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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
Author Takes Visual Approach to The Maine Woods
Other - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Fox22-TV - 150 years ago author Henry David Thoreau published The Maine Woods, now a century and a half later an award winning photographer has taken on Thoreau's work and interpreted it through the lens of his camera. Scot Miller spoke to a group of fans in Bangor Monday evening. Talking about the 7 years it took him to recreate the famed book on Maine's wilderness. If you are a fan of the works and missed Monday's event Miller will be in Portland Tuesday night at Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine campus with the lecture beginning at 7pm.
15 people rescued from Saco River
WGME-TV13 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Fifteen people are brought to safety after an early morning rescue along the Saco River in Fryeburg. The large group, which included a 12-year-old child, was on an overnight canoeing and camping trip along the river. But late Monday night, the river swelled two feet in just ten minutes. One of the canoes capsized, leaving the group stranded in a part of the river that is not easily accessible by land. It took rescue crews four hours to bring them all to safety. Fryeburg's acting police chief says the high water and thick early morning fog made for extremely unsafe conditions for all involved. No one was hurt.
LePage plan could give dormant dams new life
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

The LePage administration is looking anew at Maine’s old dams, mills and hydropower facilities as a way to increase electricity generation. The Governor’s Energy Office wants to hire a consultant to inventory the state’s hydro-electric facilities — both large and small — and recommend regulatory changes to encourage expansion. The upcoming study will look at ways to capitalize on existing hydropower in Maine, not build new dams. Maine has more than 600 dams listed on the National Inventory of Dams maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The actual number of dams and impoundments is believed to exceed 1,000. Jeff Reardon, the brook trout project director with the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited, said he was concerned that the bid proposal did not stress the importance of also evaluating the environmental challenges of reviving hydropower production.
Letter: Letter to the editor: Move Route 144 to save trees, piece of heaven
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

I am in my tent in Chewonki Campground at 5 a.m., watching the sun come up through the trees, wondering if the trees or the campground will be here in the future. The Federal Aviation Administration says these trees are obstructions that must be clear-cut from the airport’s imaginary airspace. Losing the trees would be devastating to Chewonki Campground and will be financially devastating to the village of Wiscasset. ~ Deb Mensinger, Melrose, Mass.
Letter: Thailand reforestation approach could be model for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Stephen Elliott founded Thailand’s Forest Restoration Research Unit with a goal of recreating natural forests as efficiently as possible. The framework species method, used by the Forest Restoration Research Unit, utilizes natural seed-dispersal mechanisms to aid in biodiversity recovery. Scientists choose 20 to 30 species that have fast-growing fruits and thick canopies in order to shade out weeds and attract seed-dispersing animals. This system has proved successful in Thailand. The ecosystem in Maine could become more self-sustaining if reforestation were put into action and framework species were established that could, with assistance, re-create a natural forest environment. ~ Dana Peirce, Portland
Letter: LePage has made Maine a better place to live
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

In his first term, Gov. Paul LePage has made major tax cuts to lift the burden on approximately two-thirds of Maine’s taxpayers and has significantly improved the ability for new businesses to come to Maine, therefore creating much-needed jobs. In addition to fiscal reforms, LePage has taken action to help protect the environment.
Maine panel to consider response to ocean acidification
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

Leading scientists will brief Maine’s new ocean acidification commission on challenges facing the state’s coastal fisheries when the panel meets for the first time Friday at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. The Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification on Commercially Harvested and Grown Species, which is the first of its kind on the East Coast, will study the negative effects of ocean acidification and make recommendations to the Legislature on how to address the threat.
York County land trust acquires farm in Berwick
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

A 90-acre farm in Berwick has been donated to the Great Works Land Trust for permanent conservation by a woman who lived and worked on the property for more than 60 years. Ruby Brooks, who died in February 2013, gave the farm to the regional land trust, which has protected more than 5,300 acres in Berwick, North Berwick, South Berwick, Eliot, Ogunquit and Wells.
Maine lawmaker from York dies unexpectedly
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

Rep. Paul McGowan of York died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. He was best known for legislation directing state government to look at the factors behind Maine’s relatively high cancer rate and find ways to prevent the suffering caused by the disease. The legislation was inspired by a conversation he had with a man whose 4-year-old grandson had recently been diagnosed with cancer, according to Democratic colleagues. The man asked McGowan for information about the state’s cancer rate. McGowan, who lost his wife and a number of friends to cancer, learned that Maine has a higher rate of cancer than most U.S. states. He served on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Maine Potato Board says crop looking healthy
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 28, 2014 

Officials with the Maine Potato Board said Monday that weeks of heat and sunshine in July have done wonders for this year’s potato growing season. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that this year’s crop is looking wonderful so far.
First-term Rep. Paul McGowan dies unexpectedly
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 28, 2014 

Paul McGowan, a state representative who saw his signature cancer study legislation passed into law last year, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. McGowan served on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Protecting Maine's Wildlife
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, July 28, 2014 

Maine is home to a wide array of creatures, and some face challenges from outside pressures that threaten their very survival. Keith Shortall speaks with Laura Minich Zitske, Wildlife Ecologist at Maine Audubon and Director of Maine Audubon’s Piping Plover and Least Tern Recovery Project, and Charlie Todd, Endangered Species Coordinator for Maine’s Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. [audio]
Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 28, 2014 

Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. For the last couple of years, the crabs have decimated lucrative clam flats in Casco Bay, prompting researchers to study why the crabs are here and how best to eradicate them.
A year after polar bear attack, survivor is mellowed, undaunted
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

A year after bring mauled by a polar bear, civil rights attorney Matt Dyer, 49, says, “Every day is a good day to be alive.”
Open Farm Day grows on those who hit the trail in Springvale
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

The three tents set up at Our Farm on Hanson Ridge Road came in handy when the clouds burst Sunday afternoon during Maine Open Farm Day. Our Farm was one of the stops on a 4-mile, 11-farm trail in the Springvale section of Sanford organized by Sanford Trails with help from Three Rivers Land Trust and Forest Works! to coincide with the 25th annual statewide event.
At West Newfield farm, recovery takes hold
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

York County Shelter Programs’ Angers Farm helps addicts nurture recovery one day — and one seedling or piglet — at a time.
Study aims to reduce skate bycatch
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

A University of New England researcher has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from NOAA to study the mortality rate of winter skates in the monkfish commercial fishery. The principal researchers, James Sulikowski, a professor in UNE’s Department of Marine Sciences, and commercial fisherman Captain Ted Platz, will investigate the mortality rate of winter skates that are exposed to sink gillnets. It’s estimated that nearly half of all winter skates caught this way die.
Letter: Honor Lac-Megantic by reining in use of fossil fuels
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

As we continue to unearth fossil fuels, to transport them, to burn them at an increasing rate each year, the tragic image of a driverless oil train bearing down after midnight at more than 60 miles per hour on the little town of Lac-Megantic becomes emblematic of still greater tragedies to come, looming over everybody. We can best honor those who died at Lac-Megantic by sharply reining in the use of fossil fuels and choosing, instead, a safer, wiser way. ~ Lee Chisholm, Freeport
Letter: Outdated bear-hunting practices should be banned
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

I grew up around hunting. Good sportsmanship should include giving the game a fair chance and tracking it respectfully. Using stale doughnuts or other food for bait, scaring and chasing bears with dogs, and using inhumane traps are practices of a bygone era. I support the right to hunt, but not if it involves practices that make the animal a victim of cruelty. I support the change in the law to ban the outdated practices of baiting, hounding and trapping bears. ~ Kimmy Sophia Brown, Portland
Letter: Mainers urged to help halt spread of invasive plants
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

The propagation of invasive species threatens much of Maine’s natural habitat.There are simple steps that you can take to ensure proper management. First, learn to identify the species in your yard. Second, if you are planting in your yard, ask your nursery professional for recommendations for native or exotic plants only. Third, reach out to experts to learn about organizing a management strategy for your neighborhood. Doing your part is far less time-consuming than mowing your lawn, and far more important in the long run. ~ Matthew Altieri, Pownal
Letter: Chemicals hearing
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 28, 2014 

On July 29, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold an important public hearing that will help decide whether our state will list four dangerous phthalates as “priority chemicals” under the Kid-Safe Products Act and make it easier for consumers to know which products contain these chemicals. I urge my fellow Mainers to join me in speaking out for stronger phthalate regulations at the hearing on Tuesday. Our kids’ health can’t afford to wait one more day. ~ Sarah Braik, Standish
Letter: Wealth of information
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 28, 2014 

The July 20 BDN article on the east-west highway quotes Maine’s gubernatorial candidates as saying, in general, that there’s not enough information out there to form an opinion on the subject. On the contrary, there is a wealth of information to be found at stopthecorridor.org. The east-west corridor is a project for corporate developers to cash in on trends in global trade. Tourism, a multi-billion dollar industry and growing, and farming, the state’s fastest growing industry, depend on intact landscapes unsullied by Cianbro Corp.’s corridor. With good design and sustainable practices, our environment will last as long as we let it and will return to us unending wealth and satisfactions. ~ Tod Cheney, Blue Hill
Park ranger says taking rocks from Acadia an increasing and illegal problem
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 27, 2014 

Last week, Acadia National Park was named “America’s Favorite Place,” by ABC’s Good Morning America. Every year, millions of people come to take in the park’s scenic rockbound coastline. But some of those visitors are taking parts of that coastline with them, a practice that continues to increase, harms the park and is a federal offense. Rechholtz said taking rocks from Acadia’s beaches is like cutting a tree down in the park’s forests.
Fisheries trail to encourage tourism, showcase Down East Maine’s maritime heritage
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 27, 2014 

There is another type of trail to add to the Maine mix: the Downeast Fisheries Trail, which showcases the state’s fisheries heritage, from salmon farming to lobster fishing to the crucial sardine canneries of yore. The trail includes nearly 50 sites, ranging from historical societies and small fisheries museums to places such as the Cherryfield Cable Pool, where Atlantic salmon fly fishermen would flock every year.
Unprecedented New England Pipeline Proposal
Living on Earth - Sunday, July 27, 2014 

A pipeline company proposes to extend a natural gas through New England to help solve the region’s energy price spikes. The Conservation Law Foundation’s Shanna Cleveland discusses whether the pipeline is needed and its unorthodox financing plan.
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News Feeds

Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

MOFGA receives $1 million gift to help train more new farmers
By Abigail Curtis - Unity: A farming organization with a strong grassroots history announced Wednesday that it received a gift of $1 million to help support and train new farmers, the largest financial donation in its history. Officials from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association said that they were thrilled with the gift from the New York City-based Partridge Foundation, which also pledged an additional $1 million to MOFGA if the Maine group can raise a matching amount over the next 18 months. All the monies are to be used for MOFGA’s new farmer programming. “This is really exciting,” Kamala Grohman, the development associate for MOFGA, said Wednesday. “It will be able to fund this program for years to come.”
7/23/2014 6:00:00 AM

MOFGA receives $1 million gift for farmer training
Unity, Maine - The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) announced today that it has received a $1 million gift from the Partridge Foundation to establish an endowment in support of its new farmer training programs. "This Partridge Foundation gift represents a tremendous vote of confidence in MOFGA and an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen our innovative new farmer training programs. We thank the Foundation for its generous support," said Ted Quaday, MOFGA's executive director.
7/23/2014 5:00:00 AM

Maine Organic Farmers Group Launches Endowment Drive
By Irwin Gratz - The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association says it's launching a fund drive aimed at creating a $3 million endowment to support the group's educational programs. A beneficiary of one of those programs is Daniel Mays, owner and manager of Frith Farm in Scarborough, where today's announcement was made.
7/23/2014 4:00:00 AM

Organic farmers receive financial boost
At Frith Farm in Scarborough Wednesday, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association announced the $1 million gift. MOFGA will use this endowment to train farmers in organic growing techniques. The Partridge Foundation also pledged an additional $1 million if MOFGA can find matching funds.
7/23/2014 4:00:00 AM

Financial gift to help Maine farmers flourish
By Tim Goff - Scarborough: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the oldest and largest organic organization in the country, announced a million dollar gift from the Partridge Foundation to launch an Educational Programs Endowment.
7/23/2014 3:00:00 AM

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?
By Dan Charles - Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.
7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM

‘Organic’ disappears from some menus
By Mateusz Perkowski - Restaurateurs are reducing organic claims on their menus in favor of claims related to geography, allergens and other features, according to market research.
7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM

Another score for organically grown veggies
By Barbara Damrosch - Watching the studies come out about the merits or demerits of organics is a little like watching World Cup soccer. A large study done at Stanford in 2012 claimed organic food to be no more nutritious than chemically grown. Score one for that side. But a report newly published in the British Journal of Nutrition finds organically raised vegetables to have more antioxidants, less cadmium (a toxic metal in commercial fertilizer) and fewer pesticide residues. Score one for Team O.
7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

York County Land Trust Acquires Farm in Berwick
The 90-acre property was donated by Ruby Brooks, who died last year after living on the farm for 60 years By G...
7/29/2014 7:41:47 AM

Maine Panel to Consider Response to Ocean Acidification
The commission formed by the Legislature will hold its first meeting Friday at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center ...
7/29/2014 7:35:25 AM

Some Like It Raw
Summer is a great time to save energy by not cooking dinner once a week.  Serve salad, sashimi, and fruit. Bon...
7/29/2014 4:00:24 AM

My Maine This Week: Karyl Condit
Two photos by NRCM member Karyl Condit of Farmington, Maine. “Nature’s etchings on Monhegan beach ...
7/28/2014 10:01:53 AM

Cities Right to Promote Charging Stations for Cars
We all win when car buyers believe they can get where they need to go without gas. Portland Press Herald edito...
7/28/2014 8:36:34 AM

Choose “Smarter” Seafood
Almost 85% of our world’s fisheries are fished to capacity or overfished. Maine lobsters, clams, scallops, had...
7/28/2014 4:00:35 AM

Take It Easy
Accelerating and braking gently can improve gas mileage by up to 12 percent. So resist the temptation to keep ...
7/27/2014 4:00:08 AM

Compost the Easy Way
Recent research shows that unturned compost piles contain up to 13% more nitrogen. Use it by simply scraping o...
7/26/2014 4:00:36 AM

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