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Tell President Obama: Declare our nation’s parks and forests safe from fracking
Action Alert - Tuesday, March 03, 2015 

Oil and gas companies have expressed interest in fracking 12 million more acres of public lands and the Obama administration is on the fence whether to let them have it.
Organic Farming: Principles and Practices, Mar 18 & 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

This two-part course is designed to provide farmers with a strong background in soils, weeds and pest management, enabling them to make good management decisions. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, $75 individual; $30 additional person; $50 apprentice/student; FREE for journeypersons; $45 per single-day registration. Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Apply to be an Environmental Steward
Announcement - Thursday, February 26, 2015 

The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is accepting applications for AmeriCorps Environmental Steward positions located throughout Maine for May 2015. MCC is dedicated to environmental education, outdoor recreation and conservation projects, volunteer opportunities, and developing career and leadership skills. Deadline March 30.
Spring Growth: Farming in the Face of Climate Change, Mar 7
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 

MOFGA's 2015 Spring Growth Conference will focus on facing the challenges of climate change and land use change. The day-long event will feature a keynote by John Aber, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire, and a panel of farmers as well as Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension associate scientist, discussing climate change adaptation and mitigation. At MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, $50 individual; $75 couples; $25 students and apprentices.
Dive, Mar 7
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 

Dive is a short film rooted in a curiosity about the American’s habit of sending food strait to landfills and how many people could be fed off this waste. At Bath Freight Shed, March 7, 3 pm. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham and Kennebec Estuary Land Trusts.
Winter Family Fun Day at Lily Bay State Park, Mar 7
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, an ice fishing demo, tote sled rides, nature walks, and bonfire. The ski and snowshoe trailer will be on site for free equipment loans. At at Lily Bay State Park, Moosehead Lake, Mar 7, 10 am - 3 pm.
Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Mar 5-7
Event - Posted - Monday, February 23, 2015 

The 40th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum offers three days of good eating, good talking, interesting seminars packed with information on the latest scientific and regulatory issues affecting the fishing industry and a trade show with more than 100 exhibitors. At Samoset Resort, Rockport, March 5-7.
World Wildlife Day, Mar 3
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 21, 2015 

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 3 March, the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day.
East-West Highway/Corridor Speak Out Opportunities, Mar 2-5
Action Alert - Friday, February 20, 2015 

The Maine Department of Transportation is looking to "Talk Transportation" and seek public input regarding any and all types of transportation issues during a series of regional public meetings throughout the state. Activists may use the opportunity to speak in opposition to the proposed East-West Highway/Corridor.
The Local Sustainable Food Scene, Mar 1
Event - Posted - Friday, February 20, 2015 

Seth Kroeck, farmer and manager of the Crystal Spring Farm CSA, & Maina Handmaker, director of the proposed Food Shed in Brunswick will present an overview of the local and sustainable food movement. At St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick, March 1, 2-3:03 pm. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Community Supported Agriculture Fair, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Friday, February 20, 2015 

Meet the farmers and learn about CSA opportunities. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, Feb 27, 2-5 pm.
Growing Local, Feb 26
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 19, 2015 

This film tells the story of three Maine farms, their challenges and their successes. At Freeport Community Center, Feb 26, 7-9 pm. Sponsored by Wolfe’s Neck Farm and Freeport Conservation Trust.
The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction, Feb 26
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 19, 2015 

Thd award winning documentary "From Billions to None"chronicles the most well-charted extinction in modern times, fueled by unregulated hunting and habitat destruction. At Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium, Feb 26, 5 pm.
Extinctions in America, Feb 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 18, 2015 

Eddie Woodin, conservationist and local art collector, will present several of his pieces related to the Passenger Pigeon and discuss the Pigeon’s 100-year legacy for wildlife conservation. Deborah Cramer, author of forthcoming book, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab & an Epic Journey, will share her research about the declining numbers of the threatened Red Knot. At Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, Feb 25, 7 pm. Maine Audubon members $5; non-members $8.
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Hike: Parkman Mountain in Acadia National Park
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, March 03, 2015 

Parkman Mountain rises 941 feet above sea level on the east side of Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island and is one of the many scenic hiking locations of Acadia National Park. From its slopes, hikers can enjoy wide open views of the mountainous island and the ocean beyond.
Terry Tempest Williams to address Unity graduates
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, March 03, 2015 

Terry Tempest Williams — a naturalist, free-speech advocate and “citizen writer” who has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice — will address the Unity College graduating Class of 2015. Commencement will take place May 9 on campus in Unity.
AMC Buys Baker Mountain
Appalachian Mountain Club - Tuesday, March 03, 2015 

AMC has purchased Baker Mountain and is ensuring that its significant scenic and ecological features will be protected forever. This brings acreage in the 100-Mile Wilderness region under AMC’s management to approximately 70,000 acres.
Letter: Engles vs. LePage
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, March 03, 2015 

In response to Paul Lepage's attitude toward Native People, Frederich Engles stated about the Iroquois Nation: Everything runs smoothly without soldiers, gendarmes, or police, without nobles, kings, governors, prefects or judges; without prisons, without trials. ~ Joe Ciarrocca, Brunswick
Drilling group unlikely to tap Gulf of Maine for oil and gas
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 03, 2015 

A coalition of U.S. governors pushing for more offshore oil and gas drilling turned heads in Maine last month when it announced that Gov. Paul LePage had become a member. But LePage’s participation doesn’t foreshadow oil rigs off the Maine coast. The latest federal research suggests that the Gulf of Maine lacks the right geology to hold commercial deposits of oil or natural gas.
Augusta kicks off single-sort recycling
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, March 03, 2015 

A drop-off, single-sort recycling program kicks off Friday in Augusta, starting a six-month experiment in which residents will be able to recycle more types of materials. Residents won’t have to sort different types of recyclable materials from each other, only from their garbage.
Letter: Penobscots and the river
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 03, 2015 

The state insists that the Penobscot Nation’s reservation, which consists of islands in the Penobscot River, does not include the river itself. Why? One reason is the state’s water quality standards are not up to federal requirements. When the Penobscot Nation attempted to enact water quality standards that were as stringent as federal ones, in order to ensure their tribal members’ health and safety, the state pushed back, saying the Penobscots had no jurisdiction over the river. Don’t we want our waters to be at least as clean and healthy as national standards (which some claim aren’t high enough)? The Penobscot Nation deserves our gratitude, but they need our support as well. ~ Shirley Hager, Chesterville
Pressure for Federal Protection of Monarch Butterfly Grows as Public Comment Period Closes
Center for Biological Diversity - Monday, March 02, 2015 

More than half a million people called on the government to protect the monarch butterfly today, as the public comment period on protecting monarchs under the Endangered Species Act closed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now has nine months to determine whether to propose protections for the iconic orange-and-black butterfly, which has declined by 90 percent in the past 20 years.
Who Should Oversee Maine's Public Lands? Critics Take Aim at Gov's Plan
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, March 02, 2015 

How the state should manage more than 600,000 acres of public lands is an issue that is under intense scrutiny at the State House, where conservationists are expected to mount an offensive against proposed changes by the LePage administration. The governor wants to transfer public lands jurisdiction from the Conservation Department to the forestry service and reduce the number of state forest rangers. Critics of the plan say the governor would rather harvest the state's forests than protect them.
Deer Herd Recommendations Rejected But Still Needed
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, March 02, 2015 

Three dozen outdoor leaders spent December 13, 2010 at the Augusta conference center of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to help create recommendations to rebuild and sustain a large deer herd throughout the state. Senator David Trahan and I continued to work on the plan, gathering ideas over the next two months, and created what was called the Trahan/Smith Deer plan. Note that none of our recommendations were in the Game Plan created by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and announced the day Dave issued his statement. Nor are they in the plan today.
How to live peacefully with a killer bobcat
Robin Follette's BDN Blog - Monday, March 02, 2015 

I knew it was coming. A bobcat always finds its way to our backyard during February of a hard winter. We’ve come up with a plan. If I feed the hungry bobcat away from the house it might stop trying to get my poultry. I can also have the bobcat live trapped and released elsewhere but I’m not comfortable with that. It’s already struggling to find food. Moving it to a new location doesn’t feel right because I have other options.
University of Maine at Machias Builds Collaboration and Careers With Unique Wildlife Forensics Class
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 02, 2015 

Although a deer poaching event played out in the frigid woods behind the University of Maine at Machias last Friday was a mock scenario, Maine Game Wardens Joe McBrine and David Simmons said it mimicked real life. “I handled an incident exactly like this,’’ Simmons told the students in UMM’s Wildlife Forensics Class. The three-hour event highlighted the many collaborative efforts between UMM and the Maine Warden Service and provided the students with a real-life experience – students who plan to be wardens, biologists and researchers.
Opinion: No, Gagnon, Portlanders aren’t anti-development
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 02, 2015 

In his latest BDN column, “Maine’s development conundrum” (Feb. 25), Matt Gagnon’s right-wing partisan sympathies overwhelm his worldview to the point where facts apparently no longer matter. Instead of objective evidence, Gagnon simply asserts that all would be well in Maine were it not for an “anti-development movement” hostile to change. His proof? One development project — just one — that faced broad opposition from Portland residents and resulted in a compromise and better proposal that even the developer now agrees is more economically viable. Opposition to Midtown wasn’t “anti-development,” but rather an objection to bad development. ~ Dennis Bailey
Editorial: Boosting tourism in rural Maine will take more than a national park
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 02, 2015 

The town councils in Millinocket, East Millinocket and Medway have spent a lot of time discussing the possibility of a nearby national park. This sometimes heated debate has taken valuable time and energy away from the larger issue of the region’s need to develop a more coherent recreational economy. Rural Maine has not developed a coherent regional strategy for better developing and marketing its tourism and recreation assets. It needs to do this, with or without a national park in its future.
Maine governor on EPA’s tribal waters ruling: It’s an outrage
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 02, 2015 

Gov. Paul LePage has blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s demand that Maine tighten pollution standards to ensure that the state’s Indian tribes can safely eat fish from their waters, calling the ruling an act of retribution and promising to take action to overturn it.
For Maine Lyme patients, a path to controversial treatment
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 02, 2015 

A bill would prevent the state medical board from punishing a doctor who prescribes long-term antibiotics, a disputed method for fighting the spreading disease.
Wind opponents hope for reversal on project
Morning Sentinel - Monday, March 02, 2015 

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection will meet this week to consider an appeal of the Bingham Wind Project by the anti-wind group Friends of Maine’s Mountains, although a draft order on the appeal has preliminarily dismissed the group’s complaints.
February was coldest on record in Portland and Bangor
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

Portland has broken the record for the coldest February since records have been kept at the city’s airport. The previous record was set 36 years ago. Meteorologist James Brown of the National Weather Service in Gray said the average monthly temperature of 13.8 degrees — 11.7 degrees below normal — broke the 15.6-degree mark set in 1979.
Veggies on demand: CSA shares growing in Greater Bangor
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

Maine farmers reported Sunday that community supported agriculture is growing in popularity, delivering fresh food to Mainers’ doorsteps and helping to keep local farming viable. Twelve community supported agriculture, or CSA, groups were represented at the seventh annual Community Supported Agriculture Fair at the Sea Dog Banquet Hall in Bangor. The event is sponsored by Food AND Medicine — a Brewer-based nonprofit organization working to empower economic and social justice — in conjunction with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Maine’s smelt catch runs high as state weighs daily limits
Associated Press - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

The population appears to be in the 'up' year of a cycle and 2016 may see a decline, a biologist says as an advisory committee is set to decide on the need for restrictions.
Opinion: Respect the ecosystem for Bagaduce oysters
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

The precautionary principle is a method used to minimize potential damage to the environment by cumulative human activity. In the case of the Bagaduce River, this principle is particularly relevant considering the lack of existing scientific research regarding the impacts of aquaculture. Before we fill every oyster-suitable nook and cranny of the Bagaduce River, let’s pause and take a broader, more comprehensive management approach to this unique, publicly owned resource. ~ Tom Stewart, Penobscot
New map IDs pesticide pollution hot spots
Summit Voice - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

The world has a long way to go to come to grips with pesticide pollution say scientists who recently created a global map showing which areas are most susceptible. Their modeling suggests that streams across about 40 percent of the planet’s surface are at risk from the application of insecticides, with the USA among the hotspots. On average, farmers apply about 4 million tons of agricultural pesticides annually, equating to an average of 0.27 kilograms per hectare of the global land surface.
Norway’s outdoor skating rink christened
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

The town of Norway is probably best known to most as a stop on the way to the Sunday River ski area or the White Mountain National Forest. But two weeks ago this community of 5,000 showed there’s more here. As temperatures dropped into single digits, the town’s outdoor rink was christened the Bruce Fox Memorial Ice Rink. And nearly 80 came out to remember a person they described as a giving man. Bruce Fox died Oct. 30 at age 64, just a few weeks after the town’s rink liner was rolled out, and after more than a dozen years of volunteering as the town’s rink keeper.
This winter, some Maine animals fitter than others
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

The state's wildlife is coping with a deep snowpack and extreme cold, with mixed results.
Column: Oh what indoor folks miss
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 01, 2015 

While outdoor folks sit snugly indoors on long winter nights, they have time to reminisce about outdoor fun through the years and decades, depending on age, and one thought often pops to my mind during pensive reveries. Sport pursuits draw hunters and anglers into micro-habitats that most humans never enter, because the latter group has no pressing reason to wander into woodland niches that require ultra-inconvenient walking. ~ Ken Allen
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Maine hospitals look to local fish and vegetables to improve health and patient satisfaction
By Meredith Goad - Despite the challenges of price and availability, some are serving as much as 20 percent local food.
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Veggies on demand: CSA shares growing in Greater Bangor
By Evan Belanger - Maine farmers reported Sunday that community supported agriculture is growing in popularity, delivering fresh food to Mainers’ doorsteps and helping to keep local farming viable.
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CSA fair reveals diversification of central Maine farms
By Paul Koenig - A fair showcasing local farmers and their community supported agriculture programs Sunday afternoon illustrated how some farms have diversified their offerings and are increasingly collaborating with other farms.
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New Research Links Bee-Killing Insecticide to Monarch Butterfly
New research from the University of Minnesota presents some of the first evidence linking the bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids to monarch butterfly deaths. The study finds that milkweed plants, which monarch butterflies need to survive, may also retain neonicotinoids from nearby plants, making milkweed toxic to monarchs.
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Boothbay photographer talks about new book
By Nicole Olivier - Boothbay photographer Peter Felsenthal will be speaking and presenting slides from his recent book, "New Growth: A Portrait of Six Maine Organic Farms," at the FARMS Community Kitchen above the Rising Tide Community Market on Thursday, March 12 at 1 p.m. The event is co-hosted by the Maine Coast Book Shop.
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Another year of historic landings and improved value for Maine lobster announced
Augusta - For the third year in a row and only the third time ever, Maine lobster fishermen landed more than 120 million pounds with a record overall value of $456,935,346, according to preliminary landings data reported today, Feb. 26, by the state Department of Marine Resources.
2/25/2015 11:00:00 PM

Obama Admin. Proposes Ridiculous Anti-Consumer Plan for GMO Labeling
Despite polls showing overwhelming support for labeling for genetically engineered foods, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack proposed yesterday that consumers should use their smartphones to scan bar codes on food packages to find out whether their food contains GMOs.
2/25/2015 11:00:00 PM

The True Root of Hunger: The Economics of Organic Farming
By Mark "Coach" Smallwood - It may surprise many readers to know that producing enough food is not responsible for world hunger – we already produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. Hunger is caused by economic inequality. Despite this fact, the farming industry often cites the need to feed a growing population to justify the use of toxic, synthetic chemicals used in conventional farming.
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Natural Resources Council
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Maine PUC’s Solar Power Study Released Today Shows Enormous Benefits
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3/3/2015 1:10:56 PM

Augusta Kicks Off Single-sort Recycling
The six-month experiment will take all types of recyclables at three locations in the city. By Keith Edwards, ...
3/3/2015 8:37:45 AM

Recycle with the Kids
Get kids interested in recycling by showing crafts they can make out of discarded items—paper maché sculptures...
3/3/2015 4:00:45 AM

NRCM Testimony in Support of LD 408, “An Act to Help Municipalities Prepare for Changes in Sea Level”
Senator Michael Willette, Chair Representative Ronald Martin, Chair Joint Standing Committee on State and Loca...
3/2/2015 1:48:52 PM

My Maine This Week: Jayne Winters
“Here are some photos of winters past. The first photo is a Tufted Titmouse in South China. The second p...
3/2/2015 8:46:27 AM

Green at Both Ends
Making your weekend trip to the recycling center is great, but also be sure to choose products made of or pack...
3/2/2015 4:00:47 AM

Sea Level Bill Up For Public Hearing Monday
By Jennifer Mitchell MPBN news story A public hearing on a bill that prompts municipalities to plan for the ef...
3/1/2015 10:12:38 AM

Cover Up
Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Otherwise, your food and beverages will release moist...
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