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Announcement - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

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Soil Health and Water Management, Jan 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Professional, will lead a workshop on sustainable farming practices, including social sustainability through farm and tractor safety programming, economic sustainability through farm business planning and management training, and building healthy agroecosystems through the adoption of sustainable production practices. At St. Paul’s Church in Brunswick, January 28, 2-3:30 pm, $5 donation. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Feeding Maine Photography Exhibit, thru Feb 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food is a photo exhibit by Brendan Bullock, which seeks to document the many people working to address hunger in the state. Created by Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank. At University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College, Atrium Art Gallery, January 16 to February 23, opening event January 19.
February Vacation Camps, Feb 20-23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Audubon Vacation Camps at Fields Pond in Holden and Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, February 20-23.
Nominations for Source Awards due Feb 12
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Sunday Telegram Source Awards recognize the individuals, nonprofits, businesses and institutions in Maine working to safeguard the state’s spectacular natural environment. Deadline for nominations is February 12.
Apprenticeships at MCHT Preserves
Announcement - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has paid apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm and Ericsson Fields in Rockport. Each apprenticeship will be up to 9-months starting in March and will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. Applications are due Feb. 5
Public Meeting on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Management Plan, Jan 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

The National Park Service will host a public meeting to discuss winter use within the monument. At Katahdin Region Higher Education Center, East Millinocket, January 24, 6-8 pm.
Land-use history of Midcoast, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Forestry experts Lloyd Irland and Ken Lausten will explore the land-use history of Midcoast Maine. At Camden Public Library, January 23, 7 pm.
Friends of Casco Bay Annual Members Meeting, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 14, 2018 

Recognition for those who help protect the health of Casco Bay, an updated Casco Bay Health Index based on data collected by volunteer Citizen Stewards over the past 25 years, and new program directions. At DiMillo's, Portland, January 23, 5:30-8 pm.
Join the REAL public hearing to stop oil drilling in Maine waters, Jan 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Trump Administration is hosting a sham ‘public meeting’ on January 22 in the Augusta Civic Center to hide Mainers’ vocal opposition to their plan to open up the Atlantic Ocean, including the Maine coast, to oil and gas drilling. Conservation groups will host a "real public hearing" at the Civic Center in the Aroostook Room where there will be a microphone and videographer to capture all public comments.
Offshore drilling public meeting, Jan 22
Action Alert - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public meeting on a proposal to open Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas to oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic (and other) coasts. At Augusta Civic Center, Jan 22, 3-7 pm.
Scouting for Mammal Tracks and Signs, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Sandra Mitchell will follow up on the November tracks and signs class in the field. At Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve, January 20, 10-11:30 am.
Nature Journaling, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 13, 2018 

Andrea Lani will lead a nature journaling workshop at Viles Arboretum, Augusta, January 20, 10 am to 2 pm, $35 for Arboretum members, $45 for nonmembers.
Prowl for Owls, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

Maine Master Naturalist Kit Pfeiffer will lead a walk scouting for owls. At Carl and Barbara Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek, Westport Island, January 19, 6 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Futures of the Maine Waterfront, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Friday, January 12, 2018 

This forum will feature panel discussions on the future of our coastal and island economy, presented with trends and analysis by key coastal leaders. At The Westin, Portland, January 19, 2-8:30 pm, $35-150. Sponsored by the Island Institute.
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Maine sellers of unfiltered, untreated ‘raw water’ in the limelight
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Bryan Pullen is the majority shareholder and CEO of Summit Spring Water Inc. Seth Pruzansky is president and the founder of their Tourmaline Spring raw water brand. They are some of the biggest players in the up-and-coming trend of drinking unfiltered, untreated “raw water.” Last year they bottled 300,000 gallons, 60 percent of that Tourmaline. Their spring produces 35 million gallons of water a year. They’d bottle a ton more if they could sell it, Pullen said.
Speeding ships, missing calves increase anxiety over right whales
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

It’s been a catastrophic year for the North Atlantic right whale, the world’s second-most endangered marine mammal, and recent developments have done little to relieve researchers’ anxiety about the species’ future. Last summer and fall, 17 right whales were found dead around Cape Cod and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where many of the whales have recently started showing up to feed, possibly because they are having trouble finding food in the waters off Lubec and Grand Manan Island. The spate of deaths represented more than 3 percent of the species’ total population of 450, prompting scientists to warn that they could become functionally extinct by 2040 if things don’t turn around.
Road warrior Bob Moosmann – defender of bees, butterflies, organic farmers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

We spied Bob Moosmann’s name on the schedule for MOFGA day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show earlier this month. What does the statewide vegetation manager for the state’s Department of Transportation have to do with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, we wondered? We called Moosmann up to ask about his topic – cooperative agreements for pesticide use along roadways – and learned some new things about gypsy and browntailed moths as well as the backstory behind taking down all those trees on I-295.
Fat bikes enjoying wider popularity in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Fat bikes — mountain bikes with 4- and 5-inch-wide tires — are becoming more frequent on Maine’s winter landscape. Around the state, there are a growing number of races, rentals and trails dedicated to fat bikes. A fat bike costs around $2,000. Nearly 150,000 have been sold in the U.S. since they were first mass produced in 2010. Mt. Abram, Rangeley, Carrabassett Valley, Harris Farm and Vineland Farms are all seeing increased usage by fat bikes. Some days, more people call to ask about the fat-bike trails than the Nordic trails.
Bird lover has them eating out of her hand – literally
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Jean Stover laughs when asked if she’s a birder. She doesn’t go on birding walks, doesn’t keep a life list and doesn’t post sightings on birding websites. But once a week when Stover goes out on her 4-acre woodlot to fill the bird feeders, she takes a handful of seeds and holds it out for the chickadees. Then, Jean Stover looks like a veritable Dr. Dolittle. Hand-feeding birds is often attempted, but rarely a success, said Maine Audubon Naturalist Doug Hitchcox.
Column: Maine’s coast yields impressive bird counts
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

This is the second of three columns reviewing the highlights of Maine Christmas Bird Counts. These counts took place between mid-December and early January. Today we will take a tour along the coast from York County to the Machias region. The York County count produced an excellent count of 85 species. The Freeport-Brunswick count produced 60 species. The Bath-Phippsburg-Georgetown count produced 80 species. Offshore at Matinicus Island, the count yielded 41 species. The Moose Island-Jonesport count in eastern Washington County resulted in 52 species. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Archery trade show displays new gadgets
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

I’ve just returned from the Archery Trade Association’s annual show. Crossbows represent one of the fastest growing segments of the industry. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: ‘Protect the Earth and treat everyone with love and kindness’
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

On Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Mr. Trump was inaugurated as our 45th president, my 33-year-old son, Mark Baumer, was hit and killed while walking across America to raise awareness about climate change. Imagine my feelings when I read that our governor is the outlier among 16 governors of coastal states as the sole supporter of the Trump administration’s lifting of the ban on offshore oil and gas exploration. Dealing with leaders like Donald Trump and Paul LePage, who see Earth as merely something to exploit and profit from, it’s all too easy to become desensitized and resort to social media-based hand-wringing. But Mark’s example also offers us a model for “resistance” and, I believe, a viable way forward. ~ Jim Baumer
Letter: Clean Power Plan protects our health
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

The residents of Maine count on the Environmental Protection Agency to protect us from dangerous pollutants that make our children sick and our air harder to breathe. But the EPA’s proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan places children and other vulnerable populations in harm’s way. Revoking this life-saving plan denies Americans important health protections, and is inconsistent with the EPA’s core mission of protecting public health and the environment. Now is the time for the EPA to put public health first and scrap plans to repeal this life-saving standard that will protect Maine residents and all Americans. ~ Sally Melcher-McKeagney, Fairfield
Letter: Lawmakers should stand for solar
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Last summer, my local representative, Rep. MaryAnne Kinney, R-Knox, did the right thing by voting to support solar power and to overturn the flawed Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rule. That bill ultimately failed last session, but Kinney still deserves our thanks. Our state has dropped behind our neighboring states in solar power availability. Lack of access to solar power costs Mainers energy independence, access to clean renewable power, and solar jobs. Moreover, increasing solar accessibility helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels — the largest contributor to climate change. We must work towards a clean energy future for the health of our environment and our economy. ~ Chelsea Fosburgh, Unity
Letter: We should be more like Norway
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Norway has a vibrant economy based on natural resources and tourism with clean air, water, and forests protected by strict environmental rules. They produce oil but have a carbon tax with revenues dedicated to renewable power research and policy goals of reducing carbon emissions and stabilizing global climate change. Norway is at or near the top of almost every ranking of quality of life and satisfaction. The president should suspend efforts to overturn the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule and increase the EPA’s budget for clean air and water programs instead of cutting them, including removal of the Waters of the United States budget rider. He should recommit the U.S. to the Paris Climate Agreement. These actions would not only make our country more attractive to Norwegians but also to Americans. They would help protect the water quality of Maine’s lakes, rivers, and streams and reduce ocean acidification in the Gulf of Maine. ~ Peter Kallin, Ph.D., Maine Lakes Society
Letter: Katahdin monument not out of the woods yet
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

The article “Amid turmoil, small steps to greener world” in the Dec. 24 Maine Sunday Telegram rightly celebrates Katahdin Woods and Waters as a bright spot for our state and our country, but it is premature to breathe easily about the national monument’s future. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s official report recommends amending Katahdin Woods and Waters’ proclamation to “promote...active timber management.” If this language sanctions commercial logging in the monument, then Zinke’s report shouldn’t be described as a highlight of the year. It may, in fact, be an attack on the monument’s original purpose of protecting 87,000 acres of forests, rivers and wildlife habitat. ~ Lois Winter, Portland
Letter: Deep freeze comes to us courtesy of climate change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

Both this month and three years ago, Maine has suffered from frigid, polar winds, caused by changes in the polar vortex. Cold Arctic air dipped down much further south than usual and froze pipes and doubled energy bills here. There is still some scientific debate about this, but climate scientists suspect that climate change is causing these extreme cold events. The more our climate warms, the more surprises we run into, and some of them are not pleasant (more polar vortexes, heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding; stronger hurricanes and tornadoes). Maybe it is time that we insist that our politicians stop ignoring these risks, and do something about it. ~ Richard Thomas, Waterville
Letter: Veal ‘green’? No more so than other beef products
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

I couldn’t let the Dec. 31 Green Plate Special column, “Veal can be the green meat to eat,” go unanswered. I ask your readers not to be hoodwinked into perceiving veal as simply a maligned and misunderstood “food.” Veal is the flesh of powerless young animals, killed at 6 months old. The author’s assertion that these animals are now “processed” more “humanely and sustainably” is ludicrous. The beef industry is neither humane nor sustainable – and veal is no exception. I suggest that every meat eater visit a slaughterhouse at some time. My dad took me to one when I was 16, and sparked a growing compassion for all creatures. ~ Matt Power, Portland
Letter: Outlawing petitions at polls would be insult to voters
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 21, 2018 

L.D. 1726, which would forbid signature collection for citizen initiatives inside polling places, within 50 feet around the building and in the pathway 50 feet wide to any polling entrance. We have a constitutional right to citizen initiatives. This bill threatens that right. The polling place on Election Day is where voters best exercise constitutional redress of grievances by petition. Mainers have been using this unique opportunity to engage and discuss important issues for generations. This bill would make collecting signatures at a polling place a Class E crime – it criminalizes a piece of our democratic heritage! This bill would increase outside money in Maine politics and reduce the power of ordinary citizens. ~ Jeffrey Smith, Swanville
Thousands Rally Statewide
Maine Public - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

Thousands of people rallied across Maine Saturday as part of the nationwide Women’s March in protest of the Trump administration’s policies. Last year’s, which drew about 5,000 people, was in response to President Donald Trump’s election. Organizers said this event was directed at the future. State Sen. Shenna Bellows, who was among the speakers, said she doesn’t feel less fear than a year ago, but feels hopeful and urged the crowd to become politically active. “Run for something. We cannot wait for one perfect leader to save our future. Saving our future starts with us,” she said. Marches were also organized in other parts of the state, including Portland, Bangor and Bar Harbor.
Researcher fears bald eagles on decline
Other - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

Terrence Ingram is trying to upend conventional wisdom about our majestic national symbol. He lacks the academic bona fides of an ornithologist but has spent nearly 60 years researching and advocating for bald eagles; he is even credited with saving more than 6,000 acres of eagle habitat along the Mississippi River. In 1995, Ingram established the Eagle Nature Foundation as the successor to a similar organization he’d started nearly three decades earlier. His point is simple: The bald eagle population is declining. It is an astonishing conclusion that flies in the face of the narrative that presents the bald eagle as a great American comeback story.
Acadia National Park starts shutdown in wake of no federal budget
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget ordered Acadia National Park to start shutdown procedures Saturday morning as Congress prepared to restart discussions the same afternoon to try to come to a budget compromise. The park could furlough 79 employees over the next three days, going from 94 to 15. The shutdown procedures could stop if the Congress does agree on a budget over the weekend, so the situation is very fluid. People can still use the park, but they will not get emergency help from park staff.
Monumental: A Journey through Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Other - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

In September of 2017, a team of four Maine-born photographers and filmmakers set off into Katahdin Woods & Waters to document the land in hopes of encouraging more public use. Their film, "Monumental," documents a five day, 64-mile-long human powered circumnavigation of the national monument by canoe, bike, and foot. [11 minute video]
A new year brings new environmental priorities
Maine Conservation Voters - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

This year marks the final Maine Environmental Priorities Coalition legislative agenda under Governor Paul LePage and the 34 environmental and public health organizations in the Maine EPC are going to make it count. Read about the EPC's 2018 priority bills.
Acadia National Park logged record 3.5 million visitors in 2017
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

Acadia National Park had a record-setting 3,509,271 visitors in 2017, a 6.2 percent increase over the all-time high set the year before, 3.3 million visitations. The 3.3 million figure was significant because 2016 was the year of the National Park Service’s centennial and also Acadia’s 100th birthday, both special dates to fans of America’s national parks.
The government just shut down. What happens next?
CNN - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services. So what happens next? If you had plans for a vacation to visit any national parks, zoos or museums, some of those may be closed.
Opinion: Loans, not subsidies, will take wood energy uses into future, not past
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

The false narrative in response to the bill, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Wood Energy Use in Maine, is that a taxpayer-funded bailout of the biomass industry in 2016 has failed and now the industry is back looking for more money to support itself because it cannot compete. In fact, the biomass contract incentives provided by Maine lawmakers in 2016 were always intended to act as a short-term bridge to keep the industry viable while alternatives could be developed. The enhanced usage of Maine’s incredible forest resource is exactly what the bill now under consideration would largely fund, not through subsidies, as headlines would have you believe, but loans to be repaid in perpetuity. ~ Dana Doran, Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, and William Bell, Maine Pellet Fuels Association
Letter: Trump’s tax bill gives break to ‘lobster packers’ of the world
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

In his most recent column, Greg Kesich wrote about a 21-year-old from Lincoln County who was working 60 to 80 hours per week packing lobster for $10 an hour around the time of the 2012 election. This industrious young man said that he was working too hard to think about politics, but if he made it to the polls, he would most likely vote for the candidate who would lower his taxes (who could blame him?). Mr. Kesich asked his readers, “Who’s got a (tax) plan for my lobster packer?” Look no further than the recently enacted Republican tax law. Under the new law, hardworking Mainers, like that young man from Lincoln County, will receive an annual tax break of between $650 and $1,250. ~ Julie McDonald, North Yarmouth
Letter: Action on climate change prevents expensive disasters caused by extreme weather
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 20, 2018 

On Jan. 8, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2017 was the most expensive year on record for disasters in the United States, totaling $316 billion. Extreme weather is becoming more and more common around the country. Temperatures are reaching unprecedented highs and lows, and hurricanes and flooding are doing more damage. This weather is fueled by climate change. Warmer water temperatures trigger rising sea levels, driving storm surges, and warmer air holds more moisture and dumps more rain during storms. We need to take action on climate now. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King must fight to protect Maine’s environment. ~ Jacqueline Guyol, Portland
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