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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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Letter: Oppose mining rules
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 06, 2015 

I am writing to represent Carr Pond and its surrounding waters. My family has owned property on these shores since the early 1900s. This area has a special place in my heart, so I am doing my part to stand in opposition to the proposed metallic mining rules, LD 146. I have thankfully witnessed overwhelming opposition to the flawed revisions and unfortunately witnessed the mining industry representatives advise and amend these laws with only their needs in mind and not the long term effects they would have on the environment. The proposed rules in LD 146 are written to relax the current rules and only cater to the metallic mineral mining industry. ~ Betsy Terrell, Chaplin
Elver fishery value plunges 74%
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

After two years of runaway catches and explosive value, Maine’s elver fishery fell substantially back toward Earth in 2014, according to state officials. But despite a near 75 percent reduction in the value of the volatile fishery, elver fishermen in Maine still did pretty well last year, bringing in the third-most valuable annual elver harvest in the past two decades. According to a statement released Thursday by the state Department of Marine Resources, licensed elver fishermen in Maine last year caught 9,690 pounds of the baby American eels and cumulatively earned $8,474,302 for the statewide haul.
Bears and bows prowling the legislative halls today
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

While animal rights groups were down the hall supporting a bill to ban “puppy mills,” the audience at the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee was dominated by bear and bow hunters. If you want some insight into the legislative process, tune in to Representative Bob Duchesne’s radio show, Wild Maine, that airs on 92.9 FM on Saturday at 9 am and Sunday at 8 am. The show can also be accessed online at Bob taped a public hearing hosted by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee on issues including moose ticks, hunting with slingshots, and wearing hunter pink.
Frigid February may put Maine’s lobster harvest on ice for a while
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

The first-ever lobster forecast is out, and it says February’s record cold will likely set back Maine’s lobster season. There’s a 69 percent chance that Maine’s summer lobster harvest will begin later than usual, according to the forecast issued Thursday by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. That has ramifications for both harvesters and the supply chain for Maine’s most lucrative seafood.
Investor seeks ‘other users’ for shuttered East Millinocket mill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

The California investor who bought the local paper mill for $5.4 million at auction in December has “moved on” from marketing the facility to newsprint manufacturers, a representative said Wednesday. Hackman Capital Partners of Los Angeles will instead seek “other users for the site that can sustain their industry for the next 30-plus years,” Steve Durkee, president of Interstate Construction Services, said in an email. “This region has a very viable forest products industry and that could expand along with other logistics companies that may need a portion or portions of the site,” said Durkee, who described Interstate as a partner with Hackman.
Business Insider sinks Maine’s economic rating to next-to-last in US
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

Did you feel something Wednesday? Like the condition of Maine’s economy worsening? Well, the business news website and aggregator Business Insider did, dropping Maine in its rank of state economies to 49th. While Maine’s dawdling around in the lower rungs of the website’s ranking may present general cause for concern, the drop in the rankings is of questionable significance because the measures used to determine that ranking also changed.
Opinion: Fast Track trade authority will hurt Maine’s small farms
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

In a Feb. 24 BDN OpEd, Virginia Manuel, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development state director for Maine, stated that rural economies needed “trade promotion authority” in order to “compete on a level playing field” when it comes to international trade and export of U.S.-grown food and manufactured goods. As the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Central American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization have proven, this is pretty far from the facts on the ground — unless your idea of a level playing field is one that is dirty, polluted and economically ravaged. ~ Betsy Garrold, Food for Maine’s Future
Led by lobster, value of Maine fishery set record last year
Associated Press - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

Maine’s fishermen hauled in a catch worth a state record $585 million last year, buoyed by an unprecedented surge in the value of lobster. Fishery officials said Thursday that the total value of the catch jumped $44 million from 2013 to 2014.
Anti-wind development group withdraws appeal of Bingham project
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

The group Friends of Maine Mountains has withdrawn its challenge to a permit for a 56-turbine SunEdison wind power project, clearing the way for the western Maine development to move ahead. The group notified the Board of Environmental Protection of the withdrawal late Wednesday afternoon, in advance of an appeals hearing the citizen-oversight board had scheduled for Thursday. John Lamontagne, a spokesman for SunEdison, said the company hopes to start construction as soon as possible.
Yarmouth developer seeks to build 26 homes, preserve town sand pit as park
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

A Yarmouth developer who in January purchased the sand pit on Sligo Road wants to build two dozen homes on the site and preserve the pit as a public park. Matt Teare, of Sligo Road Associates LLC, said that he will hold a public meeting March 18 to hear from neighbors who are worried about traffic if the developer is allowed to extend Deacon Road from Newall Road to Sligo Road.
Letter: East-west corridor
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 05, 2015 

I’m writing in reference to Doug Thomas’ OpEd, “Our economy won’t improve if we reject development” (BDN, Feb. 20), in which he laments the loss of numerous “improvement” projects, then serves up a panoply of economic pluses should the east-west corridor be built, namely lower property taxes, an improvement in our transportation system and lower costs to help our businesses compete. It’s difficult to comprehend how a private or public-private toll road might improve our transportation system or help businesses compete. On March 12, 2014, the Maine Small Business Coalition — which has more than 3,400 members — sensitive to this, stood opposed to the east-west corridor. ~ Robert Fritsch, Dexter
Environmental group withdraws Bingham Wind appeal
Citizens Task Force on Wind Power - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

Friends of Maine's Mountains (FMM) has invested two years and significant resources opposing First Wind’s Bingham Wind project. Given the DEP decision (the project has its license) and the dim prospects of overturning that decision on appeals to the BEP and to the Courts, we want to make sure that if the project goes forward, its impacts are minimized and some positive results are secured. FMM will work outside the appeal process to advance those long term objectives. We are not able to comment further at this time.
MFPC comments for USFWS include amazing lynx photos
Other - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

At a meeting on Jan. 23, members of the Maine Forest Products Council’s Wildlife Committee decided to send responses to two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service open comment periods under the Endangered Species Act. MFPC sent comments, reports and photos sent in by our members regarding the Canada lynx status review. Even if you just want to look at great pictures of lynx, this report is worth seeing. The Northern Long-eared Bat is currently under review for possible listing as endangered or threatened and, just recently, USFWS has published a possible “4 (d) exemption from take” that would include most forestry activities. For lynx, chair Barry Burgason drafted a statement that argues that the Canada lynx in Maine does not need to be listed as federally threatened since populations appear to be adequate.
Senate upholds Obama’s veto of Keystone XL pipeline
Associated Press - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

The Senate voted Wednesday not to override President Obama’s veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy. The 62-37 vote is expected to be one of many veto showdowns between Republicans and Obama in his final term. Maine’s senators split their votes, with Republican Sen. Susan Collins voting in favor of overriding the veto, and independent Sen. Angus King voting to uphold it.
Hunting and fishing rules are too complicated and confusing
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

Most everyone who hunts and fishes will agree that the laws and rules governing our favorite outdoor sports are far too complex. If you agree, it’s time for you to step up and help address the problem. On March 12, at 1 pm, the legislature’s IFW Committee hosts a hearing on LD 157, An Act to Create an Advisory Committee To Review and Make Recommendations Regarding Hunting and Fishing Laws, sponsored at my request by Representative Matt Pouliot.
Medway, East Millinocket selectmen finalizing list of national park requirements
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

Medway’s Board of Selectmen wants a proposed North Woods national park to be no larger than 150,000 acres and East Millinocket’s leaders seek a voice in any park legislation, according to letters the towns are sending to the state’s congressional delegation. Acting in response to a request from U.S. Sen. Angus King, selectmen in each town are finalizing letters regarding the park proposed by Lucas St. Clair that will be mailed next week, officials said. Medway will likely hold public hearings to discuss the park plan, board Chairman Bruce Jones said Wednesday.
Some marina owners concerned about possible Yarmouth dam removal
Forecaster - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

Discussions about removing the Bridge Street dam are on the horizon now that the dredging of the Royal River is complete. People against the removal of the dam, including marina owners, are concerned about the volume of sediment, and the chemicals that may be in it, being released down into the harbor.
Boston law firm to defend South Portland’s anti-tar sands rule
Forecaster - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

The Boston law firm Foley Hoag will defend South Portland against a lawsuit filed last month by Portland Pipe Line Corp. In the nine-count lawsuit, Portland Pipe Line and American Waterways Operators allege the city’s Clear Skies Ordinance, enacted last August, unconstitutionally limits Portland Pipe Line’s ability to operate to its full capacity. The Clear Skies Ordinance was drafted to prohibit the bulk transfer of unrefined tar sands onto marine vessels and other Portland Pipe Line infrastructure within city limits.
$1 million fish pier project tops Rockland list
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

A $1 million overhaul at the city’s fish pier tops Rockland’s proposed capital improvement program for 2015-2016. The fish pier work would consist of replacing the surface of the pier, which has deteriorated over the past few decades. New concrete will be poured, new pilings will be installed and two new cranes would be purchased to help fishermen unload their catches.
EXCLUSIVE: Maine Forest Service Shields Irving Logging Information
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

Why is a report presented to the Maine Legislature about outcome based forestry hiding information submitted by Irving Woodlands, Maine's largest forest landowner? In February, Irving Woodlands provided information to the Outcome Based Forestry Technical Review Panel. The company requested that the information be designated as confidential. Maine Forest Service Director, Doug Denico, a former forestry executive for Plum Creek Timber, "determined that this report contains proprietary information and therefore is designated as confidential." Every member of the Outcome Based Forestry Technical Review Panel is or was a member of the forest industry in Maine or its state government or UMaine affiliates. There were no environmental representatives appointed to the panel by the LePage Administration.
Maine agricultural officials report record interest in obtaining licenses to sell dairy products
Maine Government News - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Division of Quality Assurance and Regulations reports record interest on the part of Maine farms to obtain licenses to sell retail dairy products. Recent requests for inspections and inquiries clearly points to a substantial increase in the number of licenses to sell dairy products from the current number of 134. The recent interest comes on the heels of explosive growth in the number of operations producing artisanal cheese and raw milk products.
Arctic sea ice has thinned by 65 percent in 37 years
Summit Voice - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

After analyzing data from multiple sources, scientists say Arctic sea ice is thinning much faster than they thought, and the meltdown is not slowing down. Between 1975 and 2012, ice in the central Arctic thinned by 65 percent on average, and by 85 percent in September.
South Portland weighs proposal for liquid propane gas facility
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

City and state officials are scrutinizing a proposal to build a liquid propane gas storage and distribution facility at Rigby Yard, an industrial rail site wedged between two residential neighborhoods in South Portland. City officials say the proposal from NGL Supply Terminal Co. would be an improvement over the way liquid propane is handled now at the rail yard.
Letter: Wood not wind for energy
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

More than five-sixths of Maine is forested, and forest products are a major renewable energy source. Instead of lopping off Maine’s small mountains for wind turbines and clear cutting swaths of forest for new transmission lines and access roads, we should be harvesting wood products for use in Maine and beyond, especially as paper mills pass away. ~ Dana Marble, Bangor
Letter: Park not needed
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

I have been following the articles promoting a national park in the Katahdin area. It is of great interest to me when I read that the park could employ from 400 to 1,000 people. An increase like that would greatly revitalize this area. In all reality, however, I think that there may be a small increase in the amount of hikers that frequent the park and a few more tourists will be attracted to the area. You can’t compare a proposed Katahdin-area National Park with Acadia National Park. ~ Timothy Smyth, Millinocket
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Another year of historic landings and improved value for Maine lobster announced
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