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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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Time series analysis of satellite data reveals continuous deforestation of New England since the 1980s
Other - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

New England is often held as a principal example of a forest transition with historical widespread deforestation followed by recovery of forestlands as farming activities diminished, but the results of this study support the notion of a reversal of the forest transition as the region again is experiencing widespread deforestation.
Nature Rx
Other - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors — a timeless prescription for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason. [video]
Following in the footsteps of George B. Dorr, the “father of Acadia”
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

The more than 2 million visitors a year who come from across the country and around the world to admire the beauty of Acadia National Park have George Dorr, in large part, to thank. Yet Dorr’s story and the role he played in shaping Acadia, conservation, Mount Desert Island and beyond, have been largely untold – until now. Not only was Dorr the “father of Acadia,” he had a hand in creating Bar Harbor’s public library, the Wild Gardens of Acadia and surrounding paths, MDI Biological and Jackson laboratories, and Abbe Museum. These, and other fascinating aspects of the life and impact of Dorr, can be found in historian Ronald H. Epp’s new Dorr biography, “Creating Acadia National Park,” published by the Friends of Acadia on the occasion of the park’s Centennial.
More step forward with stories about undercover game warden
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Dozens of people have contacted the Maine Sunday Telegram with tips and allegations against the Maine Warden Service’s undercover operations since May 8, when the newspaper published its investigation of a controversial two-year operation that undercover game warden Bill Livezey conducted in Allagash. Most of those who came forward told similar stories about Livezey’s conduct of operations across the state, from islands off Jonesport to the hills straddling Oxford and York counties along the New Hampshire border. The tales are strikingly similar: They say Livezey exaggerated crimes, padded evidence, drank excessively on the job, provided alcohol to suspects, enticed people to commit hunting violations and committed wildlife violations himself – something that game wardens are allowed to do in Maine in the course of conducting investigations.
Tracking wildlife roadkill in Maine offers a path to saving lives
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

In the past five years, Maine Audubon has used a network of citizen scientists to track sightings of animals – alive and dead – on or along the state’s roads. The volunteers record everything from frogs and snakes to deer and moose. The study is one of only two statewide research projects in the U.S. focused on wildlife along roadways. Using the data, researchers have been able to map out places along major state roads that have high concentrations of animal road crossings. Audubon hopes that the data will be used by state and local governments to install wildlife crossings, such as fencing and expanded under-road culverts that can give animals safe passage and prevent collisions with vehicles.
Sea-run brook trout study finds coveted fisheries
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

A team of 20 fishermen are searching for sea-run brook trout in Downeast Maine as part of the Coastal Stream Survey Project. The study gathers data in hopes of better understanding the sea-run brook trout population, which biologists know little about. The project, now in its third year, is coordinated by Trout Unlimited, Maine Audubon, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition Massachusetts.
Column: Red-eyed vireos are here and are heard
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Spring migration is coming to an end. Bringing up the rear are black-billed cuckoos, yellow-bellied flycatchers, Nelson’s sparrows and saltmarsh sparrows. The north-flowing river of birds is running dry. We see an almost synchronous arrival of a guild of songbirds collectively called the leaf-gleaning insectivores. These birds include our vireos, warblers and tanagers. All of them make a living by preying on caterpillars and other herbivores that attack the leaves of deciduous trees. Among these arrivals are red-eyed vireos. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: The bear hunting game is on and the dogs are loving it
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Some folks disparage hound hunting as cruel, but I could think of few acts crueler than depriving these dogs of their sport. This, the chase, is what they and their handlers live for, and without it they would be merely heal hounds, fat, domesticated house pets. But out here on the trail they, like their masters, rekindle ancestral flames that remain sequestered in the DNA of town folk. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Cycling tours come in all packages
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

The best free resource for exploring Maine’s cycling routes comes via the Maine DOT. Their Explore Maine website (exploremaine.org) lists 33 bike loop tours, with a wide range of lengths and difficulties. The well-designed guide is free online. Another great resource for cyclists, both aspiring and established, is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (bikemaine.org). Portland-based Summer Feet Cycling (www.summerfeet.net) offers a variety of guided bicycle tours along the Maine coast. Backroads (www.backroads.com) offers hundreds of cycling itineraries around the world, including one in Maine. Discovery Bicycle Tours (discoverybicycletours.com) has a six-day itinerary in Acadia National Park. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Let Maine's north woods join this country's crown jewels
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

You shouldn’t look a “gift horse in the mouth,” but a lot of Mainers are doing just that when it comes to businesswoman Roxanne Quimby’s offer to donate 87,500 acres to establish a national monument in northern Maine. The national parks and monuments of this country are its crown jewels. Even the most jaded of over 280 million people who visit them annually are awestruck by their wondrous beauty, and it’s comforting to know they will be preserved in perpetuity. Visitors to the national parks generate a robust tourist industry in their vicinity. But the parks are more than tourist destinations. They are educational institutions, wildlife sanctuaries, reservoirs, purifiers of air, and laboratories for sustainable nature. Some 17 million acres of Maine are covered by forest. It makes sense to allow a small percentage of this vast forest to be dedicated as national monument, bringing with it recreational tourism, eco-tourism and many other benefits of federal monument status. That way at least a part of Maine’s forests will be protected with its “majestic beauty all unmarred.” ~ Elliott L. Epstein
Letter: National monument plan could bolster our population
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Maine is experiencing a Great Emptying in its rural areas, and we need a new way to tell our story to once again capture the imagination of the nation. The proposed national monument in the Katahdin area could be today’s version of the popular book on homesteading, “Living the Good Life” – an intriguing new national monument that brings people to interior Maine. Some of those people will stay, bringing their ideas, their energy and, most importantly, their dreams as they seek the good life in Maine. ~ Jessica Masse, Medway
Letter: Warden Service stands for accountability and service
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

For over eight years, I have worked side by side with incredible people at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and I work very closely with the Maine Warden Service. I have seen leadership at its best, team operation every organization dreams of and service delivery that is by far too commendable for words to express. Not once did a game warden consider their own safety before reaching out to help anyone in need. So hold your horses before you react to media drama and take a close look at what the Warden Service is because here you can find accountability and responsibilities. ~ Maayan Lahti, Hallowell
On behalf of marine life, Greenpeace co-founder rocks the boat, or sinks it
Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

He’s a fugitive on Interpol’s Red List and a marine vigilante who’s done jail time for extradition requests. Yet to many, he’s also a heroic marine conservationist who risks his life and those of his crew to save countless endangered whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks from slaughter. Love him or loathe him, Paul Watson, the 65-year-old, silver-haired founder of Sea Shepherd and co-founder of Greenpeace is now a celebrity because of his job: ramming whaling boats for a living.
Norridgewock couple love walking their land, so they’re opening it to everyone
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

When Marc and Lyra Collard bought their 140-acre property on Wilder Hill Road in 2012, they dreamed of long walks through the woods and grassy pastures in a quiet spot where few cars pass by and the road turns to dirt just a short distance away. For the last four years they have enjoyed their rambles through the property so much that they thought others might too. With the help of their family, they started building trails along the fields and through the woods outside their home, which is close to the Smithfield town line; and on Saturday they will open the trails, known as the Wilder Hill Trails, to the public.
Bat conservation takes flight in Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

The population of bats that hibernate in the winter, of which Maine has five species, has been decimated by white nose syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that grows in dark places, including those favored by bats for winter hibernation. It has killed more than 1 million bats in the Northeast and, in some hibernation areas, 90 to 100 percent of bats have died. Their survival is important not just for the bats themselves, but for anyone who doesn’t like mosquitoes. Recently, Augusta firefighters, in their spare time and using their own lumber, built about 35 bat houses to be put up on city property. And next fall, students in the carpentry program at the Capital Area Technical Center, will learn to build bat houses.
Idea for new Maine national park grows more partisan
Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

A congressional field hearing in the coming week on a proposal to create a national monument in northern Maine underscores how partisan lines have been drawn as Republican lawmakers try to rein in the expansion of public lands by Democratic President Barack Obama. Republican Gov. Paul LePage will deliver opening remarks Wednesday, and he’ll be followed by four others who oppose a proposal to donate 87,500 acres of land owned by the co-founder of Burt’s Bees to the federal government. Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is holding the hearing in East Millinocket at the request of Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who opposes the monument proposal. A spokesman for foundation that brought forward the proposal called it “a sham hearing.”
Disabled veterans in fly fishing group work to protect Maine waterways
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

Disabled veterans in the recently formed Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing group spent time in uniform protecting their country, and last week got together to protect the waterways they fish. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. uses angling to get disabled veterans together for fly fishing activities, education and outings, said Jeff Spaulding of Orono, who started the group earlier this year. He said the goal is to help local veterans with their physical and emotional rehabilitation by providing them a fun, social activity that reconnects them with peers and the community.
SunEdison CEO Chatila Resigns From Boards of TerraForm Yieldcos
Bloomberg News - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

Ahmad Chatila, chief executive officer of bankrupt clean-energy giant SunEdison Inc., stepped down from the boards of the company’s two yieldco units.
Lost hiker’s family releases statement calling her brave, resourceful
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

The family of Geraldine Largay, who died in the summer of 2013 after becoming lost while hiking the Appalachian Trail in western Maine, has issued a public statement saying she was strong, brave and resourceful and praising the Maine Warden Service and volunteers who searched for her. A warden service report released Wednesday, however, indicates she might have been unprepared for the hike, had a poor sense of direction, was afraid of the dark and didn’t know how to use a compass.
Blog: Is This the Future of Small-Scale Forestry in Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

In a world that seems to give endless credence to economies of scale, it can be easy to turn a cold shoulder to the logger with a chainsaw and skidder or the guys with portable sawmills. They may occupy niche positions, but larger systems, with mixes of diverse equipment and operators with varying skill sets, likewise occupy their own niches. There is no objectively right or wrong way to do business in the woods. There are only people trying to make a living for themselves, and in turn, they all add value to our forests and or lives. And that, in a way, is why forestry fascinates me. ~ Zachary Lowry
Maine among Northeast, Midwest states facing shrinking workforce
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

Stateline.org -In many parts of the Northeast and Midwest, population growth is slowing at an unprecedented rate as people are getting older, women are having fewer children, and more people are moving out than in — and that signals big economic trouble ahead. New population projections out this month add to a growing list of demographic patterns indicating that many states in those regions will face a shrinking workforce over the next two decades, which could propel their economies into a downward spiral from which it would be hard to recover. Maine will see its working-age populations drop more than 10 percent. Maine — the nation’s oldest state, with a median age of 43.5 and one of the lowest fertility rates, 1.66 — already is witnessing a labor shortage in some industries from which baby boomers are retiring.
Family of Lost Hiker Not Second Guessing Search
Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

The family of a hiker who died after getting lost on the Appalachian Trail in Maine isn't going to second-guess searchers. A statement Friday evening says Geraldine Largay's family members witnessed the efforts of hundreds of searchers and that they know from visiting the location of her death how difficult it would've been to find her. Documents released by the Maine Warden Service this week under Freedom of Access Act requests by media organizations indicate the 66-year-old Tennessee woman survived more than three weeks after getting lost in July 2013.
Elver harvest tops $13 million as season winds down
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

With the end of Maine’s annual elver fishing season quickly approaching, the fishery has generated the third-highest total in yearly landings revenue in the past 23 years, according to state officials. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26, elver fishermen throughout Maine had caught and sold nearly 9,270 pounds of the baby American eels for an estimated statewide gross revenue total just shy of $13.32 million.
Discover Maine’s first organic distillery inside this renovated barn
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

In a well-used gambrel-roof barn on Route 1 in Newcastle, an organic distillery is being developed by two midcoast men. It will open in early July.
Opinion: Biomass plays vital role in Maine’s forestry industry
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

When the U.S. Senate passed an energy bill last month, most commentators praised it as an example of compromise between the major parties. But a handful of critics have blasted the bill because of a bipartisan biomass amendment sponsored by Maine’s Susan Collins, a Republican, and co-sponsored by Maine independent Angus King and several of their colleagues. They want it deleted in the upcoming House-Senate conference committee. These critics don’t seem to understand the basics of today’s forest-based economy. To keep Maine’s timber industry healthy, our government must adopt policies that keep biomass viable. The biomass amendment deserves to stay in the energy bill. ~ Josiah Pierce, Baldwin
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