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Chief Conservation Officer Bill Ginn

Global Nature Conservancy Leader to Discuss South American Conservation

By Juli Settlemire on July 16, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor, Maine For more information: nature.org/maine NORTHEAST HARBOR, Maine – The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Conservation Officer, Mainer Bill Ginn, will share his thoughts on the Conservancy’s work in the Southern Andes region of …
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Wild Foods Weekend with Tom Seymour

By Tanya Rucosky on July 16, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: School Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME For more information: 207-796-2100; downeastlakes.org/events/wild-foods-weekend-with-tom-seymour/ Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust for a wild food gathering weekend. Harvesting wild food is the oldest and …
The Portland Pipe Line Corp. terminal facility on the South Portland waterfront in February 2013.

South Portland planners the latest to endorse anti-tar sands ordinance

By Seth Koenig on July 16, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Supporters of a proposed South Portland ordinance that is intended to block transportation of tar sands oil, also called oil sands, through the city lauded Tuesday night’s approval of the measure by the city’s planning board. The planners’ 6-1 endorsement of the ordinance marks another incremental …
Cumberland's proposed purchase of part of the Payson property off Foreside Road would include about 11 acres of public beach access.

Cumberland to discuss $3 million plan to create public beach

By Alex Lear on July 16, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
CUMBERLAND, Maine — A potential $3 million purchase by the town of about 11 acres of shoreline property and nearly 9 acres of forest will be discussed Monday, July 28, at a Cumberland Town Council public hearing. The purchase of part of the Payson property off Foreside Road would satisfy …
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Twilight Hike at Thorne Head Preserve on July 31

By Becky Kolak on July 16, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Thorne Head Preserve, High Street (north end), Bath, Maine For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/summer-explorations-2 BATH, Maine — The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust continues its Summer Exploration series on July 31 with a Twilight Hike from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at …
A great white shark is pictured in the eastern north part of the Pacific Ocean.

Experts expect great white shark sightings to increase off Maine coast

By Shelley Wigglesworth, York County Coast Star on July 14, 2014, at 4 p.m.
Summer is here, and with it the number of people going to the ocean to swim, play and cool off skyrockets. These short few months are also the time of year when more shark sightings are reported, and shark hype and panic typically peaks as well. When humans spend more …
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“The Pressed Plant – Preserving Specimens for Art and Observation”

By s. c. on July 14, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill Street, Rockport, Maine For more information: 2075940694; avenabotanicals.com/classes-events/ With Lynette Breton. The act of preserving plants by pressing them is another way of being with plants and their energy throughout the four seasons. Whether it is …
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Frogs, Floods & the Future: Balancing Environment & Economy on MDI

By Caroline Peckenham on July 14, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
Senator George Mitchell and David Hart will appear at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM to speak about the economic and environmental conundrums facing us on MDI, and how we can work together to address these issues. This post was contributed by a community member. …
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“United Plant Savers- Acknowledging our Native Medicinals”

By s. c. on July 14, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill Street, Rockport, Maine For more information: 2075940694; avenabotanicals.com/classes-events/ Join Denise DeSpirito for an informative slide show, talk and garden walk in which she will share her personal experience as an intern at United Plant Savers Goldenseal …
Rows of vines can be seen at sunset at Yalumba's Jansz estate in the Tamar Valley, located in the northeast of Tasmania on June 4. Australia's wine growing industry is responding to the rigors of climate change.

Climate change signals the end of Australian shiraz as we know it

By Jane Wardell, Reuters on July 14, 2014, at 6:54 a.m.
HOBART, Tasmania — Young Australian vintner Nick Glaetzer’s winemaking-steeped family thought he was crazy when he abandoned the Barossa Valley — the hot, dry region that is home to the country’s world-famous big, brassy shiraz. Trampling over the family’s century-old grape-growing roots on the Australian mainland, Glaetzer headed south to …
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Is Your Home Secure? Common Security Mistakes

By Anu Zeal on July 14, 2014, at 3:04 a.m.
Burglars aren’t as smart as you may think. They often need help in completing their crimes. Unfortunately, many homeowners and renters actually help these criminals break into their places by making mistakes. Common mistakes like having a hidden key in an obvious place makes it easier for burglars to get …
Jaiden Veal of Pleasant Point measures the diameter of a spruce tree during the Wabanaki Youth Science Program in Winter Harbor. The week-long program teaches native high school students about the scientific study of natural resources and combines them with traditional Native American culture.

Summer camp aims to create future environmental leaders in Maine’s tribes

By Nell Gluckman on July 13, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
WINTER HARBOR, Maine — Barry Dana is worried about the next generation of environmental leaders within Maine’s Native American tribes. The former Penobscot Nation chief said Tuesday he and others began to recognize several years ago that the tribal members running some institutions were getting older and there was no …
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Sen. George Mitchell to Introduce David Hart at Jesup Memorial Library July 15th

By Linda Rooney on July 13, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org Prof. David Hart, Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at UMaine, will present “Frogs, Floods & the Future: Balancing Environment …
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Jonah Gula '15 and Assistant Professor Cheryl Frederick conducting research on the Unity College campus in June.

Unity College Plays Leading Role in Bringing FrogWatch USA to Maine

By Mark Tardif on July 11, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
In a world beset by climate change, frogs and toads can provide clues about the severity of changes to ecosystems. FrogWatch USA is creating opportunities for volunteers to collect and report information about wetlands, including frog and toad populations. During the 2013-14 academic year Cheryl Frederick, Assistant Professor of Captive …
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COA professor selected for critical Kyoto Protocol post

By CollegeoftheAtlantic on July 09, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
Stabinsky to help evaluate work of fund that finances climate change programs BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Doreen Stabinsky has been appointed to a three-person independent review panel to evaluate overall operations of the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund. Stabinsky, professor of global environmental politics at the College of the Atlantic, is a …
The staff at the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, Kieve-Wavus, and the Maine Departmentof Environmental Protection line the entire bottom of a lagoon on Cranberry Cove in Damariscotta Lake on Monday with a thick PVC plastic and rubber blended material to limit the growth of hydrilla.

Crews line section of Damariscotta Lake in effort to eradicate invasive hydrilla

By Paula Roberts, Lincoln County News on July 09, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
JEFFERSON, Maine — A dirty dozen gathered at Cranberry Cove on Damariscotta Lake on July 7 to lay down a black liner with the hope to snuff out hydrilla discovered there in 2009. Unlike the 1967 movie, in which convicted murderers were on a mission to assassinate German officers in …
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COA professor selected for critical Kyoto Protocol post

By CollegeoftheAtlantic on July 09, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
Stabinsky to help evaluate work of fund that finances climate change programs BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Doreen Stabinsky has been appointed to a three-person independent review panel to evaluate overall operations of the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund. Stabinsky, professor of global environmental politics at the College of the Atlantic, is a …
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Belfast ecovillage installs 11 more solar systems

on July 08, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine – Eleven families in Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage are installing solar systems on their homes this summer, in a community purchase initiative. The ultra-energy efficient homes at BC&E were designed for solar systems, thus most homes have enough space for panels to produce all or a majority of the household’s total …

Maine sues EPA over jurisdiction of water quality standards in Indian territories

By Christopher Cousins on July 08, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — State officials announced Tuesday that they have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a decades-long dispute involving water quality standards on Native American lands. The conflict centers on whether Maine has jurisdiction over the tribes within their own territories. Though the state argues that it was …
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‘Symphony of the Soil’ screening in Camden

Bangor Daily News on July 08, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden CAMDEN, Maine – The Camden Conference and Maine Farmland Trust will present a showing of Debra Koons Garcia’s new documentary “Symphony of the Soil” at 7 p.m. Friday, August 22, at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm …
 
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