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Bird Walk at Erickson Fields Preserve, Jun 3
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 27, 2017 

Naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead a group around MCHT’s Teen Ag garden and through the woods to search for migratory songbirds and discover what other feathered creatures inhabit the preserve. At Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Erickson Fields Preserve, Rockport, June 3, 8-11 am.
Making Paper, Making Maine, Jun 3
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 27, 2017 

Get an inside look at the new exhibit "Making Paper, Making Maine," which recognizes the historic shifts going on in Maine’s paper industry. Also, keynote talk by Alan Caron, author of "Maine's Next Economy." At Maine Historical Society Annual Meeting, Portland, June 3, 10 am - 2 pm, $25 MHS Members; $30 others.
Hills to Sea Trail Opens, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 26, 2017 

All are invited to a Grand Opening Celebration for the Hills to Sea Trail, a 47-mile trail from Unity to Belfast. At Waldo County Technical Center, Belfast, June 2, 9 am - 1:30 pm.
Flying WILD and Bird Sleuth Educator Workshop, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Friday, May 26, 2017 

This 4.5 hour workshop provides activities that teach people about birds and what they can do to help birds and their habitats. At Fields Pond, Holden, Jun 2, 8:45 am – 2 pm, Maine Audubon members $23, non-members $25.
Help wanted: Conservation Policy Associate
Announcement - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Appalachian Mountain Club is seeking to fill this temporary position July-December 2017; there is the potential for the position to extend into 2018.
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating or changing the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to eliminate or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Appalachian Odyssey, May 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Jeff Ryan will regale with tales about his 28-year odyssey hiking the Appalachian Trail. At Freeport Conservation Trust annual meeting, at the Freeport Community Center, May 28, 7 pm.
BDN Poll: Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to put signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. Should the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument get its own signage?
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society present the 10th annual Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28. Witness the annual return of the alewives as they ascend the fish ladder to spawn in Damariscotta Lake.
Ragged Mountain Preserve Nature Walk, May 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Maine Master Naturalists Cloe Chunn and Roger Rittmaster will lead a general natural history walk at the peak time for spring wildflowers and songbird migration in midcoast Maine. Meet at Route 17 parking area for Georges Highland Path, May 27, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Third Annual Freeport Birding Festival, May 26-28
Event - Posted - Friday, May 19, 2017 

Owl Prowl at Mast landing Sanctuary; birding at Florida Lake, Pettengill Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Sayles Field; Casco Bay kayak tour; outing at Winslow Park, etc. May 26-28. Sponsored by L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon.
Saving Seabirds: New Lessons from Puffins, May 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 18, 2017 

60% of all seabirds have vanished in the last 60 years. Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, will talk about the restoration of Maine seabirds. At L.L. Bean, Freeport, May 25, 7-9 pm, Maine Audubon members $10, non-members $15.
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Here are some chemicals to watch out for
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 14, 2017 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made it clear that when it comes to policing ingredients, you’re on your own. Labeling loopholes have also allowed companies to avoid disclosing ingredients. Be wary of marketing that tries to “greenwash” products by using meaningless words such as “natural.” Here are the top ingredients to watch out for on beauty product labels, according to the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and the Maine Environmental Health Strategy Center.
Column: A turkey hunter or just hunting turkeys?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 14, 2017 

There are people who hunt turkeys, and then there are turkey hunters. And there’s a big difference between the two, though it may not be instantly recognizable. The difference is based on things like experience, expertise and attitude. If you’re not sure how to tell the difference, here are a few helpful hints. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Make plans for a Big Day this spring, and see all you can see
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 14, 2017 

Spring migration is in full swing. Excitement among birders is at fever pitch. Each day has the potential to bring in a new species. Try to get out each morning for the next week or so to experience the spectacle of the spring migration. Birds will be in full breeding plumage and song will be in the air. When weather conditions are right, hordes of migrating birds may descend shortly before dawn. A fallout occurs and birds seem to be dripping from the trees and bushes. ~ Herb Wilson
Editorial: Catching ‘The Codfather’ should just be first step
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 14, 2017 

On March 30, Rafael pleaded guilty in federal court to a 28-count indictment that included charges of tax evasion, falsifying fishing quotas and conspiracy. The New Bedford-based fishing fishing mogul was able to falsify records to get around both tax law and fishing regulations, netting him millions of dollars in unreported income derived from systematically violating conservation limits. The fishing communities from Down East Maine to Rhode Island had to suffer as the regulatory burden on fishing got heavier, while key groundfish stocks like cod did not respond to their conservation efforts. Catching “The Codfather” was an important event in the attempt to save this struggling industry. But what regulators do next will matter just as much.
Maine Observer: Careless driver causes immense pain
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 14, 2017 

I was looking for my cat when I spotted a furry creature lying, stretched out in the sun in the side yard. As I approached it, it looked up at me and, when our eyes met, my heart melted at the pain it eyes revealed. It was a young fox that had been run over. I could see where a tire had crushed its rear, just above its tail. Its hind legs stretched out behind it, where it lay, in pain. Being an 87-year-old veteran, crippled in both hands and my left leg, I could instantly feel intense sympathy. ~ George Eaton, South Portland
Letter: Katahdin should remain a national monument
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 14, 2017 

Twenty-seven national monuments are being reviewed by the Trump administration, including our Katahdin Woods and Waters. There is no reason whatsoever for this amazing place to not be a national monument. It will bring tourists to the area: people who want to spend the night at a cabin or motel, buy meals, hire a guide, etc. It won’t be a huge flood of people – just an increase in the awareness of the area and utilization of the services provided by the locals. That real estate brokers have seen an increase in interest in the area already. Why would anybody want to have the national monument reversed? ~ Caroline Knight, Rockland
Letter: Just banning open pit mining is not sufficient
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 14, 2017 

I am among many Maine’s citizens who feel betrayed by enviro-groups, who have rallied around a mining bill, LD 820, simply because it bans open pit mining. What LD 820 does allow is shaft mining with monitoring wells 100′ away so that when the inevitable contamination occurs, it will be too late. This does not prevent arsenic in our water, it only lets us know when it has occurred. And there is no “fix” when it happens. LD 820 does nothing at all to address public health. The financial assurances in LD 820 only cover property damage, not sickness caused by the water and air pollution from an inevitable mining disaster. We need to stand up to the mining interests and the legislators who back them and say NO. ~ Kathy Cerick, Atkinson
Editorial: Three Republicans stopped a methane rule rollback; they must continue to buck Trump
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

A measure to nullify a rule from the Obama administration that sought to reduce methane emissions was expected to pass the Senate on Wednesday. Instead, the measure failed when three Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins, voted against it. This surprise vote highlights the importance of lawmakers, particularly Republicans, standing up to the Trump administration as it seeks to weaken U.S. laws and to circumvent oversight and scrutiny of its actions. It also shows that the Trump administration’s plan to gut dozens of environmental protection and climate change measures can be slowed by lawmakers who put the wellbeing of Americans ahead of party loyalty.
Many Mainers rallying to support our National Monument
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Lots of Mainers are speaking up for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and you also have an opportunity to do that. Now that President Trump has put the Monument on his “Review” list, at the request of our bombastic governor, it’s important that we all step up and express our support for the Monument. I was a strong opponent at one time, but became a supporter.
Genetically engineered potatoes approved for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved on Friday morning the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been developed by a major Idaho agribusiness company. The move means that the J.R. Simplot Co.’s Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic potatoes could be planted in Maine fields at any time. These potatoes were created by adding genes from a wild potato plant and are designed to be resistant to late blight, the disease that caused the mid-19th century Irish Potato Famine and which remains a problem today. But genetically modified crops have been controversial in the past.
Never forget, all roads are private in the North Maine Woods
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

With countless lakes, ponds and rivers, miles of hiking trails and scores of campsites, the North Maine Woods is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with more than 100,000 people visiting the region every year. The 3.5 million acres also is a privately owned working forest and while its owners are more than happy to allow access to the land over thousands of miles of dirt roads, visitors need to know the rules of those roads for safety’s sake. And the most important rule of all to remember is logging trucks always have the right of way.
Panic flows over the future of 2 dams in eastern Maine
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

A pulp and paper company’s effort to surrender two eastern Maine dams has triggered panic in rural communities bordering the lakes they regulate and interventions from the Canadian government. Woodland Pulp, which owns the dams and the pulp mill in Baileyville, notified federal officials in late December that it wishes to abandon ownership of the dams at Forest City and Sysladobsis Lake – both in the St. Croix River watershed – because it has been operating them at a significant loss. The company says it is in negotiations to give the larger of the dams – the one straddling the border between Maine and New Brunswick at Forest City – to an undisclosed third party.
Letter: Science shows pesticides are effectively regulated
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

It has long been the contention of those of us in the business of applying pesticides professionally that those who oppose what we do base their arguments on misleading claims and emotion. The news article and letter to the editor in the Press Herald on L.D. 1505 (“An Act To Create Consistency in the Regulation of Pesticides”) inadvertently prove my point. Contrary to what has been claimed, there are no plans to diminish Environmental Protection Agency oversight of pesticides. The EPA’s enforcement of the federal pesticide law works very well. Pesticide registration and licensure administered by the state of Maine works very well. ~ Bob Mann, Lawn Dawg, Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire
Letter: Patten benefitting from monument
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Maybe economic benefits look different in Augusta, but in Patten, we’re already seeing improvements since the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was established. Our family hardware business is doubling its retail space. We are expanding to include kayaks, paddle boards, tents, camping and RV supplies, and outdoor sporting equipment. We have hired two additional employees and hope to go further as the demand increases. It is apparent that many, including some who opposed the monument, have elevated their expectations for the entire region based on the increased activity since last August. ~ Nathan Richardson, Patten
Letter: Augusta Climate March starts fight for EPA
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, May 13, 2017 

I attended the People’s Climate March recently in Augusta. What a beautiful day, and the turnout was totally amazing. The EPA is in shambles, so it was uplifting to see everyone there angry about what is going on. It proved that people are very concerned about our environment and health. The proposed budget wants to slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent and has many riders that can attack public health. It is important to call your senators and tell them to oppose the budget. We need to do what we can to keep New England’s air and water clean. Too much of our well being depends on a beautiful environment. ~ Jill Glidden, Dover, N.H.
Poliquin noncommittal on national monument
WCSH-TV6 - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Rep. Bruce Poliquin sat down for a nearly 30-minute interview with NEWS CENTER on Friday. Among other issues, he spoke about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. [video]
Poliquin…says he won’t advocate for or against monument
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 12, 2017 

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, during a television interview Friday, said he would not advocate for or against the national monument in his congressional district that is being reviewed by the Trump administration. Asked about his position on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Poliquin said that no president should be allowed to designate a national monument without the consent of that state’s legislature and that he introduced a bill that would make that a requirement.
Federal judge puts hold on pipeline lawsuit against South Portland
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 12, 2017 

A federal judge put the Portland Pipe Line Corp. lawsuit against the city of South Portland on hold Thursday while he determines whether the U.S. District Court in Portland has jurisdiction to hear the case. The order by Judge John Woodcock Jr. comes more than two years after the company first challenged the city’s so-called Clear Skies ordinance in U.S. District Court in Portland. Approved by the City Council in July 2014, the ordinance banned the loading of crude oil into tankers on the city’s waterfront, effectively blocking the company from reversing the pipeline’s flow to bring oil from Canada to South Portland.
How ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ At New Brunswick Nuclear Plant Could Affect Down East Maine
Maine Public - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Point Lepreau is a nuclear power plant just across the Maine border in St. John, New Brunswick. Next month its operating license expires, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is considering whether to renew it for another five years. There are passionate arguments for and against its operation and implications for an entire region. When it comes to a nuclear plant meltdown, a 50-mile radius would include towns like Eastport, Calais, Lubec, and East Machias. How much do emergency responders in those towns know about nuclear events? “Very little,” says Mike Hinerman, who runs Washington County’s Emergency Management Agency.
Comment period open for Maine’s national monument
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Friday opened the 60-day public comment period for residents to weigh in on Maine’s national monument. The new comment period signals a return of the bitter debate. The U.S. Department of Interior announced on May 5 that it was opening the comment period for 27 monuments under review per an executive order issued last month by President Donald Trump. At issue is whether then-President Barack Obama created Maine’s monument in August “without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders,” the department said. Comments on the monument may be submitted online at by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.
Rally in Bangor opposes overturning Katahdin Woods National Monument
Mainebiz - Friday, May 12, 2017 

A day after the start of the 60-day comment period on President Trump's executive order calling for a review of national monuments created since 1996, three members of Maine's congressional delegation joined with local business leaders in voicing opposition to overturning the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Three of Maine's four members of Congress, three state legislators representing the Katahdin region and local elected officials from Millinocket, East Millinocket, Patten, Medway and Sherman all oppose rescinding Katahdin's national monument status. Voices in the business community are also growing stronger.
New Invasive Species Portal
Maine Government News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

A new Invasive Species Portal on gives citizens easy access to work being done by state agencies. The portal can help you find resources about destructive flora and fauna that have invaded our state or could be coming very soon. On the portal, you'll find resources to learn about invasive species found across Maine's ecosystems.
Here to There and Back: The AT
Maine Public - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Danny Moody of Winthrop and Dan Giguere of Manchester, along with Danny’s dog Daisy, are hiking the Appalachian Trail. Check their progress.
Supporters of Maine Monument Want Trump, LePage to Back Off
Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017 

Several former opponents of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are now asking President Donald Trump and Maine Gov. Paul LePage to let it be. The group gathered Friday in Bangor to defend the 87,500-acre property managed by the National Park Service and to push back on a federal review ordered by Trump. They contend the federally managed land is already serving as a catalyst for economic growth.
Madawaska Approved for $8,000,000 funding package from USDA Rural Development
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 12, 2017 

The Town of Madawaska has been approved for a federal grant/loan award in the amount of $8,000,000. The funding is provided through the USDA Rural Development and will be used to complete upgrades to the Town’s wastewater treatment facility.
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