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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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Naomi Klein to speak at COA’s 2015 commencement
Other - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

On June 6, Naomi Klein, thought leader and award winning author of "This Changes Everything," will give College of the Atlantic’s 42nd commencement address in Bar Harbor. The introduction to Klein’s book opens with a quote by COA alumna Anjali Appadurai ‘13, who participated in several United Nations global climate negotiations during her time as a student at the college. Appadurai and dozens of other COA students and alumni have developed Earth in Brackets, a powerful youth delegation at the annual UN climate meetings since 2005 and an important voice at the upcoming summit in Paris in December 2015.
Payday at the mill
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

The state of Maine will cut checks worth a total of $16 million and mail them to out-of-state investors. This payout of taxpayer dollars through 2019 will make whole a commitment the state made in December 2012 to encourage what was – on paper – touted as a $40 million investment in the resurgence of the Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket. But the resurgence failed. A year after the investment was received, the mill’s owner, private equity firm Cate Street Capital of Portsmouth, NH, shuttered the mill and laid off more than 200 people. Great Northern filed for bankruptcy a few months later with more than $20 million in unpaid bills. Most of that $40 million was a mirage. The Maine New Markets Capital Investment program, which faced little debate when the Legislature created it in 2011, lacks accountability.
Naturalist aims to draw out new birders
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox goes to great lengths to see rare birds, driving in a single day from Portland to places as far away as Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the New Jersey coast. One time he hopped in the car and headed to Rangeley, only to strike out in his pursuit of a black-backed woodpecker. This year, Hitchcox hopes to make the search for the spectacular and ordinary birds easier for those in Greater Portland by teaching more people about “patches.” A patch is a defined wild area that you can easily visit each day. It’s a park or place you pass by. It could even be your backyard.
Column: Trying to get to the bottom of 24-bucket diaper dump
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

Everyone likes a good mystery: a whodunit murder…the perfect bank heist…the wanton dumping of buckets brimming with used diapers in Maine’s otherwise pristine wilderness. If the close to 200 comments on the Maine Warden Service Facebook page are any indication, they’re hip-deep in a torrent of suggestions, speculation and, alas, suspicion from folks who don’t take kindly to their waterways being transformed into septic transfer stations. What the wardens don’t appear to be getting, however, is any truly useful intel. But there’s no question the warden service is taking this seriously. They’ve offered a $500 reward.
Column: Nothing like first hike to shake off remnants of cabin fever
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

This longest of Maine winters has finally been supplanted by glorious spring, and it’s high time now to cure the ills of months of cabin fever. So pack up the rucksack, lace up those boots and take a hike. Here’s a sampler of fun trails for you to explore. ~ Carey Kish
Column: Now is the perfect time for making summer plans
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

Mud season is a great time to start making plans for summer fun. Why not zero in on a few possible overnight camping dates and locations, and, where necessary, make some early reservations so you can be sure to get your pick of the best sites. For instance: South Branch Pond Campground in Baxter State Park, Public Reserved Lands down east in the Cutler Coast section and Donnell Pond, and Cupsuptic Lake Park and Campground in Oquossoc. ~ John Christie
Column: Springing forward and reeling them in after ice-out
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

Salmonid anglers who troll with downriggers, sewn bait and lures do well after ice-out, and Maine’s coveted The One That Didn’t Get Away Club has years of statistics proving that point. Of course, early-season casters plying spring holes, tributaries and outlets also catch trout and salmon now. We often think of fall as being the big producer of lunkers, but ice-out generates more wall-hangar action. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Productivity in Maine lags nation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

After growing faster than the national average during the first half of the last decade, our productivity fell steadily for seven years and today seems stuck. What happened? Finding an answer to this puzzling trend – like diagnosing and finding a treatment for a heretofore unseen cancer – is Maine’s most critical economic problem. Unless we find ways to do everything we do more productively, recovery from the Great Recession will elude us. ~ Charles Lawton
Editorial: Recycling finance idea 
no threat to bottle bill
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

L.D. 1204, sponsored by Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Hampden, would remove from Maine's bottle bill beverage containers of 32 ounces or more. Distributors would then contribute one-half cent for every container of that size sold in Maine in the next six years to a new fund, the proceeds of which would be awarded to municipalities with the purpose of increasing the amount of waste that is recycled. There are risks for taking large containers out of the redemption stream. But those risks are worth it if the overall effect of the change is to increase a statewide recycling rate.
Letter: Trade agreement a classic example of corporatism
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 19, 2015 

Much of America is watching Maine’s success with our Clean Election campaign. The basic concept is that we the people are responsible for determining our fate. That founding concept is now grievously threatened by seemingly limitless money poured in by corporate and special interests, some of it from well outside our borders. Now hold that thought, and consider the secret Trans Pacific Partnership trade “agreement” being negotiated behind closed doors. It is the poster child for the global corporatism movement in all its cancerous manifestations. ~ Seabury Lyon, Bethel
Feds tout progress in rebuilding fisheries
Summit Voice - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Federal biologists said they’re making progress rebuilding important fisheries, including valuable species like bluefin tuna in the western Atlantic, which along with five other species, was removed from the “overfishing” list. Overall, the number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, according to a report released in mid-April by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.
Column: The wild turkey outlook
Sun Journal - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

When it comes to Maine sportsman and wild turkeys, there are two distinct groups: those who hunt 'em and those who hate 'em. Count me among the former. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Column: Working with fellow conservation officers was a job perk
Other - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Union Leader (NH) - During my years as a New Hampshire conservation officer, it was mandatory to work with the enforcement people of the adjoining states because my territory on the coast was from border to border. The people I worked with were some of the best officers and became great friends. We made some pretty big busts working together, especially in the illegal lobster trade. My Maine man, the late Tom Flarety, was a very conservative and hard-working officer. Having the Maine half of the Piscataqua River and adjoining waters was a tough battle for him as he seldom had any help. ~ Dick Pinney
Presque Isle to host World Cup biathlon event in 2016
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

The International Biathlon Union World Cup will return to Presque Isle next winter at the Nordic Heritage Center. The IBU World Cup 8, the tour’s eighth stop on its nine-stop tour, will be held Feb. 11-14. About 300 athletes from 32 countries are expected to compete in men’s and women’s races in sprint, pursuit and relay.
Lawmakers look to block LePage’s plan to increase timber take
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Lawmakers are seeking to block the LePage administration’s plans to increase timber harvesting on state-owned lands and are proposing to arm forest rangers with Tasers rather than create a new type of natural resources law enforcement officer. Members of a legislative committee endorsed many of Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposals for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry but gutted the most controversial aspects of his plan. For instance, the panel recommended reinstating roughly 20 forest ranger positions that were proposed for elimination, rejected plans to dismantle the Bureau of Parks and Lands and, in a compromise with those seeking to arm rangers, recommended equipping them with Tasers and bullet-proof vests.
Letter: Let’s pump water instead of oil through pipelines
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Why not think about the enormous benefits of spending our tax dollars on the construction of pipelines pumping water from our major rivers and contributories to other areas of the country in need? It would help solve many problems; help minimize spring floods, send water west and southwest and put thousands to work. I realize that there are many pros and cons with the Keystone project; in particular, environmental ones. But I ask you: Which would a thirsty and hungry person choose — a gallon of water and a loaf of bread, or a barrel of oil? ~ Peter Greene, Buxton
After dropping for a few years, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions creep up again
Summit Voice - Friday, April 17, 2015 

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have dropped 9 percent in the last 10 years, the EPA said this week, releasing its 20th annual national greenhouse gas inventory. The latest tally is current through 2013, which shows a 2 percent increase from the previous year, due to increased energy consumption across all economic sectors and increased use of coal for electricity generation.
More workers at Bucksport power plant laid off
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

AIM Development USA will lay off at least 20 more workers at its power plant within the next two weeks, leaving just 13 employees or so to run the facility. Formerly, 60 people had been employed at the power plant, located at the site of the former paper mill. AIM Development, a subsidiary of Canadian metal recycling firm American Iron & Metal, acquired the infrastructure after Verso decided to shut the facility down and to lay off about 500 mill employees at the end of 2014. Verso spokesman Bill Cohen said last December that AIM intended to continue operating the power generation assets and sell power onto the grid.
Maine Peepers Sing Spring Songs, Amid Worries About Amphibians' Future
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, April 17, 2015 

After months of bitter cold, we have at last reached that time of year when nature starts to wake up. Some of the first - and most audible - signs of spring's arrival are the mating calls of amphibians - peepers and wood frogs. It's also the time of year when Maine's citizen scientists go to work, clipboards in hand, trying to keep track of just how much "action" is going on out there.
New safety measures announced for U.S. oil trains
Associated Press - Friday, April 17, 2015 

An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation. The Obama administration has been under intense pressure to ensure the safety of oil trains. There have been a series of fiery oil train explosions in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, including one just across the border from Maine in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.
Expera asks city for massive tax break on Old Town mill
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

The new owners of the local pulp mill are asking for a $43.7 million reduction in the valuation of its facility and city leaders decided this week to hire a company to revalue the property, City Assessor Travis Roy said Friday. “This action was taken in response to the mill’s owner, Expera Specialty Solutions, filing for a tax abatement on Feb. 2, 2015. Expera asserts that the Old Town Mill is worth $7.3 million,” Roy said. “The city of Old Town had the mill real and personal property assessed at just over $51 million last year.” Expera Specialty Solutions of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, acquired the assets of the former Old Town Fuel & Fiber pulp mill on Dec. 5 during bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. District Court in Bangor. The deal was announced Nov. 11, a month after creditors forced Old Town Fuel & Fiber into bankruptcy, sending 180 millworkers out the door.
March 2015 global temps the warmest on record
Summit Voice - Friday, April 17, 2015 

More than 90 percent of the Earth’s land surface experienced warmer than average temperatures last month, which ended up being the warmest March on record for the planet as a whole. The combined land- and ocean surface temperature was 1.53 degrees above the 20th century average, breaking the previous 2010 record by 0.09 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the latest global State of the Climate update from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.
LePage administration pulls ‘business friendly’ status from South Portland
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 17, 2015 

The LePage administration giveth and it taketh away. The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has stripped the city of South Portland of its “business friendly” designation because of a local ordinance passed in 2014 that blocks tar sands oil from being exported from the city’s harbor. This is the first time a community has lost certification.
East Millinocket national park informational session sparks ‘friendly’ debate
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

Tom St. John, a Katahdin region businessman who favors a proposed north woods national park, had several minutes of convivial talk Thursday with former Millinocket Town Councilor John Raymond, a park opponent. Unremarkable by itself, the low-key conversation underlined a goal of the informational session hosted at Schenck High School: To get people engaged in considering the park idea, said David Farmer, a spokesman for leading park proponent Lucas St. Clair. “People are engaged,” Farmer said Thursday. “I think it shows that this is a debate about an idea and we can all be friendly and stand in the same room and have civil and informative conversation.” Farmer counted 92 people in attendance at the two-hour event.
Maine lawmakers: Science unclear on cellphone health risk
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 17, 2015 

Members of a legislative committee have rejected a proposal that would have required cellphone manufactures to affix health warning labels on cellular phones. Members of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee voted 7-4 against the bill Thursday after members said the science remains unclear. Maine Attorney General Janet Mills had also raised constitutional questions about the measure.
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