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Announcement - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

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Clean Power Plan Comment Deadline, Apr 26
Action Alert - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The Clean Power Plan, a groundbreaking rule that would limit pollution from dirty fossil fuel-fired power plants, is on the chopping block under EPA Administrator and polluter ally Scott Pruitt. Comment deadline: April 26. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
Endangered Species are under attack
Action Alert - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Urge your legislators to oppose dangerous riders in the federal Farm Bill that undermine Endangered Species Act protections. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Portland Trails Annual Meeting & 15x15, May 1
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Portland Trails annual meeting is a night of the best ideas in trails, transportation, conservation, and placemaking from members of our community. Presenters get 15 slides, and 15 seconds per slide, to share the story of their idea or innovation. At Space Gallery, Portland, May 1, 5:30 pm.
Trees, Trails, and Vernal Pools, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2018 

Arborist Doug Johnson will show how to identify trees in early spring, and Board member Roger Rittmaster will discuss the importance of vernal pools to the ecology of our forests. At Sagamore Farm, Camden, April 28, 10 am - 12 pm. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Stanton Bird Club Field Trips
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2018 

See the schedule of field trips sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club of Lewiston.
Basic Map and Compass Navigation, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2018 

Damariscotta River Association will offer a workshop on basic map and compass navigation and skills for “staying found,” as opposed to getting lost. Preregister, $25, DRA members $20.
Stream Smart workshop, Apr 27
Event - Posted - Friday, April 20, 2018 

Stream Smart workshop offered for professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings. At UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, April 27, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Lake Lover's Raffle
Announcement - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Many prizes including a North Woods Dream Package. Benefits Maine Lakes Society.
Restoring Endangered Seabirds, Apr 26
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Susie Meadows, manager of Project Puffin Visitor Center, will talk about restoring endangered seabirds. At Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, Rockland, April 26, 2 pm.
Climate Brews, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 

A monthly get-together to discuss state and national environmental issues. At Cushnoc Brewing, Augusta, April 23, 5 pm. Sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters.
Bringing Nature Home, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Eric Topper will introduce what individuals and groups can do, including what plants to choose and how to manage our gardens for their full ecological function and to benefit birds. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, April 24, 7 pm. Merrymeeting Audubon annual meeting.
Adventures in Northern Quebec, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Registered Maine Guide Polly Mahoney will talk about her adventures canoeing in northern Quebec. At Alumni Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel, April 24, 7 pm.
Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Sherri Mitchell, indigenous rights attorney, teacher and spiritual activist, will speak at Lincoln Theatre, Damariscotta, April 24, 7 pm.
Preparing for Sea Level Rise, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

90-minute multimedia interactive learning experience that explores the potential impact of sea level rise. At Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, April 24, 6:30 pm.
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Leopold Lecture offers an interesting look into conservation and its future
Maine Campus - Monday, April 16, 2018 

“Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” is a film about Aldo Leopold’s life and influence over land conservation and the science and ethics that accompany it. The film, which was publicly screened on Monday, April 9 at UMaine, received a regional Emmy award for Best Historical Documentary in 2011. On Tuesday, April 10, the narrator of the film, Dr. Curt Meine, held a lecture titled, “Green Fire in the Making.” For a long time, wildlife as a university discipline was rare and University of Maine was one of the first four schools to implement a wildlife studies program, much due to Leopold’s influence.
A great environmental lesson in this new kids’ coloring storybook
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Gramma Golden’s very entertaining books were created to educate children and adults about things we can do to improve and protect our environment.
Southern Maine students join Stacyville students in giving back
WABI-TV5 - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Students from southern Maine traveled to help students in at Kathadin Middle-High School in Stacyville with some community service projects. "It's definitely not just about the service part but also the learning part and connecting those two so that they're getting the education that they need but through meaningful projects that connect them through others and their area," said Kala Rush, a teacher at Katahdin Middle-High School. That's strategy behind place-based learning and students in Stacyville got involved with it after a conversation between their principal and a park ranger with the Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument. "It's an initiative through the national parks, so the Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument has also been a huge support to us," said Principal Marie Robinson.
After losing ground for decades, Camp Ellis feeling helpless
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Many people in Saco say they feel helpless as they watch powerful storms and high tides carve away the shore of what was once a vibrant fishing village. Thirty-eight homes have been destroyed in the past 50 years, roads have washed away and the beach is disappearing at a rate of several feet per year. City officials say they struggled for decades to get recognition from the Army Corps of Engineers that a jetty it built in the 1890s is to blame for much of the erosion in Camp Ellis. Now, after years with no movement, the Army Corps is again looking at how to shore up Camp Ellis using $26.9 million authorized 11 years ago by Congress but never appropriated.
Portland hiker turns penchant for hiking into successful business
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Ryan Linn, with two partners, runs a company called Atlas Guides that makes map-based navigational apps for smartphones.
Nature Conservancy in Brunswick brings the outside inside
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

They say every house tells a story, but the Nature Conservancy’s fourth-floor office in historic Fort Andross in Brunswick tells a work story. The materials speak directly to the woods the nonprofit protects and manages in Maine and the Maine ocean and river waters it aims to keep flowing clean. Unsurprisingly, the building is LEED certified, the standard for green-design buildings. It’s net zero energywise, meaning it feeds as much energy into the grid as it takes out of it.
Alan Stearns aims to protect everything from deer yards to paddling paradise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Alan Stearns is the executive director of the Royal River Conservation Trust, a nonprofit land trust based in Yarmouth but which also serves neighboring towns in the watershed of the Royal River. We spotted a notice about the group’s annual Running of the Royal canoe race on May 19 and called him up to hear more about the race and the land conservation it helps fund. Along the way, we learned about the trust’s pending acquisition along the river and picked up some paddling tips.
Column: Ban by ban and bag by bag, Maine municipalities making a difference
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Four years ago, I wrote a column on the ecological costs of plastic bags and take-out polystyrene containers. At that time in Maine, only Freeport had taken action to limit these ubiquitous items that endanger wildlife, litter the landscape and break down into hazardous microplastics – threatening aquatic life. (And those pollution problems don’t even account for the fossil fuels and carbon emissions involved in plastic production.) Now 13 Maine town and cities have placed fees or bans on single-use carryout plastic bags, and 10 have banned takeout food containers made from expanded polystyrene (foam). Still more municipalities are developing similar ordinances. ~ Marina Schauffler
Column: Take time to observe Earth Day
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Next Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. I hope you will take the time to think about how you can make a difference in the protection and conservation of our planet’s organisms and resources. This year a major push on Earth Day is to try to eliminate plastic pollution. Many birds die because of direct human activities (for example, overhunting) or indirect effects of our use of the earth (for example, habitat destruction and pollution (including plastics). ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Lucas St. Clair unfairly maligned for mom’s success
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

There are not-so-subtle suggestions St. Clair isn’t an authentic Democrat within the Democratic Party primary because his personal story is not sad enough. St. Clair hasn’t suffered enough, apparently, to pass the woe-is-me litmus test of those in the party who resent success generally and St. Clair’s lineage and authentic bonhomie in particular. Democrats smearing St. Clair because he was raised by a single mother who achieved the American Dream in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District are skirting misogyny and it’s a dark shade of blue. It’s sexism packaged as “rural” or “progressive” values. ~ Cynthia Dill
Letter: Maine PUC should back offshore wind development
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Internationally, 11 countries have aggressive investments in offshore wind power. I firmly believe that, once proven, UMaine’s VolturnUS floating concrete hull technology will provide tremendous economic and employment potential in Maine and significant offshore wind development can proceed in federal waters off the coast of Maine. ~ David T. Edson, Tremont, CEO, James W. Sewall Co.
House panel widens Pruitt investigation
Bloomberg News - Saturday, April 14, 2018 

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are broadening their investigation into allegations of ethical misconduct by EPA chief Scott Pruitt, as they seek interviews with five key agency aides. The Republicans asked for an array of documents about Pruitt’s security detail and its lead member, Pasquale Perrotta, citing “new information” in a letter Friday to the Environmental Protection Agency administrator.
In Maine, ticks emerge unfazed from snowy winter
Associated Press - Saturday, April 14, 2018 

Hikers and dog lovers may have thought the subzero temperatures this winter would put a dent in this year’s tick population. Think again. Recently in Maine, ticks have been seen in substantial numbers in some parts of the state. But it’s too early to say whether that will continue through the summer, said Charles Lubelczyk, vector ecologist at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.

Obituary: Gordon A. Glover
Other - Saturday, April 14, 2018 

Gordon Glover, 93, a longtime resident of South Freeport, died April 11, in Yarmouth. He began his career as a reporter and New England news chief for the Associated Press; later, he was the award-winning editor and publisher of his own weekly newspaper in New Jersey. He worked in Washington, D.C., as a speechwriter for a U.S. senator, and as Editorial Page Editor for the New York Daily News. Environmental issues animated many of his lifelong passions, and as program officer with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, he worked to fund many environmental initiatives—his support helped return wolves to Yellowstone Park—and he was instrumental in the creation of The Environmental Grantmakers Association.
Almost time to bag a bearded bird in Maine
Associated Press - Saturday, April 14, 2018 

The season for hunting wild turkeys begins on April 28 with Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day and then expands to most of the state on April 30. Hunters in most of Maine are limited to two bearded wild turkeys. It lasts until June 2.
Giant Maine indoor salmon farm approaches first obstacle
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 14, 2018 

A Norwegian company planning one of the world’s largest indoor fish farms in Belfast faces its first significant hurdle on Tuesday, as city councilors decide whether to change the zoning at its proposed site. That hurdle must be cleared before the company, Nordic Aquafarms, can start lining up required permits and approvals from federal and state agencies.
Letter: Keep man-made intrusions off Back Cove
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 14, 2018 

I would like to add my voice to those commentators who have expressed concerns about the proposed “Shifting Tides” temporary art exhibition on Back Cove. Like many Portland residents, I cherish the Back Cove as a natural wetlands wilderness in the midst of our vibrant city, and I would definitely not like to see any new manmade intrusions – temporary or permanent – in that special place. ~ Michael Mertaugh, Portland
Access to Katahdin Woods and Waters lands continues to be a primary concern
The County - Friday, April 13, 2018 

A mixture of town officials, outdoor enthusiasts and local residents gathered at the Katahdin Area High School on Wednesday to voice their concerns and ideas about how to manage the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Lou Ellis Grant of Patten said she was encouraged by the fact that the snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross country skiers were able to work well together this past winter on sharing the trails. Access and parking are key issues.
Archaeologists Find Eroding Coastlines Threaten Past as Much as Present
Maine Public - Friday, April 13, 2018 

New Hampshire’s Seacoast is home to some of the earliest history of European settlers anywhere in the country. Believe it or not, much of that history is still being uncovered. But now climate change and sea-level rise is adding new urgency to those efforts as centuries-old archaeological sites wash away.
Backlash forces National Park Service to drop entrance fee increase at Acadia
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 13, 2018 

With Acadia National Park due to start its busiest season on Sunday, the Interior Department has significantly cut entrance fee increases at Acadia and other parks. Effective June 1, Acadia’s weekly fees will increase to $30 per car, $25 per motorcycle and $15 per bicycle. That’s an additional $5 per car and motorcycle and $3 per bike. Part of a nationwide increase in park service fees, the news means the rescinding of a proposed $70 fee, one of the most dramatic plans offered by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Beachfront property owners likely to appeal court decision granting public access
York County Coast Star - Friday, April 13, 2018 

The Maine Superior Court ruled in favor of the town of Kennebunkport in the Goose Rocks Beach lawsuit last week, but the suit is likely headed for appeal according to an attorney representing the beachfront property owners. In a decision handed down last Friday, Judge Wayne R. Douglas’ ruling granted title rights to the town of all beach areas in front of all but one of the 23 plaintiffs’ beachfront properties down to the low water mark.
How upcycled ‘trash’ becomes rustic decor and furniture
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 13, 2018 

Digging under leaf litter and piles of lingering snow, Ellie Barker unearthed a metal teakettle and an old glass jar, turning the dirt-coated items in her hands. In the woods near Barker’s home in Dedham are heaps of discarded homewares dating back to the 1920s, and to most people, the forgotten pieces, rusted and often broken, would be considered trash. To Barker, they’re materials for her creations. Barker said, “We as Americans throw out so much. There’s so much waste in our culture, and it’s heartbreaking because there’s so much trash everywhere. When you find interesting and neat things you can reinvent and put more life into, it’s a cool thing to do.”
Letter: Maine’s senators should fight EPA budget cuts to protect health of public, planet
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 13, 2018 

I’m writing to ask Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Angus King to oppose the suggested budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency for 2019. The current administration wants to cut what it calls unnecessary regulations and activities. But I strongly disagree with the idea that these are not needed. These changes will have a negative impact on the health of the people in Maine and throughout the country. ~ Erica L. Bartlett, Portland
Letter: Solar bill flip-floppers should be voted out
Morning Sentinel - Friday, April 13, 2018 

For the spineless Republicans who flip-flopped on the solar bill, I cannot stay silent in the face of such blatant hypocrisy and cowardice. I hope these flip-floppers on L.D. 1444 will be remembered by voters in their district, and come November they find themselves out of a job. This was a simple and modest solar bill that would stop the Public Utility Commission’s blatant attempt to discourage solar power by taxing producers. I thought Republicans were against taxes and for creating good-paying jobs? I guess it depends on whether it serves their interests or agenda. ~ Jason Langley, Orono
Letter: Salmon farm an ecological risk
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 13, 2018 

Salmon farms generate waste and are at risk for viral epidemics. I don’t see why we should risk the health of Penobscot Bay in order to provide wealth to Norwegian stockholders and hourly wages to local residents. We should concentrate on returning the bay to an ecological bank that supports a large number of profitable seasonal fisheries for midcoast residents. ~ William Leavenworth, Searsmont
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