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Action Alert - Friday, February 22, 2019 

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Maine Grain Conference, Mar 1
Event - Posted - Friday, February 22, 2019 

At University of Maine at Presque Isle, March 1, 8:30 am-5 pm.
Acadia Teacher Fellows application deadline, Mar 1
Announcement - Friday, February 22, 2019 

The National Park Service is recruiting six Acadia Teacher Fellows to spend the summer learning about Acadia National Park’s diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. Apply online by March 1.
John Connelly book tour
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 21, 2019 

John Connelly was the first to paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (740 miles) in northern New England and kayak the Maine Island Trail (375 miles), connecting them via the Saint John River and Bay of Fundy (385 miles) in New Brunswick. The grand total? 1,500 miles. He has written a book about his adventure. Here are book tour dates and locations.
Help Wanted: Island Caretakers
Announcement - Thursday, February 21, 2019 

The Maine Island Trail Association is seeking qualified seasonal island caretakers to help with the management of two islands in Casco Bay: Little Chebeague Island and Jewell Island (May to September). $8,500 stipend. Application deadline March 15.
LiDAR – Revealing Maine’s Secrets, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Amber Whittaker, senior geologist for the Maine Geological Survey, will explain how LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) uses laser beams to produce a very accurate and detailed representation of the land surface. At Camden Public Library, February 28, 7 pm.
Restoring Great Rivers, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

Joshua Royte, conservation scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Maine and founding member of the World Fish Migration Foundation, will discuss “Restoring Great Rivers: Amazing Work in Maine and Around the World.” At Portland Public Library, February 27, 5:30 pm
Kennebec Land Trust historic cabin renovation, Feb 25
Announcement - Monday, February 18, 2019 

Recently, the Kennebec Land Trust renovated two historic cabins at the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary in West Gardiner. The project will be featured on the Maine Cabin Masters show on the DIY network, February 25, 9 pm.
Grants available for land conservation transaction costs
Announcement - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Grant applications are available for the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership’s Winter 2019 Land Protection Transaction Grant Program. The matching grants assist with costs for permanent land protection projects by donation and/or acquisition of full fee and conservation easements within the coastal watershed area of New Hampshire and Maine.
Owls at Hirundo, Feb 23-24
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 16, 2019 

Hirundo presents a two-part program for participants to get up close to three native Maine owls. At the Montessori School, Feb 23, 11 am- noon, and a nature walk from Old Town High School, Feb 24, 6-7 pm. $10 for one program, $16 for both for adults; $5 for one and $8 for both for youths.
‘Grasses and Rushes of Maine’ book release, Feb 22
Event - Posted - Friday, February 15, 2019 

Book release and signing by authors of “Grasses and Rushes of Maine.” At Stantec office, Topsham, February 22, 5-7 pm.
The Green New Deal
Publication - Monday, February 11, 2019 

The Green New Deal will convert the decaying fossil fuel economy into a new, green economy that is environmentally sustainable, economically secure and socially just. The Green New Deal starts with transitioning to 100% green renewable energy (no nukes or natural gas) by 2030. It would immediately halt any investment in fossil fuels (including natural gas) and related infrastructure. The Green New Deal will guarantee full employment and generate up to 20 million new, living-wage jobs, as well as make the government the employer of last resort with a much-needed major public jobs program.
The Neighbors We Hardly Know, Feb 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Craig Kesselheim, a passionate birder for 45 years, talks owls. At Southwest Harbor Public Library, February 16, 1:30 pm.
Free fishing days, Feb 16-17
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 9, 2019 

February 16 and 17 are Maine’s free fishing days for this winter.
Farmer and Grower Winter Potluck, Feb 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 9, 2019 

All local farmers and growers in the area to attend a Farmer and Grower Winter Potluck. Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension, will talk about “Farm Response to Changing Weather.” At Belfast, February 16, 4 pm. Sponsored by United Farmers Market of Maine.
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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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