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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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News Items
It Takes Just One Road to Destroy a Forest
Other - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

95% of forest loss occurs within 50 km of a road. Roads are penetrating deep into the wilderness. Roads fragment natural habitats, degrade forest ecosystems, and put local communities and wildlife at risk.
Maine DEP chief requests oversight of Amtrak plan for Brunswick layover facility
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

The increasingly political fight over plans to build an Amtrak maintenance facility near a Brunswick neighborhood ratcheted up a notch this week when the commissioner of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection moved to take personal oversight of the project’s approval. Commissioner Patricia Aho sent a letter to Amtrak requesting information on the project and directed the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which oversees passenger rail services in Maine, to send any correspondence with the DEP about the project to her office.
EPA staff says smog standards need tightening 7 to 20 percent
Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure.
Downeaster ridership rises in spite of delays
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

Ridership on Amtrak’s Downeaster increased 4.6 percent in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, even though the service posted its worst-ever on-time performance, according to a preliminary report. Passengers made a record 537,000 one-way trips on the Downeaster, which operates 10 trains daily between Portland and Boston and four daily trains between Brunswick and Boston. But the service’s on-time performance was dismal. Only 58 percent of the trains arrived at their destination on time, a significant decline from on-time performance of 82 percent in fiscal 2013.
Mile 124 Waterville-Sidney interchange clears environment hurdle
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

The proposed Interstate 95 exit would be three miles south of the Kennedy Memorial Drive exit and would ease expected future congestion there.
Opinion: Greed and shortsightedness could mean that cod is not so sacred
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries has released data showing cod in the Gulf of Maine have declined to just 3 percent of what is needed for a healthy population. Atlantic cod is headed toward “commercial extinction” in New England waters. The decline is the result of bad decisions by federal fisheries managers (under pressure from powerful fishing interests) that encouraged overfishing for decades and failed to protect the habitat cod need to thrive. Sadly, NOAA Fisheries and the New England Fisheries Management Council are considering a plan to further reduce habitat protection by as much as 70 percent, eliminating protection in nearly 5,000 square miles of ocean. We need more conservative catch quotas, but we also need to protect the habitat where cod feed and reproduce. ~ Roger Fleming, Earthjustice
Letter: Environmental protection demands real democracy
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

We are not able to protect the environment and combat climate change if we don’t have a working democracy to work with. The big corporations and big money hold all the cards: the right to almost unlimited “free speech” in the form of campaign contributions, which privilege comes from corporations themselves having been granted “personhood” in Supreme Court cases. There is citizen initiative circulating in Maine that strikes at the root of the problem. The We The People Maine citizen initiative calls for a constitutional amendment to reverse “corporations as people” and “money as speech.” ~ Beedy Parker, Camden
Letter: Common sense vote
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

I recently noticed new political signs. The signs say, “Trust your wildlife biologist.” The signs encourage you to vote no on the upcoming bear hunting referendum. nI strongly suspect that our wildlife biologists are not free to give their real opinion about the bear population and baiting, but they are instead told what their public opinion will be. If they value their job, they will do what they are told. I’ve lived in two areas of the state with large bear populations, had livestock in both places and I’ve never had a problem. I am again voting to outlaw bear baiting. I hope you will use common sense and fair play when you cast your vote. ~ Donna J. Runnels, Burnham
Letter: Holding the bag
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

Single-stream recycling is just another “recycling” process that does not deliver as promised. It cannot sort as efficiently as source sorting. Single-stream recycling uses large amounts of energy and ends up with larger amounts of mixed materials that have to be sold at lower prices or that have to be disposed off in landfills. It is time to stop making rash decisions that solve nothing but that result in the residents of Rockland being the ones holding the bag — albeit it being filled with recyclables. ~ David E Myslabodski, Rockland
Letter: Green Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

Recently, I walked through a hospital parking lot only to discover hundreds, if not thousands, of waste cigarette butts thrown among the rose bushes. Every time a new wind energy product is fastened to the earth, the environmentalists shout with joy. The only thing green is the color of extra money the electric companies will collect. What’s with the monster pickup trucks? They’re green because many business owners deduct them on the income forms. What’s with our green lawns? How much carbon do gasoline mowers without pollution controls create? Bill Clinton designed a program to make millions of older homes highly efficient that would not cost the owners a single penny. Has not a single green person in Maine read the book? ~ Robert Fournier, Bangor
Redevelopment continues at Snow Bowl, erosion slowed
Courier-Gazette - Friday, August 29, 2014 

Erosion problems at Camden Snow Bowl have continued to decrease in recent weeks, according to a redevelopment report authored by Parks and Recreation Director Landon Fake.
Portland ordered to pay legal fees to Friends of Congress Square Park
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 29, 2014 

A judge has ordered Portland to reimburse Friends of Congress Square Park more than $50,000 in legal fees incurred during the group’s successful legal battle involving the fate of the plaza. The legal dispute culminated on May 6 when Maine’s highest court rejected the city’s attempt to block a referendum by the Friends group on the future of the downtown park. Portland voters passed the ballot question a month later, thwarting the sale of the park and changing the process for selling other public spaces in the future.
EEE found in mosquito pool in York
Associated Press - Friday, August 29, 2014 

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus that causes Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been found in a mosquito pool in York. Last year Maine identified EEE in three horses, one emu, one pheasant flock, and 26 mosquito pools. Maine also had three mosquito pools test positive for West Nile Virus. There has never been an identified case of EEE in a Maine resident, but health experts say people should protect themselves from mosquito bites.
Big dams correlate with poor water quality, but LePage wants more hydro power
Maine Environmental News - Friday, August 29, 2014 

According to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects, large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world. Focusing on the 50 most substantial river basins, researchers with International Rivers compiled and compared data from some 6,000 of the world’s estimated 50,000 large dams. Eighty percent of the time, the presence of large dams came along with findings of poor water quality, including high levels of mercury and trapped sedimentation. Maine has a successful track record of dam removal and river restoration. However, Gov. Paul LePage has called the removal of hydroelectric dams "irresponsible." He supports efforts to invest in "hydro, hydro and more hydro."
Scientists worry lobster conservation is faltering
Foster's Daily Democrat - Friday, August 29, 2014 

Marine scientists and lobster harvesters in Maine's largest fishery say some fishermen may be abandoning a key conservation method practiced for nearly 100 years at a time of growing fears that a run of record hauls is coming to an end. The mandatory practice, called v-notching, requires lobstermen to mark the tail of any egg-bearing lobster they catch and let it go. The notch lasts two to three years and alerts other lobstermen that that lobster is off-limits. About 66 percent of egg-bearing females surveyed in 2013 were v-notched, down from nearly 80 percent in 2008.
Maine proposes rules to manage growing black sea bass fishery
Associated Press - Friday, August 29, 2014 

Maine fishery officials are proposing regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state’s waters. Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher said the regulations will govern recreational and commercial fishing of the species. He called black sea bass a new commercially viable species for the state. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will set Maine’s commercial sea bass quota every year by May 1. Scientists say black sea bass are increasing in Maine’s waters because of temperature increase over the past 10 years.
Friction continues as Scarborough beach dog rules evolve
Forecaster - Friday, August 29, 2014 

As the first summer with new leash laws and a beach monitoring program comes to a close, the Canine Education and Enforcement Committee is prepared to make recommendations for improving the welfare of dogs and endangered birds on town beaches. The panel worked to ease a transition to the new leash laws for dogs on beaches, which have divided dog owners and beach-goers for several months. But tensions on the beach continue. The town began changing its animal control ordinance after an incident last summer, when an off-leash dog killed an endangered piping plover.
Parking area is boon to Sanford trail
Journal Tribune - Friday, August 29, 2014 

Without parking close by, places are unlikely to see much use. Having vehicles parked alongside the road is a hazard in many areas, while in other spots it’s not an option or the spaces are too few. In Sanford, however, the parking problem has been solved for at least one community asset: the Depot Trail Head. Thanks to a grant and generous donations of time, work, money and goods from area residents, access has been greatly improved to this trail, which means it is set to become a popular attraction.
Column: On the hunt for woodpeckers in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 29, 2014 

The American three-toed woodpecker is a rare Maine breeder. It is restricted almost entirely to black spruce habitat, and I’ve never seen one south of Millinocket. The three-toed drumming is deep, slow, and somewhat ragged. And that’s what I was hearing in the dead of winter in the North Maine Woods. ~ Bob Duchesne
How mechanization is replacing hand rakers, migrants in Down East Maine’s blueberry barrens
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 29, 2014 

Laborers, particularly migrant workers, raking by hand are still an important factor in Maine's blueberry harvest, although their numbers continue to diminish. There are various reasons for the shift to increased mechanization, including the reluctance of local residents to do the work, the difficulty in obtaining and using migrant laborers, and the benefits of mechanical harvesting.
Dresden residents’ ‘thru-hike’ of Appalachian Trail a rare family affair
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 29, 2014 

In the 77 years since the Appalachian Trail was completed, only 15 families with young children have finished an end-to-end “thru-hike” of the 2,160-mile trail stretching from Georgia to Maine. On Monday, a Maine family is expected to become No. 16 when its four members reach the summit of Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. But for David and Emily Kallin of Dresden and their two children — Nathan, 9, and Maddy, 8 — this five-month hike is part and parcel of who they are: The Kallins plan their lives around outdoor adventures.
Waterville’s recycling success has a backlash
Morning Sentinel - Friday, August 29, 2014 

A company that collected recycling doesn't have enough business to continue offering the service, leaving small businesses with no alternative.
Rail advocates pitch passenger service to Augusta Council
Kennebec Journal - Friday, August 29, 2014 

Representatives envision a station at the site of the former Statler mill, a location the city is making plans to develop.
Opinion: Demonizing bear hunts can have unintended consequence
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 29, 2014 

Mounting an attack on hunting techniques that lure animals to hunters, or use dogs to track them, or traps to capture them, is really an attack on all sorts of hunters pursuing all sorts of animals under all sorts of conditions. If Mainers can be persuaded that hunters can’t use these tactics for bears, it is a very short step to arguing they shouldn’t use them for many others. Bears are a smokescreen; the real target is hunters — all of them. Mainers turned this exact measure down in 2004, by a 53-47 margin. Let’s make its defeat even more decisive this time. ~ M.D. Harmon
Editorial: Portland stormwater fee critical to cleaner Casco Bay
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 29, 2014 

Portland recently took another step toward enacting a proposal to share the cost of treating the runoff from rooftops, driveways and parking lots in the city. And although it’s unrealistic to expect citizens to embrace an idea that would increase their bills, Portland’s stormwater fee proposal presents a worthy trade-off: an average $54 annual charge for most property owners, in return for lower sewer rates and the knowledge that they’re helping to keep local waterways clean. The stormwater fee is needed to help fund $170 million in federally mandated upgrades to a system that now sends untreated sewage and storm runoff into Casco Bay during heavy downpours.
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Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

Soil Association launches the ‘Organic September’ campaign
By Anna Bonar - The Soil Association calls UK public to switch to organic food through their ‘Organic September’ campaign, as it is healthier, better for the environment, nutritionally richer and sustainable, according to an expert.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

USDA clarifies use of ‘organic’ in brand, company names
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the National Organics Program, has issued a clarification to certifying agencies about the use of the word “organic” in company or product brand names.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

New go-to career for young New Englanders: farming
By Jennifer McDermott - Bucking the national trend, the region shows an increase in the number of farms, many less than 50 acres.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies
By Greg Allen - Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes – saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

James Oseland, Saveur’s Editor, Quitting to Revamp Magazine at Rodale
By Christine Haughney - James Oseland, the editor in chief of the food magazine Saveur, said on Thursday that he was leaving his position to join the publisher Rodale. At Rodale, Mr. Oseland will start a new magazine brand, transforming the 62-year-old Organic Gardening magazine into Organic Life. The new magazine is expected to include coverage of “food, garden, home and well-being,” a Rodale spokeswoman said. It will be introduced next year with a March/April issue.
8/20/2014 11:00:00 PM

Sun rises on new Web domain as organic sector grows
By Coral Beach - About the new .organic domain name for certified organic producers, marketers and organic trade associations.
8/19/2014 11:00:00 PM

Cape farmer opens South Portland store
By Kayla J. Collins - Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth began a new venture on Friday when it opened the doors to its first year-round location, The Farm Stand, at 161 Ocean St. in the Knightville section of South Portland.
8/19/2014 11:00:00 PM

Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
By Kimberly Kindy - The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply.
8/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

Sway the Public
Take 15 minutes to write a letter or email to your local newspaper about clean air and water, wildlife, health...
8/30/2014 4:00:10 AM

Thursday-Saturday, September 4-13: Portland GreenFest Film Series
Join NRCM for the first annual Portland GreenFest Film Series, beginning on Thursday, September 4th. The movie...
8/29/2014 11:16:15 AM

Wear “Green”
When purchasing new clothing, try to opt for green fibers. Good choices: organic cotton (conventional cotton i...
8/29/2014 4:00:27 AM

Deer Tick News Is All Bad – “Ticked Off” Report Should Tick You Off
By George Smith Bangor Daily News column This morning my Kennebec Journal came with a deer tick. I start my da...
8/28/2014 10:37:32 AM

Share Your Thoughts
Let businesses know when you’re spending your money with them because of their environment-friendly policies—a...
8/28/2014 4:00:20 AM

Saturday, September 6: Hidden Valley Nature Center Field Day
Join Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) to celebrate Maine’s forests! HVNC, alongside co-founders of HVN...
8/28/2014 1:18:05 AM

U.N. Study: Warming Effects May Be Irreversible
Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous, the report says . By Seth Borenstein, The...
8/27/2014 2:45:06 PM

Monday, September 8: A New National Park in Maine
Please join NRCM North Woods Project Director Cathy Johnson at the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville ...
8/27/2014 8:32:09 AM

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