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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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Column: Story of a shell game played to excess
Sun Journal - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

When it comes to the surreal realm of American gun­ control politics, the adage “truth is stranger than fiction” really applies. Just when you think that you’ve heard it all, something even more utterly outrageous pops into the news headlines. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
‘Oh my God, we are dead meat’: snowmobilers face off with Maine moose
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

This is the story of two longtime snowmobilers and one angry moose. Janis and Bob Powell have been coming to their camp in Jackman from New Hampshire for 11 years to snowmobile in Maine’s backcountry. Averaging between 3,000 and 5,000 miles a year, Janis Powell said she and her husband are experienced riders and count wildlife sightings among the many bonuses of sledding in the state. But on Friday the Powells went from simply watching moose to a full on moose encounter that left Bob Powell with a few scrapes and both shaking in their snowmobile boots.
Turkey vulture rescued after being stuck in tree for 28 hours
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

On Tuesday night Deanna Reed, a design associate at Dorsey Furniture in Holden, couldn’t sleep. Instead, she lay in bed turning over possible solutions to a perplexing problem that had landed, literally, in her backyard. Outside, a turkey vulture was hanging upside down in a pine tree 60 feet off the ground. The bird’s tail had gotten stuck. “It’s not like he’s an eagle,” she said. “He’s ugly, but he deserves to live.”
Stress increases for workers laid off from Great Northern Paper Co.
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

As the owners of a local paper mill negotiate with their electricity supplier on a revenue-sharing agreement and ponder whether to move forward with plans to develop a $140 million pellet mill with a $16 million state bond, some of the Katahdin region workers whose jobs are on the line say they are getting tired of waiting to go back to work. “Everybody has a really sick feeling in their stomach about this,” said Don Hendsbee, a trustee of USW Local 37 who is among the 212 workers laid off from the Great Northern Paper Co. mill on Feb. 6. Great Northern Paper officials hoped to restart the mill by May 1, then June 1. They recently said the stoppage is indefinite.
Feds won’t seize Township 37 marijuana farm land if owner pays $1.55 million
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

Township 37, where the state’s most sophisticated outdoor pot farm was discovered in September 2009, will not go on the federal auction block if its owner, Haynes Timberland Inc., pays a $1.55 million cash forfeiture instead. A jury in January found that the parcels (22,088 acres) were subject to forfeiture because its owners, Haynes Timberland and Malcolm French, used it to grow and/or process marijuana.
18 colleges ranked ‘green’ in northern New England
Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

Northern New England is making a strong showing in the Princeton Review’s 2014 guide to “green colleges.” Maine has seven green colleges, including one, College of the Atlantic, which received a top score.
Passamaquoddy tribe member, former representative, charged with eel poaching
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

A former legislative representative from the Passamaquoddy Tribe who served as the tribe’s fisheries committee coordinator and was the architect of its elver management plan has been charged with elver poaching in New York state. Frederick J. Moore III, 53, of Perry and seven others were charged on April 8 with three felony counts, including possession of over-the-limit American eels, possession of undersized American eels, lack of a foodfish permit, as well as two misdemeanors related to poaching, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. As a tribal leader on fisheries issues, Moore has been intimately involved in disputes with the State of Maine over management of the elver fishery.
Opinion: Mainers save money with solar panels and stay on the grid
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

Although the people who profit by our addiction to propane, heating oil and electricity have done everything they can to discredit solar energy, more and more Maine folks are noticing that sunshine is saving one or two of their neighbors a pile of money. It is no longer only the save-the-planet crazies who are propping up solar panels but thrifty conservative hotel and B&B owners with an eye on the bottom line. So what are the folks who have enjoyed a monopoly on selling us energy to do? The folks who sell power have well-paid suits in every legislative body in the land working to tax or regulate sunlight. ~ Robert Skoglund, The humble Farmer
Opinion: For Portland’s Congress Square plaza, design – not size – is what really matters
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

Christopher Alexander’s “The Pattern Language” remains a beacon in urban design. His research shows that plazas appear deserted when they contain more than 300 square feet per person. When places appear empty, people tend not to sit and stay. William Whyte’s “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” is based on thousands of hours of observations. His conclusion: The number of users at a plaza is not correlated to size. Some of the most loved and well used places are quite small; some of the least used are much larger. Congress Square can be improved with level elevation, seating in sun and shade, trees, flowers, food sellers and events. You’ve got to accommodate the preacher, assorted activists and activities at the intersection. Design will be critical to its success at any size. But evidence suggests a smaller plaza at Congress Square may well be more intensely used, enjoyed and appreciated. ~ Aaron Shapiro, Portland
Letter: Humans have upset the balance of nature
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

A power, a force, a great spirit or God, call it what you will, created this great universe. At some point, to this Earth came a delicate balance that supported a diverse collection of life forms, including human beings. These humans had the power to maintain this balance and even enhance conditions for all the life forms. Humans also had the power to destroy all of this beautiful creation by upsetting the balance. We people own absolutely nothing in this universe, much less, this Earth. We are here merely as stewards. Because we have forgotten this, will we soon become forgotten? ~ Peter P. Sirois, Madison
Letter: US needs strong carbon standards for power plants
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

As residents of Maine, we value our environment. It provides many benefits, including economic and recreational. We increasingly see the negative effects of climate change and warming temperatures in our everyday lives. Historically, the Gulf of Maine has been a very productive fishery. We must take notice after the shrimp season was canceled this year. The effects will have devastating economic and cultural implications for the state. Maine already has shown commitment to reducing emissions from plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. In 2012, the emissions were 45 percent below the set cap, showing carbon standards are an effective way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The next step is national action. I support President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan to implement strong carbon standards for power plants. ~ Liz McCormack, Waterville
Letter: Here comes the sun
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

On Saturday, April 12, the BDN carried this headline, “LePage vetoes solar energy bill.” No one was surprised. Mitigation and adaptation are fine in the short term to address climate change, but in the long, we are going to have to change our ways of life. You, too, governor. ~ Kent Price, Orland
Letter: Put plovers in a zoo and give us humans our beaches back
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 19, 2014 

Why should tax-paying residents have to give up their beaches to plovers? If plovers are so endangered, then put them in the protected environment of a zoo and let us humans have the beaches back! ~ Fran Palmer, Scarborough
Maine rightwing think tank CEO heading to Virginia
Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014 

The CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center is resigning at the end of April to lead Virginia-based State Budget Solutions, a think tank that aims to help states develop fiscally sound budgets. Maine Gov. Paul LePage said he is sad to see Moody leave Maine and described him “as a tremendous asset for Maine conservatives."
Nine new LePage vetoes include lawmakers’ changes to his mining rules
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that calls for a redo of controversial large-scale metallic mineral mining rules amid a crop of nine new vetoes issued Friday afternoon. LePage’s veto letter for LD 1851, which called for a start-over in crafting mineral mining rules, was among the shortest of the more than 140 veto letters he has written to the 126th Legislature. After the Department of Environmental Protection spent almost two years developing new mining rules in response to a law passed by the previous Legislature, Democrats and environmental groups that panned those rules turned to LD 1851 as an alternative. LePage viewed the new law as a tool to unnecessarily delay efforts to promote mining in Maine. Rep. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport, who co-chairs the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, said the Legislature’s actions were about protecting the environment.
Column: Birding doesn’t always require a guide book
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

I know all about making mistakes. I’ve made them all. If there was one mistake I made more than any other, it was this: when I was learning to identify a bird, I would do it with book in hand. More times than I can count, I would be looking through the pictures when I should have been looking at the bird. Too often, I would look up from the pages to find it gone. Worse, even if I did match up the bird with its picture, I wouldn’t remember it the next time, since I wasn’t forced to remember it this time. ~ Bob Duchesne
LePage vetoes farm to school bill
Maine Environmental News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

Governor Paul LePage has vetoed LD 1431. The bill would direct the state's agriculture and education departments to provide funding and support for the expansion and coordination of the use of fresh local foods in public schools through food hubs to connect farmers with schools. In his veto letter, LePage said that if "Maine's environmentalists, farmers and schools all agree that more locally grown food should be in our school lunch rooms...then this would already be happening...[S]tate taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize these [local food] providers in order to overcome the natural forces of a free market." Using the governor's logic, all corporate subsidy programs should be terminated, from FAME loans to Cate Street Capital for its proposed biocoal plant in Millinocket, to the millions of dollars provided each year by the State to corporations under the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement program.
LePage vetoes bill to delay mining rules
Maine Environmental News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

Governor Paul LePage has vetoed LD 1851, which would delay for two years implementation of a law passed by the legislature in 2012 that directed the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to promulgate new mining rules. Environmental organizations opposed the rules DEP formulated because they would allow contamination of surface and ground waters. The legislature agreed and rejected the DEP's draft rules. In his veto letter, LePage said delaying the law "is clearly a violation of the principles expressed in the Constitution..." LePage is wrong. The legislature enacted the original law. It can change that law. The legislature reconvenes on May 1 to consider this and other bills vetoed by the governor.
Update on Priority Environmental Issues
Maine Conservation Voters - Friday, April 18, 2014 

With the second session of the 126th Maine Legislature coming to a close, there is good news about the top environmental priorities of the year. Legislators worked together to protect Maine's lakes, promote local food distribution, increase solar power, and protect groundwater from metallic mineral mining. Unfortunately, Governor LePage continues to be out of step with the Legislature and Maine people. His veto of solar power rebates and of the bill to protect pristine brook streams from motorized gold dredging are two such examples. Many of our priorities are still vulnerable to a veto from the Governor. The Legislature will reconvene on Thursday, May 1st for “veto day” to consider all bills vetoed by the Governor. ~ Beth Ahearn, Maine Conservation Voters
Review delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline
Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014 

The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. That could push a decision about the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections in November. The State Department is citing a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline’s path through the state. The State Department says that created uncertainty and ongoing litigation. The government is not saying how much longer the review will take.
CMP and solar energy advocates clash over what’s the smartest grid for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

Central Maine Power Co. says it needs to change a rate structure that no longer reflects its costs for delivering electricity. But some of the utility’s largest customers have countered that the proposed rate structure change would penalize them for generating their own power, using solar panels or other technologies. As proceedings in CMP’s five-year rate case continue in Augusta, opposing sides in the debate sounded off Thursday during a talk hosted at the University of Southern Maine by the clean technology industry group E2Tech.
Former Passamaquoddy representative charged with poaching elvers in New York
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

A high-profile member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe is one of eight people who have been charged with felony elver poaching in New York, according to an official with that state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Frederick J. Moore III, a former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to the Maine Legislature, is facing three felony charges in New York after he “surrendered himself” to officials. Two other Perry residents — Frederick J. Moore IV, 21, and Kyle S. Lewey, 21 — also turned themselves in to New York state officials.
Four Washington County communities and New Brunswick city explore regional economic development
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

Elected officials and staff from five local governments — Calais, Baileyville, Eastport, Princeton in Maine, and St. Stephen in New Brunswick — met Thursday night and agreed to form an intermediate group that will draft a proposal for a formal organization that would be tasked with regional economic development.
Spring turkey season suspended in northern Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

The spring wild turkey hunt has been suspended in portions of northern Maine the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced. “This winter has taken a toll on younger wild turkeys, including hens,” DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock said. The National Weather Service ranked March 2014 as the third snowiest March on record in northern Maine. DIF&W biologists believe the northern Maine wild turkey population has potentially suffered above-average winter mortality rates.
$50 million bond proposal package headed to LePage with strong bipartisan support
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 18, 2014 

A package of six bond bills totaling $50 million sailed through the Legislature on Thursday night en route to consideration by Gov. Paul LePage and voters on the November statewide ballot. LePage has not said whether he supports another borrowing package. However, all of the bond bills received votes well in excess of two-thirds majorities, which is necessary for both ballot measures and to override potential gubernatorial vetoes. The bonds include a $10 million to fund construction of culverts to aid fish passage, clean-water systems and conservation work; $8 million to fund University of Maine Cooperative Extension to assistance for farming and forestry; and $7 million to fund grants to boost the state’s marine economy, including lobster and seafood processing.
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