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Announcement - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

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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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News Items
Dead gannets raise concerns about warming oceans, algae blooms
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 10, 2017 

Dead gannets washing up on the shore of southern Maine and Massachusetts have raised suspicions that a toxic algal bloom could be to blame. Chris Dwyer, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, said Friday that approximately 100 northern gannets have been found dead in the region over the past couple of months. Wildlife rehabilitation officials say the condition of the seabirds suggests that some sort of-quick-working toxin may be to blame. Toxins produced by ocean algal blooms have been known to kill marine mammals that have consumed affected fish. Scientists have said that warming ocean temperatures and pollution have contributed to harmful algal blooms.
Opinion: Schools get poor grade for effort to minimize amount of trash
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, June 10, 2017 

The waste that schools produce has become more and more apparent in this day and age. We teach children to love and care for the Earth – after all, it will be our home until we die. Yet in the place children spend over 1,000 hours each year, school, they are taught quite the opposite. Hand dryers, washable or compostable food trays and recycling paper would be good first steps. ~ Oriana Waldren, student at Casco Bay High School
Downeast Institute breaks ground on $5.8M expansion
Mainebiz - Friday, June 9, 2017 

The Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education broke ground today on a $5.8 million expansion that includes lab space to meet a variety of industry needs. The expansion also includes space for additional researchers, an expansion of its hatchery and a residence hall to increase its educational programming. Located on Great Wass Island in Beals, the Downeast Institute operates an 8,000-square-foot shellfish hatchery raising millions of juvenile bivalves for marine research, public stock enhancement and aquaculture development. It serves as the Marine Science Field Station of the University of Maine at Machias and also partners with the Alliance for Maine's Marine Economy. Funding for the expansion was provided by the Next Generation Foundation, the Harold Alfond Foundation and the state of Maine's Maine Technology Institute.
Some things you ought to know about Maine’s new national monument
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 9, 2017 

On Wednesday evening, Lucas St. Clair — president of Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and the man who led the effort to establish a national monument in northern Maine — sat down to chat with me in front of a packed house at the Bangor Public Library. St. Clair provided some updates on the goings-on in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and provided some tips for those who might want to head to the monument and begin checking things out for themselves. Here are a few interesting nuggets pulled from our enjoyable conversation.
U.S. bucks world trend on clean energy research
Associated Press - Friday, June 9, 2017 

Energy ministers from around the world gathered in Beijing this week to report increased spending to help counter climate change. Yet one prominent voice, that of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, delivered a starkly countervailing message as the Trump administration seeks to roll back spending on clean energy and promote fossil fuels. That’s opened the way for other large developing nations, especially China, to seize the mantle of leadership in tackling climate change.
Shucks Maine Lobster plans to build processing plant in Gorham
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 9, 2017 

Shucks Maine Lobster plans to build a 28,000-square-foot processing plant in Gorham that will employ up to 80 people. The Gorham Planning Board voted Monday to approve plans for construction of the facility at 65 Olde Canal Way in the Olde Canal Business Park. The plant could open by May 2018. John Hathaway, president of the Richmond-based company, said he is excited to expand his company and join the Gorham business community. Depending on the season, the company will employ as many as 80 workers at the new plant, he said.
$600,000 federal grant to implement innovative farm loan program in Maine
Other - Friday, June 9, 2017 

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today welcomed a $600,000 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Grant to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Maine Harvest Credit Project--an initiative to create a create union to serve Maine farms. The grant will provide loans and technical assistance to farmers who want to implement conservation projects.
Scientist: Maine Fisheries on the Move as Ocean Warms
Maine Public - Friday, June 9, 2017 

Scientists and fishing industry reps from a dozen countries have been gathered in Portland this week for the 11th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management. Friday morning’s keynote address was delivered by Rutgers University ecologist and evolutionary biologist Malin Pinsky. His talk, “Ocean Animals on the Move,” dealt with something observers have been noting for the last several years — things seem to be changing faster in the oceans, than on land.
Fishermen Lawsuit Against Marine Monument to Progress Slowly
Associated Press - Friday, June 9, 2017 

A fishermen group's lawsuit against the creation of a marine monument off New England is likely to progress slowly while the federal government reviews national monuments around the country. President Barack Obama created the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in September using executive authority. A coalition of fishing groups filed a lawsuit challenging its creation in federal court in March. Since then, President Donald Trump has ordered the review of more than two dozen national monuments, including the marine monument.
Opinion: Portland Press Herald refuses to change controversial coyote article
Maine Environmental News - Friday, June 9, 2017 

On May 24, conservation biologist Geri Vistein and I met with Don Coulter, the sports editor at the Portland Press Herald who reporter Deidre Fleming reports to. We discussed our issues with her “Maine coyotes getting bigger, more wolflike” story. Mr. Coulter was generous with his time and listened respectfully to our specific concerns with the story and wildlife policy coverage at the newspaper in general. Unfortunately, the newspaper’s editors made the decision to stand by the story. ~ Karen Coker, Director, WildWatch Maine
So You Think You Know Lobsters...?
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 9, 2017 

12 questions.
A Little-Known Climate Fund Is Suddenly In The Spotlight
National Public Radio - Friday, June 9, 2017 

President Trump singled out the Green Climate Fund for scorn in his remarks last week announcing his decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. Along with that move, Trump noted, he is ending further U.S. contributions to the "so-called Green Climate Fund — nice name." Advocates for the environment have countered with op-eds in defense of the fund. Yet it seems a fair guess that most people remain hazy on what the Green Climate Fund actually is — not the least because the GCF is so green in the other sense of that word: It's only just getting off the ground. So here are seven facts you might not know about GCF and its mission.
The Blackfly Survival Guide
Down East - Friday, June 9, 2017 

We have met the enemy, and she is the blackfly. She is a mindless, merciless eating machine, and what she wants to eat is you. What she lacks in physical heft is more than offset by her numbers. She and her sisters — for the biters are all female — attack in ferocious, ruthless, maddening swarms. They will turn you into a bloody, itchy, swollen mess if they don’t drive you crazy first. It is not enough to meet your enemy. You must also know her. Know her, and you might stand a chance.
A paddle across Highland Lake is worth the wait in traffic
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 9, 2017 

Highland Lake covers 623 acres and straddles Falmouth, Westbrook and Windham. At it’s deepest, there’s 67 feet of water. That’s up in the north end. We paddled the southern, narrow end. It was rarely over our heads. By midsummer, it will be thick with reeds and lilly pads. Don’t confuse it with another lake bearing the same name further down Route 302, in Bridgton. This Highland Lake used to be called Duck Pond. That name vanished from maps and the post office around the turn of the 20th century just about the same time someone tried selling vacation house lots on it. Remember: every place outside your house is the great outdoors.
Backyard Farms in Madison bought by Canadian produce company
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 9, 2017 

Landmark tomato-grower Backyard Farms in Madison has been sold to a Canadian produce company in a deal that officials said would keep greenhouse operations running without interruption. Mastronardi Produce Ltd., of Kingsville, Ontario, announced the purchase Friday in a joint news release with Backyard Farms, which was founded a decade ago and operates two greenhouses on 42 acres at 131 River Road in Madison. Under the acquisition, Backyard Farms will retain its brand and greenhouse operations will continue uninterrupted, officials said.
Wardens declare wild game dinners legal
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, June 9, 2017 

In response to efforts to straighten out confusion over the legality of wild game dinners, the Maine Warden Service has issued a written memo stating that “it is legal to host a wild game dinner” if four conditions are followed.
Letter: Without baiting, there’d be more bears
Morning Sentinel - Friday, June 9, 2017 

Regarding the article, “As black bear population grows, so do complaints,” I have a simple question. Has anyone done the research to find out the percentage of complaints that are coming from people who wanted to stop the practice of bear baiting? I’m just asking. ~ Greg Cooley, Solon
Letter: Climate, not terror, should be concern
Morning Sentinel - Friday, June 9, 2017 

The recent story about George Mitchell’s role in cleaning our air and water reminded me of my days of fishing the Kennebec in the 1960s and ’70s. The water was putrid. Sure smells and looks a lot better today. The reauthorization of the Clean Air Act in 1990 is credited with saving 2 million lives. I shudder at the thought of the billions of dollars we spend each year at fighting the far less fatal attacks by a few deranged terrorists. At the same time we now have an administration that will not even admit that we are already in the midst of an extremely fatal climate shift. Though I’ve been vigilant, I haven’t spotted one terrorist within a hundred miles of my home. ~ Peter P. Sirois, Madison
Letter: Gretzky and climate change
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 9, 2017 

As President Donald Trump chopped the legs out from under U.S. participation in the Paris climate accord, I couldn’t help but think of the great Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky. When asked what was the secret to his outstanding offensive and defensive play, he replied, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” In other words, see the future based upon experience and vision. Let’s hope we have enough visionaries in the business, educational and political world both here and abroad to get us back in the game, because the clock is running down fast. ~ Robert Birk, Washington
Letter: King wrong on wildlife management
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 9, 2017 

I like Sen. Angus King on many issues, but he is wrong on wildlife. I recently received a response from King to my letter urging him to support protections for bears, wolves and coyotes in national wildlife refuges in Alaska. King wrote that “there appears to be a great deal of misinformation on what is actually involved in Alaska’s wildlife management.” The senator’s response is no exception. King’s response has too many inaccuracies to address them all here, but one stands out — King’s concern about “intervention from the federal government into state wildlife issues.” This is backward. These are federal lands, not Alaska lands. ~ Kristin Ede, Gouldsboro
Blog: Internationalists, Nationalism and the Paris Accord
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

Everyone knew that the Trump administration was going to pull out of the Paris climate accord. The problem was not Donald Trump but the irresponsible Democratic Party that stuck to the Hilary Clinton card. Nothing will change at the global scale unless all the nations of the world move away from a market-driven capitalist model of production and unless population starts shrinking, but the vicious cycle is too ingrained in the global collective psyche. ~ Stefano Tijerina
Blog: Ticks and tourists return
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

Tick season begins about the same time as tourist season in the coastal Maine village where I live. Freezing temperatures keep both at bay for many long restful months, but the moment the weather warms, here they come. Each summer there is a readjustment. The lazy long winter has dulled my sense of precaution when outside in tick territory, as well as my memory of how conversations with tourists are different from everyday dialogues. ~ Karen O. Zimmermann
Bill to crack down on lobster cheaters heads for final approval
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

A bill that would impose harsher penalties for lobstermen who violate fishing laws and would allow the Department of Marine Resources to track fishermen who have had their licenses suspended appears headed toward approval by the Maine Senate and House. The bill, L.D. 575, was approved by the Senate on Wednesday and by a 130-16 vote by the House of Representatives on Thursday.
Video: Ready Seafood’s lobster cam goes from ocean floor to processing plant
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

The video is recorded by a portable camera attached to a lobster.
Zinke defends Trump’s climate cuts by getting facts wrong
Think Progress - Thursday, June 8, 2017 

On Thursday, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was busy defending the Trump administration’s budget before the House Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Under the proposed budget, the Department of the Interior — which manages about 500 million acres across the country — would see its climate programs cut around 80 percent. Those cuts reflect a complete shift in priorities. The Trump administration has rolled back U.S. climate action in favor of fossil fuel extraction. As the cabinet member in charge of the United States’ federal lands — which contain extensive deposits of untapped coal, oil, and gas — Zinke is in a particularly powerful position to influence the administration’s climate change policies. Zinke gave at least six misleading statements about climate science, climate policy, and the Paris climate agreement.
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