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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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First Spotting of Vermilion Flycatcher in Maine
Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

The Audubon Society says a web camera has captured the first confirmed sighting in Maine of a colorful species of bird typically seen in the southwestern part of the country. Audubon and Explore.org use a web camera on Hog Island to monitor nesting ospreys. Audubon posted on its website Monday that the camera picked up a vermilion flycatcher, which it called "an incredible rarity.'' Vermilion flycatchers are small birds that display striking red feathers in the male of the species. They feed on insects that they usually catch in midair.
Madison Paper sells its hydropower facility to New Jersey firm
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Hydro power assets at the shuttered Madison Paper Industries have been sold to a New Jersey hydroelectric power producer, marking the final step in the sale of the paper mill and opening the door for future plans at the site. Madison Paper Industries, a former partnership of UPM and Northern SC Paper Corp., a subsidiary of The New York Times Company, signed an agreement to sell its hydropower facilities to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC, a hydroelectric power producer based in Morristown, NJ, the company said Tuesday. The paper mill, which closed in May and put about 215 people out of work, was sold in December to a buyer with plans to put the property back into use as an industrial site.
Blog: WalletHub study names Maine one of top 10 eco-friendliest states in the U.S.
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

According to WalletHub, analysts judged “the 50 states in terms of 20 key metrics that speak to the current health of the environment and the environmental impact of residents’ daily habits. The data set ranges from total municipal solid waste per capita to energy-efficiency score to carbon-dioxide emissions per capita.” Maine comes in sixth, with Vermont and Massachusetts occupying the top spots. ~ Samuel Shepherd
Jonesboro biomass plant shut down
Mainebiz - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Citing lack of feedstock, Stored Solar LLC has shut down its Jonesboro biomass energy plant, one of two the company bought from Covanta Energy in October 2016. In a letter to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Stored Solar Vice President William Harrington said the Jonesboro plant was operating at only six megawatts and biomass suppliers were charging prices 30% to 35% above contracted price. Covanta Energy's biomass power plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro closed a year ago, resulting in the loss of 44 jobs. Covanta was subsequently purchased by Stored Solar, a subsidiary of the French energy firm Capergy.
Black bear killed by car in Wells
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Drivers in Maine know to watch out for moose and deer on the roads, but…bears? Yes. Add bears to the list. On Saturday night, a car hit a male black bear as it crossed Sanford Road near High Pine Loop Road in Wells. The bear died, but no one in the car was injured, according to the Wells Police Department. Police estimated the bear weighed at least 250 pounds.
Trump advisers to meet Tuesday to discuss Paris climate agreement
Reuters - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Advisers to President Donald Trump will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether to recommend that he withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a White House official said on Monday. The accord, agreed on by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015, aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Trump has said the United States should “cancel” the deal, but he has been mostly quiet on the issue since he was elected. Environmental groups want Washington to remain in the Paris agreement, even if the new administration weakens U.S. pledges.
Wind power advocates alarmed by bill to move Monhegan test site
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Maine’s floating wind power advocates are sounding the alarm over legislation that would push a two-turbine test site farther away from Monhegan Island, saying that the shift would sink the decade-long push to draw power from the untapped Gulf of Maine winds. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dana Dow, R-Lincoln, would bar wind turbines within 10 miles of Monhegan Island. “If we had to move this site now, everything is gone — the investments disappear,” said Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Over the past decade, that center has monitored wind and wave data, bird flight patterns, fishing grounds and more. A delay would likely scare away investors, according to the university. The relocation also would eliminate UMaine’s shot at a $40 million Department of Energy grant to see the test project through.
Opinion: LePage administration forfeits almost $2 billion in federal aid to Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

The latest report from the Maine Center for Economic Policy indicts the LePage administration for forfeiting almost $2 billion in available federal aid since 2011. Gov. LePage makes loud pro-business noises, but he refused even to meet with federal experts working to find ways to strengthen Maine’s forest products industry. Nor did the governor’s administration seek federal funds available to preserve 6,400 acres of working forest land, or for helping businesses reduce waste and chemical byproducts, obtain clean water and secure land research and development grants. Drew Gattine, chair of the House Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, says that “turning away federal funds doesn’t lower your tax burden; it sends your tax dollars to another state. Mainers should be outraged by this report.”
Letter: Fight Trump’s anti-climate agenda
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

We are appalled at the proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and staffing outlined in President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget.” We are writing to urge Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to fight back and protect the health of Mainers. The president’s cuts would have a major impact on our clean drinking water, air quality, and efforts to combat climate change. Americans do not want these environmental rollbacks. ~ Michele and Geoffrey Bird, Belfast
Cox makes impassioned plea for climatological compassion and conservation
Maine Campus - Monday, April 17, 2017 

On April 13, Professor J. Gray Cox gave a talk titled, “Let’s Make The Earth Great Again: A Gandhian Response To Our Global Crisis," at UMaine. Cox said there is an ecological crisis, a governmental or military crisis and a technological crisis. “All three of these crisis are interconnected and that one way to understand them is the kind of thinking that’s involved in ecological exploitation, national security and the technological development that’s moving us increasingly to a smarter planet,” Cox stated.
Protecting Maine’s coast: It takes a village
Mainebiz - Monday, April 17, 2017 

On a recent visit to Millers' Wharf in Tenants Harbor, I sat on the wharf on lobster traps, chatting in the sun and smelling the fresh breeze off the lower Penobscot, with Josh Miller, a third-generation lobsterman, and Merritt Carey, a lawyer turned entrepreneur. They talked about how only a year before, Josh's father Peter and his three uncles who own the wharf were ready to throw in the towel and sell it. Now, just a year after Peter Miller and his brothers wanted to sell the family wharf, the fisherman's co-op has done so well it is negotiating to buy it and keep a coastal legacy going. It's a collaboration model other communities might consider to keep Maine coast businesses working.
Trump officials turn to courts to block Obama-era legacy
Washington Post - Monday, April 17, 2017 

In his drive to dismantle President Barack Obama’s regulatory legacy, President Donald Trump has signed executive orders with great fanfare and breathed life into a once-obscure law to nullify numerous Obama-era regulations. But his administration is also quietly using a third tactic: Going to court to stop federal judges from ruling on a broad array of regulations that are being challenged by Trump’s own conservative allies. The Environmental Protection Agency persuaded an appeals court to give it a chance to revise existing limits on street-level smog. The EPA also wants a court to let it rewrite the Clean Power Plan that Obama showcased at the 2015 Paris climate conference.
Interest in Lewiston Earth Day 'exploding'
Sun Journal - Monday, April 17, 2017 

What started as the first Downtown Lewiston Earth Day cleanup and art celebration is growing into a citywide event, organizer Sheri Withers said Monday. Saturday’s cleanup and art celebration are expected to attract hundreds of volunteers donning gloves and event shirts to spruce up Lisbon Street, Simard-Payne Memorial Park, the Riverwalk, the Tree Street neighborhood and Sunnyside Park, Withers said.
DIFW Rejects More Money for Moose Research and Management
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, April 17, 2017 

Moose permits have been cut in half and nothing is being done to save moose that are being killed in big numbers by ticks, but the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says it needs no more money for moose research and management. That was their testimony against LD 1065, a bill sponsored at my request by Representative Peter Lyford, to dedicate all the money raised from the moose lottery and permits to research and management of moose.
Bill to restrict foraging in Maine is likely dead
Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017 

A bill that would have restricted wild foraging in Maine is unlikely to pass after a key committee vote came down against approval. Republican Sen. Thomas Saviello proposed to prohibit foraging food without getting the permission of a property owner first. But the Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has voted against the measure.
Editorial: If you have well water, get it tested for arsenic
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 17, 2017 

Fewer than half of the residential drinking water wells in Maine are tested for the presence of arsenic. This puts the health of many Maine residents at risk. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has worked to tell people about the need for well testing, but its message is not being heeded. Arsenic is prevalent in parts of Maine and has been linked to increased cancer risks and lower IQ scores. Several bills lawmakers are considering this year aim to increase the number of wells that are tested. The message is simple: Arsenic and lead are dangerous to your health. If you have a private drinking water well, get it tested.
Court ruling favors government over fishermen’s group
Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017 

A federal appeals court has found in favor of the U.S. government in a challenge brought by a New England fishermen’s group over the cost of at-sea monitoring. The monitors are workers who collect data that help the government craft fishing regulations. The government shifted the cost of paying for monitors to fishermen last year.
Lincoln mill CEO would lead early cleanup efforts under EPA’s proposed deal
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 17, 2017 

The CEO of the shuttered Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill would oversee some of the initial environmental cleanup at the site under a proposed deal with federal regulators. The draft agreement from the Environmental Protection Agency lays out plans for mill CEO Keith Van Scotter to oversee contractors removing radioactive materials, asbestos and other hazardous waste from the site.
Opinion: The real threat is ‘Big Environment’
Forecaster - Monday, April 17, 2017 

Earth Day, held annually on April 22 since 1970, is the official holiday of Big Environment, the organizations that keep supposedly evil corporations from ruining our “Pale Blue Dot,” as the late, great Carl Sagan once described Earth. I understand Big Environment needs to keep us in perpetual fear of creation’s imminent demise so their cash reserves stay plump, but maybe we should use Earth Day in a different way this year. After collecting that winter’s worth of roadside litter (a truly noble undertaking), spend the day outdoors doing something fun. Nature was created for our enjoyment, not for Big Environment’s political and financial benefit. ~ John Balentine
Developers eye last remaining farmland in Portland
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 17, 2017 

Home to grazing cattle until last year, 45-acre Camelot Farm becomes the city's latest battleground over housing development.
Opinion: Science isn’t the problem
Forecaster - Monday, April 17, 2017 

Don’t blame science. Science is just a way of studying things that has proven remarkably effective. But all too often, when humans misuse or misrepresent science, science ends up getting the blame. I’ve been surprised while promoting the upcoming Marches for Science at how many Mainers are angry at science for a wide range of societal problems, from factory closings and job losses to environmental regulations, and erosion of morality. And many of those who are not angry at science dismiss its importance. This is crazy. Science was a big part of what made America great and will be necessary if we hope to “Make America Great Again.” And yet a growing anti-science movement seems to have taken over politics in this country, culminating in the election of an anti-science president to go along with Maine’s science-dismissive governor, Paul LePage. ~ Gordon Street
Portland company will offer fair trade scallops
Associated Press - Sunday, April 16, 2017 

Certification of seafood products, including tuna and shrimp, began in 2014, and the volume of imports of such products grew more than 350 percent last year to more than 1.2 million pounds, said Fair Trade USA, a California-based nonprofit group. The first company to offer fair trade seafood harvested from U.S. waters will have scallops on the market this month. The company, Bristol Seafood of Portland, is looking to capitalize on the growing interest in authenticity of seafood.
Blog: There’s a new coyote-wolf hybrid appearing in Maine’s forests
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, April 16, 2017 

WSCH 6’s Bill Green reported this week that a new wolf-coyote hybrid “thrives” in Maine. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, wolves have been the victim of mass hunting since colonial times. This effort to exterminate wolves continued until 1973, when President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act. At that point, there were only a few hundred wolves left in the United States. Now, protected by law from hunters, wolves are beginning to spread out. While wolf sightings have been reported in the Northeast, a breeding population has not been confirmed. Green’s report asserted that the hybrids popping up in Maine are a cross between the eastern wolves of the Great Lakes region and western coyotes. The resulting hybrid is said to be double the size of a coyote. These hybrids have been called “eastern coyotes” and “coywolves.”
Blog: What is the true meaning of Earth Day?
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, April 16, 2017 

Though only 47 years old, Earth Day is now observed in more than 180 countries. Which makes sense when you think about it. Humanity has many religions, but, so far, only one planet. If we are serious about the environment – and the expanding observance of Earth Day shows that we are – there is no mission more important than promoting alternatives to the private car. ~ Hank Garfield
Six insider tips for visiting Acadia National Park during busy season
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, April 16, 2017 

The following are a few tips for visiting Acadia during the summer and fall, when traffic is wild but the weather can’t be beat.
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