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Announcement - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

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Forum on Food Security in Lincoln County, Mar 4
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Nearly half of students in the Lincoln County are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches. The Morris Farm, a farm and education center, and Chewonki are sponsoring a forum about food security in the county. At Chewonki Center for Environmental Education, Wiscasset, March 4.
Help wanted: Environment Maine State Director
Announcement - Friday, February 24, 2017 

Coordinate advocacy, field organizing, and media communications driving campaigns to restore Maine's lakes and rivers, to bring more clean energy to Maine, to curb global warming pollution, and to protect Maine's open spaces.
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Maine Governor Paul LePage is urging President Trump to kill the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This makes no sense for a host of reasons. Tell President Trump and Maine's congressional representatives to oppose any effort to undo our national monument. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Governor LePage has asked President Trump to undo the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Ask your Senators and Representatives to do everything in their power to protect the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Help wanted: Maine Audubon Executive Director
Announcement - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Seeking an inspiring leader who can articulate the vision of Maine Audubon and lead, support, and galvanize the organization’s stakeholders.
RESIST: Skills to Fight Back for Maine’s Environment, Mar 8
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Learn the skills you need to be an powerful activist. At Urban Farm Fermentory, Portland, March 8, 5:30-8:30 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Conservation Voters, The Wilderness Society, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Maine Public Health Association.
The National Parks in the 21st Century, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Gretchen Long, a member of the National Park System Advisory Board, will present an overview of the park system. At Yarmouth History Center, March 2, 2 pm.
Lets Go Hiking, Mar 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Don Miskill talks about his experiences hiking and shows photos from his travels. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, March 2, 7 pm.
DOE Public Meetings on UMaine Ocean Wind Project, Feb 28 & Mar 1
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

U.S. Department of Energy is providing funding to UMaine to support the development of the ocean wind project, known as New England Aqua Ventus I, two turbines on floating foundations in the Gulf of Maine, about 2.5 miles south of Monhegan Island. DOE meetings provide an opportunity for the public to help define the scope of environmental impacts. At St. George Town Office, February 28, 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm; at Monhegan Island School, March 1, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

Jonathan White takes you on a journey spanning the globe as he examines the many dimensions of the tides, the science behind them, and how they influence culture. At Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, Unity, Feb 28, 6 pm.
Inspired by Nature, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

An examination of how nature inspires people in many different ways and in many different fields. At Topsham Public Library, February 28, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Mindful Meditation at Morse Pond Preserve, Feb 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 18, 2017 

Bobby Carnicella will lead a mindful nature walk at Morse Pond Preserve in Georgetown, February 25, 9:30 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Clean Up Pence’s Dirty Coal
Action Alert - Friday, February 17, 2017 

Mike Pence may be Trump's "clean up" man, but he failed the environment. Under Pence's leadership, super polluters spewed unregulated pollution into the air, placing children at risk of disease and the world in danger of the consequences of climate change.
Owl Prowl, Feb 24
Event - Posted - Friday, February 17, 2017 

Learn about native owl species, their ecology and adaptations, and meet local representatives up close. At Center For Wildlife, York, Feb 24, 5 pm, $7.
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Opinion: Yes, the Endangered Species Act should be reformed
Washington Post - Sunday, February 26, 2017 

Last week, Republicans in Congress turned their anti-regulation fervor to a law that has long bothered the GOP: the Endangered Species Act. Sen. John Barrasso lamented that only a small portion of the species identified as threatened or endangered have ever been delisted. That is misleading. About 1 percent of the 2,000 species included in the Endangered Species Act have been delisted because they recovered. But recovering a species from the brink of extinction takes decades of intervention — the Endangered Species Act is only 44 years old. Regardless, this critique does touch on a huge weakness in the law. We need to allocate more resources to protecting species — particularly those on private lands — if we ever want hope of saving the bulk of organisms threatened by extinction. ~ Robert Gebelhoff
Mining Moosehead Lake’s sunken treasure
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 26, 2017 

Ryan Robbins took up scuba diving about three years ago and began venturing deep into Moosehead Lake. He soon found there were as many as 11 steamboat wreck sites, and he began filming them with an underwater camera. His exploration caught the attention of Liz McKeil, who also grew up on the lake and is executive director of the Moosehead Marine Museum in Greenville. Now the two of them, with help from the Moosehead Historical Society, other divers and a wide range of locals, are beginning work on a documentary film and oral history project called “Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake.”
Range Pond State Park becomes ice-fishing haven
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 26, 2017 

It wasn’t hard for park ranger Adam McKay to make the case to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to keep Range Pond State Park open in the winter. “It was the ice fishing community that did it,” said McKay. Since 2014, the park has had a winter caretaker, groomed Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails – and even fishing equipment to rent. The annual Kids’ Derby, which will be held Saturday, is a big draw, but the park also has become a haven for ice fishermen of all ages.
Julie Rosenbach runs South Portland’s 1-woman sustainability office
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 26, 2017 

Julie Rosenbach is a one-woman sustainability shop for South Portland. When she arrived there in March of 2015, she was the city’s first-ever sustainability coordinator. We talked with her about her work, why she went for a ride-along on a garbage truck and what keeps her going, even in tough times for environmentalists.
Column: An open letter in support of science
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 26, 2017 

After a recent conversation with a self-described “climate agnostic,” I found myself trying to articulate why that was not a tenable stance. I wrote that person, whom I will call Jane here, a letter. I am sharing it beyond the intended recipient – knowing that many of us today are struggling to bridge ideological chasms. Political beliefs will shape how we respond to challenges but must not dictate what constitutes our shared reality. ~ Marina Schauffler
Movies + sustainability: The birds and bees star in 8 movies we think you should see
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 26, 2017 

Oscar night seems like an ideal time to shed some light on good cinema. But while Source staffers love “LaLa Land” and “Moonlight” just as much as the next Academy voter, we’re focusing on recent films about sustainability. Not just sad polar bears. Promise. ~ Mary Pols
Opinion: It’s time to take up Rachel Carson’s challenge
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 26, 2017 

The most important revolution Rachel Carson engaged in involved more than stopping pollution by pesticides. She was as concerned with halting heedless interference with interrelationships in the natural world, including those among humans. She was concerned about government’s relationship with the public, businesses’ responsibility toward consumers, the contamination of human discourse by falsehood. ~ Martha Freeman, Portland
Column: The internet has many useful offerings for skiers
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

How many ski-related email lists are you on? Between ski reports direct from some ski areas and various blogs, I have lost count. ~ Dave Irons
Maine lobstermen’s union votes to buy Hancock County lobster business
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

The Maine Lobstering Union voted Saturday to buy a wholesale lobster business near Mount Desert Island to help its fishermen net a bigger share of the profit in the booming, $1.5 billion-a-year industry. At a closed-door meeting in Rockport, members voted 63-1 to buy the wholesale side of the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, which includes a tank that can hold up to 180,000 pounds of lobster, for $4 million, said Local 207 President Rocky Alley
New EPA chief delays mining site cleanup rule after industry objects
Associated Press - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

The Trump administration has delayed consideration of a proposal to require companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up polluted mining sites after a pushback from industry groups and Western-state Republicans. Companies in the past have avoided cleanups of many mining sites by declaring bankruptcy. Contaminated water from abandoned mine sites can flow into rivers and other waterways, harming aquatic life and threatening drinking water supplies. From 2010 to 2014, the EPA spent $1.1 billion on cleanup work at abandoned hard-rock mining and processing sites.
Thorny skate misses out on endangered species list
Associated Press - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Environmental groups had argued that the thorny skate’s population loss in the northwest Atlantic Ocean was considerable enough to afford it protections set aside for endangered animals. But the National Marine Fisheries Service disagrees.
Maine’s smelts have bounced back in a big way
Associated Press - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Ice fishing for smelts is a winter tradition in Maine, where the small fish are fried and eaten whole. Fishermen and fish camp owners say this smelt-fishing season has been a robust one after the mild winter last year produced hardly any smelts. The ice has been thick enough for fishing and smelts have been abundant. Jim McPherson, owner of Jim’s Camps in Bowdoinham, said the season has been the best for smelt fishing at his camp in at least five years.
Man rescued from Freeport clam flats
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

A man digging for sea worms was rescued early Saturday from a clam flat as water was rising in Casco Bay near the Harrasseeket Yacht Club in Freeport. Cameron Blake, 27, was digging for sea worms in the clam flats off Dixon Road about 6 a.m. when the foggy predawn conditions caused him to become disoriented. He became trapped by the chilly waters rising around him.
Maine’s hunting laws are often amusing and sometimes confusing
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

It takes 462 pages to give us all of Maine’s laws governing hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor fun. I just finished reading through the law book and found some very interesting things that I will share with you.
With sap flowing early, it’s ‘full steam ahead’ for Maine’s maple syrup makers
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Warm days have producers predicting a bountiful season and working to make the most of a few critical weeks.
Editorial: The Greening of the Republicans?
Other - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Barron's - Now that the U.S. has a new abundance of domestic oil and natural gas, what could be more natural than to tax it? As Ronald Reagan sarcastically summed up traditional government policies, “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Thus, five Republican elder statesmen calling themselves the Climate Leadership Council have issued a call to their party to support a carbon tax, though most Republicans in Congress, and their new president, are still very skeptical of anything involving a new tax.
Letter: Kudos to rescuers
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Last weekend, there was a tragic accident on Katahdin in which I lost my best friend. Those involved with the recovery, including Baxter State Park employees, the all-volunteer Wilderness Rescue Team, and the two independent climbers handled this unbelievable situation with impressive professionalism. They all performed their duties with genuine concern and showed respect to all involved. The people of Maine should be proud to have such dedicated men and women at their service when needed. ~ Barry Porter, Bangor
Wilderness Society honors Roxanne Quimby with Robert Marshall Award for conservation leadership
Other - Friday, February 24, 2017 

On February 23, The Wilderness Society presented its Robert Marshall Award to Roxanne Quimby for her dedication to creating and protecting America’s public lands, especially in the North Woods of Maine.
Five deer killed in Farmington accidents
Sun Journal - Friday, February 24, 2017 

Police said five deer were struck and killed by vehicles in less than five hours Thursday evening.
Declining Worm Harvest Poses Challenge for Diggers, Scientists
Maine Public - Friday, February 24, 2017 

It’s a dirty job, but digging for blood and sand worms along the Maine coast can pay well, particularly in areas of the state where it can be hard to make a living. Maine’s annual harvest of these popular bait worms, however, continues to decline, posing a quandary for marine biologists who cite climate change and predation as possible factors. Wormers would like to work with marine biologists to ensure a healthy and robust industry.
Buxton police rescue injured barred owl
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 24, 2017 

A barred owl got a hand from the Buxton Police Department after callers alerted them that he was injured and in the middle of the road. The Maine Warden Service was called to pick up the owl and bring him to a rehabilitation facility Friday afternoon.
CMP Customers To See Lower Bills After Long-Term Contracts Expire
Maine Public - Friday, February 24, 2017 

Central Maine Power’s customers will see significant savings on their bills starting this summer, thanks to the end of expensive, long-term power contracts. Decades-long contracts Maine utilities signed with Maine-based biomass generators locked them into rates that were far above market rates. Customers will save about $28 million now that the “legacy” contracts are expired. In addition, the return of excess payments for storing waste at the closed Maine Yankee nuclear power plant adds another $21 million to the kitty.
Scallop Fishing Areas Closing to Curb Over-Exploitation
Associated Press - Friday, February 24, 2017 

Maine fishing regulators are temporarily closing several scallop fishing areas beginning this weekend to prevent the valuable shellfish from over-harvest. The state Department of Marine Resources closures take effect on Sunday for the Damariscotta River, North Haven, mid-Penobscot Bay, Lower Blue Hill Bay and Jericho Bay area, and the Chandler Bay and Head Harbor area. The state uses the closures to ensure that different areas around the state don't become overexploited.
John Andrews, force behind the Eastern Trail, dies at 79
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 24, 2017 

John Andrews, known as the founder of the Eastern Trail and a leader of the Appalachian Mountain Club, died on Monday. He was 79. Andrews started the Eastern Trail Alliance in 1997 and was the driving force behind the creation of the 65-mile, multi-use trail that extends from Kittery to South Portland.
Editorial: Gov. LePage should drop effort to rescind Katahdin national monument
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 24, 2017 

If Gov. LePage really wants to “make the Maine woods great again,” eliminating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument isn’t the way to do it. As the region begins to benefit from the designation, the governor should direct his energy toward helping Maine's forest products industry develop a long-term economic plan.
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