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Lucas St. Clair, the Elliottsville Plantation Inc. chairman who led the successful campaign to have more than 87,000 acres declared a national monument in northern Maine, will speak at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 16.

Leader of successful monument drive to speak at Unity College

By Bob Mentzinger on Aug. 25, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity, Maine For more information: 207-509-7292; unity.edu/news/national-monument-created-leader-speak-unity UNITY, Maine — Lucas St. Clair, who led the successful campaign to have more than 87,000 acres declared a national monument in northern …
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Brianne Parent with one of the elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.

Brewer student travels to Thailand to save elephants

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 9:02 a.m.
By Krista Andberg, Loop Abroad BREWER, Maine — Brianne Parent, 16, of Brewer spent two weeks during the summer in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, Parent was part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog …
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Benefit for the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance

By melissa waterman on Aug. 24, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Flatbread Company, 399 Commercial Street, Rockport, Maine For more information: 207-967-4555; mlcalliance.org Press ReleaseStory continues below advertisement. For Immediate Release August 24, 2016 For more information, contact Antonina Pelletier, MLCA, at 967-4555. Flatbread Company to benefit the Maine Lobstermen’s Community …
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Free disposal of banned, unusable pesticides available to Maine residents

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Board of Pesticides Control and Maine Department of Environmental Protection will help Mainers dispose of banned or unusable pesticides in October. The Maine Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program is a free annual program for homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. The …
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Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting

By Madeline Lubas on Aug. 24, 2016, at 8:28 a.m.
The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 at the USDA Service Center located at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover – Foxcroft. The public is encouraged to get involved in conservation efforts by participating in meetings, …
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Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is a Finalist and Needs Your Vote for the People’s Choice Award

By Gudrun Keszöcze on Aug. 23, 2016, at 10:03 a.m.
The Larouche family of Hirundo Wildlife Refuge (HWR) in Old Town is one of five finalists for the annual People’s Choice Award of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). NRCM is Maine’s largest environmental organization. Several generations of the Larouche family acquired more than 2400 acres in Old Town, …
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Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Youth Conservation Crew at the Popple Arch Culvert

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restores fish passage off of the St. Croix River

By Steve Agius on Aug. 22, 2016, at 11:42 a.m.
BARING — The staff at the Northern Maine National Wildlife Refuge Complex announced recently the completion of a collaborative fish passage project at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. The project is a partnership between the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe, Project SHARE and three branches of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife …
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Unity College still sowing a chestnut tree renewal  

on Aug. 22, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
KNOX — Unity College faculty and students continued their multi-year partnership with multiple conservation groups by planting 650 American chestnut seedlings around central Maine on June 16. The American chestnut is classified as a tree of special concern in Maine because of the devastating effects of a blight accidentally imported …

Maine trees could fuel military jets, but as long as oil costs $40 a barrel, it’ll be a while

By Christopher Burns on Aug. 20, 2016, at 1 a.m.
For the last decade, there has been a concerted push in the U.S. to replace petroleum-based fuel with plant-based biofuels in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the nation’s reliance on foreign oil.
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The Plants of Baxter State Park field guide, published on August 23 by the University of Maine Press.

Plants of Baxter State Park Book Release Celebration in Brunswick

By Aaron Megquier on Aug. 19, 2016, at 9:18 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine St., Brunswick, ME For more information: 207-975-3787 After years of hard work, the Plants of Baxter State Park field guide is published. This new guide contains all 857 plant species found in the Park, …
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The Plants of Baxter State Park field guide, published on August 23 by the University of Maine Press.

Plants of Baxter State Park Book Release Celebration in Millinocket

By Aaron Megquier on Aug. 19, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Millinocket Memorial Library, 5 Maine Avenue, Millinocket, ME For more information: 207-975-3787 After years of hard work, the Plants of Baxter State Park field guide is published. This new guide contains all 857 plant species found in the Park, as …

As people flee disasters, is this what climate change looks like?

By Chris Mooney, The Washington Post on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
In San Bernardino County, California, 82,000 people were ordered to leave their homes Wednesday as an explosive wildfire “hit with an intensity that we hadn’t seen before,” as one fire official said, and surged across 30,000 acres. It followed dramatic flooding in Louisiana that the Red Cross termed our “worst …
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Seedlings are carefully nurtured in the high tunnel at Ripley Farm in Dover Foxcroft before going out into the field.

Piscataquis County Conservation District to Honor Ripley Farm as the 2016 Outstanding Cooperator of the Year on September 9th!

By Joanna Tarrazi on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
Join us on this date for a farm tour, delicious picnic luncheon and award ceremony! Over the past several years exciting things have been happening in the Dover-Foxcroft region to build sustainable agriculture opportunities for farmers, and for the local community to enjoy the benefits of delicious, nutritious local foods. …
Refuse-derived fuel made from municipal solid waste is moved toward the power generation system where it will be burned in a boiler to make electric power at Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington.

PERC appeals state permits issued to Fiberight’s Hampden project

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 12, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
The deficiencies, according to the petition, include failures to demonstrate the technical and financial abilities to build the plant.
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A CLIMATE OF CHANGE TONIGHT STRAND THEATRE 5:30

By boxoffice on Aug. 12, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
Co-presented with the Island Institute. Across the nation, fishermen and scientists are observing notable shifts in the ocean ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water. This series of four short films examines how the fishing industry is dealing with climate change, including warming waters, lack of biodiversity, and ocean acidification. …
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Unity College will use a $40,000 grant from a Maine-based foundation to help upgrade heating systems at McKay Farm & Research Station and move the college further toward its goal of a fossil-fuel-free, carbon-neutral campus. The grant by The Sandy River Charitable Foundation will pay for site preparation and the purchase and installation of an energy-efficient heat source -- either wood pellet or propane heaters -- to replace oil-fired furnaces for the facility’s greenhouses.

Gift bolsters Unity College farm and research facility

By Bob Mentzinger on Aug. 10, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
UNITY — Unity College will use a $40,000 grant from a Maine-based foundation to help upgrade heating systems at McKay Farm and Research Station and move the college further toward its goal of a fossil-fuel-free, carbon-neutral campus. The grant by The Sandy River Charitable Foundation will pay for site preparation …
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Maine Woods Insect Invaders

By Lee Cataldo on Aug. 05, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Maquoit Bay Conservation Land, Bunganuc Road, Brunswick, ME For more information: 2077297694; btlt.org/events/forest-invaders/ Join Colleen Teerling, Forest Entomologist with the Maine Forest Service, in the field to search for invasive insects and consider their impacts on our forests and local …
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How We Can Solve Climage Change

By swhplibrary on Aug. 04, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-244-7065; swharbor.lib.me.us Climate change is here. 2014 and 2015 were the two hottest years on record. Lyme disease in Maine is up 700%. Black sea bass are …
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A CLIMATE OF CHANGE

By boxoffice on Aug. 04, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: The Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, Maine For more information: 207-594-0070; rocklandstrand.com/ Co-presented with the Island Institute. Across the nation, fishermen and scientists are observing notable shifts in the ocean ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water. This series …
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Science Meeting

on Aug. 03, 2016, at 11:43 p.m.
I was at a microbiology conference the other day, it was the wrap-up party after four and a half, fourteen hour days of being immersed in the science this particular group found most fascinating. Sessions started at 9 AM, took a couple of hour break in the afternoon, and then …