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Take action to protect clean water
Action Alert - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

The EPA under Trump just proposed rescinding the Clean Water Rule, threatening the health of our lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands in Maine. Tell the EPA and Maine Congressional delegation that Mainers support this rule for the health of our neighbors, our waters, and our economy. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Stop Trump's Assault On Drinking Water
Action Alert - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

The groundbreaking Clean Water Rule was adopted two years ago to help protect crucial waterways, including streams that feed the drinking water sources of more than 117 million Americans, habitat for wildlife and places where we fish, kayak, and swim with our families. But in its latest anti-environment assault, the Trump administration is irresponsibly attempting to repeal the Clean Water Rule. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
Reject Trump’s anti-science pick to head NASA
Action Alert - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Petition to the Senate: NASA must remain an independent scientific agency, and its critical Earth science missions must continue. Reject Trump's appointment of anti-science ideologue Rep. Jim Bridenstine for NASA head and insist on a scientist or another qualified individual for the position. ~ CREDO Action
ecomaine Recycling Open House, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Join ecomaine for tours, free breakfast, free electronic waste collection, fun activities for the kids and more. At 62 Blueberry Road, Portland, September 30, 8-11 am.
Midcoast Maine Tour de Farms, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

The Midcoast Maine Tour de Farms offers rides cycling tours of 56 and 42 miles through Wiscasset, Dresden and Whitefield, as well as a 17-mile family ride, through the scenic farmland, with stops at local farms, orchards, and creameries. September 30. Sponsored by Morris Farm Trust.
National Parks Free Entrance, Sep 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. September 30.
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, Sep 29-Oct 1
Event - Posted - Friday, September 22, 2017 

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. September 29 – October 1, 2017
Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Sep 29
Event - Posted - Friday, September 22, 2017 

At Camden Snow Bowl, September 29, 7:30 pm, free, suggested $3-5 donation for Teens To Trails.
Sustainability Success through Community Conservation, Sep 29
Event - Posted - Friday, September 22, 2017 

Anthony Charles, School of the Environment and School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, will discuss how communities are acting as stewards of their local environments and resources, undertaking conservation initiatives that help secure local livelihoods, and contribute to larger-scale environmental improvement. At UMaine, Orono, September 29, 11 am.
Natural Gas: Powering Maine’s Future, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 21, 2017 

Keynote speaker: Governor Paul LePage. Lunchtime speaker: Summit Utilities President Kurt Adams. Panel discussions on commercial and industrial usage, natural gas as a transportation fuel, and natural gas in power generation. At The Woodlands in Falmouth, September 28, $179.
MDF Champion for Economic Development Awards, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 21, 2017 

At its annual meeting, Maine Development Foundation will present Champion for Economic Development Awards to several recipients, including Robbins Lumber. At Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, September 28.
State of Working Maine 2017
Publication - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

The "State of Working Maine 2017," published by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, presents a comprehensive analysis of the economic, demographic, and workforce trends that impact the quality and quantity of jobs in Maine.
Alan Hutchinson memorial celebration, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

A celebration to pay tribute to the memory of the late Alan Hutchinson, executive director of the Forest Society of Maine. At Portland Country Club, Falmouth, September 28, 4:30-6:30 pm. RSVP.
BDN Poll: Should Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument be open to logging?
Action Alert - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Do you think the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument should be opened for commercial forestry use?
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Wild Man
Down East - Monday, September 25, 2017 

Jensen Bissell manages Maine’s Baxter State Park, 210,000 acres of the most dramatic peaks, prettiest ponds, and finest trails east of the Rockies. Lately, he spends a lot of his time trying to keep people out of it. (Or does he?)
This peaceful park saw the start of a bloody massacre
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 25, 2017 

Except for the constant drone of highway noise from Interstate 295, Portland’s Deering Oaks Park is a peaceful spot. The city bought the 40-odd acre site from the Deering family in 1879. Since then, it’s been a leaf-shaded, oaken oasis in the middle of a bustling city. But it wasn’t always so quiet. The Battle of Deering Oaks began and ended 328 years ago this week, on Sept. 28, 1689.
Rangers: Woman Armed With Frying Pan Helped Stop Forest Fire
Associated Press - Monday, September 25, 2017 

Maine Forest Rangers say the quick actions of a woman armed with a frying pan helped stop a forest fire. Rangers say Nancy Weeks used a frying pan to carry water back and forth between the flames and a nearby pond in a wooded area near Beddington. Weeks kept the fire under control until crews arrived. Officials say the fire was sparked by an unattended camp fire. Rangers say it is still fire season in the state, and likely will remain so until the first snowfall.
Reduced Moose Hunt Getting Started In Maine
Associated Press - Monday, September 25, 2017 

Maine's moose hunt is getting started with fewer hunters than last year. The state's annual moose hunt is broken up into four stretches, and the first one begins Monday. The state gave out 2,080 moose permits this year, 60 less than 2016. The portion of the moose hunt that begins Monday lasts until Sept. 30 and is concentrated mostly in far northern Maine. The next portion runs Oct. 9 to Oct. 14 and covers a broader area that also includes parts of central, western and eastern Maine. The state's moose population has fallen in recent years, in part because it's struggling with parasites. The state also is trying to create opportunities to view the animals. Maine hunters who have a moose permit are allowed to take one moose per year.
Special manager considered for Fort Williams Park
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 25, 2017 

Cape Elizabeth may create a new position to manage its popular Fort Williams Park. “Fort Williams is (our) jewel in crown.…It is the town’s responsibility,” said Town Councilor Jessica Sullivan. About 1 million people visit the 90-acre park annually from around the world to see Portland Head Light, Casco Bay and other attractions. It’s often mistaken for a state park, but it is owned and managed solely by the town.
Letter: Pitch in for Maine’s public lands
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 25, 2017 

Maine’s state, county and local parks, its extensive public land units and wildlife management areas, and its National Forest, National Park units and National Wildlife refuges deserve a lot of special attention on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 30. All Mainers recognize that these lands are the very essence of Maine as a great place to live, work and play, as well as for visitors. Without ongoing access to and maintenance of these special places, Maine would not be what it is today, and cannot be what we wish for it tomorrow. As former administrators of some of Maine’s best public lands, we urge readers to think of a small project that a nearby unit could use. Then look at a map and take a trip. ~ Richard E. Barringer and Richard B. Anderson, former commissioners, Maine Department of Conservation; Lloyd Irland, former director, Maine Bureau of Public Lands
Shark fin ban may not help species, scientists say
Associated Press - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced a bill this year designed to prevent people from possessing or selling shark fins in America. But marine scientists David Shiffman and Robert Hueter said that shutting down the U.S. fin trade entirely would remove a model for sustainability for the rest of the world. The U.S. also is a minor contributor to the worldwide shark fin trade, and countries with less regulated fisheries would likely step in to fill the void if America left the business altogether, Shiffman said. “Removing that from the marketplace removes a template of a well-managed fishery." Shark fins are most often used in a soup considered a delicacy in Asia.
Despite setbacks and questions, a company pursues new multimillion-dollar markets for Maine wood
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

Much has been said and written about the potential for repurposing the five Maine paper mills that have closed over the past three years, and the challenges of finding new markets for 4 million tons of wood once used for pulp and power. There have been setbacks, and Arthur House, president of Searsport-based Maine Woods Biomass Exports LLC, has had his share. But after his widely anticipated plans to export fuel-grade wood chips to European power plants this year were delayed, House pivoted to a new opportunity. House says he has signed contracts for $28 million worth of hemlock logs – millions of board feet – destined for China, with more deals pending. He’s also headed to Turkey next month, where he hopes to sign contracts for Maine wood chips to be exported for particleboard furniture.
David Buchanan’s fruitful endeavors at Portersfield Cider
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

Even when David Buchanan's own apple trees are producing heavily, he’ll remain an explorer and forager. “I just find it much more interesting to go out and find abandoned trees around Maine, or seedlings, that make the kind of cider that I want and try to develop character from that."
Kayla Blindert sees a gleaning trove in backyard fruit
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

Kayla Blindert wrapped up her year-long AmeriCorps assignment in Portland in August, but she opted to stick around through the harvest because she’s got a gleaning project she’s excited about. As the first-ever Maine Gleaning Week approaches, we called her up to talk farms, fruit and how Portland residents can help feed the hungry just by opening their garden gates.
Sustainable seaweed for sensitive skin
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

Michele Gilfoil and her sister heard about a women’s group that made shea butter in Ghana. They flew to West Africa to check it out. There, they found a group of women who harvest the pit of the shea fruit, then go through a two-day process that’s been handed down from generation to generation to make shea butter. Gilfoil uses the African shea butter in her products for Planet Botanicals, her company based in the historic Presumpscot mill building in Westbrook. She has recently added it to her new line of products, which contain another sustainable ingredient: Maine seaweed.
Column: A mean green fighting machine? Or a mean clean one?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

Green eating fills the body with food that was grown, sourced, prepared and not wasted in a fashion that also considers the environmental impact of food production and safeguards agriculture and energy resources for future generations. Clean eating practices feed your own body to maximize your own energy and optimize your own personal health. The green eating circle includes sourcing food of all sorts – vegetables, animal proteins, dairy products, whole grains – whenever possible from local farmers and value-added producers who are dedicated to sustainable agricultural and processing practices. The clean eating circle centers on eating mostly fresh (organic is best) vegetables, nuts and whole grains in concert and in small amounts five to six times a day. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Column: Hunting for logic from the legislature
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

While most of legislative documents provide positive results, there are always a few bills that make us scratch our heads and wonder if their time might be better spent. For example, LD 557 prohibits hunters from “destroying, tearing down, defacing or otherwise damaging property posting signs” and calls for a mandatory one-year revocation of hunting and fishing licenses if convicted. I suppose that makes sense though I’m not sure the penalty suits the crime. There are far more lax penalties for far more egregious violations. Besides, it was already illegal to tear down posted signs. And why single out hunters? Is it legal for nonhunters to tear signs down? ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Loon Echo, Harpswell land trusts among Maine’s best
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

A result of partnerships between public and private entities, Maine’s 90-plus land trusts combine ownership and easements on land for such purposes as conservation, public access and recreation. In 2015, the Maine Land Trust Census reported nearly a half-million acres owned by land trusts, with over 2 million additional acres held under easement. I’ve spent most of my time in two trusts. The Loon Echo Land Trust, based in Bridgton, protects nearly 6,700 acres of land north of Sebago Lake and manages more than 30 miles of trails. The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust conserves about 1,600 acres of land in Harpswell, about a third of which is in preserves wholly owned by the HHLT. On these lands, about 20 miles of trails wind through the woods and along the coast. ~ Josh Christie
Letter: Energy policy must be based on science
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

Forestry markets are central to maintaining important jobs in Maine’s logging, trucking and sawmill industries – especially in the wake of pulp industry declines in the state. Forest bioenergy can play a role if used right, but Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King have taken a misguided approach to force the issue through scientifically indefensible legislation at the federal level. They have sponsored legislation that could allow trees burned for electricity to count as a carbon-free, clean energy source, just like wind or solar – and therefore receive incentives that are typically dedicated to these zero-carbon sources. Biomass fuels – such as whole trees, which take decades to grow back and recapture carbon from the atmosphere – can pollute more than coal and worsen climate change. Energy policies must recognize that not all biomass energy is created equal. ~ Sami Yassa, senior scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council, Kittery Point
Letter: Protect the Katahdin Woods, Waters
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 24, 2017 

The safety of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is at risk. I was pleased to read that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke does not plan to shrink or eliminate Maine’s national monument, but he does want to allow harmful environmental practices to happen there. Logging in the Katahdin Woods and Waters would disturb the natural habitat. The preservation of the national monument helps the Maine economy. Those beautiful natural public lands should stay out of the hands of those who would destroy and degrade the land. ~ Jacqueline Guyol, Portland
Plan to open Sheepscot Pond to alewives draws ire, resistance
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Tuesday about 100 seasonal and permanent residents around Sheepscot Pond were trying to get up to speed on a legislative proposal introduced earlier this year that would open their lake to the annual migrations of alewives, American eels and lamprey eels. They want no part of the plan outlined in L.D. 922 that directs the commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources to open the fishway at the south end of Sheepscot Pond — town residents refer to it as Sheepscot Lake — for the spring spawning of alewife and eel populations. They fear those species will bring diseases that will jeopardize both the fish in the lake and at the Palermo State Fish Hatchery.
Column: Even pilots are humbled by flying
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Grandiose delusions are not unknown to me. As a young man, the challenges of a Navy carrier pilot appealed to me — until I joined the Navy and saw how inherently dangerous it is to land a jet aircraft on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier on a dark and stormy night. No thank you. Later, as a civilian private pilot who owned and flew an antique airplane, I set out to be a high-time bush pilot. Then I had a taste of Maine bush flying in marginal weather. No thank you, again. You develop an abiding respect and admiration for those intrepid souls who do land on aircraft carriers or high-time Maine bush pilots — especially those who live long enough to write a book about their adventures. Jake Morrel is such a man. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Roadside ‘harvesting’ is still stealing
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

It was bad enough when Debi Martin Smith discovered people were randomly helping themselves to ripening ears of corn planted near the roadside at her family’s Golden Harvest Farms in Mapleton. But then someone had the gall to complain about its quality to her face. The Smiths are growing 200 acres of the cow corn to sell to markets around New England for cattle feed. “It’s not going to kill anyone who eats it,” Smith said. “But people are trespassing and going where they should not be going.”
Organic dairy farmers ‘weathering the storm’ as milk prices drop, production quotas set
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

In 2008 Paul Philbrick started Ledge Rock Farm in Knox, and for the better part of the last nine years he’s reaped the benefits of his decision to go organic ― which requires farmers to follow specific regulations, such as prohibiting the use of chemical fertilizers and requiring that their cows are fed organic feed. But in recent months, this hasn’t been the case, as an oversupply of product in the organic milk market is creating instability in prices and production ― leaving some farmers worrying what the future of their farm might look like.
Acadia on track for another big year with visitors
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Acadia National Park is on track to equal last year’s record-setting 3.3 million visitors, a park spokesman said Friday. An estimated 2,341,198 people had visited the park in 2017 as of the end of August, according to statistics compiled by the National Park Service. That’s 89,788 visitors ahead of the total for the same period in 2016.
Wayne officials debating what to do with tax-acquired property on Wilson Pond
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Wayne officials are deciding whether to transfer a forested, 118-acre property on Wilson Pond to the Kennebec Land Trust, a deal that would ensure the land is preserved after the town acquired it four years ago. Given the largely undeveloped nature of the land and its proximity to several area lakes, the Kennebec Land Trust also is interested in managing the property, said Theresa Kerchner, the organization’s executive director. But the Land Trust also is waiting for a clear signal from Wayne voters.
Letter: Moving on with climate change
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Four monster hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean within a span of a few weeks is not enough to dent the alt-right’s (aka Republican Party) mad fantasy denying the fact of climate change. Global warming doesn't care whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans deny its existence. ~ Andrew Hall
Letter: Fine young sportsmen
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

I met three outstanding young sportsmen on a recent bear hunting trip to Fish River Lodge at Eagle Lake. On the first afternoon of the hunt, my extremely professional Maine guides dropped me at my assigned tree stand around 3 p.m. I have never been bear hunting, so to say I was excited would be an understatement. ~ Brian Malone, Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
Letter: U.S. could lose in global clean energy market
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 23, 2017 

We can no longer ignore the economic opportunity for American business in the global clean energy market. But actions by the Trump administration, to weaken our clean energy efforts, combined with those 195 nations moving away from fossil fuel, now puts U.S. companies in both energy sectors at risk. Congress needs to play a supporting role in advancing U.S. innovation and manufacturing in clean energy and reverse the actions by this administration against it. The replacement of fossil fuel with clean renewable energy will happen around the world, with or without us. ~ Fred Egan, York Harbor
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