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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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Mainers want to turn this picturesque island fort into a music, theater destination
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 6, 2017 

Sitting in the middle of Portland Harbor, Fort Gorges is completely open to the public. There are few safety rails in the 19th century military installation. It has no front door and the fort is never closed. Visitors, who must come by private boat, are free to roam. It’s been this way since the federal government gave it to the city in 1960. But that’s changing. The Army Corps of Engineers, starting Thursday, will install handrails, fences and a lockable door on the fort. Paul Drinan, executive director of Friends of Fort Gorges, points out the Army Corps will not be fixing anything. They will only be installing safety features. Once the structural and safety issues are dealt with, Drinan envisions theater and music performances in the fort, as well as historical tours.
Letter: Keeping solar viable
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 6, 2017 

I want to send out a big thank you to Sen. Joyce Maker and Rep. Will Tuell for their votes on LD 1504 to keep solar energy a viable option in Maine. I hope they will stand firm against an attempted veto from the governor. We have the right to produce our own clean energy for ourselves and our communities without being penalized by net-metering or any other thing that makes it difficult and expensive. It is past time for us to move into the future with clean energy instead of looking backward. Leaders lead forward. ~ Judee Reel, Lubec
Getting to the bottom of Highland Lake’s weird hue
Forecaster - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

Since 2014, Highland Lake has seen a temporary but concerning drop in water clarity for several weeks every July and August. The Highland Lake Association is hard at work to understand why. That temporary tint, the group is increasingly confident, is caused by a bloom of cyanobacteria – also known as blue-green algae. Though the likely culprit has been identified, questions about its origin and how to address it remain.
Outdoorsman still struck by the early fishing bug
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

Steel wool clouds were scrubbing an aluminum sky as Steve Forrest backed the Grand Laker canoe away from his camp dock and swung the bow into a cold northeast wind. Slouched in the forward boat chair of the 20-footer, I scanned the churning sprawl of West Grand Lake and saw only two other boats fishing. “This is hard to believe,” I said. “Here it is early May...prime time for spring fishing...the wind’s making a good chop...the salmon have been sociable since ice out and there are only a couple of boats in sight.”
Scarborough fishermen try to beat green crab problem to death
Forecaster - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

About 20 fishermen participated in the June 28 conservation project along the banks of the Jones Creek and Nonesuch River, hoping to kill as many invasive green crabs as possible before the crustaceans prey upon the clams – and the fishermen’s livelihood. The crabs came out at night, as usual, to feed on clams, but on June 28 they were met by the fishermen, who crushed them with their various weapons. Killing the crabs – which do not die easily even when punctured – made a “crunching” sound.
The big ecological roles of small natural features
ScienceDaily - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

Small natural features have big ecological roles, according to the 37 researchers from 11 countries writing in a Special Issue of "Biological Conservation." Sometimes they can provide resources that limit key populations or processes that influence a much larger area. Sometimes they support unusual diversity, abundance or productivity. They also are small enough to efficiently maintain or restore, while traditional land-use activities continue in close proximity, such as forestry, fishing and grazing. "Small natural features are an example of what can be termed 'The Frodo Effect,'" writes Malcolm Hunter, UMaine professor of wildlife resources, in the journal introduction. "In the 'Lord of the Rings,' the small and unassuming hobbit Frodo has more strength than any of his larger peers and saves Middle Earth with his brave actions," says Hunter.
Pair of bears join runner for a morning run near Lake Auburn
Sun Journal - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

A professional runner from Kenya put his skills to the test Wednesday when two bears charged him during his morning training. Moninda Marube said he awoke early to make an 18-mile run from his home on Hotel Road; too early, he would later learn.
Maine Woods Pellet qualified under PFI Standards Program
Biomass magazine - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Maine Woods Pellet Co. of Athens, Maine, to the PFI Standards Program as the 25th pellet manufacturer and 38th facility qualified for the program. The PFI Standards Program is a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel.
Maureen Drouin, Executive Director at Maine Conservation Voters and Maine Conservation Alliance
Maine. The Magazine - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

As a child, Maureen Drouin loved playing outside—swimming, hiking, fishing, and camping. Now she works to protect Maine’s natural heritage for future generations. As executive director of Maine Conservation Voters, Drouin and her colleagues have quadrupled the political advocacy group’s budget and grown its staff, as well as its partnerships. At Maine Conservation Alliance, an affiliated organization at which she also serves as executive director, Drouin has helped to create the Maine Environmental Priorities Coalition, a partnership of 34 conservation and public health organizations that represent 100,000 collective members.
These Young Entrepreneurs See Opportunity Flowing Through Maine’s Decaying Dams
Maine Public - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

Maine is home to hundreds of dams that have fallen out of use, a legacy of the heyday of its mills. The dams can be a liability for owners and municipalities, who have to maintain them or pay for their removal, which in turn can upset people who’ve come to rely on their impoundments for recreation. But a couple of 20-something entrepreneurs sees potential in old dams in the form of renewable energy and profit.
New national monument web series to include Katahdin Woods and Waters
WVFX Fox Bangor - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

National Monuments across the country have been under review from the Trump administration for the past few months. A freelance journalist is doing his own review with a stop here in Maine . "Katahdin is the last stop on this journey that I have had for the last three weeks," said Brent Rose, a freelance journalist. A journey that started on a whim. Rose is on a mission and that's to prove to the Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, that these monuments are deserving of their titles.
Online burn permits in Maine now OK, thanks to new law
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

An emergency bill that would allow fire chiefs and fire wardens to use private websites or web-based services to issue burn permits passed into law Tuesday without the signature of Gov. Paul LePage and Wednesday, a service called Warden’s Report was back online. Warden’s Report is one of two online services identified by Maine Forest Service officials in early June, when they sent letters to more than 70 municipalities urging them not to use it or another site called Burning Permits.
Casco Bay slime sighting a week earlier than last year
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

The attack of the green slime is back. We’re not talking about a B-movie monster, but rather nuisance algal blooms that coat Casco Bay’s mudflats with green growth. Friends of Casco Bay’s staff, including Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, Research Associate Mike Doan, and Intern Emily Haggett, spotted bright green algal mats on Mill Cove and Antoine Creek in South Portland and Back Cove in Portland last week.
Friends to donate new terrain models to Baxter State Park
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

After several years of planning and preparation, Friends of Baxter State Park has announced the donation of new terrain models to Baxter State Park this summer. The old models, while well-made and durable, lack much of the information that visitors need to make good decisions about wilderness travel. The new terrain models will feature extremely accurate terrain and a printed map layer with a wealth of information about Park geography. This is the largest single gift Friends has made to Baxter State Park.
Nelson Family Offers Great Sources of Lyme Disease Information
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

The Nelsons of Bath, have been impacted by Lyme disease and multiple co-infections, and have become strong advocates for themselves and others. They spent a lot of time searching for resources with up-to-date information. Daughter Elizabeth researched, vetted, and compiled a lengthy list of websites, books, and educational opportunities that the family has made available to all of us.
Work on Portland’s Fort Gorges will start with new mission in mind
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

A second round of safety upgrades will be made this week to Fort Gorges, a Civil War-era fortification that sits in Casco Bay between Portland’s East End and Peaks Island. The city hopes to make the fort accessible for historical tours, musical and theater performances, and other public events. The fort was commissioned after the War of 1812 but wasn’t completed until just after the Civil War ended. It was modeled after Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, and was last active during World War II, according to the city. Nearly 100 years after it was built, the U.S. government gave the fort to the city of Portland.
Children’s Garden at Fort Williams being damaged by visitors before it’s completed
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

The Children’s Garden at Fort Williams Park has become wildly popular since it opened last September, but what is intended to become a frog pond filled and surrounded with natural plantings has instead been treated by some visitors as a wading pool or miniature water park, said Arboretum Director James McCain. In the process, they have nearly destroyed a garden feature that isn’t even completed yet.
Letter: Stand up for solar
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

I want to thank my representative, Jeffrey K. Pierce, for standing up and supporting the bipartisan solar bill, LD 1504, as amended. Solar electricity, unlike electricity from coal, oil and natural gas, does not require Maine dollars to go out of state to buy the fuel. Having attended many of the hearings and work sessions this spring on the various solar bills, this bill is a compromise. But LD 1504, as amended, is clearly better for ratepayers and solar than the Maine Public Utilities Commission rule, which would have taken effect on Jan. 1, 2018. ~ Dot Kelly. Phippsburg
Letter: Ruling on river regulation ignores rights of Penobscots
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

Re: “Appeals court finds Maine can regulate hunting, fishing on Penobscot River” (June 30): Underlying the federal appeals court’s rejection of legal arguments made by the Penobscot Nation is the continued refusal of the state of Maine to recognize the sovereignty of the Penobscot Nation. It is beyond sad that after so many years of broken promises, the appeals court affirms the state of Maine’s contention that waters of the Penobscot River are not part of the Penobscot Reservation. ~ Rabbi Joshua Chasan, Portland
Letter: Despite governor’s antics, state’s attractions remain
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

The government was closed down for three days, but we in Maine were not threatened by a bully. State parks are still open. Sebago Lake is as beautiful as a Longfellow poem describing the Songo River and Mount Katahdin, two examples of nature’s beauty in Maine that still exist from long ago, before Gov. LePage, and will be there after he is gone. Between our wonderful natural resources, beautiful climate, great restaurants and wonderful museums, we are not threatened by Gov. LePage’s shutdown of the government. ~ Patricia Davidson Reef, Falmouth
Historic walking tour debuts in Gardiner
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

Gardiner's historic pathway through the city, linking the Waterfront Park to downtown has panels that recount the history of the region, from the earliest settlements along the river by the Abenakis to the development of Gardiner as an industrial and cultural center. The historic pathway, completed in late June, is the result of a number of years of work.
Town of Warren frustrated by thousands of tons of waste
Courier-Gazette - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection signed a contract with Triumvirate Environmental Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts, in October 2013. Triumvirate agreed to remove all the fiber waste from the site of the former R.D. Outfitters rifle range, and truck the material to a manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania, where it would be converted into composite lumber, at no cost to the town or state. But that deal has crumbled, and the state is starting over to figure out how to get rid of the thousands of tons. Only 1,000 of the 27,000 tons of fiber waste have been removed.

Acadia’s carriage roads getting upgraded
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

The National Park Service says it has completed the resurfacing of 13 miles of carriage roads in time for the Fourth of July holiday. Officials say that workers will be able to work on another eight miles of carriage roads thanks to the speedy work. Acadia’s 45-mile carriage road system was a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his family. The system has to be resurfaced every 10 to 15 years because of Maine’s harsh weather.
Adventurer criss-crosses MDI in 14 hours
Mount Desert Islander - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

Some use their birthdays as the perfect excuse to indulge – to sleep in, skip the gym or to get outside, at least as far as a bar’s patio. But for Eli Simon, owner of Atlantic Climbing School in Bar Harbor, celebrating his 33rd birthday June 19 involved exactly none of those indulgences. Instead, Simon, along with his brother Reed Bernhard and friend Joe Carroll, hiked, swam and ran across Mount Desert Island, beginning at 3 a.m. and finishing 6 p.m. The trio completed a feat that most won’t do in years let alone an extraordinarily long day at the office.
Hike: Hinkley Cove Trail near Kokadjo
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

The family-friendly Hinkley Cove Trail is one of the many hiking trails owned and maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club east of Moosehead Lake, in an area known as Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness. This easy trail is about 1 mile in length and was recently constructed so that visitors to AMC’s new Medawisla Lodge and Cabins can enjoy a quiet stroll through the woods to a long, gravel point on Second Roach Pond. The trail — along with other AMC trails — is open to the general public for free.
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