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Help wanted: Environment Maine State Director
Announcement - Friday, February 24, 2017 

Coordinate advocacy, field organizing, and media communications driving campaigns to restore Maine's lakes and rivers, to bring more clean energy to Maine, to curb global warming pollution, and to protect Maine's open spaces.
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Maine Governor Paul LePage is urging President Trump to kill the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This makes no sense for a host of reasons. Tell President Trump and Maine's congressional representatives to oppose any effort to undo our national monument. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Governor LePage has asked President Trump to undo the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Ask your Senators and Representatives to do everything in their power to protect the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Help wanted: Maine Audubon Executive Director
Announcement - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Seeking an inspiring leader who can articulate the vision of Maine Audubon and lead, support, and galvanize the organization’s stakeholders.
RESIST: Skills to Fight Back for Maine’s Environment, Mar 8
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Learn the skills you need to be an powerful activist. At Urban Farm Fermentory, Portland, March 8, 5:30-8:30 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Conservation Voters, The Wilderness Society, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Maine Public Health Association.
The National Parks in the 21st Century, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Gretchen Long, a member of the National Park System Advisory Board, will present an overview of the park system. At Yarmouth History Center, March 2, 2 pm.
Lets Go Hiking, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Don Miskill talks about his experiences hiking and shows photos from his travels. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, March 2, 7 pm.
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

Jonathan White takes you on a journey spanning the globe as he examines the many dimensions of the tides, the science behind them, and how they influence culture. At Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, Unity, Feb 28, 6 pm.
Inspired by Nature, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

An examination of how nature inspires people in many different ways and in many different fields. At Topsham Public Library, February 28, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Mindful Meditation at Morse Pond Preserve, Feb 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 18, 2017 

Bobby Carnicella will lead a mindful nature walk at Morse Pond Preserve in Georgetown, February 25, 9:30 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Clean Up Pence’s Dirty Coal
Action Alert - Friday, February 17, 2017 

Mike Pence may be Trump's "clean up" man, but he failed the environment. Under Pence's leadership, super polluters spewed unregulated pollution into the air, placing children at risk of disease and the world in danger of the consequences of climate change.
Owl Prowl, Feb 24
Event - Posted - Friday, February 17, 2017 

Learn about native owl species, their ecology and adaptations, and meet local representatives up close. At Center For Wildlife, York, Feb 24, 5 pm, $7.
Appalachian Odyssey, Feb 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 16, 2017 

Maine native and insatiable (10,000 mile) hiker Jeff Ryan has just published "Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on the Appalachian Trail." For nearly 3 decades, Jeff hiked a section of the trail with the same friend (they started hiking in 1985 and completed the AT in 2013). This is a fundraiser for Teens To Trails. At Frontier, Brunswick, Feb 23, 7 pm, $5.
Malaga Island management meeting, Feb 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 16, 2017 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust will hold a public meeting in Phippsburg to gather input on the management of Malaga Island. At Phippsburg Town Hall, Feb 23, 6 pm.
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Sappi to pump $165 million into Skowhegan mill
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

Sappi Ltd. plans to spend $165 million on its No. 1 paper machine at its Skowhegan mill, which it said will increase the machine’s overall capacity and ability to produce consumer packaging products by early 2018. The South Africa-based Sappi announced approval of the investment Tuesday as part of its long-term strategy during its fourth-quarter earnings call with investors. The mill has primarily focused on declining printing and publishing markets while its Westbrook mill focused on textured paper that could be used to impress patterns on other materials.
Sappi mill in Skowhegan will get a $165 million upgrade
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

The company that owns the Sappi paper mill in Skowhegan announced Wednesday a $165 million a paper machine rebuild project at the Somerset County facility. Sappi Limited described the “significant investment” in Maine as resulting in “further enhancement of offering to graphic paper customers” with a 180,000 metric ton capacity increase on what’s known as Paper Machine No. 1. The project is planned to be finished in early 2018.
Excerpt from Gov. LePage’s 2017 State of the State speech
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

Liberals from Southern Maine never go to Calais or Machias or Rumford or Fort Kent. But I do. I see how Maine families are struggling. Our industries are laying off hard-working Mainers or leaving the state. Madison Paper, Verso in Bucksport, Verso in Jay, Lincoln Pulp and Paper, Millinocket and East Millinocket and Old Town—just to name a few. The PUC’s decision on net energy billing is the latest example. It raises rates on elderly and poor Mainers to subsidize solar panels for affluent people. This rate hike was pushed by environmentalists, special interests, the public advocate and some Legislative leaders.
Column: Maine’s history of land conservation is something to be proud of
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

I have to admit, there was a time when I was skeptical that we needed to purchase private lands to keep them available to the public. As more and more “No Trespassing” signs went up, I changed my mind and began getting involved in conservation initiatives. Today, I am proud of our state for purchasing and protecting so many of our very best places, knowing that future generations will be able to enjoy these places as much as I have. For every $1 spent by the Land for Maine’s Future program, $11 worth of benefits and economic activity is generated. Pretty good return on our money, wouldn’t you say? ~ George Smith
Letter: Protect Maine’s environment
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

I am concerned and fearful for the future after our country’s recent election. Maine is a unique place with clean air and water, dark skies and huge forests. It is a state of beautiful beaches, lakes and streams. Perhaps we have lost jobs, but we haven’t lost our magnificent natural resources yet. Tourism is our major industry bringing millions of dollars to the state annually. We desperately need vacationers to come visit. I implore Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree and Gov. Paul LePage to please support funding to save our natural resources in Maine and across the country. ~ Pamela LaJeunesse, Brunswick
Aroostook County Tourism to update and relaunch visitors guide
Mainebiz - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

Aroostook County Tourism said it will fully redesign and update its tourism visitors guide for 2017 with Thalo Blue, a design agency in Auburn. The last major redesign of the visitor guide took place in 2009. Each year, 10,000 copies of the guide are distributed.
Republicans Are Majorly Infighting Over a Plot to Sell Off Federal Wilderness
Other - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

Among those feeling newly empowered by the Trump presidency are a group of anti-environmentalist extremists, including some members of Congress, who cannot wait to use the Trump presidency to cut down forests and sell off millions of acres of federal land at cut-rate prices to drilling interests and developers. In an interesting twist, the debate over federal land ownership is exposing real rifts in the Republican coalition.
Vintage film footage of shopping at L.L. Bean in 1936
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

L.L. Bean has changed a lot over the years. [video]
Weyerhaeuser posts $1 billion in profits for 2016
Other - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

Weyerhaeuser’s profits soared in 2016, company officials recently announced, boosted by a merger with Plum Creek and the selloff of its paper businesses. Net earnings jumped to $1 billion last year, up from $462 million the previous year.
Auburn company sees treasure in others’ trash
Mainebiz - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

An Auburn company is tapping into junk removal, considered a significant part of the $55 billion U.S. waste management industry. Shawn Leone Sr., who runs Leone's Junk Removal in Auburn, got into the business after noticing a junk pickup service out of southern Maine on the roads in Lewiston-Auburn. "So I took it upon myself and said, 'If they're up here from South Portland every day of the week, there must be a need for someone locally,'" Leone said. According to the JDog Junk Removal Franchise website, junk removal is an underserved market segment seeing growing demand consistent with societal consumerism and cultural transience.
House votes to overturn rules 
on environment
Associated Press - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to overturn Obama-era rules on the environment as Republican lawmakers seek to reverse years of what they see as excessive government regulation during the past eight years of a Democratic president. The House voted, 234-186, to repeal a rule that requires federal land managers to consider climate change and other long-term effects of proposed development on public lands.
Increase in Maine electricity delivery costs sends bills soaring for big businesses
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

Some of southern and central Maine’s largest employers have seen the price they pay for electric service jump by an average of 19 percent since last summer, and the increase has nothing to do with the cost of generating electricity. Rather, the hike in the delivery charges on their Central Maine Power Co. bills is being driven by factors that include the conclusion of refunds for transmission line investments, added money for the Efficiency Maine Trust and a pause in federal damage awards of lawsuits over defunct nuclear plants such as Maine Yankee in Wiscasset.
Houlton’s municipal electric utility to unplug from Maine grid
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

Houlton’s municipal electric utility on Tuesday received final approval to disconnect from the northern Maine power grid and connect directly with Canadian lines. Houlton Water Co. is in the final stages of securing a $5.4 million loan to fund about 11 miles of new power lines connecting it directly to the electric grid maintained by New Brunswick Power, which it expects to complete by the end of 2019.
Demolition begins at East Millinocket mill site, despite town concerns
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

A Florida-based demolition company continued to raze four buildings at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site Tuesday despite town officials’ concerns that it could spoil a developer’s interest in the remaining facility. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a 15-page permit to North American Recovery Management on Feb. 1 allowing the $1.31 million demolition project to proceed. The Boca Raton-based firm, which began work Monday, apparently plans to demolish two two-story paper machine buildings totaling 230,462 square feet plus two other buildings.
Ski: Quarry Road Trails in Waterville
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki skis on the Nordic ski trails at the Quarry Road Trails and Recreation Area in Waterville on Jan. 17, exploring the network, which consists of nearly 7 miles of groomed ski trails criss-crossed by snowshoe trails.
Controversial quotes from Maine sportsmen and others
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

For many years I’ve been writing a monthly Quotable Sportsman column for The Maine Sportsman. These quotes are often controversial, usually informative, and sometimes entertaining. Occasionally in this Outdoor News column I’m going to look back and give you some of those quotes.
Blog: Maine “sea monster” the subject of recent post on science magazine’s website
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

A recent feature in coastal science publication Hakai Magazine uses an example from Maine to illustrate how scientists relied on fisherman in the 19th century. We love sea monsters here at #Maine, so we thought we’d share this post with you. ~ Samuel Shepherd
Coast of Maine Organic Products merges, will expand in Mid-Atlantic
Mainebiz - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

Coast of Maine Organic Products and Frey Brothers Inc., a farm-product supplier based in Quarryville, Pa., said they have merged. Both are established manufacturers of soils and mulches supplying to over 2,000 retail outlets across New England and the Mid Atlantic. Each will be led by existing management teams, supported by an investment from Gemini Investors. The merger will expand Coast of Maine's reach into the Mid-Atlantic. It produces organic garden soils and fertilizers using compost-based soils with ocean and farm sourced inputs. It also produces a line of own-brand soils for Master Nursery Garden Centers in the East, a national buying co-op bringing together many of the nation's prominent independent garden centers.
Opinion: EPA nominee Scott Pruitt does not reflect Maine values on the environment
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 

Maine’s values of clean air and clean water are not partisan; they are things we live and breathe every day. Clean air and water are also a huge economic driver, supporting 65,000 jobs and generating $5.3 billion in consumer spending every year in our state. So protecting our environment also protects our economy. That is why I was so pleased to see Sen. King announce his early opposition to Pruitt’s nomination. I urge Sen. Collins to join him in taking a principled stand against this nomination. ~ Bill Houston, Kingfield, outdoor skills teacher, Somerset Career and Technical Center
Moyers on Pruitt
Moyers & Company - Monday, February 6, 2017 

Journalist, political commentator, and native Oklahoman Bill Moyers went on record recently on the Moyers & Company website to say that “President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency might put it on the endangered species list.
Aquaculture's impact in Maine almost triples
Mainebiz - Monday, February 6, 2017 

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production business in the world, and it's already contributing nearly $138 million in both direct and multiplier or related economic impact to the state. The Maine Aquaculture Economic Impact Report, issued in late January by the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute and its collaborators, also found a total economic impact of 1,078 jobs and $56.09 million in labor income in 2014. The numbers came from 71 survey respondents. The state had 107 aquaculture businesses in production in 2014. The report noted that Maine has advantages in a competitive world economy because its economic prosperity depends largely on its geography, physical resources and human capital. That makes the state's coastline and marine resources a unique asset for aquaculture.
New Hampshire skier found dead in Baxter State Park
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 6, 2017 

A 56-year-old New Hampshire man died in Baxter State Park Sunday after getting separated from his group as they skied out of the park, authorities said. The man, whose name was not released, was skiing 17 miles from Chimney Pond to Abol Bridge when he became separated from the six other people in his group. Two hikers later found him unresponsive in the outlet of Abol Pond, according to Baxter State Park officials. There was no apparent trauma and the man was pronounced dead on the scene. A medical issue could have been the cause, but a forensic examiner will determine whether an autopsy or further investigation is warranted.
Electricity price-change process attracts little attention from public
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 6, 2017 

Price changes that can add or subtract millions of dollars to the cost of delivering electricity are tallied through a process that plays out like a complicated bookkeeping exercise and attracts little public attention. The most recent case, in which Central Maine Power won approval to collect an additional $56 million on June 30, 2016, didn’t receive one public comment. CMP and Emera Maine, the state’s largest electric utilities, no longer generate power; they distribute it to homes and businesses. The rates for providing this service are set in multi-year agreements by the Public Utilities Commission, with provisions for annual adjustments.
Report highlights economic contribution of Maine nonprofits
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 6, 2017 

Nonprofit organizations contribute about $11 billion annually to the Maine economy and employ more than 95,000 state residents, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Maine Association of Nonprofits. The sector contributes about 20 percent of the state’s total GDP. “Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work” is a biennial report outlining the contributions of Maine nonprofit groups to the state’s economy and quality of life. Maine’s nonprofit sector paid over $4.3 billion in wages in 2015, or 17.5 percent of the state’s total payroll. Those wages translated to an estimated $264 million of personal income-tax revenue for state and local governments and over $679 million in federal tax revenue. Nonprofits in Maine employ roughly one in six workers, making the nonprofit sector a larger source of employment than any other industry in the state.
Skier dies in Baxter State Park after getting separated from group
Bangor Daily News - Monday, February 6, 2017 

A New Hampshire man was found dead near the outlet of Abol Pond after separating from his seven-member skiing group on Sunday, officials said Monday. The man’s name will not be released, park Director Jensen Bissell said. He was 56. He died after suffering what Bissell called “a medical event.” The man and his companions had been in the park at Chimney Pond Campground for two days before Sunday’s 17-mile skiing trip. Two hikers found the man.
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