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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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Bad News Piles On For Hedge Fund Hotel SunEdison
Other - Monday, October 05, 2015 

Zero Hedge - It has been a long way up and quick ride down for SunEdison but bad news keeps piling up for the hedge fund hotel even as it dead-cat-bounces again. As the stock bounces, just as it bounced in September after Steve Cohen's Point72 exposed their stake and JPM jumped to the rescue, uncertainty remains extreme. Amid a surge in debt and increasingly negative operating cash-flow, the plunge in stock (asset) price may have triggered a cross-collateral margin call of around $315 million. Furthermore, mass layoffs are on the cards as the CEO attempts to "optimize" the business.
SunEdison Slips: to Cut 15% of Headcount to ‘Align’ With Conditions
Other - Monday, October 05, 2015 

Barron's - Shares of solar installation firm SunEdison (SUNE) are down 4 cents at $9 in late trading, after the company this afternoon said after the closing bell, that it will cut 15% of its workforce in an effort to “align” itself “with current and future market opportunities” and to “accelerate cash flow positive operations.” The company will take charges of $30 million to $40 million, in total, from the September-ending Q3 through Q1 of 2016, mostly for severance. SunEdison did not go into detail about those “current and expected” conditions. It plans to hold an investor presentation Wednesday morning.
Should Aroostook County Schools Still Take Harvest Break if Few Kids Are Harvesting?
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, October 05, 2015 

For generations, students in northern Maine have been dismissed from school for "harvest break" to help bring in Aroostook County's lucrative potato crop. In the community of Easton, the school district still shuts down for a three-week recess, even though there's essentially just a single farming family left in town. While other 14-year-olds across the country are slamming lockers and rushing to health class, Carson Flewelling has an enormous responsibility. He's in charge of the harvester for the first time, bringing in some 700 acres of russet potatoes, his family's income for the season. Of all the kids in the small town of Easton, population 1,200, he and his little brother Kyle are the only kids whose family still farms potatoes. It's a tradition that's under constant scrutiny, now that so few families in the region are farming.
Former PUC head Kurt Adams to take over at helm of Summit Utilities, Summit Natural Gas of Maine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 05, 2015 

Kurt Adams, a former head of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, is leaving his job as chief development officer at wind developer SunEdison to become chief executive of Summit Utilities, the parent company of Summit Natural Gas of Maine, which has been expanding in the state. Adams who chaired the PUC from 2005 to 2008, was previously chief development officer at First Wind, which was acquired last year by a SunEdison subsidiary. First Wind/SunEdison are the largest wind developers in Maine. SunEdison has been in the news recently because of its poor stock performance. It announced on Monday that it’s consolidating some operations.
Drugs, guns, conservation and LePage dominate proposed legislation by Maine lawmakers
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 05, 2015 

Lawmakers and state agencies have submitted over 400 requests for bills for the upcoming legislative session. The proposals include efforts protecting a popular land conservation program currently frozen by Gov. Paul LePage. At least six bills attempt to free the Land For Maine’s Future program from the governor’s grip. LePage has taken a series of increasingly restrictive steps to throttle the agency’s conservation efforts, first by refusing to release $11.5 million in bond money already approved by voters, then by ordering LMF not to use any of the $2 million already appropriated for legal and other expenses associated with existing or future projects. LePage also has frozen an undetermined amount in private donations made to the agency. There are also proposals that may attempt to change governance of the Land For Maine’s Future board.
Opinion: Maine’s North Woods have precisely what most of the world is missing
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 05, 2015 

New England’s original woodlands and pristine waterways have long since been transformed into farmlands, tree plantations, housing developments, commercial buildings, streets, highways, hydroelectric impoundments and so on. In remarkable contrast, the land surrounding the East Branch — home to the Wabanaki for thousands of years — though repeatedly cut during the last two centuries, has remained largely undeveloped. Since 1978, I have made my living as a year-round recreational guide by bringing people to experience the thriving wildness within legendary, protected river corridors such as the West Branch, Moose, St. Croix, St. John and Allagash. These areas are precious and rare as diamonds in our world today. Wild areas bring us alive, teach us and connect us with something far greater than ourselves. ~ Alexandra Conover Bennett
United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal
Associated Press - Monday, October 05, 2015 

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to an ambitious and controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property. The agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership was reached Monday after marathon negotiating sessions in Atlanta through the weekend. Congress will have 90 days to review the agreement and will have to give it an up-or-down vote, no amendments allowed.
Here’s why Maine will never restrict deer antler size
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Monday, October 05, 2015 

Senator David Burns (R-Washington County) sponsored a bill to require deer hunters to only shoot bucks with a minimum antler size. Other states have done this and there’s even a group of hunters in Maine who have been advocating for it for many years. But we’ll never have it because the wildlife biologists at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are strongly opposed. At the public hearing on Senator Burns’ bill this year, Judy Camuso, DIF&W’s Wildlife Division Director, delivered the agency’s testimony in opposition to the bill. Judy provided an excellent explanation of why the department believes antler restrictions would be a mistake. Here is her testimony.
Letter: Maine needs jobs
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 05, 2015 

The Old Town and Lincoln paper mills are closing. Lincoln Paper and Tissue’s CEO cited several reasons for the downfall of the paper mill, such as a boiler explosion, increased costs for energy and wood and competitive markets for its products, but nowhere did he mention a shortage of qualified workers. State legislators should listen to businesses and solve the problems that undermine Maine’s economy. That would be a refreshing and sorely needed change. Spending more money on education is not a solution. ~ Debra Garcia, Etna
Letter: National park would be a boon
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 05, 2015 

I read an interesting Salt Lake Tribune OpEd about the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The OpEd writer is the president of the Escalante-Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and he pointed to the creation of the national monument as a reason why the small town is thriving. That’s the kind of story I would like to see from Millinocket, East Millinocket or Medway. And that’s why I support a national park and national recreation area and why I’m beginning to think a national monument might be a good idea, too. All we have to do is say yes. ~ Avern Danforth, Millinocket
Layoffs at SunEdison as Investors Question the Renewable Energy Developer’s Strategy
Other - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

In mid-September, SunEdison rented out the House of Blues in Disneyland and held a private party for hundreds of solar professionals. It was a celebration that a company at the top of its game would throw. Except SunEdison was not at the top of its game. The company’s stock had tumbled from a 52-week high of $33.45 down to $11.50. In July, SunEdison had a market cap of more than $9 billion. Today, its market cap is $2.6 billion. With its stock still under pressure, SunEdison is now culling its workforce. SunEdison will be laying off around 10 percent of its 7,300 employees.
A State Park Like No Other
Yankee Magazine - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

“This place” is Baxter State Park, that big green patch in the center of the map, about 60 miles north of Bangor, and nobody alive knows it the way Buzz Caverly does. He first came here as a ranger in 1960 at age 21 and didn’t leave until his retirement as park director in 2005. Baxter is where he brought his bride, where he raised his children. He refers to life outside Baxter as “downcountry,” admitting that he knows little of what goes on there. Of Baxter State Park’s 47 mountain peaks and ridges, of its 160 miles of trails, of its more than 200,000 acres, he’ll speak as intimately as another man might of his backyard. Buzz Caverly was the last ranger who knew the remarkable Percival P. Baxter, who gave the park and its centerpiece, Mount Katahdin, to the people of Maine.
Opinion: Public lands about much more than cutting trees
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

The state manages more than 600,000 acres of land accessible to the public, including the iconic Bigelow Preserve in Stratton, the vast Nahmakanta Public Reserved Lands and breathtaking Cutler Coast. The Bureau of Parks and Lands manages public lands for three primary values: wildlife habitat, recreation and timber harvesting. The bureau is required to practice exemplary forestry, producing a sustainable supply of timber that brings in enough revenue to support the bureau’s other programs related to recreation and wildlife habitat management. The revenue earned from timber sales is directly reinvested into a dedicated fund to manage the state’s public lands. Our public lands should not be managed primarily to maximize commercial timber value — they are not the state’s woodlot. Rather, they should be managed for wildlife, recreation and ecological values. ~ Jenn Burns Gray, Maine Audubon
Moosehead groups announce Way Finding Project
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Last April, Roger Brooks of Roger Brooks International revealed the result of a six-month intensive study sponsored by the Moosehead Lake Economic Development Corporation (MLEDC) and nurtured by the Brand Development Team (BDT), a group of 17 citizens who volunteered their time to help determine Moosehead Lake’s ‘brand.’ The result of this effort was the April unveiling of the region’s brand: ‘America’s Crown Jewel.’ Now the MLEDC and the BLT are launching the development of a comprehensive ‘Way Finding’ system. The purpose of the system will be to make it easy for travelers to find their way to Moosehead Lake and to the area’s public attractions.
For fishermen, last hurrah at Moosehead Lake
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

The water in Moosehead Lake was unusually warm in September and the fishing was uncharacteristically slow. But that didn’t keep anglers away for the final weekend of fishing at Maine’s biggest lake. “It’s standing room only today. There are at least one or two fishermen in the (pools) we like to fish,” John Hinkley of Augusta said Sept. 26 as he looked out on the East Outlet, the headwaters of the Kennebec River.
Column: New campground in Acadia offers great biking
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Thanks to a generous gift of some 1,500 acres by a benefactor to the National Park Service, there’s not only a new campground on property that lies in both Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro, but over eight miles of nicely groomed, gravel-surfaced trails that course the area now known as Schoodic Woods. ~ John Christie
Column: Navigating the world of migration
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Most birds have their migration genetically encoded. These internal maps are often amazingly precise. The sun is also an obvious guide for navigation. Some migrant birds navigate using the stars. Others use he earth’s magnetic field. Some birds that migrate during the day use visible landmarks for navigation. Finally, some birds use their sense of smell to find their way. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Patience is rewarding
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Two of the most important attributes of a successful deer hunter are patience and woodsmanship. It takes patience to wait out an opportunity and it is woodsmanship that often creates that opportunity by putting you in the right place and giving you the ability to recognize when something is about to happen. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Memories of upland-bird hunting
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

In my 20s and early 30s, I ran bird dogs for woodcock, grouse and pheasant. My job as a school teacher allowed me to hunt each weekday afternoon for two or three hours, and all day on Saturdays. In those years, many of my Sundays were passed bird hunting in New Hampshire, so the season was a seven-days-a-week affair. ~ Ken Allen
Editorial: More than the jobs go when mills shut down
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

The jobs lost through layoffs or closures are the most striking part of the now-regular announcements out of Maine’s pulp and paper industry. But that’s just the start. Every time a mill slows or shuts down, and dozens or hundreds of people lose their livelihood, it releases a set of consequences that are killing once-vibrant communities. And despite years to prepare, Maine does not yet have an articulable, long-term plan for helping towns recover. As a result, the clock is ticking for many mill towns, and for a way of life.
Commentary: Invitation to innovation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Maine’s image as a mostly rural state, made up of farming towns and coastal villages, should not obscure the equal importance of our urban hubs to the state’s economic and social well-being. Maine has over 500 municipalities, but nearly a quarter of the state’s people and almost half of the jobs are in just 12 of them. Political leadership of Maine’s largest cities and towns is key to the future of the state, and a whole crop of leaders will be chosen on Election Day next month. Local elected officials around the world are experimenting with new ways of governing. What can Maine learn from this growing global movement? What can we do to make our communities more innovative, more engaged and more vibrant? ~ Jeff Edelstein, Portland, author of a forthcoming book on reinventing American democracy
Column: Grouse hunting days are upon us
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 03, 2015 

Ahhh, October. Frosty mornings and flaming foliage. Grouse days are upon us. In Maine, next to whitetail deer, there is no other game species that draws as much attention in autumn from hunters, residents and nonresidents alike. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
National Geographic names Maine’s 2 best adventures
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 03, 2015 

National Geographic has a list of the 100 best adventures in America, and two are in Maine. The media organization highlights trips where you can hike, heli-ski, surf, climb, bike and paddle. For Maine, it chose two water adventures: kayaking the Maine Island Trail and canoeing the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
Tensions between Baxter State Park, Appalachian Trail dominate meeting
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 03, 2015 

Top representatives of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service pledged Friday to work to address concerns about unruly long-distance hikers and overcrowding that have strained relations with Baxter State Park. Members of Baxter’s governing board, meanwhile, asked to see concrete steps before next spring’s hiking season while stressing that their top priority is protecting the wilderness aspects of a place with “profound significance” to Maine residents.
Dover-Foxcroft lands $240,000 grant for wood fiber cloth maker
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 02, 2015 

The town of Dover-Foxcroft has been awarded a $240,000 grant on behalf of a new manufacturing company that makes wood fiber cleaning cloths, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development announced Friday. GLOBEco Maine says the product, DuraFresh, is more sustainable and durable than the average cloth and sponge products currently on the market. “This grant award will have a direct impact on the creation of new career opportunities for Maine people,” DECD Commissioner George Gervais said. “The investment made in Dover-Foxcroft not only benefits this particular business, it also helps the commercialization of a new product in Maine’s evolving forest industry.”
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Are Your Children Roundup-Ready?
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