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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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Bowdoin professor releases free climate change book
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Bowdoin College Professor David Collings' new book, "Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change," argues that we are virtually out of time to prevent severe, irreversible climate change — with a devastating effect on how we think about the future. Nearly everything we do, Collings says, is premised on the assumption that the world we know will endure into the future and provide a sustaining context for our activities. But today the future of a viable biosphere, and thus the purpose of our present activities, is put into question. We face the unprecedented challenge of salvaging a basis for our lives today. The book is available for free download.
Letter: Vote No on 1
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

This year the state of Maine will once again revisit the issue of bear hunting. This referendum, if passed, will have a significant impact on both the animals and people in the state. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife uses conservation techniques to manage the population of wildlife animals. These conservation techniques include seasonal hunting and ethical hunting tactics. Animals that are left to manage their population will lead to starvation, disease and car accidents. Vote no on Question 1 in November. ~ Joe Dacey, Portland
Letter: Toxic politics
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Jim Fossel’s conservative political column reached a new low with “Liberals pour dark money into Hancock County” (BDN, Oct. 10). Fossel made an outrageously false accusation about our efforts to educate Maine voters about where the candidates stand on protecting the health of Maine children from toxic chemicals in everyday products. In fact, we scrupulously follow all laws related to the use and reporting of funds. ~ Mike Belliveau, Prevent Harm Action Fund, Bangor
Sculpture erected in memory of Orono outdoorswoman, conservationist
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Fifty people gathered in Brownie’s Park on Sunday to view a new sculpture erected in honor of a special outdoorswoman. Orono conservationist Sally Jacobs, a woman responsible for many miles of Maine trails, passed away in November 2012 after a battle with cancer. Her legacy includes the Orono Land Trust, the East Coast Sunrise Trail and other conservation and trail projects throughout Maine.
Piscataquis County manager fired by commissioners
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Piscataquis County Manager Marilyn Tourtelotte and the county commissioners reached an agreement last week to terminate her employment, effective 4 p.m. Oct. 15. She had previously worked for the Chewonki Foundation, International Paper Company, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as a game warden and as manager of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Tourtelotte also served as a commissioner of Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission from 1994-99 and as chairwoman for three years.
Opinion: ‘Garbaging’ for bears: If that’s hunting, buying Hannaford cod is fishing
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

As an avid hunter who has left a lot of boot prints in Maine, I find bear baiting (garbaging for bears, as I prefer to call it) repulsive and embarrassing. It’s called “hunting,” but it is no more hunting than buying cod at Hannaford is fishing. For all who defend garbaging for bears and call it “hunting,” I have this question: How can there be a thrill of the chase when there’s no chase? ~ Ted Williams
Report: Recycling firm connected to fatal hayride operator has dozens of truck-safety violations
Sun Journal - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

A company that’s part of the same corporate structure as Harvest Hill Farms has a lengthy record of citations for vehicle-safety violations. On Oct. 11, Cassidy Charette, 17, of Oakland was killed and 22 others injured during a haunted hayride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls. Re-Harvest, a company within the corporate structure of Harvest Hill Farms, has seen its trucks that haul recycled materials, including paper, inspected by state troopers with the state’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division at least 33 times since 2005. A former driver for the company said Re-Harvest managers were aware of the truck-safety issues but did little to correct them. Over about a 10-year period, inspections of Re-Harvest vehicles resulted in 178 safety citations.
Beware the Budworm
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

If you are not sufficiently afraid of Ebola and Enterovirus, just in time for Halloween comes news of a scary new bug — budworm. A report to be released next month says Maine needs to be preparing for the "Coming Spruce Budworm Outbreak." Highlights of the draft report were presented to major forest landowners in September. Researchers say the impact of the budworm on Maine’s forests can be ameliorated by implementing three silvicultural methods. What worries the industry most is the politics.
Opinion: Passage of Question 1 could have positive impact
Sun Journal - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Much has been said and written about how the passage of the bear referendum (Question 1) would be an economic disaster, particularly for northern and western mountain regions with low human population densities. The opposition claims the passage of the referendum would decimate Maine's bear guiding industry and could result in a $50-$60 million loss of income related to bear baiting, hounding and trapping. A closer look suggests it could be just the opposite. In 2013, the Maine Office of Fiscal and Program Review found that there would be no negative impacts from ending these practices here in Maine. More importantly, eliminating baiting would create a demand for a larger number of guides for both hunters and non-consumptive wildlife users. ~ Robert Fisk Jr., Falmouth, Maine Friends of Animals
Letter: Bear facts
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

If you apply a little math to some of the numbers being used by the out-of staters seeking to ban bear baiting, the numbers look very different. Assuming the “7 million pounds” of stale doughnuts is a remotely accurate number, all you have to do is divide that number by the estimated bear population and you get about 200 pounds of donuts per day. Then divide that number by the 92 days that baiting is legal and you come up with a fraction over 2 pounds per day per bear. That falls far short of the 20,000 calories per day that a bear needs to get ready to hibernate.Thus, 2 pounds of doughnuts is a statistically insignificant factor in a bear’s diet. ~ Mike Look, East Machias
Letter: Bear biologists are too cozy with Maine’s hunting lobby
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Like many others, I am outraged at the blatantly partisan role that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries &Wildlife is playing in the bear referendum, siding, as per usual, with the hunting lobby it consistently supports. It’s one thing to offer “fair comment,” as the law allows; it’s another to blitz the airwaves with uniformed personnel using scare tactics, all on company time and with the use of public resources. Trust your bear biologist? Not until their objectivity is no longer compromised by Maine’s hunting lobby, with which they have been far too cozy for far too long. ~ Don Loprieno, Bristol
Maine Set to Vote on Bear-Hunting Methods
Wall Street Journal - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Referendum Pits Humane Society Against Sports Groups and State Wildlife Officials
Progressive Super PAC debuts with $106K to oppose LePage over weekend
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

A national Super PAC registered in Maine earlier this month has made its first expenditure, putting $106,000 of another PAC’s money into an online ad opposing Gov. Paul LePage. The group Progressive Kick IE Maine had the second-highest amount of independent expenditures in the gubernatorial race over the weekend, after the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund. The conservation group spent $265,677 on TV ad buys opposing LePage and $88,677 on ads supporting Michaud over the weekend. The group in August launched an ad criticizing LePage’s environmental record.
Androscoggin Land Trust buys nearly 1,250 acres from Verso Paper Corp.
Sun Journal - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

A multiyear project to conserve about 1,250 acres of woodlands in Canton and Jay along the Androscoggin River was realized earlier this month in a deal between the Androscoggin Land Trust and Verso Paper Corp. The land was purchased to connect multiuse trails around the Franklin and Oxford counties region, enhance recreational opportunities, continue to allow hunting and fishing, and sustainable timber harvesting, while bringing more visitors into towns, Michael Auger, executive director of the trust, said Tuesday in Auburn.
Maine’s candidates for governor try to close deal with voters in final debate
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

The three candidates for governor made their closing arguments to Maine voters in the final televised debate Tuesday. On the economy, LePage reiterated his position that burdensome government regulations in Maine have for years stifled big business, and that the state’s high cost of energy has driven away employers, saying there is an “energy crisis” in New England that Michaud has refused to address. “Regulations got so bad that the tier one companies threw up their and hands and left the state of Maine,” he said.
Chemical safety advocacy group protests against LePage in Bangor
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Members of Prevent Harm, a public health political advocacy group spearheaded by former Maine House Speaker Hannah Pingree, held its third “Fear the Beard” campaign in Maine to protest against Gov. Paul LePage’s voting record on regulating chemicals. Similar events also have occurred in Portland and Augusta. LePage, a Republican, was two months into the job in February 2011 when he dismissed claimed dangers of bisphenol A, an industry chemical used in many everyday household products that scientists claim can be dangerous, by saying that “worst case is some women may have little beards.” BPA is used in the lining of some canned foods and jar lids, and it has been shown to cause a range of health problems and hormone imbalances, especially in children and pregnant women.
Plan to harvest trees from Falmouth town forests called ‘outrageous’
Forecaster - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

After hearing about a plan for harvesting trees at the Blackstrap Hill Community Forest and Woods Road Community Forest, the Falmouth Town Council recently decided that consultation from a forest ecologist is necessary before any decision can be made. However, the council cannot deny harvesting in the forests, because the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife mandates harvesting every 10 years.
Editorial: Yes on Question 7: Maine needs to prepare for a changing fisheries future
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

With potentially wholesale changes in store for Maine’s fisheries, the state’s seafood trade needs to have the ability to adapt and still realize value from one of the state’s key sectors. Question 7 on the November ballot is an acknowledgment of the critical importance of Maine’s fisheries and a nod to the need for planning for their future. The ballot initiative deserves voters’ support. It offers Maine a chance to prepare for a future in an industry that’s going to require adaptation.
Owner of historic Maine canoe maker explains difficult decision to move out of state
Mainebiz - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Lincoln Canoe and Kayak, one of the oldest canoe and kayak makers in the state, is moving out of its Freeport retail location by the end of the month and opening up shop in Massachusetts. Marc Bourgoin, one of the co-owners, said that it was a decision he made after months of deliberation and after receiving full support from his employees. Lincoln Canoe and Kayak, which has been known for its handmade and lightweight canoe and kayaks since 1959, was purchased by Marc Bourgoin and his brother Ron in 2009. The company began in Stow, Mass., and eventually moved to Freeport. Bourgoin said leaving behind Freeport and moving into a facility in Amesbury, Mass., was a matter of survival for the business. The company's focus on running a one-stop retail stop for canoers and kayakers in Freeport wasn't working, foot traffic from customers was way down and the rent was too expensive.
Southern Maine communities to share $1 million in waste and recycling revenue
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Greater Portland communities will share a $1 million rebate from ecomaine, the regional waste incinerator and recycling cooperative. Ecomaine announced the one-time rebate Tuesday morning and said it would set aside an additional $500,000 on surplus revenue to offset any future downturn in the recycling market. The ecomaine recycling plant saw a record year, Roche said, processing almost 42,000 tons of material that has varying levels of market value.
Report Says GMOs Could Solve World Hunger
Other - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

There is significant opposition in Maine to GMO foods but decreasing the regulations on genetically modified crops could be a valuable strategy in combatting the growing deficit between food supply and global hunger, according to a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis. Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug’s use of biotechnology in farming has been credited with saving nearly a billion lives and pushing the boundaries of conventional farming. Placing limitations on the advancements of Borlaug and other pioneers “only hurts the world’s starving population,” says NCPA Research Associate David Weisser.
Editorial: Yes on Question 6: A vote for safe water, modern infrastructure, flood preparedness
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Question 6 on the November ballot offers voters a chance to replenish two key funds that pay for drinking water and sewer system upgrades while triggering additional federal funds. In helping the state and local governments maintain infrastructure for something as critical as water, the initiative offers government the tools necessary to fulfill a core function: ensuring safe drinking water. The initiative deserves voters’ support.
Human disturbance the key factor driving changes in eastern forests
Summit Voice - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Climate change may only be a secondary factor in the changing composition of Eastern forests. Changes in disturbance regimes have had a much bigger impact in the past century or so, according to Marc Abrams, a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Abrams says eastern forests are still in a state of disequilibrium resulting from massive clear-cutting and burning during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and aggressive forest fire suppression has also had a far greater influence on shifts in dominant tree species than minor differences in temperature.
NOAA: 2014 likely to be Earth’s hottest year on record
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That’s because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.
Letter: Those who believe ‘scientific evidence’ on bear baiting should address climate change
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

I only wish that all those people who want us to accept the “scientific evidence” to continue bear baiting would step up to the plate and do something about climate change. ~ Frank D’Alessandro, Portland
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