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Maine Mushrooms, May 1
Event - Posted - Monday, April 24, 2017 

Presenter: Alan Seamans. At USM, Lewiston, May 1, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Stanton Bird Club.
Lyme disease conference, Apr 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 22, 2017 

At Wiscasset Community Center, April 29, 8 am - 5 pm.
Beginning Farmers Workshops
Event - Posted - Friday, April 21, 2017 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District are co-sponsoring a series of Beginning Farmers Workshops.
• April 23: Free Shearing and Wool Grading, 8 am-5 pm (two sessions), presented by the Midcoast Farmers Alliance. Hosted by Meadowcroft Farm in Washington.
• May 13: Free Natural Farming Practices, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, presented by Aaron Englander at Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport.
• June 14: Cover Crops and Crop Rotation on June 14;
• July 8: Day-long Pasture Workshop in conjunction with Beef Basics at Aldermere Farm.
• July 26: Pollination Services and Community Partnership.
People’s Climate Movement, Apr 29
Action Alert - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. ~ 350.org
Resist: Skills to Fight Back for Maine's Environment, Apr 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Learn about the current threats and our efforts to protect our public lands, defend the Clean Air Act, and preserve the EPA's budget, and the skills to make a difference. At Bangor High School, April 27, 6 pm.
Boating the Bold Coast, Apr 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

A community dialogue around resources, opportunities, challenges and concerns co-hosted by Maine Island Trail Association and Downeast Conservation Network. At Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott, April 26, 3-5 pm.
Inspired by Nature: Kris Sader, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Kris Sader, a visual artist, will show how nature inspires her creative work. At Topsham Library, April 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Resist: Skills to Fight Back for Maine's Environment, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 

Learn about the current threats and our efforts to protect our public lands, defend the Clean Air Act, and preserve the EPA's budget and the skills to make a difference. At Maple Hill Farm Inn and Conference Center, Hallowell, April 25, 6:30 pm.
The Psychology of Climate Change, Apr 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, April 16, 2017 

Kati Corlew, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology with the Social Science Program at UMA-Bangor, will talk about Tuvalu, a group of low-lying islands in the Pacific Ocean that is under extreme threat from rising sea levels. At Unitarian Universalist Church, Bangor, April 23, 11:30 am - 1 pm.
Seven Earth Day Events in Southern Maine
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 15, 2017 

Here are seven Earth Day events happening in southern Maine throughout the weekend.
March for Science, Portland Maine, Apr 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 15, 2017 

The March will start at City Hall Plaza around 10 am, will head down Congress St, ending at Congress Square Park with a few speakers.
Sheep wanted
Announcement - Thursday, April 13, 2017 

Viles Arboretum in Augusta is seeking sheep to graze a couple of fields. There might even be a stipend to a farmer willing to work with the Arboretum on the project. Call 207-626-7989.
Close Look at Wetlands Ecology, Apr 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, April 13, 2017 

Dave Marceau will lead the walk, describing the varieties of wetlands, their role in the environment, and how humans influence their functions. At Riverview Hayfields Preserve, South Thomaston, April 20, 3 pm. Sponsored by Georges River Land Trust.
National Park Week, Apr 15-23
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 8, 2017 

This year, from April 15–23, celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national park areas have to offer. April 15–16 and April 22–23 are free admission days. The National Park Foundation’s free Owner’s Guide series is packed with ideas to help you plan your next national park adventure.
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Blog: Proposed Maine bill could lead to beach erosion
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, April 9, 2017 

For years towns have been able to apply to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to obtain a seaweed removal permit if needed. But now a York representative has proposed a bill that will allow towns to bypass this permitting process and decide for themselves when to remove ‘large’ amounts of seaweed. ‘Large’ is not defined. Bypassing state permitting may lead towns to unwitingly destabilize their beaches, kill the tiny sand animals that help decompose dead crabs and shellfish with the over raking, and provide little food for endangered species. ~ Bill Baker
Opinion: There can be no compromise over mining rules that threaten Maine’s water
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, April 9, 2017 

Missing from the BDN coverage of the public hearing on metal mining — and from the previous report on the subject — is discussion of a bill to repeal Maine’s industry-friendly 2012 mining statute. That bill, LD 253, sponsored by Rep. Ralph Chapman, challenges not only the third attempt by Maine Department of Environmental Protection to weaken mining rules enacted in 1991, but it challenges also a bill promoted by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, which would allow mining even as it opposes the department’s draft. Whether for recreation, for aquifers, for irrigation, for all aquatic and human life, where water quality is threatened there should be no compromise. Let us not allow Maine’s precious natural resources to be undermined. ~ Jody Spear, Harborside
Rollback of EPA’s lead-paint efforts chills state officials
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 9, 2017 

The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate two Environmental Protection Agency programs that reduce children’s exposure to lead-based paint, a toxin that can cause permanent brain damage and is particularly prevalent in Maine because of its older housing. “It’s very shortsighted and would be tragic, and we will pay the price for it eventually,” said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, vice president for clinical affairs at the University of New England and a former director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Any cost savings now will be paid for manyfold later when we’re taking care of more children and adults who are lead poisoned, because it can cause lifelong disabilities.”
The Cultivator: Walter Graff and the Appalachian Mountain Club of Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 9, 2017 

Walter Graff, senior vice president of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) of Maine and the leader of its Maine Woods Initiative, has lofty goals, like giving Mainers access to places where there is so little light pollution “that the skies drip with stars.” He and AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative did so much to make that happen in the 100-Mile Wilderness near Moosehead Lake, particularly in the course
Think it’s time you waded into freshwater fishing? Here’s how...
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 9, 2017 

Many of us (as many as 250,000 resident fishing license holders) would say if you’ve never fished in Maine, then you’ve never really lived here. With more moose, black bear, lynx, brook trout and bald eagles than any other state in the Northeast, Maine has a pristine, natural landscape. And fishing binds you to that rugged land.
Q&A with Will Tole
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 9, 2017 

For those who believe if you love what you do for work, then you’ll never have to work, meet Will Tole. Tole, 35, is the ski tuner for Gould Academy at Sunday River. After years of trying his hand in different aspects of the ski industry, he came back to his first passion, a trade he calls an art. He shapes, perfects and creates beautifully fast race skis.
Opinion: Wanted: Pro-science thinking from pro-science candidates
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 9, 2017 

I know some scientists are concerned that the March for Science campaign will politicize science and fuel conservative distrust in science. I'm sorry. It is far too late for that. Science has already been politicized — that started decades ago. ~ Gordon Street
Letter: Climate data has been manipulated
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 9, 2017 

The snow storm on April 1 only fools those who believe government lobbyists never manipulate climate data to push a highly profitable narrative. ~ Mike Brakey
Opinion: The Single Shining Hope to Stop Climate Change
TIME - Saturday, April 8, 2017 

Science is under attack at the very moment when we need it most. President Donald Trump’s March 28 executive order went much further than simply throwing a lifeline to fossil fuels, as industry-funded congressional climate change–deniers have done in the past. It intentionally blinded the federal government to the impacts of climate change by abolishing an interagency group that measured the cost of carbon to public health and the environment. Trump should read the landmark “2020” report now published by Mission 2020, which establishes a timeline for how we can ensure a safe and stable climate. We don’t have much time — 2020 is a clear turning point.
Column: Protecting the deer yards
Sun Journal - Saturday, April 8, 2017 

Deer yards, or deer wintering areas, are a critical component of deer survival in Maine. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Jenn Burns Gray “retires” from Maine Audubon
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, April 8, 2017 

Jenn Burns Gray has done a terrific job lobbying for Maine Audubon for the last 20 years, and I’ve enjoyed working with her. She’s a strong and calm presence in the Capitol, and we have worked together on many issues and initiatives over the years. So I was very disappointed to learn that Jenn was leaving Audubon for a new job, but then, the very next day, she was back at the State House representing her new employer, the Maine Association of Nonprofits. They are very lucky to have her. And all I could say was, “Welcome back Jenn!
Proposed closure of coral grounds in Gulf of Maine has lobster industry on edge
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 8, 2017 

Over the past 10 years, the issue of how to protect endangered whales from getting tangled in fishing gear has been a driving factor in how lobstermen configure their gear and how much money they have to spend to comply with regulations. Now federal officials have cited the need to protect deep-sea corals in a proposal to close some areas to fishing — a proposal that, according to lobstermen, could pose a serious threat to how they ply their trade.
Letter: Older vehicles need to be retired soon
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, April 8, 2017 

In response to the rollback in vehicle fuel economy standards by the Trump administration, I appreciate the efforts of the Maine Attorney General’s Office to maintain strong air pollution regulations that protect my health, as reported March 30 in the Press Herald. Improving the fuel economy of new vehicles hitting the road is important, but I would maintain that retiring old and inefficient used cars is also important. ~ William Weber, Portland
Letter: Environmental advocates should support LePage on hydropower
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, April 8, 2017 

In a time of polarization, Gov. Paul LePage supports eliminating the 100-megawatt ceiling for hydropower under the Renewable Resource laws. This would allow Hydro Quebec to provide clean energy in Maine on the same footing as biomass, solar and wind. This is an unlikely but promising intersection of the interests of a conservative governor looking to cut electricity costs and the interests of those wishing to reduce fossil fuel emissions to lower global warming risks. We can’t wait for perfect solutions when facing a problem of enormous urgency. ~ Tony Marple, Whitefield
New Penobscot Shore Preserve formed thanks to two land trusts, willed gift
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Friday, April 7, 2017 

A new preserve on the banks of the Penobscot River in Prospect was officially formed on March 29, due to a collaboration between the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Coastal Mountains Land Trust. This new Penobscot Shore Preserve, currently covering 47 acres, was gifted to Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust in 2016 by Elizabeth Wemett through her will in honor of her aunt, Mary Lord.
Camden woman recognized by Maine wildlife society
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Friday, April 7, 2017 

Annie Kassler of Camden is the 2017 recipient of the Award of Recognition from The Maine Chapter of the Wildlife Society. The award acknowledges Kassler’s noteworthy contributions to educating the public about bats and her ability to help audiences make meaningful connections with these often misunderstood creatures.
Sponsors Support Land Trust’s Conservation Efforts
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 7, 2017 

First National Bank and First Advisors representatives recently presented a check to Georges River Land Trust as lead sponsors of this year’s Gardens in the Watershed tour. This year marks the tour’s 26th anniversary and will showcase five gardens in the middle watershed on Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Funds raised through this event support the community conservation work of Georges River Land Trust.
Lawmakers Wrestle With How to Address Arsenic Contamination in Private Wells
Maine Public - Friday, April 7, 2017 

There is no dispute that contaminants like lead and arsenic, often found in private water supplies, can cause serious health problems. But Maine lawmakers are struggling with how best to address the problem of unsafe drinking water in private wells, which are not tested as frequently or as comprehensively as public water supplies.
Bath-area land trust uses timber harvest as demo project
Forecaster - Friday, April 7, 2017 

A local land trust’s harvesting of 63 acres of the Sewall Woods Preserve is serving as a demonstration forest project. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is working with Barrie Brusila of Mid-Maine Forestry, who a created a management plan for the harvest with an eye toward sustainability, according to a March 30 KELT press release. About every third tree is to be removed along most of the property. The project is meant to boost the health of the forest, improve the wildlife habitat, and show off practical forest stewardship to woodlot owners and visitors to the preserve.
Bill might scuttle UMaine off-shore wind project near Monhegan
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 7, 2017 

A bill aimed at moving a wind energy test site farther away from Monhegan Island would have the practical effect of ending Maine’s bid to build the country’s first commercial-size, floating wind turbines, according to a federal Department of Energy official.
Maine lawmakers consider lead and arsenic poisoning prevention bills
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 7, 2017 

Contaminated drinking water in Maine is widespread and many may not even know their wells are poisoned, according to a group of state lawmakers pushing to increase funds for awareness and testing. The Legislature is considering a series of bills aimed at making sure Mainers, especially children, are not drinking water contaminated with lead and arsenic.
Future lobstermen are staying in school thanks to unique Maine program
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 7, 2017 

Were it not for the fisherman’s academy at Oceanside High School, 16-year-old boat captain Payten Simmons said she would have little incentive to go to class. “I don’t know if I [would have] dropped out, I don’t know what I’d be doing…[but] it makes me want to go to school,” she said. “I like to come to school now.” Simmons, who lives in Friendship and is the only girl out of six 11th-graders in the program, bought her own lobster boat, Fear Knot, and has been operating it for the last three years.
Loggers butt heads with LePage over biomass contract changes
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 7, 2017 

Maine’s logging industry association has come out against changing a biomass subsidy program, opposing the request of one company and Gov. Paul LePage. Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, wrote that any changes to the terms of a $13.4 million taxpayer-funded biomass subsidy “would seriously undermine the intent and the integrity of the process that produced it.”
Letter: Government shamefully underfunds our treasured national parks
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 7, 2017 

In response to the March 16 front-page article “State keeps attracting visitors in steadily growing numbers”: Acadia National Park brought nearly 3.5 million people to Maine last year – a significant portion of our state’s overall tourism visitation. Our national parks are economic generators, with visitors to Acadia spending nearly $250 million annually and supporting 4,000 jobs. The administration and Congress need to work to ensure national parks have the resources and support they need so our park rangers can continue to protect our most treasured places. ~ Jeff Saffer, Cape Elizabeth
Bill to Protect Climate Change Doubters Up for Hearing
Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017 

A bill that would prohibit discriminating against people based on their beliefs about climate change is up for a hearing in the Maine state capital. Republican Rep. Larry Lockman says his bill would prohibit the state from favoring or penalizing a person based on how they feel about climate change. It's up for a hearing on Thursday before the Legislature's Committee on Judiciary. Lockman says climate change doubters get treated like "heretics'' and they deserve to be protected. Peer-reviewed studies, science organizations and climate scientists say that the world is warming from man-made forces.
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