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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

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Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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Judge reconsidering stay of lawsuit over CMP billing
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

A Superior Court justice said she will rule soon on requests by lawyers to move ahead with a lawsuit over Central Maine Power Co.’s billing practices. Justice Michaela Murphy had previously ruled that the suit would be on hold while the Maine Public Utilities Commission investigated a rash of high bills, mostly during the winter of 2017-18. The investigation is not expected to conclude before this fall.
Sen. Collins calls for $100 million federal response to fight tick-borne diseases
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Maine Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday introduced a bill that would devote more than $100 million in new federal spending to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Collins said in remarks on the Senate floor that Lyme disease has ballooned into a public health threat that needs a comprehensive federal response. The TICK Act was introduced with Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minnesota, and co-sponsored by independent Sen. Angus King of Maine.
Letter: NRCM supports Kennebunk balloon release ordinance
Seacoast Online - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

On June 11, Kennebunk residents will vote yes on a local ordinance to prevent mass balloon releases. Every year, thousands of whales, turtles, seals, and seabirds get tangled in or choke on balloon litter. Every balloon that is released will eventually break and fall, with uncountable numbers dropping into our oceans where they are mistaken as food by wildlife, often causing a slow, torturous death. There are great alternatives to balloon releases for celebrations and honoring a loved one. Planting trees or gardens, litter clean-ups, floating flowers, dedicating a park bench, or lighting reusable candles are alternatives that better embody the intent of celebrations and commemorations. ~ Chrissy Adamowicz, Sustainable Maine Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine
The Health of Maine's Lakes
Maine Public - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Maine’s lakes are renowned, and they are critical to our economy, drawing outdoor recreation enthusiasts and tourists throughout the year. How are lakes across Maine faring—from water quality to invasive species to pollution—especially in the face of climate change? Guests: Susan Gallo, Maine Lakes Society; Colin Holme, Lakes Environmental Association; and Scott Williams, Lake Stewards of Maine.
Fate of bill to require greenhouse gas study of CMP project in question
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Maine House gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would require a comprehensive analysis of how Central Maine Power’s transmission line proposal would impact greenhouse gas emissions in New England and Canada. But the future of the time-sensitive bill remains unclear. Supporters failed to garner the two-thirds majority that will ultimately be required to overturn a potential gubernatorial veto, much less affect the permitting process for the 145-mile high-voltage transmission line.
Maine House falls short of support needed for time-sensitive CMP corridor climate impact study
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

A proposal to study the emissions impact of Central Maine Power’s plan for a $1 billion hydropower corridor advanced procedurally after a vote in the Maine House of Representatives on Thursday, but not with enough support to take effect immediately. The narrow vote was a rebuke to Gov. Janet Mills, a high-profile backer of the project who has been lobbying fellow Democrats on the issue. But it’s also a sign that she could find more than enough support to block this and other proposals aimed at the corridor using her veto power.
Maine’s best-known industry is being pinched
Other - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Economist - Last year Maine’s 4,500 lobstermen hauled in 54,000 tonnes of the critters, one of the highest landings in the state’s history. So important is it to Maine’s economy and self-image that the state offers a licence plate depicting the crustacean. Demand remains strong, says John Sackton, an analyst and publisher of Seafood News. Lobster is not just for posh restaurants and New England lobster shacks any more. McDonald’s, a fast-food chain, offers lobster rolls. But this season has been stormy.
Column: Weathering species extinction
Times Record - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Being literally in touch with the earth always instructs me in what’s essential. Organic gardening’s a wondrous no-brainer that something’s far more powerful and clever than us. All Species’ Lives Matter! The recent U.N. report on biodiversity loss and species extinction couldn’t be a clearer clarion call to that fundamental truth. Particularly encouraging in echoing that call is the groundswell of outrage over CMP’s proposed “Corridor” and its clueless energy “manifest destiny” mentality’s rationalization that we must continue harming nature in order to save it. ~ Gary Anderson
National Park Visitor Spending Contributed Over $570 million to Maine Economy
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

According to a report released today, in 2018, 3.5 million park visitors spent an estimated $388 million in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands in Maine. These expenditures supported a total of 5,820 jobs, $189 million in labor income, $336 million in value added, and $571 million in economic output in the Maine economy. Nationally, visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs.
Toomey chosen to lead MFT
Maine Farmland Trust - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Bill Toomey, a longtime leader in regional environmental conservation, has been chosen to serve as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. Toomey has worked in nonprofit conservation since 1998, most recently as the Trust for Public Land’s New England area director, and he brings extensive experience in land protection, leadership, management, and fundraising.
Cutko named to head Maine Parks & Lands
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Maine Environmental News has confirmed that Andy Cutko has been appointed director of the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands. Cutko served as Director of Scince for the Nature Conservancy in Maine for the past two years. Before that for more than 20 years he was an ecologist in the Maine Department of Conservation. He also worked at the organization Natureserve for three years.
Cormier named to head Maine Forest Service
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

At a meeting on Wednesday, Amanda Beal, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, confirmed that Gov. Janet Mills this week appointed Patricia "Patty" Cormier to be Director of the Maine Forest Service. For the past two decades Cormier has served as MFS District Forester for Franklin and Somerset counties in western Maine. She will also sit on the three-member Baxter State Park Authority.
Kayaking and canoeing
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Eight access points along the beautiful Androscoggin River allow kayakers and canoeists to enjoy short or long paddles throughout the Bethel region.
White Mountain National Forest
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire is just a short drive from Bethel. The Forest features hiking trails, scenic drives, campgrounds, picnic areas, and overlooks that provide many options to get outdoors. Wherever you go in the WMNF, don’t forget your recreation pass.
Two wheels: Bicycling
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Western Maine’s varied topography makes for great road biking. The wide river valleys offer miles of straight and level riding, much of it through quiet woods and beautiful farmland. If you’re up for a more physical challenge, head for the surrounding foothills, with great climbs and descents. Here are just a few examples.
Cast a line: Fishing anyone?
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Western Maine’s geography provides an abundance of brooks, rivers and lakes. Within minutes of Bethel Village there are spots that produce brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon. Note: Licenses are required for all inland fishing in Maine for anyone 16 years and older.
History Buff: Explore Bethel’s history
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society collect, preserve, display, and share the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire through exhibits, lectures, special events, and publications.
See 10,000 tulips bloom in Portland
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Every year, workers from the horticultural division of Portland’s Department of Public Works plant nearly 10,000 tulip bulbs around the city. More than half of them — over 5,000 — go into the soil in a tiny, wedge-shaped park in Oakdale. Fessenden Park is named for former Maine U.S. Sen. William Pitt Fessenden.
The world’s moose experts are coming to Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Some of the world’s foremost moose researchers will head to one of Maine’s “moose-iest” locales next month for the 53rd North American Moose Conference. Lee Kantar, the state moose biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, is organizing the event, which will take place June 10-14 at Sugarloaf resort in Carrabassett Valley.
Developer of Bucksport salmon farm took a big early step. Here’s what comes next.
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

There are a number of steps remaining before the company planning a $250 million indoor salmon farm in Bucksport breaks ground on its facility on part of the former Verso Paper mill site. But after the company, Whole Oceans, closed on its purchase of a portion of the former mill site Tuesday, there’s excitement in town about the coming development, as well as some relief. The transaction between Whole Oceans and the mill site’s owner, American Iron and Metal, for an undisclosed price was the most tangible sign yet that the project first announced in February 2018 was moving forward.
Opinion: Conservation bond hunting-trapping mandate usurps local control
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

L.D. 911 asks voters this fall to consider borrowing $95 million for state park improvements and Land for Maine’s Future. Buried in the fine print: “Hunting, fishing, trapping and public access may not be prohibited on land acquired with bond proceeds, except to the extent of applicable state, local or federal laws, rules and regulations and except for working waterfront projects and farmland protection projects.” What about the majority of Mainers who neither hunt nor trap but simply want to enjoy a peaceful day in the woods? Hunters and trappers constitute only a small minority (roughly 15%) of Maine’s total population. L.D. 911 also undermines local control. If we can preserve land with public money, we should also be able to protect the public who use it and the wildlife who live on it. ~ Don Loprieno, Bristol
Opinion: Maine legislators must protect kids like mine from harmful chemicals lurking in food
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Research shows that when the industrial chemicals phthalates and PFAS are used in food packaging, they leach into the food we eat, and strong science shows these chemicals are harmful to children’s health. That means that the meals I make for my children may come with a serving of toxic chemicals. As a mom and a health professional, that’s unacceptable. We need regulation on the state level because the federal government has failed to act. The Safe Food Packaging Act, L.D. 1433, would help protect my children’s health by phasing out phthalates and PFAS from food packaging. ~ Sarah Gabrielson, MPH, BSN, Cape Elizabeth
Opinion: A call for honest, open, civil discourse
Republican Journal - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

I understand that there are different views and ideologies about the proposed salmon farm in Belfast. I understand that nearby residents have legitimate reasons to ask questions and raise potential concerns.
Nordic Aquafarms has engaged in many conversations regarding these concerns at all levels of government and with the public in Maine. Nordic Aquafarms has felt the genuine warmth of Maine hospitality and heated dispute over the facts. We welcome both. ~ Erik A. Heim, President, Nordic Aquafarms Inc.
Letter: Cost of recycling
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Alton stopped recycling this year. It is very discouraging that to do what is right is so costly, and now it is even more of a challenge for our small town. Recycling and what is offered and accepted in each town is very inconsistent across the state. Pushing for alignment and consistency across the state is definitely the next step. ~ Kimberly Kennedy, Alton
Letter: CMP power line will contribute to shrinking of region’s carbon footprint
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Global warming is the existential crises of our time. The 2018 U.N. climate report states that we need to reduce our carbon emissions by 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 and 100 percent below 2010 levels by 2050! We accomplish these goals only if we make massive, transformative changes throughout the world and here at home. This is why I support the New England Clean Energy Connect project to bring 1,200 megawatts of electricity to the New England power grid. It represents a dramatic, efficient and highly effective “quick” first step to bring a very significant amount of renewable carbon-free energy to the region. ~ Christopher Ayres, Pownal
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