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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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Environmental groups ask to be taken out of Cote attack ad on Mills
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Adam Cote released a 32-second TV ad with about 10 seconds dedicated to attacking Attorney General Janet Mills. In the ad, Cote says Mills was “wrong to join Gov. [Paul] LePage in refusing to strengthen water protections” and pointing to six groups who he says “disagree with Janet, too.” But two of the groups that signed the letter — the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Maine Conservation Voters — asked to be removed from the ad quickly after its release on Monday. Pete Didisheim, NRCM’s advocacy director, said the group “was never asked for authorization and would never have provided it.” Maureen Drouin, Maine Conservation Voters’ executive director, said an endorsement could be construed from it. Both said Cote’s campaign quickly agreed.
New Collections Manager-Outreach Specialist at Viles Arboretum
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Kyra Danielowski will serve as Collections Manager – Outreach Specialist at the Viles Arboretum in Augusta for the summer of 2018.
New Report Analyzes Exposure to Climate Hazards in U.S. Muni Market
Other - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Four Twenty Seven, the leading provider of climate risk intelligence for financial markets, today releases its research findings on modeling the exposure of U.S. municipalities and their financial instruments to climate risks. Muni bond investors and credit rating agencies are increasingly considering climate change and past extreme weather events as part of their evaluation of U.S. cities. While this consideration is an important step, their evaluations could be better informed by incorporating forward-looking comparable data on the climate risks that impact these municipalities.
Pruitt censoring science
Sierra Club - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Scott Pruitt is attempting to censor science in EPA rule-making. Emails released this past week revealed that polluting industries had pitched this idea to the EPA last year. And now Pruitt's following through on the polluters' bidding. Fifteen medical and public health organizations have voiced concern about this proposal. And over 35,000 Sierra Club activists who have submitted a comment in opposition.
UNE Launches New Institute Dedicated To Northern Regions
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Officials announced Monday that the Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England will be based in Portland. The first students for UNE North will be accepted this summer and classes will begin in summer 2019. Among the inaugural programs at the institute is a one-year professional science master’s degree in Ocean Food Systems, created in partnership with two Icelandic universities.
Opinion: Landfilling tons of municipal waste is an environmental tragedy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Tens of thousands of tons of municipal solid waste from all over eastern Maine are now heading directly to landfills. This is a monumental tragedy for Maine’s environment, and it is sad that state officials charged with protecting Maine’s environment seem to be looking the other way. This mess didn’t have to happen. It was a very bad choice by the Municipal Review Committee, the organization representing the more than 100 communities. Maine’s environment and future generations will pay the price. ~ Harry Sunburn, Alton
New turkey management plan calls for killing more turkeys
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's new big game management plans say, “The Department feels that the wild turkey population can support additional harvest in both the spring and fall in certain WMDs and would like to increase hunter participation in both seasons… Increasing hunter participation will be required before harvest can be used as a tool to effectively control or reduce the wild turkey population in WMDs where that may be desirable.” Time to get rid of the permit and fee and increase the bag limit!
While Electricity Maine overcharged customers millions, it was still losing money
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In the same year power seller Electricity Maine charged Maine customers $30 million over the standard rate, the company was leaking millions. Kevin Dean, one of the company’s co-founders, said in court documents that, in 2015, Electricity Maine and its smaller operations in other New England states “had losses of over [$14 million] and were in trouble.” Meanwhile, Electricity Maine, whose co-founder Emile Clavet promised in 2011 to “always beat the standard offer,” kept losing money and charging customers prices 60 percent higher than the going rate. The company and founders face a potential class-action lawsuit that alleges customers were lured by false advertising into electricity contracts for their homes.
New UMaine energy proposal calls for biomass, solar
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The University of Maine in Orono would get much of its heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center fueled by locally harvested wood and a huge solar array, according to a plan being negotiated by the university system and Honeywell International. The cost of the power contract has been estimated to be worth more than $100 million.
Budget typo holding up millions in Maine ‘clean election’ funds
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Maine lawmakers failed to pass a routine “errors and inconsistencies” bill to correct unintended budget language that prevents the Maine Ethics Commission from disbursing additional money to so-called “clean election” candidates starting on July 1. The Clean Elections issue comes three years after a one-word clerical error – a missing “and” – in a bill passed in the final hours of a legislative session almost cost the Efficiency Maine energy conservation program nearly $38 million. The Legislature eventually fixed the error, but not until after Republican Gov. Paul LePage tried to use the issue as leverage to get other political concessions.
Letter: Golden looks out for environment
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

As a state representative, Jared Golden worked hard on measures to reduce lead, championing a bill to fund lead abatement programs for families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. Jared saw how badly this problem was affecting Lewiston-Auburn families and took action. His record on the environment is stellar regarding other problems, too, from keeping litter off our streets to protecting firefighters from harmful chemicals, to supporting the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, to protecting Maine from damaging mining practices. ~ William F. Reid Jr., Skowhegan
Letter: Scott Pruitt needs to resign
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The American people and Mainers specifically deserve better than Scott Pruitt. Pruitt’s tenure as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator has been an unmitigated disaster. He’s spent more than $150,000 of taxpayer dollars on luxury travel, exploited the Safe Drinking Water Act to give personal friends extraordinary raises, and secured a sweetheart deal to stay in a luxury D.C. condo co-owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist for $50 per night. Pruitt’s been rolling back life-saving regulations to benefit his dirty energy benefactors. His actions are in direct contradiction with what the EPA stands for. Scott Pruitt needs to resign so that we can have a competent EPA leader who takes a stand for Maine’s all important wilderness and eco-tourism. ~ Neshamah Stearns, Unity
Trump Administration Joins Fossil Fuel Companies in Climate Fight Against Cities
Inside Climate News - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Just before a critical hearing to determine the fate of a pair of climate lawsuits, the United States government has weighed in as a heavyweight ally on the side of the fossil fuel companies. Lawyers from the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division filed a friend of the court brief last week in support of five of the world's largest oil and gas companies, which are seeking to have lawsuits dismissed. Pat Parenteau, a professor of environmental law at the Vermont Law School, said, "What the government is trying to do is get the judge to take his eye off the ball. The question [in these cases] is not about policy, but about the industry's conduct."
These State Parks Have All the Beauty of National Parks — and None of the Crowds
Other - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Travel+Leisure - Every year from Maine to Alaska, throngs pour into U.S. national parks and preserves to climb towering cliffs, hike through misty forests and capture the perfect selfie at the grandest of canyons. But travelers who want to revel in natural splendor without entering the scrum have an alternative: these state parks [including Baxter State Park] deserve spots on your travel to-do list.
Help wanted at Maine's parks and historic sites
Mainebiz - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Maine's labor shortage is affecting the state's parks and visitor sites. The state Bureau of Parks and Lands, which manages 48 parks and historic sites, wants to fill the following jobs: park ranger, assistant park ranger, customer representative assistant, lifeguard, lifeguard supervisor and laborer. Most are seasonal positions. Love of the outdoors might mitigate the pay rate, which is some cases is a notch above the state's minimum wage of $10.10 an hour.
L.L.Bean and Maine Audubon to Host David Allen Sibley at Birding Festival
Other - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean is partnering with Maine Audubon this weekend to host their fourth annual Birding Festival, May 25-27. The event will feature educational presentations on birds and bats, as well as guided birding walks in diverse ecosystems from Freeport to Mohegan Island. The featured speaker will be David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds, the fastest selling bird book in history, used by millions of birders from novices to experts.
New Tick-Borne Illness In Maine Causes Allergic Reaction To Red Meat
Maine Public - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Dog and deer ticks are well-established in Maine and cause an a number of illnesses. Now, another species — the lone star tick, typically found in the southern U.S. — appears to be making inroads here, and it brings with it a surprise: an anaphylactic reaction to eating meat from hoofed animals.
Independent Candidates Gather At State House
Maine Public - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Independent candidates for governor, Congress and the Legislature were at the State House in Augusta Monday to compare notes on running as independents. Several candidates pointed out that while they are all unenrolled, they don’t all agree on issues. Not all have filed petitions to get on the ballot yet, but if they are successful in collecting signatures, there could be more than 20 independent candidates after the filing deadline June 1.
Don’t be fooled by these pretty invasive flowers that are bad for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Yellow iris, ornamental jewelweed and black swallow-wort may be pretty, but they can smother the state’s native flora and provide less-nutritious food for native fauna, according to Tori Jackson, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension associate professor. According to Nancy Olmstead, invasive plant biologist for the Maine Natural Areas Program, home gardeners need to be both vigilant and tenacious to combat these plants.
Brewer Riverwalk to extend to almost a mile by October
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 21, 2018 

The Brewer Riverwalk along the Penobscot River is slated to double in length this summer, stretching almost an additional half-mile from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge up to Veteran’s Park. The idea for a riverwalk trail was conceived of by residents and city officials in 2000 as part of a downtown revitalization plan, which included the idea to build a walking and biking trail that runs the length of Brewer’s waterfront. Hopefully one day, Community and Economic Development Director D’Arcy Main-Boyington said, residents will have access to a “more primitive dirt trail” connected to the Riverwalk that encircles the city, through woods and land owned by the Brewer Land Trust.
LePage selects 32 neighborhoods for investment boost
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 21, 2018 

More than 30 Maine neighborhoods, including some wealthier areas, could reap benefits from a new federal program to encourage private investment in poor parts of the country. Opportunity zones selected by Gov. Paul LePage and approved by U.S. Treasury Friday include distressed paper mill towns like Madison and Millinocket and former military bases in Brunswick and Limestone, but also comparatively better-off parts of downtown Portland, South Portland and Saco.
UNE launches new institute for study of the North Atlantic and Arctic regions
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 21, 2018 

The University of New England on Monday launched a new institute dedicated to education and research in the North Atlantic and Arctic regions. The Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England, referred to as UNE North, will be based in Portland, officials said. U.S. Sen. Angus King said the institute “further establish(es) our state as a leader in the Arctic region.”
Fourth LL Bean customer sues over return policy change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 21, 2018 

A California man has become the fourth L.L.Bean customer to sue the outdoor retailer over the change in its return policy earlier this year, claiming it has harmed him. L.L. Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem said the newest lawsuit is by the same group of lawyers handling the other three suits. “Like the other three suits, this one is meritless,” she said.
Environmentalists: Paper mills likely major source of chemical pollution in waterways
E&E/Greenwire - Monday, May 21, 2018 

A number of U.S. paper mills are expected to discharge hundreds of pounds of a controversial chemical, perfluorinated alkyl substances, into rivers — a reality that the federal government is aware of and has signed off on, according to internal Federal Drug Administration (FDA) documents. The chemical has been linked to thyroid disease and testicular cancer. Environmentalists worry that FDA records show that pollution in water from paper mills is unchecked.
Things to Do in Boothbay Harbor
Yankee Magazine - Monday, May 21, 2018 

Just an hour’s drive north of Portland lies the village of Boothbay Harbor, Maine — a seaside getaway embodying the quintessential midcoast. Its shoreline, fringed with evergreen forests and rocky outcroppings, is an idyllic setting for any weekend escape, and its downtown, filled with a variety of attractive shops and restaurants, ensures that the whole family will enjoy the trip.
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