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Announcement - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

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BDN Poll: Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society present the 10th annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28. Witness the annual return of the alewives as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.
Third Annual Freeport Birding Festival, May 26-28
Event - Posted - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Owl Prowl at Mast landing Sanctuary; birding at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Sayles Field; Casco Bay kayak tour; outing at Winslow Park, etc. May 26-28. Sponsored by L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon.
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons from Puffins, May 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

60% of all seabirds have vanished in the last 60 years. Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, will talk about the restoration of Maine seabirds. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, May 25, 7-9 pm, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
Little Big Day, May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Join naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a van trip full birds. From Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 23, 7 am 3 pm, Maine Audubon members $50, non-members $60, space is limited.
Bradley Pond Farm , May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

An easy walk through a conservation easement surrounding a privately-owned working farm. See migrating warblers, flycatchers, blackbirds, vireos, sparrows, and an occasional raptor. At Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's Bradley Pond Farm Preserve, Topsham, May 23, 8-10 am.
Help wanted: Contract planner for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Announcement - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, is seeking a 3-year community planner to assist with the development of a management plan for this new unit of the National Park Service. Deadline: May 26, 2017, 5 pm.
Spring Bird Walk at Fort Williams Park, May 22
Event - Posted - Monday, May 15, 2017 

Doug Hitchcox leads a spring bird walk, in collaboration with the Fort Williams Park Foundation, to look for migrants and local nesters like warblers and vireos around one of Maine’s most scenic vistas. At Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, May 22, 7-9 am, Maine Audubon members $5, non-members $8.

Sewall Woods Birding & Bird Monitoring Workshop, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Join Kennebec Estuary land Trust and Maine Audubon for a morning practicing bird identification and bird monitoring methods at KELT’s demonstration forest at Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath, May 20, 7-10 am.
Pollinator Parade & Festival, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Family Festival, Pollinator Parade, and the release of "A Monarch Butterfly Story" book by Melissa Kim and Jada Fitch. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 20, 1 am – 1 pm, free but $5/car to park.
3D Experience: Sportsmen and the Maine Sporting Camp Tradition, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum director, will present never-before-seen 3D images featuring the history of sportsmen and the sporting camp tradition in Maine. Supporting commentary from David Trahan, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. At Maine Elk’s Lodge, Augusta, May 20, 5-8:30 pm, $60.
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Friday, May 12, 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
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Friday, May 12, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating or changing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to eliminate or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Help wanted: Outdoors types
Announcement - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Boston-based Slate Casting will hold auditions in Augusta to cast a television commercial on May 21. The company is looking for Mainers between the ages of 30 and 70 who are active and love outdoor activities, such as hiking, skiing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and other recreational sports from leisurely to extreme.
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Genetically engineered potatoes approved for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved on Friday morning the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been developed by a major Idaho agribusiness company. The move means that the J.R. Simplot Co.’s Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic potatoes could be planted in Maine fields at any time. These potatoes were created by adding genes from a wild potato plant and are designed to be resistant to late blight, the disease that caused the mid-19th century Irish Potato Famine and which remains a problem today. But genetically modified crops have been controversial in the past.
Never forget, all roads are private in the North Maine Woods
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

With countless lakes, ponds and rivers, miles of hiking trails and scores of campsites, the North Maine Woods is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with more than 100,000 people visiting the region every year. The 3.5 million acres also is a privately owned working forest and while its owners are more than happy to allow access to the land over thousands of miles of dirt roads, visitors need to know the rules of those roads for safety’s sake. And the most important rule of all to remember is logging trucks always have the right of way.
Panic flows over the future of 2 dams in eastern Maine
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

A pulp and paper company’s effort to surrender two eastern Maine dams has triggered panic in rural communities bordering the lakes they regulate and interventions from the Canadian government. Woodland Pulp, which owns the dams and the pulp mill in Baileyville, notified federal officials in late December that it wishes to abandon ownership of the dams at Forest City and Sysladobsis Lake – both in the St. Croix River watershed – because it has been operating them at a significant loss. The company says it is in negotiations to give the larger of the dams – the one straddling the border between Maine and New Brunswick at Forest City – to an undisclosed third party.
Letter: Science shows pesticides are effectively regulated
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

It has long been the contention of those of us in the business of applying pesticides professionally that those who oppose what we do base their arguments on misleading claims and emotion. The news article and letter to the editor in the Press Herald on L.D. 1505 (“An Act To Create Consistency in the Regulation of Pesticides”) inadvertently prove my point. Contrary to what has been claimed, there are no plans to diminish Environmental Protection Agency oversight of pesticides. The EPA’s enforcement of the federal pesticide law works very well. Pesticide registration and licensure administered by the state of Maine works very well. ~ Bob Mann, Lawn Dawg, Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire
Letter: Augusta Climate March starts fight for EPA
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

I attended the People’s Climate March recently in Augusta. What a beautiful day, and the turnout was totally amazing. The EPA is in shambles, so it was uplifting to see everyone there angry about what is going on. It proved that people are very concerned about our environment and health. The proposed budget wants to slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent and has many riders that can attack public health. It is important to call your senators and tell them to oppose the budget. We need to do what we can to keep New England’s air and water clean. Too much of our well being depends on a beautiful environment. ~ Jill Glidden, Dover, N.H.
Letter: Patten benefitting from monument
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Maybe economic benefits look different in Augusta, but in Patten, we’re already seeing improvements since the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was established. Our family hardware business is doubling its retail space. We are expanding to include kayaks, paddle boards, tents, camping and RV supplies, and outdoor sporting equipment. We have hired two additional employees and hope to go further as the demand increases. It is apparent that many, including some who opposed the monument, have elevated their expectations for the entire region based on the increased activity since last August. ~ Nathan Richardson, Patten
Poliquin noncommittal on national monument
WCSH-TV6 - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Rep. Bruce Poliquin sat down for a nearly 30-minute interview with NEWS CENTER on Friday. Among other issues, he spoke about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. [video]
Poliquin…says he won’t advocate for or against monument
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 12, 2017 

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, during a television interview Friday, said he would not advocate for or against the national monument in his congressional district that is being reviewed by the Trump administration. Asked about his position on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Poliquin said that no president should be allowed to designate a national monument without the consent of that state’s legislature and that he introduced a bill that would make that a requirement.
Federal judge puts hold on pipeline lawsuit against South Portland
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 12, 2017 

A federal judge put the Portland Pipe Line Corp. lawsuit against the city of South Portland on hold Thursday while he determines whether the U.S. District Court in Portland has jurisdiction to hear the case. The order by Judge John Woodcock Jr. comes more than two years after the company first challenged the city’s so-called Clear Skies ordinance in U.S. District Court in Portland. Approved by the City Council in July 2014, the ordinance banned the loading of crude oil into tankers on the city’s waterfront, effectively blocking the company from reversing the pipeline’s flow to bring oil from Canada to South Portland.
How ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ At New Brunswick Nuclear Plant Could Affect Down East Maine
Maine Public - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Point Lepreau is a nuclear power plant just across the Maine border in St. John, New Brunswick. Next month its operating license expires, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is considering whether to renew it for another five years. There are passionate arguments for and against its operation and implications for an entire region. When it comes to a nuclear plant meltdown, a 50-mile radius would include towns like Eastport, Calais, Lubec, and East Machias. How much do emergency responders in those towns know about nuclear events? “Very little,” says Mike Hinerman, who runs Washington County’s Emergency Management Agency.
Comment period open for Maine’s national monument
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Friday opened the 60-day public comment period for residents to weigh in on Maine’s national monument. The new comment period signals a return of the bitter debate. The U.S. Department of Interior announced on May 5 that it was opening the comment period for 27 monuments under review per an executive order issued last month by President Donald Trump. At issue is whether then-President Barack Obama created Maine’s monument in August “without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders,” the department said. Comments on the monument may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.
Rally in Bangor opposes overturning Katahdin Woods National Monument
Mainebiz - Friday, May 12, 2017 

A day after the start of the 60-day comment period on President Trump's executive order calling for a review of national monuments created since 1996, three members of Maine's congressional delegation joined with local business leaders in voicing opposition to overturning the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Three of Maine's four members of Congress, three state legislators representing the Katahdin region and local elected officials from Millinocket, East Millinocket, Patten, Medway and Sherman all oppose rescinding Katahdin's national monument status. Voices in the business community are also growing stronger.
New Invasive Species Portal
Maine Government News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

A new Invasive Species Portal on Maine.gov gives citizens easy access to work being done by state agencies. The portal can help you find resources about destructive flora and fauna that have invaded our state or could be coming very soon. On the maine.gov/invasives portal, you'll find resources to learn about invasive species found across Maine's ecosystems.
Here to There and Back: The AT
Maine Public - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Danny Moody of Winthrop and Dan Giguere of Manchester, along with Danny’s dog Daisy, are hiking the Appalachian Trail. Check their progress.
Supporters of Maine Monument Want Trump, LePage to Back Off
Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Several former opponents of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are now asking President Donald Trump and Maine Gov. Paul LePage to let it be. The group gathered Friday in Bangor to defend the 87,500-acre property managed by the National Park Service and to push back on a federal review ordered by Trump. They contend the federally managed land is already serving as a catalyst for economic growth.
Madawaska Approved for $8,000,000 funding package from USDA Rural Development
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

The Town of Madawaska has been approved for a federal grant/loan award in the amount of $8,000,000. The funding is provided through the USDA Rural Development and will be used to complete upgrades to the Town’s wastewater treatment facility.
Facts relevant to Trump's review of Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Maine Environmental News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

The Trump Administration is reviewing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument created in 2016. President Trump wants to rescind national monuments, reduce their size, and/or open them to uses such as mining, oil and gas extraction, and logging. Among other criteria, the review will assess if there was significant public input prior to monument designation, if there is currently public support, and if the monument is economically beneficial. Consider these facts.
Business, community and political leaders oppose overturning national monument
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Maine business, community, and political leaders gathered today in Bangor to voice their opposition to efforts to overturn the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The group released letters to Maine’s Congressional delegation, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Governor Paul LePage strongly defending the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument as an asset to the Katahdin region that already is providing positive benefits.
Rockland to acquire 174-acre bog land for public access, preservation
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Rockland this week moved closer to building an expansive trail system that would connect the former MacDougal school property with the Rockland bog. The city council voted unanimously earlier this week to buy 174-acres of the Oyster River Bog from land owner Malcolm Von Saltza for $52,000, which it says will remain preserved and publicly accessible. The council also voted to designate the former MacDougal school property on Broadway as a park. Both decisions are part of a larger long-term goal to connect the two areas via new walking trails.
More Amazing, Entertaining, and Sometimes Troubling Quotes About Maine
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, May 12, 2017 

I’ve been writing a Quotable Sportsman column for The Maine Sportsman for five years, and over that period have reported on amazing, entertaining, and sometimes troubling quotes. From time to time I’m dipping back into those to share them with you in this column.
Lincoln a good fit for Poland Springs plant, rep says
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

A Poland Spring representative said he will push his company to build a $50 million bottling plant in the Lincoln area — a crucial but far from final step in the company’s expansion planning. Recent well tests showed that the Lincoln Water District can easily anchor a bottling plant, Senior Natural Resource Manager Thomas Brennan said during a district board meeting on Tuesday. Poland Spring has been testing wells and scouting plant locations in the Lincoln area since March. Several towns, including Chester, Fryeburg, Greenbush, Howland, Passadumkeag and Rumford, hope to host the plant.
Letter: Self-interest may be motive of Monhegan wind-power project foes
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Most likely, many of the 125-plus Friends of Muscongus Bay also have cottages overlooking Monhegan Island. They say they are concerned about much more than just their scenic view. Yeah, right. My ancestors settled on the Pemaquid peninsula two centuries ago and made a living by fishing, boat building, tending lighthouses and catering to the summer people from away. Most of them did not make enough money to ensure they could pass ocean property on to their descendants. I am sure they would applaud the University of Maine’s attempt to bring jobs and clean, inexpensive electricity to coastal Maine. ~ David Alexander, Gorham
Letter: Climate marches are useful, but real work has to follow
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 12, 2017 

On April 29, I marched with over 200,000 fellow environmentalists in the People’s Climate March in D.C. I am a part of the climate change generation that is inheriting an unsustainable energy system, an unethical political system and a world full of racial and economic inequality. Attending the People’s Climate March is only the beginning – the next step is organizing within your own communities. Reach out to local environmental organizations and ask how you can help, especially youth and students. It is our voices that have the most weight, because it is our future that is in jeopardy. ~ Isabella Pardales, Yarmouth
Letter: Lyme disease prevention
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine, and the Public Health Education Corps at Maine the Maine Center for Disease Control wants to remind people of the importance of daily tick checks and other prevention methods. Lyme disease is not the only disease that can be carried by the deer ticks in Maine. Anaplasmosis and babesiosis are two other tick-borne infections found in Maine and the number of reported cases in 2016 continued to rise. Visit maine.gov/lyme for more information and to see our events throughout May. ~ Catie Peranzi, Bridgton
Eagle sickened after feeding on dead animal
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 11, 2017 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help with information that could aid in the recovery of sick bald eagle. The department said the eagle was transported to Avian Haven in Freedom for treatment after the bird fed on a dead animal in the area of 50 Moody Road in Saco earlier this week and became ill. It is believed the eagle was inadvertently poisoned by eating a cow or other animal that had recently been euthanized.
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