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CREA research projects, Jan 31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 24, 2017 

Presentations by local students about the treasures of the Cathance River Preserve. At Topsham Library, January 31, 6 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Saturday, January 21, 2017 

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Burnt Mt. winter hike, Jan 28
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 21, 2017 

A mid-winter, 6-mile hike to the 3595' summit of Burnt Mountain with outstanding views of Sugarloaf, Abraham, Crockers, and Bigelows. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Searching Science – Tide Pools, Jan 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 

Using this interactive traveling display, participants will dip their hands into the three zones of Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem and touch some of the ocean’s most magnificent species. At Patten Library, Bath, January 25, 4 pm.
Senators: Stop Scott Pruitt and Rex Tillerson
Action Alert - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 

Secretary of State nominee and former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is weakening because people are standing up and demanding Senators ask tough questions. Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt is a fossil fuel industry puppet. He led a secret alliance with oil companies against climate action, gutted the agency responsible for oil oversight in Oklahoma and fully denies that climate change is real. A vote for Rex Tillerson or Scott Pruitt is a vote for climate denial. Maine's U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins hasn't made her position clear, and will be one of the crucial deciding votes. ~ 350.org
Association of Consulting Foresters, Jan 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 

The Association of Consulting Foresters will tour the Advanced Structures and Composite Center at the Univertisty of Maine at Orono, January 24, 3 pm. Re-assemble at 5 pm at the Plumb Creek Room in Nutting Hall to meet with forestry students.
Climate of Change Films, Jan 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

The Island Institute presents four short films about the future of fisheries and the changing ocean. This free screening will be followed by a Q&A with Island Institute marine scientist Susie Arnold and UMaine Ph.D. student Sam Belknap. At UMaine, Orono, January 23, 5 pm
Liberal Cup Biathlon, Jan 29
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

At Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, January 29, 9 am - 2 pm, pre-register. Hosted by Midcoast Conservancy.
Portland Trails hike, Jan 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 14, 2017 

Hike the Fore River Sanctuary and a visit to Jewell Falls, Portland's only natural waterfall, then explore the network of Portland Trails behind the Evergreen Cemetery, January 21. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Cranberry Peak Snowshoe, Jan 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 14, 2017 

Snowshoe trek for experienced winter hikers with full winter gear to Cranberry Peak near Stratton, January 21. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
L.L.Bean adventure lecture series, Jan-Mar
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 12, 2017 

L.L.Bean talks run every Friday evening, January through March, at the L.L.Bean Flagship store in Freeport, 7-8 pm. The line-up of guest speakers includes experienced mountaineers, endurance paddlers, long-distance hikers and adventure racers.
Climate of Change Films, Jan 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 12, 2017 

The Island Institute presents four short films about the future of fisheries and the changing ocean. This free screening will be followed by a Q&A with Island Institute marine scientist Susie Arnold and UMaine Ph.D. student Sam Belknap. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, January 19, 6:30 pm.
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument – What Comes Next? Jan 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 

Ryan Parker, Natural resources Council of Maine Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator, will discuss Maine's new national monument. At Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, January 17, 12 pm. Sponsored by Bath Garden Club.
Canada's National Parks Free for 2017
Announcement - Monday, January 9, 2017 

Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday by making all of its national parks completely free for the entire year of 2017. You can even have a free park pass delivered to you by Parks Canada.
Teen and Teacher Hog Island Scholarships
Announcement - Sunday, January 8, 2017 

Merrymeeting Audubon is offering summer scholarships for two programs at National Audubon’s Hog Island Camp in Bremen. One full scholarship is available for a high school student to attend “Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens,” a week-long program that begins June 18. A half scholarship is available for an area elementary or middle school teacher to attend “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week."
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Trump's Interior Secretary Choice is a Fraud
Other - Monday, January 16, 2017 

According to John Horning, Executive Director of WildEarth Guardians, Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Interior Department, Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana, is making a habit of defrauding the American people. First Congressman Zinke defrauded the military by using public money to pay for personal trips. Most recently he voted to allow our public lands to be given away scot-free to the fossil fuel industry and other developers. Even though Zinke’s says he supports public lands, he just voted to allow the House of Representatives to support public lands transfers without considering the cost to the American people.
Opinion: How Bangor and Portland are taking meaningful action against climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 16, 2017 

Climate change cannot be ignored. It is an environmental concern and an economic issue. Extreme weather and sea level rise fueled by climate change threaten businesses and homes in our communities, and it has a dramatic impact on outdoor tourism, which provides more than $5 billion in economic benefit to Maine every year. It is local governments that are on the front lines of recovery after extreme weather, straining local resources and costing taxpayers billions, and it is local governments that will take the leadership reigns to spur climate action. As mayor of Portland and as the former mayor in Bangor, we have made important steps forward on climate change and energy in 2016 and commit to do even more in 2017 and beyond. ~ Sean Faircloth, Bangor City Council, and Ethan Strimling, Portland mayor
Fisheries Steering Committee frustrated with process to date
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, January 16, 2017 

Members of DIF&W’s Fisheries Steering Committee are frustrated with the lack of progress in preparation of new fisheries management plans. While the new big game management plans are nearing completion, the Fisheries Division staff has not even completed the initial assessments of each species, never mind the new 15-year management plans. From my point of view, the fisheries planning process is deeply flawed.
Fishermen and scientists are trying something new to resolve quota dispute
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 16, 2017 

Seeking to end a long-running disagreement about exactly how many cod are left in the Gulf of Maine, federal scientists plan to outfit commercial fishermen with equipment used to establish ground fish quotas. The fishermen tend to argue that there are more cod than the government realizes; therefore, the number they may legally catch should be higher. Government scientists counter that fishermen’s natural tendency to fish where they are most likely to catch large numbers leads them to overestimate the cod pollution in the entire Gulf of Maine. By next year, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center hopes to begin outfitting commercial boats with surveying equipment and paying fishermen to pull in catches that will supplement the regular trawl surveys conducted by government scientists.
Column: Sharing enriches the American Dream
Forecaster - Monday, January 16, 2017 

When you look at the current crop of cabinet nominees, all you see are people who do not believe in the missions of the departments they will head. Environmental protection? Justice? National parks? Fair housing? Health and human services? National security? Fair labor practices? Economic regulation? Public education? All threatened by the prospect of being led by people who either have no experience or who have no commitment to these ideals. The very air we all breathe is threatened when the desires of the few are placed ahead of the needs of the many. ~ Edgar Allen Beem
Letter: Tillerson no climate advocate
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 16, 2017 

Exxon Mobil knew about human induced climate change as far back as 1977. It not only kept that information secret, but embarked on a decades-long campaign to deny climate change. Exxon Mobil is currently being investigated for its role in misleading the public. It appears that Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil and President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state has had little or no concern for the health and safety of our citizens and the environment on which we depend during his years at the helm of Exxon Mobil. Despite Tillerson’s claims to support a revenue neutral carbon fee, he has stated he will not advocate for one if he is secretary of state. We could hardly find a worse person to confront climate change on our behalf. ~ Karen Marysdaughter, Bangor
EPA Money to Help Bucksport, Post Paper
Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is providing $200,000 to help a former Maine mill town recovery from the loss of its paper plant. The EPA is giving the money to the Eastern Maine Development Corporation to help develop and implement a plan for the site of the former Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport. The mill once employed more than 500 people and closed in December 2014.
EPA Money to Help Bucksport, Post Paper
Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is providing $200,000 to help a former Maine mill town recovery from the loss of its paper plant. The EPA is giving the money to the Eastern Maine Development Corporation to help develop and implement a plan for the site of the former Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport. The mill once employed more than 500 people and closed in December 2014. The money is from the Brownfield Area-Wide Planning program that is used to help communities clean up old industrial sites for new uses.
Maine pulp and paper trade group dissolves after half a century
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

In what appears to be a sign of the times, the Maine Pulp and Paper Association has announced that it is disbanding effective immediately. Conna Cassese, the association’s chair, sent an email on Friday informing members that in the wake of ongoing mill closures, the 50-year-old trade organization no longer had enough support to continue its mission of representing the state’s pulp and papermaking companies, according to an online post by Maine Environmental News.
Eagles’ resurgence in Maine is bad news for other birds
Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

The resurgence of the bald eagle is one of America’s greatest conservation success stories. They have come back so strong that in some areas they are interfering with efforts to preserve more jeopardized species, such as loons, wildlife biologists say. And their proliferation is leading to encounters at livestock farms that sometimes end badly – and illegally – for the eagles.
Trudeau: Oil sands must be ‘phased out’
Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked anger in the oil-rich province of Alberta on Friday for saying Canada needs to phase out the oil sands. Trudeau told a town-hall meeting in Peterborough, Ontario that they can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow but they need to phase it out eventually.
Goodbye, bear man: Maine loses a Master Maine Guide
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

Over the past five decades, Wayne Bosowicz became known as the dean of black bear guides and an ambassador of Maine’s forests. He was called a consummate conservationist, a savvy buisinessman and a knowledgeable naturalist. But mostly, those who knew him – from state biologists to hunters, guides and the people of the North Maine Woods – say Bosowicz loved the wild animal he knew so well. Bosowicz died Jan. 4 at age 73 after a long battle with cancer, a year after passing his world-famous business, Foggy Mountain Guide Service, on to his longtime guide, Brandon Bishop.
Inaugural poem resonates at Mt. Abram ski area
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 15, 2017 

The “One Today” trail at Mt. Abram ski area is named for the poem written by Richard Blanco of Bethel for Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration in 2013. The poem speaks of the idea that every day we all toil, play, sweat, dream and love under the same sky, the same rising sun, beside similar mountains and rushing rivers, and this experience binds us. It’s a story about us. Or at least it was when Blanco read it at the inauguration.
Letter: Pruitt not good for EPA, Maine
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, January 14, 2017 

I am a geoscientist and clergy-person. Together, science and religion inform my thoughtful and reasonable personal and political actions to care for all existence on this planet. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King have an opportunity to confirm, or not, the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. I hope they oppose his nomination. Pruitt is neither thoughtful nor reasonable. He is beholden to special interests. As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt worked to undermine laws and enforcement of neurotoxic pollutants like mercury and lead, which damage children’s developing brains. He is suing the agency in opposition to the Clean Power Plan; this is terrible for Maine because the Clean Power Plan seeks to reduce carbon pollution 30 percent. Pruitt is not a good steward for Maine’s environmental future. ~ Charlotte Lehmann, Auburn
Frenchman Bay Conservancy receives $5,000 grant
Ellsworth American - Friday, January 13, 2017 

The Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s decade-long goal to create a 10-mile “wildlife corridor” from Schoodic Mountain in Sullivan to the Schoodic Peninsula has received another boost. The organization recently received a $5,000 grant from the Fund for Maine Land Conservation of the Maine Community Foundation to conduct a natural resource inventory and develop a management plan for newly acquired property on the Schoodic Peninsula.
Maine to fund blueberry promotion to U.S. schools
Mainebiz - Friday, January 13, 2017 

The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine received $50,000 in state funding to help Maine's blueberry growers grab a larger share of the school lunch business. Sales have been flat. Last year, the USDA purchased 500,000 pounds of frozen wild blueberries for use by U.S. public schools — a small share of the 114 million pounds of frozen fruit, frozen vegetables and frozen orange juice used by schools annually. "These funds will allow our industry to launch a significant marketing effort that promotes wild blueberries as an ideal school food. We expect the results to deliver a measurable increase in sales and the creation of a stable market channel for the 510 wild blueberry growers and processors here in Maine," said Nancy McBrady, executive director of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine.
EXCLUSIVE: After 50 years, Maine Pulp and Paper Association folds
Maine Environmental News - Friday, January 13, 2017 

Donna Cassese, chair of the Maine Pulp and Paper Association, announced in an email to members on Friday that after half a century "we are dissolving our organization, effective immediately." MPPA was incorporated in 1967 as the Paper Industry Information Office (PII0). It morphed into the Maine Pulp and Paper Association in 1992. For fifty years, the group was the voice of the pulp and papermaking companies in Maine. However, in the wake of "several pulp and paper mill closures...we simply do not have enough current support to continue our mission," Cassese wrote. "The need for a unified voice for the pulp and paper industry is as strong as ever and we are exploring several alternatives to meet this need."
Kennebec Land Trust close to giving Howard Hill to Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Friday, January 13, 2017 

After nearly three years of fundraising and repeated criticism from Gov. Paul LePage, Howard Hill is on the verge of becoming the property of the city of Augusta. As long as the Augusta City Council votes to approve an agreement between the Kennebec Land Trust and the city next week, the largely unspoiled 164-acre property could be given to the city Jan. 20. LePage and his administration have criticized the project, withheld Land for Maine's Future funds, and slashed monies committed to the project. The trust took out a loan to close the funding gap so the project could proceed.
‘Bangor Mom’ eagle found ill Thursday dies of lead poisoning
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 13, 2017 

A bald eagle nicknamed “Bangor Mom,” who became a local celebrity when she was rescued three years ago, has died after she was found sick from lead poisoning again on Thursday. The 8½-year-old eagle, which was banded as an eaglet in June 2008, died overnight from lead poisoning, said Diane Winn, co-founder of Avian Haven, a bird rehabilitation center in Freedom where the bird was taken.
Editorial: America's banana republic (sans bananas)
Maine Environmental News - Friday, January 13, 2017 

A new report, "Maine State Budget Primer 2017," offers a useful overview of the budget for Maine state government. Many people, including Governor LePage, whine about our national government. However, Maine gets much more income from the feds than we pay in. In 2016, operating revenues for Maine state government totaled $7.3 billion. Of that $2.585 billion, or more than one-third, came from the federal government. Maine would be bankrupt without federal subsides. Meanwhile, Maine is spending only 2.28% of our general fund on promoting and protecting our fishing, farming, and forestry industries. If you hear Mainers complaining about the federal government, or objecting to excessive investments in natural resources, remind them that without the rest of these United States, Maine would be a poor, failing banana republic minus the climate to grow bananas.
Maine loses ‘dean of black bear guides’
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, January 13, 2017 

Several years ago, not long after I’d begun writing outdoor columns instead of covering sports for this paper, I met a man who made an instant and lasting impression. His name was Wayne Bosowicz. He was a bear hunting guide. And he certainly looked the part. Each time I saw Wayne — usually at a sporting expo of some sort — he was wearing spotless camouflage clothing that looked like it had been freshly pressed. And each time I saw him, the first thing I noticed was his glowing white beard. I was new to the outdoor game. By that point, Wayne was already known in some circles as the “dean of black bear guides” in this state. And I remember that he made a special point to come over, say “hello,” and offer his assistance.
10 times Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks directly dispute him
Washington Post - Friday, January 13, 2017 

During this past week of Senate confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s top picks to lead the federal government almost every single Cabinet nominee contradicted Trump’s promises on the campaign trail. For instance, Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick to be secretary of state: “The risk of climate change does exist and the consequences of it could be serious enough that actions should be taken.” Trump recently allowed human activity could be playing a role in climate change, but he has a long record of calling it “a hoax” and even “expletive.”
EPA rejects automakers’ bid to weaken fuel efficiency standards
Washington Post - Friday, January 13, 2017 

The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a bid by automakers to roll back fuel efficiency standards that would sharply increase mileage by 2025, saying that the auto companies possess the technology and financial resources to meet the targets set by the Obama administration.
DeCosters appeal egg conviction to U.S. Supreme Court
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 13, 2017 

Father-and-son egg executives have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court their Iowa conviction for selling adulterated food after eggs from their Iowa farms were linked to a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 83, of Turner, Maine, and Peter DeCoster, 53, of Clarion, Iowa, filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters April 13, 2015, to three months in prison for their conviction for introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Bennett required the men to complete a year of probation and pay $100,000 each. Quality Egg was fined nearly $6.8 million. The DeCosters paid the fines and restitution but appealed the prison time.
From Sunday hunting to fisheries management, the legislature will tackle it all
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, January 13, 2017 

Legislators have filed nearly 2000 bills this session, and there’s a lengthy list that will be of interest to sportsmen and women. We only have titles and sponsors so far. There are 8 Sunday hunting bills. There are quite a few deer bills, including one to establish antler restrictions. One prohibits feeding deer until December 15, while another moves in the opposite direction, removing the prohibition on deer baiting by hunters. There’s a bill to change the process for distributing any-deer permits, and another that would allow owners of 25 acres of more of land that is open to the public to shoot any deer without a special permit. One bill would allow senior hunters to shoot antlerless deer. There are seven moose bills. There are surprisingly few fisheries bills, and five of them are my own proposals. There is a bunch of bills on ATVs and snowmobiles. Lots of gun bills too.
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