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Free National Parks Apps
Announcement - Sunday, April 22, 2012 

In honor of National Park Week, Chimani is allowing free download of its Acadia National Park app. Others also available include National Parks overview, Cuyahoga Valley, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion National Parks along with Cape Cod National Seashore.
Vernal Pool Talk, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2012 

Wildlife biologist Dr. Phillip deMaynadier will lead a two-part presentation on vernal pools at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden on April 28 at 10 am.
Earth Day Move and Groove, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2012 

Waterville Main Street’s second annual free celebration of the Earth Day season will be April 28, 10 am–4 pm.
Feathers Over Freeport, Apr 28-29
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2012 

A birdwatching weekend for all ages. At Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal; and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. April 28-29, 8 am–3 pm. Park entry fees apply, all programs and activities included with park admission.
Earth Day Roadside Cleanup, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2012 

Join Friends of Acadia on April 28 for the 12th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup. This year, teams will cover roadsides in the MDI, Trenton, Ellsworth, and Schoodic areas.
Forested Wetlands, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 21, 2012 

Wetland scientist Josh Brown will identify common wetland trees, shrubs, and herbs and will explain how wetlands function and their wildlife habitat values. Apr 28, 9-11 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Safer chemicals, Apr 27
Event - Posted - Friday, April 20, 2012 

Steven Taylor, program director for the Environmental Health Strategy Center, will speak about “How Safer Chemicals can Improve our Health and Rebuild our Economy.” At University of Maine at Fort Kent, April 27, 11 am.
Silent Spring 50th Anniversary, Apr 26
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 19, 2012 

Following a short biographical film on Carson, a panel of experts will share perspectives on continuing threats to wildlife and humans from toxic chemicals in our environment. At Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, April 26, 7 pm.
LMF Bond, Apr 25
Action Alert - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 

On April 25, the Maine Legislature's Appropriations Committee will hold a work session on LD 852, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine's Natural Resource-based Economy, which includes proposed bonding of $28 million for the Land for Maine's Future program and $8 million for farmland and working waterfront preservation. Calls and emails would be helpful.
Coyote ~ America's Songdog, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 

Learn of coyote’s long history in North American: coyote’s relationship with Native peoples and the European Americans; coyote’s complex relationship with the life of our ecosystems; and coyote’s relationship with us. Presented by Geri Vistein, Conservation Biologist. At Morse High School, Bath, April 25, 6:30 pm. Hosted by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Introduction of 2012 Maine Mountain Guide, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 

Carey Kish, editor of the 2012 Maine Mountain Guide will introduce the long-awaited, new guidebook. At Bangor Public Library, April 25, 6:30 pm.
New Opportunities to Enjoy the North Maine Woods, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 

Staff and volunteers of the Appalachian Mountain Club will present a slide-illustrated program on how to enjoy AMC's 66,000 acres in the 100-mile wilderness region outside of Greenville. The program will cover AMC's long-range plans in northern Maine, conservation and land management goals, and recreational opportunities. At Freeport Community Library, April 24, potluck at 6 pm, program at 7 pm.
Merryspring Nature Center talk on the future of ag, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor John Jemison Jr. will provide a glimpse into the future of Maine agriculture at noon on April 24 at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.
Cross-Border Economic Integration in the Northeast: Current Status, Future Prospects, Apr 23-24
Event - Posted - Monday, April 16, 2012 

This conference will examine the current situation and future prospects for cross-border economics between Canada and Maine, including the proposed East-West Highway, wind power and forestry. At Wells Conference Center, UMaine, Orono, April 23-24, $50.
Rebecca Goodale and Environmental Education, Apr 23
Event - Posted - Monday, April 16, 2012 

"Rebecca Goodale and Environmental Education: Art Serving Wildlife and Students," featuring Univ of New England Professors Owen Grumbling, Michelle Steen-Adams and Stephen Burt. At UNE Art Gallerly, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, April 23, 5–6:30 pm.
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‘We’re losing the race’: UN secretary general calls climate change an ’emergency’
The Guardian - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

The UN secretary general says that he is counting on public pressure to compel governments to take much stronger action against what he calls the climate change “emergency”. Guterres refused to comment on Donald Trump and the Trump administration’s hostility to climate action, but a CBS News poll released on 15 September found that 69% of Americans want the next president to take action.
Maine Schools Going Solar - Not Only To Protect Environment But To Boost Bottom Lines
Maine Public - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

More and more schools in Maine are adding solar power to their renewable energy mix. The solar panel array that's just been installed on the roof of Mount Desert Island High School is the largest so far on a public high school in Maine, and will provide more than enough power to meet its demands. Student supporters of the project are hoping that others will be encouraged by its example. Locally, A Climate To Thrive group has set a target for the island of Mount Desert to be generating 100% of its energy - clean energy - by 2030. This year, the state of Maine adopted goals to reach 80% renewable power by that same year, when global warming could reach catostrophic levels, according to a United Nations climate report.
Opinion: Environmental regulators aren’t doing enough to protect Maine citizens from PFAS
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

I commend the Mills administration for forming a task force to study the prevalence of PFAS contamination in Maine and slowing sewage sludge spreading to address PFAS contamination of Maine soil, but the government has still kept restrictions loose on products such as compost. Without regulations preventing the sale of PFAS-contaminated compost, how could I know that the soil in my garden hasn’t been permanently contaminated with reproductive toxins? Without more legislation phasing out PFAS in products, could I really trust that our waterways are contaminant-free, given the longevity of PFAS? Could I trust that someday my children will be safe and healthy here? ~ William Fahy of Hallowell is researching environmental science at Carnegie Mellon University
Maine political leaders say right whale protections must not undermine lobster industry
Associated Press - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

The four members of Maine’s congressional delegation sent recommendations to federal fisheries regulators late Tuesday about how to protect the North Atlantic right whale, which numbers about 400. Maine Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, also called on the government Wednesday to protect whales in a way that keeps lobstering viable. A federal government team has called for removal of many vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine to reduce risk to whales, which can become entangled in gear. Mills said in a statement that federal officials should take into account that most recent right whale deaths happened in Canada.
The pesticide Maine potato farmers use to control disease is being banned around the world
The County - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension crops specialist Steven Johnson is letting the region’s potato growers know that there have been recent national and international changes in the regulation of the fungicide chlorothalonil, and that growers may want to start transitioning to using newer chemicals. Chlorothalonil has been widely used since the early 1970s to control fungal diseases in a range of crops. While it remains effective, the chemical is considered a “likely human carcinogen” by the U.S. EPA, can leach into groundwater and is highly toxic to fish and aquatic species. It’s also been implicated in damage to honeybees and native pollinators. In March, the European Union banned chlorothalonil, while Canada has sharply reduced the amount and number of applications allowed.
Get in the Common Ground spirit with these photos of fairs past
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

This weekend marks the 42nd annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, brought by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. It has something for everyone — from garlic planting demonstrations to knot tying tutorials to even, yes, wine making classes. We’re gearing up for the fair by reflecting on these unforgettable moments from fairs past.
Baxter State Park director proposes dropping ‘Mount’ from Katahdin’s name
Piscataquis Observer - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Baxter State Park Director Eben Sypitkowski has proposed dropping the word “Mount” and changing the official name to Katahdin. Sypitkowski made his case as follows: “As he explains the reasoning behind it, it’s a grammatical error the way it is with the Aabenaki language — like Mount Greatest Mountain.” The Piscataquis County Commissioners, who discussed the topic at their meeting Tuesday, said they would not be in favor of the change.
Jared Golden pursues $12 billion solution to lead paint problem
Sun Journal - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

Instead of dealing with lead paint removal “drop by drop, drip by drip” over the course of decades, U.S. Rep. Jared Golden is proposing a $12 billion nationwide effort to clean up nearly all of the hazardous old paint within five years. Golden, a first-term Democrat in Maine’s 2nd District, said the initiative would pay for itself in lower health care and education costs while simultaneously improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of youngsters whose development is cut short by lead exposure.
As Maine’s climate warms, what’s on the menu likely will change
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

If little has been done to put the brakes on climate change, 50 years from now it’s likely that diners would be feasting on black sea bass, a mid-Atlantic species, or local meat raised on Maine pastureland. As wild species become more threatened, fish farming will continue to grow. You’ll see more bivalves on the menu, and possibly some southern species, such as warm-water shrimp, being grown in different places. Lobster populations are at a historic high, but scientists warn that as the Gulf of Maine continues to warm, the population will decline. The country will have less access to food from California and Latin America, areas expected to be ravaged by drought and fire. Farmers and fishermen are used to dealing with the vicissitudes of Mother Nature, but unchecked climate change may push her finicky personality into overdrive. What will the next 100 years bring? A sterile ocean? Collapsed food chains? Drought and starvation? How our great-grandchildren eat a century from now will depend on how seriously we take climate change today.
Letter: A suggestion for ATV task force
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 19, 2019 

I am pleased to learn that Governor Mills has appointed a task force to study ATV changes and trail use. As one whose property abuts a railroad bed converted to a snowmobile and ATV trail, there are only a very few riders who exhibit bad behavior. That said, there is a real problem. Aggressive treaded tires on ATVs and trail bikes are causing considerable erosion damage. Tire treads pulverize the surface and usage tracks create water channels. Maine’s trail surfaces and protected waters are taking a beating. If it is the legislature’s desire to make Maine’s trails ATV, trail bike and battery powered bicycle trails, then the trails need to be maintained like other roads designed for powered vehicle traffic. ~ Ronald Snyder, Dexter
Maine governor sums up state position on Right Whale protection and the lobster industry
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Governor Janet Mills said that her administration submitted comments to NOAA Fisheries on the pending Right Whale Rule. In an accompanying letter to NOAA, Governor Mills said Maine supports the protection of the right whale, but emphasized that NOAA should take into account where the true risk to the species lies, emphasizing that data shows most recent right whale deaths have occurred in Canada. Governor Mills also highlighted the importance of the lobster industry to the state and underscored its commitment to conservation.
Maine foliage starts to show its colors
Sun Journal - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Maine’s trees are starting to show flashes of yellow, orange and red — mostly in northern parts of the state. Northern Maine is reporting less than 30% color change.
As Heavy Downpours Become More Common In The Northeast, Maine Surveys Culverts And Crossings
Maine Public - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Heavy downpours are increasing in the northeast. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, they've increased by 70 percent since 1958. A heavy downpour is defined as a storm that produces two or more inches of water in 24 hours. And as temperatures warm, scientists are predicting that they'll become more frequent and intense. To help prepare for more rain, survey crews from The Nature Conservancy, with support from the state and other organizations, have been checking out thousands of road-stream crossings and culverts around the state for the past 13 years. All their findings have been entered into a massive database that can highlight where there may be problem areas.
What rising temperatures in the Gulf of Maine mean for the state’s lobster industry
Maine Public - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

PBS - The Gulf of Maine is known for lobsters, which form the foundation of an industry critical to the state’s economy. Due to climate change, the waters off southern New England have become too warm for the temperature-sensitive crustaceans, leaving Maine as the “sweet spot” for fishing them. But the Gulf’s own rising temperatures mean the lobster boom may not last forever.
The Gulf Of Maine's Temperature Was 'Normal' This Year — Which Is The New Cool
Maine Public - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

It's often reported that the Gulf of Maine's waters are warming faster than 99 percent of the largest saltwater bodies on the planet. But scientists will tell you the trend can be volatile. This year, for instance, surface water temperatures in the Gulf have been their coolest since 2008. That may be providing some relief for some of the Gulf's historic species, but ongoing climate change means that long-term prospects are still uncertain.
The Battle Over Fish Farming In The Open Ocean Heats Up, As EPA Permit Looms
National Public Radio - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Fish farming has been positioned by its boosters as a sustainable alternative to wild-caught seafood and an economic driver that would put our oceans to work. So far, restrictions on where aquaculture operations can be located have kept the U.S. industry relatively small. But the biggest potential home for aquaculture, federally controlled ocean waters, has so far been off limits. States control up to three miles offshore from their coastlines, but between three and 200 miles falls under federal control. Attempts to introduce aquaculture in federal waters have so far been stymied by concerns about aquaculture's impact on ocean ecosystems and wild fisheries. Now the tide could be turning.
The 43rd annual Common Ground Country Fair opens Friday
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

The 43rd annual Common Ground Country Fair will open Friday in Unity, offering locally-sourced food, Maine-made crafts and gifts, livestock events, farmers markets, daily keynote speakers, workshops and more. The fair, hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association off Crosby Brook Road, draws about 60,000 annually from all over the U.S. as well as other countries.
CMP submits last-minute change to its power line plan
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Central Maine Power has submitted a last-minute request to change the route of a proposed electric transmission line through the western Maine woods to avoid a remote pond, a move that will likely delay permitting for the controversial project. The power company wants to reopen its application and amend its 145-mile power line to skirt a special protected area around Beattie Pond, in northern Franklin County. Land-use regulators stalemated on a key vote for the power line last week because of concern about impact to the pond. The company has obtained a mile-long, 150-foot wide power corridor easement with owner Bayroot LLC and Wagner Forest Management, a New Hampshire company that oversees the land. Bayroot is a private investment company owned by Yale University.
Column: Some Maine birds have weird parenting techniques
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

I’ve seen a lot of weird parenting lately, and not just at Walmart. Many Maine birds have an odd way of raising kids. The majority of birds stick to the traditional model: two parents raising the family together. The parents may be mated for life or just the season, but they are committed until the young are on their own. That’s not to say that they are strictly monogamous. Many species are known to fool around. However, there are a whole bunch of birds that do things differently. ~ Bob Duchesne
Conservation groups want U.S. to pressure Canada to protect right whales
Other - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Canadian Press - The U.S. government is being urged to pressure Canada to do more to protect the endangered North American right whale population in order to avoid a ban on various Canadian seafood products. Nine U.S.-based organizations wrote to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday expressing "deep concern" over the ongoing entanglement of right whales in Canadian waters.
Westborough Community Land Trust promotes conservation, outdoor exploration
Other - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Community Advocate - Located a few miles beyond the Mass Pike’s roar lies Gilmore Pond, part of the 67-acre Upper Jackstraw Brook Reservation conserved and managed by the Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT). Offering hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities, the land conserved by WCLT gives busy residents an opportunity to get outdoors, as well as provide critical habitat to the region’s wildlife. WCLT president Gillian Beamer is proud of the trust’s accomplishments and commitment to conservation, and is an advocate for spending more time outdoors. Beamer’s love for the outdoors stems from her experience growing up in rural Maine, abutting Acadia National Park. “I grew up in an area where a National Park was accessible and passive recreation was available – it’s been a large part of my growing up,” she said.
Janet Mills criticizes Trump move to bar California from setting stricter fuel standards
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter federal one, a move that critics including Maine Gov. Janet Mills said would result in more planet-warming pollution. “With one of the highest asthma rates in the nation, this action will only hurt the health and well-being of Maine people, hinder our efforts to fight climate change, and impede the significant economic, environmental, and health benefits of cleaner vehicles,” Mills, a Democrat, said.
Fox that attacked men tested positive for rabies
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

The gray fox that attacked two Appleton men this weekend has tested positive for rabies, according to state authorities. "I was holding my kid,” Josh Coleman said. “I looked over, and it was right there, acting weird.” He went inside to grab a gun to shoot the fox, but it didn’t die right away. “It started running at me, which is a little shocking,” Coleman said. “It bit my leg.” He shot it again, finally killing the fox.
Are land management plans required in Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Q. My husband and I have been looking for land in Maine to retire and live off the land on. Is a land management plan something everyone has to do? A.
Here’s how you can learn from a state fisheries biologist or hatchery staffer
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Ever want to spend a day in the field with a state fish expert? One lucky winner and a friend will win just such an opportunity in the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s third “Keeper of the Maine Outdoors Experience” contest. The lucky winner will earn a fisheries experience that will consist of a day in the field with a DIF&W fisheries biologist, collecting fish samples and data, visiting a regional fish hatchery, or observing a fish-stocking operation. To enter you must be 18 or older. The deadline is Oct. 21 at midnight. You can enter the contest at https://keeperofthemaineoutdoors.org/giveaway/
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