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Working with your Woodland, Jan 16
Announcement - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 

Morten Moesswilde, District Forester for the Maine Forest Service, leads a series of presentations and field tours on woodland management on small ownerships. At Maranacook Community High School, Readfield, starting January 16, 6-8 pm, $5 per session or all 8 sessions for $35.
Farmer and Grower Winter Potluck, Feb 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 

all local farmers and growers in the area to attend a Farmer and Grower Winter Potluck. Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension, will talk about “Farm Response to Changing Weather.” At Belfast, February 16, 4 pm. Sponsored by United Farmers Market of Maine.
Maine legislative committee assignments
Announcement - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 

Here are the key environmental committees assignments in the Maine Legislature for 2019.
State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Jan 15-17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 

Meetings, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and a product showcase. At Augusta Civic Center, January 15-17.
Lobster War, Jan 13 & 17
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 6, 2019 

“Lobster War” is about a climate-fueled conflict between the U.S. and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. At Strand Theatre, Rockland, January 13 at 3 pm and at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, January 17 at 2 and 7 pm.
Trees, Hibernation, and Tracks, Jan 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 5, 2019 

Bangor Land Trust’s Nature Watch Series will feature a session on “Trees, Hibernation and Tracks,” At at Walden-Parke Preserve, January, 10 am-noon.
Seacoast Environmental Film Festival, Jan 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 5, 2019 

Five films will be screened at the second annual Seacoast Environmental Film Festival. At Kittery Community Center’s Star Theatre, January 12, 9 am - 9 pm, $5/film suggested.
Outdoor fun and potluck, Jan 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 5, 2019 

Community members are invited to join with the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition membership for a morning of outdoor fun in the snow. Bring ice skates, snowshoes, skis, sleds, etc. At the farm of Cloe Chunn and David Thanhauser, Swanville, January 12, 10 am - 4pm.
The New Maine Mountain Guide, Jan 11
Event - Posted - Friday, January 4, 2019 

Author/editor of the new AMC Maine Mountain Guide, Carey Kish will lead a journey of discovery along some of the best trails Maine has to offer. At LL Bean, Freeport, January 11, 7 pm.
Stop Trump’s Assault on Whales And Dolphins
Action Alert - Friday, January 4, 2019 

The Trump administration just gave fossil fuel companies the green light to explore for oil and gas off our Atlantic coast using deafening seismic airguns — which will cause senseless harm to thousands of whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals, including endangered species like the North Atlantic right whale. Tell your senators and representative to stand strong against Trump’s giveaway to Big Oil. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
Adjacency Public Hearing, Jan 10
Action Alert - Thursday, January 3, 2019 

The Maine Land Use Planning Commission is proposing changes to the adjacency principle, which guides development in the Unorganized Territories. At Jeff's Catering, Brewer, January 10, 12 pm.
Favorite Places to Ski, Jan 9
Event - Posted - Wednesday, January 2, 2019 

Maine Guide Nancy Zane talks about her favorite places to cross-country ski and snowshoe, including options for hut to hut skiing in Maine and NH as well as in Baxter State Park and Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. At Unity, January 9, 6:30 pm.
Hearing on RoxWind application, Jan 7
Announcement - Monday, December 31, 2018 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on the application for a Natural Resources Protection Act permit, Small-Scale Wind Energy Certification, and Stormwater Management Law permit as part of RoxWind’s request for approvals to construct a small-scale wind energy project in Roxbury. Hearing at the Roxbury Town Hall, January 7, 2019, 1 pm.
Reconnecting with Earth, Jan 7
Event - Posted - Monday, December 31, 2018 

Explore how our cultural beliefs and personal values affect the way we view and treat Earth. At Fields Pond, Holden, January 7, 6:30 pm. Maine Audubon members $35, non-members $40, includes course book.
Skiing, Yoga, and Wildlife Interpretation, Jan 5
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 29, 2018 

Master Maine Guide Gudrun Keszöcze, Karen Francoeur from Castine Kayak Adventures, and Certified Yoga Instructor Isis Bell-Smith an all day all-in-one yoga, skiing and wildlife observation event. At Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town, January 5, 10 am - 2 pm, $30.
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The rare hawk rescued during a Maine snowstorm may lose a toe
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

A great black hawk pulled from the clutches of a frozen death in Portland is hungrily eating mouse medallions and seems to be well on the road to recovery, officials at Avian Haven in Freedom said Wednesday. The out-of-place tropical bird, a feathered celebrity in Maine since it landed here last August, may only lose part of one toe. The great black hawk was taken to the wild bird rehabilitation center after being rescued on Sunday from Deering Oaks Park in Portland.
Maine State Parks saw 11 percent increase in visitors last year, strive for 3 million visitors
Times Record - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

It was a banner year for visiting Maine’s State Parks, which saw nearly 3 million visitors across the 48 parks — an 11 percent increase statewide from 2017. Pownal’s Bradbury Mountain State Park, experienced a 33 percent increase in visitors, one of the highest in the state, just behind Sebago Lake and Lily Bay, which had the largest increase at 43 percent.
UPDATED: Study says sea level rise is costing Bath homeowners
Times Record - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

A new study claims that sea level rise has cost Maine homeowners just shy of $70 million in unrealized home value since 2005. Bath has been the hardest hit community, with $4.1 million in unrealized value, the study finds. If nothing changes, researchers expect the community to miss out on another $4.7 million over the next 15 years.
Shutdown Makes It Tough For Groups To Help Endangered Whales
Associated Press - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. A network of rescue groups in the U.S. works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to respond to marine mammals such as whales and seals when the animals are in trouble, such as when they are stranded or entangled in fishing gear. But the federal shutdown, which is entering its 33rd day on Wednesday, includes a shuttering of the NOAA operations the rescuers rely upon.
Why a report from Greenland signals ‘great news’ for wild salmon in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

Conservationists on Wednesday heralded the announcement that Greenland’s commercial catch of wild Atlantic salmon had hit a 13-year low and suggested that harvest could mean better returns on North American rivers where the fish spawn. The Atlantic Salmon Federation says the result indicates a successful first year of a new 12-year salmon conservation agreement, which recently was signed by the union representing Greenland commercial fishermen, the federation and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund. The agreement calls on Greenland fishermen to reduce their catch of wild salmon in exchange for assistance developing alternate sources of income and support for marine research and conservation projects.
Why a report from Greenland signals ‘great news’ for wild salmon in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

Conservationists on Wednesday heralded the announcement that Greenland’s commercial catch of wild Atlantic salmon had hit a 13-year low and suggested that harvest could mean better returns on North American rivers where the fish spawn. The Atlantic Salmon Federation says the result indicates a successful first year of a new 12-year salmon conservation agreement, which recently was signed by the union representing Greenland commercial fishermen, the federation and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund. The agreement calls on Greenland fishermen to reduce their catch of wild salmon in exchange for assistance developing alternate sources of income and support for marine research and conservation projects.
The world is watching while Maine argues over coastal development
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

Proponents of developments along Maine’s coast — most notably a proposed land-based salmon farm in Belfast — suggest that a culture of development phobia has settled in, creating the sense that coastal communities are “anti-business.” In midcoast Maine, there is a strong tradition of locals pushing back and sometimes beating outside development efforts. Penobscot Bay pilot David Gelinas says, “I don’t mind anybody questioning safety, or environmental impact. Proposals need to go through a rigorous review. But it seems to me what’s happening is that the legal system and the public review system are being used as a tool to cudgel a project to death.”
Spawning tomcod return to brook where dam was removed last year
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

For more than 50 years, many species of fish were unable to move into Smelt Brook in Sullivan due to the presence of a dam. Scientists on Tuesday announced that just months after that dam was removed, spawning Atlantic tomcod have been found upstream from the former dam site at the head of Frenchman Bay.
Letters: Brunswick tax on solar panels a step backward
Times Record - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

A new tax has been imposed on residential solar panels by the Brunswick assessor. Each panel has been assigned a value of $200 for tax purposes. Several years ago the Town initiated Solarize Brunswick. Sixty-five families decided to install panels. Now these homeowners are being penalized. In the past year, the carbon footprint of the United States increased at a time when there is increasing urgency to lower or stabilize it. To the Town of Brunswick: We urge you to withdraw the assessment for solar panels. At the very least, place a moratorium on this action until it is thoroughly studied. ~ Eleanor Brown, Robin Hansen, Bronda Niese and Mary Lee Ward, Brunswick Interfaith Earthcare Alliance
Letter: Skowhegan Millers?
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

If Skowhegan is the name European-Americans adopted from what Native Americans called a place for watching and spearing fish in the Kennebec River, then it is sad (or worse) to note that such fish are now dammed downstream and rarely seen that far up the river. Considering Skowhegan’s heritage of mills along the falls, the resilience of Sappi paper mill, and the forward-looking vision of milling locally sourced grains — MSAD 54 may want to consider retiring the “Skowhegan Indians” as the team name and updating it to “Millers.” ~ Mark Rains, Vienna
Concern About Global Warming Among Americans Spikes, Report Says
National Public Radio - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

According to a new public opinion survey, the proportion of Americans who said global warming is "personally important" to them jumped from 63% to 72% from March to December of last year. 29% are "very worried" about global warming; 40% are "somewhat worried;" 56% said their family will be harmed by global warming. The survey says that 48% of Americans feel hopeful about global warming, while 51% feel helpless. Just 14% of Americans think it is too late to do anything about it.
Bill To Tax Fossil Fuel Producers Among Dozens Of Climate-Related Proposals Before Maine Legislature
Maine Public - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Democratic state legislators want to tax fossil fuel producers and redirect the dividends to Maine electricity buyers. The bill proposes what's known as carbon pricing. Democratic state Rep. Deane Rykerson, of Kittery, is sponsoring the bill, which is among more than 100 climate-related proposals introduced this session. The Maine proposal would charge $5 per ton of carbon emissions, with the fee increasing every year. Several other state legislatures are considering carbon-pricing bills. Economics professor Thomas Tietenberg says the concept is politically popular because the carbon tax is returned to ratepayers instead of being used to expand government.
Sea-level rise hurting Maine real estate values
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Increased tidal flooding caused by sea level rise has contributed to a loss of about $70 million in the appreciation of waterfront real estate values in Maine over the last 12 years, according to a report released Tuesday.
Plan To Quarantine Invasive Forest Pest Up For Hearings
Associated Press - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Maine forest managers are holding public hearings about a plan to use a quarantine to stop the movement of an invasive forest pest that can cause havoc for the state's timber industry. Maine wants to use the quarantine to contain the emerald ash borer. The new rule is designed to prevent the pest's movement in firewood, ash logs, ash wood products and other products from northern Aroostook and York counties. The first public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11 in Ashland. The other is slated for Feb. 13 in Springvale.
Editorial: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Department serves diverse interests. That’s not all bad.
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Many in the conservation community argue that the merged Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry diminished their interests. Gov. Janet Mills has pledged to make Maine less dependent on imported fossil fuels, which drain money from the state and are major contributors to climate change. ACF can be a leading agency in this work. Despite a resurgence in farming, Maine imports most of its food. Producing more food in state will boost the state’s economy while also reducing transportation, which is costly and is a major source of greenhouse gas pollutants. Farms and forests also store carbon, one way to reduce the impacts of climate change. Giving up on a merged department may be premature.
Belfast salmon farm ignites debate about what ‘NIMBY’ actually means
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

In Greater Belfast, almost every recent development proposal — from the land-based salmon farm to turning an old school into apartments — has been met with noisy, sometimes hostile, opposition. And as those localized debates about specific developments play out, a separate examination of what it means to be a “NIMBY” and what it means to accuse someone of being one has intensified the conflicts. People are objecting to these projects for all kinds of reasons, of course: fears about pollution, water use, urban sprawl and neighborhood decline, to name a few. But underlying all these objections may be one, more simple idea: “we just don’t want that here.”
SAM Proposes Seven Legislative Bills
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has proposed seven legislative bills governing turkeys, bears, shooting ranges, hunting near hiking trails, the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, and sales taxes. Here is a summary of their bills.
Trail snack tips, suggestions and recipes from readers
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

During a mountain hike or an ocean paddle, even the simplest fare can be enjoyable and nourishing. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put a little extra thought and effort into what you pack to eat – the opposite, in fact.
Liberty homesteader shares ‘all the dirt on living the good life’
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

The farmhouse had been empty for 30 years. Built in the 1860s, the building had no electricity or running water, the surrounding fields were overgrown with brush, and a giant Yankee-style barn on the property was filled with animal waste and discarded equipment. Yet to Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and her partner Patrick Jackson, the old farm looked like home, a place where they could pursue their homesteading dreams. Now three years later, Lie-Nielsen is sharing these experiences and all she has learned along the way in her latest book, “So you Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?: All the Dirt on Living the Good Life.”
Letter: Bond package would pay to preserve land, but not wildlife that uses it
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

A recent Press Herald article (Jan. 15) describes a proposed $75 million bond package for the Land for Maine’s Future program, but it doesn’t mention that hunting and trapping must be allowed on land bought with Land for Maine’s Future funds. LMF requires that “hunting, fishing, trapping and public access may not be prohibited on land acquired with bond proceeds except to the extent of applicable state, local or federal laws, rules and regulations and except for working waterfront projects and farmland protection projects.” ~ Don Loprieno, Bristol
Westbrook’s ice disk survives storm and takes a spin on the internet
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 21, 2019 

Westbrook’s world famous ice disk is ready for its close-up –— at least it better be. There’s now a webcam that broadcasts the daytime movements of the disk, which has been spinning in the Presumpscot River for more than a week and continues its counterclockwise rotation, despite a new covering of several inches of fresh snow over the weekend. The image can be found at mooseheadwebcams.com.
Kennebec Land Trust cabins to be featured on 'Maine Cabin Masters'
Mainebiz - Monday, January 21, 2019 

The Kennebec Land Trust's Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary is quiet this time of year — the 115 acres on Cobbossee Stream in West Gardiner don't have any developed trails yet, or even a parking area. But the preserve, one of the Winthrop-based land trust's more than 60 properties stretching through Kennebec County, is about to get its celebrity moment. Two cabins recently renovated on the shore of the stream will be featured on an episode of "Maine Cabin Masters" Feb. 25 on the DIY network. The cabins will be rented out to the public beginning in July, the 30-year-old trust's first foray into renting out property.
Maine Farmland Trust CEO chosen to lead Maine’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Dept.
Mainebiz - Monday, January 21, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills on Friday nominated Maine Farmland Trust President Amanda Beal as the state's next agriculture chief, completing her roster of 15 Cabinet picks less than three weeks after taking office. If confirmed, Beal would be the first woman to lead Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. She has served as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust since 2016.
Rare raptor’s health improving after being rescued during snowstorm
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 21, 2019 

A great black hawk that was found on the ground in Portland during Sunday’s snowstorm and brought to a midcoast wildlife rehabilitation center was standing and looking alert Monday morning, Avian Haven reported. The rare raptor was residing in Deering Oaks Park the past few weeks and was found by passersby who said it was unable to stand and who contacted Avian Haven in Freedom, which specializes in the rehabilitation of wild birds. Before this year, a great black hawk – a raptor native to Central and South American – had never been seen in Maine and was extremely rare in the United States.
Rare hawk rescued from Portland park during storm
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 21, 2019 

A great black hawk that made itself at home in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park was rescued during Sunday’s storm after suffering from frostbite. Two volunteers came across the bird on Sunday morning, and the raptor was on the ground and unable to stand under its own power, according to Avian Haven, a wild bird rehabilitation center in Freedom. Native to Central and South America, the great black hawk is the first of its kind to be spotted in the United States.
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