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Announcement - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

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Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
Rare Ecosystems of the Downeast Lakes, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist, will identify many special places in and around the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. At Grand Lake Stream School Building, July 17, 6 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Learn about wildlife biology in eastern Maine and tour the habitat management techniques used at Downeast Lakes Land Trust. At Grand Lake Stream School, July 13, 9 am - 1 pm.
Former Maine Warden to speak at Rangeley, Jul 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Former game warden Daren Worcester will discuss his book “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” which deals with a time before reality TV, GPS devices and dashboard computers, a time of coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. At Rangeley Public Library, July 11, 6 pm.
A White Mountain National PARK, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Stuart Weeks and Michael Kellett discuss the vision of creating a White Mountain National Park. At Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA, July 10, 7 pm.
Swanville Fern Walk, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Learn about ferns with botanist Hildy Ellis. At Thanhauser-Chunn Farm, Swanville, July 10, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
CREA SummerFest, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Cathance River Education Alliance holds an evening featuring dinner, auction, and dancing to celebrate its accomplishments and support its future. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 8.
Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter, Jul 5
Event - Posted - Friday, June 29, 2018 

Noted author, photographer and dynamic speaker, Doug Tallamy, will discuss his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” an invaluable resource for professionals and home gardeners who are looking for ways to improve backyard habitat for wildlife — from insects to songbirds and beyond. At Rockport Opera House, July 5, 7 pm.
Imagine the Maine Woods National Park art exhibit, July 2-30
Announcement - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

View the wild faces and places of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit. At Camden Library, July 2-30. Opening reception July 5, 4-5 pm. Multi-media presentation, July 24.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. July 1, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Paddle events on Orland River Day, June 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak Adventures will lead canoers and kayakers on the scenic route to the Orland River Day festivities June 30 by joining the annual alewife run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village.
Raising Outsiders, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Friday, June 22, 2018 

Three Maine authors will discuss “How to get your kids unplugged and outdoors.” At L.L.Bean, Freeport, June 29, 7-8 pm.
Kids in Nature Program, July Saturdays
Announcement - Thursday, June 21, 2018 

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town, offers a Kids in Nature program for youth ages 9-12 9 am-noon Saturdays beginning July 14. Each week, Hirundo staff will provide guided adventures that are educational and fun. $12 per child.
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Messalonskee teacher is Maine Agriculture in the Classroom teacher of year
Turner Publishing - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

Beth Prelgovisk, a health teacher from Messalonskee High School in Oakland, was recognized as the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year for 2018. She was presented the award at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization’s Conference “Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea.” Prelgovisk was chosen because of her program that provides high school students with education around the production of food.
Rockweed harvest continues to provoke debate
Mainebiz - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

Landowners around Cobscook Bay in Washington County are raising concerns that rockweed harvesting operations there are destroying the habitat for other marine organisms and shorebirds. The landowners expressed concern that the rockweed harvesting is destroying the shoreline habitat. Cheryl Sawtelle, who lives on the North Lubec Road, said that shorebirds, ducks, kingfishers and other marine-dependent organisms are gone because of rockweed cutting. "I feel the food chain's been broken and we're out of time," she said. Earlier this year, residents of Stonington and Deer Isle expressed concern about noise from the machinery used to harvest rockweed in their area, as well as the potential for bycatch and the impact of harvesting on biodiversity.
Jay water district lifts boil-water order
Sun Journal - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

Jay Village Water District lifted its boil-water order Thursday, three days after it was announced because of a water line break. Customers on School Bus Road, Ludden Drive and Barker Street who lost water during the break Monday can now use the water as normal.
Conservation Groups Partner With Navy To Protect Land Near Appalachain Trail In Rangeley
Maine Public - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

An unusual partnership between the Trust for Public Land, the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and the U.S. Navy has led to the protection of more than 10,000 acres near the Appalachian Trail in Rangeley. The area is popular for hiking, fishing, snowmobiling and hunting. It's also home to a wilderness training school run by the Navy, which provided much of the funding for the purchase of conservation easements. Betsy Cook of the Trust for Public Land says the project will ensure that scenic views, wildlife habitat and public access are protected.
Pianos get spiffed up for their debut Friday in Portland’s public squares
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

Starting Friday, a stroll through one of Portland’s downtown squares may be accompanied by a live piano performance. Four pianos will be placed along Congress Street – in Monument Square, Congress Square, Longfellow Square and Bramhall Square. Each was painted this week by local artists. The Pianos in the Square project aims to add artistic vibrancy to Portland, said Sally DeLuca, Portland’s director of parks, recreation and facilities.
Conservation deal protects 10,000 acres in Western Maine
Mainebiz - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

The Trust for Public Land, partnering with the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and the U.S. Navy, announced that more than 10,000 acres along the Appalachian Trail in the mountains of Western Maine will be protected through conservation easements acquired on two properties. The two properties are adjacent to a Navy remote wilderness training facility. Protection of these tracts prevents incompatible development that could negatively affect the military's training goals and overall readiness. The 9,580-acre Redington Forest conservation easement will be co-held by the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and the U.S. Navy. The 1,155-acre Lone Mountain conservation easement will be held by the U.S. Navy.
US state of Maine sued to stop lobster harvesters from using vertical lines
Other - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

An outspoken advocate for North Atlantic right whales has served the state of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources with a notice of his intent to sue the agency for allowing lobster harvesters to use equipment that he says violates the Endangered Species Act. Max Strahan, chief science officer of Whale Safe USA, wants to stop Maine from issuing licenses to harvesters who use pot gear with vertical lines that can entangle the whales. He also plans to sue the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and individual harvesters as well. He plans to file lawsuits in other states, too, he said. A suit already has been filed in Massachusetts.
CMP Proposing $2.5 Billion Effort To Improve Services In Maine — And Consumers Might Foot The Bill
Maine Public - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

The parent company of Central Maine Power is proposing a $2.5 billion effort to "harden" its electricity distribution systems in Maine and New York, following major storms and outages over the past year — and the company would like to have consumers to pay some or all of the bill. Avangrid Inc. says storms are increasing in frequency and intensity, as it learned in Maine's October 2017 windstorm, which left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark for days. Michael West says the company is responding with a 10-year program to improve the system's resiliency.
Otter chases, bites woman at Rockland beach
Courier-Gazette - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

Laurie Nevins says she did nothing to provoke the river otter that charged across a Rockland beach Tuesday and bit her on the ankle and foot. She is in Maine on an RV trip with her husband and friends. They were collecting sea shells and looking for sea glass at Sandy Beach when a river otter came ashore and started chasing children around the beach. She raised her cellphone to capture a video. It rushed up to her, did figure-eights around her feet and then latched onto her foot and would not let go. Police had to shoot the otter because it had bitten a human and needed to be tested for rabies. The otter was sent to a state lab in Augusta.
Alan Caron makes strong commitments on key environmental and conservation issues
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

The two independent candidates for governor completed an extensive candidate survey by Maine Audubon, with some great responses, commitments, and plans. Today I am sharing Alan Caron’s responses. On June 29 I will share the responses of Terry Hughes.
Residents pack MDOT meeting to question I-395 extension plan
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

State officials on Wednesday unveiled a preliminary design and timeline for a controversial six-mile Interstate 395 connector road from Brewer to Eddington, sketching a rough outline that did little to appease local residents who overwhelming oppose the project. Feeding their frustration, many town residents and officials said they have felt left out of the loop. Earlier this month, 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced the project had s ecured $25 million in federal grant money — news that again took local officials by surprise.
Column: Thirty years of 'global warming' panic
Sun Journal - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the “global warming” (now known as “climate change”) panic. It was on June 23, 1988 that NASA scientist James E. Hansen testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and asserted a “high degree of confidence” in “a cause-and-effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and observed warming.” Predictions, especially those of global significance, should be rigorously examined to see if they have come true. In the case of Mr. Hansen, it’s apparent they have not. Numerous apocalyptic predictions of an imminent end of the world because of “climate change” have proved wrong. ~ Cal Thomas
Letter: Steele a dedicated public servant
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

I had the high honor and privilege of serving as assistant secretary of the interior under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Among my responsibilities was the supervision of the National Park System. Former Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele built on previous Superintendent Paul Haertel’s excellent record. During Steele’s tour of duty, important land acquisition was accomplished. The gift of a Caribbean trip by the appreciative Friends of Acadia National Park in no way clouds Steele’s career of remarkable stewardship and management skills that are the hallmarks of his long service to the nation. ~ Nathaniel Reed
Islands look to neighbors for survival
Working Waterfront - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Island communities survive when they work together. I experienced this alongside leaders on Long Island in Casco Bay and in dialogue with the former president of Kiribati. Spend time on Long Island and you will have the sense that anything is possible. ~ Rob Snyder, Island Institute
Seaweed entrepreneur expands in Biddeford, launches new products
Mainebiz - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Ocean's Balance Inc., a Maine innovator of edible seaweed products, has moved into a new facility in the Pepperell Mill Campus in downtown Biddeford and will launch nine new edible seaweed products. Ocean's Balance was founded in 2016 by Tollef Olson and Mitchell Lench. Olson is a long-time aquaculture operator and a senior advisor at the Macroalgae Nursery and Research Cluster in the University of New England's Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences. Lench owns the impact investment management firm Treetops Capital in Cape Elizabeth.
100th Anniversary of Migratory Bird Treaty Act Marks Major Conservation Success
American Bird Conservancy - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Nearly 100 years ago, on July 3, 1918, the United States enacted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to protect migratory birds. Passed in the nick of time, the Act helped restore populations of many birds, ranging from herons and egrets to shorebirds and waterfowl. The original Act was a means of implementing a 1916 treaty between the U.S. and Canada intended to ensure the preservation of migratory bird species. “The Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been a remarkable success,” said Mike Parr, President of American Bird Conservancy.
Rangeley’s Lakes Heritage Trust Greenvale parcel gets an upgrade
Turner Publishing - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Maine Conservation Corps dedicated a day of service to Rangeley Lake Heritage Trust’s Greenvale parcel on Rangeley Lake’s Greenvale Cove in early June. The RLHT staff and MCC members were joined by volunteers on June 6 to establish public water access trails and picnicking sites. The sandy bottom in Rangeley’s Greenvale Cove is well-known locally. Each summer boaters anchor and raft up for an idyllic Maine afternoon. The shallow cove is the pristine place to let kids be kids and for adults to relax.
Rockland, cruise ship industry reps meet to calm waters
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Rockland City officials and representatives of the cruise ship industry met Wednesday morning to discuss the community's concerns. Harbor Management Commission Chair Louise MacLellan-Ruf said lobstermen are concerned about damage to their gear from cruise ships and other vessels, such as barges, buses idling for long periods, and the lack of infrastructure at the harbor. Harbormaster Matt Ripley also listed concerns, including air and water pollution, the lack of public bathrooms at the harbor, clogging up Main Street, damage to lobster gear and the cruise ships blocking harbor views from Owls Head.
Livermore officials consider closing beaches due to 'mess'
Sun Journal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Reports of a dead cat, bags of human feces, dirty diapers and used needles at Round Pond and Brettuns Pond beaches have selectmen considering closing them. “Our beaches are a mess,” Highway Department Foreman Roger Ferland told the board Monday night.
Carbon Fund Investment Supports Ecological Stewardship of Upper St. John River Forest
Other - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the nonprofit The Climate Trust, today announced it has closed on one of its final carbon investments in its $5.5 million Fund I. The St. John Improved Forest Management carbon project agreement is Climate Trust Capital's largest investment at $2.2 million. Climate Trust Capital's Fund I will develop and manage the Upper St. John River Improved Forest Management carbon project with The Nature Conservancy in Maine.
Report On Air Quality In Maine Has Environmentalists Concerned
Maine Public - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

On Wednesday, Environment Maine Research & Policy Centers published a report about air quality. The report showed that more than 500,000 people in Portland experienced 26 days of degraded air quality in 2016. Additionally, 150,000 people in Bangor had 46 days with degraded air quality, and 107,000 people in Lewiston had 24 days. In total, more than half of Maine residents experienced nearly a month or more of days with unclean air in 2016, an increase from previous years. The Environmental Protection Agency, under Administrator Scott Pruitt, is considering a move to make clean car standards more lax.
CMP to spend $250M, hire hundreds to build Lewiston conversion station
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Lewiston City Council unanimously approved the Central Maine Power company’s plan for a clean energy DC to AC conversion station. It will be located near the power substation in north Lewiston. “Lewiston itself will see a $250 million investment,” Lincoln Jeffers, the city’s economic development director told CBS 13. “That translates into $5 million annually in taxes. There will be about 1,700 jobs during construction of this project.”
Playful otter disrupts South End beach area
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Maine Marine Patrol was called June 27 after a young otter came ashore at the beach in Rockland's South End and played tug-of-war with a child's towel. Laurie and Mike Brogan of Pennsylvania were at the beach and caught images of the critter on video. Showing no fear, the otter approached several children and at one point grabbed onto one child's towel. Two Marine Patrol officers were called to the scene and pursued it away down the shoreline.
Solar panel installation complete in Stockton
Republican Journal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

A solar array expected to provide enough power for Stockton Springs Town Office, Fire Department, ballpark, harbor and Public Works garage was recently installed atop the garage. The nearly 32-kilowatt system was designed and is owned by Sundog Solar of Searsport. Selectmen in September 2017 approved a power purchase agreement with Sundog to purchase the power produced by the solar panels at a lower rate than that of its previous electricity supplier. Sundog projects the town will save more than $100,000 over the life of the system, which includes solar panels and inverters.
Portland fishermen skeptical over proposed waterfront development
WGME-TV13 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Portland’s working waterfront could be a thing of the past, as developers and fisherman continue to butt heads over the once-thriving area. For 50 years, Willis Spear has been a lobsterman, but what’s been hard to take, is the change around Portland’s waterfront. “Hotels can be put anywhere, but the fishermen, they can’t go anywhere, they have to have these wharfs to survive,” Spear said. A new proposal to transform Widgery and Fisherman’s wharves is still working its way through city planning.
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