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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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Opinion: Those who object to existing zoning rules shouldn’t be called obstructive
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 19, 2017 

In recent years, it appears that a double standard is emerging. While zoning still counts for ordinary citizens and small landowners, larger developers with more ambitious projects seem to be able to obtain changes in zoning for their proposals almost at will. It is not fair to disparage the efforts of citizens who object to the loss of existing zoning protections in their neighborhoods as obstructive NIMBYism. Every time we have put aside our carefully planned land use regulations to accommodate a grandiose individual project, we have come to regret it. ~ Peter L. Murray, Portland
Letter: Keep Maine solar businesses competitive
Forecaster - Monday, June 19, 2017 

The Legislature will vote on LD 1504, “An Act Regarding Solar Power for Farms and Businesses,” in this session. The bipartisan bill removes barriers established by a February 2017 Public Utilities Commission ruling that effectively limits the growth of the solar industry in Maine. Why not allow solar businesses in Maine to be competitive with the rest of New England and the country? ~ Joan Mueller, Pownal
Fewer Atlantic salmon returning to rivers, report finds
Associated Press - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Fewer of North America’s Atlantic salmon are making it back to rivers to spawn, which bodes poorly for the future of the imperiled fish, an international conservation group says. Atlantic salmon were once abundant in the rivers of New England and Atlantic Canada, but they are now endangered or have disappeared. The salmon are born in rivers, swim to the Atlantic and return to their natal river to spawn. The Atlantic Salmon Federation released a report this month that says total estimated returns of the fish to North America in 2016 was a little more than a half million salmon. That is a 27 percent decrease from the previous year.
Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Donald Trump
Huffington Post - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Rose Marcario, the chief executive of outdoor retailer Patagonia, the outdoor retailer is preparing to sue the White House to protect public lands.
Mainers hope their artwork can help lobbyists’ effort to combat climate change
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Canton artist Laurie Sproul volunteers with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, helping them use art to start conversations about what can arguably be a dry and abstract subject. Along with Winslow-based artist Jean Ann Pollard, Sproul is hoping her art can help break down barriers to discussions on climate change, which over the last decade has transformed from a bipartisan issue – albeit with different takes on its causes and solutions – to one that is no longer acknowledged by large swaths of one of the country’s two major political parties.
Skowhegan third-graders’ garden a sanctuary for monarch butterflies
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Students in Lori Swenson’s third grade class at Bloomfield Elementary School wanted to help monarch butterflies in their battle for habitat and survival, so they got creative. The 15 students created a butterfly garden behind one of the mobile classroom units on their campus. They learned about butterfly life cycles in science and that many butterflies are in danger because of habitat loss, Swenson said. The kids finished the garden this past week and had a ribbon-cutting ceremony with butterfly songs and poems.
Thousands of dead fish found floating in Brunswick bays
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Thousands of dead pogies have appeared along the shores of Middle and Maquoit bays in Brunswick. The Brunswick Police Marine Resource & Harbor Management Division said it was following up on numerous complaints of “hundreds of thousands of dead fish” in the two bays. The floating dead fish were the result of an incident in which a fishing vessel in the intertidal areas had been unable to handle such a large catch. The fish kill was not the result of low oxygen content in the water or predation. Local lobstermen and shellfish harvesters will collect the excess fish for crab and lobster bait on Monday, followed by efforts from local youths to remove the rotting dead fish from the shoreline.
Blog: Creating a conservation commission in your town
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Need help creating a conservation commission in your town? Help for beginning a conservation commission is as close as your computer or phone. Just contact a town near you and ask for information about their conservation commission. If that doesn’t work, contact us, at www.ogunquitconservation.org and we’ll help. ~ Bill Baker
Opinion: Maine desperately needs the benefits the monument can bring
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a focal point in the lives of business owners and residents of the Katahdin region. Now the U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review to determine if there was sufficient public input before its designation. What we all once thought was settled — after countless hours of research, discussion and debate at public forums — has been re-kindled to stall economic development in a region that desperately needs it. We need to be cohesive in redeveloping the region by letting people in and not pushing them out. ~ Cody McEwen, Millinocket town councilor
Awesome Maine Adventures Offered by Inns Along the Coast
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Launched in 2015 with members in Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor, Inns Along the Coast offers the ideal opportunity to explore the Maine Coast, staying at a variety of inns along the way. Today, not only has Maine’s only coastal Maine inn association added members in Bar Harbor, Camden, Newcastle and Freeport, it has also added three itinerariesoffering themed inn-to-inn experiences along the Maine Coast. The consortium has worked hard over the winter to add new itineraries to their existing themed coastal Maine routes, now including a Lobsters and Lighthouse itinerary, seven day Coastal Maine fall foliage tour, and a coastal “Cheers” itinerary with stops at breweries, distilleries and wineries along the way.
Donald Trump in the White House? This author saw it coming
Washington Post - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

In Naomi Klein’s new book, “No Is Not Enough,” “Trump is not a rupture at all, but rather the culmination – the logical end point – of a great many dangerous stories our culture has been telling for a very long time,” Klein writes. “That greed is good. That the market rules. That money is what matters in life. That white men are better than the rest. That the natural world is there for us to pillage. That the vulnerable deserve their fate and the one percent deserve their golden towers. That anything public or commonly held is sinister and not worth protecting. That we are surrounded by danger and should only look after our own.” Klein worries that the left is too inclined to compete rather than collaborate, and shame rather than sympathize. “After decades of ‘siloed’ politics, more and more people understand that we can only beat Trumpism in cooperation with one another – no one movement can win on its own."
Death of a dairyman: In the network of Maine farm families, Richard ‘Butch’ Clark was a common thread
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

On a Saturday afternoon in early May, the Canaan Fire Department shut down Route 2 for a steady procession of tractors, dump trucks and vintage farm equipment. Up front was Karen Clark in a 1979 R model Mack truck. This particular truck, one he’d used in the 1990s, had been his pride and joy because it never broke down. Her father’s ashes were in a red urn on the front seat next to her. The tractor parade to Fairview Cemetery, nearly 30 vehicles strong, might not be what you’d expect for a dairy man of steady modesty, but Richard Arthur “Butch” Clark had been hauling milk on these roads since 1968 and a driving tribute seemed in order. He had made sure milk got from farm to dairy, 365 days of the year, in a business where the person who moves milk has to be as reliable as the sun coming up or a cow needing milking.
LePage bill, intended to create jobs, would have given special deal to Irving
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage promoted a late-session bill this month that would have benefited Canadian forestry giant J.D. Irving by giving above-market-rate electric contracts to companies that create sawmill and biomass energy jobs. The proposed law was written on behalf of and tailored for Irving. Lawmakers refer to it simply as the Irving bill. Critics say the bill, which expands elements of an existing program and ties new incentives to biomass plants, amounts to a multimillion-dollar subsidy for one of the state’s largest landowners. They also say it was hypocritical for a governor who rails against energy policies that increase electric rates to support a bill that would do exactly that.
As striper fishermen hope for a big year, one Windham angler is ready
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Paul Korenkiewicz is used to getting pummeled by waves. He’s used to swimming in a wetsuit with a fishing rod in one hand. He is accustomed to going saltwater fishing at 1 a.m. in the summer when the big fish are feeding. Korenkiewicz – one of Maine’s most passionate striper fishermen – will do just about anything for the chance to hook a large striped bass.
Skeeter Skidaddler repellent, a Maine product, will keep you safe
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Windham man creates organic repellent that fights off flying, biting insects.
Column: Does your yogurt habit make you a heedless environmentalist?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Earlier this spring, I started to get hooked on Noosa yogurt. But once I considered the food miles it took to truck the stuff in from Colorado, where it is made, and calculated the amount of plastic involved, I was determined to break my developing habit. If you’re going to invest either time or money in locally produced yogurt, use it everywhere, in sweet cakes and frozen treats as well as savory soups and sauces and not wasting even a drop of whey as the fermented product can be used like buttermilk to make pancakes rise and meat tender. Demonstrate how far you’ve come from your old, plastic-heavy, single-serving habits by storing the whey in a repurposed yogurt container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or two months in the freezer. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Green Prescription: Need some sustainable advice, we’ve got you covered
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

Q: I live in a rural area where it is difficult to find bulk food or other products like laundry soap. What are some alternatives to buying in bulk? A: Unlike our Canadian neighbors, we don’t (yet) have a whole chain of container-free stores like Bulk Barn. Sustainable living requires a much broader set of practices than buying in bulk, but this homework should get you started. ~ Lisa Botshon, UMaine at Augusta
Column: The winding, twisting beauty of Canaan Bog
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

June is the month of regeneration. A superb place to experience that annual wonder is the Canaan Bog. This winding waterway, about 12 miles east of Skowhegan and south of Sibley Pond, redefines the word serpentine. Most of your outing will be spent paddling east and west to gain a mile or two of progress south. That is part of the allure of this peaceful cocoon of wilderness. What will you find around the next bend? ~ Michael Perry
Letter: Clean energy going to waste
Sun Journal - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

There was an enormous spill in South Paris today. It was a scene of perfectly wasted resources, literally soaking into untended grass plots and asphalt shingles. It was a solar spill. Sunlight was covering everything in sight. There was nothing I could do for the millions of watts that sunk purposeless into the roofs nearby, but there is something legislators can do. They can empower the people of Maine to turn these solar spills into an economic boon. They can support LD 1504, which corrects the flawed PUC net-metering rule before it takes effect. We are sending $5 billion a year out of Maine to pay for fossil fuel heating. Meanwhile, free energy is literally falling from the sky. ~ Travis Ritchie, Mechanic Falls
Letter: Climate change deniers are skating to the wrong spot
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 18, 2017 

We know where we need to point the needle on our energy future mix; we know where that puck has just got to be going next. The only things we “gain” from delaying that move to a low carbon energy future involve loss of millions of new U.S. technology jobs to China and other willing countries, and a certainty of more accentuated climate change with accompanying human and natural disasters. Let’s hope we have enough visionaries in the business, educational and political world both here and abroad to get us back in the game, because the clock is running down fast. ~ Robert Birk, Washington
Gov. LePage Vetoes Safe Drinking Water Bill
Maine Public - Saturday, June 17, 2017 

Republican Governor Paul LePage has again vetoed a bill designed to ensure that Mainers with private wells are drinking water that is safe. LD 454, sponsored by Rep. Karen Vachon (R- Scarborough), attempts to bring private drinking water sources more in line with the oversight already in place for public water supplies, through improved education, recommendations, and expanded testing for potentially lethal contaminants. A similar bill was passed by the 127th legislature and vetoed by Governor LePage, where lawmakers failed to overturn that veto by a margin of two votes.
Conservation concerns complicate rockweed dispute
Republican Journal - Saturday, June 17, 2017 

In the midst of a boom in Maine’s seaweed industry, a state plan to improve regulation of the resource and set conservation areas has been put on hold while a lawsuit attempts to settle the long-standing question of whether seaweed is a public resource or the property of waterfront landowners. A superior court’s ruling in the landowners' favor is under appeal at Maine Supreme Judicial Court. If upheld, they could ban seaweed harvesting on their property. Although officially about property rights in the shoreline area between high and low tide lines, the lawsuit was motivated by environmental concerns.
Organic group hosts annual Farm and Homestead Day in Unity
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, June 17, 2017 

It took the local bees only 10 minutes to find the bright orange marigolds of farmer Amy LeBlanc’s newly planted pollinator garden. LeBlanc, one of 60 volunteer workshop leaders who gathered Saturday for the Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener’s Association annual Farm and Homestead Day, quickly pointed them out to the handful of would-be gardeners attending her “plant a pollinator garden” workshop at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity.
Here’s how likely it is that you’ll actually contract rabies
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 17, 2017 

Despite the attention paid to the young woman who fended off a rabid raccoon after being attacked while running, there’s good news: the last case of human rabies in Maine occurred in 1937. Still, it’s a good time to learn about the virus, ways to detect it and ways to prevent it in case you run into a rabid animal. So far this year in Maine, 22 animals have tested positive for rabies: 14 raccoons, 1 grey fox, 3 red foxes and 4 skunks. Penobscot County has had the most cases of rabies with three out of the four cases in May. Once an animal shows signs of rabies, death is imminent. There is no treatment for animals, even house pets, that can cure the rabies. Keeping the animals alive only increases the potential that they will infect another animal or human.
Environmentalists' Public-Lands Enemy Number One
Other - Friday, June 16, 2017 

Outside - Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah is chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, which oversees legislation related to everything from energy production and mining to wildlife and irrigation on America’s 640 million acres of public lands—30 percent of the country’s estate. With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, and with a receptive president in the White House, Bishop—who has been trying to advance these policies for years—is in a better position now than ever before to achieve his goals. He wants to transfer federal land to the states, gut the Endangered Species Act, and eliminate the Antiquities Act—and D.C. is starting to listen.
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