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Announcement - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

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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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I am honored to receive this award
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, September 15, 2017 

I am very honored to be receiving the 2017 Harrison L. Richardson Environmental Leadership Award at this year’s Evening for the Environment sponsored by the Maine Conservation Voters. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, at Brick South, Thompson’s Point, Portland.
Trump Administration pushes to expand hunting and fishing on public lands
Maine Environmental News - Friday, September 15, 2017 

On Friday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order to expand hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management lands. In addition, Zinke recently made recommendations to President Trump on 27 national monuments that call for changes to expand public access for hunting, fishing and shooting.
Coastal Program is now a part of DMR
Ellsworth American - Friday, September 15, 2017 

The Maine Coastal Program, formerly run by the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is now a division of the Department of Marine Resources. The change includes a transfer of $3.4 million in federal funds received by the Coastal Program and nearly $170,000 in other revenue. Six staff members who formerly worked at DACF are now DMR employees and located within the department’s Augusta and Boothbay Harbor offices. The Maine Coastal Program works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies with the goal of managing Maine’s coastal resources for the public benefit. The program’s other areas of focus include waterfront planning and revitalization, land use planning technical assistance to municipalities, adaptation to shoreline erosion and sea level rise, habitat restoration, seafloor mapping, public access and public education.
Mussels from 5 Maine shellfish dealers recalled because of harmful algae bloom
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 15, 2017 

Thousands of pounds of Maine shellfish are being recalled from the market because of concerns they may be tainted with a potentially deadly marine neurotoxin. On Friday, the Department of Marine Resources issued a recall of mussels harvested near Mount Desert Island between Sept. 10-14. Five Maine shellfish dealers are being asked to recall product. This is only the second shellfish recall on record.
Humor: Rescued by a Maine lumberjack and a hermit
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 15, 2017 

We desperately required help in late October 1968. Age 16, I drove a 1967 Jeepster on a logging road near the Quebec border when disaster struck. Like other teens who recklessly equate mud puddles with green traffic lights, I eyed a large puddle and stepped on the accelerator. Traveling at 35 mph, the Jeep plowed through the water, spraying it onto the hood, windshield and hot engine block. Instantly, the motor stalled. My first grouse hunting trip with friends had hit its first obstacle 30 miles from Jackman. ~ Ron Joseph
Letter: Don’t back down on food sovereignty
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 15, 2017 

Food sovereignty references everyone’s right to decide what she or he chooses to ingest for sustenance and on what basis. In June, Maine endorsed that principle under Maine’s constitutional provisions of “home rule.” Gov. Paul LePage has now called for a special legislative session to address the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s move to quash Maine’s action. Is it proper use of federal power to counter a state constitution and its legislature’s overwhelming interpretation of its provisions? ~ Hendrik D. Gideonse, Brooklin
Why Worry About Ticks? This One Almost Killed Me
Inside Climate News - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

A tick caught a ride on my pants as I led my two young children through a field at a nature center. When it bit me and delivered the parasite it was carrying into my bloodstream, what resulted was a harrowing experience that gave me an all-too-intimate view of the growing epidemic of tick-borne disease in the U.S. today. "Over a 15-year period, the range of Lyme disease in human populations has doubled or tripled," Richard Ostfeld, of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, said. "I don't know of any other diseases in which a sustained trajectory like that has been observed." Climate change might play a role in this spread in two ways. As warmer temperatures spread northward, ticks are moving northward, too. In addition, warmer temperatures give ticks, which are only active when temperatures are above freezing, a better chance to survive to adulthood and reproduce.
Climate change politics don’t change, despite monster storms
Washington Post - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

Back-to-back hurricanes fueled by warm Atlantic waters may have altered the coasts of Texas and Florida, but there’s no indication they are shifting the politics of climate change. The issue that increasingly breaks down along partisan lines. Republicans in charge of the House and Senate haven’t scheduled hearings to examine the phenomenon. President Trump has ignored questions on the topic and administration officials have brushed the whole issue aside as a distraction. Research shows monster storms may only harden people’s position, underscoring already entrenched beliefs about the role humans play in warming the planet.
Algae bloom forces suspension of shellfishing in parts of Down East Maine
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

A marine algae bloom that can carry a potentially deadly neurotoxin has forced the suspension of shellfish harvesting in parts of Down East Maine. The Department of Marine Resources reported on Thursday that it was monitoring an active bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia, an ocean phytoplankton carrying carry domoic acid, a toxin that can cause sickness, memory loss and brain damage in humans. This is the second year in a row a toxic Pseudo-nitzschia bloom has halted shellfishing along large parts of the coast.
Forest Service issues first-ever variance denial
Ellsworth American - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

The Maine Forest Service denied a request by a Gouldsboro resident to cut trees beyond statewide standards.
Cycling helmets are more than a fashion statement. They will save your life.
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

There’s a grim joke among bicyclists that goes something like this: “What do you call a bicyclist who does not wear a helmet? An organ donor.” Like I said, grim. But it underscores the importance of that single piece of cycling headgear that in a crash can make the difference between getting back up, battered and sore, or not getting up at all.
Column: How to enjoy shorebird sightings when you’re not even close to the shore
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

As I nudged my boat into the cove at the north end of Chamberlain Lake, headwaters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, there were shorebirds everywhere, deep in the Maine forest, far from saltwater. American golden-plovers are colored a uniform mottled brown along the entire upper body, as these were. Not only were these rare shorebirds not at the seashore, they were deep in the North Maine Woods. ~ Bob Duchesne
MOFGA prepares for first solar-powered Common Ground Fair
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s 41st annual Common Ground Fair will greet fairgoers with all of their favorite tried and true attractions when it opens in Unity for three days, starting Sept. 22. But something about this year’s fair will be very different, and it won’t be obvious to the casual observer. After installing large solar arrays on top of five animal barns located on the fairgrounds this spring, MOFGA has banked enough solar-powered hours to power this year’s Common Ground Fair.
Summer May Be Getting Longer In Waters Off New England
Associated Press - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

A group of scientists, led by Andrew Thomas of the University of Maine, say the warming of the Gulf of Maine has added up to 66 days of summer-like temperatures to the body of water. The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than almost all of Earth's oceans. The scientists used 33 years of satellite measurements to separate ocean temperature data into months and map out seasonal trends. The expansion of summer-time temperatures has significant ramifications for issues such as storms and commercial fisheries.
Maine’s Largest Sugarbush Applying For $2 Million In Land for Maine’s Future Funds
Maine Public - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

Roughly three dozen projects are expected to apply for $3.2 million in state funding through Maine’s premier conservation program. And one of the projects — a bid to conserve a remote, 23,600-acre swath of timberland and its plantation of sugar maples in Somerset County — is seeking $2 million. Some have questioned whether the landowner of the Big Six project, Madison businessman Paul Fortin, is getting special consideration because he has financially backed Republican Gov. Paul LePage as a candidate and, later, a political action committee set up by the governor to influence the composition of the Legislature. LePage has repeatedly blasted the LMF program as benefiting only wealthy landowners.
They need to kill more deer in Eastport
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

The special December deer hunt in Eastport will be expanded this year, in an attempt to reduce the high population of deer that have become a nuisance there. Last year’s special hunt, during the last two weeks of December, authorized only 30 hunters to shoot one deer each. Just 11 does were killed. “As anticipated, the 2016 special hunt did not result in significant reduction of does or a reduction in deer-human conflicts,” reported the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. This year’s hunt is still limited to 30 hunters, although after each one shoots a deer, another 60 permits will be available. The hunt is limited to bows.
Waldoboro moves ahead with plan for solar array at old town dump
Lincoln County News - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

With a 4-0 vote, the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen directed Town Manager Julie Keizer to negotiate with Sundog Solar regarding the installation of a solar array at the old town landfill. Waldoboro Economic Development Committee Chair Jan Visser said the town received three bids for the project, from The Power Co., of Washington, ReVision Energy of Liberty, and Sundog Solar of Searsport. Visser said that after reviewing and analyzing the proposals, the committee was recommending Sundog Solar.
Dairy farmers seek end to ‘fear-based’ food labeling
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - A national group is urging food companies to stop using labels such as “GMO-free” for marketing purposes. The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, Virginia, says food manufacturers have turned to “fear-based” labeling that plays on the fear of things like genetically modified organism products, synthetic animal-growth hormones and high fructose corn syrup. In its “Peel Back the Label” campaign, the dairy industry trade group says nearly 70 percent of American consumers look to food labels when making purchase decisions, but that some of the information is misleading.
Scientists: Ash Tree Species Pushed To Brink Of Extinction
Associated Press - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

A scientific group says five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more than 8 billion. The pest is the emerald ash borer, which was accidentally introduced to North America in the late 1990s. On Thursday, the scientific group classified the green, black, white, pumpkin and blue ash as "critically endangered.'' A sixth species, the Carolina ash, was put in the less serious category of "endangered.''
CMP & Others Bidding for New Transmission Lines Across Maine
Free Press - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

Massachusetts’ demand for clean energy has drawn interest from several companies hoping to win lucrative contracts to transmit wind and hydro power from Maine, Atlantic Canada and Quebec. The utilities National Grid, Eversource and Unitil, along with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, are considering dozens of bids, including Maine-based proposals that would entail overland transmission lines and at least two undersea cables running through the Gulf of Maine to the Bay State.
CMP, Gas Companies & Solar Proponents Battle Over Energy Policy
Free Press - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

Four months from now, Maine will begin a first-in-the-nation experiment when it phases out the popular net metering program, a policy that allows homes and businesses to sell power produced on-site, such as rooftop solar panels, back to the grid at the standard retail price. The move comes as a result of a Maine Public Utilities Commission decision to gradually reduce compensation for the power they produce, even if it is generated and consumed on-site and never makes it to the grid. The new rule would also likely allow utilities to charge ratepayers for the cost of installing new meters. A coalition of environmental groups and solar companies are challenging the decision in court, but in the meantime, the Spanish-owned utility Central Maine Power is facing a fierce backlash for lobbying to defeat a bill that would have partially reversed the PUC’s decision.
Maine lobsterman faces suspended license under tough new law
Associated Press - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

The Maine Marine Patrol has charged 55-year-old William Haas of Lamoine with fishing more lobster traps than authorized, fishing untagged gear and fishing more traps on a trawl than allowed. Haas faces a suspension of his license between three and 10 years due to a recent law change.
Woodland cleanup efforts succeeding
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

Around the state, game wardens and rangers from the Maine Forest Service teamed up with outdoor-related organizations on Sunday for the third annual Landowner Appreciation Cleanup Day. The goal: In a state where outdoor recreationists depend on the kindness of private landowners in order to access their land to hike, fish and hunt, the annual effort is designed to give those landowners a helping hand.
Fishermen resist as proposals for Portland waterfront projects mount
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 14, 2017 

A spurt of hotel, office and shopping developments planned for Portland’s waterfront is rekindling concerns that space for fishermen and other traditional marine businesses is disappearing as Commercial Street becomes a shopping and dining mecca. Commercial fishermen who have unloaded lobster and groundfish on Portland’s wharves for decades see the changes as the next step in a long process to change the face of the waterfront, to their disadvantage. More than 90 people have signed a petition citing emerging problems and reminding the city of the benefits of the marine economy.
Oyster farm adds to Brunswick aquaculture growth
Forecaster - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

As ocean temperatures and sea-floor predators rise along the coast of Maine, so has an interest in aquaculture. For Brunswick, the trend has taken hold in an increasing number of shellfish farms sprinkled along the town’s 60 miles of shoreline, as harvesters look for secure streams of revenue within an increasingly changing ocean ecosystem. Most recently, Nice Oyster Co., off Woodward Point, is expanding from 800 square feet to 2.7 acres after recently securing a three-year experimental lease from the Department of Marine Resources – the first of its kind in Brunswick.
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