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2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference, Mar 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 23, 2017 

Keynote "Conserving Pools and Watersheds" by Aram Calhoun, Professor of Wetland Ecology, UMaine. At Augusta Civic Center, March 30, 7:30 am - 4 pm.
Northern Goshawks in the Northeast, Mar 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 23, 2017 

Speaker: David Brinker, Maryland Natural Heritage Program. At Ladd Recreation Center, Wayne, March 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Grow Your Own Mushrooms, Mar 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 23, 2017 

Speaker: Ben Whatley of Whatley Farm. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 30, 6:30 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

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Backyard Bees, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

Beekeeper Mike Mcnally talks about keeping bees. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 29, 12 pm.
Planning a Garden for Preserving, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

Speaker: Kate McCarty of UMaine Cooperative Extension. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 29, 6:30 pm.
New interactive Androscoggin River Trail Guide
Publication - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 

The Androscoggin River Trail Guide is an interactive, mobile-friendly website describing launch site details, river mileages, points of interest, and other on-river information to help guide paddlers down the Androscoggin.
Inspired by Nature, Mar 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 

Wildlife biologist and author of I Am Coyote, Geri will illustrate how nature inspires her. At Topsham Library, March 28, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Birding at Plum Island, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

A field trip to find special winter birds. At Plum Island, MA, March 25, 7 am - 4 pm. Sponsored by Stanton Bird Club.
Trump's "America First Budget"
Publication - Thursday, March 16, 2017 

The Office of Management and Budget today released the Trump Administration's 2018 bare-bones budget outline.
Top "Public Lands Enemies" in Congress
Publication - Thursday, March 16, 2017 

A Center for Biological Diversity report analyzed 132 bills that were introduced in Congress from 2011 to 2016, and identified the lawmakers who authored and cosponsored the greatest number of these bills. The list that emerged includes 9 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 6 U.S. senators from 8 states.
Conservation and Management of Woodcock, Waterfowl, and Grouse, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 16, 2017 

Speaker: Kelsey Sullivan, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. At Ladd Recreation Center, Wayne, March 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Perennial Vegetables for Maine, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 16, 2017 

Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery talks about perennial vegetables for Maine. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 23, 6:30 pm.
Don't let Trump make massive cuts to the EPA
Action Alert - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 

Trump aims to cut the EPA by more than 25%. Tell your Senators: Stop Trump from gutting our bedrock environmental protections.
Bats of the World, Mar 22
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 

Bats comprise nearly one-quarter of the world’s approximately 4,000 mammal species, yet humans continue to fear and misunderstand them. Chewonki presentation for K to 11 years old. At Patten Library, Bath, March 22, 4 pm.
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Letter: Support expansion of solar power
Sun Journal - Sunday, March 19, 2017 

Mainers have a long tradition of self-reliance and determination. But the ability to heat and light homes and businesses with clean solar energy is being crushed by years of inaction on sensible solar policy. Last year the Legislature, with overwhelming public support, passed a comprehensive solar policy, which Gov. Paul LePage vetoed. Now Maine's Public Utilities Commission's new rule could make sure that Maine's solar industry stays in last place, behind New England neighbors, by eliminating net metering. The new rule keeps Maine dependent upon outside energy sources. ~ Kerry Read, South Paris
Hawk watchers busy at work on top of Bradbury Mountain
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

For the next two months, Zane Baker will spend his days like he did on Saturday, scanning the horizon for migratory birds from the summit of Bradbury Mountain. Baker is the official hawk counter for Spring Hawkwatch, a program that for the past decade has been counting the path of hawks and other migratory birds of prey to track their movements and populations.
Biomass Energy and Climate Change
Mark W. Anderson's Stirring the Pot Blog - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

Like the fallacy of counting corn ethanol use as a climate change mitigation strategy, I am convinced that wood as an energy source is far from carbon neutral. When it comes to climate change policy we should treat biofuels the same way we treat coal, oil, and natural gas. My preference is a carbon tax, taxing energy on the carbon emissions per unit of power delivered. When we do generate power, let’s not succumb to the mythology that biofuels have no climate impacts.
Opinion: Don’t just roll back fuel standards; get rid of them
Bloomberg News - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

To the outrage of environmentalists, the Trump administration plans to roll back its predecessor’s stringent gas-mileage regulations. Democratic senators are protesting and green groups are predicting lawsuits. At issue is the Obama administration’s decree, enacted in its final days, that by 2025 automakers boost their fleets’ average fuel efficiency to more than 50 miles per gallon, up from about 35 mpg today. If Trump and congressional Republicans are going to pick a fight over fuel standards, they might as well go all the way. ~ Virginia Postrel
Hope springs eternal for springtime in Acadia
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

Deep snow may still cover parts of Acadia National Park as the first day of spring approaches, but surely it can’t be long before birdsong fills the air, flowers and trees bud and the park rouses from its wintry slumber.
Veterans are putting roots down in Maine — as farmers
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

Veterans are running a growing number of Maine’s small family farms — and they approach things a little differently than non-veteran farmers, shaped by their time in the military. But the lure of the land is just as strong for them as for other aspiring farmers. And Maine — with its affordable land prices and resources for new farmers — can be a great place for these veterans to get started.
Bangor Municipal Golf Course re-certified as ‘Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

Bangor Municipal Golf Course has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts.
Letter: Stand against methane rule rollback
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

The March 13 BDN editorial about the Republican-led effort to undo the a federal rule limiting the amount of natural gas that can be vented on public land shows the anti-environment agenda that some Republicans are pushing. That’s why I am so heartened to have senators like Susan Collins and Angus King who are standing up against this extreme agenda. ~ Serena Cole, Stockton Springs
Letter: Oppose methane rule rollback
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

It is encouraging to hear that Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King will oppose the methane waste rule rollback discussed in the March 13 BDN editorial, “Republicans want to undo a rule that protects taxpayers and the environment.” This rule requires companies to limit the amount of natural gas that is vented or flared on public lands, reducing unnecessary pollution and in turn providing benefits to taxpayers by reducing the waste of public resources. ~ Allison Jones, Hampden
Letter: Vote for BLM rules is a vote for the environment
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, March 18, 2017 

As a nurse practitioner, I am writing to publicly thank U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, who this week said they could not support the Congressional Review Act, which would be used to block rules issued by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Their vote would help to protect the health of children and other at-risk populations by keeping methane gas and other dangerous chemicals from being released into the air. It is well known that air pollution has a negative impact on health. ~ Lisa G. Belanger, FNP, PMHNP, North Yarmouth
King advises President Trump on trade policies that would help Maine
Mainebiz - Friday, March 17, 2017 

As a candidate, President Donald Trump's statements on United States trade policies could be summarized in three words: Put America first. U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, sent a letter today to the president translating that general goal into an approach to pursuing trade reforms that would support Maine industries and interests. King singled out the impact that globalization and past trade deals have had on Maine's paper industry.
Midcoast aquaculture
Times Record - Friday, March 17, 2017 

In conjunction with the Department of Marine Resources, Phippsburg resident Chris Sewall is holding a scoping session at the Phippsburg Town Hall next week to gauge public response to the proposed expansion of his oyster aquaculture business out of Small Point Harbor. Sewall is the owner and operator of Hermit Island Oyster Company, and has been growing and harvesting the prized shellfish in the harbor for seven years.
NRPA Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Budget
Other - Friday, March 17, 2017 

Barbara Tulipane, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposed budget: “NRPA is concerned and disappointed by the cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget, as they threaten many of the environmental and community programs that our organization strongly supports. Parks and recreation services are cost-effective solutions to some of our nation’s greatest challenges, and therefore, the president’s cuts simply do not make sense...."
Seaweed Company to Appeal Rockweed Harvesting Decision
Maine Public - Friday, March 17, 2017 

The president of the world’s largest seaweed processing company said Friday that his firm will appeal Thursday’s Washington County Superior Court order that bars the harvest of rockweed, a form of seaweed, without the consent of shorefront property owners. J.P. Deveau, president of the Nova Scotia-based Acadian Seaplants Ltd., says his company will continue harvesting operations in Maine pending the outcome of the appeal.
Opposition to Mount Washington hotel grows
Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017 

Environmentalists and hiking groups are stepping up the fight against a proposal to build a luxury hotel a mile from the summit of Mount Washington, complaining it would damage the fragile alpine ecology and destroy the scenic views. The owners of a historic cog railway that runs up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S., are proposing a 25,000-square-foot hotel, citing growing demand from tourists for accommodations near the top of the mountain. “To put a hotel in one of these beautiful areas along the Appalachian Trail would create an enormous impact on the scenic environment,” said David Govatski, the president of a local NH Audubon chapter who has hiked the mountain more than 80 times.
Maine may finally be updating its mining laws
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 17, 2017 

Following opposition from environmental groups and citizens around the state, the Legislature has twice rejected two versions of rules developed by the DEP, amid concerns they lacked enough protections. The Legislature is set to vote again this session on whether or not to approve the DEP’s third iteration of proposed regulations. The Maine Legislature’s Joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hold a public hearing March 20 seven mining-related bills. The Natural Resources Council of Maine is supporting LD 820, which would add a range of new conditions for permitting metal mining.
Blog: Sunday Hunting Bill Shot Down
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, March 17, 2017 

Another Sunday hunting bill was shot down yesterday at a public hearing by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. LD 424, sponsored by Representative Jeff Pierce of Dresden, would have allowed hunting on five Sundays for bear, moose, deer and wild turkey in coastal wildlife management areas on public land and private land of 5 acres of more with the landowner’s permission. For the first time, I testified against Sunday hunting.
17 Projects Recommended for 2017-2018 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program Funding
Other - Friday, March 17, 2017 

NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the New England Fishery Management Council say 17 projects are recommended for 2017-2018 funding through the Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program. This research will contribute to the management of one of the nation's most valuable commercial fisheries.
Lincoln pursuing Superfund designation for former mill’s $20 million cleanup
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 17, 2017 

The Lincoln Town Council voted 6-0 Thursday to support investigating whether a local paper mill site qualifies for a Superfund designation due to its containing toxins that will cost at least $20 million to remove. The council’s vote was meant to signal Gov. Paul LePage, no fan of the federal government, that the town would allow a Superfund tag placed on 262 acres of the 387-acre Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC site, especially if the Environmental Protection Agency allows a 90-acre plot on the former mill property to be developed industrially. As of Thursday, the EPA listed 1,844 Superfund sites on its website, including 16 in Maine. President Donald Trump earlier on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to EPA’s budget, which would slash funding for cleaning up sites contaminated by toxic waste.
Opinion: The planet’s temperature is rising — and so are Americans’ worries about it
Washington Post - Friday, March 17, 2017 

Public concern about climate change in the U.S. is at an all-time high, according to a new Gallup survey — though not too high. Forty-five percent of the poll’s respondents say they worry about global warming “a great deal,” while 62 percent believe its effects are already occurring. Overall, 68 percent of participants — the highest level reported yet — said they believe climate change is driven by human activities, while 29 percent attribute it to natural causes and 3 percent had no opinion. ~ Chelsea Harvey
New artwork brings awareness to Maine’s endangered wildlife
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 17, 2017 

Mark McCollough’s artwork is the third edition of Maine’s Endangered and Threatened Species Poster, and it includes all 51 species currently listed as endangered and threatened by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Opinion: Curbing climate change has a dollar value. This is how we measure it.
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 17, 2017 

President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order soon to reverse Obama-era rules to cut carbon pollution, including a moratorium on leasing public lands for coal mining and a plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Trump and his appointees argue that these steps will bring coal miners’ jobs back (although coal industry job losses reflect competition from cheap natural gas, not regulations that have yet to take effect). But they ignore the fact that mitigating climate change will produce large economic gains. ~ Joseph Aldy
Editorial: Maine delegation should unite against proposed EPA cutbacks
Portland Press Herald - Friday, March 17, 2017 

The man who vowed during his presidential campaign “to get rid of” the Environmental Protection Agency has just put out a spending plan that would gut the department. This senseless proposal would devastate the health of our air and water, and Maine’s congressional delegation should speak up loudly and clearly against it. The damage done by polluted water and air affects all Maine residents, regardless of political affiliation.
Letter: A new highway could take some pressure off Route 1
Portland Press Herald - Friday, March 17, 2017 

What do you think about letting the Maine Turnpike Authority build a controlled-access dual highway from about Bowdoinham on Interstate 295 to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge? Make it a toll road, E-ZPass preferred. It would be less than 75 miles, relieve traffic on Route 1 and make Washington County much more accessible. I think it’s time and financially feasible. ~ Richard Clark, Saco
Letter: Practical tips for the environment
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 17, 2017 

Spring is a great time to re-evaluate our commitment to a cleaner environment. As an outdoorsman, hunter and conservationist, I want my children to grow up enjoying the beauty and wonder of the natural Earth. Here are practical ways to help protect our environment this spring. 1. Clean up your neighborhood. 2. Use fewer gas-powered engines while recreating. 3. Always practice “leave no trace.” When enjoying nature, leave it cleaner than you found it. We can’t solve our environmental challenges alone, but together we can all make a difference. ~ Jeremy Hiltz, Cary Plantation
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