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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: Climate change skeptics need to examine the facts
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 

Re: M.D. Harmon’s June 20 column (“Media won’t tell you, so here are reasons to doubt global warming”), here are reasons he is wrong. ~ Neal Perry, Saco
South Portland girds for legal battle, praised for precedent on its tar sands ban
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

South Portland officials are preparing for a legal battle with members of the oil industry over a City Council vote Monday to block the export of tar sands oil from its port — an action that environmentalists say could set a precedent for communities across the continent that don’t want the Canadian crude flowing through.
Maine regulators again approve joint wind venture
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission once again granted its approval to a multimillion-dollar joint venture to develop wind-generation projects after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturned its initial approval and sent the case back for reconsideration. During deliberations Tuesday, PUC Chairman Thomas Welch said he did not see any reason why the joint venture between First Wind, Maine’s largest wind-power generator, and Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia, an energy distributor that owns two utilities in northern and eastern Maine, does not pass muster even under the court’s stricter guidelines.
Millinocket meets with lawyers over GNP debt, has ‘decided direction’ for collecting money’
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

Town leaders emerged from a private meeting on Tuesday confident that they were developing a strategy for handling Great Northern Paper Co. LLC’s $1.18 million property tax debt that would emerge within two weeks. Town Manager Peggy Daigle said the Town Council’s executive-session teleconference with attorneys Rob Crawford and Wendy Paradis of the law firm of Bernstein Shur concerned GNP’s inability to pay its tax bill. Council Chairman Richard Angotti Jr. and Daigle declined to comment on what actions they would or could take against Great Northern.
Rockland residents to launch effort to repeal pay-per-bag trash disposal rule
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

A petition drive is expected to be formally launched Wednesday morning to repeal the mandatory pay-per-bag trash disposal law approved earlier this month by the city council. Former City Councilor Adele Faber is an organizer of the repeal effort. She has been sharply critical of the ordinance. Faber said last month that instituting a pay-per-bag trash program or greatly increasing annual sticker fees was not the answer to deal with the bad decisions made by councilors on operations at the solid waste facility. This marks the second time a Rockland City Council has adopted a pay-per-bag program and the second time citizens have petitioned to repeal it.
After legal challenge, Maine utility regulators again OK $333 million partnership between Emera, First Wind
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow Emera Maine’s parent company to invest $333 million through a joint venture with wind farm developer First Wind, a deal that was sent back to the commission for further review after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision. Deliberations in the case Tuesday centered on whether the financial relationship would create favoritism of any kind between the power-generating entity and the Maine transmission and distribution utility Emera Maine, which is owned by Nova Scotia-based Emera Inc.
Appalachian Mountain Club Announces Sale of Carbon Credits from Maine Ecological Reserve
Appalachian Mountain Club - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

The Appalachian Mountain Club today announced the sale of verified carbon emission credits from its Katahdin Iron Works conservation property in Maine to The Climate Trust, a nonprofit specializing in carbon financing. By encouraging natural forest growth on AMC’s 10,000-acre ecological reserve, the project preserves stored carbon in the forest and enables an additional revenue stream through the sale of carbon credits. AMC’s Katahdin Iron Works conservation and recreation property is located in Piscataquis County, and was established as part of the organization’s Maine Woods Initiative, a strategy for land conservation in the 100-Mile Wilderness region. The initial offset sale represents over 100,000 carbon reduction tons, the equivalent of removing 21,000 gasoline-powered passenger cars from the road.
Has global warming slowed down?
Summit Voice - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

A cool phase of natural climate variability may have canceled out the heat-trapping effects of greenhouse gases the past 15 years, which would explain the so-called global warming slowdown, according to McGill University physicist Shaun Lovejoy. In a paper published recently in Geophysical Research Letters, Lovejoy concluded after a statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 that slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature. Lovejoy concludes that a natural cooling fluctuation during this period largely masked the warming effects of a continued increase in man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
Hottest June on record for Planet Earth
Summit Voice - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

For the second month in a row, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center reported that Earth’s average temperature reached a record high, at 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, and 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit above the previous record, set in 2010. Nine of the ten warmest Junes on record have all occurred during the 21st century, including each of the past five years.
‘North Woods Law’ hiatus no cause for concern, producer says
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

Season 2 of “North Woods Law,” was abruptly ended after Animal Planet aired six episodes — but show producers say there is no cause for concern. The show will return in the fall. And while some irate viewers have been critical of the network’s plan, NWL supervising producer Andy Seestedt said there’s no cause for concern: “North Woods Law” will return for a 13-episode Season 3 that will run consecutively this fall and will include unaired episodes intended for the second half of Season 2.
Hike: Shore Trail near Flagstaff Lake
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

The Shore Trail is a short day hike or snowshoe that runs along the edge of Flagstaff Lake in western Maine, ending at Flagstaff Lake Hut, one of the four wilderness lodges that make up the Maine Huts & Trails system. Flagstaff Lake is Maine’s largest man-made lake, stretching about 25 miles long. Looking at the picturesque body of water, it’s hard to believe that less than a century ago, three towns stood in place of what is now crystal clear waters and sandy beaches.
Proposed plan to address environmental Issues at former GAT facility
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

A Proposed Plan has been prepared to provide information to the public on the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recommended remedial action to address groundwater contamination at the site of the former Ground to Air Transmitter (GAT) Facility in Glenburn. The USACE will host an information session on August 20 from 6 to 7 pm at the Glenburn Municipal Building to provide information and answer questions. This will be followed by a formal public hearing from 7 to 8 pm.
Raising beef is by far the worst for environment, study finds
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Letter: Bear facts
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

Animals procreate by natural instinct, without the capability to govern their population. The big game animals of Maine — black bear, bobcat, deer, moose, raccoon and turkey — have controlled hunting seasons to regulate the populations and protect the environment from over foraging. You may think baiting, trapping and using dogs to control the bear population is cruel, unethical and unsportsmanlike, but have you endured the hours of preparation and insects that are involved? ~ Troy Frye, Orland
Letter: Muddy waters
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

I was one of the folks who gathered samples from the intertidal area at Kidder Point near the GAC Chemical Corp. plant in Searsport. People should understand The Friends of Penobscot Bay are dedicated to protecting and improving the living conditions in the estuary that is part of upper Penobscot Bay. We are interested in cleaning up the bay, not going after GAC. There is a problem, and we have identified it. But if people wish to turn a blind eye to our warnings and stick their head in the sand, I wouldn’t do it on GAC’s intertidal area, because that sand will burn you. ~ Harlan McLaughlin, Searsport
South Portland council casts ‘historic’ vote to block tar sands exports
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 21, 2014 

The South Portland City Council has effectively banned the export of tar sands, or oil sands, from its waterfront with an ordinance that has gained international attention and that oil industry opponents have vowed to challenge in court or before city officials. “The fight is not over,” said Jamie Py, president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, on behalf of the Working Waterfront Coalition.
South Portland approves tar sands ban
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 21, 2014 

The City Council solidified its approval Monday night for controversial zoning changes that are expected to block the potential export of Canadian tar sands oil from the city’s waterfront. The final vote was 6-1 in favor of a ban that may soon be challenged in court and at the ballot booth if opponents move forward with threats of a lawsuit and a citizen-initiated referendum.
November referendum rematch over Congress Square unlikely after Portland council workshop
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 21, 2014 

A second citywide vote on whether Portland should sell two-thirds of its Congress Square to private hotel developers is unlikely to take place in November. Facing the prospect of keeping up with an aggressive timeline in order to put the controversial sale before city voters, members of the Portland City Council on Monday night suggested they would rather slow down and let a city task force continue its previous work redesigning the embattled public space.
Congress Square Plaza unlikely to be on November ballot
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 21, 2014 

Portland City Council members showed no urgency Monday night on moving forward with a proposal to sell part of Congress Square Plaza, meaning city voters will not likely see the issue on the November ballot. The council members opted to take additional time to discuss the issue before referring the matter to the Portland Land Bank Commission, which would have to endorse any sale. As a result, it is unlikely that work on crafting any sale proposal would be complete in time to send the issue to city voters this fall. The council is expected to discuss the issue again in workshops next month.
Firm pulls $10 million investment in Cate Street’s Millinocket project
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 21, 2014 

The New Jersey-based investment firm CCG Community Partners has withdrawn its $10 million investment in Thermogen Industries in Millinocket for the same reasons a Maine-based investor pulled $20 million in funding earlier this month. Paul Hoffman, CCG’s managing director, said that “timing associated with [Thermogen’s] development as well as other factors” led it to rescind its investment offer May 30, “after almost a year of work.” “We are currently reviewing new investments in Maine that will have a more immediate impact for the residents of Maine,” Hoffman wrote. “Our doors remain open for Thermogen Industries for future investment consideration as the project moves forward.” CCG announced its withdrawal from the Thermogen project the same day that it decided to invest $30.3 million in an Athens biomass plant adjacent to the Maine Woods Pellet Co.
Debate over tar sands rages in South Portland
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 21, 2014 

More than a year of debate about the flow of heavy crude oil, commonly known as tar sands, through South Portland reaches its climax Monday night. The City Council is slated to take its final vote to enact an ordinance that would ban the bulk loading of crude oil — including the controversial, thicker bituminous oil — onto tanker vessels in the city’s port. During previous votes, the City Council and planning board supported the ban by 6-1 tallies.
Report: National Park Service visitors spent $8.5 million less in Maine in 2013 due to Republican shutdown
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 21, 2014 

Visitors to Maine’s only national park are estimated to have generated $191.5 million for the state’s economy last year. A new National Park Service report also indicates spending by visitors to Acadia and to the Saint Croix Island National Historic Site in Calais, which is managed by Acadia, supported an estimated 2,958 jobs in Maine in 2013. Acadia National Park had 2.26 million visitors last year. The 2013 estimate indicates there was a decrease of about 170,000 visitors who spent about $8.5 million less when compared to 2012. The difference is attributed to Acadia National Park and other federal facilities nationwide being shut down for 16 days during a dispute in Congress in 2013 over the federal budget.
Great Northern Paper auctioneer makes partial tax payment but still behind schedule
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 21, 2014 

The auctioneer paying Great Northern Paper Co. LLC’s approximately $1.18 million net personal property tax debt made a $133,500 payment Friday, Town Manager Peggy Daigle said Monday. The $133,500 payment leaves auctioneer Koster Industries behind and well short of the schedule Koster, Great Northern and town leaders agreed to, which was due to be completed Monday. According to that schedule, Koster owed and paid $225,000 on July 3. It failed to make a $340,000 payment on July 8, a $360,000 payment on July 14 and has a deadline for the remainder of the $1.18 million Monday, the payment schedule states.
Blog: Our Excellent Summer Adventure – Part 1
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 21, 2014 

Snowmobiling buttoned up in April and the couple of months between the MSA annual meeting and when we need to start preparing for another great winter of snowmobiling is a fine time to disappear for a while and see what’s happening in the rest of the world. This year we opted for a complete change of scenery — a trip out west and visits to some of the most iconic locations in the National Park System. It was a trip we had talked about for years, and in almost every possible way was better than anticipated. It also underscored my conviction that a National Park in the Maine Woods would be a terrible mistake. ~ Bob Meyers, executive director, Maine Snowmobile Association
LePage, New Brunswick leader agree to work together on jobs
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 21, 2014 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage and New Brunswick Premier David Alward signed an agreement Monday outlining greater collaboration on economic issues between the state and government of the province to which Maine exports have increased in the past year. The new agreement specifies the provincial government and Maine should discuss production of hydropower and biomass energy.
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Maine Organic Farmers
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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.
7/22/2014 11:00:00 PM

Skowhegan’s Kneading Conference to focus on ancient grains
By Doug Harlow - Skowhegan: Before the rise of modern-day wheat — grown for easy harvest and to produce fluffy industrial breads – there were ancient wheat varieties such as einkorn, emmer, spelt and kamut – some of which are still found in Maine. Maria Speck, an authority on the ancient grains, will be one of the keynote speakers this year at the eighth annual Kneading Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.
7/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

A visit to the Workhorse and Worksong Hootenany
By Gabor Degre - A wonderful video of the Workhorse and Worksong Hootenany at North Branch Farm last week – one of MOFGA’s Farm Training Project events.
7/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients
By Jane Lindholm - Ben & Jerry's CEO says the company had to remove the key ingredient from Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. The reason for the change? Hershey makes Heath bars with genetically engineered ingredients, and Ben & Jerry's has made a pledge to remove all GMO ingredients from its ice cream.
7/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

Thorndike farmers bring traditional cheeses from the hills of Turkey to the fields of Maine
By Emily Burnham - Growing up on the southern coast of Turkey, Aktan Askin’s favorite summer dish was halloumi, a firm, protein-rich cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk, grilled until it slightly melted and served with cold watermelon. It’s salty, it squeaks a bit when you chew it and it’s addictive.
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Milkweeds: A Conservation Practitioner’s Guide
By Brianna Borders and Eric Lee-Mader - The free report provides conservation professionals with information about optimizing milkweed seed production methods, offers guidance on incorporating milkweeds into restoration and revegetation efforts, and highlights milkweeds’ unique characteristics and value to wildlife.
7/20/2014 11:00:00 PM

UN body sets new standards for milk, rice
By Alladin S. Diega - A new set of standards by a United Nations food- standards body identified maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice.
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Genetically Modified Rice
Rice is daily food for half of the world's population. Genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) rice is a threat to our health, agriculture and biodiversity. No GM rice is grown commercially anywhere in the world. Genetically engineered "Golden rice" is touted as a solution to the serious health problems, including blindness, resulting from widespread vitamin-A deficiency in the Global South. Golden Rice has been in development for almost 20 years and is still being tested.
7/20/2014 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

Maine’s Tar Sands Oil Ban a Win for Activists
Portland vote lifts hopes of environmentals wary of pipeline By David Abel, Globe staff Boston Globe news stor...
7/23/2014 7:59:05 AM

South Portland Girds for Legal Battle, Praised for Precedent on Its Tar Sands Ban
Conservation groups and other areas celebrate the city’s stand against the heavy crude, as opponents map out s...
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Flower or Weed?
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7/23/2014 4:00:14 AM

Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port
by Susan Sharon NPR news story South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by ...
7/22/2014 9:16:05 AM

Maine Conservation Groups Gather with South Portland Residents to Celebrate and React to Tar Sands Vote
Read more about tar sands in South Portland See photos from the final South Portland City Council vote on July...
7/22/2014 9:00:11 AM

Tar Sands Ban Gets Final Approval in South Portland
by Kate Irish Collins KeepMECurrent news story SOUTH PORTLAND – After a roll call vote that came more th...
7/22/2014 8:29:22 AM

South Portland Passes Ordinance to Block Tar Sands
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7/22/2014 5:45:26 AM

South Portland City Council Says No to Tar Sands Oil Export
By David Abel, Globe staff Boston Globe news story The South Portland City Council passed an ordinance by a 6-...
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