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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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News Items
Candidates for governor share ideas for Maine agricultural rebirth
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The three major candidates for governor spent Tuesday with members of Maine’s agricultural community, discussing their visions for farming and how it could be part of the answer to future economic prosperity. It’s well-known that Maine’s agricultural past dwarfs the agricultural present. However, recent data have shown that more young farmers are moving to Maine as part of the local foods movement. Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler all told the Agriculture Council of Maine on Tuesday that the trend is promising but that far more work is needed if agriculture in Maine is to be truly revived.
Michaud Unveils Plan to Boost Maine Agriculture and Fishing
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Building on his comprehensive "Maine Made" plan outlined earlier this year, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud says he wants the state to become the food basket of New England through a series of new initiatives aimed at revitalizing the state's farming and fishing industries. Bonds and grants to provide the capital for farmland and waterfront acquisitions are part of Michaud's plan. But Michaud also hopes to persuade state and municipal institutions to purchase more of their food from Maine producers.
Maine Scientists Launch Long-Term Study of Marine Life in Casco Bay
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland are trying to better understand how the ecosystem of Casco Bay is changing. This summer, they launched a comprehensive survey of marine life in the bay. The project is called the Casco Bay Aquatic System Survey, or CBASS, for short. "The idea is to follow the conditions in Casco Bay for 10 years, to get an idea of how the ecosystem might be responding to changes in climate, changes in ocean conditions and changes in land use practices," says project manager Graham Sherwood.
Maine Lab Tracks Progress of Dangerous Mosquito-Borne Viruses
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Lurking in Maine's forests, swamps and even backyards are potentially serious diseases. Deer ticks are a source of at least five diseases in the state. Mosquitoes are the source for two others: West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE. Their incidence in humans is rare in Maine, but researchers at Maine Medical Center's Vector-borne Disease Lab know they infect animals around us. Their job is to find out why, and to detect when the viruses emerge in humans.
Roxanne Quimby’s foundation gives $50,000 for Katahdin region tourism program
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

People looking to work in tourism-based jobs in the Katahdin region could get a major boost from a new community college program that may be available next spring, officials said Tuesday. The Quimby Family Foundation, one of the backers of a proposed national park, gave a $50,000 grant to Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor to help develop the two-year program at the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center off Route 11 in East Millinocket. Graduates would receive an associate degree in applied science degrees in outdoor recreation and tourism.
Hike: Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Home to nearly 30 miles of multi-use forest trails, Hidden Valley Nature Center is a nonprofit education center that gives visitors access to 1,000 acres of contiguous forest in Lincoln County, including more an one mile of shoreline on Little Dyer Pond. Founded in 2007 by husband and wife David “Tracy” Moskovitz and Bambi Jones, HVNC is open dawn to dusk free for the public to enjoy, though donations are accepted at the kiosk near the parking area.

Maine delegation requests federal assistance for 200 workers laid off at Old Town mill
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Three members of Maine’s congressional delegation have written to the federal government’s top labor official, asking for expedited processing of a request for federal assistance for about 200 workers laid off at the Old Town Fuel & Fiber mill two weeks ago. The mill, which sold market pulp, faced high wood costs and dropping prices for its products because of international competition, according to company and industry officials. The growth of eucalyptus harvesting for pulp in South America has put particular pressure on the global market for pulp.
Green crabs assessment help wanted
 - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The Department of Marine Resources is asking members of the fishing industry for help assessing the extent of the current threat from European green crabs along the Maine coast. Last week, DMR sent out a survey requesting information about the occurrence and recent impacts of green crab. The department wants to find out how many harvesters and shellfish growers currently encounter green crabs, whether harvesters and growers have observed changes in local populations over the last several years, and whether there are ongoing impacts to marine resources that the Maine Green Crab Taskforce should be aware of.
Federal protection sought for monarch butterfly
Reuters - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

A petition was filed Tuesday with U.S. Fish and Wildlife seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined more than 90 percent in the last 20 years, according to The Center for Biological Diversity. The petitioners contend the orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat over the years, including about a third of their summer breeding grounds.
Portland panel back at work on Congress Square Park redesign
Forecaster - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The expanded, and maybe even reinvigorated, Congress Square Redesign Study Group is back at work on a project that has vexed the city for at least six years. Bree LaCasse of the Friends of Congress Square Park and City Councilor Jon Hinck joined the panel after the City Council expanded the group Aug. 4. Councilors also approved a more specific charge for the group, seeking its input by Nov. 17 on potential uses of the 14,000-square-foot park, including developing it or creating a new park on top of an event center the owners of the neighboring Westin Portland Harborview hotel would like to build.
Canadian railway to cut service to Auburn
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Canada’s largest freight railroad is ending service to Maine’s truck-and-rail hub in Auburn, citing insufficient freight volume for a move that jeopardizes the future of the only such transportation center in the state. The 35-acre terminal, which opened 20 years ago, connects Maine shippers with the Canadian National Railway and its straight run across the continent. L.L.Bean in Freeport, which uses the Auburn facility to receive a “significant” amount of its freight from Asia, could be affected by the change. The company is monitoring the situation and has a plan in place for moving goods if it’s unable to use the hub.
Remote town could offer the road to recreation
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Think about the hub of the Katahdin region and Millinocket probably comes to mind. The down-on-its-luck, former paper mill town and its neighbor, East Millinocket, are ground zero for the debate over how to reinvent the economy, the role of tourism and the pros and cons of a national park. But the focus on Millinocket overlooks Patten, 40 miles to the northeast. This small community in the rolling hills on the line between Penobscot and Aroostook counties has a lot to gain from an expanded Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area.
Historic trails beckon new users to Katahdin area
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Travel corridors used for centuries by Indians and more recently loggers are being repurposed as recreation trails for mountain bikers, hikers, Nordic skiers and horseback riders. Along the East Branch of the Penobscot River here, the Old Telos Tote Road carries a section of the International Appalachian Trail and offers non-motorized access to Grand Pitch and Haskell Rock, two of Maine’s finest natural places. These travel corridors run through the new Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area.
Letter: Anti-hunting issue
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

A very important point is being missed in regards to the bear referendum: This is an anti-hunting issue; bears are incidental to the matter. With all due respect to guides from the past, all of Maine woodland is not suitable to spot and stalk bear hunting. There is no way in the North Maine Woods that you are going to specifically get on the ground and still hunt a bear successfully. Anyone who says you can has never done so. ~ Ray Cooley, Bethel
Letter: SpongeBob to Nemo
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Human activity since the Industrial Revolution, including overfishing, carbon emissions and pollution, have changed our ecosystems forever. Excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere traps and re-reflects solar rays towards Earth’s surface, causing our planet to heat. Carbon dioxide gas also enters the ocean, making the water more acidic and tough for organisms to develop and survive. Agriculture practices produce nutrient waste that enters the coastal ocean, causing unnaturally large blooms of toxic phytoplankton. Together, these human-caused stressors leave our oceans and its critters in a delicate state. Without environmental friendly practices, our ocean, which covers more than 70 percent of the Earth, may reach a point of no return where we are unable to use its resources. ~ Tyler Carrier, Orono/Walpole
Letter: Searsport dredging debate doesn’t go deep
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The story on dredging near Searsport frames the debate as industry versus industry. The wood products industry hopes for larger ships to enter the port so wood products shipped by train to the port and then to other destinations can revitalize places like Millinocket. The lobstermen fear that the dredging will have a negative impact on their industry. If this were a debate between jobs and the environment, the arguments would run differently. I pray that those who give out dredging permits will come to a reasonable and timely decision so we can have our cake and eat it too. ~ Chuck Barnard, Portland
Column: Bear with me
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Monday, August 25, 2014 

The Humane Society claims that the referendum on the November ballot is only concerned with what Katie Hansberry, campaign manager for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, referred to as “our beloved, majestic bears.” It isn’t. The money being spent ought to tell you there’s more at stake here than whether it remains legal to lure bears to their deaths by dumping stale doughnuts in the woods. ~ Al Diamon
Ticked Off: Maine Lab Tracks Growing Impact of Disease-Carrying Pests
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Twenty-five years ago, a critter about the size of a poppy seed grabbed the attention of a few researchers at Maine Medical Center. It was the deer tick - a tiny creature that carries a potentially devastating illness: Lyme disease. The researchers formed the Vector-borne Disease Lab to learn more about where deer ticks occur in Maine and about how they spread disease. A quarter of a century later, the lab is as busy as ever.
Major Court Victory for Maine Land Trusts
Other - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Maine Land Conservation Law E-Bulletin - In early August, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a landmark pro-conservation decision in Francis Small Heritage Trust v. Town of Limington. The opinion puts to rest several arguments that municipalities have raised over the years in denying property tax exemption applications. Here are the major findings and issues discussed by the Law Court:
Bear Hunting Season Begins As Referendum Looms
WABI-TV5 - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Maine is the only state in the nation where it is legal to use bait to hunt bears as well as dogs and traps. A question on this November’s ballot, if passed, would ban all three of those practices. The executive director of Wildlife Alliance Maine, Daryl DeJoy, says he believes baiting bears is not good because it brings them closer to people and provides most of their food calories for two months.
Maine News Media Tells the Truth About Bear Hunting
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, August 25, 2014 

As we head into the last two months of what promises to be an expensive, bitter, ugly fall campaign over bear hunting and trapping, the issues are already getting lots of media attention.
Maine’s bear season starts today
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Hundreds of hunters will head into the woods today on the opening day of the state’s bear season. The season stretches through Nov. 29, with different methods allowed during different sessions. Here’s wishing this season’s bear hunters the best of luck.
Construction of Baileyville tissue mill delayed, but project still on schedule
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Construction to add tissue manufacturing operations at the Woodland Pulp mill has been delayed, but a company official said Monday the project still is expected to be completed on schedule as originally planned. When company officials announced the $120 million expansion by parent company International Grand Investment Corp. in March, they said construction would begin in the spring. The company is installing two new tissue machines. The sprawling pulp mill, located next to the St. Croix River on the Canadian border, is the largest employer and taxpayer in Washington County.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust earns national recognition
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Maine’s Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, which has conserved more than 4,500 acres in Hancock County, is one of 25 land trusts nationwide to be awarded first-time accreditation this month from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, has awarded this accreditation to only 280 land trusts across the country since fall of 2008.
Maine tidal power projects tread water while Scotland builds world’s largest tidal array
Maine Environmental News - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Ocean Renewable Power Company operates a commercial, grid-connected tidal power system in eastern Maine, which the company says is the first ocean energy project to be delivering power to the public grid anywhere in the U.S. and all of the Americas. Over the next several years, ORPC plans to install additional power systems to increase its Maine Tidal Energy Project's output to as much as 5 megawatts. Meanwhile, in Cobscook Bay, Halcyon Tidal Power is seeking approval for a $120 million project to build a 1,616-foot tidal “barrage” across the Pennamaquan River, and Tidewalker Associates is seeking approval for a similar dam, 1,200 feet long, in Half Moon Cove. Local opponents have questioned the ecological impacts of each of these developments. Meanwhile, Scotland is building what it calls the world’s biggest tidal array in the Pentland Firth. The project will involve installing up to 269 turbines on the seafloor.
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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

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

Deer Tick News Is All Bad – “Ticked Off” Report Should Tick You Off
By George Smith Bangor Daily News column This morning my Kennebec Journal came with a deer tick. I start my da...
8/28/2014 10:37:32 AM

Share Your Thoughts
Let businesses know when you’re spending your money with them because of their environment-friendly policies—a...
8/28/2014 4:00:20 AM

Saturday, September 6: Hidden Valley Nature Center Field Day
Join Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) to celebrate Maine’s forests! HVNC, alongside co-founders of HVN...
8/28/2014 1:18:05 AM

U.N. Study: Warming Effects May Be Irreversible
Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous, the report says . By Seth Borenstein, The...
8/27/2014 2:45:06 PM

Monday, September 8: A New National Park in Maine
Please join NRCM North Woods Project Director Cathy Johnson at the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville ...
8/27/2014 8:32:09 AM
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