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Action Alert - Monday, October 15, 2018 

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Fly tying workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Downeast Salmon Federation is partnering with Maine Outdoor School to offer several fly tying workshops. At Ellsworth and Amherst, October 15, 2018 – January 27, 2019.
Rail-trails under attack
Action Alert - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Railbanking is essential to preserving rail corridors for use as trails. This federal statute has allowed local trail groups to convert former railways into thriving rail-trails that boost local economies and create healthier communities. But the federal Surface Transportation Board is proposing to significantly restrict the timeframe for these negotiations. ~ Kevin Mills, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Nominate conservation groups for Franklin Savings Bank grants
Announcement - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Franklin Savings Bank is celebrating 150 years of community banking by donating $150,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout Franklin, Oxford, Somerset, and Hancock counties. Nominate the nonprofit of your choice.
Be Part of the Green Wave
Action Alert - Monday, October 15, 2018 

This election is critical to our planet but millions of environmental voters don't vote during midterm elections. You can help change that. The Center for Biological Diversity is launching a voter engagement program called Ignite the Vote. State-of-the-art voter outreach technology will help reach every voter who cares about wildlife and the planet.
Richard Blanco talk, Oct 21
Announcement - Sunday, October 14, 2018 

Poet Richard Blanco gave an inspiring presentation at the 2018 Harpswell Heritage Land Trust annual meeting. His talk will air on Harpswell Community TV, October 21, 7:30 pm.
Vote Climate
Action Alert - Saturday, October 13, 2018 

We need bold action like a Green New Deal that would put millions of people across the country to work in green jobs building strong communities and a safe climate. ~ 350 Action
Act to Avoid Climate Catastrophe
Action Alert - Saturday, October 13, 2018 

A damning new U.N. report revealed that we could suffer some of the most severe effects of climate change very soon — unless we accelerate phasing out fossil fuels, drastically reducing our carbon emissions, and transitioning to cleaner, smarter energy right now. Call on your officials to lead the fight against climate change. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument meetings
Action Alert - Saturday, October 13, 2018 

The National Park Service invites the public to share ideas on ways to protect the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s natural resources and support recreational opportunities.
• UMaine at Presque Isle, October 17, 6-8 pm
• Bangor, October 30, location and time TBD
• Portland, November 14, location and time TBD
Join the Casco Bay Water Reporter Guide
Announcement - Saturday, October 13, 2018 

Join Friends of Casco Bay's new volunteer Observing Network, Water Reporter, an exciting way to share what you see around the Bay.
Milbridge Commons Celebration, Oct 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 13, 2018 

Milbridge Commons is a new park, community garden, play space and gathering place free and open to the public. A grand opening celebration will be held October 20, 11 am - 2 pm.
Andy Burt honored, Oct 20
Announcement - Saturday, October 13, 2018 

The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine and Sierra Club Maine are honoring Ann D. "Andy" Burt as a champion of peace, social and economic justice and the environment for over 40 years. At 302 Stevens Ave, Portland, October 20, 5:30 pm.
Help crowdfunding for "A guidebook to habitat conservation"
Action Alert - Friday, October 12, 2018 

Help Susan Morse, founder and science director of Keeping Track, complete a book aimed at inspiring and guiding thousands more wildlife conservation projects across North America.
Take Action for Maine's Environment, Oct 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 

Learn about threats our environment faces under the Trump Administration and what you can do to resist those threats. At Maine Audubon, Falmouth, October 18, 6 pm. Sponsored by Maine Audubon, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Appalachian Mountain Club, Midcoast Conservancy, Maine Conservation Voters, and Maine Public Health Association.
Beavers: Forest Engineers, Oct 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 

Master naturalist Christy Stout will give a presentation on the secret life of the beaver. At Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 1107 W. Old Town Road, October 17, 6-7 pm.
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News Items
Letter: Why not Sunday hunting in unpopulated areas?
Morning Sentinel - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Would it be possible for hunters and non-hunters to compromise here and allow Sunday hunting in the northern part of the state far from highly populated areas?
Recession's far-reaching effect
Portland Press Herald - Friday, March 6, 2009 

The ripple effects of the collapse in consumer consumption have hit a Down East pulp mill one day after engulfing a southern Maine printing plant, putting a combined 674 people out of work.
Opinion: Stimulus can help Mainers become less dependent on oil
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Oil prices are extremely volatile, all of the money used to buy oil leaves the state, and we are destroying the environment that is the calling card of Vacationland. Focusing on the use of proven technologies for central heating systems that use refined wood-pellet fuel, Maine can create almost 10,000 jobs if only 10 percent of the homes and businesses that use heating oil convert to these clean, efficient and reliable systems.
Verso posts losses for fourth quarter
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Verso Paper on Thursday reported a net loss of $33.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. In addition, the company announced it has suspended dividends on its common stock indefinitely. Both of the company’s mills in Maine — at Jay and at Bucksport — have taken significant downtime in recent months and are planning more.
Do you think the paper industry is sustainable in Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

BDN online poll.
Domtar to idle pulp mill in May
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

The Montreal-based Domtar Corp. says it is idling its pulp mill in the eastern Maine town of Baileyville for an indefinite period because of the poor global economy.
Millinocket takes mill owner to task over electricity sales
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Millinocket-area officials accused the owner of the Katahdin Paper Co. on Thursday of being more interested in making profits selling electricity than operating the mills that have long been the lifeblood of the region’s economy.
Opinion: Skeptical of 'global warming' claims
Times Record - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Michael Fox, the energy expert for the Hawaii Reporter and a member of the Hawaii Geophysics Institute, reports that 2008 was the 10th consecutive year of NO global warming...the Earth has been cooling for the last six years.
Biologist Keeps Tabs On Black Bears And Their Cubs
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

The 91 bears Wildlife Biologist Randy Cross and his team will visit this winter are part of the state's Black Bear Monitoring program.
Doctor to share wind power concerns
Sun Journal - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Dr. Albert Aniel will share his concerns about health risks associated with wind turbines with Rumford selectmen when they meet Thursday.
Letter: Maine should pass bills banning 'canned' hunting
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Canned hunting preserves have no place in a civilized society.
Game-parks proposals trigger debate
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Many people testified Wednesday at a public hearing on three bills related to big game hunting preserves in Maine. Two bills seek to expand those operations; one seeks to shut them down.
Editorial: Poland Spring vote sends unfortunate message
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Shapleigh residents voted to turn off their community spigot for the Poland Spring water bottling company at a special town meeting Saturday, but that decision sends a bitter-tasting message about Maine.
Editorial: Wind Resistance
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

While wind power is generally supported when the towers and turbines are located on some remote ridge top, that support is less enthusiastic when those towers are visible from one’s living room window and when the incessant whooshing of the turbine blades can be heard in one’s backyard.
Commission OKs Stetson II wind farm
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

The proposed $60 million Stetson II wind farm in Washington County earned its final state permit Wednesday after proponents made their strongest statements yet dismissing health concerns associated with wind power.
Wind project raises Belfast traffic worries
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Engineers will have to remove trees and widen Field Street in Belfast to accommodate wind turbine generators and blades during their shipment from the Searsport docks to Kibby Township near the Canadian border.
Lawmakers urged to expand energy programs
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Energy-efficiency professionals urged lawmakers on Wednesday to expand weatherization and conservation programs as Maine policymakers explore ways to begin weaning the state off its dependence on foreign oil.
Climate change
WERU Radio - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Thousands of protesters marched to a coal-fired plant in Washington, DC, Monday and surrounded the plant to call attention to the coal industry’s impact on the environment and climate change.
Branding our outdoor tourism
Portland Phoenix - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

One of the Maine Huts and Trails biggest challenges will be bringing Maine's western and inland wilderness to the public-recognition level of, say, New Hampshire's White Mountains, or New York's Adirondacks.
Editorial: The blessings of philanthropy
Capital Weekly - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

This week, we’d like to pay special tribute to the late Thelma Swain of Augusta, who left $350,000 to the Pine Tree State Arboretum in Augusta, enabling the nonprofit group to create another position to oversee the operations of the arboretum.
Massachusetts Chainsaw Massacre
Other - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

WCVB has uncovered how the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, an agency that's supposed to be protecting our forests and parks, is cashing in on cutting them down. The TV channell reported on Thursday that the state is turning its forests into acres of logging opportunities while using an eco-friendly program to justify the destruction.
Solar Energy Promoters Seek Public Support
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Gridsolar, LLC hopes to develop up to 800 megawatts of distributed solar generation in Maine. The proposal is billed as an alternative to the $1.5 billion plan by Central Maine Power Company to upgrade its high-voltage transmission lines.
Lobstermen Criticize Whale Protection Program
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

One of the featured exhibitions at the annual Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland today sparked anger among some lobstermen, who claim they are paying the price for pending regulations designed to protect whales from entanglement.
300 Workers To Lose Jobs In Washington County
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Domtar, which is North America's largest maker of office supply paper, says falling Chinese demand for wood pulp is partially to blame. State and local officials say they will do everything they can to help the plant come back on line.
Maine wind farm expansion is approved
Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2009 

Maine's wilderness zoning board has given its approval for a 17-turbine wind farm expansion in eastern Maine.
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