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Announcement - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

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Clean Power Plan Comment Deadline, Apr 26
Action Alert - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The Clean Power Plan, a groundbreaking rule that would limit pollution from dirty fossil fuel-fired power plants, is on the chopping block under EPA Administrator and polluter ally Scott Pruitt. Comment deadline: April 26. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
Endangered Species are under attack
Action Alert - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Urge your legislators to oppose dangerous riders in the federal Farm Bill that undermine Endangered Species Act protections. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
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.
Basic Map and Compass Navigation, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2018 

Damariscotta River Association will offer a workshop on basic map and compass navigation and skills for “staying found,” as opposed to getting lost. Preregister, $25, DRA members $20.
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.
Bringing Nature Home, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Eric Topper will introduce what individuals and groups can do, including what plants to choose and how to manage our gardens for their full ecological function and to benefit birds. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, April 24, 7 pm. Merrymeeting Audubon annual meeting.
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.
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What Elver Season Means For Maine Fishermen
Maine Public - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Three more men were sentenced yesterday in the interstate baby eel poaching sting known as "Operation Broken Glass." The sting involves the upwards of 20 people who authorities allege were illegally transporting more than $5 million worth of elvers from 2011 through 2014. The baby eels are sold to buyers in Asia, where they are raised and ultimately end up in Japanese dishes like Unagi.
Logging on Swan Island gets underway
Kennebec Journal - Friday, April 20, 2018 

A massive timber harvesting operation now underway on Swan Island is expected to remove hundreds of fallen trees from the wildlife management area at the head of Merrymeeting Bay in the Kennebec River. It may be the largest timber-clearing operation on the island since it was acquired by the state more than seven decades ago.
Preserves of the Maine Coast
Down East - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Maine, god bless it, is long on land trusts, with more than 80 land conservation organizations helping to protect and preserve public access to the state’s woods, waterways, and other wild places. Along the coast, the venerable Maine Coast Heritage Trust is responsible for some 150,000 of those conserved acres (that’s three Acadias!), preserved for recreation, yes, but also for working forests and waterfronts, for sustainable agriculture, for fish and game habitat, and other uses with lasting community and economic benefits. And yet the prolific MCHT is far from a household name.
States Getting the Largest Percent of Power from Wind All Lean Republican
Inside Climate News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

A new report underscores that even as Republican leaders remain resistant or even hostile to action on climate change, their states and districts are adopting renewable energy at some of the fastest rates in the country. In fact, the top 10 congressional districts for installed wind power capacity are represented by Republicans. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Maine gets nearly 20 percent of its in-state electricity production from wind, ranking it sixth in the U.S.
Bowdoin College announces carbon neutrality
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Friday, April 20, 2018 

On Thursday, President Clayton Rose announced that the College has achieved its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020 two years earlier than expected. Bowdoin’s plan involved reducing carbon emissions by a certain percentage and then purchasing carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) to make up the rest. Carbon offsets and RECs allow the College to invest in renewable energy projects elsewhere and then apply the carbon emissions reductions from those projects to the institution’s energy budget. Anna Hamilton ’20 expressed disappointment with this strategy. “As an [environmental studies] student, I learn about all these innovative technologies for efficient heat and energy sources, and it feels like the school is buying their way out instead of making tangible changes on campus,” she said.
CDC warns against eating any romaine lettuce after E. coli outbreak
Associated Press - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Federal officials are urging consumers not to buy or eat romaine lettuce after a multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to lettuce grown in Arizona was reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have no reported E. coli cases from romaine in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts, however, the Maine Center for Disease Control also issued an alert Friday warning about the hazards of eating romaine.
Editorial: Earth Day 2018, a somber event
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

On Earth Day in years past, we celebrated the progress that had been made cleaning up our waters and clearing our air. This year is different. President Donald Trump favors the interests of those who pollute over the interests of those who have to live with the consequences of air pollution and climate change. Steps backward are occuring in Maine as well. Gov. Paul LePage supports drilling off the state’s coast. With the failure of the Legislature to override a LePage veto, Maine became the first state in the country to require solar power generators to pay a fee to utility companies for energy that never leaves their home or business. LePage also continues his campaign against land preservation, wrongly blaming land trusts for rising property taxes. With the government abdicating its mission to protect our environment and human health, local efforts are increasingly important and necessary.
Joshua’s Restaurant in Brunswick goes plastic straw-free to help environment
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 20, 2018 

April 5 was the last straw for TJ and Cheri Sitars. That morning, the husband-and-wife owners of Joshua’s Restaurant & Tavern declared that, starting April 6, drinks would be served without straws, and only compostable straws would be available on request. The inspiration came from a school report the Siatrases’ 12-year-old daughter, Danika, did on ocean pollution, which they said was “depressing as hell.”
Retirement Travel
Down East - Friday, April 20, 2018 

In this podcast, Mary Ellen Lessard, a tenured travel consultant with AAA Northern New England in Portland, discusses popular trips for travelers age 50+, tips and suggestions for getting the most out of a trip, senior & military discounts and the benefits of travel insurance and using a travel consultant.
7 key governors' races for greens
E&E/Greenwire - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Term-limited Republican Gov. Paul LePage leaves office with an underwater approval rating and eight years of controversy. Environmental groups in Maine are eager to replace pro-development LePage, who doubts the science of human-caused climate change and considers global warming a possible boon for human beings.
Athens Community School Receives NRCM Grant
Morning Sentinel - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Because a grant from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, students participating in 4-H club at Athens Community School students will learn about local wildlife and monitor their behavior. Middle school students, guided by their teacher Kassie Dwyer, will build wildlife houses and set up game cameras on land near the school. The students will monitor and observe the variety of creatures that pass by the game cameras or otherwise make their presence known.
Trump and Trudeau have one big thing in common when it comes to climate change
Think Progress - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in 2016, United States-based climate activists have looked to Canada and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in the hope that a more liberal North American country might continue to march ahead with climate action in the face of Trump’s all-out resistance. Trudeau himself has chastised Trump for his climate stance, vocally disapproving of Trump’s choice to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. But when it comes to dealing with grassroots resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure, climate activists have come to the sobering realization that perhaps Trump and Trudeau are more similar than disparate.
Eagle Freaks
Down East - Friday, April 20, 2018 

The resurgence of Maine’s bald eagle population is one of the state’s most impressive ecological comeback stories. Ron Joseph remembers the big personalities and unorthodox methods that made it work.
As Maine Goes
Other - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Bowdoin magazine - In the spring of 1966, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art mounted an exhibition of photographs of the Maine coast by faculty member John McKee. McKee had come to the College in 1962 to teach French literature, but his skill as a photographer had attracted the attention of museum director Marvin Sadik. The exhibition the two men staged has long been regarded as a landmark in the environmental movement in Maine, a greening of consciousness that took place in the 1960s and 1970s in which Bowdoin and Brunswick played a prominent role.
8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?
National Public Radio - Friday, April 20, 2018 

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), a little-known agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, is responsible for policing the sprawling offshore industry. As the White House and the Interior Department pursue "energy dominance," opening more federal lands and waters to drilling than ever before, BSEE's status — along with the safety reforms that helped empower it — has become increasingly tenuous.
Column: Spring birds have been sneaking into Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

This is a test. Let’s see if you’ve been paying attention. Spring birds have been sneaking into Maine for more than a month. Have you noticed? ~ Bob Duchesne
Men sentenced in Portland for roles in elver poaching ring
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

On Thursday, a federal judge in Portland sentenced three men who were together accused of poaching and selling as much as $1 million worth of baby eels, known as elvers, to a mix of probation, restitution and fines. U.S. District Judge Jon Levy sentenced George Anestis, of Boxborough, Massachusetts, to serve two years of probation and pay a $5,000 fine and $33,800 in restitution. Mark Green, of West Bath, received a sentence of one year probation and a $10,000 restitution payment. Charles Good, of Kingston, Massachusetts, was sentenced to serve three years probation and pay a $7,000 fine. Still to comeis the sentencing of the so-called “elver kingpin,” William Sheldon.
A brief history of the Kenduskeag Stream, from the last ice age to now
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Spring has sprung, the snow is melting, and the Kenduskeag Stream is now fast-moving and briskly cold, making its way from rapids upstream to calmer waters in downtown Bangor. The stream has shaped the history of the region for centuries — from the Penobscot people prior to first European contact in the 17th century, to its current status as a scenic natural attraction and home to this weekend’s Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. Here’s some facts about the stream you might not know.
Letter: A Response on LD144
Times Record - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Instead of blaming solar customers, who are among those I represent on the Woolwich selectboard, CMP should be fixing its expensive new billing system, which customers also pay for, and address the thousands of complaints about inaccurate bills. Maine needs a future-oriented energy policy that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels, supports good-paying jobs, and reduces unnecessary expenditures by CMP. The bill that recently failed by only two votes in the state legislature, and which CMP worked to kill, would have made small steps toward that. Its failure is very disappointing. ~ Allison Hepler, Woolwich
Letter: Take climate change seriously
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 20, 2018 

A recent article reported on two scientific studies that show the Gulf Stream, part of circulation currents in the Atlantic Ocean, is slowing down. The Gulf Stream, which brings warm water to the New England coast, is losing steam. This is one of the most severe outcomes of climate change. And it’s happening sooner than predicted. Will fishing off Maine suffer from the change? Will summer Maine tourists stay away from colder ocean beaches? I hope that Republicans will think twice before they vote for congressmen, Rep. Bruce Poliquin to be exact, who refuse to acknowledge man-made climate change. ~ Robb Cook, Lubec
Gulf of Maine Research Institute honors Buckfield teacher
Turner Publishing - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has honored Buckfield Junior/Senior High School teacher Gretchen Kimball with the fifth annual McCarthy Education Innovation Award. Each year, GMRI presents the McCarthy award to the Maine teacher who best provides students authentic science experiences and promotes students’ interest in, understanding of, and connection to scientific studies.
Climate Change Is Making Deadly Air Pollution Worse in Cities Across the U.S.
TIME - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Temperature increases linked to climate change are worsening air pollution in communities across the country right now contributing to a range of health problems from asthma to premature death, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. The Trump Administration’s efforts to stop global warming regulations have been even more aggressive. The EPA has stopped the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which sought to reduce emissions of climate change-causing emissions, despite estimates that the program would cut air pollution and ultimately save 3,600 lives by 2030.
Gardiner meat processing company’s bankruptcy filing a blow to farmers
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

In a blow to the local food economy, Central Maine Meats, an ambitious company built on the vision of multiple USDA-inspected meat processing facilities in Gardiner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, according to court records. Barely three years in operation, and funded heavily by over $4 million dollars in state grants and federal government loans, Central Maine Meats is between $100,000 and $500,000 in debt to 64 creditors. The state-of-the-art facility, intended to boost and support the local food economy in Maine, opened in 2015.
South Portland council adopts climate resolve
Forecaster - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

South Portland Councilors voted unanimously with the exception of Kate Lewis, who was absent, to support a joint climate action plan with Portland. The plan aims to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and have city operations powered by renewable energy by 2040.
Major unfinished business as 2018 legislative session ends
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Lawmakers left a host of major issues on the table this week when the 2018 legislative session came to a tumultuous and partisan ending. Without legislative action, the tax incentives offered to businesses through the Pine Tree Development Zone program will expire at the end of the year. Although controversial, the tax credits and sales tax exemptions are utilized by businesses that, in turn, make promises to create jobs. A bill to reauthorize the Pine Tree Development Zone program for three years has won bipartisan support, but it is among those caught in the partisan gamesmanship that stalled work in the final days. It is likely to come up during the veto session, however.
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