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“Bringing Nature Home” in Maine, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, July 26, 5:30 pm.
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Exploring the Night Sky, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. At Scarborough Marsh, July 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, Maine Audubon members $6, non-members $8.
Recreational Fishing, Jul 24
Announcement - Monday, July 17, 2017 

Hear from experts on what fishing means to Maine's culture and economy, best places to go, ways to get started. Guests: Mac McKeever, LL Bean senior public relations representative; Bonnie Holding, Director of Information and Education, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Maine Public Radio, July 24, 1 pm.
Summer Nature Journaling, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani to explore the worlds of wildflowers and insects beginning with an introduction to nature journaling, then heading into the woods and fields to observe, sketch, and write about the bugs and blooms you discover. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, July 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum members $35, others $45.

Rainbow Loop Trail Grand Opening, Jul 21-22
Event - Posted - Friday, July 14, 2017 

Celebration in Millinocket, July 21, 5-7 pm. 6-mile hike on the spectacular Rainbow Loop Trail, July 22 at 8:30 am and 9:30 am. Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.
Native Plant Walk, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond with Heather McCargo and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. At Fields Pond, Holden, July 20, 10-11:30 am, Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members $7; non-members $10.
Happy Birthday, Henry
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
Help wanted: NRCM Forests and Wildlife Outreach Coordinator
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Works with Natural Resources Council of Maine's Forests and Wildlife Project Director to advance the goals of the Forests and Wildlife Project, and works with the Outreach Team to serve the strategic goals of the organization as a whole. Deadline Aug 7, 2017.
Help wanted: NRCM Clean Energy Policy Advocate & Staff Attorney
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Helps advance Natural Resources Council of Maine initiatives by providing legal, policy and advocacy support primarily for the Climate & Clean Energy Project. Deadline Jul 24, 2017.
Time to override the governor’s solar veto
Action Alert - Monday, July 10, 2017 

We are so close to having a new solar power law. The full Maine House and Senate enacted LD 1504 (with amendments) by overwhelming majorities. However, it was vetoed by the Governor. Tell your legislators—particularly House members—how much solar matters to you and your community. ~ Maine Audubon
The Goslings, July 17
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Visit The Goslings, one of the best-loved island destinations on Casco Bay. ShoreKeepers, a group of young conservation-minded donors, are hosting a free Open House with hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway, July 17, 10 am - 2 pm. Meet at Mere Point Boat Launch, Brunswick, shuttles approximately every 15 minutes. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Thwings Point Archaeology Field School, Jul 17-28
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Lee Cranmer leads an Archaeology Field School, Woolwich, July 17-28. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Hook, Line, and Dinner, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Celebrate Maine fishermen and seafood under the tent, on the water, at Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island, July 15, 6 pm, $55. Sponsored by Maine Coast Fishermen's Association.
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Letter: Park franchise a sensible solution
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Tate Watkins wrote a wonderful, sensible OpEd in the July 5 edition of the BDN proposing a national park franchise for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This sounds like a great idea that probably won’t go far because there is too much common sense involved and we all know there isn’t much common sense in government. ~ Merle Cousins, Southwest Harbor
Letter: Defend public lands
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Recently, President Donald Trump directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to “review” all national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act over the last two decades. For more than 111 years, Democratic and Republican presidents have protected places with unique cultural and historic value, including national treasures like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. Despite Zinke’s encouraging public comments following his visit to Maine, the review threatens to strip protections from several existing national monuments, including the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. I know that Mainers care deeply about our nation’s national parks and monuments. Please make your voice heard by signing the petition at monuments.lcv.org/maine before the comment period closes on July 10. ~ Jeff Wahlstrom, Maine Conservation Alliance, Bangor
'Water is Life' - Penobscot Leaders Say They Won't Give Up Fight Over River
Maine Public - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Penobscot elders vowed at a rally Sunday to continue to fight a court ruling that affirms the state of Maine as the regulatory body with sole authority over the Penobscot River, a view with which the tribe disagrees. "Water is life. For us to watch it go back to the state it was in, it's heart breaking to me. With big business, they'll find a way to use that resource up." said tribal member Dean Francis. Francis says the Penobscot nation has witnessed its sacred river morph from a pristine waterway teaming with salmon, to an industrial dumping ground.
Officials start to map out future of city-owned park in Waterville
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Located along the Messalonskee Stream and nestled just a few miles from the downtown, the Quarry Road Recreation Area is a city-owned park consisting of more than 6 miles of Nordic skiing trails and additional miles for snowshoeing and hiking. And while city officials said the trails and park get plenty of use, especially in winter, big plans for the area’s future are beginning to take shape.
Augusta’s Bond Brook Recreation Area gets $50,000 from wind energy settlement
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

The city’s Bond Brook Recreation Area will get $50,000 in improvements thanks to a settlement reached between a wind energy project developer and a nonprofit group that opposes wind projects. Friends of Maine’s Mountains was recently awarded $50,000 in grant funding to the city to be used for capital improvements to the 300-acre recreation area featuring trails for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding and other non-motorized recreational uses.
Shadow markets mask the size of China’s demand for lobster
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

The Chinese appetite for North American lobster is well known and getting bigger every year, but it may be twice as big as previously believed. That’s because there is a lot more lobster ending up on Chinese dinner plates than what Canada and the U.S. send over. Researchers think there is even more North American lobster being traded along indirect and sometimes shadowy routes through other places in Asia, like Hong Kong and Vietnam, that eventually ends up as luxury eats for China’s growing middle class. The implications could be significant for Maine’s lobster industry, says University of Maine research professor Joshua Stoll.
As environmental worries grow, Mainers are stepping up to volunteer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

One of the hottest summer activities in Maine is volunteering to pick up garbage. Particularly if the garbage can be found on an uninhabited island or some remote stretch of coastline, and really, the more of it the better. “It is amazing how excited people get about picking up trash,” said Maria Jenness, regional stewardship manager for the Maine Island Trail Association, which by early June already had waiting lists for its beach cleanups.
10 ways to be a better neighbor by volunteering
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Have some time to give? Here are a few places to consider giving your time (beyond picking up trash).
Column: Two excursions and just one trip
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

We recently crossed the Maine-New Hampshire border, exploring Lower Kimball Pond in Maine, and then a mere half-mile into New Hampshire, Upper Kimball Pond. We spent two hours in each, poking about on a sunny, warm morning. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Birding: Unusual sightings spice up the summer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

June brought some remarkable rare birds to Maine this year. On June 7, a burrowing owl was photographed in York. On June 9, an apparent drake king eider was seen off Potts Point in South Harpswell. On June 12, a magnificent frigatebird was photographed while perched on Stratton Island and seen later that day from Prouts Neck, as well as Pine Point. On June 13, a snowy owl was photographed in Freeport, a snowy plover was found with piping plovers at Reid State Park, and a Townsend’s solitaire was photographed in Whitneyville. On June 20, a brown pelican was photographed off Prouts Neck Yacht Club. ~ Herb Wilson
Opinion: Cheap hydro power from Canada not so cheap
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

In a June 24 column attacking solar energy, James LaBrecque argues that importing hydro power would be cheaper than investing in local solar. Getting Canadian power here would require billions of ratepayer dollars to build massive new transmission lines. That puts foreign hydro power at double the cost of locally generated solar. The fact is, the price of electricity (including solar) is dropping while the cost of the grid continues going up. Transmission costs are now twice what they were when Gov. LePage came into office. Transitioning to a clean energy economy represents the greatest economic development opportunity for Maine in many decades. ~ Phil Coupe, co-founder, Revision Energy
Letter: Support for LD 1504 — solar power
Sun Journal - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

As a proponent of renewable energy, I was thrilled to hear that the Maine Legislature passed LD 1504, a Republican-written solar bill, by overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate. ~ Wendy Schlotterbeck
Column: Rangeley, Maine a gem in the outdoors
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Whether you are a Maine resident or a regular visitor, you know that you can count on one thing: Maine is a special place this time of the year. Once most of the bugs have gone by and the weather systems settle down, Maine really shines. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Maine state park attendance up despite shutdown
Associated Press - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Maine officials say attendance at some state parks was up during the July 4 holiday weekend despite a government shutdown. Maine’s lack of a state budget caused a government shutdown from the early morning of July 1 to the early morning of July 4. The state then reopened with the passage of a budget. State parks remained open during the shutdown. Attendance was up at Reid State Park, Range Pond State Park and Crescent Beach State Park. State officials say they expect total state park attendance was also up.
Lots of Fishing Rule Changes Proposed
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

The Fish and Wildlife Department’s list of proposed changes in fishing rules is lengthy, and you should check it out to see if changes are proposed on your favorite waters. You also have a chance to comment on the changes. Public hearings on the proposed changes will be held July 25 in Presque Isle, July 26 in Millinocket, July 27 in Ellsworth, August 2 in Farmington, and August 3 in Brunswick.
99 percent of comments tell Trump to keep Maine’s monument
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

For nearly two months, the U.S. Department of the Interior has asked the American public what should be done with the 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration. More than 99 percent of the responses that have mentioned Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument favor keeping it, according to the National Resources Council of Maine. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who visited Katahdin Woods last month, is due to submit his review to the president by Aug. 24.
Opinion: Real jobs agenda is built on the future, not the past
Bloomberg News - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in large part on a promise to help American workers displaced by trade and technology. If he wants to deliver, he’ll have to rethink his approach. Above all, he’ll need to recognize that the modern economy is not just about digging holes and bashing metal. To date, Trump has focused narrowly on industries such as mining and manufacturing – for example, by loosening environmental regulations on coal producers and by haranguing automakers in an attempt to keep jobs in the U.S. These efforts are woefully misdirected, and not just because technological progress and global competition should be embraced and not blocked. It’s also a matter of scale. Today, goods-producing industries have far fewer jobs at risk than the vastly larger services sector.
Opinion: At the crossroads of ethics and the environment
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

We can urge elected officials to reject the Trump administration’s proposed EPA budget cuts and increase congressional oversight to ensure EPA funds are spent correctly. We can support lawsuits that block the administration from circumventing the spirit of the law. And we can make our voices heard every day as citizens and consumers. The values of caring for the environment are the same as caring for our families, neighbors, communities and the less fortunate. Eventually, stronger environmental protection will prevail out of necessity – we’re all in this together. ~ Jake Plante, Brunswick
Letter: Support solar bill
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Thank you Rep. Mary Anne Kinney, Senate President Michael Thibodeau and the Legislature that passed LD 1504, a Republican-written solar bill, by overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate. We need the Legislature to override the governor’s expected veto of this bill, to prevent the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s rule affecting net metering, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. That rule would cost all Maine ratepayers about $2 million in additional unnecessary meters and other costs. Maine cannot afford to let that happen. ~ Deborah Avalone-King, Brooks
Thoreau’s Wilderness Legacy, Beyond the Shores of Walden Pond
New York Times - Friday, July 7, 2017 

This summer, if you’re looking for Thoreauvian inspiration, I recommend sojourning to Yosemite or Cape Cod or Katahdin or along one of America’s stupendous rivers. Or, for that matter, your local “township” park. Because Thoreau insisted on the preservation of wildness, we have millions of acres of public lands to explore — and the sanctity of Cape Cod and Katahdin to defend from profiteers and bandits. ~ Douglas Brinkley
3 Days Remain for Public Comment Period in KWW Monument Review
WABI-TV5 - Friday, July 7, 2017 

It's been three weeks since US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wrapped up his visit to the Katahdin Region. He reviewed Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument after an executive order from President Trump. With three days of the public comment period remaining, supporters of KWW gathered in Bangor to discuss the feedback. As of July 4th, more than 192,000 public comments have been submitted to the US Department of Interior regarding the pending status of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The Natural Resources Council of Maine says the findings show nearly unanimous endorsement.
Maine woman dies from injuries sustained in bicycle-truck collision
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Katherine Moxham was hit by a pickup truck in Kennebunk on Wednesday afternoon. She succumbed to her injuries on Friday. Moxham was riding her bicycle eastbound on High Street when she was struck by an oncoming truck that had crossed the centerline. The truck, which was operated by a male juvenile from Kennebunk, went off the road and hit a culvert.
‘It Has Really, Really Spread’ — Green Algae Returns To Casco Bay
Maine Public - Friday, July 7, 2017 

It’s back — the unwelcome bright green slime that showed up around Casco Bay in several locations during the drought last summer has returned with a vengeance, and this year it has arrived even earlier. The environmental group Friends of Casco Bay is actively monitoring the situation, and is worried about what algal blooms like these say about the health of the bay. With climate change and an excess of nitrogen from stormwater and wastewater runoff, algal blooms are becoming more common around the world. Common and concerning, says Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca.
Group: Maine National Monument Comments Submitted To Feds Are 99.96% Positive
Maine Public - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Conservationists and members of the Millinocket-area business community say public responses to a recent federal review have been overwhelmingly supportive of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. On Friday, Natural Resources Council of Maine Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann said the responses to the U.S. Department of Interior’s survey indicate that the region is a desirable tourism destination. “We counted a total of 192,052 comments that specifically mention Kathadin Woods and Waters National Monument as of midnight on July 4th,” she said. “Out of this total, 191,976 comments or 99.96 percent support the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.”
Public comment tally for Zinke's review? 99.9% support Katahdin national monument
Mainebiz - Friday, July 7, 2017 

A tally of comments submitted to Washington on the Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument shows nearly unanimous support, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Of the 192,052 comments submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior submitted as of 11:59 p.m. July 4 that specifically mention "Katahdin," 191,976, or 99.96%, support the monument. By contrast, only 67 (0.03%) of comments oppose the monument, while nine (0.01%) supported protecting the land through a designation other than a monument.
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