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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
Oil spill cleanup continues on Kennebunkport shoreline
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 

An oil spill in Kennebunkport is expected to take a couple more days to clean up. A sheen on the water off the village of Cape Porpoise was first reported Sunday night. The Coast Guard spent Monday overseeing the cleanup along a 100- to 150-yard stretch of shoreline.
Maine candidates for governor to speak at energy forum
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage and the two candidates vying to replace him, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, will lay out their positions on energy and the environment at an event this month. The three are scheduled to speak at the E2Tech event on Sept. 12 at University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland. Patrick Woodcock, director the Republican governor’s Energy Office, and Michael Stoddard, executive director of Efficiency Maine, will also discuss programs Mainers can take advantage of this winter to lower their heating costs.
State report: Alternative energy a top bet for job growth
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 

Alternative energy is among the industries in Maine that show the most potential for job growth, according to a new, unreleased state report. The study, commissioned by the Maine Technology Institute, assesses 13 “technology clusters” in Maine — concentrations of similar companies within certain industries whose specialized nature or critical mass give them competitive advantages in their respective markets.
Maine bear trapping season begins before ban vote
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 

Maine’s bear trapping season is set to begin about two months before a state-wide referendum that could ban the hunting method. The state’s bear trapping season runs from Monday to Oct. 31. Trapping bears is one of three hunting methods voters could choose to ban in a November vote. The other two methods are hunting with bait and hunting with dogs.
Letter: Why the double standard for baiting bears, deer?
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 

Why is baiting bears legal while baiting deer is illegal? For hunters of deer, I’m told, it’s unsportsmanlike behavior. Why doesn’t that same reasoning apply to bears? ~ David Dayhoff, Camden
Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on Question 1 to restore Maine’s concern for animal protection
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 

Maine became a state in 1820. In 1821, we passed the nation’s first animal protection legislation. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the world’s oldest animal protection organization, wasn’t founded in England until 1824. Today, though, Maine has the notorious distinction of being the last state to allow all three practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. A “yes” vote on Question 1 in November will prohibit these three specific brands of cruelty to our bears, nothing more. ~ Carole Hunnewell, Brunswick
Letter: Misleading article
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 

The Aug. 27 article “Airport Could Force Campground to Close” is misleading and portrays a one-sided story about a serious safety concern. The issue involving trees and safety at the airport has existed for years, and has nothing to do with neither the current master plan nor any proposed projects. Most of the trees did not exist when the campground was first opened and it has managed to survive 50 years. But suddenly the need to clear or trim a small percentage of the trees has created a perceived economic calamity. The campground planted trees that would eventually grow into the airport’s protected airspace, not vice-versa. ~ Ervin Deck, Wiscasset Municipal Airport
Blog: Moose Down! — No Road in Sight
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

As we rounded the curve, Kevin suddenly tensed and raised the rifle. The moose died instantly at the shot — but she also fell back into the deep water of the thoroughfare. Our celebration was cut short when her carcass proceeded to sink like a stone into the dark tannin depths of the waterway. ~ Jim Andrews
Blog: Cod forsaking the Gulf of Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

The prospects for restoring the cod population in the Gulf of Maine to a commercially sustainable level seem to be getting even more dismal than before. Last month, scientists with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass., announced that their latest population assessment update paints a “grim picture” for the future of the gulf’s cod population. Whatever the cause, the disappearance of cod from a place where they have been fished for centuries is not something anyone wants to witness.
Greenhouse gases from food production threaten climate targets
Summit Voice - Monday, September 01, 2014 

Forget about greenhouse gas pollution from factories and transportation — by 2050 emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from food production alone could exceed targets set to prevent catastrophic global warming, scientists warn in a new paper. A major shift in food consumption norms has to be a big part of an overall plan to cut atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping air pollution, especially given the current trend toward meat-heavy Western diets, the authors wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. With the global population expected to surge near the 10 billon mark by mid-century, there will be more pressure to cultivate more land, increasing carbon emissions, deforestation and biodiversity loss.
‘The mill is gone, but we’re not’: Katahdin region, state reflect on Labor Day
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

The Katahdin region is nothing like what it used to be, when nearly 10,000 workers worked at the East Millinocket and Millinocket paper mills. But there are reasons for hope. The fledgling national park proposal, a plan to build a $120 million pellet mill in Millinocket and several smaller wood businesses give the region some spark. “Hey, the mill is gone but we’re not. We are going to continue on,” said Greg Libby.
Winslow Boy Scout Aims For Honor Not Bestowed In Maine In 72 Years
WABI-TV5 - Monday, September 01, 2014 

A Boy Scout from Troop 433 in Winslow is spearheading an effort to clean up Maine’s lakes and earn a prestigious award that hasn’t been given out in Maine in more than 70 years. Cameron Patterson is about to become an Eagle Scout, quite an accomplishment for a 15 year-old. But he is not your ordinary teenager. A bout with bacterial meningitis almost took his life when he was younger and now he says he uses scouting to prove that nothing in life is impossible. When his scoutmaster challenged him to qualify for the William T. Hornaday Award in addition to his Eagle Scout, he jumped in with both feet. The Hornaday Award is the highest environmental award that can be given to a scout. Only three have ever been earned in Maine, the last was awarded 72 years ago.
Coast Guard says oil spill off Cape Porpoise being cleaned up
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

The Coast Guard reports that cleanup is underway after an oil spill was reported in the Cape Porpoise area. On Sunday evening, the Coast Guard received a report of sheening and oiled shoreline on Bickford Island, in the vicinity of Cape Porpoise. Working closely with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and response contractors, the Coast Guard is directing the clean-up of rocks, beach and seaweed along a 100-150-yard stretch of shoreline on Bickford Island. Clean Harbors, an environmental cleanup company, was at the scene of the spill Monday morning. No wildlife impacts have been reported.
Conservation Law Foundation's old support for gas gets new scrutiny
Other - Monday, September 01, 2014 

Boston Business Journal - For months, the Conservation Law Foundation has been criticizing a regional process that would bring more shale gas into New England. Now, it’s time for big industrial power users to strike back. The law firm of Preti Flaherty, representing the Industrial Energy Consumer Group and others, filed documents last week with the Maine Public Utilities Commission that portray CLF’s current stance as hypocritical given its strong public support for gas-fired plants 13 years ago. CLF, the petition states, now seeks to starve the gas-fired power plants that it demanded to be built. The showdown in Maine represents the latest battle over the future of New England’s energy.
Letter: Community fabric
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

After months of ordinance meetings and town hearings, residents voted in the Frankfort wind ordinance in 2011. This process tore at the fabric of the community, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Three years later­, despite the town winning a lawsuit confirming the veracity of the town ordinance, Eolian Wind Energy is back, toting an incentive goody bag. Using innocuous terms like “windmills” and “wind farms” can’t disguise the reality that wind energy is a ruthless business guided by money and greed. I have faith this returning blast of wind won’t hoodwink the Frankfort residents but worry it may tear this small town irreparably in half. ~ Brad Eden, Frankfort
Letter: Thoughtful question
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

David Calder asked for an explanation of why using bait for bear is legal in Maine but baiting for deer is not. A thoughtful question. Using artificial bait for hunting is a management tool used by wildlife biologists to regulate the harvest of various wildlife species. In Maine, because of our lower population of deer in most places, biologists do not want to increase the deer harvest by allowing the use of bait. Conversely, Maine has a very high population of bears. Our biologists want to maintain or even increase the harvest of black bear in order to stabilize the population and keep the number of nuisance complaints low and to help reduce fawn predation by bears to aid our struggling deer population. ~ John Dykstra, Alton
Lobster industry grateful for ‘normal’ summer
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

If there is anything commercial fishermen in Maine have learned over the past several years, it is that things aren’t the way they used to be. Scallop catches are creeping back up as prices have hit an all-time high. Elver prices have come down a bit but remain historically high after shooting into the stratosphere — along with statewide landings totals — in the past two years. Urchin landings, however, continue to slide while the populations of cod and northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine have sunk to their lowest levels on record. But nothing touches the upheaval Maine’s lobster fishery, by far the biggest in the state, has experienced.
Mosquito pool in York tests positive for EEE
WGME-TV13 - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a mosquito pool in York tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The exact location isn’t being revealed. This is the first positive test for EEE in Maine this year.
Summer 2014: A tale of two tourist seasons
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

The summer tourist season thus far has been a story of contrasts — a slow start followed by a blazing-hot second half.
Brand building in the Maine #blueberry barrens
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

On a cloudy August day on the blueberry barrens, about a dozen female bloggers from around the country, most of them registered dietitians, picked up metal blueberry rakes and obligingly stooped to conquer Maine’s wild blueberry. “Great workout!” The Bikini Chef said approvingly. Sugar-Free Mom took three swipes through the low bushes and agreed emphatically. Meanwhile the Nutrition Twins, smartphones at the ready, leaned in for closeups of the berries. The wild blueberry now has for a reputation as a “superfood,” a tiny package jammed with startling amounts of nutrients and antioxidants. And this three-day Blog the Barrens junket for social media types, sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, was devised to take that reputation even further.
Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?
Other - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Smithsonian - The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event. He recently calculated that the only way humanity could stave off a mass extinction crisis, as devastating as the one that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, would be to set aside half the planet as permanently protected areas for the ten million other species. “Half Earth,” in other words — half for us, half for them. The new challenge, as Wilson sees it, is to link up national parks and wilderness reserves and restored landscapes to “protect in perpetuity entire faunas and floras.” New England would seem to be a Half Earth slam dunk.
Yarmouth trail takes shape, recruits users
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Last fall Lincoln Merrill learned that he needed to lower his cholesterol and take medicine. Merrill refused. He told his doctor he would lose the weight needed: more than 30 pounds. So Merrill, the president of Patriot Insurance Co. in Yarmouth, began walking at lunchtime, leaving his office and wandering into the woods. He discovered a trail extending through the forest and running more than five miles to the coast. He walked it each weekday. Merrill said, “From September to December, I lost 34 pounds. My doctor told me to get down to 190. I got down to 189.” The 6.2-mile West Side Trail that Merrill discovered officially opens next week with two new kiosks stocked with newly designed maps.
Column: Q&A with Jim McMahon
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Jim McMahon stepped away from a full-time career as a radiologist at York Hospital in January. And McMahon, 67, decided to spend the start of his retirement helping outdoor organizations, becoming one of the many volunteer trail crew members who cover the state. The problem was choosing which outdoor group to help. McMahon’s lifelong interest in trains led him to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Arundel, not far from his Kennebunkport home. He put his name on the museum’s list to receive more information. And when he got a call for a volunteer workday, his new career began. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Column: Even with baiting, the bear’s only rarely out at the plate
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Hunting is a sport, and while the overall objective of rules and regulations includes maintaining healthy, renewable wildlife resources and keeping participants safe, they’re also designed to preserve the element of fair chase. Are they succeeding? ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Finding songbirds during fall migration requires effort
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

We delight in the spring arrival of migrating birds and claim them for our own. But when you think about it, the many species of birds that migrate from the tropics to nest in temperate North America spend only a minority of their time on our continent. Population numbers of many migratory songbirds are declining, notably due to the cutting of tropical forests. Rainforest Connection has developed a way to repurpose old smartphones to detect illegal timber activities quickly. ~ Herb Wilson
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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.
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New go-to career for young New Englanders: farming
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Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies
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James Oseland, Saveur’s Editor, Quitting to Revamp Magazine at Rodale
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Cape farmer opens South Portland store
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Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
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Natural Resources Council
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State Report: Alternative Energy a Top Bet for Job Growth
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