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Announcement - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

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Tree Farm Field Day, Sep 6
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

Bambi Jones and Tracy Moskovitz, 2014 Maine and Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers, will host Maine Tree Farm Field Day. At Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, September 6, 8:50 am - 6 pm.
How Green Is Your Legislator?
Publication - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

The Maine Conservation Voters 2014 Environmental Scorecard rates all Maine legislators based on their votes on a range of key issues.
Maine Sierra Club Annual Dinner, Sep 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Featured speaker: U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. At Maple Hill Farm Inn, Hallowell, Sep 5, 5:30 pm, $40.
Passenger Pigeons, Plovers & Puffins, Sep 4
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist, and Laura Minich Zitske, Director of the Piping Plover & Least Tern Recovery Project, at Maine Audubon will discuss the extinction of the passenger pigeon and what you can do today to protect threatened and endangered species. At Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, September 4, 5:30 pm.
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Events
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs on weekends and holidays at 2 pm through September 30.
Maine Seaweed Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

The debut Maine Seaweed Festival, which celebrates the local seaweed industry, will be held at Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, Aug. 30, 11 am-5 pm.
The Changing Ocean Ecosystem, Aug 27
Announcement - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Maine Calling addresses the creatures great and small that thrive — and struggle — in the Gulf of Maine. Guests: Janet Gannon, marine biology lab instructor at Bowdoin College; Adam Baukus, research associate at Gulf of Maine Research Institute; and Joe Payne, Casco Baykeeper with the Friends of Casco Bay. Host: Jennifer Rooks. Maine Public Radio, August 27, 12-1 pm.
Transborder Land Protection Fund
Announcement - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Thanks to renewed support from the Partridge Foundation, the Open Space Institute is accepting grant proposals for the Transborder Land Protection Fund. In the face of an uncertain climate and potential development, it is critical to provide ecological options and pathways for plants and animals. OSI’s Transborder Land Protection Fund is focused on addressing these challenges in key wildlife linkages within the Northern Applachian ecoregion — among the most intact broadleaf temperate forests on Earth, which spans northern New England and maritime Canada.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Announcement - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Only 133 of our country's 401 National Park System areas charge an entrance fee to help cover costs, but even that will be waived on the NPS birthday, Aug 25.
East-West Corridor Art Show
Action Alert - Monday, August 25, 2014 

An art exhibit in Northeast Harbor in support of opposition to the proposed East-West Corridor has ended, but you can still support the cause by purchasing art until November 19.
MST Poll: New Maine National Park
Action Alert - Sunday, August 24, 2014 

Maine Sunday Telegram Poll: Should a portion of Maine’s North Woods near Katahdin be turned into a national park?
Spirit Pond and Popham Beach, Aug 31
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 24, 2014 

Join Merrymeeting Audubon to the mid-coast’s best shorebirding location to wish the migrating shorebird flocks well on their journey south. Car Pool from Bath, August 31, 8 am - 12 noon.
Bickford Slides Hike, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 23, 2014 

A 3-mile hike with an elevation of 400 feet ends at a waterfall with an inviting pool below. At Evans Notch, White Mountains National Forest, August 30. Sponsored by Maine Sierra Club.
Lovely Lichens of Thorne Head Preserve, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 23, 2014 

Join Maine Master Naturalist Becky Kolak to discover the world of lichens- those unassuming organisms that are a combination of fungi and algae. At Thorne Head Preserve, Bath, Aug 30, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
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News Items
Maine Conservation Group Releases Annual 'Grades' for State Lawmakers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Nearly two-thirds of the Maine Legislature received a grade of 75 percent or higher from one of the state's leading conservation advocacy groups. Maine Conservation Voters released its environmental scorecard today, which highlights bipartisan efforts to protect Maine's water quality and invest in clean energy technology. Of the 13 bills cited by the group, lawmakers enacted a dozen, only to lose six to vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. Conservationists are taking to the airwaves to highlight the governor's environmental record.
Local lawmakers earn perfect ratings on environmental scorecard
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Reps. Aaron Frey, D-Bangor, John Schneck, D-Bangor, and Archie Verow, D-Brewer, earned perfect ratings for their votes in the 126th Legislature from Maine Conservation Voters. The statewide environmental advocacy group took into account 13 key bills from the 126th Legislature.
Bear biologist expects productive early season
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

As hunters begin their seasons, I checked in with wildlife biologist Randy Cross of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to find out what kind of season they might expect. Cross said in an email, “All reports that I have been getting are good so far for active baits. I expect some big bears to be harvested and a higher harvest than last year — probably well over 3,000.”
Air quality problems dog Irving’s New Brunswick oil-by-rail terminal
Reuters - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Irving Oil’s oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, has seen increasing air quality problems since it started up in 2012, undermining the company’s assurances to regulators the project would likely not impact the environment. The case at Canada’s largest oil-by-rail terminal could have implications for the scores of other facilities planned across North America to handle a surge in domestic crude output, particularly those planned near urban areas.
Group grades Maine legislators on environmental votes
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

One of the state’s leading environmental groups released its scorecard Thursday for the 126th Legislature, setting the stage for a flood of political advertising to support favored candidates or unseat those who failed to make the grade. The Maine League of Conservation Voters has issued “grades” since 1986. Over that time the organization and its political action committee have used the report cards in conjunction with advertising designed to hold lawmakers accountable for their voting records on environmental bills and influence outcomes in legislative elections.
GNP makes interest payment on taxes owed East Millinocket
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Millinocket’s largest taxpayer made an interest payment this week on the $658,657 it owes in personal property and real estate taxes, officials said Thursday. The $28,036 wired from Great Northern Paper Co. LLC Monday covered its outstanding interest to date. Great Northern owns a shuttered paper mill and related equipment in East Millinocket and an industrial park and a closed mill in Millinocket.
Wild blueberry harvest: celebrating 40 years of Maine’s special fruit
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival has drawn people Down East to sample pies, jams and arts and crafts for almost 40 years. But behind the festivals and baked good are the blueberry barrens and the people who work them. Here is a selection of those images through the years.
Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

State regulators are prepared to give final approval for a 62-turbine wind farm in Bingham, which would be the largest so far approved in the state. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday issued a draft order approving the project, proposed by a subsidiary of the Boston-based firm First Wind. That order will be subject to public comment and further review before final approval can be granted for the proposed $398 million project. Chris O’Neil, president of the anti-wind industry group Friends of Maine Mountains, said that his group plans to oppose its land-use permit but that he expects the project will ultimately gain approval.
5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report
Other - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Mother Jones - This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim — dire, frightful — reality the we face if we don't slash our global greenhouse gas emissions, and slash them fast. Here are five particularly grim depressing, distressing, upsetting, worrying, unpleasant — takeaways from the report.
Surf generated by hurricane prompts precautions at Acadia National Park
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

High surf along the Maine coast being generated by a hurricane far offshore has prompted park officials to take precautions at oceanfront sites popular with visitors, according to a park ranger. The high surf advisory for Maine is expected to remain in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday until 8 a.m. Friday. Visitors to the park have been swept into the ocean before, both when seas were rough and under normal ocean conditions.
Maine Huts & Trails offering new mountain bike trail, guided paddling package
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

New late summer and fall activities at Maine Huts & Trails will provide visitors with an alternative paddling experience on Flagstaff Lake, a guided three-day adventure along the Dead River, and nearly three miles of mountain biking on a professionally designed singletrack trail.
Column: Count a goatsucker
Boothbay Register - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

It’s that time of year again, when common nighthawks are migrating. As their name suggests, they look very hawk-like (actually, more falcon-like because of their long, pointed wings) and they tend to come out only at dusk. But in reality, common nighthawks are actually close relations to the whip-poor-will and other members of the so-called goatsucker family. ~ Jeff and Allison Wells
“Ticked Off” Report should tick you off
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

This morning, opening the Kennebec Journal to grab the section that includes the weekly travel column that Linda and I write, I spotted a tick on the edge of the paper. Ticks are everywhere these days! On August 19, I spoke at a press conference in the Baxter Woods conservation area in Portland on the National Wildlife Federation’s “Ticked Off” report. The news is all bad, and it’s almost too late to do much about it. Baxter Woods is a beautiful place, but ticks are there. And in southern Maine, 70 percent of them carry Lyme disease.
Hemlock pest expands territory in Knox County
Associated Press - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Maine officials say the hemlock woolly adelgid appears to be expanding its territory in Knox County. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says a tourist recently found the pest on two trees in Camden. The agency says the insect was found in forested areas of Friendship and Owls Head during detection surveys earlier this year. It can be found from Kittery to Owls Head. The insect first came to the United States from Japan in the 1950s and causes premature needle drop, and can eventually kill trees.
Maine pays owner of seized land on Portland waterfront $7.2 million
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

The Maine Department of Transportation has paid a Portland businessman $7.2 million for 18 acres of industrial waterfront land it seized from him this spring, more than double what the businessman paid for the same land just two years ago. But Phineas Sprague Jr. has given the state notice that he will likely challenge the value, a process that could lead to years of litigation. While the land has been neglected and unused for decades, it’s now in high demand because of the unexpected arrival of an Icelandic shipping service last year at the adjacent container terminal.
Baby bird’s right at home with Habitat for Humanity
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Millard, as its turns out, is no ordinary sparrow. The baby bird, whose name was chosen by the organization that is building a housing development in Freeport, slides down railings on his tiny bird feet, eats blueberries and worms from the hands of humans, and hops onto people’s shoulders. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland said Millard has become so popular that the new neighborhood of eight homes has adopted him as its mascot.
Letter: No on 1
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Game management — all game — is something that should be handled on a scientific and factual basis at the state level, by whatever means they deem necessary. Be it with hounds, bait, trapping, etc., if it’s what need to be done and if it’s effective in managing a population then it should not be altered. By no means should anything be managed on emotions. I trust the state’s biologist to set the seasons and the methods, that is what we pay them for. I will be voting no on Question 1. ~ Pete Cole, Kennebunk
Proposed 62-turbine wind farm for Bingham gets preliminary OK
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

A proposed 62-turbine wind farm that would be the largest in the state if built has received preliminary approval from the Department of Environmental Protection. The draft decision issued Wednesday by Patricia Aho, DEP commissioner, means that the department could issue a final decision on the project as early as Sept. 5. Blue Sky West, a subsidiary of First Wind Holdings Inc., has been facing opposition from residents and environmental groups. The project could be appealed to the state Board of Environmental Protection if it receives final approval.
Kayaking experience brings back cherished memories for 87-year-old woman
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

It's not every day a great-great-grandmother who can no longer walk has the opportunity to kayak for the first time in her life. However, Ida Begin, an Allagash native and current resident of Forest Hill Manor, did just that on Sunday, Aug. 3, along with her granddaughters Angelina Dubourg and Candy Hafford.
'Poop Police' campaign for dog park
Courier-Gazette - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

“Are you going to clean up after your dog?” This is the question Linda Athearn and Valerie Hooper ask pet owners that seem oblivious to the mess they leave behind. A common response is “Who are you? The Poop Police?”
California PAC to pump money into Maine Governor's Race
WCSH-TV6 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Another out-of-state group is planning to pump money into the race for Governor. The prime issue motivating the group: climate change. Next Gen Climate, is funded by a California billionaire named Tom Steyer. According the group's website, Next Gen Climate is targeting seven republicans, including Governor LePage, for policies or votes that it says are contrary to efforts to fight climate change. Next Gen Climate is currently advertising for staff members to work on a campaign in Maine. A spokesperson for the group made it clear the efforts of Next Gen Climate are to defeat Gov. LePage and elect democrat Mike Michaud. Its entry into the race comes just days after the Maine Conservation Voters launched its own ad campaign against the Governor.
Maine’s top environmental official demands answers on plan to build Amtrak facility in Brunswick
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Plans to build a layover facility in Brunswick for Amtrak passenger trains suffered another setback Wednesday as Patricia Aho, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, fired off a six-page letter that asked the project’s backers to answer almost two dozen questions. Aho’s letter comes two months after a Maine Superior Court judge threw out a stormwater management permit for the proposed 60,000-square-foot train layover facility between Church Road and Stanwood Street. Also on Wednesday, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection told rail officials that a new application for the permit was unacceptable and demanded significant new information about the proposed project.
Cooke Aquaculture plant in Machiasport running again
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Cooke Aquaculture, a leading producer of farm-raised Atlantic salmon and other fish with headquarters in New Brunswick, has resumed operations at a processing plant in Machiasport, the company announced Wednesday. Forty people work at the 30,000-square-foot plant. Plant operations were suspended in March because winter weather conditions affected harvesting schedules. The company also has salmon-growing operations in Machiasport.
Jay officials expect Verso Paper mill valuation to drop about $223 million
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Jay Selectmen approved a 12.5 percent tax hike Tuesday night in anticipation that valuation of Verso Paper’s mill, the town’s largest taxpayer, would drop by more than $220 million. The municipal budget approved Tuesday assumes — based on a draft of the new appraisal — that the mill’s value will drop to $592 million, down from $815.4 million last year. That’s less than the $469 million abatement request the company made in February, contesting that the town’s appraiser did not use the proper techniques. Memphis-based Verso has been losing money in recent quarters, posting a $43 million loss in its most recent earnings report. The company has made strides toward a deal to merge with competitor NewPage, which has a mill in Rumford. If that merger can be completed, the resulting company would become the largest single papermaker in Maine, with a combined 2,200 employees.
Hidden Valley Nature Center to host celebration as ‘Outstanding Tree Farmers’ of Maine, northeast
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson will throw its biggest open house yet to celebrate being named the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmers of Maine and northeast region of the United States. The daylong free event will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and will include nearly 50 different activities for visitors to choose from, including nature workshops, guided hikes, demonstrations, art displays, a game tent for children and forestry-related activities in honor of Tree Farm Field Day.
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Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

Soil Association launches the ‘Organic September’ campaign
By Anna Bonar - The Soil Association calls UK public to switch to organic food through their ‘Organic September’ campaign, as it is healthier, better for the environment, nutritionally richer and sustainable, according to an expert.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

USDA clarifies use of ‘organic’ in brand, company names
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the National Organics Program, has issued a clarification to certifying agencies about the use of the word “organic” in company or product brand names.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

New go-to career for young New Englanders: farming
By Jennifer McDermott - Bucking the national trend, the region shows an increase in the number of farms, many less than 50 acres.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies
By Greg Allen - Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes – saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

James Oseland, Saveur’s Editor, Quitting to Revamp Magazine at Rodale
By Christine Haughney - James Oseland, the editor in chief of the food magazine Saveur, said on Thursday that he was leaving his position to join the publisher Rodale. At Rodale, Mr. Oseland will start a new magazine brand, transforming the 62-year-old Organic Gardening magazine into Organic Life. The new magazine is expected to include coverage of “food, garden, home and well-being,” a Rodale spokeswoman said. It will be introduced next year with a March/April issue.
8/20/2014 11:00:00 PM

Sun rises on new Web domain as organic sector grows
By Coral Beach - About the new .organic domain name for certified organic producers, marketers and organic trade associations.
8/19/2014 11:00:00 PM

Cape farmer opens South Portland store
By Kayla J. Collins - Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth began a new venture on Friday when it opened the doors to its first year-round location, The Farm Stand, at 161 Ocean St. in the Knightville section of South Portland.
8/19/2014 11:00:00 PM

Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
By Kimberly Kindy - The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply.
8/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

State Report: Alternative Energy a Top Bet for Job Growth
The findings have the potential to recast the investment strategies of the Maine agency that directs seed mone...
9/2/2014 11:37:29 AM

Farm Fresh
Consider buying food from your local farmer’s market. Locally grown produce tastes better and has a smal...
9/2/2014 4:00:22 AM

Vote for Your Conservation Hero
Know someone who has made a difference in Maine? Vote for your Maine Conservation Hero. Today is the last day ...
9/1/2014 4:00:55 AM

My Maine This Week: Jeanne Merrill
“This photo was taken at Center Pond in Sangerville, Maine. This camp was purchased in the 1950s by my p...
9/1/2014 4:00:24 AM

Build to Size
Planning your new home? Build it with the environment in mind—no larger than fits your needs. Less house means...
8/31/2014 4:00:14 AM

Sway the Public
Take 15 minutes to write a letter or email to your local newspaper about clean air and water, wildlife, health...
8/30/2014 4:00:10 AM

Thursday-Saturday, September 4-13: Portland GreenFest Film Series
Join NRCM for the first annual Portland GreenFest Film Series, beginning on Thursday, September 4th. The movie...
8/29/2014 11:16:15 AM

Wear “Green”
When purchasing new clothing, try to opt for green fibers. Good choices: organic cotton (conventional cotton i...
8/29/2014 4:00:27 AM
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