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Announcement - Friday, February 12, 2016 

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BDN poll: Do you support the state taking action to access land near Roxanne Quimby's property
Action Alert - Friday, February 12, 2016 

The LePage administration plans to build roads across part of Roxanne Quimby’s private property in the Katahdin region in order re-establish motorized access to 2,500 acres of state land. Do you support the state taking this action?
Turning Back photo exhibit
Announcement - Sunday, February 07, 2016 

‘Turning Back’ examines, through photography, the loss of the wild and mankind’s role. Robert Adams looks at the landscape not as a heroic notion of American greatness, but as a place of loss and shame, and, at times, hope. At Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, through June 5. Gallery talk by Curator Gary Green Feb 11.
Climate Change: Challenges and New Directions for Society, Feb 14
Event - Posted - Sunday, February 07, 2016 

Paul Mayewski, internationally recognized director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, will offer an overview of major climactic events, trends and responses. At The Sanctuary in Brooksville, Feb 14, 4 pm.
The future of the Millinocket/Baxter region, Feb 12
Announcement - Friday, February 05, 2016 

On WERU radio, Talk of the Towns, Feb 12, 10-11 am. Guests: Cathy Johnson, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Ken Olson, former President of Friends of Acadia; former State Senator Charlie Pray; Jim Robbins, Maine Forest Products Council. Click the “Listen to Live Stream” link at the top of the page; share your opinions by calling 1-800-643-6273 or 207-469-0500.
Help wanted: Summer Camp Environmental Educators
Announcement - Friday, February 05, 2016 

Seasonal camp educators will develop and teach natural history activities to summer day campers at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center’s 62-acre sanctuary in Falmouth.
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, Feb 12-14
Event - Posted - Friday, February 05, 2016 

Events all over the Great State of Maine.
The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson, Feb 12
Event - Posted - Friday, February 05, 2016 

This multimedia presentation combines the rare and historic photography of Isaac Simpson with archived films, oral histories, and live music by Sumner McKane and Joshua Robbins. At Frontier, Brunswick, Feb 12, 8 pm.
A New National Park for Maine, Feb 11
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 04, 2016 

Ryan Parker will explain Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.’s proposal to create a National Park and National Recreation Area east of Baxter State Park. At First Universalist Church, Pittsfield, February 11, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Eye of Newt and Lizard’s Leg, Feb 10
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 03, 2016 

Tropical ecologist Marty Crump will discuss our perceptions of amphibians and reptiles. At Colby College, Waterville, Olin Science Center, Feb 10, 7 pm.
Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food, Feb 10
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 03, 2016 

A traveling photo exhibit with Brendan Bullock’s photos with captions by Annie Murphy, which documents some of the people working to grow a resilient food system that serves all Mainers. At Frontier, Brunswick, through Feb 29. Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank will host a community discussion Feb 10, 6 pm.
Invasive Forest Pest Workshops
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 02, 2016 

Invasive Forest Pest Workshops are being offered in spring and summer 2016 by Maine Association of Conservation Districts to help landowners and users, landscape and forest professionals, and all residents of the state to (1) identify current and potential invasive forest pests and their host species, (2) understand the threats to our forests and woodlands posed by these pests, and (3) learn how to report suspected pest sightings or damage to trees that may be a result of pest infestations.
Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program
Announcement - Monday, February 01, 2016 

Friends of Baxter State Park invites current Maine high school sophomores and juniors to apply to participate in the 2016 Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program, which includes a nine-day wilderness experience in Baxter State Park, August 6-14. Application deadline is February 8.
Power, Trash and Bates Mill, Feb 8
Event - Posted - Monday, February 01, 2016 

Presentation of community-engaged research by Environmental Studies students. At Bates College, Lewiston, Commons 221/222, Feb 8, 12-1 pm.
In The Blood, Feb 5
Event - Posted - Friday, January 29, 2016 

By combining archived films, photographs, oral histories told by the men themselves, and live music by Sumner McKane and Joshua Robbins, "In The Blood" brings the Maine lumberman’s 19th century reality to life. At Frontier, Brunswick, Feb 5, 8 pm.
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Looking for bees? Now’s the time to order
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 14, 2016 

For Maine beekeepers in need of fresh colonies, it’s time to start placing those orders. “January and February are the perfect time to order bees,” Richard McLaughlin, president of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, said. “But don’t wait, as they start to get sold out quickly.” He encourages Maine beekeepers to buy local instead of ordering through companies in southern states, since there are plenty of suppliers of live bees in the state.
Maine fortunate not to be home to wild boars
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 14, 2016 

Wild pigs do not generally come up in conversation in Maine, but they were in the news last week after a fatality involving a Maine hunter occurred in Texas during a feral pig hunt. While wild boars are not native to Texas, or any region of North America, for that matter, they can be found in 39 states. Outside of a few hunting preserves, feral pigs – also called razorbacks and Russian boars – are not found in Maine, state wildlife biologist Kendall Marden said. Let’s hope they never find their way here. The reasons to fear the species are many.
Last year’s Sebago Derby winner plotting his course
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 14, 2016 

Brady Ouellette sits at Dag’s Bait & Tackle and considers the question he’s asked himself many times over the past year: Could he win the Sebago Lake Rotary Ice Fishing Derby once again? The winner of Maine’s biggest ice fishing derby last year, Ouellette is a student of his sport. He says he hauled in the winning 39-inch, 14.88-pound togue with a bit of luck, but also some measure of know-how.
Column: Lonesome Pine, Bigrock offer fine skiing in the County
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 14, 2016 

If you’ve never traveled north of Houlton to ski at two Alpine areas that embody the best of what community-focused and operated facilities can be, you owe it to yourself to pack up the car and head to Aroostook County. There you can experience what skiing used to be like in days gone by, and what upgrades can accomplish at one of Maine’s oldest still-operating areas. And rest assured, there’s plenty of the white stuff in northern Maine. ~ John Christie
Editorial: LePage shows little interest in governing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 14, 2016 

Almost every day last week, the governor found a way to get out of governing. He is intellectually lazy and will predictably pick the cheap sound-bite over the hard work it takes to bring disparate groups of people together for the common good. He doesn’t entertain other points of view, instead taking the easy route of vilifying anyone who disagrees with him. It’s hard to understand why someone who has so much disdain for the process of government would ever want to be in charge of one, but since he chose to put himself in this position, it’s not too much to ask that he work with other independently elected leaders. If Gov. LePage isn’t willing to do that, he should resign and let someone with a little more respect for the job give it a try.
Editorial: National Park Service opens door to dialogue
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 14, 2016 

In November, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, along with 2nd District Rep. Bruce Poliquin, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, presenting their concerns about a potential national monument in the Katahdin region, on land that would be donated by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis responded for the president, and while he did not run down the list of the conditions, he conveyed an openness to explore all of them. In response, Poliquin went on the attack. Collins and King issued a joint statement saying that they were “dissatisfied” with Jarvis’ letter. That’s a strange response, since Jarvis’ letter was an invitation to explore all of the issues, with nothing off the table.
Blog: Attention Nature Lovers! The Maine Master Naturalist Program seeks applicants for 2016 courses
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 13, 2016 

The Maine Master Naturalist Program is sponsoring three Tier One Associate Naturalist training classes here in Maine this summer. Located in Bar Harbor, Bridgton and Farmington, the class runs from May through September and covers a diverse array of natural history topics. ~ Sarah O'Malley
The music video for 'Ktaadn" is out
Other - Saturday, February 13, 2016 

The music video for 'Ktaadn" by Parsonsfield is out today. Filmed on the East Branch of the Penobscot River.
Opinion: Is Maine the Renewable Energy Credit Whore for southern New England?
Citizens Task Force on Wind Power - Saturday, February 13, 2016 

The governor needs to stop talking and use his robust powers under the Maine state constitution to halt wind projects and reestablish sanity and the rule of the law for the citizens of Maine. Maine is not an energy plantation for interlopers such as Iberdrola and Avangrid (and the states to the south). Is Maine a sovereign state in our republic, or a renewable energy credit whore for southern New England? LePage should answer that question and soon, before the soul of the state is destroyed by the likes of Baldacci's rulers from Spain. ~ Arthur Qwenk
Study now says global warming slows sea-level rise
Other - Saturday, February 13, 2016 

WND (Largest Christian Website in the World)- A prominent global-warming skeptic is marveling at a new NASA report that concludes the purported human-caused changes in the climate now, after years of being blamed for raising the sea level, is slowing down the rise. Marc Morano says, “Now it seems that there is so much global warming that it is slowing the rise of sea levels.” He noted that 30 years ago, scientists blamed global warming for sea level decreases. The new theory behind the slowdown is that as the Earth becomes more parched as a result of humans pumping more water out of the ground, water that otherwise would cause oceans to rise is “being absorbed” by lakes, rivers and underground aquifers, much as a sponge absorbs water.
Quimby calls LePage’s push for land access ‘bluster’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 13, 2016 

Roxanne Quimby, who owns land east of Baxter State Park and has led a push to establish a national park in the area, said Saturday that she takes no issue with state’s desire to establish access to its parcel across her property, but called the governor’s announcement “political grandstanding.” Friday, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands said it started to re-establish access to 2,500 public acres surrounded by Quimby’s property by plowing and repairing roads. LePage said the push was a response to concerns about a “federal takeover.” “The [right of way] to the public land cited by the governor has never been denied,” Quimby responded. “With little wood of commercial value to harvest, the [right of way] has not been maintained by the state. If the state wishes to upgrade it to begin a harvesting operation, so be it.” She argued that Friday’s announcement by the governor was an effort to “distract his constituents from his failure to create a vision of sustainable economic well being in the region.”
New traceability rules would cut down illegal seafood, federal officials say
Associated Press - Saturday, February 13, 2016 

Federal authorities say they want feedback from the public about proposed rules they hope would take a bite out of illegal fishing imports that jeopardize the country’s multibillion dollar commercial fishing industry. Proposed new rules about seafood traceability would protect the public from fraud and help keep unsustainable fish products from reaching American shores, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
Plate full for new Acadia National Park superintendent
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 13, 2016 

Kevin Schneider is not easing into his new job as superintendent of the only national park in Maine. It’s more like he has hit the ground running since assuming his new duties Jan. 25. Winter may typically be the quiet season in Acadia National Park, when most of the main roads are closed and visitation slows to a trickle compared to the busy summer months, but this year is a little bit different. To start, 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the park.
11 Ways to Kill Big Wind Projects
Other - Saturday, February 13, 2016 

Communities around the world are facing a plague of industrial wind projects that like hideous "War of the Worlds" steel monsters are destroying communities, mountains, and wildlands; slaughtering birds and bats; and sickening people and driving them from their homes. Even though these wind projects do not reduce greenhouse gases or fossil fuel use (as promised), they do have dreadful environmental, social, and economic impacts on whole regions. They are nothing but a tool for energy companies and investment banks to make billions in taxpayer subsidies that get added to the national debt. The good news is that communities worldwide are learning how to defeat these dreadful projects. More laws and moratoriums are being passed against these wind farms, while other projects are defeated on legal grounds or by overwhelming public opposition. ~ Mike Bond, author of "Saving Paradise"
Bigelow Laboratory opening centers on seafood security, Arctic Ocean
Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016 

Bigelow Laboratory is opening two new centers that will focus on seafood security and the opening of the Arctic Ocean as part of the laboratory’s Centers for Venture Research initiative. The lab says the Arctic Ocean center will have the ability to document and forecast environmental changes. It will also help develop science-based solutions for problems in the Arctic. The seafood security center will be able to assess ecological impacts of wild-caught and aquaculture-based seafood. It will also analyze the safety of seafood for human consumption.
Dangerous wind chill forecast prompts Mainers to rethink outdoor activities
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 12, 2016 

The weather service’s Caribou office warned Friday that wind chill readings of 30 to 40 degrees below zero across much of the state on Sunday could result in frostbite, hypothermia or even death if residents do not dress properly and take precautions when going outdoors. Heavy snow also is forecast for portions of Maine with Hancock County and southern Penobscot County.
What’s your DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer look like? And what if you can’t buy another?
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, February 12, 2016 

When news of GPS giant Garmin’s purchase of DeLorme, the iconic Maine mapmaker, reached the newsroom, I nearly jumped out of my chair, rushed to a bookstore, and bought every copy of the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer that I could find. What if, at some point in the future, Garmin decides that actual books of maps — like the Atlas and Gazetteer — don’t fit into their plans?
February is packed with Maine outdoor events, wildlife talks
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Friday, February 12, 2016 

First of all, don’t forget that this weekend, Feb. 12-14, is the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, with a variety of outdoor events being hosted throughout Maine. If you dare to brave the snow and cold predicted for this weekend, consider attending one of these fun gatherings, which are listed on greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org. But if you can’t attend an Great Maine Outdoor Weekend event this weekend, have no fear — there are tons of other outdoorsy events planned throughout Maine this February.
Ready, Set, Watch: The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today
National Public Radio - Friday, February 12, 2016 

Find your binoculars and fill up the bird feeders, because the Great Backyard Bird Count starts today. The annual event invites bird-watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyards, wherever that may be, and submit the data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, which launched the project in 1998. This year, the four-day event runs from Feb. 12 to Feb. 15. More than 100,000 people from all across the world participate in the event, which the website says is "the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time." Last year, it says, participants in more than 100 countries counted 5,090 species of birds.
Presque Isle Musters Community Spirit to Host World Cup Biathlon
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, February 12, 2016 

More than 300 athletes from 28 countries have descended on Presque Isle for the World Cup biathlon. This is the second time the northern Maine city has hosted the World Cup for the sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Though the biathlon doesn’t draw big audiences in the U.S., it’s a favorite in Europe — and in Aroostook County. The biathlon World Cup first came to northern Maine about a decade ago. Every few years since then, either Fort Kent or Presque Isle has hosted a world-class biathlon event.
Citing ‘federal takeover’ threat, LePage orders access to Quimby land
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 12, 2016 

Citing concern of a “federal takeover,” Gov. Paul LePage announced Friday that the state will establish access to North Woods land that entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby wants to become a national park. On Friday, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands said it started to re-establish access to public land surrounded by Quimby’s property. Once the state re-establishes access, the bureau said it intends to log on the public land.
LePage vows to rebuild road across Quimby land
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 12, 2016 

The LePage administration plans to rebuild roads across part of Roxanne Quimby’s land in the Katahdin region in order re-establish motorized access to 2,500 acres of state-owned land. By vowing to “preserve public access to public land” in the Millinocket area, Gov. Paul LePage is escalating his already vocal opposition to Quimby’s proposal to create either a national park or national monument in the region.
Judge allows lawsuit against South Portland’s oil export ban to move forward
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 12, 2016 

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against South Portland regarding its ordinance banning the export of oil through the city. South Portland argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed on technical grounds. The city said, in part, that Portland Pipe Line Corp. did not have a legitimate complaint because it had not yet filed any plans or permit applications to use its Casco Bay terminal to export crude oil, including tar sands oil from western Canada. However, U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock issued a ruling Thursday denying the city’s motion to dismiss the pipeline company’s challenge and allowing the lawsuit to go forward. Woodcock did not rule on whether the ordinance should ultimately be struck down.
World Cup Biathlon inspiring new generation of skiers
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 12, 2016 

More than 2,000 students from around northern Maine expected to visit the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle to watch the fastest cross-country skiers from around the world compete through Feb. 14 in the World Cup Biathlon. Many of those students also are likely to be cross-country and alpine skiers themselves, after two decades of community skiing efforts by the Maine Winter Sports Center and others trying to get Mainers back in touch with the state’s Nordic heritage. Nordic skiing in the United States evolved from the traditions of the Swedes, who settled in Aroostook County in the late 1800s.
Editorial: 187 Maine towns have a critical trash decision to make; there’s risk either way
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 12, 2016 

Trash decision time is approaching for towns throughout much of central and northern Maine. Some 187 towns and cities have to decide where they’ll send their residents’ trash starting in 2018. This will be one of the most significant decisions the towns and cities make. They would serve their taxpayers best by carefully considering the two proposals before them — and fully understanding the risks with each one.
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