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Community Solutions to a Changing Climate, Oct 20
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

GrowSmart Maine's 2015 Annual Meeting: Community Solutions to a Changing Climate centers on solutions and opportunities at the community level. We'll use our recent trip to Denmark, where the entire country has united around the goal of being net zero, to provide inspiration. At Pepperell Center, Biddeford, October 20, 9 am - 6 pm.
Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan, Oct 20
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

A public informational meeting. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, October 20, 2-5 pm.
Voices of the Tidewater Kennebec, Oct 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 07, 2015 

The character of a region is found in its people, their spirit and the things they accomplish. This presentation focuses on a number of individuals who lived in the lower Kennebec River region from about 1775 to the 1920s. Bud Warren will read selections from their diaries, journals, personal letters and account books. At Bowdoinham Town Office, October 14, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
NRCM Conservation Leadership Awards, Oct 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 07, 2015 

Natural Resources Council of Maine Conservation Leadership Awards are given in recognition of an individual or group for outstanding dedication to protecting Maine’s environment. This year’s award winners are: Phil Coupe and Fortunat Mueller, Revision Energy; Susan Davies, biologist and former DEP water quality expert; Bob Cummings, environmental reporter and activist; and Bonnie Pooley, People’s Choice Award for her outstanding success in engaging young people in the work of protecting Maine’s environment. At Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell, Oct 14, 5-7 pm.
Revive LWCF
Action Alert - Tuesday, October 06, 2015 

The Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America's most important conservation funding program, officially expired on September 30. The authority to deposit offshore oil and gas revenues into the LWCF account has stopped. Efforts have been made in the Senate by both Democrats and Republicans to move a bipartisan short-term extension bill to restore that funding to its rightful place, but it has been blocked by a few Republican opponents. However, the fight is not over. Urge Maine's U.S. Senators to support immediate pressure to revive LWCF.
NRCM at Bangor Greendrinks, Oct 13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 06, 2015 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is the featured nonprofit at Bangor Greendrinks in October. Learn more about a proposed National Park and National Recreation Area east of Baxter State Park. At Epic Sports, Bangor, Oct 13, 5-8 p.m.
Our Changing Coast: Casco Bay in 2015, Oct 13
Event - Posted - Monday, October 05, 2015 

This State of the Bay conference will highlight efforts to protect Casco Bay, report on current knowledge regarding the condition of the bay, reflect on the future of the changing bay, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the designation of Casco Bay as an estuary of national significance through the National Estuary Program. At Double Tree Hilton Hotel, South Portland, October 13, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Artist Retreat at Schoodic Point, Oct 17-25
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Three Master Artists and several ranger/naturalists will be your program leaders for a week of inspiration focusing on the maritime ecology and autumn colors. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 17-25.
A New National Park for Maine, Oct 14
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Ryan Parker, Natural Resources Council of Maine Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator, will present Elliotsville Plantation Inc.’s (EPI) proposal to create a National Park and National Recreation Area east of Baxter State Park. At Hammond Street Senior Center, Bangor, October 14, 10 am.
Reading Nature, Oct 11
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Join Matt Dubel, Cathance River Education Alliance Director, to practice the skills of reading nature introduced at the Oct 8 library program. At Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, Oct 11, 1 pm
Hiking Maine, Oct 10
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 03, 2015 

Greg Westrich, author of “Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures,” will talk about his book. At Unitarian Universalist Church, Bangor, Oct 10, 6:30-8 pm.
Reading Nature, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

Join Cathance River Education Alliance Director Matt Dubel as he gives an interactive indoor presentation — part detective story, part game show, part armchair expedition — and learn to read why living things live where they do. At Topsham Public Library, October 8, 6:30 pm.
Acadia National Park Science Symposium and Down East Convergence Conference, Oct 7-8
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 

The fourth annual Acadia National Park Science Symposium will feature science taking place in and beyond the park boundary, and will highlight science to plan for the future. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 7. The Convergence Conference is dedicated to strengthening and promoting conservation collaborations in Hancock and Washington counties. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 8.
Archeology and Climate Change, Oct 7
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 

Dan Odess, Chief of Science and Research at the National Park Service, will discuss what the past has to say about the present and future. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 7, 7 pm.
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Bar Harbor man ordered to pay for damage in Acadia National Park
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

A Bar Harbor man was ordered Tuesday in U.S. District Court to pay $1,890 in restitution to Acadia National Park for damage to a campground kiosk on May 30. Travis D. Allen, 30, pleaded guilty in August to the federal misdemeanor of vandalism. Allen paid the entire amount prior to sentencing, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. By pleading guilty, Allen admitted that he damaged a door and door frame on a kiosk at Blackwoods Campground by kicking and pushing it on May 30. Information about why Allen did such a stupid thing was not included in court documents.
Maine legislator wants us to stop eating cats and dogs
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

Legislators have offered up the bills they hope to introduce in the 2016 legislative session. We only have the titles so far, but they give us a good idea of what these legislators are hoping to accomplish. My favorite is An Act To Prohibit Raising Cats and Dogs for Human Consumption, sponsored by Senator Paul Davis of Piscataquis County. Senator Davis is the Senate chair of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. I hope this bill gets in, for the sheer entertainment value if nothing else. It’ll give “dog bones” a new meaning! Here are some of the other interesting and entertaining bill titles, focused on hunting, fishing, and firearms.
Bag fee campaign launched in Brunswick, Topsham
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

Bring Your Own Bag–MidCoast announced plans Tuesday to seek ordinances in Brunswick and Topsham requiring most retailers to charge a 5-cent fee for each disposable shopping bag consumers use. The proposal is modeled after the policy now in effect in Portland but with one key difference: In Brunswick and Topsham, the ordinances would apply to the vast majority of retailers as opposed to simple grocery or food stores. The organization also plans to push for bans on polystyrene foam food and beverage containers in the two towns similar to the policy adopted by Portland City Council last year.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway now entirely state-owned
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

Close to a half-century after its creation, the entire 92 miles of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is now in the hands of the state. On Monday, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation, based in Bath, announced the 40-acre Lock Dam section connecting Chamberlain and Eagle lakes had been purchased through a private sale and subsequent donation to the state. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation purchased Lock Dam directly from Katahdin Timberlands LLC in September. [Ed: Maine Environmental News reported on this September 30.]
3 theories on why lobster babies are disappearing and what they mean for the industry
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

Where are all the baby lobsters? And if Maine’s baby lobsters are disappearing, does that mean there won’t be any adults in a couple years? There are at least three theories for why researchers are finding fewer and fewer baby lobsters, and each carries different ramifications for Maine’s lobster industry. The Good: The babies are just settling in harder-to-study depths. The Bad: The babies are being swept out to sea. The Ugly: Females are becoming less fertile.
Despite this year’s late turning of leaves, visitors to Maine peaking
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

The fall colors may have been a bit slow in arriving, but leaf-peepers and other visitors have come to Maine in droves this September and October. And businesses tied to Maine’s $5.5 billion tourism industry aren’t complaining about the longer season. Tourists spent an estimated $5.5 billion in Maine in 2014, up 4.5 percent from the year before and 31 percent over 2010.
Opinion: Public hearing on report about Eves-LePage incident needs your input
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 

I urge Mainers to make their voices heard at the public hearing Thursday by the Government Oversight Committee, the Legislature’s watchdog panel. It’s an opportunity to speak your mind about your expectations for your government. The fact-finding report by the independent Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability will serve as the basis of any further action, including a determination that laws were broken, referral to a special prosecutor or the initiation of impeachment proceedings against Gov. Paul LePage. ~ Rep. Charlotte Warren, Hallowell
Blog: Bagging a Big Buck Can Be Kind of a Drag
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 12, 2015 

Last fall, my brother, K.C., and his son, Eli, and I were some excited by the pre-deer season photos captured on my game cameras. I got shots of several nice whitetails, but there was one image that made our hearts beat faster. This deer was a big eight pointer, so fat we called him “the pig.” He’d apparently helped himself to apples and acorns like it was his job. Following a week at camp—that’s hours of hunting, poker, over-eating and beer guzzling—we’d seen a few deer, but not “the pig.” I was with my nephew when we heard a gunshot from his father’s direction. The shot sounded like it was from miles away, so we paid little attention to it and finished our Butterfinger and Snickers power snacks. A half hour later, I checked my iPhone for messages. There were 12 new texts, all from K.C., telling me he’d shot “the pig” and could use some help. ~ Brian Daniels
USM gets federal grant to support environmental finance center
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 12, 2015 

The University of Southern Maine is one of nine institutions in the country selected to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding to confront challenges of climate adaptation, sea level rise, water infrastructure planning and more. The award renews funding for the New England Environmental Finance Center, which is housed at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service. The NEEFC dates back to 2001, and works with municipalities, private and public institutions on environmental policy, protection and management issues. The dollar value of the six-year grant isn’t yet known, but President Barack Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2016 requests an allocation of $2 million for the entire grant program, though the funding hinges on the congressional budget process.
Sappi selects Westbrook fish passage plan preferred by boaters
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 12, 2015 

Sappi Fine Papers has selected a plan for creating a passageway for fish at Saccarappa Falls in Westbrook that will not restrict recreational boating, the company announced on Monday. The paper company had been considering two plans to ease passage for fish through the Presumpscot River waterway, a requirement imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as it prepares to remove the Saccarappa Dam. The plan it selected, which it calls the “Western Channel Design,” calls for the creation of a fish passage in the western channel only in the upper falls area. It would restore the upper falls to its original bedrock levels that existed before the paper company used the waterway for hydro-electric power.
Neighbors fearful of plans for fuel depot at South Portland’s Rigby Yard
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 12, 2015 

NGL Supply Terminal Co. wants to build a fuel depot that would distribute upwards of 480,000 gallons of liquefied petroleum gas daily at Rigby Yard in South Portland to replace its existing liquid propane depot on Commercial Street in Portland, where the state is expanding the International Marine Terminal. Faced with growing opposition to a previous proposal, NGL submitted a downsized plan for Rigby Yard last month. It calls for one 24,000-gallon storage tank and track queuing space for 24 rail tank cars, each carrying 30,000 gallons of propane. Under the current proposal, there could be as many as 744,000 gallons of propane at the 10-acre depot at once, down from more than 1 million gallons under the previous proposal.
Stakes are high as vote nears on Portland’s scenic-view ordinance
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 12, 2015 

Portland voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to adopt a zoning ordinance that could affect real estate development in Maine’s largest city and economic center for years to come by establishing a process to prevent new projects from blocking public views of the ocean, mountains, public parks and historic buildings. The proposed ordinance takes aim at one waterfront project in particular: the redevelopment of the former Portland Co. complex at 58 Fore St. That plan received a zone change in June that allows taller buildings and a wide range of uses, including housing, retail and restaurants. However, if passed by voters, the ordinance would apply retroactively to the project and alter the zoning rules approved by the Planning Board and City Council.
Proposal for a Maine Woods National Park remains an uphill battle
Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

The rolling forests where Henry David Thoreau once paddled a river in the shadow of Mount Katahdin are at the center of a fight over a $100 million offer by the founder of Burt’s Bees to create the nation’s next national park. Roxanne Quimby wants to donate 70,000 acres of woodlands – and millions of dollars – for a new national park. But critics who don’t want the federal government intruding in their lives are willing to reject what many view as an economic lifeline for a region that’s struggled with double-digit unemployment since a pair of paper mills closed down.
Opinion: Indirect costs of more potential paper mill closures hit loggers hardest
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

It is no secret that these are difficult times for Maine’s paper industry, with the recent news of potential mill closures in Lincoln and Old Town sending ripples of unease through the state’s forest products sector and beyond. While the pain of those mill closings would be felt most keenly by the paper workers affected and the communities of Lincoln and Old Town, the indirect effects could hurt one industry more than any other: Maine loggers.
Opinion: The tools we use to preserve Maine’s great outdoors are in jeopardy
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

September 2015 marked the eighth Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, with more than 10,000 Mainers participating in one or more of these events. What many of our outdoor enthusiasts may not realize is that the special places they cherish were likely made possible by important conservation programs that are caught in political budget tangles. Maine has long benefited from broadly supported state and federal programs that provide funding opportunities for conservation, recreation and preserving Maine’s outdoor traditions and heritage. Two such programs are the Land for Maine’s Future and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. These two tools are often used together in Maine to provide critical financial support for conservation, access and park maintenance projects. ~ Kaitlyn Bernard, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Carolyn Brodsky, Sterling Rope
Wind foes come to blows
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

A $2.75 million settlement announced last month between Friends of Maine’s Mountains and SunEdison involving New England’s largest wind farm, near Bingham, has exposed a deep rift in the state’s wind-power resistance movement. The dispute offers a glimpse into an internal conflict that’s spilling over into the ongoing public debate about the benefits and harms of erecting giant turbine towers along Maine’s remote ridges. Nine years after the first large turbines were erected in Maine, one thing is clear: On balance, opponents have had little success challenging wind projects at regulatory agencies, in the Legislature or in court.
Green Plate Special: Farmed salmon from Maine now comes with more sustainability
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

Long-standing arguments about “regular old farmed salmon” claim the environmental costs are too high to render it truly sustainable, but recently those arguments are being called into question as outdated perceptions. Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, argues much has changed in the Maine salmon aquaculture industry. Belle’s best advice to salmon consumers is to ask to see the box the salmon came in. If it says the fish come from Maine or Canada, eaters can be assured the fish has been raised to the highest standards of sustainability.
Paper and plastic: Some towns already have BYOB ordinances
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

Some Maine towns have already established their policies on plastic and paper bags, as well as on Styrofoam containers. Others are considering or have considered ordinances, many of them modeled on – but not exact copies of – Portland’s. Here’s the lowdown.
Plastic bag bans and fees catching on in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

In the six months since Portland passed an ordinance calling for most food retailers to charge a nickel for each single-use plastic or paper bag, reusable bags have gotten extremely popular. Before the ordinance went into effect on April 15, about 10 percent of Hannaford customers came in with reusable bags. Now more than 80 percent do. “We’ve also seen a very substantial increase in people purchasing reusable bags, about 350 percent in Portland,” Hannaford spokesman Eric Blom said. The 350 percent increase in sales comes on top of the 160,000 reusable bags the grocery chain gave away in the weeks right before Portland’s ordinance went into effect. South Portland has already passed a bag ordinance, which goes into effect in March, and five other communities are considering similar ordinances. York is poised to be the first community in the state to pass an outright ban on plastic bags.
Campus nearing goal of heating with much less oil
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

Amid dust, dump trucks and construction clatter, a vision of a sustainable future is becoming real on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. On a former parking lot at the back of the campus, the building of a biomass central heating plant puts UMF on track to be the state’s first public college to rely almost entirely on a sustainable energy resource for heat. Similar biomass heating systems are being used by Colby College in Waterville and the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Creating art outside inspires artists, children
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

Three years ago the Viles Arboretum had 16 stone sculptures by Maine artists installed along an art trail that stretches nearly a half-mile across the 224-acre preserve. For the past two years, Maine artists have come to the arboretum to sculpt large pieces made from granite while school children watched and learned. Last year, the students came from schools in the Augusta area. This year, grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Stone Workers Guild helped make possible a five-day symposium that brought children from schools as far away as Trenton to the east and Kennebunkport to the south. Seeing the artists work outside was an eye-opening experience for many of them.
Column: October’s slipping away, so get outdoors
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

Remember that the month ahead is considered by many to be the best season for refreshing sojourns on foot, on the water and just tooling around Maine’s magnificent countryside. Having made the Bigelow ascent a tradition for more than 30 years, this year will be the first of what I hope will be many Columbus Day ascents of Borestone Mountain a few miles east of Monson. Next on my October list is a trip to Acadia. No foliage season would be complete without a day spent just drinking in the bright colors of fall from the comfort of your car and a final freshwater paddle. ~ John Christie
Column: New Jersey’s worth targeting for deer hunt
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

Just a six-hour drive from Portland lies a bowhunting paradise. Both rural and suburban areas are literally overrun with deer to the point where the Garden State allows bowhunters to harvest an unlimited number of does in many areas. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Reaching the peaks of New Hampshire on the Appalalachian Trail
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

The Appalachian Trail enters Vermont atop a thickly wooded ridge at 2,300 feet. For the next 105 miles it coincides with the Long Trail, the oldest long-distance trail in the U.S. Completed in 1930, seven years prior to the AT. I enjoyed an extended period of near perfect weather as I trekked through the verdant forests that cloak the mountains of the 400,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest, much of which is designated wilderness. ~ Carey Kish
Editorial: Only the Legislature can tell LePage to stop
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 11, 2015 

Over the last few months, this governor has used his discretionary power to effectively end a popular land conservation program; prevent boards and commissions from doing their work with a full complement of members; and leaving a strained judicial system even more overburdened by refusing to appoint judges in a timely fashion. It’s clear that there is no one who has the governor’s ear can tell him to stop. And that’s why we need the Legislature. Gov. LePage may not listen to anyone, but the House and the Senate have the constitutional prerogative to tell him to stop.
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