March 22, 2018  
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Beekeeping & Pollinators, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 22, 2018 

Find out why pollinators are failing to thrive. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 29, 6 pm.
Green Fire, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 22, 2018 

A film about Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time. At Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland, March 29, 11:30 am and 2 pm, free.
Community Conservation film, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 22, 2018 

Mark Ireland’s documentary profiles four land trusts in different regions of Maine, demonstrating the variety of efforts to make conserved lands available to all community members. Following the screening, Q&A with the filmmaker and local land trusts leaders. At UMaine, Orono, March 29, 7 pm. Presented by Bangor, Brewer, and Orono Land Trusts.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, March 21, 2018 

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Going Solo: Women in the Woods, Mar 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 21, 2018 

Alexandra Conover Bennett, Jennifer Dumont, and Aislinn Sarnacki will discuss their outdoor experiences and what it’s like to embark on remote adventures, alone. At Greenville Town Office, March 28, 6 p.m. Hosted by Moosehead Trails.
Four-Season Gardening, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 

Learn from the UMaine Cooperative Extension how to enjoy our gardens all year round. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 27, 12 pm.
Help wanted: Organizing Director
Announcement - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Maine Conservation Voters/Maine Conservation Alliance, two statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations, are seeking a shared full-time Organizing Director to build and manage grassroots organizing and field programs.
How to Participate in the Maine Bird Atlas, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Rich MacDonald will talk about the history of the Maine Bird Atlas and how you can participate. At Blue Hill Library, March 26, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Chapter of Maine Audubon.
Growing More Crops in Less Space, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Workshop leader Will Bonsai is director of the Scattered Project. He is best known for his work in preserving crop diversity. At St. Paul's Church, Brunswick, March 25, 2-3:30 pm, $5 donation. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Ski-A-Thon, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation promotes year-round education and training for individuals with disabilities to develop skills, enhance independence, and provide enjoyment through active recreation. In addition to being an excellent fundraiser, the Ski-A-Thon is a ton of fun. Fundraising goal: $380,000.
Stand up for Federal Bird Conservation Funding
Action Alert - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

The proposed federal budget would gut major programs and protections for birds and their habitats. One-third of migratory bird species have already lost significant populations as threats to wildlife increase. Tell your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to make protecting migratory birds a priority in the federal budget. ~ American Bird Conservancy
Earth Hour, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Join millions of people around the world—along with businesses, cities, and landmarks—who will turn off lights in celebration of Earth Hour. March 24, from 8:30 - 9:30 am local time.
Lessons from Avian Haven, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Friday, March 16, 2018 

Laura Suomi-Lecker will discuss Avian Haven in Freedom, which was established in 1999 as a bird rehabilitation center dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds of all species to their natural environment. In 2017, they admitted over 2,500 birds from all over the state with varying degrees of injuries or illnesses. At Blue Hill Library, March 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Chapter of Maine Audubon.
Solar Energy for ME, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Friday, March 16, 2018 

Dylan Voorhees, Climate & Clean Energy Director for the Natural Resource Council of Maine, and Rep. Seth Berry, House Chair of the Maine Legislature's Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, discuss expanding solar energy in Maine. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 23, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Resist Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as Secretary of State
Action Alert - Thursday, March 15, 2018 

Trump just fired Rex Tillerson, one of the few people left in his cabinet who was willing to speak out against Vladimir Putin. But even more egregious is that Trump nominated Mike Pompeo, a xenophobic, pro-torture, climate-denying war hawk, to replace Tillerson.
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Opinion: Central Maine Power transmission line project raises red flags
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Central Maine Power is engaged in a major public relations effort to convince Maine people that its 145-mile transmission line project, which would cut a new 53-mile swath through Maine’s scenic North Woods to bring Canadian hydro power to Massachusetts through our state, is good for Maine people and Maine’s environment. New Hampshire regulators recently turned down a similar proposal because of the harm it would do. So the question is: why should Maine accept a line like the one New Hampshire just rejected? Gov. LePage has vowed to ram the project through Maine’s DEP. If we want to send renewable power across Maine to Boston, a far better alternative would be to build farms of offshore wind turbines. ~ Ernie Hilton, Starks selectman and former Maine Board of Environmental Protection chair, and Adam Lee, Lee Auto Malls owner
Letter: Trump budget cuts make food insecurity worse
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 19, 2018 

Food insecurity is an issue, especially for seniors, children under 18 years and adults with disabilities, who make up almost 66 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in this country, as well as for the 58 percent of working-age, non-disabled adult SNAP recipients who work while getting SNAP, earning wages below living costs. By cutting off access to affordable, nutritious food for an estimated 4 million in-need Americans who have been oppressed by our federal government, further restrictions on SNAP could ultimately kill them. The Trump administration is using SNAP budget slashes as a way of saving money for other careless spending. ~ Ashley Kulesza, Lewiston
Letter: Install monument signs
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 19, 2018 

When my husband and I moved to Medway in 2016 to become the owners of a small business in the tourism sector (Pinegrove Campground and Cottages), the timing was right: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument had recently been established. Since the monument’s designation, many of our customers have asked me about it and have been interested in exploring it themselves. What can we do to ensure these visitors have a positive experience? Let’s start with getting signs to the monument installed on Interstate 95 and on routes 11, 157 and 159. It’s so unfortunate to hear from customers who couldn’t find the monument and had to turn around when they didn’t know where to go. This doesn’t need to happen. ~ Kate Deshler, Medway
Letter: Local farmers care about neighbors
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 19, 2018 

When I buy food products from local farmers, I know how it is grown, raised and handled. I know the famers. We talk, and I learn. The product is consumed by the growers and their families and friends. Our local farmers don’t poison their families and neighbors. When I read the March 10 BDN article on food sovereignty, what I was reminded of was all the industrial meat and poultry recalls from supermarkets and food poisonings at fast food restaurants. Supermarket food comes from all over the world, processed by strangers who have no interest in our community. I don’t need government bureaucrats to tell me where to obtain my food, or how it ought to be produced. ~ Peter Nelson, Brooksville
Editorial: How much can Paul LaPage waste?
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

According to a new review by The Associated Press, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has hired outside legal representation that has cost at least $110,000 just since last fall, raising his total expenditures on frivolous lawsuits to more than half a million dollars over the past four years. LePage seems determined to squander not only the public trust, but the public piggybank, before he stumbles off into the sunset next year. What a waste.
Nor’easters give New England ski resorts late season powder blast
Associated Press - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Back-to-back nor’easters that have pounded New England have given ski resorts a late-season blast of their life’s blood, luring skiers and snowboarders to the slopes, and allowing smaller ski areas that rely on natural snow to stay open. From Vermont to Maine, skiers and riders were cheering the mounds of snow.
Live trapping is one way to deal with freeloading rodents
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The current two-year tally at Nancy Donovan’s home is, Donovans: 95, Squirrels: 0. Nancy Donovan and her husband, Daniel, have been actively trapping and releasing the gray squirrels around their Presque Isle home since 2016 in an effort to keep the fluffy-tailed rodents from cleaning out their bird feeders. Nancy Donovan said, “We started keeping count to see how many of the little buggers we were going to get.” Turned out, an impressive amount. They caught 55 in 2016 and another 40 last year, all subsequently released a mile or two from their house.
Portland’s bustling port sees volume, value of goods more than double over five years
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Shipping containers are piling up on the Portland waterfront at a record pace as the state invests millions of dollars into its largest port to encourage Maine’s growing trade links to Europe and the North Atlantic region. The volume of containers moving through the International Marine Terminal on West Commercial Street has more than doubled in the past five years and so has the value of goods, to $502.7 million last year.
We are gun owners: Each of us has a story
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Five Mainers describe their love of hunting, concern for security and passion for firearms.
A sauna in the woods draws devoted disciples
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Saunas have been around for centuries and are a way of life in many European countries such as Germany, Austria and Finland. They are not as popular in Maine, but there are many who find their way to the one in Denmark – the western Maine town at the foothills of the White Mountains. At the 33-acre holistic retreat, this outdoor European tradition takes place every weekend from October through March when the sauna is open to the public. Then a small community of sauna enthusiasts hike through the woods for a $15 visit.
100-plus nominations came in for the 2018 Source Awards
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Each April for the past four years, Source has honored a handful of accomplished Mainers, Maine organizations and Maine businesses working in the arena of sustainability. We were impressed with the number of nominations that talked about bringing people together, about building bridges between scientists and ordinary people, loggers and treehuggers, new and old Mainers, farmers and eaters. Tackling the immense environmental problems the planet faces – climate change, mass extinction, population explosion and water scarcity, to name a few – is going to require all of us. We’re so pleased to announce this year’s 2018 Source Award winners. They are leading the way. ~ Peggy Grodinsky, SOURCE Editor
Mainer instrumental in state’s loon count is recognized for her expertise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Her efforts on behalf of Maine Audubon earn her the Source Award for Conservationist.
Meet the 2018 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship winners
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

This year's crop of farming scholarship winners are full of passion, pluck and plans:
• August DeLisle
• Sarah Fallon
• Zenaide McCarthy
Maine State Prison teaches inmates to garden, compost, recycle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Their work on the prison's sustainability initiative earns Capt. Ryan Fries and Mark Hutchinson the Source Award for Trailblazer.
WindowDressers inserts help Mainers lower their fuel bills
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Research done by the University of Maine shows that the nonprofit, which earns the Source Award for Energy Saver, helped save more than $2.2 million in fuel costs.
Rosemont Market proves small shops can thrive
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The six-location market, which earns the Source Award for Entrepreneur, builds community by bringing shoppers and farmers together.
Maine Grain Alliance has ‘changed the face of bread and baking’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The nonprofit has helped bring back grain farming for baking and brewing, earning the Source Award for Farmer.
This teacher’s got a whole seed bank of apples in Waldoboro
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

'Our seeds have basically gone all over the world,' says Neil Lash, who earns the Source Award for Teacher.
Partnership between land trust, Maine Forest Service grew into something big
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Local Wood Works is honored with the Source Award for Forester, based on its efforts to connect consumers to local wood products.
Editorial: New plant shows brighter future for Maine lobster
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

In a game-changing investment announced last week, Ready Seafood Co. is expanding its live and processed lobster business with a new 40-acre campus in Saco. In addition to their investment, they are receiving $2.4 million in research and development funds to build facilities where university and industry scientists can work alongside Ready’s in-house marine biologist to study and better understand lobsters. What they learn will be shared throughout the industry, helping the company as well as their competitors find ways to add value to a product that supports so many Maine jobs and communities.
Letter: Burying electrical lines would avert storm outages
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The news reports are full of accounts of fallen trees and impaired utility poles causing electrical outages that result in life safety and economic situations imperiling many individuals and businesses. The current policy of tree removal and resultant limb trimming is ineffective and does not result in an effective policy response. A more effective policy would require that all electrical utility transmission and local distribution lines be installed underground and that our monopoly utility distribution providers be required to file for justified exceptions from situations that may require exceptions from said policies. ~ Frederic W. Coulon, Rockport
Blog: Electric woes caused by industry restructuring, weak regulation
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

The failure of regulators to be more aggressive contributes to both the frequency of weather-caused outages and billing alarms such as are now occurring. The bills add up. Customers struggle with outages. Regulators belatedly investigate. Customers subsidize the very meters that may be causing their problems. Utilities maximize profits by cutting field personnel. Customers foot the bill for the utility lawyers who defend company practices. Instead of viewing the current problems as likely to be soon forgotten, now is the time for legislators to take a new look at the electric industry and how it is regulated. ~ Gordon L. Weil
Column: Big fish being caught at lakes throughout state
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

This has been a winter that has brought ice anglers out on the ice in good numbers. Gouldsboro angler Ryan Bridges iced a 40-inch, 25.5-pound togue in February at Tunk Lake. At Sebec Lake, an ice-fishing grandmother hooked and landed a lake trout in the 12-pound range. Ice fishing college student Chris Parent from Biddeford brought home an impressive landlocked salmon in the 12-pound range. (The lake? He’s not telling.) Tyler Smith got lucky when he landed a 23-pound muskie that measured 40 inches at Wilson Pond in Monmouth. Dustin Harrington from Hampden, while ice fishing Moosehead Lake, caught a big-bellied brook trout that tipped the scales at 6 pounds. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Historic 150-year-old Maine inn destroyed by fire
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

A historic inn in northern Maine built more than 150 years ago burned to the ground early Saturday morning. The Chesuncook Lake House was built in 1864 for supplying logging operations. Fifty miles north of Moosehead Lake, the lake house was listed on the Federal Historic Register. Maine Forest Rangers and Greenville firefighters responded to the scene by snowmobile. The owners said all family members and employees escaped unharmed.
Editorial: Contrary to LePage claims, land conservation is good for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Even as Gov. Paul LePage continues his crusade against land trusts, a new report by a bipartisan group of lawmakers finds that these groups contribute a lot to the state, including tax dollars. The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee’s work should put an end to LePage’s false claims that land trusts and conserved lands are a detriment to Maine and its taxpayers. This report shows clearly that they are not.
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