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Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
Reuniting kids with nature, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Brad Cook will share a message about reuniting kids with the great outdoors. Cook's hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2008 taught him exposure to the natural world may be the crucial missing piece children need in today’s technology-addicted society. At Rangeley Public Library, July 18, 6 pm.
Continental Divide Trail hike talk, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Thomas Jamrog will discuss his five months hiking the Continental Divide Trail. At Oakland Public Library, July 18, 6:30 pm.
Fur, Feathers and Feet, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

An introduction to birds and mammals presented by the Chewonki Foundation. Suitable for children ages 5 and older. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, July 18, 10 am.
Rope or bracelets, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Rewild Maine will show how to use materials from the Maine woods to make your own rope or bracelets. Ages 5 and up. At Freeport Library, July 18, 4 and 6 pm.
Rare Ecosystems of the Downeast Lakes, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist, will identify many special places in and around the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. At Grand Lake Stream School Building, July 17, 6 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Learn about wildlife biology in eastern Maine and tour the habitat management techniques used at Downeast Lakes Land Trust. At Grand Lake Stream School, July 13, 9 am - 1 pm.
Former Maine Warden to speak at Rangeley, Jul 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Former game warden Daren Worcester will discuss his book “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” which deals with a time before reality TV, GPS devices and dashboard computers, a time of coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. At Rangeley Public Library, July 11, 6 pm.
A White Mountain National PARK, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Stuart Weeks and Michael Kellett discuss the vision of creating a White Mountain National Park. At Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA, July 10, 7 pm.
Swanville Fern Walk, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Learn about ferns with botanist Hildy Ellis. At Thanhauser-Chunn Farm, Swanville, July 10, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
CREA SummerFest, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Cathance River Education Alliance holds an evening featuring dinner, auction, and dancing to celebrate its accomplishments and support its future. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 8.
Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter, Jul 5
Event - Posted - Friday, June 29, 2018 

Noted author, photographer and dynamic speaker, Doug Tallamy, will discuss his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” an invaluable resource for professionals and home gardeners who are looking for ways to improve backyard habitat for wildlife — from insects to songbirds and beyond. At Rockport Opera House, July 5, 7 pm.
Imagine the Maine Woods National Park art exhibit, July 2-30
Announcement - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

View the wild faces and places of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit. At Camden Library, July 2-30. Opening reception July 5, 4-5 pm. Multi-media presentation, July 24.
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Opinion: Big Moose Mountain is critical for the growth of the Moosehead region’s economy
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

The Moosehead Lake region is world famous. Tourism, recreation and craftsmanship are all vital to the future economy of Greenville and Maine’s North Woods. In this region, businesses and investors seeking a serene location find an unspoiled landscape where opportunities abound. Unfortunately, Piscataquis County is one of Maine’s poorest counties. To change this trend, we must be proactive, and leverage our region’s unique character, heritage and spectacular natural resources. One of the key assets in the Moosehead region that offers a fantastic opportunity to help support the growth of our regional economy is the ski area on Big Moose Mountain. ~ Steve Levesque, Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation
How one man’s vision is reshaping a coastal Maine community
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

Paul Coulombe has big plans for Boothbay Harbor. But some residents say they’re so big that they will forever change the character of this seaside enclave that for decades has mixed a working waterfront with modest motels, cottages and seafood joints geared primarily toward accommodating working-class summer vacationers. That tension between a developer’s vision for improvements — that he says will elevate Boothbay Harbor’s profile as a top-end vacation destination — and opponents concerned that the town will sacrifice its character to become a playground for rich folks from away is playing out in a local fight over waterfront rezoning. But behind the wrestling over ordinance language and planning maps, it’s really a struggle about change — which does not come easily on Maine’s coast.
Video: Green crabs’ crabbier cousins pushing into Maine waters
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

There’s bad news on the horizon for coastal Maine regions already beset by green crabs: the destructive buggers could soon become, literally, even nastier. In the world of green crabs – the small but voracious invasive species threatening Maine’s soft-shell clam industry – ancestry apparently plays a big role in attitude. Now, coastal currents are carrying larvae from more aggressive – as in, “offense is the best defense” aggressive – green crabs from Nova Scotia to Maine.
How to catch and release a fish without causing it to die
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

Guides and biologists say catch and release has become more common, yet many don’t know how to do it properly. Fish will suffer if they are kept out of water too long, or handled too much or too rigorously, including getting stepped on to get the hook out.
Meet the new head of MOFGA
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

When the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association announced that Sarah Alexander would be its new executive director, we wanted to know more. Who was this highly qualified (relative) newcomer to Maine, how did she get here and what are her plans for MOFGA?
Column: Augusta no longer just a pit stop
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

Until recently I thought of Augusta as only a signpost on the way to those other outdoor destinations, not a place for recreation in and of itself. With a moniker like Disgusts, how could the capital have outdoors worth exploring? Luckily a number of area nonprofits, including Augusta Trails and the Augusta Nature Club, have stepped up to preserve natural public spaces and develop trails in Maine’s capital. ~ Josh Christie
Maine Observer: Time travel on the Allagash Waterway
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

I recently jumped at the chance to paddle on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. It was very much like time travel. Like Henry David Thoreau, I’ve had a chance to experience what can be felt and seen while visiting Maine’s northern forests, rivers and lakes. Positively transcendental. ~ Lee Van Dyke, Portland
Letter: Wilderness ‘adjacency rule’ under fire
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

Large tracts of north country have been protected from sprawling development. A big reason is that Maine’s current and longstanding “adjacency policy” serves the unorganized territories and our state well. The Land Use Planning Commission now proposes allowing development to go 10 miles from outer boundaries of “rural hubs” and two miles from public roads. Close to 2 million acres of Maine’s north woods are targeted to become “primary locations” for development. Large-lot subdivisions, banned since 2001, would be allowed. What will happen to the lakes and ponds located within the development areas, and outside them, too? Where will wilderness-dependent animals and people go? ~ Cloe Chunn, Waldo
Great ponds, little access?
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 14, 2018 

The steady growth around Maine’s lakes — especially smaller ones not too far from urban areas — has made it more difficult with every passing year for everyday Mainers to take a dip or put a canoe in the water. A slow-motion change has turned some lakes that Mainers once used for fishing, cutting ice and a whole realm of activities into private preserves for those with the means to access them. One of the oddities of Maine is that the significant inland bodies of water are public property, even if every lot alongside them is privately owned. Despite the public policy, scores of Maine lakes are now surrounded by private property, with no easy access.

Dog owner slays rabid raccoon with a shovel in Searsmont
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 14, 2018 

A Searsmont woman and her boyfriend used a shovel to slay a rabid raccoon that attacked their puppy early Thursday morning, adding to the tally of diseased critters that have terrorized pets along the midcoast in recent weeks. Diane Sturgeon said she knows of two incidents last fall involving animals suspected to be rabid. Residents in the nearby town of Hope, however, have felled at least two rabid racoons in the last year.
Opinion: Augusta proposal indicates changing face of Maine downtowns
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 14, 2018 

The Augusta City Council will soon consider an order to return to two-way traffic in the middle part of Water Street, the heart of downtown, for the first time since 1945. The rapidly growing downtown movement, from the Colonial Theatre restoration at the north end of Water Street, to the pubs and restaurants springing up at the south end, is based on the idea that downtown will once again focus on pedestrians and their needs, rather than traffic flow. It isn’t often that a simple change of traffic movements can also set a different direction for the future development of a capital city. ~ Douglas Rooks
Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy
Associated Press - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build an empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana – and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois – are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells.
LePage’s lawyers seek dismissal of challenge to order halting wind permits
Associated Press - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s lawyers asked a judge Friday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the governor’s executive order to halt wind turbine permits in western and coastal regions of rural Maine. Advocacy groups challenged the constitutionality of LePage’s January order, claiming it’s causing uncertainty in the wind industry.
CMP to hear Franklin County questions, concerns about proposed power line
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Franklin County residents and elected officials will have the opportunity Monday night to question Central Maine Power Co. authorities about a proposed Quebec-to-Massachusetts power line that would run through six towns and about 33 miles of the county. A meeting and question-and-answer session with CMP will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. Before the meeting, CMP officials will be on site starting at 5 p.m. with informational displays.
Hawk wedged in truck’s grille freed by Auburn police
Sun Journal - Friday, July 13, 2018 

A hawk that became wedged in the grille of a pickup truck Friday appears to be doing well after the grille was dismantled and the hawk released, according to Auburn police.
U.S. Commerce Department decision allows for Verso, Canadian paper industries to move forward with $42 million settlement
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Earlier this year, Verso Corp., owner of the paper mill in Jay, entered into an agreement with Canadian paper producers that might well net the company $42 million. According to a March 20 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Verso struck a deal with Port Hawkesbury Paper Limited Partnership and Irving Paper Limited, both producers of glossy supercalendered paper, that could result in the return of import taxes paid by the companies. Verso could receive up to $42 million of the total return.
Eagle Creek withdraws tax abatement requests in Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls
Sun Journal - Friday, July 13, 2018 

A New Jersey company has withdrawn its tax abatement applications for its four hydroelectric facilities in Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls. Androscoggin Hydro LLC, a subsidiary of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, bought the facilities from Verso Corp. in January 2016 for $62 million. The company filed tax abatement applications in each town in February claiming the total assessed value of the four hydroelectric power stations is $33 million. Eagle Creek had requested that the 2017 assessments in Jay be lowered from $22.6 million to $10.54 million. The abatement request to Livermore, was to reduce its $21.69 million assessed value to $12.89 million. In Livermore Falls, the company wanted its assessed value of $17.2 million reduced to $3.93 million.
Protecting Land And Storing Carbon: Nature Conservancy Taps A New Market For Conservation Projects
Maine Public - Friday, July 13, 2018 

A Nature Conservancy project in northern Vermont will store carbon to meet California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. The group says proceeds from the sale of these “carbon credits” will pay for future land protection projects. And the land does not have to be kept forever wild in order to participate in the carbon market. The Nature Conservancy in Maine plans to sell carbon offsets from a large piece of working forest on the St. Johns River.
Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Moose Bill
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Both the House and the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of a moose bill, so it will become law. The bill had won the support of the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee, after a lengthy discussion, and was enacted by the House and Senate before the Governor vetoed it. The bill requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to take some moose hunting permits from those that go to nonresidents and issue them to hunting lodges. It’s designed to help our lodges, many of which are very challenged these days, especially if they are only focused on hunting and fishing.
Letter: Climate change threatens mussels
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 13, 2018 

In 2016, Maine fishermen only caught 1.8 million pounds of the mollusk, compared with the typical 4 million pounds usually caught. There are several factors — toxic algal blooms, warming waters and acidification — that may be leading to their demise. We need to combat climate change not only because these organisms have intrinsic value within our coastal waters, but a cultural value as well. The mussel is just one organism we are at risk of losing, and if we don’t urge our elected officials to act now on reducing our greenhouse gas output and to combat climate change, we will lose much more of our identity as a coastal state than erosion and flooding from rising seas. ~ Madeleine Fenderson, Environment Maine, Portland
Letter: Act on climate pollution
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Last week’s heat spell in Maine was not just uncomfortable, but also part of a trend with deadly impacts. High heat alone can endanger our health, but warmer temperatures also create more ozone pollution, which can cause asthma attacks, respiratory illness and even early death. Heat and drought increase the frequency and intensity of wildfires, which create particle pollution. Air pollution affects everyone’s health, but children, seniors, and people with asthma and other lung diseases are most at risk. I can speak from experience, as someone living with severe chronic-obstructive pulmonary disorder. Let’s do everything we can to stop this deadly cycle. ~ Edmond Boucher, Old Town
Fishing groups divided over proposed update to fisheries management law
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 12, 2018 

Fishing groups are divided over what a proposed update to the nation’s marine fishery management law would mean for Maine. Some groups worried the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization approved Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives would hurt efforts to rebuild Maine’s cod, haddock and scallop fisheries, while others say giving regional councils flexibility to decide what kinds of science they will use to guide their decisions could help rebounding fisheries and fishermen.
Auction of farm in Saco that 7 generations worked brings in $1.4 million
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 12, 2018 

An auction Thursday to liquidate the real estate and other assets of Grant’s Farm in Saco generated over $2 million in sales, according to the auctioneer. Marcel Bertrand, a local businessman, made the winning bid and said he would search for ways to save the farm. The land had been farmed by the Grant family since it was given 25 acres as a gift from King George III in the late 1700s.
Chinese say they are now buying lobsters, fish from countries other than U.S.
Associated Press - Thursday, July 12, 2018 

Chinese seafood merchants say they have already begun buying lobster and fish from other countries as tariffs make American seafood too expensive. Washington last week imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products. Beijing responded by imposing similar duties on the same amount of U.S. imports. The recent 25 percent tariff has made American lobster unaffordable, according to Beijing seafood distributor Ma Mengjie.
It’s Time For An Eagle Sandwich
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, July 12, 2018 

Bald eagles are killing machines. Our population of Blue Herons is way down, because eagles are killing them. An eagle killed both of our baby loons last year. And I see them constantly dive-bombing ducks in my pond and stream. I know they are brutal on ospreys too. To reduce the eagle killing spree, I’ve suggested we institute an eagle hunting season. I think a bald eagle sandwich would be right up there with the lobster roll.
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