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Announcement - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

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BDN Poll: Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society present the 10th annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28. Witness the annual return of the alewives as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.
Third Annual Freeport Birding Festival, May 26-28
Event - Posted - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Owl Prowl at Mast landing Sanctuary; birding at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Sayles Field; Casco Bay kayak tour; outing at Winslow Park, etc. May 26-28. Sponsored by L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon.
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons from Puffins, May 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

60% of all seabirds have vanished in the last 60 years. Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, will talk about the restoration of Maine seabirds. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, May 25, 7-9 pm, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
Little Big Day, May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Join naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a van trip full birds. From Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 23, 7 am 3 pm, Maine Audubon members $50, non-members $60, space is limited.
Bradley Pond Farm , May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

An easy walk through a conservation easement surrounding a privately-owned working farm. See migrating warblers, flycatchers, blackbirds, vireos, sparrows, and an occasional raptor. At Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's Bradley Pond Farm Preserve, Topsham, May 23, 8-10 am.
Help wanted: Contract planner for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Announcement - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, is seeking a 3-year community planner to assist with the development of a management plan for this new unit of the National Park Service. Deadline: May 26, 2017, 5 pm.
Spring Bird Walk at Fort Williams Park, May 22
Event - Posted - Monday, May 15, 2017 

Doug Hitchcox leads a spring bird walk, in collaboration with the Fort Williams Park Foundation, to look for migrants and local nesters like warblers and vireos around one of Maine’s most scenic vistas. At Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, May 22, 7-9 am, Maine Audubon members $5, non-members $8.

Sewall Woods Birding & Bird Monitoring Workshop, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Join Kennebec Estuary land Trust and Maine Audubon for a morning practicing bird identification and bird monitoring methods at KELT’s demonstration forest at Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath, May 20, 7-10 am.
Pollinator Parade & Festival, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Family Festival, Pollinator Parade, and the release of "A Monarch Butterfly Story" book by Melissa Kim and Jada Fitch. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, May 20, 1 am – 1 pm, free but $5/car to park.
3D Experience: Sportsmen and the Maine Sporting Camp Tradition, May 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum director, will present never-before-seen 3D images featuring the history of sportsmen and the sporting camp tradition in Maine. Supporting commentary from David Trahan, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. At Maine Elk’s Lodge, Augusta, May 20, 5-8:30 pm, $60.
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Friday, May 12, 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
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Friday, May 12, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating or changing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to eliminate or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Help wanted: Outdoors types
Announcement - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Boston-based Slate Casting will hold auditions in Augusta to cast a television commercial on May 21. The company is looking for Mainers between the ages of 30 and 70 who are active and love outdoor activities, such as hiking, skiing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and other recreational sports from leisurely to extreme.
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Shuttered Maine mill land one step closer to becoming an energy park
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 8, 2017 

The company seeking to build a $240 million biorefinery in East Millinocket has reached a settlement to buy the property, which it expects to close by early June. The buyer, EMEP LLC, said in court filings that it has reached a deal with the property owner, North American Recovery Management, which it expects will close within 60 days.
Augusta woman who embezzled $400K from pulp & paper group ordered to keep paying restitution
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 8, 2017 

An Augusta woman sentenced 15 years ago for embezzling more than $400,000 from the now-defunct Maine Pulp and Paper Association has been ordered to keep paying restitution after having paid back just over one-tenth of the stolen amount. Wendy L. Gagne, 43, of Augusta, who was bookkeeper and later controller for the association, has now been ordered to pay $200 a month toward the remaining balance of $352,082, which Justice William Stokes calculated as the restitution amount still owed. The Maine Pulp and Paper Association, an industry trade group with an office in Augusta, filed papers to dissolve in January 2017, citing dwindling membership.
Vision for Portland’s Eastern Waterfront coming to life
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 8, 2017 

Portland’s Eastern Waterfront could look a lot different in a few years. Gravel parking lots could be replaced with a waterfront park and new multistory buildings. A new marina is on track to be opened next year. And the city expects to reopen the conversation about the future of the Maine State Pier this summer. It’s been about 15 years since the city outlined its vision for underutilized and former industrial areas in its Eastern Waterfront Master Plan, but it is only now beginning to come to life.
Letter: Maine bottle bill a model for encouraging recycling
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 8, 2017 

An Associated Press article mischaracterized the bottle bill as “obsolete” and missed several important points. Maine’s bottle bill is one of the most successful in the country. We recycle about 90 percent of our bottles and cans in Maine – which is more than double the state’s average recycling rate for other materials. The deposit program supports over 1,000 jobs at hundreds of redemption centers; reduces costs for towns and taxpayers for litter cleanup, container collection, transportation and recycling; and provides a source of funds for charities. ~ Sarah Lakeman, Cumberland
For Mother’s Day: Gifts of Acadia National Park and the great outdoors
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

In honor of mothers and other women – whether grandmothers, daughters, spouses, aunts, sisters, cousins or friends – who’ve helped inspire a love for the great outdoors, here are some Mother’s Day gifts of Acadia and the outdoors, to thank them, and invite them to play outside with you. ~ Dolores Kong & Dan Ring
Blog: Spring Has Sprung and Also Ticks
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

On May 5th, 2012, I was bitten by a tick. After that, my life was irrevocably changed in more ways than I ever thought were possible. In honor of how far I’ve come on this roller coaster that is life, I figured that I would write up an informational post about what Lyme even is and what to do about those pesky ticks that will be (and already are) everywhere this year. ~ Hannah Barry
Farm-to-table restaurant opens for its second season in Mercer
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

Mary Burr points at the spinach sprouting Thursday in the high tunnel at the farm she owns with her husband, Bob Burr, on Corson Road in Mercer. “We’ll harvest this on Saturday morning to serve at dinner,” she said. The in-season vegetables will be served at the couple’s farm-to-table restaurant, 122 Corson, which sits only about 400 feet away from the greenhouses with rounded tops that help extend the growing season. The restaurant, which opened last June, started its second season Saturday. The hyper-local dining experience is the natural evolution of the couple’s commitment to good food and local products, Mary Burr said.
Nearing his final months in office, a more polished Paul LePage emerges
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

The governor's milder tone and recent trips to Washington, D.C., are fueling speculation that he is preparing for his next role in politics. However, LePage’s top political adviser said the governor’s higher profile and access in Washington is about policy, not politics. Brent Littlefield, a consultant based in the nation’s capital, said the amount of time LePage was spending in Washington is a result of a more receptive audience in the Trump administration and in Congress. On Friday, Trump appeared to reward LePage’s outreach efforts by adding the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to a list of national monuments that will be reviewed by the administration.
Maine coyotes getting bigger, more wolf-like
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

Scientists say there's a reason for that: With 8% wolf DNA, the coyote species that prowls the Northeast is an evolving hybrid that's becoming a more effective predator of deer.
Advice to a young farmer, from Eliot Coleman
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

In the three dozen letters that make up “Letters to a Young Farmer,” some of the most lauded advocates for sustainable living and eating offer advice to the next generation. In her letter, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat representing Maine’s 1st District and a longtime organic farmer, notes the growth of family farming in Maine after a long period of decline – a return, she said, that is “part of the idea of farming as a political act.” Eliot Coleman, who has been farming in Maine for nearly half a century, writes of practical matters, of harvest dates, seed storage and potlucks.
Kaitlyn Abrams is the founder of the University of Maine’s new environmental journal
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

In December of her first year as a graduate student at the University of Maine, Kaitlyn Abrams went to the chair of her English department and asked whether the university had any environmental journals. “She said, ‘No, but maybe you should start one,’ ” Abrams said. Which is exactly what Abrams did, with help from faculty and other students. The journal, called "Spire," debuted online last week. The first issue features submissions from many departments, including biology and ecology, graphic design, photography, nursing and forest resources, among others. Works from Lee Ann and Thomas Mark Szelog’s photo documentation of the proposed Maine Woods National Park are included, and the school’s Hudson Museum is showcasing the project in an exhibit that coincides with Spire’s release.
Food columnist’s cookbook shows how sustainability starts with small steps
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

The Maine Sunday Telegram columnist Christine Burns Rudalevige began cooking at age 12. Rudalevige, now a cooking school graduate, cooking school teacher, and weekly food columnist is the author of the just published “Green Plate Special: Sustainable and Delicious Recipes.”
Column: A fresh look at whether to indulge in halibut
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

If you are in Maine, buy the local halibut while it’s in high season – between now and the end of June – but only from a reputable retail dealer or restaurateur, who, if asked, can produce the state-issued tag that proves the fish was legally caught and that its sale benefits a local fisherman and the community that surrounds him or her. Just know that answer could change at any time. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Column: Take responsibility for hunting safety
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

Failure to properly identify a target is the primary cause of turkey hunting incidents. Before you pull that trigger you must be 100 percent certain of both your target and what lies beyond. Anything less is not only dangerous, it’s illegal. Hunting is one of the safest outdoor sports. Far more people are injured playing tennis, baseball and even golf each year. Just remember the recipe for a safe, successful hunt includes a healthy dose of common sense and courtesy. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: So many places to kayak in southern Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 7, 2017 

With the new book “Paddling Southern Maine” (Mountaineers Books, $19.95), written by longtime kayakers Sandy Moore and Kimberlee Bennett, Mainers will be well equipped to explore the lakes, rivers, and protected saltwater of the state’s southern end. The slim guidebook, published in April, details more than fifty day trips for paddlers, almost all within an hour’s drive of Portland. ~ Josh Christie
Column: When it comes to fiddleheads, timing is everything
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Soon it will be time to go fiddleheadin'. For the true gatherer, the first fiddlehead green that pokes through the sandy silt in the lowlands near brooks and streams stirs an inner joy. I count myself among the true gatherers. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Here Are the 27 National Monuments Threatened by Trump’s Order
Huffington Post - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Twenty-seven of America’s national monuments spanning over more than 11 million acres of land and about 760 million acres of ocean are threatened by executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last week. Trump said he’s looking to put “states back in charge” and open up now-protected areas to “tremendously positive things.” The administration’s implication is that the public wasn’t involved in the initial designation process. In a category all its own, Katahdin Woods and Waters, a national monument in Maine, is being reviewed to determine whether the designation “was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.” Lucas St. Clair, whose family donated the land, said the designation came “after more than four years of public outreach and community input. More than 72 percent of Mainers say they support the monument. I’m confident that a fair review will demonstrate how important public input was to helping improve the monument idea.”
Battling Wildlife in the Home
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Jim Sterba’s book, "Nature Wars," offers a fascinating look at out-of-control populations of wildlife, explains why this has happened, and relates many backyard battles with a variety of critters from deer to beaver. Sterba neglected one crucial aspect of this problem, when the battles move into the home. Choosing to live in and around their homes, we must expect, occasionally, that these wild critters will like our homes. Some we can live with. Some not so much.
Opinion: Editorial dismissive of concerns about Monhegan wind project
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Your recent editorial “Our View: State should not block ocean wind project” (April 30) was condescending to and dismissive of supporters of a bill that would move massive wind turbines from the shores of Monhegan Island to a more suitable location. Those on Monhegan who favor this legislation – half of the island’s registered voters – and others, like the more than 125 Friends of Muscongus Bay, are concerned about much more than just scenic views. We are concerned about preserving the history and natural beauty of this iconic place. We are concerned about the environment. We are concerned about our productive working waterfronts. We are concerned about the sustainability of the Monhegan community. ~ Andrew Fenniman, Chamberlain
Letter: Real danger lies in unchecked climate change
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Let’s say you want to canoe a river, but conditions are threatening. You ask 100 professional river guides about it and 98 state clearly that to do so would surely result in your death. However, two others say “no problem.” So what do you choose to do? That is where we stand today on climate change science, a non-partisan issue. The Trump administration, by gutting the EPA, supporting increased levels of fossil fuel consumption, and rejecting the revolutionary but job-creating challange of conversion to clean energy, is daily devoted to destroying our future and insuring that the apocalyptic cataclysm that it fears will actually befall us. ~ Abbott Meader, Oakland
Letter: Mills doublespeak on EPA
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills’ recent announcement that Maine is joining several other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to clamp down on Midwest coal plant emissions would be welcome news if her actions protected all Maine citizens. Mills has also sued the EPA for proposing water quality standards designed to protect members of the Penobscot Nation who would like to consume fish from Maine waters without negative health impacts. So which way is it? Sorry, Mills can’t have it both ways. ~ John Banks, Orono
Letter: Stop littering
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

As I drive home from work on I-95 each evening, I notice the plastic bags and bottles and other trash strewn alongside the freeway. We as Mainers are proud to say that we love our state and its beauty, but that’s not apparent. This isn’t without consequence. Living in a landfill takes its toll on the human spirit, and it’s a turnoff to tourists (upon whom our economy relies) who arrive expecting something more. Littering is one of the easier habits to break, and everybody wins. ~ Matt Weed, Veazie
Letter: Protect our air
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Maine experienced two recent unhealthy air pollution days when children, older adults and people with heart or lung problems should not have been exercising outdoors. President Donald Trump’s undoing of the Clean Power Plan and other Obama-era environmental rules would allow polluting power plants slated for closing to stay in business. Write your US representative and senators asking them to protect our health by requiring closure of these outdated, unhealthy power plants. ~ Joan Seward Willey, Belfast
Opinion podcast: The Katahdin monument
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 5, 2017 

Portland Press Herald columnists discuss big stories from the week including Gov. Paul LePage’s oppositional appearance in Washington D.C. to discuss the economic impact of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Animal rights activists protest in Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Friday, May 5, 2017 

About a dozen animal rights activists stood outside the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offices Friday, protesting the way the agency has handled DEW Haven, a roadside zoo in Mount Vernon that displays lions, tigers and other exotic animals.
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