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Hike the Proposed National Park Land During Peak Foliage, Oct 11
Event - Posted - Monday, September 22, 2014 

Hike six miles roundtrip, along a portion of the International Appalachian Trail, over Katahdin Brook, to the top of Barnard Mountain along a trail created this summer by the Maine Conservation Corps. At the top of Barnard Mountain are spectacular views of Katahdin, Katahdin Lake, and the Traveler Mountains. Oct 11, 10:30 am. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Wilderness Writing, Oct 3-5
Event - Posted - Friday, September 19, 2014 

Writing workshop. At Lunksoos Camps, a rustic, historic camp located on the East Branch of the Penobscot River, Oct 3-5. Pre-register. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 2
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Maine Conservation Voters will host the 12th annual Evening for the Environment on October 2 at the Abromson Center at USM. Carol Browner will keynote. She was President Clinton’s EPA Administrator and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama Administration.
Wildlife photo show, thru Sep 30
Announcement - Monday, September 15, 2014 

Exhibit of wildlife and fine art photography by Mid-coast Maine resident Leon Vanella. At Freeport Public Library, September.
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, Sep 26-28
Event - Posted - Monday, September 15, 2014 

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. The goal is to connect friends and neighbors with the natural world, to promote fun, physical activity, & good health.
National Parks Free Entrance, Sep 27
Announcement - Monday, September 15, 2014 

Only 133 of our country's 401 National Park System areas charge an entrance fee, but even that will be waived on National Public Lands Day, Sep 27.
Sign Up for Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides by Sep 26
Action Alert - Monday, September 15, 2014 

The deadline to register for free disposal of banned pesticides or unusable pesticides is September 26. Collection will occur in October at sites located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland.
2014 Acadia Night Sky Festival, Sep 25–29
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 14, 2014 

Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. The 6th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival is set for September 25-29 and is packed with a full schedule of events.
An Unspoken Hunger, Sep 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 14, 2014 

Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams is Colby College's 2014-15 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Studies. She will discuss her book An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field. At Colby College, Waterville, Dana Hall, Fairchild Dining Hall, Sep 25, 11 am. Ask permission to attend.
Is Firefighting Carcinogenic? Sep 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 14, 2014 

Susan Shaw, Director/Founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute, will discuss chemical exposure and cancer risk among fire fighters. At St. Brendan’s Parish Hall, Deer Isle, September 24, 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Marine Environmental Research Institute.
Ocean Frontiers, Dawn of a New Age in Ocean Stewardship, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 14, 2014 

An inspiring story of citizens working together for the sake of the sea. The film brings you face to face with those embarking on the nation’s first regional ocean plan, promoting healthier economies and healthier seas across New England. At Reel Pizza Cinerama, Bar Harbor, Sep 21, 2 pm. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
National Drive Electric Day Maine Expo & Ride ’n Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 14, 2014 

Ride and drive an electric car, and talk to others who own and drive electric cars right here in Maine. Free food (12-3 pm) provided by Lee Auto Mall and the Portland House of Pizza. At South Portland Community Center, September 21, 12-5 pm. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
People’s Climate March Solidarity Parade, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 14, 2014 

Meet at Festival Plaza, Auburn, Sep 21, 1 pm.
Mushroom Walk, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 14, 2014 

Mycologist Michaeline Mulvey will lead an expedition into the uplands of Bowdoinham to educate participants on local mushroom varieties. Sep 21, 2-4 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
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News Items
Opinion: ‘BPA-free’ isn’t enough: We need a new way to bring chemicals to market
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

Not long ago, environmental and health advocates pushed for the removal of a ubiquitous plasticizer, bisphenol-A, or BPA, from consumer products amid concerns about adverse health effects. This is not the most effective way to tackle issues of exposure to toxic chemicals. Rather than leaving issues of toxicity to regulators alone, molecular designers should consider a reduction in toxicity as one of their primary design criteria, rather than a distant afterthought behind cost and function. ~ Seth Butler and Reuben Hudson, Colby College
Bikers leave South Portland for NYC, seeking climate action
Forecaster - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

Well-wishers and environmentalists gathered at the Community Center Wednesday morning to send off Whitehall Avenue resident Bob Klotz as he began a 350-mile bike ride to New York City in support of the People's Climate March. Klotz, local representative of the environmental group 350 Maine, will bike alongside Dave Oakes of the Center for Ecological Living and Learning. They will join what organizers expect to be thousands of people at the national event on Sunday, Sept. 21. The People's Climate March is being promoted as a peaceful demonstration coinciding with the United Nations summit in New York City on the global climate crisis. Touted as the largest climate march in history, the event is meant to show solidarity for immediate action to drastically reduce global warming and pollution.
Maine trade center wins grant to lure foreign investors
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

The Maine International Trade Center has been selected for an $812,823 federal grant to attract foreign investment to Maine. The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration announced Wednesday that the grant will be issued to MITC and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development to establish a statewide “Invest in Maine” program to attract foreign direct investment to the state, according to a release from the commerce department.
Pending appeal, ruling restores public access to Harpswell beach
Forecaster - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

Shoreline access proponents claimed victory this week after a judge upheld the public's right to use a private road on Bailey Island to reach nearby Cedar Beach. The recognition of a prescriptive easement means that the public has a legal right to use the private road. The decision will allow the public to access the beach from the road for the first time in three years. But euphoria over the ruling may not last long, because defendants in the case are already making plans to appeal the decision to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Lincoln Logs to be manufactured in Maine
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

Lincoln Logs, a toy that has been used by children around the world for nearly a century, will now be manufactured in central Maine, as the distributor of the well-known building sets returns some of its manufacturing to the United States. On Wednesday, officials from Pride Manufacturing Company announced that production of the toy logs has already started in its Burnham plant, where the company currently produces wooden golf accessories such as tees and cleats, and wooden cigar tips.
September 28th Dedicated to Worldwide Rabies Prevention Awareness
Maine Government News - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

September 28 is World Rabies Day and the State of Maine reminds Mainers about ways to protect themselves and their pets from rabies infection. More than 50,000 people die worldwide from rabies each year and the disease is preventable. All mammals are susceptible to rabies, but a few wildlife species are important reservoirs for the disease, including raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
Taking care of 36,000 acres no easy task
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

It may not be glamorous, but as environmental steward of Bigelow Preserve, it’s Winzler’s job to pick up litter, ensuring campsites are clean and safe for visitors — people and wildlife alike. In addition, she builds trails, educates visitors about the wilderness, and leads conservation projects throughout the 36,000-acre preserve. Since the start of her term of service for the Maine Conservation Corps in May, Winzler has learned that conservation work — even the trash collecting part of it — is full of surprises and challenges.
Letter: Grant earns perfect score from conservation group
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

Maine Conservation Voters announced recently that Rep. Gay Grant, D-Gardiner, earned a perfect score on its 2014 Legislative Scorecard with her consistent votes to improve public health, responsibly steward our natural resources and preserve our outdoor heritage. The scorecard highlights Grant’s instrumental leadership in the Legislature’s rejection of rule changes that would have put Maine waters at risk from mining pollution. ~ Diane Potter, Gardiner
Letter: Foes of Brunswick train shed have gotten off track
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

It puzzles me that DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho, whose agency granted a stormwater permit to Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority’s contractor in 2013, now seems determined to avoid, or at least delay, ruling on NNEPRA’s new application. I can only surmise that we have entered the electoral “silly” season. Gov. LePage and his political appointee, Ms. Aho, have determined that it is now in their best interest to hinder the construction of a train shed in Brunswick that would allow Downeaster trains to be stored indoors with diesel engines shut down, thereby eliminating the airborne pollution, noise and vibration that currently plague Brunswick residents. ~ Alison Harris, Brunswick
Letter: Flip flop Michaud
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

Will the real Mike Michaud please stand up. First, he was a proponent of “fair trade.” Now, he’s a protectionist. First, he was opposed to Roxanne Quimby’s plan to make northern Maine into a national park. Now, there’s a TV commercial running extolling Michaud’s virtues featuring a spokesperson none other than Yemaya St.Clair, the daughter-in-law of Quimby. I guess Michaud must feel strongly supportive on both sides of every issue. ~ Porter D. Leighton, Falmouth
New National Park, Recreation Area Proposed In Katahdin Region
WABI-TV5 - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Planning is in the works for a new National Park in Maine’s north woods. A land owner is proposing to donate one hundred thousand acres of land for a new national park and recreation area. It would be on the east side of Baxter State Park, along the Penobscot River. The Natural Resources Council of Maine hopes the park will be created by 2016 for the 100th Birthday of the national park systems.
24 Hours of Reality
Other - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

The Climate Reality Project is hosting a live-streamed multimedia event called 24 Hours of Reality. This inspiring event will show off examples of how communities around the world are mobilizing to curb global warming.
Northern Maine communities to share $1.2 million in grants
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

The state of Maine is receiving more than $1.2 million in Northern Border Regional Commission grants for community and economic development in distressed parts of the Northern Forest area. Among the grants are: $250,000 to the Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation to build a maple processing facility in Jackman; and $250,000 to the town of Hartland to line the solid waste landfill facility.
Study shows Maine drivers 20% more likely to collide with a deer this year over last year
Other - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Maine drivers are nearly 20 percent more likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. The odds drivers will hit a deer in Maine the coming year are 1 out of 150. Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, the auto insurer, calculated the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months state by state. Maine is ranked 24th in the country for the most deer collisions.
Wolf Tracking Group Watching Island's Population
Other - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

VOCM (St. Johns, Newfoundland) - A group that is tracking the return of wolf populations to eastern North America is watching the island of Newfoundland with great interest when it comes to the growing number of wolf sightings in recent years. At least three wolves have been shot and killed on the island since 2008, all of which have been genetically linked to the wolf population in Labrador. What appears to be a wolf pup was also caught on video some time ago in Terra Nova National Park. While it's believed the wolves came over on the sea ice, John Glowa of the Maine Wolf Coalition says there may be a breeding population on the island.
Maine Oil Train Protester Convicted
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

A jury has found one of two defendants who sat on train tracks to block a train carrying crude oil guilty of trespassing. The jury returned the verdict Tuesday against Douglas Bowen Jr. of Porter. A second defendant, Jessie Dowling of Unity, was awaiting the outcome of her case, which was heard by a separate jury. They were charged with criminal trespassing for blocking the tracks in Auburn in August 2013. They said they were trying to prevent a disaster in Maine similar to the one in Lac Megantic, Quebec.
Federal Panel to Issue Cod Fish Ruling
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

A key federal panel is set to make a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine's declining cod fish stock. Scientists at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service say the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf is estimated at only 3 to 4 percent of its target level. That number represents a decline from 13 to 18 percent three years ago. The federal New England Fishery Management Council is working on new management measures for the fish. The New England Fishery Management Council's Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss a recommendation.
Biologists discuss increasing bear populations at northeast conference
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

The growing black bear population in the northeast was a main topic of discussion at the Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee meeting on Aug. 27 and 28 in Front Royal, Virginia, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The growing black bear population in Maine is a matter of concern for both sides of the debate over the upcoming referendum to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps in hunting bear in Maine. Proponents of the referendum to ban bear baiting state that the use of bear bait is inflating the bear population in Maine. In contrast, opponents state that using bait, dogs and traps to hunt bear in Maine is necessary to control the bear population.
Incumbent Gerzofsky faces 2 challengers in Senate District 24
Forecaster - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Republican Jennifer Johnson and Green Independent Fred Horch are challenging veteran Democratic state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky for his seat in Senate District 24, which includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal. Johnson was hesitant to lay out a specific legislative agenda, but said while she hasn't seen the benefits of Republican Gov. Paul LePage's tax cuts, she believes that he has the right ideas to help Maine businesses thrive. In contrast, Horch has a detailed legislative agenda. For instance, he says, the state's energy policy should also be changed to create a "solar grid" that would allow landowners to build solar arrays and sell energy back into the public grid, while improving air quality because of the reduced demand for fossil fuels. Gerzofsky has courted controversy through his role in the battle over the Amtrak layover facility in Brunswick.
Spectra, Northeast Utilities partner on $3 billion project to bring more natural gas to New England
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

The Houston-based Spectra Energy announced Tuesday that Northeast Utilities, New England’s largest electric utility, plans to be a co-investor in a $3 billion effort to expand two major natural gas pipelines in the region, one of which runs through Maine.
LePage First Incumbent Governor Ever Named to LCV’s Dirty Dozen Program
Other - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

The national League of Conservation Voters today announced Maine Governor Paul LePage as the first incumbent governor ever named to LCV’s trademark Dirty Dozen program. “Governor LePage’s unique addition to our Dirty Dozen reflects the urgency to stop his extensive anti-environment agenda,” said Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Vice President for Campaigns at LCV.

Bats among species that Maine may add to endangered list
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Maine environmental officials expect to craft legislation to add several new species to the state’s threatened and endangered animals list within a month. State officials are considering adding the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat to the endangered list after white-nose syndrome diminished populations. The eastern small-footed bat also faces threatened status. The black-crowned night heron and great cormorant may be upgraded from threatened to endangered. The cobblestone tiger beetle, frigga fritillary butterfly and six-whorl vertigo snail are up for inclusion on the endangered list.
Hike: Essex Woods in Bangor
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

In the midst of the bustling city of Bangor is a 70-acre piece of wilderness called Essex Woods, accessible by more than 2 miles of trails. Trail runners, wildlife watchers, bicyclists, geocachers and dog walkers visit the woods and wetlands year round, and in the winter, people ski the trails and slide down the property’s popular sledding hill.
Public wins access to Bailey Island beach
WCSH-TV6 - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

The Maine Superior Court ruled in favor of the public Monday in a battle over public access of a Harpswell beach. Justice Nancy Mills said that the public had a prescriptive easement over Cedar Beach Road on Bailey Island to access a beach that families had been enjoying for more than nine generations. The court ruled against the road's current owner, Betsy Atkins of Coral Gables, Florida. The dispute began over the beach began in 2011, when the owners of the road blocked beach access after failing to convince the Town of Harpswell to pay easement rights.
Court ruling restores public access to Cedar Beach in Harpswell
Times Record - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

A Maine Superior Court ruling has restored public access to Cedar Beach in Harpswell, ending a years-long battle to establish that the public has a prescriptive easement to the beach over Cedar Beach Road.
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Don't miss the Common Ground Fair, September 19-21

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Maine Organic Farmers
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MOFGA's 38th Common Ground Country Fair
On September 19, 20 & 21, the Common Ground Country Fair will take place once again at the home of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in Unity, Maine. Some 60,000 people take part in this event, which celebrates rural and sustainable living in Maine. The Fair is unique because there are no midway carnivals, fast food or games of chance. What it does offer is pure fun and entertainment in an educational context.
9/17/2014 12:00:00 PM

Vegetarian Kitchen: For vegetarians, Common Ground is the fairest of them all
By Avery Yale Kamila - Fair season is in full swing, and for vegetarians there is no contest when it comes to the agricultural event with the largest selection of meat-free options. The Common Ground Country Fair wins the blue ribbon for consistent veg-friendliness year after year. Hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the annual event begins Friday and runs through Sunday in Unity.
9/17/2014 12:00:00 AM

Air pollution found harmful to young brains
Findings by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, Ph.D., and her team of researchers reveal that children living in megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.
9/14/2014 11:00:00 PM

DuPont to pay $1.85 million fine after herbicide injures trees
By Carey Gillam - DuPont will pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve allegations that the global chemical company did not properly disclose the risks of using one of its herbicides, leading to widespread damage to tree species through several U.S. states.
9/14/2014 11:00:00 PM

How to Make Farm-to-Table A Truly Sustainable Movement
By Diane Toomey - Renowned chef Dan Barber is synonymous with the farm-to-table movement. His two New York restaurants feature organic ingredients grown or raised on nearby farms, including the one that surrounds his Hudson Valley restaurant. So it’s striking that in his new book, The Third Plate, Barber mantains that the movement he has championed hasn’t gone far enough. It has failed, he says, to create markets for the diverse crops that a sustainable farm needs to maintain a rich, healthy soil.
9/14/2014 11:00:00 PM

Sen. Charles Schumer Proposes Ban On 10 Flame Retardants In Kids Products
Albany, N.Y. - Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban 10 flame retardants from upholstered furniture and children’s products, saying the chemicals have been linked to developmental delays and cancer.
9/13/2014 11:00:00 PM

Cargill sues Syngenta Seed over China shipments
Cargill Inc. sued Syngenta Seeds Inc. on Friday in an unusual legal battle over genetically modified food that both companies support.
9/12/2014 11:00:00 PM

What Big Food does with 'organic' and 'natural'
By Dan Mitchell - In his 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan highlighted Cascadian Farm, General Mills’ line of organic food products, as a prime example of what happens when organic food is marketed by big, industrial food companies. The company that in the early 1970s “began as a quasi-communal hippie farm,” Pollan wrote, had, in the words of its erstwhile-hippie founder Gene Kahn, morphed into a “PR farm” for General Mills after that company acquired it in 2000. Kahn joined General Mills as a vice president, and he enthusiastically signed on to that company’s far-more-corporate approach to organic food.
9/12/2014 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

My Maine This Week: Nancy Root
“I took this photo on a visit to Maine in 2008.  I was standing on the ‘longest wooden footbridge ...
9/22/2014 9:40:34 AM

Brainstorming Event Seeks to Unify Efforts to Shape Maine Economy
The summit’s organizer hopes innovators, business owners and others will share their visions and team up to ma...
9/22/2014 8:38:09 AM

Global Marches Draw Attention to Climate Change
The march comes two days before the United Nations Climate Summit. The Associated Press news story NEW YORK – ...
9/22/2014 8:03:12 AM

Powered by the Sun – Via Panels Many Miles Away
Nine Mainers unable to install an array at home buy shares to get electricity from the state’s first community...
9/22/2014 7:56:24 AM

Autumnal Equinox
Today is the autumnal equinox. Enjoy the day with a hike in Maine’s beautiful woods! To view more tips, ...
9/22/2014 4:00:06 AM

In Maine, Scientists See Signs of Climate Change
By David Abel, Globe staff ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — With milder winters sparking a surge in deer ticks, p...
9/21/2014 9:57:19 AM

Recycle with School Kids
Get students interested in recycling by showing crafts they can make out of discarded items—paper mache sculpt...
9/21/2014 4:00:06 AM

September Sky
September 22nd is the autumn equinox. Get up early and watch the sun rise due east, or head out late and watch...
9/20/2014 4:00:02 AM
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