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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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Very rare orange-brown lobster caught off Maine coast
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 06, 2015 

An orange-brown lobster was brought into the Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-Op in Scarborough last week. According to research by the Lobster Institute, the chance of finding a split-colored lobster is one in 50 million. Only the albino lobster, at one in 100 million, is rarer, according to the institute.
Environmental groups hold vigil for Lac-Megantic train explosion victims
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 06, 2015 

As church bells rang in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic to mark the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 48 people, climate change activists in Maine held vigils around the state expressing concern about the potential for a future disaster. The state-level arm of international climate change group 350.org and the Sierra Club held a vigil Monday to mark the two-year anniversary and raise concern not specifically about train safety but the oil sands and shale oil boom that has led to more crude oil traveling by train across the country. “Like the driverless train accelerating toward the unsuspecting town of Lac-Megantic, our exploitation of fossil fuels has itself continued to accelerate, notwithstanding that tragedy,” said Lee Chisolm, head of the group’s Greater Portland chapter.
Group submits signatures to stop rezoning of Portland Co. waterfront parcel
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 06, 2015 

A group of residents calling themselves “Save the Soul of Portland” submitted more than 2,500 signatures at City Hall Monday morning in an effort to stop a proposed development on the Eastern Waterfront from affecting views along upper Fore Street. Anne Rand, the group’s spokeswoman, said the group took the step of initiating a citywide referendum this November “reluctantly and as a last resort” to preserve the “much-beloved views of the working waterfront and harbor” overlooking 58 Fore St., which is slated for redevelopment.
Drone use on farms about to take off as restrictions loosen
Associated Press - Monday, July 06, 2015 

Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January. Companies with those exemptions say business has grown, helped by quick advances in the technology.
Regulators will hold hearing in N.H. on surging Jonah crab fishery
Associated Press - Monday, July 06, 2015 

Interstate fishery regulators are holding a hearing in Portsmouth, N.H., about a plan to manage a species of crab that is becoming increasingly popular and valuable. The Jonah crab catch is growing in volume and value as a cheaper alternative to Dungeness and stone crabs. The Jonah crab catch increased sixfold from 2000 to 2013. Massachusetts and Rhode Island fishermen catch the most Jonah crabs. Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut fishermen also catch significant amounts.
Asbestos deaths in Maine far above national average
Other - Monday, July 06, 2015 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Maine, along with six other states, have asbestos-related death rates 50 to 100 percent above the national average. Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, was once extensively used as insulation, a variety of flame retardant building materials, a cement additive, and, ironically, cigarette filters. Homes and buildings built before 1980 almost all contain asbestos building materials, including roofing shingles, insulation, tile and wiring. It is classified as a hazardous air pollutant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Bangor teen working to solve city’s stormwater problems
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 06, 2015 

What’s in the water in Bangor? Paige Brown, a 16-year-old Bangor High School student, has a pretty good idea. For the past year, Brown has been studying pollution in six Bangor streams. Her work earned her Maine’s 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize, an award granted to students from each state to recognize valuable work on water-related science projects.
The Idiot Thug Running Maine
Other - Monday, July 06, 2015 

Daily Beast - Last week, members of the Maine legislature’s Government Oversight Committee unanimously called for an investigation into Tea Party Governor Paul LePage. At question is whether or not he inappropriately—and potentially illegally—abused his control over the state’s budget to force a charter school to fire a political opponent. The “combative” governor, as The New York Times called him, hasn’t so much protested his innocence as he has thumbed his nose at the bipartisan committee’s authority.
Blog: Fishing in Maine has Been Great!
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 06, 2015 

I know this has been a crazy weather season but fishing in Maine has been great. I started guiding in May for northern pike and rolled into bass and trout a week later. It all has been great fishing but with tough weather conditions, rain and 20 mph winds, has made it tough for my fly casters. However, they kept at it and were rewarded with some great fish. I truly believe Maine has some of the best fishing in the country. ~ Kevin McKay
Letter: National park proposal
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 06, 2015 

Regarding the proposed national park: It seems to me that we’re going to be assaulted, once again, by a media campaign so someone can get her way. We will hear over and over and over about all of the supposed benefits of the proposed park, yet none will address the real question — What is the additional attraction of this park versus the state park that is already there? How does this benefit Maine residents? Is there another instance in which a national park has been established next to a state park? If so, what have the economic advantages been? ~ John Ogilvie, Carmel
Burt’s Bees co-founder Burt Shavitz dies at age 80
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Burt Shavitz, the man who co-founded and gave his name to the “Burt’s Bees” cosmetic empire after leaving a career as a New York City photographer in the 1960s and eventually settling down in rural Maine, died Sunday at the age of 80. The Parkman resident’s death was mourned on the Facebook page of Burt’s Bees, the company he co-founded with Roxanne Quimby.
Belfast artist unlocks the personality of trees
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

In the shade of a spreading maple tree and under the lazily waving branches of a weeping willow, Belfast sculptor Ron Cowan used a chisel Thursday morning to carve a personality into his newest face. “Wood is alive — it’s like us, cells and earth,” Cowan said as he gestured around the faces that surrounded him. “Any day I get the inspiration and my chain saw has gas, I work on them.” The 72-year-old artist was getting his faces ready for the 20th annual Arts in the Park show in Belfast.
Lobstermen play waiting game while early prices spike
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Maine’s lobster industry is gearing up for another big year as the state’s 4,500 commercial fishermen wait for lobsters to migrate to the coast and shed the hard shells they’ve been carrying all winter. Fishermen and consumers probably won’t see those “shedders” until the middle of July – one to two weeks behind schedule – because of colder-than-normal water temperatures, according to scientists. The shortage has led to above-average lobster prices over the Fourth of July weekend
Book review: ‘Project Puffin’ explores complicated return of Maine coastal icon
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

“Project Puffin” tells the story of their recovery, from Steve Kress’s first sight of puffins on Machias Seal Island and his discovery in old records that they had once thrived as close to Hog Island (where he was a camp instructor) as Eastern Egg Rock. Since this is also a memoir, the book goes back even further. Kress’s achievement in returning puffins to Maine is impressive both as a conservation victory and as an example of personal devotion and patience. Project Puffin makes a strong case for going beyond laissez-fair conservation that leaves recovery to nature. But “playing God” inevitably leads to increasingly tricky questions. “Project Puffin” raises immensely important questions.
Maine using website to gather data on invasive plants
Associated Press - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Maine is turning to crowdsourcing to chronicle the invasive plants that plague some of its natural areas. The state is gathering the data through its iMapInvasives website, which launched a year ago. The online tool allows residents to send photos of invasive plants they encounter on public or private land. Some 224 users have submitted more than 2,800 observations of about 40 nonnative plant species through the tool, said state invasive plant biologist Nancy Olmstead. The state is using the data to improve the way it manages public lands and to inform private landowners of how they can stamp out invasive species, she said.
Maine Audubon outpost in Penobscot County gets little traffic
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Maine Audubon began 150 years ago as the Portland Natural History Society, becoming the Maine Audubon Society in 1902. But the statewide organization always has been based around Portland. In 1974, it moved to its current 60-acre campus at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. However, for 18 years Maine Audubon has had an outpost in Penobscot County on an ecologically diverse 200-acre field complete with a mature forest, stream and pond. It has much to offer, but gets little traffic. Recently Maine Audubon has focused attention on drawing more people to Fields Pond Nature Center.
Column: Daggett Rock seems supernatural
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Maine abounds in natural wonders from one end of the state to the other. Hidden away on a hillside just outside of Phillips in Franklin County is a less-visited but nonetheless captivating example of the wonders of nature that surround us: Daggett Rock. After going up the road for about two and a half miles, you’ll spot a sign at a trailhead on the left side of the road, across from a small parking area. The trail climbs a couple hundred feet to an opening revealing a genuine natural wonder: Maine’s largest glacially transported erratic, a huge egg-shaped granite boulder split into three large fragments. The rock, estimated to weigh 8,000 tons, measures 80 feet long, 50 feet wide and 25 feet high. ~ John Christie
Column: When nature’s lessons are on the fly
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Modern nature lovers have more knowledge, time and money to pursue creatures that many of us did not know about in our youth, but nowadays we can’t live without them. This increased knowledge has made my life far richer during outdoor jaunts. For instance, many of us stumble into shorebirds, and this knowledge often begins with a trip to islands off our coast to target common puffins, but razorbills and terns rank as a second reason for the excursion. Terns may dive at our heads as we hike to blinds. Time spent in blinds on ledges beside the water teach us behavioral traits about these iconic Maine species. Also, the trip to and from islands often introduces birdwatchers to pelagic species. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Q&A with Peter Lowell, lakes’ steward
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Peter Lowell has led the 46-year-old Lakes Environmental Association for 42 years and helped it launch state programs to help keep Maine lake water clean. The association has helped launch the boat-cleaning stations used throughout the state and helped establish the milfoil stickers that raise state funds to fight the invasive water plant. Where will it take the association next? Lowell said 42 years has taught him sometimes not knowing the next step allows big ideas to happen. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Column: Making some unexpected friends in North Carolina
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous on the Appalachian Trail. I carry my iPhone to stay in touch with family and friends. Plus the gadget makes it easy to call ahead for hostels and motels, shuttles and such. And as if it makes a difference, I can also check the weather. In 1977, communication with home was by mail and the occasional call from a pay phone. On such a long journey it’s nice to be connected, and rather than detract, technology has actually enhanced my hike. Even so, I often feel a bit odd standing atop a mountain with phone in hand. Times have changed indeed. ~ Carey Kish
Column: Tales of a dedicated Maine warden — part II
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 04, 2015 

Sometime in the 1980s, Warden John Ford’s dream job took a turn for the worst. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Now what? After anti-park votes, a crossroads in the Katahdin region
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 04, 2015 

With two recent votes in East Millinocket and Medway rejecting the idea of a national park adjacent to Baxter State Park, the area faces a critical question: Now what? Since the fall of 2008, when the first of the Katahdin region’s two iconic paper mills closed, about 450 high-paying jobs have disappeared. A national park’s potential as an economic engine for the region has been much touted, but the votes have stalled its momentum. Yet those who support and those who oppose the national park do have a rare point of agreement: Both do not see any large-scale employment emerging in the region in the near future. Despite the defeats at the polls, officials with the organization advocating for the park, Elliotsville Plantation Inc., said their campaign was resuming.
Vaughan Homestead in Hallowell opens summer sculpture garden
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, July 04, 2015 

The doe and the fawn, half hidden under trees, stare out toward the house lawn of the Vaughan Homestead, looking as though they’re about to hie off into the woods. Benjamin Stoodley and Arielle Cousens of Augusta placed the driftwood and found-wood pair, known as “Navi,” on the lawn Friday a few hours before Vaughan Homestead’s summer sculpture garden opening. The animal sculpture was the final artwork installation for a display open to the public 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 28. It is also open by appointment and for Old Hallowell Day.
Letter: ‘Dyer’ warnings
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 04, 2015 

Gwynne Dyer suggests in his June 22 column returning agricultural land to wilderness and cutting back on fishing as ways to get off the “Highway to Hell” we’re speeding along. He writes we are “on our way to 10 or 11 billion” people. Well, what if we weren’t? Conserving wildlife habitats, eating lower on the food chain, burning less fossil fuel and farming smarter are all necessary for long-term survival. But the most fundamental thing we can do is slow the growth of the human population by ensuring women are able to determine for themselves the timing, spacing and number of children they have. ~ Marian Starkey, Falmouth
Letter: Wild cougars
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 04, 2015 

There are and will be wild, free-roaming cougars here. They will move around, breed and have plenty of food. They are not limited to deer. A cougar was killed by a car on the busy Connecticut Wilbur Cross Parkway in 2011. Supposedly this male cougar arrived there after walking all the way from the Dakotas. This establishes the movement eastward. Cougars from the West are joining cats already here. If readers want to get information and if you want to report a sighting, visit the Eastern Puma Network on Facebook. ~ Karen E. Holmes, Cooper
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