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Announcement - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

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State of Working Maine 2017
Publication - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

The "State of Working Maine 2017," published by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, presents a comprehensive analysis of the economic, demographic, and workforce trends that impact the quality and quantity of jobs in Maine.
Alan Hutchinson memorial celebration, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

A celebration to pay tribute to the memory of the late Alan Hutchinson, executive director of the Forest Society of Maine. At Portland Country Club, Falmouth, September 28, 4:30-6:30 pm. RSVP.
BDN Poll: Should Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument be open to logging?
Action Alert - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Do you think the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument should be opened for commercial forestry use?
A Cosmic Perspective, Sep 27
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, September 27.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Lucas St. Clair will discuss the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. At Portland House of Music, September 26, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Portland Regional Chamber Members $15, Non-Members $20, Walk-Ins $30.
National Lobster Day, Sep 25
Announcement - Monday, September 18, 2017 

The U.S. Senate has designated September 25 as National Lobster Day.
Making America Green Again: A Workshop in Resistance, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

This public policy teach-In will address threats Maine's environment faces from rollbacks in Washington, D.C., and how can Mainers fight back. At Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, September 23, 1-2:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Making America Green Again: A Workshop in Resistance, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

This public policy teach-In will address threats Maine's environment faces from rollbacks in Washington, D.C., and how can Mainers fight back. At Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, September 23, 1-2:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 22-24
Event - Posted - Friday, September 15, 2017 

The Common Ground Country Fair "celebrates organic living, farming and growing" and hosts a large number of political groups and activists. At in Unity, September 22-24, sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Introductory Weekend, Sep 22-12
Event - Posted - Friday, September 15, 2017 

Introductory learning experiences in a variety of outdoor skills including hunting, fishing, wilderness survival, and outdoors skills for women 18 years and older. At University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, September 22-24.
Intimate Details of Life on a Remote Farm in Maine, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

At the annual meeting of the Kennebec Historical Society John Twomey will talk about retiring to a farm in Montville. At Maine State Library, Augusta, September 20, 6:30 pm.
2017 Maine Outdoor Film Festival
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 

Here is a schedule for upcoming screenings of the 2017 Maine Outdoor Film Festival.
Killing Maine
Publication - Monday, September 11, 2017 

The Kindle edition of "Killing Maine" by Mike Bond is free on Amazon, September 11-15. It is the story of Hawaiian surfer Pono Hawkins who books a flight to Maine to help a fellow Special Forces vet duck a murder conviction. The story has an unusual villain, WindPower LLC, whose deafening, monstrous turbines are an incessant presence throughout the story.
Swan Island Circumnavigation, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

Leader: Jay Robbins. At Richmond, September 17, 3:30-5:30 pm.
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Maquoit Bay Conservation Land Outlook – 2 Ways In
Times Record - Friday, September 8, 2017 

In late October 2007, a varied group of co-laborers gathered to celebrate a signal achievement in land conservation: the 124-acre Maquoit Bay Conservation Land. Maine’s congressional delegation was fully represented, as was the town of Brunswick; joining these government figures were representatives from the Trust for Public Land and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust. And, vitally, the land’s former owners were also there to celebrate and be congratulated. As I step away from the parking area on Bunganuc Road, I have all of these land-savers in mind; I will carry them there throughout my walk. ~ Sandy Stott
LePage rejects $8M, jeopardizing job training for thousands of unemployed
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 8, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage has decided to withhold what is likely more than $8 million in federal funding from three regional boards that oversee job training services for low-income adults, laid-off workers and struggling young adults, according to a workforce development official. “What [LePage is] doing is collapsing a system that is helping unemployed people go back to work,” said Joanna Russell, executive director of the business-led Northeastern Workforce Development Board. “This is unprecedented.”
A look at AMC’s stunning new Maine lodge
Boston Globe - Friday, September 8, 2017 

Medawisla Lodge and Cabins near Greenville is owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club, making it the third Maine Wilderness Lodge the nonprofit owns in Maine’s 100-Mile-Wilderness region. AMC purchased the former sporting camp in 2006, used it for a few years, but came to realize that the 1950s property needed extensive infrastructure improvements. Rather than renovate, the organization decided to build a new property, with an eye to conservation.
Mining company plans to buy northern Maine mountain
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 8, 2017 

Wolfden Resources Corp., which is based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, announced Thursday a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the 6,871 acres of timberland and accompanying mineral rights on Pickett Mountain for $8.5 million. Located north of Patten along the border of Penobscot and Aroostook counties, company officials said they believe the Pickett Mountain site holds one of North America’s “highest-grade undeveloped” deposits of the type of sulfide ore that yields copper, zinc, silver and other metals. Yet the mountain’s proximity to the newly established Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument – parts of which are just 5 miles away – and to Baxter State Park would trigger close scrutiny from conservation groups and local residents should the company attempt to mine the site.
Nashville's Answer To Flood-Proofing Homes? Tear Them Down
National Public Radio - Friday, September 8, 2017 

This season's massive hurricanes will force communities in Texas and Florida to ask a tough question: How do you make sure homes and businesses never flood again? Since its own devastating flood in 2010, Nashville has embraced one answer: offer to tear them down. It would seem a welcome way out of disaster, but it's not always an easy sell.
Cape Elizabeth trail to be searched for artifacts
Other - Friday, September 8, 2017 

Members of the conservation commission and Cape Elizabeth Land Trust are eager to replace a bridge over Pollack Brook and extend a section of the Spurwink/Town Farm Trail. Before that work can begin, however, an archeology survey has to be done on the property.
Darling Marine Center Welcomes Boothbay Sea and Science Center
Lincoln County News - Friday, September 8, 2017 

Students at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center capped off their summer program with a day-long visit to the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Under the leadership of Lili Pugh, the marine center’s K-12 education coordinator, nearly 30 Boothbay campers ages 5-13 learned about shellfish aquaculture. Boothbay Sea and Science Center campers learned how to assess water quality by measuring temperature, salinity, and turbidity from the Darling Marine Center dock in Lowes Cove. They also collected plankton and toured the shellfish hatchery. While hiking the marine center’s nature trails, campers learned about the land-sea connections that shape the Damariscotta River watershed.
Hurricanes Are Sweeping The Atlantic. What's The Role Of Climate Change?
National Public Radio - Friday, September 8, 2017 

Hurricane Irma is hovering somewhere between being the most- and second-most powerful hurricane recorded in the Atlantic. It follows Harvey, which dumped trillions of gallons of water on South Texas. And now, Hurricane Jose is falling into step behind Irma, and gathering strength. Is this what climate change scientists predicted? In a word, yes.
Katahdin Woods national monument backer to launch Portland parks plan
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

Monument is turning its attention to parks, trails and open spaces in Maine’s largest city. The city of Portland has announced a collaboration with Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. to create a conservancy supporting city parks. “Portland is lucky to have such an extensive and well-maintained parks system,” Lucas St. Clair, president of Elliotsville Plantation, said in a statement. “This conservancy will aim to continue our tradition of treasuring public space and to encourage even more Portlanders to take advantage of all that Portland has to offer.”
New 5-Year Report Shows 101.6 Million Americans Participated in Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife Activities
Other - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that shows that 101.6 million Americans—40 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older—participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching. “This report absolutely underscores the need to increase public access to public lands across the United States,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. On his first day in office, Zinke reversed an order that would have banned lead ammo and tackle on National Wildlife Refuge lands, and he began the process of expanding hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands.
Feds to invest nearly $1M in Portland shipyard upgrade
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

Portland Shipyard will receive nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to replace an aging boat lift. The federal small shipyard grant will help alleviate problems the shipyard has had serving Casco Bay’s commercial fleet. The Portland area’s economy relies on having the shipyard able to get boats back on the water quickly.
CMP faces questions about power line plan for western Maine
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

Despite assurances from Central Maine Power Co., several people at a meeting Thursday on the company’s proposal to build a 145-mile transmission corridor through western Maine said they oppose the project because they believe it will serve industrial wind farms.
New England shrimp fishery likely to have new rules – if it reopens
Associated Press - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

Maine fishermen once caught millions of pounds of the shrimp every year, with fishermen also bringing some ashore in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. But as the Gulf of Maine waters warmed, the catch plummeted from more than 13 million pounds in 2010 to less than 700,000 in 2013. The fishery shut down that year. A decision on whether to allow the fishery to reopen could come in November.
Northern Maine Residents Seek Answers on State's Closure of ATV Trail
Maine Public - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will travel to northern Aroostook County Thursday to discuss why the state has closed an unofficial ATV trail that local residents used for years to access a larger state-approved ATV trail network. State Rep. Danny Martin, a Sinclair Democrat, said the state posted closure signs along the unofficial trail near Cross Lake about a month ago but has thus far failed to explain why the closure was necessary.
Land Stewardship: Seeing the Bigger Picture on a Hot, Humid Day
Maine Coast Heritage Trust - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

As part of my internship at Frenchman Bay Conservancy, I plan, coordinate, and occasionally lead weekly volunteer trail work days. This summer we had a recurring group of younger volunteers from a nearby summer camp. On a particularly hot, humid, and foggy day brushing trails on the top of Baker Hill, the campers made it clear that they weren’t enjoying volunteering at the moment. As we continued brushing, raking, and clearing overgrown trails, one of the campers asked me, very candidly: “So what made you want to do all this yard work anyways?” ~ Matthew Brewer
Deal assures Great Cranberry Island cove access
Mount Desert Islander - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

A guarantee of public access to Preble Cove on Great Cranberry Island and financial support for efforts to provide affordable housing on Great Cranberry and Islesford are part of an agreement between Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Cranberry Isles Realty Trust (CIRT). Preble Cove, on the west side of the island, has always been accessible via a narrow trail from the island’s main road. But the trail ran through private property, so permanent public access wasn’t a given. A solution was found in a bequest by Great Cranberry resident Bruce Komusin, a founding CIRT board member, who died in 2015. He left about 12 acres of woodlands with a house in the Preble Cove area to CIRT, along with about two acres of shorefront property and adjacent wetland.
2017 bear season conditions are tough to decipher
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

If hunters in the same part of the state keep calling with similar problems or questions, wildlife biologist Randy Cross said, it can indicate that there may be specific conditions — an abundance of natural foods, for instance — that could be contributing to the bears not heading to the hunter’s baits. With the second full week of the four-week hunting season over bait coming to a close, this year is proving to be tough to categorize, Cross said.
IFW Employees Honored With Awards For Outstanding Work
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

Fifteen staffers at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have been recognized for their good work.
Editorial: Food sovereignty should not mean a weakening of safety standards
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 7, 2017 

At the turn of the 20th century, it was common for Americans to die of foodborne illnesses. Progress in food handling and inspection and the advent of federal regulations have greatly reduced the risk of death from a meal. While federal oversight can be cumbersome, there is good reason for national food safety standards, especially for meat, poultry and dairy. Maine needs to maintain these standards, not turn them over to local officials.
These Wild Cats Make the Weirdest Sound
National Geographic - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

A graceful lynx bounding through the snow is beautiful. But when these big cats open their mouths, grace and beauty aren’t the first words to come to mind. Instead of a ferocious roar or a dainty mew, the calls made by these majestic creatures sound more like a squeaky door hinge. Video taken in the remote region of Kokadjo, Maine, shows what happens when two lynx square off in the middle of the road.
Portland council clears way for cold-storage warehouse on waterfront
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

The City Council approved a zoning change Wednesday night that would allow the construction of a refrigerated warehouse on Portland’s western waterfront that supporters say is critical to economic development in the state, particularly in the food and beverage industry.
Katahdin Woods and Waters leader turns attention to Portland’s parks and open spaces
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

Lucas St. Clair, who led his family's effort to create the national monument, says the foundation he presides over will provide startup funds for a parks conservancy in Maine's largest city.
Developers preparing permitting application for massive Fairfield solar project
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

Plans for what could become the largest solar farm in the state are progressing, as the group developing the array plans to submit environmental permitting applications in the fall. The proposed 20-megawatt array would be on 120 acres of privately owned land on U.S. Route 201, about a mile south of the Sappi plant in Skowhegan, according to NextEra Energy Resources, the company developing the array.
Somerset County commissioners issue resolution opposing new wind turbines
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

Somerset County commissioners on Wednesday issued a resolution strongly opposing additional wind turbines in the county, as state and federal officials make ready for a CMP public meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in Bingham on its plans for a wide power transmission corridor through and across tourist destinations. The letter and accompanying resolution — both supported 5-0 — cite the dangers of 500-plus-foot wind turbines and the associated transmission lines they say will forever spoil the “world class beauty” of the region.
Maine center to study impact of climate change on cod, sole
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 

The federal government is giving a Maine science center more than $1 million to investigate the impacts of climate change on important commercial fish species such as cod and sole. Gulf of Maine Research Institute says it’s getting $1.1 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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