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Help wanted: Conservation Policy Associate
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Appalachian Mountain Club is seeking to fill this temporary position July-December 2017; there is the potential for the position to extend into 2018.
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating or changing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to eliminate or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Appalachian Odyssey, May 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Jeff Ryan will regale with tales about his 28-year odyssey hiking the Appalachian Trail. At Freeport Conservation Trust annual meeting, at the Freeport Community Center, May 28, 7 pm.
BDN Poll: Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society present the 10th annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28. Witness the annual return of the alewives as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.
Third Annual Freeport Birding Festival, May 26-28
Event - Posted - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Owl Prowl at Mast landing Sanctuary; birding at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Sayles Field; Casco Bay kayak tour; outing at Winslow Park, etc. May 26-28. Sponsored by L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon.
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons from Puffins, May 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

60% of all seabirds have vanished in the last 60 years. Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, will talk about the restoration of Maine seabirds. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, May 25, 7-9 pm, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
Community Conservation, May 25 & 27
Announcement - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture is a new film created by Mark Ireland of MI Media. Shot throughout four seasons, this documentary profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine: coastal, inland, western mountains and downeast. On Maine Public TV, May 25, 10 pm, and May 27, 11 am.
Forgotten Farms, May 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

A new film about the important role dairy farms play in New England's farming landscape, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Maine dairy farmers. At at Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, May 24, 7:15 pm.
Climate Change on the Maine Appalachian Trail, May 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

Simon Rucker, Executive Director of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, will present on Appalachian Trail conservation in Maine and how AT groups are factoring climate change into their work. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, May 24, 5:30-7 pm.
Bradley Pond Farm , May 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

An easy walk through a conservation easement surrounding a privately-owned working farm. See migrating warblers, flycatchers, blackbirds, vireos, sparrows, and an occasional raptor. At Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's Bradley Pond Farm Preserve, Topsham, May 23, 8-10 am.
Help wanted: Contract planner for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Announcement - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, is seeking a 3-year community planner to assist with the development of a management plan for this new unit of the National Park Service. Deadline: May 26, 2017, 5 pm.
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NRCM newsletter features lots of important issues and news
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 25, 2017 

The new emailed newsletter of the Natural Resources Council of Maine contains an impressive and important amount of news, both good and bad. I want to share this with you today. Here it is.
Maine lobstermen worry about possible closure to protect coral
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 25, 2017 

The New England Fishery Management Council voted last month to exempt lobstering from the coral fishing ban it is considering, but the proposal won’t be finalized until June. Until then, the council is holding a series of public hearings on the proposal, including one Thursday in Ellsworth. State officials hope lobstermen show up in large numbers to lobby the council to keep the lobster exemption in its final plan.
Letter: Maine senators takes stand against methane waste
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Recently, several members of Congress tried to give the oil and gas industry a free pass to waste taxpayer dollars and energy resources through dangerous leaks in methane from oil and gas operations. Fortunately for Maine, Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins took a stand against a dirty energy agenda and voted against attempts to gut standards that limit the oil and gas industry’s methane pollution and waste. ~ Todd Zoroya, Old Town
Letter: Wind project for Dixfield
Sun Journal - Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Dixfield faces steep tax increases because of the decision to leave RSU 10. The town needs to expand its tax base. A wind project would accomplish this. The local ordinance, which is in place with state standards, would bring in much needed tax dollars. Changes made to sound limits or boundary distances would prohibit any chance of a wind project and its tax revenue. ~ Peter Holman, Dixfield
Maine environmental advocates warn of ‘crippling’ cuts in Trump budget
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

President Donald Trump has not backed off on a wide range of federal budget cuts and program eliminations that critics have for months warned would devastate Maine’s economy and environment. The cuts to discretionary programs would disrupt scientific research, hack funding to Maine universities and scientific research institutions, and disrupt the economic prospects of fishing, forestry and former mill communities. If the White House has its way, it would mean the end of UMaine’s Sea Grant program, the likely closure of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, the end of a successful partnership program to clean-up Casco Bay and beach water quality testing statewide. The DEP would lose millions of dollars in federal grant funding, including the elimination of grants to help remediate radon and lead paint contamination and to protect Maine lakes from pollution.
LePage refused to put up national monument signs, so this couple made their own
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Call it a sign of protest: A Benedicta couple who oppose the governor’s ban of road signs showing the way to Maine’s national monument has hung their own signage on a highway overpass. Herman and Lisa Ammerman tied a spray-painted painter’s cloth banner on Benedicta’s Casey Road bridge on the northbound side of Interstate 95 on Tuesday. With Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument due to start its first full season with the opening of its main Loop Road entrance on Thursday, Lisa Ammerman said she hopes that motorists — and Gov. Paul LePage — get the message. LePage banned signs from all Katahdin region main roads until federal officials determine whether the executive order creating the monument is valid. That review is due on Aug. 24.
Why Are Environmental Agencies Celebrating Trump’s Devastating Cuts?
Other - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

New Republic - In curiously similar language, the environmental agencies claim Trump's proposed budget would return them to their "core mission" and allow them to work more "efficiently." The idea that massive cuts will allow these agencies to return to their “core missions” or “core functions” is laughable. And four out of five of the agency news releases applaud Trump’s “efficiency.” Of course, “redundancies” and “efficiency” are just euphemisms. The point of the cuts is not to make these agencies more streamlined and cost-effective, but to force them to do less with less, curtailing their ability to enact and enforce regulations.
Trump dumps ‘clean coal’ research he praised in campaign
Bloomberg News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

President Donald Trump promised his administration would bring about “clean coal,” but his budget proposed slashing research the industry says it needs to make that a reality. Coal is the top source of energy-related CO2 emissions, accounting for 68 percent of the emissions associated with electricity generation, according to Energy Department data.
Maine mining bill nearly through Legislature; veto expected
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

The Maine House voted on Tuesday, May 23 to enact LD 820, a bill to revamp Maine's mineral mining law. The Senate is expected to take final action imminently. According to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the bill would provide strong protections against metallic mineral mining pollution. Some grassroots activists had called for a complete ban on metal mining in Maine. However, LD 160, which would prohibit mining of major ore deposits, had no chance of passage. The grassrooters are calling for citizen members to resign from NRCM and other groups supportive of the compromise mining bill. Gov. Paul LePage is expected to veto LD 820.
Moose referendum was hard-fought battle
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

The 1983 referendum initiated by a group trying to stop Maine’s new moose hunting season was contentious and hard-fought. Here’s a look back at it in a Sun Journal news story.
Parents’ concerns prompt switch to organic pesticide at Freeport schools
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

School officials in Freeport have decided to treat browntail moth nests at athletic fields with an organic pesticide rather than a synthetic one, in response to parents’ concerns about the environmental effects of the chemical spray.
Letter: Maine needs strong mining rules
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

One only need to look in our state’s past to see issues with mining, such as what happened in Brooksville with the Callahan mine. Even after 40 years, the open-pit mine remains contaminated with toxic metals and affects wildlife. It was designated a Superfund site, requiring federal intervention. This is the third time in four years mining changes are trying to be rammed through the Legislature. The better move for Maine’s environment would be no mining, but if there is to be mining, better it be with strong but fair rules (such as proposed under LD 820) that hold mining companies responsible for incidents and protect our most vulnerable areas. ~ Jeremy Boulier, Mars Hill
Letter: LePage, Trump childish
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

The similarities between Paul LePage and Donald Trump are getting more apparent every day, with both acting like a 6-year-old who wants his way or will throw a fit and pout. The Paul has the same arrogance as The Donald. Most of the time LePage is in his own little world, which most of us don’t understand or have a clue where the stuff he says and does comes from. The latest is the national monument road sign foolery. I wasn’t for the national monument, either, but this sign issue is just another example of LePage showing how childish he can act. What has country come to? ~ Gary King, Howland
U.S. Postal Service Issues New Thoreau Stamp
Other - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The U.S. Postal Service has dedicated its new Henry David Thoreau postage stamp at a ceremony at Walden Pond, where the 19th century American philosopher and naturalist spent two years in solitude and reflection.
Once-rare bobcats thrive in New England
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

“They are back in New England and at least as abundant as they were 100 years ago, if not more,” said Litvaitis, who conducted much of his research while at the University of New Hampshire. “They are adapting to a landscape that has changed.” The resurgence of Lynx rufus comes during a shift over the past several decades from treating bobcats as vermin to be exterminated to being considered a top predator worthy of protection.
One-of-a-kind Acadia guide written just for kids
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

“Ten Days in Acadia: A Kids’ Hiking Guide to Mount Desert Island” by Southwest Harbor resident Hope Rowan was written to be read by young outdoor explorers, to engage them with nature and empower them to guide their parents on adventures throughout the park. To do this, Rowan wrote the guide in an unusual fashion: as a fictional story following a 12-year-old girl and her family as they explore Acadia during a vacation.
Advocates Say Trump’s Budget Makes Maine’s Economy, Social Problems ‘Gravely Worse’
Maine Public - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Advocates for the poor, environmental groups and members of Congress were quick to attack President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which was released in more detail on Tuesday. Included in the proposal: a 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, which U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says would result in the loss of $4 million in Maine. Programs that deal with radon, lead and beach protection and estuaries would be eliminated. Funding for the National Estuary Program and Coastal Waterways would be cut, which means fewer protections for Casco Bay. Big cuts are also slated for the Department of the Interior. Tom Abello of the Nature Conservancy in Maine is worried about cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
President's Budget Proposal For National Parks Calls for "Biggest Cut Since World War II"
National Parks Traveler - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

President Trump's Fiscal 2018 proposal for the National Park Service would be the "biggest cut to the Park Service since World War II" if enacted in its current form by Congress, park advocates claimed Tuesday. While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters several times during a conference call that the budget would allow the agency "to take care of what we have" across the Interior landscape, it would cut roughly $380 million and nearly 1,250 full-time positions from the Park Service's current budget. "If enacted, this would be the biggest cut to the Park Service since WWII," John Garder, the National Parks Conservation Association's director for budget and appropriations, said.
Trump budget targets land acquisition, conservation programs
E&E/Greenwire - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The Trump administration would scale back significantly on new federal land acquisitions and revenue-sharing partnerships with states, while seeking new oil and drilling opportunities in the Arctic, under its fiscal 2018 Interior budget proposal unveiled today.
Editorial: LePage and history
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

On the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Gov. Paul LePage has been monumentally on the wrong side of history. Even former opponents in the Katahdin region now support the monument. Nevertheless, LePage continues his insulting all-out assault. His latest infantile tantrum is to withhold road signage directing visitors to the monument. A new reader poll in the Bangor Daily News affirms that a majority of Mainers support the monument. Asked whether the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument should get its own signage, more than three-quarters voted yes. LePage cannot hear this news because his feet are in his ears, when they are not in his mouth, but everyone else gets it.
Hike: Acadia Mountain in Acadia National Park
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Located on what’s known as the quieter side of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Acadia Mountain rises 681 feet above sea level, making it one of the smaller mountains on the island. Nevertheless, the top of the mountain is free of vegetation in several places, including the summit, offering great views of the region. The mountain also features beautiful stands of twisted pitch pine trees and an abundance of lowbush blueberries.
‘Leading edge’ restrictions on electricity sellers become Maine law
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law new rules for companies that sell electricity directly to Maine homeowners and, on average, have cost them millions above the default rate. The law will tighten rules for retail electricity companies automatically renewing customer contracts, requiring new disclosures and an actual affirmative response from customers if the new rate equals an increase of 20 percent or more. It will also prohibit companies from charging a termination fee for re-enrollments done without specific consent from the customer.
Donald Trump’s budget is his biggest fraud since Trump University
Other - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Slate - Donald Trump’s pitch for his Trump University promised a world of possibility to potential students. Trump didn’t just fail to deliver; the entire thing was a scam. Ultimately, the law caught Trump, forcing him to pay a $25 million settlement for this fraud. Trump University was an exercise in cruelty and predation. It is also a useful episode for thinking about President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal, released on Tuesday.
Maine Live: Tim Glidden
Maine. The Magazine - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Tim Glidden, a self-proclaimed “free-range kid,” is now the president of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. In his Maine Live talk he discusses how his childhood led him to a career in conservation, how Maine’s environment is changing, and the importance of getting outside and embracing all that our state’s outdoors have to offer. “When we conserve these opportunities, we protect a source of energy and strength to face the challenges that are coming at us. We can build a future of which we can be proud—a future worth fighting for.” [video]
Donald Trump's Latest Budget Still Takes An Ax To Environmental Protection Agency
Huffington Post - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The latest version of the Trump administration’s 2018 budget will still cut the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third. The budget proposed on Tuesday would cut funding to the agency to $5.65 billion ― a 31.4 percent reduction. As far as the EPA goes, the proposal doesn’t appear to have changed drastically from the so-called “skinny budget” released in March. Science and health advocates decried the cuts.
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