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Action Alert: Take Action to Protect Maine’s North Woods from Scattered Development

Friday, November 18th, 2016
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Important decisions will be made soon that will shape the path of development in areas of northern, western, and downeast Maine — including Maine’s North Woods. Let Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission know you don’t want them to weaken zoning laws by taking a few minutes to complete their survey.

Loud voices are urging Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC, formerly LURC) to allow scattered development throughout their jurisdiction, potentially negatively impacting wildlife habitat, clean water, large undeveloped landscapes, and more.

The LUPC is taking stock of the adjacency principle it uses to guide new development in its jurisdiction to appropriate places. New development is limited to locations within one mile of existing compatible development unless the area is already zoned for development. Learn more about the adjacency principle, by visiting this link.

Revising or eliminating the adjacency principle could mean that subdivisions and other incompatible development would be allowed in areas now reserved for wildlife habitat, recreation, agriculture, and forestry. 

The LUPC has created a survey to develop an understanding of the land use needs and desires of Mainers. They want to hear from you about the areas in their jurisdiction that mean the most to you and the qualities that make them places you want to live, work, own property, or recreate.

Please fill out the LUPC survey and be sure to express concern with scattered development and sprawl throughout the entire jurisdiction.

Let the LUPC know what you hope for the future of the areas they serve so they can evaluate the importance of the adjacency principle in managing development to preserve the qualities Mainers most value.

Thank you for speaking up for Maine’s special places!

JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
[email protected]
(207) 781-2330 x224



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Action Alert: Rally Against Proposed Anti-solar Net Metering Rules

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
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The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has proposed the most extreme anti-solar net metering rules in the country. We need your help to fight these changes!

Please join us at a rally and public hearing at the PUC on Monday, October 17.

What: Solar Rally and Public Hearing
When: Monday, October 17, rally at noon, public hearing at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Maine Public Utilities Commission, 101 Second Street, Hallowell, ME

Please RSVP on Facebook and share with your friends!

Maine is missing out on the tremendous opportunity to capture solar power—a clean, local energy source that could create hundreds of good new jobs and reduce electricity costs for Mainers.

Last month, the PUC issued draft changes that would gut net metering for future customers. Net metering has made it possible for thousands of Maine homes and businesses to own and produce their own solar power.

The PUC’s proposed rules will set Maine back even further on solar power. The proposal includes charging solar customers transmission and distribution rates even for the power that gets consumed on site!

I hope you can join us at the rally and public hearing on October 17. Your participation is critical to show Mainers support solar energy, local jobs, and energy choice.

Thank you,

JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
[email protected]
(207) 781-2330 x224



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Action Alert: Attend a Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Listening Session

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
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npsNow is your chance to share your hopes, ideas, and concerns for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

This September, the National Park Service (NPS) will host a series of public discussions on the future of the new monument. This is the start of a three year process to complete the monument’s management plan that will guide the direction of future work and activities.

I hope you can attend one of the upcoming NPS listening sessions and help shape the overarching vision for the monument lands.

Upcoming Community Listening Sessions:

Staceyville, ME
September 15, 6:30-8:30 pm
Katahdin Middle/High School

Medway, ME
September 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
Medway Middle School

Millinocket, ME
September 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
Stearns High School

Bangor/Orono, ME
September 29
Location to be determined

Maine Audubon will be urging the NPS to protect and enhance:

  • Riparian habitat along more than 30 miles of rivers and streams and at least seven ponds.
  • Habitat for over 75 species of birds, including migratory forest birds that depend on this internationally significant area as their primary breeding habitat.
  • Mature forest habitat structure to support those forest birds and other wildlife like American marten that depend on or use more mature forest habitat.
  • Extensive wetlands, including Inland Waterfowl and Wading Bird Habitat designated as “Significant Wildlife Habitat” by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Critical habitat for the federally endangered Canada lynx.
  • Critical and important fish habitat – especially for wild eastern brook trout and endangered Atlantic salmon.
  • Nine rare Natural Communities identified.
  • Rare aquatic species that require clean cold water, including species of freshwater mussel, dragonfly, and turtle.
  • Landscape connections, linking the lands with other conservation lands including Baxter State Park, the International Appalachian Trail, the Debsconeag Wilderness, the 100-mile Wilderness, and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

It’s important that the National Park Service hears from you!  Please share your views about the future of the new national monument at one of the listening sessions to be held across the state this September.

Thanks for your support,

JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
[email protected]
(207) 781-2330 x224



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Action Alert: Speak Up and Protect Brook Trout Waters

Monday, July 25th, 2016
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We wanted to let you know about an upcoming Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) rulemaking process that includes proposals to protect ponds identified as brook trout waters through Brook Trout Survey volunteer efforts, including proposals to add Moose Pond and Little Fowler Pond to the state’s list of “Heritage” Brook Trout Waters.

We encourag​e you to SUPPORT these two proposed changes by either attending one of the rulemaking hearings listed below or submitting written comments.

State Heritage Fish Waters are lakes and ponds that contain populations of eastern brook trout and/or arctic charr and have never been stocked or have not been stocked in at least 25 years. These lakes and ponds are protected from accidental introduction of non-native fish by resticting use of live fish as bait, and cannot be stocked by MDIFW.

The full proposed package of fishing rule changes can be viewed or downloaded here.

Public Hearings

Presque Isle: July 26, 6:30 pm,Northeastland Hotel, Red Room, 436 Main St.
Millinocket: July 27, 6:30 pm, Stearns High School, Auditorium, 199 State St.
Ellsworth: July 28, 6:30 pm,Ramada, Breakfast Room, 215 High St.
Farmington: August 2, 6:30 pm,University of Maine Farmington, Olson Student Center, N. Dining Hall B, 111 South St.
Brunswick: August 4, 6:30 pm, Comfort Inn, Breakfast Room, 199 Pleasant St.

​Written comments are due by August 17, and may be sent via email or regular mail to Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395 email: [email protected]

We hope to see some of you at the public hearings.


Sally Stockwell
Director of Conservation, Maine Audubon

Jeff Reardon
Maine Brook Trout Project Director, Trout Unlimited

P.S. In addition to supporting the addition of Moose Pond and Little Fowler Pond to the Heritage List, we also suggest you encourage MDIFW ​to move quickly to add additional waters with confirmed brook trout populations to the Heritage List. The following background information may be useful for your comments:

Since 2011, more than 360 volunteers for the Remote Pond Survey Project have completed surveys of 380 remote ponds for which no previous survey data was available. Based on the volunteer survey results, MDIFW staff have completed follow-up surveys on 81 of these, documenting populations of brook trout in 59. None of these ponds has ever been stocked or previously surveyed. Volunteers have committed more than 6,800 hours to this effort.

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Action Alert: Explore What Comes Next for Solar In Maine

Monday, June 6th, 2016
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Join us for a series of forums around the state that will help answer your questions and explore what comes next for solar in Maine. The series, entitled The Future of Solar in Maine, will bring leading voices on the issue to communities across the state.

Forums are planned for:

  • Waterville: Thursday, June 23
  • Bangor: Tuesday, June 28
  • Rockport: Tuesday, July 12

More details coming soon!

The Legislature’s failure to pass a comprehensive solar bill means Maine does not have a plan to get out of last place regionally on solar. However, the status quo means solar remains a good option for many Mainers.

You’ll also hear more about what’s next at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which is set to review and consider changes to net-metering. Net-metering is the simple, effective mechanism existing in Maine—and most other states—to give solar customers credit on their electricity bills for the solar power they provide to the grid when they aren’t using it.

Maine Audubon and partners were deeply engaged in the solar campaign at the Legislature and are committed to defending net-metering at the PUC. I hope you will attend one of the upcoming forums to learn how you can help.

Thank you,
JenniferJenn Burns Gray
Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate
[email protected]
(207) 781-2330 x224



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