of Camden, are responsible for dam operations, but have resisted compliance with the water-level order. Many lakefront property owners on both the Jefferson and Whitefield shoreline may well see the lake raised to the level they have desired and known in the past.
Leader of Maine’s top government watchdog is leaving
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Under Beth Ashcroft’s direction, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability has written landmark reports around state economic development incentives and expenses at the Maine Turnpike Authority that led to the conviction of its former head. She will leave her post in August. Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, who was a Democratic lawmaker when the agency was created 13 years ago and is now on the Government Oversight Committee, said the office has gone “way beyond my expectations,” and he attributed a lot of that to the “outstanding” Ashcroft. Saviello said he still expects the watchdog agency to investigate perhaps a forestry issue before another committee that he leads.
Trump's Big Oil lie
Other - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

The Wilderness Society - Last year, Interior Secretary Zinke insisted that "Bears Ears isn't really about oil and gas." However, this past week, the New York Times reported that oil and gas was actually a primary reason for the Trump administration's decision to gut Bears Ears National Monument by an astounding 85% to free up fossil fuels for extraction. This is shocking, but not surprising. Zinke has already pushed for offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans; opened public lands to dirty coal mining; and reversed rules that limit methane air pollution.
Trump's EPA is letting Big Ag poison our kids
Other - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Friends of the Earth - Instead of banning Dow's toxic nerve gas pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been proven to harm children's developing brains, President Trump has allowed this dangerous pesticide to continue to be used on our food. This poison is so noxious that the Environmental Protection Agency banned it inside your home almost 20 years ago. President Obama's administration moved to ban chlorpyrifos, full-stop. But then Trump and Scott Pruitt's EPA reversed course to stop the ban on chlorpyrifos, after Trump received a $1 million donation from Dow.
Climate Science Whistleblower To Speak At Bates College
Associated Press - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Joel Clement was a leading official in climate change policy in the U.S. Department of the Interior before he was demoted. He is scheduled to speak at Bates College's Olin Arts Center Concert Hall on Wednesday night. The event is called "The Trump Administration's War on Climate Policy: A View From a Whistleblower Who is Speaking Out.'' Clement made news after he was reassigned to an accounting job last year after he warned about dangers faced by Alaska Natives in the era of climate change. Dozens of other senior officials in the department were also reassigned after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took over.
DIFW Finally Promises To Protect Trout Tributaries
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

After resisting requests that tributaries to our Heritage waters be protected, DIFW Fisheries Director Francis Brautigam told members of the legislature that his agency will do that. This has been a long and sometimes ugly battle, but I am delighted that the department is now on board with those of us who have advocated for more protection for our native brook trout and artic charr.
Maine projected to have more old than young people by 2020
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Maine is moving toward a dubious milestone in 2020, when residents 65 or older are expected to outnumber the young. That’s 15 years ahead of the national projected date of 2035 released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. In 2020, Maine is expected to have 297,755 residents aged 65 and older and 279,547 aged 19 and under. By 2030, 28 percent of Maine’s population will be 65 or older, higher than any other state.
Editorial: Keep Portland’s waterfront free of nonmarine development
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Portlanders in 1987 voted overwhelmingly to protect the working waterfront from threatening nonmarine uses. Unfortunately, rather than public-private collaboration to ensure the sustainability of the private piers by using marketing programs to attract marine tenants, developing public-private pier maintenance projects or providing tax relief, for example, City Hall repeatedly surrendered to pressures from pier owners to loosen the zoning to allow more and more nonmarine development. But, now, we celebrate the city’s plan to do the right thing at the Maine State Pier. Hotels, condos, office buildings, restaurants and retail businesses can be successful on the other side of the street.
Commentary: Don’t let those who can’t get top-security clearance run for president
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

I served as Peace Corps country director from 2008 to 2012. I first needed top-secret security clearance. When I was vetted, a government investigator came to Maine for several days and interviewed my neighbors and colleagues. They interviewed several people who had known me for over 10 years. I believe they also looked at my tax returns and financial records. The investigator was looking for money problems, boyfriend-girlfriend problems, drinking and/or drug problems, extramarital affair problems, etc. President Trump is the poster child for these types of problems. This seems crazy. Should we pass a law that requires a presidential candidate be able to achieve top-secret security clearance? Is this not just common sense? ~ Kevin Carley, Portland [Former Executive Director of Maine Audubon]
Letter: Plastic waste pollutes Pacific
Sun Journal - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Huge amounts of plastic trash are floating around like islands in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas or larger. There is much evidence that many types of animals living in the water and on land are affected when they ingest the waste. The United Nations should be involved in the cleanup. Perhaps organize a fleet of barges to clear up some of the mess. Maybe a state-of-the-art incinerator could be built in the Philippines or Vietnam to burn up that collected material and generate electricity for the poor people of that region. Perhaps some company could develop better bio-degradable paper products for packaging, instead of using the plastics that don’t degrade. ~ Andy Bennett, Buckfield
Letter: Climate change is real
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

After the most recent events here in Maine with the dramatic waves and ocean levels rising, I think we can all agree global warming is in fact a real threat, although President Donald Trump and head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt will say differently. Camp Ellis Beach in Saco was severely damaged and Kennebunk beach was closed off, as was Wells Beach. Our environment is changing and these changes are caused by us. We need to keep the Clean Power Plan, we need to keep progress going forward. Most importantly, we need to keep the EPA fully funded. ~ Briana Germoglia, Kennebunk
Letter: Gun action needed
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Our children shout, “Enough is enough.” They are not burdened by political prejudice. Three cheers for these brave young patriots. They demand action: raise the age for gun ownership to 21; require a safety course for all gun owners just as we do for hunters; reduce the legal clip size to that of a traditional hunting rifle; make bump stocks illegal; require universal background checks for the sale of any firearm; outlaw semiautomatic weapons, such as the AR-15; keep weapons away from those who don’t have the mental capacity to use them correctly; and ensure better data gathering and sharing among law enforcement agencies. ~ Ray Owen, Orono [Former Maine Inland Fish & Wildlife Commissioner]
House passes bill to fix territorial, jurisdictional problems around Acadia
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 

A bill to fix a series of territorial and jurisdictional problems at and around Acadia National Park passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a unanimous voice vote Tuesday evening. The bill and an identical measure in the Senate have the support of Maine’s entire four-member congressional delegation and resolves rules about how and where the park can expand and allows clammers and wormers to work tidal flats next to park land. The House bill omits an earlier provision that would have directed the park to give $350,000 to a consortium of Mount Desert Island town governments to subsidize trash disposal – a move that park proponents have said would cripple the park’s next budget.
Conservation trust buys more than 3,000 acres in Amity area
The County - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 

A Forest City-based conservation trust has acquired a substantial parcel of land along the headwaters of the Chiputneticook Lakes system that officials say will be preserved for traditional recreation uses.
Arthur Wheaton, president of the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, said that all of the 3,053 acres acquired under its Headwaters Project are within the East Grand Lake Watershed. The acreage borders 9.4 miles of Monument Stream in Amity, and includes both forested uplands and extensive wetlands along Greenleaf and Glendenning brooks. Abutting the southern border are another 7,486 acres the trust originally acquired as part of its East Grand Watershed Initiative.
Maine’s Small Ski Areas Get Boost From Late-Season Snow
Maine Public - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 

Maine ski operators, particularly smaller ones, are enthusiastically embracing the back-to-back blizzards this month. Even a short drought can leave some mountains struggling for the rest of the season to recoup their losses. Only two weeks ago, parts of Maine were reporting temperatures in the upper 50s. That wasn’t making ski area operators like Bill Whitcomb, who runs New Hermon Mountain Ski Area near Bangor, at all happy. But this week’s snowstorm has put a smile on his face.
22 National Science Academies Urge Government Action on Climate Change
Inside Climate News - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 

As some of the world's biggest polluters resist efforts to address climate change—most glaringly, the United States—thousands of scientists from countries that make up the Commonwealth of Nations say their governments need to take bolder steps to lower greenhouse gas emissions. On Monday, the national science academies of 22 Commonwealth countries, including from the UK, Canada, India and Australia, issued a "Consensus Statement on Climate Change," declaring that the "Commonwealth has the potential, and the responsibility, to help drive meaningful global efforts and outcomes that protect ourselves, our children and our planet."
Boyne to assume ownership of Sugarloaf, Sunday River, other ski resorts
Associated Press - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 

Michigan-based Boyne Resorts has reached an agreement to assume outright ownership of six ski resorts it is operating under long-term lease agreements, including Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; and Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine.
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