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Maine Mushrooms, May 1
Event - Posted - Monday, April 24, 2017 

Presenter: Alan Seamans. At USM, Lewiston, May 1, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Stanton Bird Club.
Lyme disease conference, Apr 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 22, 2017 

At Wiscasset Community Center, April 29, 8 am - 5 pm.
Beginning Farmers Workshops
Event - Posted - Friday, April 21, 2017 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District are co-sponsoring a series of Beginning Farmers Workshops.
• April 23: Free Shearing and Wool Grading, 8 am-5 pm (two sessions), presented by the Midcoast Farmers Alliance. Hosted by Meadowcroft Farm in Washington.
• May 13: Free Natural Farming Practices, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, presented by Aaron Englander at Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport.
• June 14: Cover Crops and Crop Rotation on June 14;
• July 8: Day-long Pasture Workshop in conjunction with Beef Basics at Aldermere Farm.
• July 26: Pollination Services and Community Partnership.
People’s Climate Movement, Apr 29
Action Alert - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. ~ 350.org
Resist: Skills to Fight Back for Maine's Environment, Apr 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Learn about the current threats and our efforts to protect our public lands, defend the Clean Air Act, and preserve the EPA's budget, and the skills to make a difference. At Bangor High School, April 27, 6 pm.
Boating the Bold Coast, Apr 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

A community dialogue around resources, opportunities, challenges and concerns co-hosted by Maine Island Trail Association and Downeast Conservation Network. At Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott, April 26, 3-5 pm.
Inspired by Nature: Kris Sader, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Kris Sader, a visual artist, will show how nature inspires her creative work. At Topsham Library, April 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Resist: Skills to Fight Back for Maine's Environment, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Learn about the current threats and our efforts to protect our public lands, defend the Clean Air Act, and preserve the EPA's budget and the skills to make a difference. At Maple Hill Farm Inn and Conference Center, Hallowell, April 25, 6:30 pm.
The Psychology of Climate Change, Apr 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, April 16, 2017 

Kati Corlew, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology with the Social Science Program at UMA-Bangor, will talk about Tuvalu, a group of low-lying islands in the Pacific Ocean that is under extreme threat from rising sea levels. At Unitarian Universalist Church, Bangor, April 23, 11:30 am - 1 pm.
Seven Earth Day Events in Southern Maine
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 15, 2017 

Here are seven Earth Day events happening in southern Maine throughout the weekend.
March for Science, Portland Maine, Apr 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 15, 2017 

The March will start at City Hall Plaza around 10 am, will head down Congress St, ending at Congress Square Park with a few speakers.
Sheep wanted
Announcement - Thursday, April 13, 2017 

Viles Arboretum in Augusta is seeking sheep to graze a couple of fields. There might even be a stipend to a farmer willing to work with the Arboretum on the project. Call 207-626-7989.
Close Look at Wetlands Ecology, Apr 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 13, 2017 

Dave Marceau will lead the walk, describing the varieties of wetlands, their role in the environment, and how humans influence their functions. At Riverview Hayfields Preserve, South Thomaston, April 20, 3 pm. Sponsored by Georges River Land Trust.
National Park Week, Apr 15-23
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 8, 2017 

This year, from April 15–23, celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national park areas have to offer. April 15–16 and April 22–23 are free admission days. The National Park Foundation’s free Owner’s Guide series is packed with ideas to help you plan your next national park adventure.
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Gigantic wind turbines signal era of subsidy-free green power
Bloomberg News - Friday, April 21, 2017 

Offshore wind turbines are about to become higher than the Eiffel Tower, allowing the industry to supply subsidy-free clean power to the grid on a massive scale for the first time. Manufacturers led by Siemens are working to almost double the capacity of the current range of turbines, which already have wing spans that surpass those of the largest jumbo jets. The expectation those machines will be on the market by 2025 was at the heart of contracts won by German and Danish developers last week to supply electricity from offshore wind farms at market prices by 2025.
Why scientists are marching on Washington and more than 400 other cities
Washington Post - Friday, April 21, 2017 

The March for Science is not a partisan event. But it’s political. That’s the recurring message of the organizers, who insist that this is a line the scientific community and its supporters will be able to walk. It may prove too delicate a distinction, though, when people show up in droves on Saturday with their signs and their passions. The Science March, held on Earth Day, is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the Mall, and satellite marches have been planned in more than 400 cities on six continents.
Keeping backyard hives benefits bees, humans
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Most of North America’s thousands of species of pollinators are in decline. The rusty patched bumblebee is the first of these to go onto the endangered species list. The honey bee is not native to North America, but our method of cultivating the bulk of our food depends upon them. With colony losses running nationally at between 29 percent and 50 percent each year, we are continuously having to run just to stand still by splitting our colonies to replace winter losses. It would be far better for the bees if there were hundreds of thousands of new backyard beekeepers with one or two hives than having dozens more beekeepers with 10,000 hives. Backyard beekeepers can give their colonies individual attention. ~ Peter Cowin, The Bee Whisperer
Column: Birders boat through a snowstorm to spot a ‘crazy’ duck
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

The last snowstorm of the winter engulfed southern Maine on April Fool’s Day. All week I had been watching bad weather march across the map, threatening to cancel the annual boat trip around Isle au Haut. We were to search for the harlequin ducks that congregate there every winter. Clearly we weren’t going. But I was the official spotter and couldn’t risk being derelict in my duties, so I called the trip sponsor, Island Heritage Trust, just to make sure. I was surprised to reach a live human, and I was even more surprised by the answer: “We’re going for it!” ~ Bob Duchesne
Teens To Trails celebrates 10th year with new outdoor-themed festival
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Founded by the Leone family in 2007, Teens To Trails, also known as T3, supports high school outing clubs throughout Maine, with the vision that one day, every high school in the state will have an outing club or outdoor adventure programs. Over the years, T3 has provided high school outing clubs throughout the state with more than $60,000 in grants for outdoor equipment and transportation funds. The nonprofit also provides these outing clubs with free online resources, outdoor skills trainings and trip lotteries. Perhaps most importantly, T3 has created a cohesive outing club network in Maine that facilitates the sharing of information and resources across county lines.
Blog: Maine’s most ‘disproportionately popular job’ is easy to guess
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Business Insider published a report on Tuesday that showed each states “most disproportionally popular” job based on Bureau of Labor statistics. These jobs exist at much higher rates in each state than in the country. Maine’s most disproportionally popular job is “loggers.” ~ Samuel Shepherd
LePage says he wants to put a cap on energy costs for industrial users
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage reiterated his position Thursday that Maine’s energy costs need to be more competitive and said he’s considering drafting legislation that would cap rates for industrial users. But the governor has not yet submitted a bill and acknowledged that he wasn’t even sure lawmakers would be supportive. He also criticized the wind and solar industries, which he says are too heavily subsidized. Maine has the lowest industrial energy costs in New England, at 9.05 cents per kilowatt hour, but LePage said the state is not competing with other New England states.
Dow Chemical lobbies Trump administration to kill pesticide risk study
Associated Press - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump’s Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them “to set aside” the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed. Dow Chemical wrote a $1 million check to help underwrite Trump’s inaugural festivities.
Could the Gulf of Maine’s Ground Fishery Rebound?
Free Press - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

With climate change, ocean acidification and overfishing in the Gulf, groundfish fisheries have collapsed, shrimp are disappearing, scallop fishing is severely restricted, clamming has been in steep decline and more than half of the mussel beds have vanished. Lobster is booming, but how long will it last? "Will restoring river herring, alewives and so on help restore groundfish?” said Ted Ames of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. “Probably the answer is it could if we adapted an ecosystem-based management strategy that integrated our human systems with natural systems."
Opinion: The woods and waters are what make Maine great; it’s our duty to conserve them
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Our environment is a key factor in maintaining and improving the Maine economy. It is a major reason why so many Mainers want to remain in the state and why others move here and establish businesses. To protect the Maine environment, all four of our representatives in Congress should be strong advocates for legislation that combats air pollution and climate change. They should develop and propose needed legislation and work to convince their colleagues to pass it. We need to protect the progress that we have made. The elimination of fossil fuels should be at the top of the agenda. ~ John Tjepkema, School of Biology and Ecology, UMaine
Searsport Dredging and Port Upgrade on MDOT Plan for 2018
Free Press - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

A $3 million dredging project and a $6.4 million upgrade to the port of Searsport are on the Maine Department of Transportation work plan for 2018 and 2019. The planned dredging project would not expand the shipping channel or shipping berths at Mack Point in Searsport. The plan is to dig out the existing shipping channel and ship turning area that has silted in over the years so that some ships are only able to offload at high tide.
Opinion: Latest NRA-driven right-to-hunt bill mocks Maine’s Constitution
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

The Legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposal that aims to make hunting, trapping and fishing a constitutional right in Maine. This is the third attempt by the National Rifle Association and its Maine supporters to accomplish this objective. If supported by the Legislature, the proposal would be put before voters on the 2017 statewide referendum ballot. Testimony in favor of a prior right-to-hunt bill underscores the intent to silence Maine citizens concerned about inhumane, unethical hunting and trapping practices and prevent citizens from initiating ballot initiatives on wildlife-related issues. ~ Karen Coker, WildWatch Maine
Letter: Productive farmland deserves to live on
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

I read with dismay about a proposal to develop Camelot Farm, Portland’s last remaining farmland. I am a proud Portland native and a conservative, not a left-wing ideologue who is opposed to all growth. However, the impact of this massive development project is all too predictable: increased traffic and suburban sprawl. Instead, this fertile farmland could be used to provide nutritious food for schools and other community needs. Or Camelot Farm could become a community garden and jobs training program for Portland’s homeless and poor to acquire both a source of food and a sense of economic accomplishment. Save Camelot Farm for future generations! ~ Benjamin Holmes
Are food plots the same as baiting deer?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

Three deer bills last week focused on deer feeding and deer baiting, opening up a lengthy discussion on both hot topics.
In the wake of Trump’s proposed cuts, Mainers rally to support science
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

In an effort to bolster support around scientists and their work, people across the nation are rallying on Earth Day to celebrate and promote science and research. UMaine will host a March for Science, one of hundreds scheduled internationally this weekend, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Other Maine marches are planned in Portland, Machias and Sanford.
Humans have filled the pristine Arctic Ocean with 300 billion pieces of floating plastic
Washington Post - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

Drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world’s oceans are flowing into the pristine waters of the Arctic as a result of a powerful system of currents that deposits waste in the icy seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia.
$34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation
Other - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

2016's record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016, a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. The strong economic output is attributed to record visitation and visitor spending in “gateway” communities near national park entrances. The report also found visitor spending supported 318,000 jobs in 2016.
Regulators to allow lobster fishing in Gulf of Maine coral canyons
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

New England regulators have voted to allow lobster fishing in proposed deep-sea coral protection zones, including two heavily fished areas in Down East Maine. The New England Fisheries Management Council voted 14-1 to ban most fishing in the canyons and plateaus where slow-growing, cold-water coral gardens flourish in the dark waters of the Gulf of Maine. But pleas from Maine lobster fishermen who say a trap ban in fertile fishing grounds off Mount Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridge would cost them millions helped sway an initially resistant council to grant a lobstering exemption. If approved in June, the exemption would allow lobstering in coral protection zones on Mount Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridge, where Maine officials believe 85 state-based boats landed about $4.2 million worth of lobster a year.
Moose on a mission ties up traffic on busy Maine bridge
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

An unusual jaywalker briefly tied up traffic on a busy Belfast bridge Wednesday morning. Belfast police Sgt. John Gibbs said a moose crossed the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Passagassawakeag River, shortly before 8 a.m. The lanky-legged animal jaunted over the bridge from Belfast’s East Side before continuing his trek south down Route 1. People heading into work captured the moose on camera as it swerved from one lane to another, slowly making its way across the span.
U.S. wind industry now employs more than 100,000 people
Washington Post - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

The fastest-growing occupation in the United States – by a long shot, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – is wind turbine technician. Its rapid projected growth will probably amount to about 5,000 additional jobs in the coming years. In 2016, for the first time, more than 100,000 people in the United States were employed in some manner by the wind industry, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
South Portland, Scarborough set to begin curbside food waste recycling
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

South Portland and Scarborough officials will celebrate Earth Day on Thursday with the formal launch of Maine’s first curbside food waste recycling pilot projects. The two communities are partnering with ecomaine, University of Southern Maine and a dairy farm in Exeter that operates an anaerobic digestion system that converts methane from manure and food waste into electricity.
Bill Would Send State Funds to Treat Contaminated Wells
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

A Republican lawmaker's bill would direct half a million dollars in state funds to treat contaminated private drinking water wells. Sen. Joyce Maker's bill is set for a public hearing Wednesday. Under her legislation, the Maine State Housing Authority would distribute $300,000 to organizations and agencies to help identify individuals in homes with contaminated wells. Another $200,000 would go to the authority's home repair program to help low-income homeowners purchase well water treatment systems.
Maine’s tourist hot spots report no sign of a ‘Trump Slump’
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

Several of President Trump’s proposals, such as a ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and intensified border security have led some tourism experts to warn of a “Trump Slump” in international visitation. But in Maine, where the summer economy thrives on millions of Canadian tourists every year, Trump’s policies don’t appear to have had an effect yet, and some innkeepers say the exchange rate is a more important factor. In Old Orchard Beach, a popular destination for generations of visiting Quebecois, 2017 is shaping up to be better than last year.
Hills-to-Sea, a 47-mile walking trail from Unity to Belfast, to open in June
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

On National Trails Day, the first Saturday of June, the Waldo County Trails Coalition will hold the grand opening of a 47-mile trail connecting central Maine to the midcoast. The Hills-to-Sea Trail, created by volunteers, goes over 60 private properties as it stretches from Unity to Belfast through the towns of Knox, Freedom, Montville and others.
Hike: Till’s Point Preserve in Penobscot
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Located on a forested point on the wide, tidal section of the Bagaduce River, the 49-acre Till’s Point Preserve features a 0.5-mile walking trail that travels through a mossy forest to the shore, where you’ll find a wooden bench perched on a grassy overlook, a rocky beach to explore.
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