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The Gulf of Maine: From Wildlife to Working Waterfronts

By swhplibrary on Sept. 01, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 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 SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant Marine Extension associate at College of the Atlantic, will discuss the Gulf of Maine and its future …
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Land trust announces schedule of monthly speaker series on conservation topics of interest to Maine

on Sept. 01, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
UNITY — Sebasticook Regional Land Trust is launching a monthly speaker series, “Restoring Connections to Place,” regarding a wide variety of conservation topics of interest to Maine. The programs, free and open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month, at the Sebasticook Regional …
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Soil and Water Conservation District seeks nominees

By Amy Polyot on Sept. 01, 2016, at 8:49 a.m.
BANGOR — Those who wish to run for the office of district supervisor for the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District, may contact the district office at 1423 Broadway, Suite 2, by calling 947-3555, ext. 3, to obtain nomination papers. Nomination papers must be received by the district office …
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Think & Drink: Citizenship and the Climate

By Maine Humanities on Aug. 30, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Nocturnem Draft Haus, 56 Main St, Bangor, Maine For more information: 2077735051; mainehumanities.org/blog/think-drink-blog/think-drink-bangor-2016/ Join us for a free happy hour panel discussion featuring Darren Ranco, Department Chair of the University of Maine Native American Studies Department; Anne “Andy” Burt, Founder, …
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Joanna Macy & the Great Turning – Film Showing

By Karen Marysdaughter on Aug. 30, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St, Suite 100, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-9343; peacectr.org This beautiful, wise and evocative film captures the crisis and possibility of our times. In Joanna Macy and the Great Turning, …
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Addressing carbon pollution now will ensure that Acadia stays pristine for another century

By Rich MacDonald on Aug. 29, 2016, at 11:56 a.m.
By taking strong action to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, we can help make sure this national treasure will stay pristine and healthy for another 100 years and beyond.
A floating wind turbine, installed by StatoilHydro and Siemens, is seen off the coast of Norway.

Backers hope nation’s first offshore wind farm will jump-start an industry

By Brady Dennis, The Washington Post on Aug. 28, 2016, at 2:50 p.m.
Building offshore turbines to capture ocean winds has long appealed to U.S. proponents who see them as an untapped source of renewable energy. Yet, efforts to jump-start the industry have faltered.
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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. …