April 24, 2018  
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Rewilding the East, Apr 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 

John Davis, Executive Director of The Rewinding Institute, will speak of the need for a continental-scale Eastern Wildway—an extensive wildlife corridor linking eastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, April 11, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
It’s Time to Fire Scott Pruitt
Action Alert - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 

President Trump’s EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, is sabotaging the agency he runs by strangling its budget, tearing down environmental safeguards, installing corporate polluter insiders in key leadership positions, misusing (possibly illegally) taxpayer dollars on inappropriate expenses, and stamping out science that supports protecting our climate and health. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
Cite Scott Pruitt for driving to endanger the planet
Action Alert - Monday, April 2, 2018 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is rolling back the standards that reduce climate-destabilizing tailpipe emissions from cars. Cite him for driving to endanger the planet today. ~ Environment America
Friends of Baxter State Park annual meeting, Apr 7
Event - Posted - Sunday, April 1, 2018 

Updates from the Park, great photography, special announcements about summer trips, volunteer programs, and more. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, April 7, 8:30 am.
Bow Ties & Bean Boots Fundraiser, Apr 6
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 31, 2018 

Annual Bow Ties & Bean Boots fundraiser for Teens To Trails. At O'Maine Studios, Portland, April 6, 6 pm.
National Security Impacts of Climate Change, Apr 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

Roundtable discussion with Lt. General Castellan, Esther Babson of the American Security Project, and New Mainers from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia who have perspectives to share about how climate change is impacting their homelands. At Abromson Center, Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, April 5, 3 pm, free but pre-register. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine, American Security Project, and World Affairs Council of Maine.
National Security Impacts of Climate Change, Apr 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

Maine’s U.S. Senator Angus King, who serves on both the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, and military and foreign policy experts from the American Security Project discuss how climate change impacts America’s national security and what measures Congress and the DoD need to take. At Hannaford Hall, USM, Portland, April 5, 7 pm, free but pre-register. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine, American Security Project, and World Affairs Council of Maine.
2018 Conservation Lobby Day, Apr 4
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

Learn how to lobby your legislators with tips and tricks from experts and hear about the Environmental Priorities Coalition's bills still in play this session. Then we'll head upstairs so that you can talk to your legislators about the environmental issues that matter most to you. Lobby Day will wrap up by noon, and then we'll hold a Clean Water Rally. At Maine State House, April 4, 9 am - noon.
Maine Spiders, Apr 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

Donne Sinderson, an amateur arachnologist, will discuss Maine spiders. At Bangor Land Trust, Bangor, April 5, 6:30 pm.
The Crisis in the World’s Seas and the Gulf of Maine, Apr 4
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

Award-winning Maine author and journalist Colin Woodard will speak about the threats facing waters throughout the world, including the Gulf of Maine. At Portland Public Library, April 4, 6 pm.
Source Maine Sustainability Awards, Apr 4
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 27, 2018 

The fourth annual Source Awards will recognize the many people, businesses, non-profits, and institutions who are having a positive impact on the environment in Maine. At Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, April 4. Tickets include dinner from Black Tie and Pineland Farms and a cocktail hour hosted by New England Distilling.
Machias Tide Gates
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 27, 2018 

The Maine Department of Transportation holds a public meeting on plans for the Machias tide gates, which currently prevent fish passage in the Middle River. At University of Maine Machias, April 2, 6-8 pm.
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News Items
A Sense of Wonder: Hog Island, Maine
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

On a small island in Maine, explorers of all ages find a wide-open window into the natural world.
Deep current of record-breaking warm water causes concerns for the Gulf of Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The deep current entering the gulf via the Northeast Channel – a deep passage between the Georges and Browns banks – normally consists of chillingly cold water originating off Labrador and Greenland, and contributes to Maine’s unusually productive ocean waters. But this month researchers recorded temperatures exceeding 57 degrees at depths of 150 to 450 feet – nearly 11 degrees above normal for this time of year and the highest seen in 15 years of surveys, prompting concerns about effects on marine life.
Growing population will add to Gorham’s tax bill
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The town, which added 1,000 residents between 2010 and 2016, could see a tax rate increase of 10.5 percent that is largely tied to the cost of serving new students and a decrease in state funding.
Letter: Squatters’ garbage ruins pleasant trail
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

For years after it ceased to be the Oxbow Nature Reserve, the little wood behind the Lutheran Church on Cool Street in Waterville, used to offer a pleasant 20- or 30-minute walk where the dogs could even have a swim. Well, it isn’t a very pleasant spot now. Last summer the squatters moved in. Now the whole area is strewn with shopping carts, broken furniture, torn clothes and tents, and an entire summer’s worth of trash and garbage. Holes were dug in the paths for fire pits, branches were torn off trees and either burned or left where they fell. Why are these people allowed to move onto land that isn’t even theirs and so ruin it that nobody can ever again get any enjoyment from it? ~ John Wells, Oakland
More than 20 wildfires break out across Maine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 23, 2018 

More than 20 wildfires broke out across Maine on Monday, with some threatening homes and others causing damage to buildings. The Maine Forest Service had responded so far this year to more than 80 wildfires, which had burned close to 70 acres. History has proved that April and May tend to be the months when most wildfires occur.
LePage will allow highway signs for Katahdin monument
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage has lifted his ban of road signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said the Maine Department of Transportation “is working with U.S. Department of Interior officials to expedite the production and installation of the KWWNM signs."
18 Months After Its Creation, National Monument In Northern Maine To Get Road Signs
Maine Public - Monday, April 23, 2018 

It has been 18 months since former President Barack Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine — but there are still no road signs to direct interested visitors where to go or how to get there. Republican Gov. Paul LePage made headlines last year when he forbade the placement of signs pending the outcome of a review by the Interior Department. That review was completed months ago, and the signs are expected to be erected soon.
CEI wins $300,000 grant to study scallop farming
Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018 

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit corporation established by the 2014 Farm Bill, has awarded Hugh Cowperthwaite of Coastal Enterprises Inc. a $300,000 matching research grant to investigate the economic viability of a Japanese scallop production technique that has been shown to grow scallops faster and produce larger meat yields.
Farm bill forestry title potentially disastrous for national forests
Other - Monday, April 23, 2018 

U.S. House Republicans have been promoting highly controversial legislation called the “Resilient Federal Forests Act.” Many conservationists and others have strongly opposed the bill because it would undermine bedrock environmental laws and take away opportunities for public involvement.
Officials Setting Fires In White Mountain National Forest
Maine Public - Monday, April 23, 2018 

You might see smoke rising or trails blocked off in parts of the White Mountain National Forest over the next six weeks. The U.S. Forest Service will be setting as many as 20 fires across in an effort to keep the forest healthy. Fire management officer Patrick Johnson says the fires' locations depend on what the forest needs every year. He says the fires create natural clearings for wildlife to live in, and let in sunlight to help new trees grow.
Scarborough Marsh gets Earth Day TLC
Forecaster - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Volunteers pulled trash out of standing water at Scarborough Marsh on Sunday, April 22. The 25th Earth Day clean-up was sponsored by Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the town of Scarborough.
Maine Towns Allowed To Ban Sex Offenders From Parks, Fields
Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Maine towns will be able to ban sex offenders from any state or municipal park, athletic field or recreational facility serving children. A new law allows municipalities to prohibit sex offenders from coming within 750 feet of such property.
Will a transmission line run through the wilds of Maine?
Boston Globe - Monday, April 23, 2018 

The broad, endless sky, curving over the vastness of the deep woods. Stillness broken only by the whooshing of white water and the squawks of wildlife. This is what drew Kevin Ross to the North Woods. “It’s pristine, untouched land — pure wilderness,” said Ross, a 32-year-old rafting guide. “It’s a place where you can say goodbye to civilization for a while.” But the grid finds even the most secluded places, it seems. Central Maine Power wants to run a new transmission line through more than 50 miles of the North Woods, the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River, to deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts.
Developer to unveil updated plan for Saco Island
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 23, 2018 

A developer, Bernie Saulnier, Tuesday will unveil updated plans for The Waters, an ambitious $40 million mixed-use development on Saco Island. The Island – also known as Factory Island – sits in the Saco River between the downtowns of Biddeford and Saco. It links both cities’ historic mill districts, where developers in the last decade have transformed former textile factories into housing and commercial and light industrial spaces. Renderings of the development released ahead of the meeting also show a walking path along the river.
Dexter council looks to open seven streets to ATVs
Piscataquis Observer - Monday, April 23, 2018 

In an effort to help town businesses and bring in more visitors, the Dexter Town Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would open seven town streets to ATVs.
Great Maine Bike Swap draws 2,000 people
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

A crowd estimated at 2,000 people showed up Sunday morning at the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness complex, located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine, for the annual Great Maine Bike Swap. The event, organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, offered a convenient venue for bikers to buy and sell quality used bicycles.
Animals keep getting their heads stuck in our trash
Washington Post - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Environmental and wildlife advocates have urged consumers for decades to cut up six-pack rings to prevent them from strangling birds and sea animals. But because one man’s greasy trash is another critter’s delicious snack, they say people should also give more thought to animals when disposing of containers. These should be rinsed and — if they might serve as traps — tightly lidded, crushed or cut apart, then placed in secured recycling or garbage bins.
How to spring clean without harsh chemicals
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

As sunny spring days illuminate grimey windows, cobwebs and dust that’s built up over the winter, homeowners head to the store to stock up on cleaning supplies. Bleach, degreaser, that blue window cleaner — those are the old standbys. But a growing group of people are steering away from these chemical-filled products in favor of natural, eco-friendly alternatives, some of which can be found right in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
Beer in cans: A greener way to go
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

From an environmental standpoint, canned beer is better than bottled. “Beer cans are twice as likely as beer bottles to be recycled,” said Luke Livingston, 33, founder of Baxter Brewing in Lewiston. Environmentalists agree that cans are recycled more than bottles. Worldwide, 75 percent of aluminum is reused, and more than once. That’s one reason when Livingston opened Baxter Brewing in 2011 he went with only cans.
Earth Day: Yes, you CAN recycle that!
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

You’ve mastered paper, glass and plastic. But on this Earth Day, you’re wondering where to best ditch those old Christmas lights, antiquated cellphones, half-used paint cans, alkaline batteries and microwave. Surely not the trash. We’ve got answers.
Why drive an electric car?
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Since he started driving electric last summer, Bill Hensley’s become an enthusiast. He’s made YouTube videos sharing his experience. He’s taught an electric car workshop at Lewiston Adult Education. He even keeps an eye out for good, used electric cars, recently test driving one and posting it on YouTube. Consumers can find good, used electric cars for $12,000, he said.
Solar power one part of Geiger’s green initiatives
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Geiger’s solar field is believed to be the largest owned by a private, commercial company in Maine, said Phil Coupe of Revision Energy, the company that did the installation. Since the solar panels were planted in September, they’re generating enough electricity, on average, to provide 100 percent of electricity for the company. Geiger, publisher of Farmers’ Almanac and international distributor of branded promotional goods.
Danielle Blair: Why not wasting food is important
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Danielle Blair is careful to only buy what she needs when she’s grocery shopping. Part of that practice is the result of “being a thrifty college student,” the 22-year-old and recent University of Maine at Farmington graduate said. But her interest runs deeper than being frugal. She’s passionate about preventing food insecurity, seeing too many people who don’t have enough to eat. She’s also passionate about preventing food waste, which is bad for the economy and the environment.
Fearing a mousepocalypse, Maine farmers aren’t messing around
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

As the chilly North grinds slowly toward spring, Maine farmers are united in playing what Kate Hall jokingly refers to as an adult board game: eradicating mice, voles and rats from greenhouses and grow rooms. “This is literally this apocalyptic problem that we are all facing this time of year,” Hall said.
Earth Day: Yes, you CAN recycle that!
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

You’ve mastered paper, glass and plastic. But on this Earth Day, you’re wondering where to best ditch those old Christmas lights, antiquated cellphones, half-used paint cans, alkaline batteries and microwave. Surely not the trash. We’ve got answers.
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