March 17, 2018  
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Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Ski-A-Thon, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation promotes year-round education and training for individuals with disabilities to develop skills, enhance independence, and provide enjoyment through active recreation. In addition to being an excellent fundraiser, the Ski-A-Thon is a ton of fun. Fundraising goal: $380,000.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Friday, March 16, 2018 

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Solar Energy for ME, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Friday, March 16, 2018 

Dylan Voorhees, Climate & Clean Energy Director for the Natural Resource Council of Maine, and Rep. Seth Berry, House Chair of the Maine Legislature's Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, discuss expanding solar energy in Maine. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Resist Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as Secretary of State
Action Alert - Thursday, March 15, 2018 

Trump just fired Rex Tillerson, one of the few people left in his cabinet who was willing to speak out against Vladimir Putin. But even more egregious is that Trump nominated Mike Pompeo, a xenophobic, pro-torture, climate-denying war hawk, to replace Tillerson.
Protect Maine from EPA budget cuts
Action Alert - Monday, March 12, 2018 

There have been more than 90 of harmful amendments proposed that undermine federal safeguards to everything we rely on the EPA to protect: our air, water, climate, and wildlife.
Ask Congress to Oppose Anti-wolf Riders
Action Alert - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Congress will likely vote in the next two weeks on a 2018 spending bill for the Department of Interior. Because that legislation is likely to be broadly supported, anti-wolf legislators are using it as a vehicle to try to pass their otherwise unpopular attacks on wildlife. Email your senator or representative and ask that they persuade Leadership to strip these "riders" prior to the bill being voted on. ~ Endangered Species Coalition
What’s a woodlot and what do I do if I have one? Mar 19
Event - Posted - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Morten Moesswilde, District Forester with the Maine Forest Service, will talk about the most common considerations for landowners with 2 to 200 acres. At Belfast Library, March 19, 6 pm.
Powering Change: Saving Our Environment—and Saving Money, Mar 19
Event - Posted - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Panelists: Sophie Janeway, Climate and Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Gary Friedmann, President, A Climate to Thrive; and Martha Dickinson, Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee. At Moore Community Centre, Ellsworth, March 19, 7 pm. Hosted by Ellsworth Garden Club.
Baxter State Park Visiting Artist
Announcement - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Visiting Artists are asked to hold one evening program and one open studio with the public during their stay, and within one year to provide the Park with professional quality images, prints, or documents representative of their style and resulting from their experience. Dates: August 11-24, 2018. Applications due by April 20.
Help wanted: Baxter State Park Director
Announcement - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

The Baxter State Park Authority seeks an active, experienced individual to serve as the Director.
Winter Family Fun Day, March 17 CANCELLED
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Ice fishing demo, wildlife exhibit, snowmobile tote rides, winter camping demo, build a bird house, enjoy a bonfire-scavenger hunt, door prizes, & more. At Lily Bay State Park, March 17, 10 am - 3 pm.
Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo, Mar 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Theme: Women In Fly Fishing featuring panel discussions with prominent women in the fly fishing industry. At Gould Academy, Bethel, March 17, adults $5; kids under 16 free.
Winter Ecology Walk on Sears Island, Mar 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Enjoy a late winter walk on Sears Island with Maine Master Naturalist Cyrene Slegona while searching for animal tracks and signs of spring and observing the ever-changing beauty of the island. March 17, 10 am - noon.
Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, Mar 16-18
Event - Posted - Friday, March 9, 2018 

More than 120 exhibitors, demonstrations, talks and entertainment. At UMaine, Orono, March 16-18; adults and children 12 and older $8, weekend pass $12. Sponsored by Penobscot County Conservation Association.
Grazing Conference, Mar 16
Event - Posted - Friday, March 9, 2018 

At Kennebec Valley Community College, Hinckley, March 16, 9 am – 3:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network.
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Maine Sea Grant Program names new director
Mainebiz - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

Gayle Zydlewski, an associate professor in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, has been named director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program, effective July 1. Zydlewski, who has a doctorate degree in oceanography from UMaine, has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher and faculty member at UMaine and Washington State University. She also served as a supervisory fishery biologist at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in Longview, Wash.
Trump's Interior Secretary Claimed Wind Power Leads to Global Warming. His Numbers Are Wrong
TIME - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

In a speech before oil and gas industry executives, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke argued that the production and transportation of wind turbines contributes to global warming, but he overstated the factual case. Zinke also echoed a long-held argument from President Donald Trump that wind turbines kill birds. “We probably chop up as many as 750,000 birds a year with wind and the carbon footprint on wind is significant,” Zinke said. Spread out over the life cycle of a turbine, scientists estimate that the typical wind plant generates between .02 and .04 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced. Even at the high end, that’s less than 3% of the emissions from coal-generated electricity and less than 7% of the emissions from natural gas-generated electricity. Scientific studies peg the actual number of bird deaths as anywhere from 20,000 to 573,000 a year.
Perth High School salmon conservation project given international status
Other - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

Daily Record (Scotland) - Perth High School’s salmon conservation programme has been officially given observer status by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation in Sweden, after it helped to connect Perth teenagers with 250 other secondary school pupils from across the Atlantic region. Later this year, the group will be travelling to Germany to learn about the salmon industry on the River Elbe, with a trip next year to the East Machias River in Maine and the Miramichi River in Canada’s New Brunswick to mark the international year of the salmon.
Taking on 'microfiber' pollution, a laundry room at a time
Associated Press - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

The fight to keep tiny pollutants from reaching the dinner plate might start in the laundry room. Innovators are coming up with tools to keep tiny pieces of thread that are discharged with washing machine effluent from reaching marine life. Such "microfibers" are too small to be caught in conventional filters, so they eventually pass through sewage plants, wash out to waterways, and can be eaten or absorbed by marine animals, some later served up as seafood.
Important news if you hunt turkeys or hate turkeys
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

Brad Allen, one of DIFW’s best wildlife biologists, wrote an interesting column in the March edition of Northwoods Sporting Journal, reporting that the agency’s “wild turkey reintroduction program throughout the state” has been “highly successful.” That’s an understatement! Brad’s “objective is to stabilize wild turkey populations in portions of southern and central Maine where nuisance wildlife issues are the greatest." We need more turkey hunters, and we need those hunters to kill more turkeys.
Maine man uses bread knife to kill rabid raccoon that attacked his dog
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

When Charlie Weidman discovered Zeke, his family’s dog, tangling with a wounded, rabid raccoon, he didn’t drown the varmint in a puddle the way fellow Hope resident Rachel Borch did last summer. He didn’t have a puddle, but he did have a dull 10-inch bread knife. So he used it to slit the raccoon’s throat, saving the life of his 10-year-old pet and adding to the little town of Hope’s growing legacy for inventive ways to vanquish rabid raccoons.
Fishery Fest Isn't Wholly Mackerel: Smelts, Salmon in Focus
Associated Press - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

Down East Maine's annual celebration of fried smelts and migrating fish is scheduled for April 21 in Columbia Falls. The 18th Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration will take over the tiny community that day. The event began as a community potluck and has grown into a regional event that attracts hundreds of people. The Downeast Salmon Federation uses the event as a way to educate the public about conservation of migratory fish. There will also be smoked mackerel, venison stew and a fried smelt dinner, finished off with dessert made with local blueberries. The event also includes activities and displays about conservation of fish species and their habitats.
Editorial: Quebec hydro line could leverage new pipe for gas
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

Massachusetts wants to put a transmission line across Maine, which would bring Canadian hydro power to the Bay State, but won't allow a gas line at home. Such a stark policy divide doesn’t make sense. Gas is a cleaner fuel than oil or coal, and the exploitation of low-cost, domestic gas has done more to reduce carbon emissions than the fast and welcome growth of wind and solar power. If the transmission project is going to go through, however, it would be nice if Gov. LePage, who claims to be a tough negotiator, could trade Maine’s willingness to help Massachusetts in this matter with getting that state to take another look at a natural gas pipeline.
Opinion: Instead of fee on efficient vehicles, Maine should overhaul highway funding system
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

L.D. 1806, a hybrid vehicle tax proposal from the administration of Republican Gov. Paul LePage would collect an annual registration fee on the highly efficient vehicles in the amount of $150 for gas-electric hybrid cars and $250 for all-electric models. While billed as a way to achieve tax parity with gasoline vehicles and give the state’s crumbling infrastructure a cash infusion, the proposal would in fact punish drivers for choosing more-efficient vehicles. Maine should look at ways to overhaul its funding system altogether. For example, instead of using gasoline consumption, Maine could charge based on vehicle miles traveled. In a more sophisticated system, charges could be adjusted based on the weight of the vehicle – since heavier vehicles do more damage to the roads. ~ Nicholas John and Josiah Neeley, R Street Institute, a nonprofit think tank that promotes free markets and limited, effective government
Opinion: Prevent overdevelopment of the Munjoy Hill neighborhood
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

Unless the energized residents of the Hill are able to convince Portland’s Planning Board and City Council to reverse changes to the recently liberalized R-6 residential zone or to adopt a conservation district for the neighborhood, there is a good chance that much of the architectural amenity that has led to Munjoy Hill’s recent renaissance will be lost forever. Our goal should be to permit and facilitate development of the kind and scale that presently exists, including larger structures where circumstances permit, but to discourage and prevent the overdevelopment that threatens the charm and amenity of the Munjoy Hill residential neighborhood. ~ Peter L. Murray, Portland’s East End
Letter: Don’t weaken fuel efficiency standard
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 

Our transportation sector is reliant on fossil fuels and is also the single largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, the primary cause of climate change. Yet, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, has introduced a bill that could effectively weaken the corporate average fuel economy standards for the auto industry, set to go from 30.3 miles per gallon to 46.3 mpg by 2025. Automakers have the technology available to meet the goals — electric vehicles. Maine’s transportation sector consumes over 15 million barrels of oil, exporting over $2.4 billion petro-based dollars in the process. Any effort to reduce Maine’s oil dependence bears huge dividends in greenhouse gas emissions reductions and enhanced economic vitality. Be sure to thank our Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, who do not support this bill. ~ Barry Woods, ReVision Energy, South Portland
New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding
National Public Radio - Monday, March 5, 2018 

Some of the worst flooding during this weekend's East Coast storm happened during high tides. Shoreline tides are getting progressively higher. A soon-to-be-published report obtained by NPR predicts a future where flooding will be a weekly event in some coastal parts of the country.
Massicotte and his dogs race to record ninth Can-Am Crown 250 victory
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Monday, March 5, 2018 

Martin Massicotte of St-Tite, Quebec, won his ninth Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown 250 when he crossed the finish line at 3:09 a.m. Monday at Lonesome Pine Trails, breaking the record eight wins he set last year. This is the musher’s fifth straight victory in the longest and most grueling of the three Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races. Massicotte was one of 13 mushers who took off from downtown Fort Kent Saturday morning in the 250-mile race. Another 23 teams competed in the 30-mile race, and 18 ran in the 100-mile race.
As Storms Batter Electric Grid, More Mainers Consider Cutting the Cable
Maine Public - Monday, March 5, 2018 

For those who dream of living “off the grid,” the motivation might be to leave smaller carbon footprint or to avoid the prohibitive cost of running utility lines hundreds of feet to a home off-the-beaten path. Some solar panel installers say they are additionally receiving an increasing number of inquiries from homeowners who have had it with lengthy and repeated power outages.
Meetings About Oil Drilling on Tap For Maine, New Hampshire
WABI-TV5 - Monday, March 5, 2018 

Opponents of the Trump administration's proposal to expand offshore drilling say it poses a grave threat to New Hampshire's marine ecosystem and economy. Federal officials will be in northern New England this week to meet with the public about the possibility of searching for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Art Speaks: IMRC artist resonates with the crowd
Maine Campus - Monday, March 5, 2018 

As a sculptor, artist and educator, Andy Mauery has been teaching at UMaine since 2000. “I approach art through the lens of the human,” Mauery said. “I want to make plain the complexities of life.” Mauery’s sculptural work incorporates fibers and human hair into different figures that represent many of the problems humans deal with in our everyday lives, and some of the problems we create in our world and for the environment. She also creates pieces that relate to endangered species, human existence, animal extinction and death, as well as barriers and curtains.
Meetings About Oil Drilling On Tap For Maine, New Hampshire
Associated Press - Monday, March 5, 2018 

Federal officials will be in northern New England this week to meet with the public about the possibility of searching for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf. The meetings are hosted by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and are scheduled for Monday in Concord, New Hampshire, and on Wednesday in Augusta, Maine. The meetings follow up on an executive order by President Trump entitled "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.'' The proposal has attracted resistance from environmental activists and some members of government. Last month, the Maine House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to leave Maine out of offshore oil and gas drilling.
'Confidential:' New Vineyard company makes White House Easter eggs
Sun Journal - Monday, March 5, 2018 

Shh! It’s sort of an egg secret. Maine Wood Concepts is making this year’s official colorful, collectible wooden eggs for the White House Easter Egg Roll — but staff members at the company say they are not allowed to talk about it. Eight of the past 11 years, the famous eggs have been made by a competitor, Wells Wood Turning and Finishing in Buckfield.
Maine island’s plan to build its own energy grid could change the game for remote communities
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 5, 2018 

Isle au Haut residents plan to install a sophisticated microgrid this spring that could eventually end their reliance on expensive power and heating fuel from the mainland. Islands, out of necessity, have become the outposts for trying new technologies, especially renewable ones like wind and solar, in combination with batteries or backup diesel generators. Their creative, often lower cost solutions for sustainable energy, could change the game for remote communities everywhere, experts said.
Maine seeks 1,000 volunteers to create statewide bird atlas
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 5, 2018 

The Maine Bird Atlas is a multi-year project to map out birds throughout the entire state in order to help officials make key management decisions. This will be Maine’s second breeding bird atlas. The first was completed 35 years ago and is long overdue.
What’s happening to the lobster babies? Portland dealer will pay to get an answer
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 5, 2018 

Scientists want to know why the number of lobster babies in the Gulf of Maine is declining when their numbers at every other stage of their life cycle remain high. That question is considered so important to the future of Maine’s $1.5 billion lobster industry that one of Maine’s 200 lobster dealers – Ready Seafood of Portland – is funding a university study to investigate what some scientists call the big disconnect. The babies may be eaten by new predators, like black sea bass, showing up in rapidly warming waters. They may be growing so big during longer summers that scientists mistake fast-growing babies for small-fry juveniles. Or maybe the Gulf of Maine lobster nursery has gotten bigger, or in this case, deeper.
More activist scientists seek congressional seats
Washington Post - Sunday, March 4, 2018 

The rising activism among scientists is a turnaround for a group that has traditionally seen politics as “grimy and grubby.” Many of these candidates have been recruited by 314 Action, a political action committee founded in 2016 to support policymakers who have scientific or technical backgrounds. Scientists are scarce in Congress. Only one member has a doctoral degree in science. A few others have undergraduate science degrees. Fourteen members of Congress are physicians, 12 of whom are Republicans. By contrast, there are 7 radio talk-show hosts and 200-plus lawyers.
Maine fishermen, environmentalists join in opposition to offshore drilling
Associated Press - Sunday, March 4, 2018 

Fishing groups, environmentalists, politicians and tourism advocates plan to use a pair of tailored public hearings this week to oppose the Trump administration’s proposal to vastly expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and other ocean waters. The meeting in Maine is part of nearly two dozen “open houses” put on by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management nationwide. Unlike a traditional hearing, the public will meet one-on-one with bureau officials and submit written comments. Republican Paul LePage is the only governor on the Atlantic Coast to support President Trump’s proposal. Maine state lawmakers passed a resolution calling on Trump to leave Maine out of his plan. And Maine’s congressional delegation has voiced bipartisan opposition.
Climate change could ravage waterfront by 2100, so Portland and South Portland plan to fight back
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 4, 2018 

Based on the latest tidal trends, NOAA predicts that by the year 2100, Commercial Street in Portland and Willard Beach in South Portland will be under at least a foot of seawater at high tide on a calm day. Add a little wind and weather and accelerated glacial melting, and the sea level in Casco Bay could rise as much as 6 to 10 feet in the same period. Municipal officials in Portland and South Portland are taking note and taking action.
We wrote about taking down a beloved tree, and readers told us they can relate
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 4, 2018 

A few weeks ago, I wrote a story for the Maine Sunday Telegram about a difficult decision I made this winter to cut down a beautiful red maple tree that had stood by my home for a century. The outpouring of kind letters from readers that I got in response was heartening. What was especially striking was how many of you have your own often deeply felt and moving stories about trees you’ve loved.
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