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Wanted: brook trout anglers
Announcement - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, are seeking new volunteers to explore remote ponds with their rods and reels before the end of this year’s fishing season Sept. 30. The partners are looking for anglers willing to survey a total of 187 remote ponds for previously-undocumented populations of wild brook trout.
UMaine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests
Publication - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 

The University of Maine's Center for Research on Sustainable Forests has released its 2011 Annual Report.
Free Trees
Announcement - Monday, August 29, 2011 

Through the generosity of Dutton’s Greenhouse and Nursery, more than 1,000 trees, representing 75 different species, are being offered free of charge to municipalities, schools and non-profit organizations for community planting, according to Project Canopy officials. Two distribution dates in Sep and Oct will be set aside to pick up trees at Dutton’s Nursery in Morrill.
Most State Parks, Historic Sites Open
Announcement - Monday, August 29, 2011 

Maine state parks and historic sites sustained some damage to trees and shorefronts during Tropical Storm Irene, with no buildings or facilities damaged, according to officials with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. All but three parks opened on Monday.
Maine closing state parks and beaches
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

All coastal Maine state parks and several inland parks will be closed for day use on Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's arrival in the state, officials announced today.
White Mountain National Forest Closing
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

The USFS is issuing a closure order for the White Mountain National Forest due to potentially dangerous conditions caused by Hurricane Irene. The WMNF will close at 6 PM on Saturday, August 27 and will remain closed through Monday, August 29. All WMNF facilities will be CLOSED to the public including the trail system. This includes all backcountry shelters, which are being vacated. The Appalachian Mountain Club will also close all eight White Mountain Huts, Joe Dodge Lodge, and Highland Lodge.
Acadia National Park closing campgrounds
Announcement - Friday, August 26, 2011 

The National Park Service announced today that it will close the Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds at Acadia National Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday because of the predicted path of Hurricane Irene. The campgrounds will reopen when the storm has passed. In addition, the Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut will close on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will reopen when conditions are safe.
Maine State House Watch: New EO mandates Gov. approve all new rules
Action Alert - Thursday, August 25, 2011 

On Aug 25, Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order, which mandates that the Governor's Office sign off on each and every proposed rule change.
Woodcock Q&A, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will lead a public question-and-answer session hosted by the Moosehead Lake Fisheries Coalition. Woodcock will answer questions about hunting, fishing and outdoors-related topics in Maine. At the Rockwood Community Center, Aug 26, 7-9 pm.
PRRT photojournalism workshop, Sep 17 & Oct 1
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is offering a free conservation photojournalism workshop Sep 17 and Oct 1, allowing a two week period in-between to go on a “photo shoot” focused on the river and the anticipated community benefits of the PRRT Project.
Pesticide Notification
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

On September 28, the Maine agricultural pesticide notification registry will cease to exist. The law that created this registry was repealed by the Legislature in June. However, state law provides other options for notification about nearby pesticide spraying: (1) Self-Initiated Request for Notification; (2) Non-Agricultural Pesticide Notification Registry.
Lessons from puffins, terns, Aug 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 

Susie Meadows, manager of Project Puffin, will discuss some of the factors limiting Maine seabird populations and will discuss how techniques developed by Project Puffin have led to the restoration of puffins and terns to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. At the Project Puffin Visitor Center, Rockland, Aug 31 at 5 pm.
Donn Fendler talk, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 

On Aug 30, 5-6 PM, the Gardiner Public Library will host Donn Fendler as he discusses his experiences, which led to the book Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Joseph Egan.
Wildflowers, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 

Local botanists will talk about a variety of wildflowers appearing around the state this time of year and discuss their importance. At Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, Aug 30, 6:30 pm.
Wilton meeting to discuss open space, Aug 23
Event - Posted - Monday, August 22, 2011 

Wilton residents are invited to participate in a discussion about municipal conservation commissions and their role in assisting towns to develop open space plans. It will be facilitated by conservation resources advisor, Marcel Polak, a land conservation consultant who is working for the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions. At the Wilton Town Office, Aug 23, 7 pm.
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Portland firm admits illegally importing 48,000 pounds of sea urchins
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 27, 2016 

A local firm pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to importing seafood from a Canadian firm not licensed under Canadian law to export sea urchins, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. By pleading guilty, ISF Trading Co. of Portland admitted that on seven occasions between Dec. 31, 2010, and Feb. 1, 2011, ISF illegally imported a total of about 48,000 pounds of sea urchins, whose processed roe was worth at least $172,800, from TGK Fisheries of Grand Manan, Canada, through Calais.
Editorial: National Monuments From Mr. Obama
New York Times - Saturday, August 27, 2016 

On Wednesday, President Obama designated 87,500 acres of Maine’s north woods as a national monument, to be added to the park system and protected against commercial exploitation. The transaction cost the government nothing. Then, on Friday, Mr. Obama used the same authority to greatly expand a national marine monument (established a decade ago by President George W. Bush) off the coast of his native Hawaii. Though neither designation will impose economic hardship, there is invariably complaining whenever Washington asserts a public interest in land that states and private interests think should be theirs. But if presidents waited until there was complete agreement, Teddy Roosevelt would never have protected the Grand Canyon and Franklin Roosevelt would never have protected Joshua Tree National Park. It is our hope that Mr. Obama will continue to seek out good candidates for monument designation, regardless of the political opposition.
Opinion: Answering the call of rural Maine’s wild since childhood
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 27, 2016 

To quote President Obama: “Katahdin Woods and Waters’ daytime scenery is awe-inspiring, from the breadth of its mountain-studded landscape, to the channels of its free-flowing streams with their rapids, falls and quiet water, to its vantages for viewing the Mount Katahdin massif, the ‘greatest mountain.’ The area’s night skies rival this experience, glittering with stars and planets and occasional displays of the aurora borealis, in this area of the country known for its dark sky.” I couldn’t have said it better. Like so many young Mainers, I might never have seen this “awe-inspiring” landscape had not my parents scraped together enough cash to send me and my sister to camp. ~ Jolene McGowan, Portland
Letter: Fight for cleaner air is a fight to save lives
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 27, 2016 

Here in Maine, we need the Environmental Protection Agency’s new ozone standards to be implemented and enforced to their fullest potential. With our aging population and high rate of asthma, we must work to prevent air pollution from flowing into our state. I urge my lawmakers to protect Maine communities by protecting and improving the air we breathe. ~ Marguerite Pennoyer
Letter: Can’t afford another park
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 27, 2016 

First of all I would like to clarify that as a seventh-generation landowner on the coast of Maine, I appreciate and understand the importance of publicly-owned and accessible land. But I don’t know what is stopping people now from visiting the Roxanne Quimby land. As far as I know, it’s accessible for those who want to go for a hike or a canoe ride. It seems that the National Park Service is always running a maintenance backlog that it doesn’t have the money to cover. So how responsible is it to add yet more land the public can’t afford? ~ Andy Arey, Warren
Letter: Thanks Roxanne
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 27, 2016 

Roxanne Quimby made a fortune and, for years, has diligently been preparing an enormous gift to the people of the United States, which was delivered Tuesday. It would be a better world if more people with such disposable wealth worked so hard for the benefit of society. I say thank you so very much to Quimby. To Gov. Paul LePage: It’s not ego. It’s grit, compassion, generosity and self-sacrifice. Excellent character traits for a successful businessman or businesswoman, I believe. ~ Matthew Leahy, Bangor
Letter: Monumental opportunity
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 27, 2016 

President Barack Obama’s designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a really good thing for Maine. As my family and I live in Bar Harbor, I know firsthand how important Acadia National Park is to the communities surrounding it. The park brings diversity — economic and human — to the region. It also protects and celebrates something unique, beautiful and special. The president’s wisdom in accepting such a generous gift from a visionary landowner means with proper planning and thoughtfulness by the gateway communities, there can be a vibrant economic future that doesn’t diminish the landscape or the culture that’s grown up within it. ~ Glen Beane, Bar Harbor
Letter: Monument thanks
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 27, 2016 

I would like to thank Roxanne Quimby, her family and Elliotsville Plantation Inc., the foundation they set up to make incredible conservation gifts to the nation. While they have recently announced a host of gifts, the one that will have the most profound benefit to Maine is the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. ~ Emily Parker, Newport
Donor threat might force park service to vacate Patten space
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 26, 2016 

National Park Service officials might have to leave work space provided to them by a local nonprofit museum after a donor threatened to withhold funding in protest of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, officials said Friday. The donor, who represents a local forest products industry business whom Patten Lumbermen’s Museum Curator Rhonda Brophy declined to identify, told her during a telephone call on Friday that “he has spoken to many people who feel the same way,” Brophy said Friday. “They are upset.” The threat came two days after President Barack Obama signed an executive order accepting entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby’s 87,563-acre donation to the park service.
Obama expands protected waters off Hawaii, creating world's largest reserve
USA Today - Friday, August 26, 2016 

President Obama will use his power to designate national monuments on Friday to create the world's largest protected marine area off the coast of Hawaii. Only Congress can create new national parks. But under the 1906 Antiquities Act, the president can designate sites as national monuments, giving them many of the same protections. And Obama has used that authority more than any president in history. Earlier this week, Obama used the power to overcome congressional opposition to a National Park in northern Maine, designating 87,500 acres of forest as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Thursday marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Ties that bind Acadia and new Maine Woods national monument
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Friday, August 26, 2016 

Lucas St. Clair, president of Elliotsville Plantation – the private nonprofit formed by his mother Roxanne Quimby, founder of Burt’s Bees, to own and then gift the 87,500 acres of land in northern Maine – said that Acadia was “absolutely” the source of the idea for the new Maine Woods national monument.
Opinion: North Woods monument will bring new energy, people to region
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 26, 2016 

With President Barack Obama’s proclamation, Maine is now home to our country’s newest national monument. While I know that the journey to this point has, at times, been contentious, all of us who care about the Katahdin region can work together to make it the premier tourist destination in the interior of Maine. With increased tourism, permanently protected traditional uses and four beautiful seasons, the economic opportunities will grow. It’s our job to capitalize on them with an approach built on Maine-values and focus on creating new jobs. ~ Lucas St. Clair, Elliotsville Plantation Inc.
Biotech bait could give lobstermen an alternative to herring
Associated Press - Friday, August 26, 2016 

Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry. With about $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, a small company has developed “OrganoBait,” a hockey puck-shaped product packed with an artificial attractant crabs and lobsters love.
Blog: Pardon my French on Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 26, 2016 

“Katahdin Woods and Waters” is an interesting name, one that takes its cue from the only iconic natural feature of the area: Mount Katahdin, which, of course, this new national monument does nothing to protect. With Roxanne Quimby and President Barack Obama’s action, the opinions of so many were trampled underfoot. Why? To wrap themselves in symbolism on the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. ~ Michael Cianchette, former chief counsel to Gov. Paul LePage
Lobstermen in Maine’s historically open zone vote to close their waters to newcomers
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 26, 2016 

The lobstermen of Stonington and Vinalhaven, the busiest lobster ports in Maine, have voted to close their waters to additional fishermen, preferring that newcomers wait for others to leave before dropping traps there.
Letter: Help fund work to eliminate last big gap in Eastern Trail
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 26, 2016 

The town of Scarborough – in partnership with the Eastern Trail Alliance, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Maine Department of Transportation – has been working tirelessly to design and fund a plan that would close the final 1.6-mile gap in the Eastern Trail between Kittery and South Portland. Scarborough, South Portland and our regional and state transportation agencies have collaborated to commit $3 million of the $3.6 million needed to complete this regionally significant project. This leaves about $600,000 in necessary funding for which we are seeking donations in order to close this critical gap. Help us make our section of the East Coast Greenway a reality. ~ Dan Bacon, Scarborough
On trip to Greenland, Sen. King finds effect of climate change ‘amazing and scary’
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

Maine’s U.S. Sen. Angus King returned from a fact-finding trip to Greenland on Thursday determined to push for more icebreakers to clear emerging Arctic trade routes, some of which could be built in Maine. Arctic trade could play a big role in the Maine economy, with Maine ports being the first ones reached by ships traveling east through the Northwest Passage, King said. “What’s happening there is amazing and scary,” King said of Jakobshavn Glacier. “The glacier has moved as much in the last 10 years as it has in 100 years before. That summarizes what has been happening as a result of climate change.”
A new era begins: National monument open for business
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

It was a quiet day on the lazy main drag of Millinocket on Thursday. An occasional car or truck drove past, slowly. A few diners sat down to eat at the Appalachian Trail Cafe. And along a strip of vacant storefronts, an occasional pedestrian peered into the open door of a newly occupied space. And inside, Tim Hudson — the newly named project leader of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — was already hard at work, an hour before the monument’s office officially opened for the first time.
Roxanne Quimby’s son to discuss ‘way forward’ after national monument designation
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

Lucas St. Clair, the son of philanthropist Roxanne Quimby, who donated the land, is set to deliver the talk at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. The event is part of the annual Maine Woods Forever roundtable at Unity College.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior to Visit Maine's New National Monument
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be one of the first official visitors to Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument that was authorized by President Obama this week. Secretary Jewell will also participate in a dedication ceremony for the new monument. The public celebration takes place at the New England Outdoor Center beginning at 5:00 PM on Sunday.
Blog: Oil flowed from South Portland again this summer, but it probably won’t last
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

The Portland-Montreal Pipe Line broke a five-month dry spell this summer, carrying nearly 3 million barrels of crude oil from storage tanks in South Portland to refineries in Montreal. But oil analysts still say that the pipeline has no future running north. ~ Dan MacLeod
Column: Nuthatches are everywhere this summer
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

Nuthatches have exploded all over the place. It’s been a screwy summer. I first noticed the trend about a month ago. I’ve been guiding birders often this season. Once the songbirds stop crooning in early July, I have to rely on my bag of tricks to get birds to reveal themselves. It’s normal for red-breasted nuthatches to be among the first birds to respond to my urgings. Whatever is happening in the woods, it seems to be good news for nuthatches. Scientists estimate there are about 20 million in the world. That may have doubled in the last month. ~ Bob Duchesne
Into the North Woods: Exploring Maine’s new national monument
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

To be among the first people to play in the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was a momentous occasion, rich with the smell of balsam fir and the gentle roar of the East Branch. It’s a memory I hope to relive, decades from now, for my children and grandchildren as we sit around a campfire. The memory will go something like this.
The new national monument leader wants ‘to hear what people have to say’
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

The man who will oversee the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument opened an office Thursday in the town that arguably has been most opposed to his efforts. Speaking from a small storefront at 200 Penobscot Ave., National Park Service Facilities and Parks Manager Tim Hudson said workers had finished grading the loop road and would soon be re-decking the Whetstone Bridge to the Swift Brook Road entrance to the monument, about 25 miles to the north. Monument signs will go up and foliage on the trails within the 87,563-acre property will be trimmed in the next month, Hudson said. Those labors, however, should not detract from another of Hudson’s key responsibilities, he said — to do what he can to allay the concerns of monument opponents.
Bangor resident to head Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

The National Park Service named the first two employees of the new Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Thursday. Tim Hudson, a Bangor resident who has worked for the National Park Service since the 1960s, will serve as superintendent of the new 87,500-acre national monument created by President Obama on Wednesday. He most recently headed up the park service’s $300 million program to restore areas of the Northeast damaged by Hurricane Sandy, which, according to the agency, was the largest restoration program in park service history. As the superintendent of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, Hudson will be charged with overseeing planning and implementation for the new monument, which was already being managed by Elliotsville Plantation Inc., as a recreation area but has few facilities for visitors.
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