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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
Letter: National park solution
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 02, 2014 

I have two words for the Millinocket region pending the recent closure of Great Northern Paper: National park. Look at Acadia. The mill(s) won’t be back; don’t let false hope get the best of you. Imagine fishing with a few folks from away and getting paid for it, too. ~ Samuel Gath, Burnham
Letter: National park standards
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 02, 2014 

It looks like the days of papermaking in the Katahdin region are coming to an end. We are going to be hearing more and more about how a national park will help improve the economy. Roxanne Quimby wants this land to become a national park. I feel she should build the amenities that you would find in a national park before she donates the land to the government. If the land is not allowed to be developed to national park standards, visitor use will not increase above current numbers, and promises that the park will help the economy of the region will never come true. ~ William Barker, Fort Fairfield
LePage to receive endorsement from NRA, other guns-rights groups
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Gov. Paul LePage tomorrow will receive the endorsement of the NRA and several other guns-rights advocates under the umbrella of the “Sportsmen for LePage Coalition” at a news conference in Hermon. LePage will be joined by Coalition chairman Jeff Zimba, National Rifle Association’s Maine liaison John Hohenwarter, Todd Tolhurst from the nonprofit group Gun Owners of Maine, and Blaine Anthony, former host of Sportsman Channel’s “The Bear Whisperer.” LePage will also be joined by 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin, whose endorsement by the NRA was announced earlier this week.
PUC staff: Maine electricity ratepayers shouldn’t be charged for natural gas pipeline expansion
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Maine electricity customers shouldn’t be charged up to $75 million a year to help pay for natural gas pipeline expansion in New England, the staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission said Wednesday, because cost would exceed the potential benefits. Despite its skepticism, the staff recommended that the agency accept project proposals anyway, so the PUC and its consultants can evaluate potential benefits to determine whether they would be “sufficient.”
PUC staff says benefits of Maine investing in natural gas capacity unlikely to exceed costs
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

A report issued Wednesday directs state regulators to move forward with caution when considering whether Maine electricity customers should help to pay for increasing natural gas pipeline capacity to the Northeast. If the Maine Public Utilities Commission assessed a new fee on ratepayers to buy up to $75 million in gas pipeline capacity per year, a report from PUC staff determined “it is unlikely that the benefits to Maine consumers will exceed the costs of pipeline capacity…unless the cost of pipeline capacity is very low.”
Verso Paper to close Bucksport mill Dec. 1, displacing 550 workers
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Verso Paper Corp. intends to close its paper mill in Bucksport, displacing more than 500 workers. According to a filing with the Maine Department of Labor, the closure is expected Dec. 1. The closure of the Bucksport mill will reduce Verso’s coated groundwood paper production capacity by about 350,000 tons and its specialty paper production capacity by about 55,000 tons. The company’s Androscoggin Mill in Jay produces more than twice the amount of pulp as the mill in Bucksport, and about one-third more paper. John Williams, president of the Maine Pulp and Paper Association, said news of the Verso mill closure came as a shock. “I hadn’t heard anything about it until this afternoon,” he said Wednesday.
LePage calls emergency meeting concerning Verso Paper mill closure
Maine Government News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Governor Paul R. LePage released the following statement about today's announcement from Verso Paper: "I learned about closure of the Bucksport mill late this afternoon. I have spoken to Verso Paper CEO David Patterson and I continue to receive information. I have called an emergency meeting with my economic development team who is committed to working with Verso and other interested parties in order to keep the mill open. We will assess any and all options as we move forward. I have rearranged my schedule to attend to this developing situation and will be in the Bangor region Thursday."
Verso to Close Bucksport Mill, Affecting 500 Workers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Verso Paper says its mill in Bucksport is closing, affecting more than 500 workers. Company officials say the mill will shut down by the end of the year. Verso Paper also owns a mill in Jay and the company is attempting to merge with NewPage, which owns a mill in Rumford. "The Bucksport mill unfortunately has not been profitable for a number of years, in spite of our employees' dedicated efforts to make it so. Our assessment indicates that it is impossible for the mill to achieve profitability in today’s marketplace," says Verso President and CEO Dave Paterson.
Islesboro residents reject sharpshooting program to cull deer population
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Islesboro won’t be hiring a sharpshooter to control their deer population. The proposal was voted down, 148 to 87, by island residents on Tuesday at a special town meeting. In recent years, Islesboro residents and visitors have become concerned that the island’s large deer herd — more specifically, the ticks the deer carry — are the cause for a spike in the Lyme disease cases treated on the island. Hiring a sharpshooter to kill a percentage of the deer population is a method that has been used on a few other Maine islands that were previously overrun with deer, including Monhegan and Peaks Island. This is the second time that Islesboro has rejected a proposal to hire sharpshooters to cull the island’s deer herd.
Verso mill in Bucksport to close by year’s end, 570 to lose jobs
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Officials at the Verso Paper mill announced Wednesday afternoon that the mill will close by the end of the year. A total of 570 people are expected to lose their jobs.
Editorial: Shorter approval pipeline, risky subsidies aren’t the key to lower electricity prices
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

There is no doubt that Maine needs to continue to diversify its energy mix and that natural gas will play a large role in that effort. However, fast-tracking approval of pipelines as proposed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, which could make it easier for gas companies to take private property, is a risky way to do this. Adding to the risk, the Maine Public Utilities Commission is currently considering charging all the state’s electricity users a surcharge to build more natural gas infrastructure, much of it out of state. Thorough reviews are necessary not just to protect human health and the environment but because FERC pipeline permits grant eminent domain authority to the companies that hold them. That authority should only come after thorough review and ample time for public comment.
Governor LePage highlights forest stewardship efforts
Maine Government News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Governor Paul R. LePage presented Chadbourne Tree Farms, LLC with the prestigious 2014 Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award at a Blaine house event. The prestigious award recognizes people or organizations that stand above their peers to further forestry, forests, or forestland conservation in the state of Maine. Started by the Maine TREE Foundation in 2004, it is the only award in Maine that recognizes stewardship of the working forest.
Maine Gets 500 Letters Favoring Rules for Chemical
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Environmental organizers say Maine regulators are reviewing more than 500 letters in support of new regulations about household chemicals. The public comment period on new regulations of phthalates closed Monday. Phthalates are used in products like raincoats, vinyl flooring and personal care items. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some types of phthalates have affected reproductive systems in lab animals. A proposed change would elevate four phthalates from "high concern'' to "priority chemical'' status under state rules. Manufacturers would need to report the use of the chemicals in products sold in the state. Maine Department of Environmental Protection officials say Commissioner Patricia Aho has until Jan. 27 to rule on the proposal.
50 Years in the Wild: Looking back at the Wilderness Act
AMC Outdoors - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Historically, “wild” lands have been something to fear and something to revere. For some people, a local park might seem plenty wild; for others, nothing short of the interior of Alaska could qualify. More than a century ago, with America’s frontier having been conquered, a new appreciation for the need to legally protect beautiful, undeveloped areas began to grow. In 1959, Great Gulf in the White Mountain National Forest was designated as “wild” by the USFS, which meant it would be maintained in “primitive” condition. That label wasn’t permanent, though — it could be removed at any time by the USFS. The Wilderness Act added a layer of protection: Only Congress could designate a Wilderness Area, and only an act of Congress could remove such a designation.
Maine man shoots photo of rare white hummingbird
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

When Robert Anestis of Phippsburg looked out his window he first thought it was a moth hovering in his kitchen garden...
Opinion: The fights against global warming, for social justice are one and the same
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

I’ve grown up knowing we need to care for the Earth. My father has spent his life as an environmental activist. As a family we participated in many environmental activist events. Despite all that, I’ve never found environmental issues compelling. But it turns out that saving our planet will require a movement of very courageous — not at all cowardly — people with vastly different passions, including those issues that grab me the most, coming together to demand and make radical changes. In her new book, “ This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” Naomi Klein shows how fighting to survive the environmental crisis is completely consistent with all of the human social justice issues that typically draw my concern and attention. ~ Heather Denkmire, Portland
Baxter bear climbs Katahdin in search for food, startles hikers
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

At least one black bear has been spotted roaming near the top of Katahdin recently, surprising hikers as it feasts on the many berries growing above the mountain’s treeline. “It’s not common,” said Baxter State Park naturalist Jean Hoekwater. “People who see those bears are fortunate.” So how close can you get? Hoekwater said a good “rule of thumb” for observing larger animals, such as deer, moose and bears, is to hold your arm straight out and put your thumb over the animal. If you can see any part of the animal outside of your thumb, you’re too close and need to back up.
Maine has cleanest ozone season yet
Maine Government News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Long known for its healthy environment, the State of Maine experienced an unprecedented ozone season this year with absolutely no unhealthy ozone days or exceedances of the federal ozone standard. Since 1980, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has tracked ozone, an indicator of climate change. This is the first time that ozone levels have not reached the unhealthy for sensitive groups level.
Another sighting: Mountain lion in Scarborough? Or just a bobcat?
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

I received an email from a woman in Scarborough who had a photo of a large cat on her property last week. A wildlife biologist says he thinks the animal is a bobcat. She snapped her photo, posted it on Facebook, and was amazed at the response. “I had numerous people tell me, ‘No,’ it was a mountain lion,” she wrote.
California to ban plastic shopping bags
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. In Maine, Portland city councilors voted in June to charge consumers a nickel for every disposable shopping bag they get, and to ban foam containers for food and beverages. The ordinances are set to take effect April 15.
Letter: Ban cruel hunting methods, restore fair chase in Maine
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

I’ve never seen myself as a political person. But when I heard that our state is the very last one to still allow bear trapping, hounding and baiting, I felt a lot of embarrassment — this is not “the way life should be.” These practices are truly unnecessary and cruel. I’m speaking up to support a “yes” vote on Question 1. ~ Susan Baker-Kaplan, Portland
Letter: Stop canned hunting
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 

As a dog owner, I couldn’t imagine sending my companion animal into the woods to chase down bears. Packs of dogs chase a terrified bear through the woods until it escapes up a tree or, in exhaustion, brutally confronts and maims the dogs. Trophy seekers also use the inherently unfair method of baiting, dumping millions of pounds of junk food in the Maine woods, training bears to frequent the same spot. This is tantamount to canned hunting. We can’t stop cruelty everywhere, but we can help to stop it here with a yes vote on Question 1 on Nov. 4, the day all of Maine can become a less cruel place for bears and dogs. ~ Mike Angelone, Portland
Half of Global Wildlife Lost, says new WWF Report
Other - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Between 1970 and 2010 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund. In addition to the precipitous decline in wildlife populations the report’s data point to other warning signs about the overall health of the planet. The amount of carbon in our atmosphere has risen to levels not seen in more than a million years, triggering climate change that is already destabilizing ecosystems. High concentrations of reactive nitrogen are degrading lands, rivers and oceans. Stress on already scarce water supplies is increasing. And more than 60 percent of the essential “services” provided by nature, from our forests to our seas, are in decline.
Hike: Cathedral Trail of Katahdin
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

The steep, rocky Cathedral Trail is one of several routes to the top of Katahdin, which at 5,267 feet in elevation, is Maine’s tallest mountain. Along the way, the trail visits three massive rock formations called Cathedrals, granite towers that almost appear to be manmade.
King to endorse Cain in Maine’s 2nd District congressional race
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine will endorse Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain at two events Wednesday. On Tuesday, her main opponent, Republican Bruce Poliquin, announced an expected endorsement from the National Rifle Association, a gun-rights group.
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Maine Organic Farmers
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Melting Antarctic Ice Is Causing an Actual Shift in Gravity
By Eric Holthaus. Gravity - yes, gravity - is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That's the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency. "The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region," writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change.
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Organic foods found to have less toxic cadmium than conventional crops
By Margaret Badore - This summer, a large meta-study published in the British Journal of Nutrition gathered together data from hundreds of studies comparing conventional and organic crops. The authors conclude that organic foods have higher levels of antioxidants and less pesticide residue. They also find that organic crops have half as much of the heavy metal cadmium.
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California Makes it Law: Label Toxic Flame Retardants in Furniture
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Lower IQ in Children Linked to Chemical in Water
By Brian Bienkowski and Environmental Health News - Babies born to mothers with high levels of perchlorate during their first trimester are more likely to have lower IQs later in life, according to a new study.
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Maine food producers land $1.25 million in federal grants
By Mary Pols - Farm Bill appropriations will boost local food financing and marketing.
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Feeding the Roots, Building Democracy: On Painting Peter Kellman
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China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops
China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.
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GMO labeling measure in Colorado triggers heated debate
By Colleen O'Connor - With the Nov. 4 ballot measure, Colorado is at the forefront of a fierce food fight raging across the nation: whether or not to label foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, so consumers can easily see if the food they buy is a product of genetic engineering.
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Clean Fruits & Veggies—The Natural Way
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