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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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Opinion: A national monument is a no-brainer to make the Katahdin region more attractive
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 

What we need in the Katahdin region right now — and I mean today — is a broader and more sustainable economy. A national monument for our Maine woods would be a big step in exactly the right direction. Spending a lifetime in northern Maine gives a middle-aged business owner like me a certain perspective about what we have gone through in recent decades and what our options are now. Having once worked in those forests that used to be a big economic driver for Maine, I know we’re not going back to those days. The proposed gift of forest land plus an endowment from a private landowner is simply a no-brainer. ~ Stuart Kelley, Sherman
Words and Stones
Other - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 

National Parks magazine - Christian Barter is a trail site supervisor with over 20 years’ experience in Acadia National Park. Barter, it turns out, is also an accomplished poet — with two acclaimed poetry collections (and a third book forthcoming), stints at writers’ colonies and a Princeton fellowship on his resume. Recently, his two careers merged: As part of this year’s centennial celebration for both Acadia and the National Park Service, Barter has been named Acadia’s first poet laureate.
‘Presumpscot Python’ spotted by police on Westbrook riverbank eating large mammal
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 

A large snake reportedly seen on the banks of the Presumpscot River on Thursday was spotted by Westbrook police officers early Tuesday morning as it ate a large mammal and then swam across the river. Officers estimated the snake to be at least 10 feet long, Westbrook Police Capt. Sean Lally said. At about 3:30 a.m., a patrol officer saw the snake on a riverbank in the area of Speirs Street and watched it consume a large mammal, possibly a beaver. After a second officer arrived, they both watched the snake — which has been dubbed “Presumpscot Python” and “Wessie” by area residents — swim across the Presumpscot River to the Brown Street side and disappear into thick underbrush.
Bald Eagles are killing Maine’s Great Blue Herons
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 

Concerns over the demise of great blue herons in Maine are focused, in some parts of the state, on Bald Eagles. Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said, “bald eagles are definitely a predator and have been observed going after young (herons) in the nest, fledglings, as well as adults. I think eagles can be a problem on a local scale. A lot of our historic island colonies no longer have nesting herons but do have nesting eagles."
Opinion: Those who work on the ocean need to help chart its future course
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 

Over the years, I’ve witnessed the impacts changes in our climate have brought to our fisheries – differing molt cycles, lobster migration into deeper, cooler waters and the effects that warming waters have had on shrimp and other species. We’ve experienced the increased severity of weather events and heard the warnings about an increasingly acidic ocean. Now we’re also hearing the clamor of those who seek to use ocean space for their industries, including renewable energy production, offshore aquaculture and others. Many of these new users require leases that restrict access for traditional ocean users. It’s become more important than ever to find a balance between existing and new uses while also protecting everything that our ocean has to offer for future generations. ~ Richard Nelson, Friendship
Letter: State must earn tribes’ trust
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 

I read with interest the June 22 BDN editorial about renegotiating tribal sovereignty and tribal and state relations. This issue is rooted in a matter of “trust.” In 1794, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts made a treaty with the Passamaquoddy Tribe, setting aside some 30,000 acres of land in Washington County using the term “forever.” Well, “forever” lasted about 26 years for when Maine separated from Massachusetts. Since the Maine Indian Lands Settlement Act, the state has been actively chipping away at the limited sovereignty offered in the settlement. If there is to be an opportunity to improve tribal and state relations, the issue of trust has to be addressed. ~ Roger G. Ritter, Indian Township
Falmouth school garden project growing like a weed
Forecaster - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Directly across the street from the school campus on Woodville Road and adjacent to the School Department’s administrative offices, the new school greenhouse area is nearing completion. Students and staff participated in a building day. At least 200 people helped in the design and build. The food that comes from the garden will be used in the school, with excess purposely planted to be donated to the Falmouth Food Pantry.
Blog: Whale Watching for Birds – Part III
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

I was along the rail with my parents and Brian, watching in disbelief as a Finback Whale, 70 feet long, surfaced a second time barely 75 feet from the boat. It was a strong sense of awe that the Northern Gannett and the Finback Whale inspired. It is good to be reminded of the awesomeness of the earth’s creatures, breaking away from the streets and lights and rules of humanity and taking to the endless ocean to see the creatures that call this massive, unbroken landscape their home. ~ Erika Zambello
Advocates: Pollution Rules Necessary to Protect Acadia’s Air
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Millions of Americans visit Maine’s Acadia National Park each year expecting a quality outdoor experience featuring some of the state’s most iconic landscapes. But unhealthy air quality in the region is forcing some hikers to change their plans. At a time when the nation is celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th anniversary, Rich MacDonald, a registered Maine guide and co-owner of the Natural History Center in Bar Harbor, and other clean air advocates say support is needed for two federal Clean Air Act rules the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering.
‘Payday at the Mill’ wins Loeb Award for excellence in business journalism
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram was honored for distinguished business reporting Tuesday night when it won a 2016 Loeb Award for its series “Payday at the Mill.” Considered the Pulitzer Prizes of business journalism, the Gerald Loeb Awards were created in 1957 to encourage reporting on business and finance that informs and protects investors and the general public. The "Payday at the Mill" series started with a simple question: How could a mill that had just landed $40 million in investments and tax breaks shut down a year later? The series was written by former staff writer Whit Richardson, with contributions from former political reporter Steve Mistler, and edited by Business Editor Carol Coultas.
Maine group calls for Clean Air Act improvements
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

A group of environmental advocates met Tuesday at the summit of Cadillac Mountain to draw attention to what they say are needed improvements to the federal Clean Air Act. Representatives of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and local organizations indicated that two proposed changes to the federal act should be allowed to move forward in order to help protect air quality in Acadia and the Northeast region. The changes to the act — the Clean Power Plan, which reduces carbon pollution to combat climate change, and proposed amendments to the Regional Haze Rule, which will require that clean air is protected at older national parks such as Acadia — are up for consideration by federal officials.
Progress made Tuesday suppressing hot spots on edge of Mount Abraham fire
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Maine forest rangers and firefighters made progress Tuesday rubbing out a fire that has smoldered, flared and smoked high atop Mount Abraham since a lightning strike a week ago, but possible thunderstorms presented a new challenge Tuesday. Tough terrain and a lack of nearby water, coupled with wind and dry conditions, had made fighting the fire near the summit of the 4,050-foot mountain, also known as Mount Abram, tough through the weekend and Monday.
Wildlife agency hosts site walk at Jamies Pond
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Wildlife officials hosted a site walk at the Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hallowell Tuesday to shed some light on an upcoming timber harvesting project that has drawn criticism from hikers and others. G. Keel Kemper, a regional wildlife biologist for the wildlife agency, tried to alleviate the concerns of several of the two dozen or so people who attended the walk. Ted Elliott, of Augusta, said he understands that ultimately it is a wildlife management area being managed for wildlife. “It is kind of my wishful thinking that it just stays the way it is,” Elliott said after the walk was over. “It sounds like they are going to do a better job than I thought, so I am cautiously optimistic.”
Poliquin’s bill could hamper fish restoration, environmental group says
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Dwayne Shaw, executive director of Downeast Salmon Federation, which is working to restore native fish including alewives and Atlantic salmon to the St. Croix River, says its work could be jeopardized if a Republican congressman successfully exempts a Washington County hydro system from federal oversight. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has introduced legislation to strip Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversight of three of Woodland Pulp mill’s water storage dams in Washington County, along the Canadian border.
USM to Host Conference on Changing Ocean Chemistry
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

The University of Southern Maine is hosting a day-long conference about the impact of ocean acidification on the state's coastal waters, the "evil twin'' of global warming. Wednesday's conference is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers will include Libby Jewett, director of NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program. There will also be a discussion of the impact of ocean acidification on commercially important marine species such as shellfish. Organizers say at least 100 researchers, legislators and residents plan to attend.
How do Trump and Clinton differ on conservation?
Other - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

High Country News - Donald Trump Jr., offered some insight into what his father’s natural-resources policies might look like. An avid hunter and angler, he defended keeping federal lands managed by the government and open to the public. He also reiterated his father’s strong support for U.S. energy development, proposed corporate sponsorships in national parks, questioned humans’ role in climate change, and criticized Hillary Clinton for “pandering” to hunters with “phoniness.” Clinton has shared several detailed policies on the environment and energy, including a white paper on land management and conservation that lays out support for a national park management fund and increased renewable energy development on public lands. Those proposals signal Clinton will “double down” on protecting public lands and preserving access.
Hike: Mingo Springs Trail and Bird Walk
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Threading through a beautiful, varied forest and across lupine fields, the Mingo Springs Trail and Bird Walk in Rangeley is free for the public to enjoy year round. The easy, 3-mile trail forms two loops around the front and back nine of Mingo Springs Golf Course and includes wooden signs identifying native flora of the landscape. The trail and the golf course are within the boundaries of a state wildlife sanctuary called the Rangeley Game Sanctuary, where hunting and trapping are not permitted.
Verso reboots name of new paper product after Expera sues
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

A month after its unveiling, Jay mill owner Verso Corp. has chosen to change the name of the line of food packaging paper, which it reclaimed from competitor Expera Specialty Solutions. Expera’s product, made on the same machine, had sold under its registered trademark name “Grease-Gard.” Verso last week asked the bankruptcy court to approve a settlement, for which it would change the name of that product line to include its “GlazeWrap,” “GlazeTape” and “GlazeBag.” A judge approved confirmation of Verso's reorganization plan, through which about $2.4 billion in debt will be converted into equity in the new company. Verso's mill in Jay employs about 560 people, after a round of about 300 layoffs late last year.
David Anderson tends to the fish swimmingly at L.L. Bean
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Several times a day, a feeding frenzy erupts in L.L. Bean’s flagship store. Within a 24-foot-long, 3,500-gallon aquarium, two dozen fish vie for food pellets that fall from an unseen hand. Standing over the tank – in a small, out-of-sight room behind a wall of submerged boulders – is longtime fish caretaker David Anderson. Anderson has been a custodian and maintenance worker at Freeport’s largest store for 18 years. Six years ago, Anderson began caring for the fish, a variety of trout and salmon, in the aquarium and nearby indoor pond.
Falmouth leads the charge against invasive plants on public, private land
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Falmouth is at the forefront of efforts to reverse the spread of invasive plants in Maine. In the past five years the town has beaten back infestations on public land, and it is now in the second year of a program to kill roadside invasives. The town also is targeting invasives growing on private property. In addition to workshops to educate residents about invasive plants, Falmouth’s conservation commission is considering ordinances that would prohibit the sale and distribution of invasive species and require that new developments and subdivision roads remove unwanted plants in order to be certified as invasive-free.
Column: Don’t wring hands when globalization hurts Maine towns. Take action!
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

We can’t hope to spread economic activity evenly across the landscape to replace every mill that has closed. That would be far too expensive and far too subject to the same competitive vulnerability that has laid waste to the mills that originally sprung up in so many small, rural communities. Instead, I believe that the best public policy response to the losses of globalization is to work with those communities that demonstrate a commitment to facing the future courageously rather than nostalgically. An example of progress is Greenville, with its “all-in” commitment to developing both the scenic resources around Moosehead Lake and the downtown amenities that will encourage visitors to come again and to stay longer. ~ Charles Lawton
Letter: Sad about solar
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Many of us are sad that electricity produced by solar voltaics is not going to be publically supported in Maine by the program proposed by LD 1649. We think of solar as the power source that will give us a viable alternative to the well-subsidized fossil fuels that are driving climate change and are a serious source of water and air pollution. We seem unable to realize that cutting back and learning how to use electric power when it is there is really called for, and should be subsidized, incentivized, publicized public policy. Put climate change on the table. ~ Beedy Parker, Camden
Blog: Great places to go skinny-dipping in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 27, 2016 

Here are great places to go skinny-dipping in Maine.That is, assuming you follow the unspoken rules of skinny-dipping, apply some common sense and safety, and for Pete’s sake, don’t get caught! ~ Sarah Cottrell
Climate change threatens to sink Gulf of Maine fishing industry
Associated Press - Monday, June 27, 2016 

One of America’s oldest commercial industries, fishing along the coast of the Northeast still employs hundreds. But every month, those numbers fall. After centuries of overfishing, pollution, foreign competition and increasing government regulation, the latest challenge is the one that’s doing them in: climate change. Though no waters are immune to the ravages of climate change, the Gulf of Maine, a dent in the coastline from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, best illustrates the problem. The gulf, where fishermen have for centuries sought lobster, cod and other species that thrived in its cold waters, is now warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, scientists have said.
Garbage to Garden wins $100,000 prize on ‘Greenlight Maine’ TV show
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 27, 2016 

Portland-based composting service Garbage to Garden won a $100,000 grant Friday night in the season one finale of business competition TV show “Greenlight Maine.” Garbage to Garden was one of three finalists that competed in a live event Friday at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. The other two finalists were Portland-based national parks guide app-maker Chimani and biobased products developer Revolution Research, located in Orono. Also on Friday, Greenlight Maine said it has received a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development to help fund future seasons.
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