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Help wanted: Environment Maine State Director
Announcement - Friday, February 24, 2017 

Coordinate advocacy, field organizing, and media communications driving campaigns to restore Maine's lakes and rivers, to bring more clean energy to Maine, to curb global warming pollution, and to protect Maine's open spaces.
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Maine Governor Paul LePage is urging President Trump to kill the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This makes no sense for a host of reasons. Tell President Trump and Maine's congressional representatives to oppose any effort to undo our national monument. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Governor LePage has asked President Trump to undo the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Ask your Senators and Representatives to do everything in their power to protect the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Help wanted: Maine Audubon Executive Director
Announcement - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Seeking an inspiring leader who can articulate the vision of Maine Audubon and lead, support, and galvanize the organization’s stakeholders.
RESIST: Skills to Fight Back for Maine’s Environment, Mar 8
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Learn the skills you need to be an powerful activist. At Urban Farm Fermentory, Portland, March 8, 5:30-8:30 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Conservation Voters, The Wilderness Society, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Maine Public Health Association.
The National Parks in the 21st Century, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Gretchen Long, a member of the National Park System Advisory Board, will present an overview of the park system. At Yarmouth History Center, March 2, 2 pm.
Lets Go Hiking, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Don Miskill talks about his experiences hiking and shows photos from his travels. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, March 2, 7 pm.
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

Jonathan White takes you on a journey spanning the globe as he examines the many dimensions of the tides, the science behind them, and how they influence culture. At Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, Unity, Feb 28, 6 pm.
Inspired by Nature, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

An examination of how nature inspires people in many different ways and in many different fields. At Topsham Public Library, February 28, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Mindful Meditation at Morse Pond Preserve, Feb 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 18, 2017 

Bobby Carnicella will lead a mindful nature walk at Morse Pond Preserve in Georgetown, February 25, 9:30 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Clean Up Pence’s Dirty Coal
Action Alert - Friday, February 17, 2017 

Mike Pence may be Trump's "clean up" man, but he failed the environment. Under Pence's leadership, super polluters spewed unregulated pollution into the air, placing children at risk of disease and the world in danger of the consequences of climate change.
Owl Prowl, Feb 24
Event - Posted - Friday, February 17, 2017 

Learn about native owl species, their ecology and adaptations, and meet local representatives up close. At Center For Wildlife, York, Feb 24, 5 pm, $7.
Appalachian Odyssey, Feb 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 16, 2017 

Maine native and insatiable (10,000 mile) hiker Jeff Ryan has just published "Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on the Appalachian Trail." For nearly 3 decades, Jeff hiked a section of the trail with the same friend (they started hiking in 1985 and completed the AT in 2013). This is a fundraiser for Teens To Trails. At Frontier, Brunswick, Feb 23, 7 pm, $5.
Malaga Island management meeting, Feb 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 16, 2017 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust will hold a public meeting in Phippsburg to gather input on the management of Malaga Island. At Phippsburg Town Hall, Feb 23, 6 pm.
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Eliminate Browntail Caterpillars Now
Maine Government News - Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

Entomologists from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry say now is the time to eradicate browntail caterpillars in trees that are accessible. Browntail caterpillars cause a rash like poison ivy and they are spreading across more and more of Maine. Contact with caterpillar hairs can cause severe reactions for some individuals.
Blog: Where to Find Great Winter Birding? Interview with Maine Audubon’s Doug Hitchcox
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

We are in the middle of a Maine winter now (despite the general lack of snow this year), which means winter birding is in full swing! Doug Hitchcox, the Staff Naturalist at Maine Audubon, shared some interesting tips and tricks for those of us venturing out in cold weather to find a few feathered friends. ~ Erika Zambello
You must go north to find excellent brook trout fishing
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

The report on Maine by Nick Karas in his 1997 book “Brook Trout,” is fairly upbeat. He writes that “nowhere in the United States have brook trout achieved as much of their maximum potential, in both size and numbers, as in the state of Maine.” Yes, we still have native brookies worthy of protection, and there will be a debate at the legislature this year about improving that protection. Karas does note that in many of our waters, we no longer have descendants of the original brookies, but fish that came from our hatcheries.
For Polluters, Congress Will Overturn an Environmental Rule for $2.3 Million
Climate Progress - Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

In the 24 days since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Republican-controlled Congress has already moved to overturn four major rules that the oil, gas, and coal industries spent millions of dollars fighting during the Obama administration. The sponsors of the bills overturning environmental protections have received an average of $2.3 million in campaign donations from dirty energy industries.
Letter: Make national parks a priority
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

Maine is extremely lucky to have Acadia National Park. Besides its incredible beauty, it is a major economic asset for the state. But our parks have more than $12 billion in deferred maintenance. Acadia alone needs $68 million in maintenance, including $40 million for repairing the roads used by park visitors. Anyone who owns a home or a car knows it is folly to ignore a small needed repair. Please write and call Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree and Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and ask them to commit to making sure that Acadia and all our national parks have the resources and support they need to continue being America’s favorite places and America’s best ideas. ~ James Buttitta, Hermon
Forum brings northern Maine into loop on global trade opportunities
Bangor Daily News - Monday, February 13, 2017 

More than 2,200 Maine companies are selling goods and services in the international marketplace and the state is attracting interest abroad, according to Wade Merritt, vice president of the Maine International Trade Center. Those Maine companies exported internationally $2.8 billion worth of goods and services last year. Canada is Maine’s largest trading partner, buying 40 percent of that $2.8 billion in goods and services, but there also is strong demand around the world, including Asia, Europe and Scandinavia. Maine-made products were exported to a total of 168 countries last year and were associated with 181,000 jobs — about 25 percent of the state’s workforce. Seafood along with crops such as wild blueberries are drawing international attention particularly from Asia.
Editorial: Senate may confirm the US's worst nightmare to head EPA this week
Maine Environmental News - Monday, February 13, 2017 

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, could be confirmed as early as Thursday of this week. The Oklahoma Attorney General has a long history as a friend of the fossil fuel industry and foe of clean air and environmental protection. US Senator Angus King, scientists, wildlife and clean air experts, newspaper editorial boards, EPA employees, and thousands of citizens have urged the US Senate to reject Pruitt, but that may not matter. The Trump kleptrocracy continues to roll over the public interest.
Gossip: LePage to EPA?
Maine Environmental News - Monday, February 13, 2017 

There is a rumor Maine Gov. Paul LePage is so frustrated the Maine Legislature is not doing everything he demands that he may be lobbying to be appointed as Northeast Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trump Administration.
MCV makes a point about climate change at US National Toboggan Championships
Maine Conservation Voters - Monday, February 13, 2017 

Maine Conservation Voters brought attention to climate change at the US National Toboggan Championships in Camden last weekend.
Editorial: A small start for revitalizing rural Maine: ‘The belief that it is possible.’
Bangor Daily News - Monday, February 13, 2017 

There is no single answer to changing the trajectory of population and economic stagnation in Maine’s rural areas. But part of the challenge is to overcome the attitude of pessimism that can dominate conversations about the outlook for rural Maine. Another challenge is overcoming the prevailing spirit of individualism in rural Maine. If multiple farmers come together, for example, they have a better chance at supporting a processing plant for the poultry they raise. If customers make a commitment to their local farmers, they can contribute to the viability of agriculture in their communities.
Hearing on Baby Eel Lottery Proposal Postponed
Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017 

A public hearing on a plan to create a lottery system for valuable eel fishing permits in Maine will have to wait. The hearing was scheduled for Monday, but state offices are closed because of snow. Fishermen seek baby eels in Maine, which is the only state with a significant fishery for the animals. They can fetch more than $2,000 per pound at the dock. The eels are sold to Asian aquaculture companies for use in food. A group of lawmakers wants to create a lottery system to allow new people to get into the fishery when other fishermen leave it. Right now, it's closed.
From deer antler restrictions to life jackets, lots of bills are ready for action
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, February 13, 2017 

Nearly 1/3 of the legislature’s 1900 bills have been drafted, and there are lots of outdoor issues on the agenda for hearings in the next month or so, including proposals to allow Sunday hunting, to permit deer baiting, to outlaw game wardens from breaking the laws they enforce, to require wearing a life jacket while canoeing, to allow towns to ban weapons at voting places, and to require nonmotorized watercraft to have an invasive species sticker.
Letter: Trump reverses on Dakota Access pipeline
Bangor Daily News - Monday, February 13, 2017 

I am feeling overwhelmed by all the deplorable actions our federal government is taking under our new president’s bullying “leadership.” I read about the hurried efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers to push through the easement that allows for the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline after President Donald Trump instructed them to expedite the process. Yet another instance, in a very long history of such instances, of the federal government breaking its word with our Native American citizens and putting profit before people. ~ Sara Hessler, Ellsworth
Letter: SMCC is all talk, no action on renewable energy future
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 13, 2017 

In 2011, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree lauded the opening of Southern Maine Community College’s new Sustainability and Energy Alternatives Center as a step toward breaking our dependence on oil. SMCC received a $375,000 grant from Efficiency Maine and a MaineHousing grant worth roughly $100,000 for equipment and the pressure house. The college has solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems on campus and installed a campuswide system to track buildings’ energy and water usage. In 2017, just six years since it concept, SMCC is planning to shut this building down, and the program while putting the equipment in storage. “Envisioning the future” is part of the SMCC logo, but it is only words – no action. ~ Harry Applin, North Waterboro
Battle lines over renewable energy drawn in New Hampshire
Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017 

Led by the Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group founded by the billionaire Koch brothers, several groups support a legislative bill that would pull New Hampshire out of the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The program has reduced carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation in those eight states by 40 percent over the last decade. Another bill calls for repealing the state’s Electric Renewable Energy Portfolio, which requires utilities to get a percentage of their power from renewable sources.
Opinion: The Katahdin monument has already created opportunities for my small business
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 12, 2017 

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is already spurring small business growth and helping the Katahdin region heal. As the owners of Shin Pond Village, my husband Craig and I can attest to the monument’s positive economic impact. The monument has put us on the road to recovery. We need our senators and congressman to help make that road smooth, straight and sure. ~ Terry Hill, Mount Chase
Sled dog leaders are focused, fast and just special
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 12, 2017 

Listening to mushers at the Wilderness Sled Dog Race talk about their lead dogs, it sounded a little like they were talking politics. Some mushers said the best leaders have a strong desire to excel and propel their team to great things. Others say true leaders are better at listening, collaborating and adjusting for the good of the team. Still others claim the very best leaders are simply unflappable no matter what a race throws at them. These leaders, mushers claim, are incredibly intelligent, intuitive and remarkably calm.
Letter: Pipeline, climate change threaten Maine directly
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 12, 2017 

I use fossil fuels like everyone else, but I believe we have to get serious about shifting to energy sources like solar and wind and funding energy efficiency as we transition to a sustainable economy. TD Bank and other financial institutions should show leadership by investing in a new sustainable energy economy rather than looking for short-term profits in the fossil fuel sector. Investing in technologies causing climate change is not “responsible energy development” by TD Bank. ~ Sherm Hoyt, St. George
Be Happy You Didn’t Live in 1870
Mark W. Anderson's Stirring the Pot Blog - Saturday, February 11, 2017 

Robert Gordon’s 2016 book "The Rise and Fall of American Growth" is a comprehensive history of “the U.S. standard of living since the civil war.” He writes that 1870 to 1940 saw the greatest change. “No other era in human history, either before or since, combined so many elements in which the standard of living increased as quickly and in which the human condition was transformed so completely." However, several economic “headwinds” will work against even modest growth now, no matter how many walls we build or environmental quality regulations we remove. Growing inequality in American society is first among these headwinds. His chapter on this makes clear how misguided are the policies of the new administration in Washington.
Column: Wildlife restoration projects: Part 1
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 11, 2017 

When it comes to the restoration or reintroduction of wild species into areas where they once existed — before man over-harvested them or put up a parking lot in their habitat — the well-intentioned projects have borne mixed results. Should Maine consider a third try at caribou restoration? ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Dead trees harbor forest-killing pests
Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2017 

Damaging insects can emerge from fallen trees and logs for several years after a major storm, according to a U.S. Forest Service study that reinforces longstanding warnings against moving firewood from place to place. Nearly 40 states, including Maine, have imposed restrictions on the movement of firewood in an effort to protect forests from the pests.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells losing ground to erosion
Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2017 

Scientists working with the federal government said of eight of the country’s coastal salt marshes half will be gone in 350 years if they don’t regain some lost ground. The other four also are backsliding.
Moose gets stuck in tree and dies
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, February 11, 2017 

This is a sorry tale of a Maine moose that somehow got stuck in a yellow birch and died, unable to loosen its leg.
Nor'easter snow boosts Maine ski business
Mainebiz - Friday, February 10, 2017 

As a nor'easter raced through Maine on Thursday, leaving behind snowfall totals along the coast ranging from 17 inches in Berwick to 20 inches in Perry, ski-resort operators were jumping for joy over a rise in bookings that augurs well for the rest of the season. The wintry weather couldn't have come at a better time for Maine's ski industry, less than two weeks before President's Week school vacations and about halfway through a strong May-to-November season that's still snowballing.
Federal hiring freeze affects Acadia
Mainebiz - Friday, February 10, 2017 

Acadia National Park's centennial last year, along with gorgeous weather and national publicity, brought a surge of visitation and economic activity, as well as traffic congestion that's been the subject of the park's ongoing development of a transportation plan. But popularity doesn't mean Acadia is immune to President Donald Trump's Jan. 23 executive order placing a 120-day freeze on federal government hiring. Superintendent Kevin Schneider said the freeze affects permanent full-time positions. Among the most critical is the vacant information technology specialist, the "only permanent employee to troubleshoot our computer systems," Schneider said.
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