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Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
Reuniting kids with nature, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Brad Cook will share a message about reuniting kids with the great outdoors. Cook's hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2008 taught him exposure to the natural world may be the crucial missing piece children need in today’s technology-addicted society. At Rangeley Public Library, July 18, 6 pm.
Continental Divide Trail hike talk, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Thomas Jamrog will discuss his five months hiking the Continental Divide Trail. At Oakland Public Library, July 18, 6:30 pm.
Fur, Feathers and Feet, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

An introduction to birds and mammals presented by the Chewonki Foundation. Suitable for children ages 5 and older. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, July 18, 10 am.
Rope or bracelets, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Rewild Maine will show how to use materials from the Maine woods to make your own rope or bracelets. Ages 5 and up. At Freeport Library, July 18, 4 and 6 pm.
Rare Ecosystems of the Downeast Lakes, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist, will identify many special places in and around the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. At Grand Lake Stream School Building, July 17, 6 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Learn about wildlife biology in eastern Maine and tour the habitat management techniques used at Downeast Lakes Land Trust. At Grand Lake Stream School, July 13, 9 am - 1 pm.
Former Maine Warden to speak at Rangeley, Jul 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Former game warden Daren Worcester will discuss his book “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” which deals with a time before reality TV, GPS devices and dashboard computers, a time of coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. At Rangeley Public Library, July 11, 6 pm.
A White Mountain National PARK, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Stuart Weeks and Michael Kellett discuss the vision of creating a White Mountain National Park. At Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA, July 10, 7 pm.
Swanville Fern Walk, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Learn about ferns with botanist Hildy Ellis. At Thanhauser-Chunn Farm, Swanville, July 10, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
CREA SummerFest, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Cathance River Education Alliance holds an evening featuring dinner, auction, and dancing to celebrate its accomplishments and support its future. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 8.
Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter, Jul 5
Event - Posted - Friday, June 29, 2018 

Noted author, photographer and dynamic speaker, Doug Tallamy, will discuss his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” an invaluable resource for professionals and home gardeners who are looking for ways to improve backyard habitat for wildlife — from insects to songbirds and beyond. At Rockport Opera House, July 5, 7 pm.
Imagine the Maine Woods National Park art exhibit, July 2-30
Announcement - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

View the wild faces and places of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit. At Camden Library, July 2-30. Opening reception July 5, 4-5 pm. Multi-media presentation, July 24.
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Waterville council approves contract extension with WasteZero for trash bag supplies
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

City councilors on Tuesday voted to approve extending a contract with WasteZero to continue supplying purple trash bags to retailers for purchase by residents as part of the city’s pay-as-you-throw system of trash collection.
UMF fitness center director dies of cancer
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Jim Toner, the director of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center and a former director of both parks and recreation and public works in Waterville, died Monday of cancer. Toner, 59, served as director of the Fitness and Recreation Center, or FRC, since 2006 and was the founder of the center’s Mainely Outdoors Program and the annual Sandy River Canoe/Kayak Race.
Those lobster license plates are supporting $340,000 in research on vital industry
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using $340,000 from the sale of specialty license plates to bankroll lobster research. The state agency is using lobster license plate profits to fund six research projects, including five run by the University of Maine and one by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and give $5,000 mini-grants to four other researchers.
Scoop that poop: A case for picking up dog waste on trails
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Dog waste has long been a problem in public outdoor spaces, in trail networks and on beaches. And in addition to being disgusting, this problem is a public health concern, and can harm the environment and wildlife. Dog feces often contains harmful bacteria, diseases and parasites. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people pick up and dispose of dog feces, “especially in areas where children might play.” While picking up dog poop is a big inconvenience, it’s the right thing to do. Whether you’re visiting public or private property, you’re a visitor. It’s not your space to wreck.
Right whales give scientists a way to collect data: They blow it into the air
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get real-time hormonal data by collecting the spray from whales’ blowholes.
Forest Service wants to know who built campfire that started fire in Belgrade
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service is trying to figure out who started a campfire on a small Belgrade island last week, eventually causing a wildfire. So far, no suspects have been identified, said Darrell Rich, a state forest ranger who went to the scene Friday afternoon. The fire burned about a half-acre on a small, tree-covered island in Hamilton Pond, near the intersection of routes 27 and 135 in Belgrade. Rich said the wildfire was the result of someone failing to extinguish a campfire fully.
175,000 watched Maine lobster harvester, chef live-stream event
Other - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

More than 175,000 tuned in to watch the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative’s live-streamed, roughly 30-minute lobster-oriented talk show Monday night, in Brooklyn, New York, the group tells Undercurrent News.
The new Maine Mountain Guide is entertaining and inspiring
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

I live vicariously through Carey Kish, enjoying his posts about all his outdoor adventures. He and his wife are amazing hikers and adventurers, and Carey has written a number of hiking books. But his new book, Maine Mountain Guide, published by AMC Books, is his best.
The big deals that won LePage’s favor for tax breaks
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s selection of 32 areas of the state for new federal tax breaks reads like a map of big business deals to be done. LePage’s administration said its picks of Opportunity Zones around the state were driven by the potential for successful new investments. The major projects include a plan from J.D. Irving, the state’s largest landowner, to rezone and develop camps and commercial properties on 51,000 acres in Aroostook County and subsidized wood-to-energy company Stored Solar’s plans to add a shrimp farm, greenhouses and an organic poultry farm next to its West Enfield energy plant. Critics say the program will only fatten investors’ pockets for deals they would have done anyway.
Pending bait shortage poses another threat to Maine lobster industry
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Feeling pressure from trade tariffs and pending rules to protect right whales, Maine’s lobster industry is facing yet another threat: a severe bait shortage. Regulators want to cap this year’s herring landings at last year’s levels, or 50,000 metric tons, and slash next year’s quota of the most popular lobster bait from 110,000 to 30,000 metric tons. They want to do this to offset record low numbers of newborn herring that are entering the fishery to replace those that are caught, eaten by other predators or die from natural causes.
Central Maine officials urge calm amid rabies fears
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

With reports of four incidents involving a rabid fox in Brunswick earlier this month, and a rabid otter attack in Rockland, central Maine residents are on edge when they see wild animals. But the officials who deal with those animals are cautioning people against worrying too much when they see a fox or raccoon.
Maine Author Explores The Changing American Border With Canada
Maine Public - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Since September 11 — and, more recently, under the Trump administration — the Maine border with Canada, which used to be more porous, is now hardened. It was during this period of hardening that writer Porter Fox, himself a native of Maine's border region, embarked upon a trip along America's northern border, from Maine all the way to Washington state. His new book, "Northland: A 4,000-mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border," documents that trip, and looks at how things have changed in the last couple of decades.
Canadian ferry firm proposes 5-year lease, $1M minimum total payment for Bar Harbor site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 16, 2018 

In a proposal to base The CAT in Bar Harbor, the Canadian firm that operates high-speed ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia says it will spend $3 million in infrastructure improvements to the idle Route 3 property and will pay the town at least $200,000 in annual rent for five years.
Belgrade marina permit stirs debate at scenic lakeside area
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Shawn Grant runs Brightside Marina on scenic Great Pond Outlet Stream off Hulin Road in the village, and his application for a commercial business permit — recently denied by the Planning Board — is the subject of a hearing Wednesday by the town’s Board of Appeals. The permit denial also led the town to issue an order for him to cease operating the commercial part of the marina. The marina operation itself also has caused some controversy.
Wildfire burns half-acre on small Belgrade island
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

About a half-acre of land burned Friday afternoon in a wildfire that started on a small island in a Belgrade pond and which state officials say was caused by an illegal campfire. It’s not clear if anyone has been charged in connection with the fire.
Portland developer solicits bids for marina expansion with space for ‘mega yachts’
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

A Portland developer is soliciting public bids for a marina expansion tied to an ambitious redevelopment of Portland’s eastern waterfront. The marina expansion will more than double the number of boat slips at the current 58 Fore Street marina and make space for “mega yachts.” Expanding the marina is the first step in a 10-acre redevelopment of the former Portland Co. property by Portland Foreside Development Co., the development partnership’s current iteration.
Four rescuers and a helicopter get hiker with broken ankle off Bigelow Mountain
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

A hiker from London, England, who broke her ankle, was rescued early Friday by emergency responders from West Peak of Bigelow Mountain. It was a joint rescue effort from several agencies to reach injured hiker Jennifer Custer, 38, atop Bigelow Mountain, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Much of the heart of downtown Bath being sold
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The Sagadahock Real Estate Association, which has owned vast portions of the downtown since the 19th century, is selling off its properties and making way for new owners. The character of Bath’s downtown is an important selling point for the city. The small, walkable retail area has found a way to survive in the era of the big box store.
Along Maine’s Down East coast, seaweed stirs an international controversy
Washington Post - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is pondering whether seaweed is a plant — which would make it the property owners’ — or an animal, which would mean it could be harvested by anyone, like fish from the sea. Renee Gray, the administrator in this town of 1,300, said the long dispute has left everyone confused about who can do what. She threw up her arms over conflicting maps of seaweed areas, complaint calls from constituents and shrugs from the marine police. Property owners believe the harvesting is ravaging the watery nurseries that shelter and feed a vast array of fish and wildlife. “Our operation is absolutely sustainable,” said Jean-Paul Deveau, president of Acadian Seaplants.
Auburn considers future of agricultural land
Sun Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The debate over how to best take advantage of the city’s vast agricultural zone continued Monday as the City Council reviewed the results of a recent study and committee recommendations. But even the chief recommendation from the ad-hoc committee made up of local farmers — to create a permanent agriculture commission — received pushback from Mayor Jason Levesque.
You can eat lots of Maine’s wild plants
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Who knew so many wild plants in Maine’s fields and forests are edible? Well, Tom Seymour does, of course, because he’s been eating them his entire life. The third edition of Tom’s guide, Wild Plants of Maine, is truly amazing.
Opinion: I love solar!
Morning Sentinel - Monday, July 16, 2018 

The 26 solar panels installed at my house about 19 months ago generate more electricity than I use in a month, except in the darkest winter months. In the summer, my panels more than make up for that deficit. It was a great decision to install the solar panels. So, “I love solar!” ~ Jonathan G. Rogers, Benton
Opinion: Taking action to curb climate change could throw lifeline to Maine lobsters
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Our fisheries are the second largest industry in the state, earning $569,173,090 in 2017. Our fisheries have high economic and cultural value in the state, and we need to act to protect them for the future. The United States needs to take more initiative in combating global climate change at the federal level, and citizens must continue to urge our elected officials to advocate for pro-environmental regulations in Congress. If we work to reverse rising ocean temperatures, we have a chance to not only protect our fisheries in the Gulf of Maine, but also rebuild collapsed fisheries elsewhere. ~ Madeleine Fenderson, Environment America, and Jason Goldstein, Wells National Estuary Research Reserve
CMP touts benefits of power line project in Farmington
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

About 100 people gathered at Mt. Blue High School on Monday night to ask questions of Central Maine Power Co. officials about a proposed Quebec-to-Massachusetts power line, many of them silently voicing opposition through signs and stickers that featured an “X” over the words “CMP’s Line.”
Blog: The Northern Bobwhite Calls for a New Ethic
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

The coming of the Anthropocene is such a profound change that it calls for us to develop a new, fundamentally different ethic. We need to recognize that nature exists not solely to satisfy human needs. Second, recognizing this intrinsic value of nature means that some places should be set aside for natural processes to work without human interference. This is the idea behind rewilding. Wild areas are those without human management so rewilding calls for humans to get out of the way so that nature can be as it will. Third, when natural events wreak havoc with human culture, we can no longer place all the blame on “acts of God.” We now must look to ourselves and understand how human actions may have contributed to the change in natural systems. Fourth, we need to acknowledge the first law of ecology: Everything is connected to everything else. ~ Mark W. Anderson
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