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Take action to protect clean water
Action Alert - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

The EPA under Trump just proposed rescinding the Clean Water Rule, threatening the health of our lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands in Maine. Tell the EPA and Maine Congressional delegation that Mainers support this rule for the health of our neighbors, our waters, and our economy. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Stop Trump's Assault On Drinking Water
Action Alert - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

The groundbreaking Clean Water Rule was adopted two years ago to help protect crucial waterways, including streams that feed the drinking water sources of more than 117 million Americans, habitat for wildlife and places where we fish, kayak, and swim with our families. But in its latest anti-environment assault, the Trump administration is irresponsibly attempting to repeal the Clean Water Rule. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
Reject Trump’s anti-science pick to head NASA
Action Alert - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Petition to the Senate: NASA must remain an independent scientific agency, and its critical Earth science missions must continue. Reject Trump's appointment of anti-science ideologue Rep. Jim Bridenstine for NASA head and insist on a scientist or another qualified individual for the position. ~ CREDO Action
ecomaine Recycling Open House, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Join ecomaine for tours, free breakfast, free electronic waste collection, fun activities for the kids and more. At 62 Blueberry Road, Portland, September 30, 8-11 am.
Midcoast Maine Tour de Farms, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

The Midcoast Maine Tour de Farms offers rides cycling tours of 56 and 42 miles through Wiscasset, Dresden and Whitefield, as well as a 17-mile family ride, through the scenic farmland, with stops at local farms, orchards, and creameries. September 30. Sponsored by Morris Farm Trust.
National Parks Free Entrance, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. September 30.
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, Sep 29-Oct 1
Event - Posted - Friday, September 22, 2017 

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. September 29 – October 1, 2017
Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Sep 29
Event - Posted - Friday, September 22, 2017 

At Camden Snow Bowl, September 29, 7:30 pm, free, suggested $3-5 donation for Teens To Trails.
Sustainability Success through Community Conservation, Sep 29
Event - Posted - Friday, September 22, 2017 

Anthony Charles, School of the Environment and School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, will discuss how communities are acting as stewards of their local environments and resources, undertaking conservation initiatives that help secure local livelihoods, and contribute to larger-scale environmental improvement. At UMaine, Orono, September 29, 11 am.
Natural Gas: Powering Maine’s Future, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 21, 2017 

Keynote speaker: Governor Paul LePage. Lunchtime speaker: Summit Utilities President Kurt Adams. Panel discussions on commercial and industrial usage, natural gas as a transportation fuel, and natural gas in power generation. At The Woodlands in Falmouth, September 28, $179.
MDF Champion for Economic Development Awards, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 21, 2017 

At its annual meeting, Maine Development Foundation will present Champion for Economic Development Awards to several recipients, including Robbins Lumber. At Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, September 28.
State of Working Maine 2017
Publication - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

The "State of Working Maine 2017," published by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, presents a comprehensive analysis of the economic, demographic, and workforce trends that impact the quality and quantity of jobs in Maine.
Alan Hutchinson memorial celebration, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

A celebration to pay tribute to the memory of the late Alan Hutchinson, executive director of the Forest Society of Maine. At Portland Country Club, Falmouth, September 28, 4:30-6:30 pm. RSVP.
BDN Poll: Should Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument be open to logging?
Action Alert - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Do you think the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument should be opened for commercial forestry use?
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Editorial: Leaked report feeds sense of uncertainty on Katahdin Woods and Waters
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

Uncertainty is the biggest danger of the destructive and unnecessary process that has been unleashed on the Katahdin region by the Trump administration and its allies here in Maine. Tentative steps toward expanding the outdoor recreation economy in an area that has been devastated by the loss of papermaking, its core industry, will be set back again by politicians who want to thump their chests. Vague promises about logging the 87,000 acres – less than 1 percent of the 17.8 million-acre forest that surrounds it – won’t save many jobs in the increasingly mechanized forest products industry. But even before a single tree is felled, the word is out to potential visitors and people who want to host them that there could be nothing to see after a very long drive.
Letter: Improve Portland waterfront for current users, not developers
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

I was so glad to read that commercial fishermen are protesting the development planned for the Portland waterfront. Not only are fishermen and marine-related businesses affected, but all of the islanders in Casco Bay are as well. I fail to understand why our city officials insist upon building up this area. The congestion on Commercial Street is horrendous now. Imagine what it will be like when more hotels, condominiums and the new Wex headquarters, with its 450-plus employees, come into the mix. I say, “Leave the waterfront for small business and the people who live and use this area.” ~ Betty Thompson, South Portland and Cliff Island
Letter: A climate change solution
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

I’m not a scientist. I do have children and grandchildren. Maybe you do, too. I have read a lot about climate change. I believe what 97 percent of climate scientists say — that it is real and it is human caused. It all seems too big of a problem. I want it to just go away. To not be true. Recently, however, I have found a group that gives me hope. The Citizens Climate Lobby is a nonpartisan group working to educate the public and our local and national leaders, of all political persuasions, about the realities of climate change and about one action, carbon fee and dividend, that can make a true difference in the outcome. ~ Mary Poulin, Hampden
Letter: Anti-Trump signs blight nature’s peace
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

Few public sanctuaries from the contentious political discourse of the day remain. The City Forest in Bangor was such a place — an opportunity to walk among the trees and birdsong and wave at fellow recreation seekers free from the ideological pandemonium loosed upon us in most of our other social or informational encounters. But, alas, its trail maps vandalized with markers and signs planted labeling Donald Trump supporters as “ emotionally unstable, angry people.” Please, hold signs, wear T-shirts, be informed, have a dialogue, but do not visit the irrational and misplaced fruits of your angst upon nature’s peace. ~ Loran Dosen, Veazie
Schoodic Institute names interim CEO
Mainebiz - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park said Friday it named a longtime National Park Service educator as its acting CEO. David Manski, who spent 35 years at Acadia National Park, will start in mid-October. During his tenure at Acadia, he was instrumental in helping to establish Schoodic Institute as a National Park Service Research and Learning Center. "We are thrilled to have David Manski aboard. Schoodic Institute staff and public partners will benefit greatly from his knowledge, experience and expertise," said Schoodic Institute Chairman Alan Goldstein. Manski fills in as the nonprofit looks for a permanent successor to Mark Berry, who resigned Aug. 15 to join the Nature Conservancy, where he will be leading forest conservation initiatives in Maine.
Portland bans the display of wild and exotic animals
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 18, 2017 

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to ban the use of big cats, elephants and a wide range of other circus animals because of “cruel” training and handling practices. But Friday’s rodeo will go ahead as planned, since cattle, horses, swine, sheep and goats are exempt from the ban.
Loggers, St. Clair respond to leaked Zinke recommendation
WCSH-TV6 - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke reportedly made a recommendation that could potentially allow logging in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Those in the logging industry are hopeful it could ease restrictions on commercial logging in the region. As for long-time national monument proponents: the news of a possible change to land use is jarring. “We didn’t donate this land to be used as a commercial timbering operation,” Lucas St. Clair said. Congressman Bruce Poliquin said, “I am pleased with the Secretary’s recommendations and I believe they strike the right balance in protecting Maine jobs and our way of life.”
Trump Administration Could Allow Commercial Fishing In Marine National Monument
Maine Public - Monday, September 18, 2017 

A leaked memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke shows he wants to go roll back some protections for national monuments designated by former President Barack Obama. That includes the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument — the first marine monument established in the Atlantic. Conservation groups and others say that’s a bad idea.
Zinke: Open up first Atlantic monument to commercial fishing
Associated Press - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to open up the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean to commercial fishing, according to a recommendation he made in a memo to President Donald Trump. Zinke’s memo touches on his recommendations for a host of national monuments, including Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Former President Barack Obama designated some 5,000 square miles (12,950 square kilometers) off New England as the marine monument about a year ago. Obama’s proclamation should be amended to include commercial fishing activities regulated under federal law, Zinke’s memo said.
Interior Secretary Wants 'Active Timber Management' in National Monument
WABI-TV5 - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the executive order creating Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument "should be promote a healthy forest through active timber management." "Active timber management" typically refers to the cutting of trees for commercial use. Something that many loggers in the area are hopeful for. Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said that "without more details, we cannot yet judge whether these recommendations are acceptable or consistent with the overwhelming view of the Maine people."
Report: Interior Secretary Recommending Changes To 10 National Monuments
National Parks Traveler - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Various conservation groups were expressing outrage over a draft report outlining Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations to President Trump on ten national monuments he thinks should be modified, either through boundary changes or to allow resource extraction. Under the draft memo, the recommendations include Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument: timber harvesting. “Our worst fears are confirmed with news of this report. Gutting protections and changing boundaries for national monuments would be a sad chapter in our country’s history," Theresa Pierno, National Parks Conservation Association president and CEO, said Sunday evening.
Report: Ryan Zinke calls for lifted restrictions on national monuments
Reuters - Monday, September 18, 2017 

The head of U.S. Department of the Interior called for changes to the management of 10 national monuments that would lift restrictions on activities such as logging and mining and shrink the area covered of at least four of the sites. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that President Donald Trump make changes at Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters, such as logging.
Leaked report advises Trump to open Maine monument to commercial forestry
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke advised President Donald Trump to open Maine’s national monument to commercial forestry, according to a leaked summary of Zinke’s report to the president. Park service regulations make clear that commercial forestry is forbidden within monuments. Lucas St. Clair, whose family donated the 87,562 acres to the federal government in August 2016, said, “It’s not clear what they are recommending.” Several environmental groups and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills promised to sue to stop the elimination or significant alteration of 27 monuments Trump ordered Zinke to review in April, including Maine’s.
Prospect of timber harvesting in Katahdin Woods and Waters raises questions
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 18, 2017 

The leading proponent of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument said Monday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation for “active timber management” merely raises more questions about the Trump administration’s plans for the property. Lucas St. Clair, whose family donated the 87,500-acre parcel to the National Park Service last year, expressed frustration at the prospect of having to re-litigate issues that he and others spent years working in the Katahdin region attempting to address. At Katahdin Woods and Waters, Zinke recommended amending the proclamation creating the monument “to promote a healthy forest through active timber management.” Under federal law, the National Park Service is barred from commercial timber harvesting. St. Clair also pointed out that Katahdin Woods and Waters already has areas designated for hunting, snowmobiling and other “traditional uses.”
Zinke's Recommendations for Maine Monument Met With Confusion
Maine Public - Monday, September 18, 2017 

U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that President Obama's proclamation establishing Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument be amended "to promote a healthy forest through active timber management." But what that means remains unclear. Commercial timber harvesting is not allowed in national parks. And the National Park Service is the agency that manages the monument's 87,000 acres. What happens next will be up to the White House. President Trump could move forward with Zinke's recommendations or undertake a separate course of action. Environmental groups have previously indicated that they would pursue a lawsuit if significant changes were made to Katahdin Woods and Waters and other monuments currently under review.
Surge of sea lice plagues world salmon industry
Associated Press - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The tiny lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables. Experts say defeating the lice will take a suite of new and established technology, including older management tools such as pesticides and newer strategies such as breeding for genetic resistance.
Opinion: Protection for endangered species is under attack in Congress
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Anyone who loves Maine and its rich and abundant wildlife should be a strong supporter of the Endangered Species Act, our nation’s most important and successful wildlife conservation law. It protects not only specific endangered and threatened animal and plant species but habitats and ecosystems as well. Despite its popularity and success, the Endangered Species Act is continuously facing efforts in Congress to water down the law and make it less effective at protecting endangered and threatened species. We need Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to stand firm and protect this all-important conservation tool of last resort from itself becoming extinct. ~ Sam Thompson, Islesboro
U.S. Interior Report Recommends Cuts or Changes to Seven National Land Monuments
Wall Street Journal - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended cutbacks or other changes to nearly half the geographic national monuments he recently reviewed at the request of President Donald Trump, according to a report sent to the White House and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The list of land monuments recommended to be made less restrictive includes Maine’s Katahdin.
Interior secretary recommends easing of logging restrictions in Katahdin national monument
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump ease restrictions in Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters to allow “active timber management,” according to a copy of Zinke’s report on his review of 27 national monuments. In all, Zinke suggested that Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post. Zinke did not recommend removing acreage from Katahdin Woods and Waters, the smallest of the national monuments under review at 87,500 acres.
Letter: Public can’t trust science when politics enters the equation
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Should we give $100 billion to the Paris summit? Or should we invest in research to improve our energy usage? Natural gas is three times cleaner than coal – we are already seeing benefits in cost and cleanliness. Someone will invent a car that runs on seawater. He needs fossil fuels to work toward that goal, however. The problem is that political money has invaded science. Thus, we get junk science. I will debate Bill Holly, Bill Nye, the Creepy Bow Tie and anyone in between in a public forum of his choosing on the issue of “Climate Change.”™ ~ Gregory Hayes, Scarborough
Letter: Tax carbon emissions
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Climate change is real. We write checks to relief organizations, if we can, but unless we work to reduce carbon emissions, the storms will get worse. It sounds dire, but there is something we can do. Educate ourselves on the carbon fee and dividend. Then contact Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, and tell them we want them to introduce a bill to create a carbon fee and dividend in the United States. ~ Gerry Gross, Citizens Climate Lobby, Bangor
Letter: Westbrook overlooks that developer impact fees protect taxpayers
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Westbrook (and other communities) that waive impact fees are totally bilking local residents by subsidizing speculative development. Instead of building additional infrastructure as part of a comprehensive plan, it will proceed in disorganized, piecemeal fashion, which will inconvenience residents as well as nickel-and-dime them into decreased quality of life via increased tax rates that the town’s property owners will be stuck with financing. Waiving impact fees is another example of crony capitalism. ~ Jack Boak, Bremen
Zinke says Trump should allow logging in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

According to the Washington Post, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump should modify 10 national monuments created by his predecessors, including allowing “active timber management” in Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters.
Animal rights groups will rally Monday ahead of Portland council vote
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

Animal rights advocates will rally Monday evening on the steps of Portland City Hall before a scheduled City Council vote on an ordinance change that would prohibit the display of wild and exotic animals in circus performances and other types of traveling acts.
Volunteers keep eagle eye on hawk count in Acadia
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

Jim Zeman and his wife, Kathy, of Bucksport, are longtime volunteers in the Hawk Watch program on the Cadillac Mountain summit in Acadia National Park. The annual hawk count is conducted partly by volunteers like the Zemans and Carol Thompson, who logs the daily numbers from Cadillac on an internet site maintained by the Hawk Migration Association of North America. September is peak season for the hawk count.
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