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Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine or opening it to logging and mining as well as expanding areas for hunting, trapping, and off-road vehicles. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to rescind or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 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
Stop Trump-LePage’s Monumental Betrayal
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Let's tell Secretary Zinke that any attempt to revoke the Katahdin Woods and Waters and other National Monuments is an assault on our historical, cultural, and natural heritage, and that our public lands must be protected for generations to come. ~ Sierra Club
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Defend Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

There was a multi-year process that incorporated public input to protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, which garnered broad support in Maine and across the country. And yet the Trump administration issued an executive order that may alter the size of or even attempt to eliminate the national park site. ~ National Parks Conservation Association
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review – and potentially eliminate or shrink – protections of some of our nation’s most pristine national monuments, including Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is a direct attack on our shared Maine history and heritage. ~ League of Conservation Voters
"Born to Rewild," Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

This documentary features wilderness ultratrekker John Davis who traveled 5,000 human-powered miles from Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway, a mega wildlife corridor along the western spine of North America, during an epic conservation journey called TrekWest. Also, William Stolzenburg will read from his book "Heart Of A Lion." At Frontier, Brunswick, June 29, 7 pm, $5 in advance, $6 day of show.
The Future of Maine's Fisheries: Threats Posed by Federal Budget Cuts, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Leaders from Maine’s marine and fisheries communities discuss how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA and NOAA would hurt Maine’s marine environment, economy, and research—and what you can do to help protect these important marine resources. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Luther Bonney Building, Talbot Hall, June 29, 6 pm.
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Blue Hill Public Library, June 29, 7 pm. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.
Mountain Lions in Maine – Rewilding the Maine Woods, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Panel discussion about the challenges involved in bringing large, apex predators, specifically the cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther) and other wildlife back to their native habitat in the Northeast corridor, and how human communities can adapt to co-exist with and even benefit from them. At DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, June 28, 7 pm, $8.
Celebrate MITA's new home, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Join Maine Island Trail Association staff, trustees and friends to help celebrate this exciting new chapter. At 100 Kensington St, 2nd Floor, Portland, June 28, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Renewable Energy Activity – Global to Regional, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Lawrence Mott, Director Americas of SgurrEnergy, a global renewable engineering firm, will speak on the current status of large scale wind and solar projects, technology, and policy here and abroad. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, June 28, 5:30 pm.
Solar bill
Action Alert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

The Maine Senate has voted unanimously to support the majority report in support of LD 1504 the solar policy bill. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on LD 1504. The bill is a step toward overturning an anti-solar PUC rule and increasing the accessibility of community solar. The governor has been bullying lawmakers into supporting his anti-renewable ideology. Email your Senator and Representative now to urge them to support this solar bill. ~ NRCM & Maine Audubon
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Shaw Public Library, Greenville, June 27, 5 pm.
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Column: It’s mating season for finches
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

It’s like closing time in a singles bar. Purple finches are in full courtship atop the oaks in my yard. They pause only long enough to empty my bird feeder and then resume their amorous advances. Impassioned finches are profoundly vocal, and they’ve been warbling arias for several weeks. Since the wooing has been nonstop, I’ve had little choice but to watch the birds and the bees. ~ Bob Duchesne
MVLT Receives New Donation of Land
Free Press - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

Medomak Valley Land Trust recently acquired a new six-acre parcel of land in Friendship on Martin Point, thanks to the generosity of the former landowners, Penny Axelrod and Jerry Haller. The parcel permanently protects a section of trail at the popular Martin Point Preserve, forever ensuring public access to the important preserve.
Settlement in hand, shuttered Maine mill buyers face funding hurdle
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

After reaching a settlement with owners of the former Great Northern Paper mill, the hopeful developers of a $240 million biorefinery and energy park at the site face a challenge getting the funding they need. A spokesman for developer EMEP LLC said the firm has met with “impediments” in getting access to the federal loan guarantee it hoped would support about 70 percent of the project cost.
Zinke might recommend Katahdin monument be national park
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said Thursday that he might recommend that Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument be upgraded to a national park. Asked on the second day of his fact-finding tour of northern Maine if he might advise Congress to transform the monument into the state’s second national park, Zinke replied, “Certainly.” Yet Zinke did not discuss the possibility of turning the monument into a national park when he met later Thursday in Augusta with the Maine Forest Products Council.
Saco doesn’t like its broken wind turbine and wants it gone
Journal Tribune - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

Since 2008, a 100-foot wind turbine has stood tall on York Hill, greeting visitors as they cross over the Saco River to the city. Now, less than 10 years later, the city is planning to remove the structure that has never lived up to the city’s expectations. The wind turbine was purchased and installed by Entegrity Wind Systems in February 2008 for about $200,000. A contract with Entegrity Wind guaranteed the turbine would produce about 90,000 kilowatt hours per year, valued at the time at about $12,800, and free maintenance for the first five years. The wind turbine has never come close to generating amount of energy promised, and Entegrity Wind went bankrupt in 2009.
Interior secretary: Maine national monument should stay in federal hands
Other - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

The Hill - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says federal ownership of a controversial national monument in Maine is “settled,” but the management of it may not be. In a public meeting Thursday as part of his multi-day tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Zinke said the monument area’s management might change to allow logging and other “traditional uses.”
Interior secretary sees potential for other uses of Kathadin national monument
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

The head of the Department of the Interior said Thursday that federal ownership of Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is “settled” and suggested transitioning to a national park was still a possibility. Yet Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also touted opportunities for more public access and “traditional uses” – including timber harvesting – on the federal land, offering reasons for optimism to both monument supporters and opponents after his tour of the Katahdin region.
After Being Hunted For A Century, America's Gray Seals Are Making A Comeback
Other - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

Tech Times - In1973, it was estimated that there were only 30 gray seals living on the coast of Maine. Now, estimates put the number in the thousands. Duke University's David W. Johnston said that past studies have pegged the seal population at about 15,000, but his estimates are much higher with estimates ranging from 30,000 to 50,000. According to Johnston, the success of New England's seal population should provide hope to similar conservation efforts since it proves that that species can recover if given enough time. However, not everyone is happy with the recovery. Many members of New England's fishing community see the seals as a threat to their livelihood.
Letter: LD1504 will help solar industry
Sun Journal - Thursday, June 15, 2017 

I am writing about the importance of proposed legislation LD 1504: Solar Power for Farms and Businesses. LD 1504 offers an opportunity for businesses, towns and farms to build solar power. LD 1504 will counter the January PUC rule that will seriously discourage new solar development in Maine. ~ Sukie Rice
Secretary of the Interior Visits Katahdin Woods and Waters for Official Review of Monument Status
WABI-TV5 - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke got a look at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument as part of his review of the piece of land. Many local supporters are worried about the land losing its National Monument Status after Zinke’s review.
Day 2 of Secretary Zinke’s Visit to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Other - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

US Dept of Interior - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wrapped-up day two of a four-day visit across four Northeastern states with a listening tour at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. President Trump's Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017, placed this monument under review. The day kicked-off with a driving tour on the Katahdin Loop Road with Lucas St. Clair. The drive was followed with a canoe trip on the Penobscot River and ended with dinner and an overnight stay at the Lunksoos Camp. “Today, we saw a lot of gorgeous woods and waterways, and I’m very grateful to the family for their generosity.” said Secretary Zinke. “I look forward to working with both state and local stakeholders as we finish the review.”
Pretty as a picture: Zinke gets a monumental view
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke seemed duly impressed with the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, setting up his staffers for a photo at the overlook, the new iconic view of Katahdin in the background. That, you’d think would mean something in a few weeks or months, when Zinke gets down to the business of making his recommendation to President Donald Trump. Reserving his formal judgment for later, he did tip his hand in one way: He wants people to be able to enjoy the same experience he did on Wednesday.
Mainer attacked by rabid raccoon drowns it in puddle
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

While jogging on a familiar, overgrown, wooded trail near her home on a recent warm afternoon, Rachel Borch thought to herself, “what a beautiful day.” Little did she know she was about to be attacked by a rabid raccoon she would end up killing with her bare hands.
Fox that attacked man in Topsham was likely rabid, Maine Warden Service says
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

The Maine Warden Service says a fox that attacked a worker in Topsham on Tuesday morning was likely rabid. Wardens said the fox bit Mark Sleeper of Wiscasset and then attacked him again before running away. The incident, which was captured on surveillance video, happened early Tuesday morning at Grimmel Industries, a scrap metal yard located off Route 196 in Topsham. Later in the day, a fox was struck and killed by a vehicle on the Grimmel property, Cpl. John MacDonald told WCSH-TV. MacDonald says the dead fox was a sickly gray fox with porcupine quills in its face, leading wardens to believe it’s probably the same one that attacked Sleeper.
Zinke says he’s unlikely to advocate scaling back Katahdin monument
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Wednesday hinted support for retaining federal control of Maine’s national monument, but did not address whether he would recommend that President Donald Trump rescind its status or make major changes to it. Zinke is visiting Maine as part of his review of 27 national monuments designated by then-Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to see if they violated the Antiquities Act or lacked adequate public input. He is expected to submit the final report in mid-August.
Interior secretary sees no need to reduce size of ‘beautiful’ Katahdin monument
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday that he does not envision reducing the size of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, but he stopped short of reaffirming the land’s monument status. During a daylong tour in summer-like but buggy Maine weather, Zinke drove, walked and paddled sections of the 87,500-acre monument in Maine’s Katahdin region as part of a controversial Trump administration review of national monuments nationwide. Katahdin Woods and Waters was included in the review at the behest of fierce monument opponent Gov. Paul LePage, reigniting a debate over jobs, tourism and federal ownership of land in Maine’s North Woods. Zinke called Katahdin Woods and Waters “beautiful country” and suggested he was comfortable with the land remaining in public hands.
Blog: Maine national monument built on public outreach
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is in Maine this week to visit the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and to meet with stakeholders about the monument and the how it was created. Over the course of four years, there were hundreds of one-on-one meetings, large town hall meetings, presentations, information booths, debates, community meetings, outreach to elected officials and a real effort to get to know both proponents and opponents of the national park idea. And if you happen to see Secretary Zinke this week, welcome him to Maine, thank him for coming and tell him how much you love our new monument. ~ David Farmer
Letter: Support solar growth
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 

Despite the recent action of the president withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, cities and states across the country understand the need to continue reducing carbon emissions to protect our shared planet. One critical step toward this goal in Maine is passing effective solar energy policy during the current legislative session. Expanding the growth of solar power encourages job growth, energy independence, lower energy costs for everyone and reduced carbon emissions in our state. The Knox County Democrats urge you to contact your legislators, Democrat or Republican, and ask them to support these solar friendly bills. ~ Sally A. Merchant et al, Owls Head
Maine's lesser known beaches
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 

Do you want to be able to get around crowded lots, avoid entrance fees and sunbathe in the shadow of lobster boats? Well, you can, if you know where to go.
Day 1 of Secretary Zinke's Trip To New England
Other - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 

US Dept of Interior - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Connecticut and New Hampshire on the first day of his four-day trip through New England. The Secretary began the day at the National Congress of American Indians mid year annual conference at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The Secretary ended the day in Augusta, Maine, where Maine Governor LePage and his team hosted the Secretary and Interior officials for a working dinner and local hospitality. Tomorrow, Secretary Zinke will tour Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by car, foot, and canoe.
Zinke Announces $1.1 Billion for State Wildlife Agencies; Forgets Maine
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. According to a news release from the Dept. of Interior, state funding in the Northeast includes $44.8 million for every state in New England except Maine. However, according to DOI documents, Maine is getting $11.2 million in federal wildlife funds. Perhaps Maine was left out of the news release because Zinke plans to announce the funds for Maine tomorrow when he is in the state visiting the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Or maybe he forgot to include Maine.
Proposal Would Give More Resources to US's Young Fishermen
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 

A group of U.S. Representatives is proposing to give more resources to America's young fishermen. The Young Fishermen's Development Act of 2017, if approved, would make competitive grants available to support new and established training, education and technical programs for young fishermen. The federal Department of Commerce would provide $2 million in grants per year. The bill's co-sponsors include Maine Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree. It has been referred to the Subcommittee on Water Power and Oceans. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate.
LePage uncorks plan to end the sale of nips in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 

The state’s Liquor and Lottery Commission will consider ending the sale of 50-milliliter sized liquor bottles in Maine following a promise by Gov. Paul LePage to do so if the Legislature enacted a bill that adds the containers to Maine’s bottle redemption program. Last week, the Legislature, which had been debating the proposal for several weeks, overrode LePage’s veto of the bill with a 29-6 vote in the Senate and 114-31 vote in the House. Delisting nips would cost the state and nip producers money. Maine made $3 million from nips in the 2016 fiscal year. If Maine sells $14 million worth of nips in 2018, it would equal $6 million in profit.
Hike: Dodge Point Public Reserved Land in Newcastle
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 

Formerly an award-winning tree farm owned by the Freeman family, Dodge Point was purchased by the State of Maine in 1989 with help and funding from the Damariscotta River Association, the Maine Coastal Program and the Land for Maine’s Future Program. The 500-acre preserve features more than 8,000 feet of frontage along the Damariscotta River, as well as an impressive stand of tall red pine trees, and a mature mixed forest that features giant oak trees, maples, birches and massive white pines. And all of this can be explored on a network of trails and old farm roads that intersect and total about 5 miles.
Blog: Reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick in five easy steps
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 

Some of my friends and acquaintances have decided to shun the outdoors in an effort to safeguard their children and themselves from receiving the potentially life-altering bite from one of these parasites. With stories of increased numbers of people contracting Lyme Disease and the Powassan virus, which is typically uncommon, on the news, I understand their position. However, we face risk daily. As such, I haven’t let these reports stop me from doing what I love the most: hiking in the woods. ~ Hailee Morin
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