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State of Working Maine 2017
Publication - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

The "State of Working Maine 2017," published by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, presents a comprehensive analysis of the economic, demographic, and workforce trends that impact the quality and quantity of jobs in Maine.
Alan Hutchinson memorial celebration, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

A celebration to pay tribute to the memory of the late Alan Hutchinson, executive director of the Forest Society of Maine. At Portland Country Club, Falmouth, September 28, 4:30-6:30 pm. RSVP.
BDN Poll: Should Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument be open to logging?
Action Alert - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Do you think the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument should be opened for commercial forestry use?
A Cosmic Perspective, Sep 27
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, September 27.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Lucas St. Clair will discuss the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. At Portland House of Music, September 26, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Portland Regional Chamber Members $15, Non-Members $20, Walk-Ins $30.
National Lobster Day, Sep 25
Announcement - Monday, September 18, 2017 

The U.S. Senate has designated September 25 as National Lobster Day.
Making America Green Again: A Workshop in Resistance, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

This public policy teach-In will address threats Maine's environment faces from rollbacks in Washington, D.C., and how can Mainers fight back. At Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, September 23, 1-2:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Making America Green Again: A Workshop in Resistance, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

This public policy teach-In will address threats Maine's environment faces from rollbacks in Washington, D.C., and how can Mainers fight back. At Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, September 23, 1-2:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 22-24
Event - Posted - Friday, September 15, 2017 

The Common Ground Country Fair "celebrates organic living, farming and growing" and hosts a large number of political groups and activists. At in Unity, September 22-24, sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Introductory Weekend, Sep 22-12
Event - Posted - Friday, September 15, 2017 

Introductory learning experiences in a variety of outdoor skills including hunting, fishing, wilderness survival, and outdoors skills for women 18 years and older. At University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, September 22-24.
Intimate Details of Life on a Remote Farm in Maine, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

At the annual meeting of the Kennebec Historical Society John Twomey will talk about retiring to a farm in Montville. At Maine State Library, Augusta, September 20, 6:30 pm.
2017 Maine Outdoor Film Festival
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 

Here is a schedule for upcoming screenings of the 2017 Maine Outdoor Film Festival.
Killing Maine
Publication - Monday, September 11, 2017 

The Kindle edition of "Killing Maine" by Mike Bond is free on Amazon, September 11-15. It is the story of Hawaiian surfer Pono Hawkins who books a flight to Maine to help a fellow Special Forces vet duck a murder conviction. The story has an unusual villain, WindPower LLC, whose deafening, monstrous turbines are an incessant presence throughout the story.
Swan Island Circumnavigation, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

Leader: Jay Robbins. At Richmond, September 17, 3:30-5:30 pm.
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Despite support and visits, LePage has seen little assistance from Trump on key issues
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

Eight months into the presidency of Donald Trump and Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage has little to show for it. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. Despite LePage’s patronage, a review of the Trump administration’s executive actions shows that the administration has yet to side forcefully with the governor of Maine on a handful of key issues. For example, In August, the Department of the Interior announced that Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument would retain that designation, despite LePage’s plea to undo the federal protection granted by former President Barack Obama.
Maine farms make CSA shares a year-round endeavor
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association doesn’t track numbers of winter Community Supported Agricultures, but the practice is increasingly popular with young farmers who are pushing the boundaries of four-season agriculture. But even with more and more fresh produce available in the state year round as farmers employ high tunnel or even heated greenhouse methods to grow in Maine, winter CSAs are not for the faint-hearted.
Column: Climate refugees could see safety in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

“Climate change could lead to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney, CEO of the American Security Project, observed last year. “We’re already seeing migration of large numbers of people around the world because of food scarcity, water insecurity and extreme weather, and this is set to become the new normal.” Climate projections indicate that Maine will remain relatively wet, despite periodic droughts. Having abundant land and water could make the state a magnet for those escaping hotter, drier or storm-torn settings. Might climate migrants drive a new wave of growth in Maine, which in recent decades has seen population remain nearly stagnant? What impacts would such an influx have on infrastructure, land use, traffic and the power grid? ~ Marina Schauffler
Column: Propagating native seeds turns out to be harder than you might think
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

Propagating native plant seeds should be easy. It happens in nature, with no help from humans, so it seems logical that if humans try to help the seeds along, they should be able to produce healthy plants. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. ~ Tom Atwell
Column: Birds seem able to weather the storms
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

Our understanding of the impact of major storms on land birds is that most land birds weather the storms well by finding appropriate cover. For migratory birds, we need to keep the connectedness of wintering, migratory and breeding habitat in mind. Seabirds and coastal birds have no places to hide during a hurricane. As a result, pelagic birds often end up in strange places after a hurricane. It’s always worth birding after a storm to see what the winds may have brought in. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: It’s a gauntlet but any-deer permit process works well
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

Long before the November deer season rolls around, the state holds a random computerized drawing (lottery) to determine which hunters will receive an any-deer permit. Successful applicants have the option of shooting either a buck or doe, while the rest must look for at least three inches of antler before pulling the trigger. Over the years the once-simple system has become a bit more complicated. All in all it’s a pretty good and fair system but with imperfections. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Heald Pond is a little gem in the neighborhood of big Kezar Pond
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

Heald Pond, 80 acres, is a good thing in a small package in the western Maine town of Lovell, a little over an hour west of Lewiston and less than 90 minutes north of Portland. The western side of Heald was acquired by the Greater Lovell Land Trust in 1996 and protects one mile of mixed forest shoreline. ~ Michael Perry
Editorial: Global warming needs political climate change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

However, evidence is emerging that we may be a lot closer to that consensus on climate change than you would think from listening to talk radio, or scrolling through the reader comments on a newspaper website. Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communication has used national surveys and sophisticated modeling to gauge public opinion on a series of important questions that show that the leaders appear to be far more divided than the people. Americans may not agree on much, but people are starting to agree on this: Scientists are predicting dire consequences unless we reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we pump into the environment. The real question isn’t what we “believe” but what we are going to do about it.
Opinion: Local-wood spirit needs nurturing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

If you’ve followed the news, you know that five paper mills have closed in the past three years. The workforce has shrunk by half in the past 15 years. Much of the strategizing over the future of the woods industries has rightly focused on developing export markets. A companion effort seeks a renewal spark by strengthening homegrown networks, similar to the local food movement. Local wood consciousness may lag local food awareness. But between the construction and heating industries, and emerging products, the upside for local wood may be far greater than local agriculture. Especially through stronger branding and value-added products. ~ Lee Burnett, Forest Works!
Letter: Climate change makes storms stronger
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

At least one letter writer has opined that hurricanes have nothing to do with global warming and climate change. That notion, however, is at odds with basic science. Hurricanes and other tropical storms do form naturally, and have undoubtedly done so for eons. Their behavior, and their severity, however, are impacted by global warming. It takes a climatologist with specialized training to account for the myriad details and complexities of storm events, but basic science can explain the general phenomena. ~ Joe Hardy, Wells
Letter: EPA must be allowed to act on actual science
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

If we had listened to the industry “deniers” of lead or tobacco toxicity, how many more lives would have been harmed or lost? If now we listen instead to the industry climate change “deniers” and block peer-reviewed science and an effective EPA, what will be the horrific results for our country and the world? ~ Norma Dreyfus, M.D., Arrowsic
Column: 20 years of fly fishing mentorship
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

This month the Penobscot Fly Fishers celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Fight to halt oil, gas exploration plan in Atlantic goes bipartisan
Other - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

Tribune News - State and federal lawmakers from both parties have joined East Coast business interests to persuade the Trump administration to halt its plan for fossil fuel development in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a surprisingly diverse collection of power players: members of Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both red and blue states, nine attorneys general, six governors and thousands of business owners.
Maine’s young hunters flock north for youth duck day
Associated Press - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

Saturday is the first day of the Youth Hunting Days for ducks and waterfowl. Young hunters can pursue all duck species except harlequins, Barrows goldeneyes, moorhens and gallinules. The youth day applies in the state’s north hunting zone. Another youth day is scheduled for the north on Dec. 9. Youth days are scheduled in the south zones on Sept. 23 and Oct. 21, and in the coastal zone on Sept. 23 and Nov. 4. The state department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife says junior hunters who hold a valid junior hunting license can participate in special youth hunting days for species including bear, deer, spring wild turkey, and migratory waterfowl.
As storms get worse, here’s what Maine might expect
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

Maine may not be as susceptible to tropical storms as Houston, Florida or the Caribbean, but warming ocean temperatures — similar to increases seen in this state — are making storms stronger and wetter, scientists say. The most significant and widespread threat from a tropical storm or hurricane bearing down on Maine would be the fierce winds and heavy rains. Maine’s long coastline leaves some areas prone to storm surge. Winter storms — often called “nor’easters” because of the dominant wind direction — also could become more intense as a result of warming oceans. Bigger storms also could worsen seasonal outbreaks of red tide.
Everything you need to know about those black spots taking over some maple leaves
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

If you look closely at the trees, the Norway maples in particular, around where you live, you’ll likely notice that the leaves aren’t looking so good. Covered in black blotches, the leaves’ sad conditions are a direct correlation to the overly damp start to summer. The culprit? The black tar spot fungus.
Search for toxins expands at former Navy base in Brunswick
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

The Navy plans to expand its search on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station property for potential contamination from chemical compounds that have caused health alarms near military bases in New Hampshire and other states. On Thursday, the board charged with overseeing environmental cleanup at the former Navy air station will discuss the results of tests on the base and in nearby private wells for the presence of perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs. Restoration Advisory Board members also are slated to discuss a Navy proposal to conduct additional rounds of basewide testing for PFCs.
Opinion: Regulatory Accountability Act would undermine our ability to do business
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

I have owned an oyster farm on the coast of Maine for 32 years. Each year, we raise over 100 million seed oysters along with fully grown oysters we sell throughout the United States. I can say, unequivocally, that without environmental regulations, my company would not be successful today and would very likely have gone out of business years ago. The Regulatory Accountability Act, currently making its way through Congress, seriously misses the mark on creating a framework in which all businesses can thrive. Carbon emissions are causing acid levels in our coastal waters to increase as more CO2 dissolves in the water and freshwater runoff increases. Warming ocean temperatures are linked to the rise of pathogenic bacteria that can kill our oysters or make people sick. To avoid these threats and continue providing safe, healthy seafood to consumers, we must have clear, common-sense regulatory limits on pollution – period. ~ Bill Mook, Mook Sea Farm, Walpole
Opinion: Proposed cuts to research threaten our future, quality of life
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

Unfortunately, the Trump administration is proposing cuts to federal research that is critical to our health, national security and way of life. The cuts would devastate programs in many agencies. We need help from Congress to hold the line. Without scientific research, there is no discovery, no progress, no ability for us to benefit from new innovations and defend ourselves against natural and manmade threats. Imagine your life without electricity, clean water, reliable transportation, medications and your cellphone. All of these life staples were made possible by federal investments in science, and we need science to keep producing innovations that fuel our economy and sustain our prosperity. ~ Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr., retired Navy vice admiral and NOAA administrator
Letter: Hold polluters responsible via carbon fee and dividend
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

Wildfires are burning within sight of Los Angeles. Texas has seen three “500-year storms” in the past three years. Irma, the first hurricane after Harvey’s record-breaking rainfall, broke almost all wind-speed records. Scientists say that the warmer than normal waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean are partly to blame for the power of these storms. What schoolchild cannot connect the dots? What homeowner wouldn’t be scrambling to buy insurance against next year’s fires and storms? It’s way past time for Congress to buy some insurance against these extreme weather events. The first, simplest, most effective national insurance is called “carbon fee and dividend.” ~ Peter Monro, Portland
Letter: Human cause behind extreme weather, wildfires
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

We watched the tragedy of Houston and the Texas coast unfold; then, as cleanup had barely begun, there was Irma, even more powerful and destructive. Just behind Irma is Jose, and a third, Katia, is also bearing down almost in the same region. Add the raging wildfires in the West coming after scorching heat throughout the summer. Can there be any doubt that we are experiencing more frequent and more devastating storms? All these and more are the consequences of catastrophic climate change. We have the technology and ability to change direction. We need leaders who understand the truth and have the courage to take action and find solutions to this crisis before much of the Earth is uninhabitable. ~ Lynda Sudlow, Parsonsfield
What would it take for you to shut off access to your woodlot?
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, September 15, 2017 

What would it take for me to shut off access to my own woodlot (if, that is, I actually had one)? The truth is, finding the boat dumped on my own land might have pushed me over the top. Or maybe the fenced in marijuana-growing operation down near the swamp might have done the trick. Either way, I think we’re lucky that hunting and fishing access is still allowed, given past transgressions that have been committed by others on the property.
I am honored to receive this award
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, September 15, 2017 

I am very honored to be receiving the 2017 Harrison L. Richardson Environmental Leadership Award at this year’s Evening for the Environment sponsored by the Maine Conservation Voters. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, at Brick South, Thompson’s Point, Portland.
Trump Administration pushes to expand hunting and fishing on public lands
Maine Environmental News - Friday, September 15, 2017 

On Friday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order to expand hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management lands. In addition, Zinke recently made recommendations to President Trump on 27 national monuments that call for changes to expand public access for hunting, fishing and shooting.
Coastal Program is now a part of DMR
Ellsworth American - Friday, September 15, 2017 

The Maine Coastal Program, formerly run by the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is now a division of the Department of Marine Resources. The change includes a transfer of $3.4 million in federal funds received by the Coastal Program and nearly $170,000 in other revenue. Six staff members who formerly worked at DACF are now DMR employees and located within the department’s Augusta and Boothbay Harbor offices. The Maine Coastal Program works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies with the goal of managing Maine’s coastal resources for the public benefit. The program’s other areas of focus include waterfront planning and revitalization, land use planning technical assistance to municipalities, adaptation to shoreline erosion and sea level rise, habitat restoration, seafloor mapping, public access and public education.
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