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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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Where offshore wind researchers see the most opportunity
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 12, 2017 

Federal researchers project the Northeast will make up about one-third of U.S. offshore wind generation by 2050. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, within the Department of Energy, sees the region as a prime candidate for offshore wind development for two reasons: high wind speeds and shallow water depths they said “allow for more cost effective construction with currently available wind turbine platform technology.”
Opinion: Zinke needs to know this when he visits Maine’s monument
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 12, 2017 

As part of his review of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is coming to Maine. He wants insight into the history of the monument to help him make a recommendation to the president that will shape the future of the Katahdin region, Maine and the nation. The possibility that the monument designation could be rescinded has cast a shadow over the region. The blame for this falls squarely on Gov. Paul LePage. Instead of working to ensure this new economic driver is successful he told Congress the majority of Mainers oppose the monument; there was insufficient public outreach; there haven’t been economic benefits; the Katahdin region is infested with mosquitoes and, therefore, not worth visiting; and that Mainers are losing traditional recreation opportunities and livelihoods. None of this is true. ~ Rick LeVasseur, owner, 5 Lakes Lodge
Changes coming in Maine’s moose lottery
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, June 12, 2017 

At the Maine legislature, two moose bills have been enacted, one is nearly there, one has been enacted and awaits action by the Appropriations Committee, and all the rest have been killed.
These siblings came home to help people connect with nature
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 12, 2017 

As the singing came to a crescendo in the otherwise quiet forest around them, the tiny spark in the tinder began to smolder and catch. The Grenfell siblings smiled as they placed the glowing tinder into the kindling they’d arranged in the fire pit on the ground, looking forward to a smoky campfire that would keep away the blackflies and mosquitos. But they also were glad to have shown a bit of the skill and style that goes into Northwood Natural Learning, the educational business they started three years ago to help people to connect with nature, and, in the process, to support what they call “regenerative community.”
Amid plummeting prices, a growing fear: Fewer Maine blueberry farmers
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 12, 2017 

Members of Maine’s agriculture industry and state government fear the possibility of losing blueberry growers because of a depression in prices that has made growing the beloved crop a less reliable way to make a living. Wild blueberries are a Maine tradition on par with lobsters and lighthouses, but prices to farmers have plunged from nearly a dollar a pound in 2011 to around 25 to 30 cents per pound last year.
Editorial: Interior secretary should do more than visit Maine’s new national monument
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 12, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is coming to Maine this week to visit the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, where he plans to talk with locals about whether they feel that they were sufficiently consulted about the new monument’s designation last year. We trust he will hear from longtime fans of the idea of a monument as well as former critics who have been won over and some who still oppose it. All should tell him about the extensive public process through which they were able to air their views. We hope Zinke will also take time to think about the former residents who had to leave the region to look for work, and the people who might have liked to move there but could not because of the lack of economic opportunity. People are already coming to visit the new national monument, and companies are already investing with an eye on providing services.
Opinion: Hard lessons learned in company town prompt warning about Trump
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 12, 2017 

President Trump reminds me of the tannery owners in my hometown in central Maine. They came in limousines and toured the factory. The workers received low pay and worked dangerous jobs on outdated machinery. The river was polluted by chemicals, colored by dyes. The air was foul from the rotting flesh stripped from hides and thrown into the “salad bowl” tank. In 1963, one hour before a vote to form a workers’ union for higher wages and better conditions, the tannery bosses called a meeting at the town hall and handed out $2 bills to the workers. The town has never recovered. Like the tannery owners, Trump has a business history of putting local contractors and suppliers out of business. He filed for bankruptcy four times. Trump’s budget will devastate many Maine families and increase the state’s vulnerability to climate change. Trump will make millions from his tax reforms while future lost opportunities in new, greener technologies and industries will haunt Maine communities. ~ John Ripton, a native of Hartland, lives in Kennebunkport
Letter: Bottle deposits don’t solve roadside litter problem
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 12, 2017 

Whether the state of Maine adds a 5-cent deposit to the purchase of nipper bottles isn’t going to solve the issue with discarded bottles along the side of the road. Just drive down the road or an off ramp of the turnpike and you will see discarded beer and soda cans and bottles and other trash – disgusting. Those cans and bottles have a 5-cent deposit also. ~ Dennis Ouellette, Saco
Activists rally at Bangor waterfront to protect the Penobscot River
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

Roughly 100 people gathered at the Bangor waterfront overlooking the Penobscot River to hear the latest on efforts, largely led by the Penobscot Indian Nation, to protect and enhance the quality of the river and watershed for the benefit of all. Hosted by the Sunlight Media Collective and Community Water Justice, Saturday’s Water is Life! Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla at the Bangor waterfront was the third of its kind held so far at the Bangor waterfront. It came a month before Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island, a global healing ceremony set for July 14-17 in Passadumkeag.
Blog: Blackfly Season; There Will Be Blood
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

Simuliidae. If you feel the need to curse in an ancient language at the small black bugs that are hacksawing away at your flesh in the Maine woods at this season of the year, then Latin is your language and the Family Simuliidae is your target. You may be surprised, though not delighted, to learn that not just one but dozens of species of blackfly are out there lusting for your blood. It’s a large family business. ~ Nick Mills
Midcoast lobster pound co-op sees a promising future in aquaculture
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

The Bremen Lobster Pound Co-op on Keene Neck has been a fixture of Bremen’s working waterfront for decades. After a merger between the fishermen’s association and Community Shellfish LLC, the co-op’s new owner is looking to keep it that way. Boe Marsh is a Bremen selectman and owns Community Shellfish LLC, a dealer in lobster, clams and shrimp. The company buys from harvesters at its processing and distribution center at 656 Waldoboro Road in Bremen and at the co-op. The co-op will continue in its current role as a base of operations for local lobstermen and other commercial fishermen, and Marsh is reintroducing aquaculture.
Cruise ship terminal proposal faces stiff opposition in Bar Harbor
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

For decades, the town on Mount Desert Island has laid out a welcome mat for millions of visitors who come to enjoy its shops, restaurants and outdoor activities. But a controversy is brewing with potential repercussions for both its economy and quality of life. On Bar Harbor’s ballot Tuesday are competing zoning measures concerning the future of an abandoned ferry terminal. One question, drafted by the town, paves the way for a rehab of the terminal and construction of a pier that could more than double the number of cruise ship passengers the town hosts. The other, put on the ballot through a citizens petition, embraces the status quo, limiting the size of ships that could dock at the terminal and curtailing the town’s ability to increase cruise ship visitors. Swirling is a nasty campaign.
A mystery is born: Where are all the baby lobsters?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

Biologists and lobstermen are growing increasingly worried that the state’s most valuable fishery, which in recent years has boasted record volume and value and accounts for more than 80 percent of Maine’s fishing profit, is about to go bust, a doomsday economic scenario some call the curse of the “gilded trap.” At the center of their concern: The number of baby lobsters found in the Gulf of Maine continues to fall.
Column: Ten tips for keeping costs down at the farmers market
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

Shopping economically at your local farmers market requires two things: restraint and knowing how to run the numbers on the fly. Luckily for my children’s college savings accounts, I know a few folks who have, use and are willing to share their many skills for making a middle class food budget stretch to accommodate all the local fare they can consume, week in, week out. I’ve assembled their collective top 10 tips and tricks for shopping at any one of Maine’s 115 independently coordinated farmers markets without breaking the bank. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Column: Paul Hawken’s newest project and book offer practical steps to combat climate change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

In a month that began with the president’s misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, I was heartened to discover Paul Hawken's inspiring new project and book, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” “Drawdown” reframes the challenge of climate change, transforming it from a frightening threat we can only mitigate to a menu of practical, life-enhancing innovations that could lower atmospheric CO2 levels by simultaneously cutting emissions and sequestering carbon. ~ Marina Schauffler
Column: Portland’s Susan Webster went from concerned parent to food waste activist
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

There’s a lot of talk these days about reducing food waste, but Portland resident Susan Webster wants to help Mainers tackle the problem with real practical steps. “The statistics around wasted food are crazy,” she said. “More than a third and some sources say it could be as much as half of all food produced in this country is wasted or lost in one way or another. This is at the same time that one in six Americans is facing food insecurity.” (A recent study found that nearly 16 percent of Maine households are unable to afford enough food, making it rank third among the states for food insecurity.) On June 29, Webster will lead a workshop at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie Center on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery, aimed at schools, restaurants and institutions. ~ Mary Pols
Column: A River-Link ramble is a natural connection
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

I think I may have found the perfect trail for a ramble on the Boothbay Peninsula. The River-Link Initiative is an ambitious project to connect the Damariscotta and Sheepscot rivers on either side of the Boothbay Peninsula by way of a continuous, publicly accessible wilderness trail. ~ Jake Christie
Column: Birds best off following gut instinct during migration
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

In preparation for migration, a bird enlarges and lengthens its gut to allow it to feed more rapidly and put on weight. It’s an adaptation for gluttony. The cells of the intestines become larger and new cells are formed. However, the physiological demands of the gut are high. So during migration, once fat stores have been loaded, a bird essentially shuts down its gut and the gut decreases in size and weight. The diversion of energy from the gut can be used to fuel the flapping of the wings for a migrating bird. Once a bird has stopped after completing a leg of its journey, it is unable to feed efficiently because its gut has shut down. It must rebuild the gut to allow food to be digested properly. ~ Herb Wilson
Letter: Climate affects the whole world
Sun Journal - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

How far is Paris, France, from Paris, Maine? When he announced that he would pull the U.S. out of the climate accord, President Trump said that he was elected to promote cities such as Youngstown and Detroit, and “not Paris.” ~ Jane Costlow
Letter: No matter ideology, we can’t ignore climate reality
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

By withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, President Trump and his accomplices in the U.S. Senate have just taken the selfish concept of “America First” to a disgraceful new height, and shown a disdain for science that is unprecedented in modern history. Nearly as disturbing, the Maine Republican Party has condoned Trump’s abdication of responsibility for the well-being of our country and our planet. We must accelerate efforts to reduce our personal carbon footprints and transform the way our local governments utilize energy. Twenty-five U.S. cities have already set goals for 100 percent renewable energy – let’s add Maine towns and cities to that list. ~ Joe Hardy, Wells
Letter: Congress must act to ensure 
U.S. leadership on climate
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

In a perverse way, we should be glad that President Trump has declared his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Now Congress knows it must act. If the U.S. is to retain its position of leadership in the critical arena of clean energy, Congress must act. If our coastal cities like Portland are to remain fully habitable, if our national security is to remain intact, if our health is to improve with cleaner air, if our economy is to remain globally competitive, Congress must act. I’m among 10 Mainers heading to Washington this weekend to lobby our members of Congress to act boldly and soon to lessen changes in the climate by putting a constantly rising price on carbon pollution. ~ Peter Monro, Portland
Letter: The Codfather’s money could help fix fishing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 11, 2017 

Carlos Rafael's criminal actions stole from honest fishermen and undermined the entire groundfishery for cod, flounder and other bottom-dwelling species. Yet an opportunity exists now to make both fishermen and the fishery itself whole again. Let’s put his money to work fixing the fishery he badly damaged. We must invest some of his illegal gains in fishing’s future by improving dockside monitoring, expanding electronic monitoring and increasing fishermen-scientist collaborations to get better fish counts. ~ John Pappalardo, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance
IP strike 30 years later: Bitterness, memories linger
Sun Journal - Saturday, June 10, 2017 

[video] Thirty years ago, Cindy Bennett and her late husband, Rick Rush Jr., bought a freezer, stocked it with food and stopped unnecessary spending when it appeared union workers would strike against International Paper Co. Workers in unions at other mills the company owned in other states...
Penobscot Nation and Allies Rally and Paddle for Water
Maine Public - Saturday, June 10, 2017 

Under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon, more than 100 people gathered once again on the banks of the Penobscot River in Bangor, to speak out for clean water, renewable energy, and better environmental stewardship. Participants came together at the Bangor Waterfront, holding signs that read "Water Is Life" and "Protect The Water" with some paddling out onto the river in canoes and kayaks, in a sort of environmental flotilla. Penobscot Nation member Elizabeth Mitchell said that the Penobscot River means 'home' to a whole nation of people, and the tribe will never stop fighting for sovereignty and stewardship over the waters that surround the Indian Island reservation.
Editorial: Maine is on a disastrous path — if it ever wants to benefit from solar energy
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 10, 2017 

After lawmakers last year failed to pass legislation to update the state’s rules around solar energy sales, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has adopted rules that are unworkable, will unnecessarily cost ratepayers millions of dollars, and do nothing to encourage needed development of solar energy resources in the state. Lawmakers again have an opportunity to put Maine on a better course. But, unlike last year, enough of them must vote for what is best for all Mainers and not let themselves be bullied by Gov. Paul LePage.
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