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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Paris to Pittsburgh, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

This award-winning documentary celebrates how Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Followed by a panel discussion about climate action in Maine with Kristine Corey, energy efficiency coordinator at AmeriCorps; Stephanie Miles, of Maine Conservation Alliance; and Jill McLaughlin, of ReVision Energy. At First Universalist Church of Auburn, July 18, 5:30 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 am - 2 pm.
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News Items
Opinion: Being considerate makes the outdoors more enjoyable
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, January 31, 2009 

Outdoor ethics aren't always clear cut. What is clear, though, is that at least attempting to consider other visitors to outdoor areas is a vital part of being a responsible recreationist.
Sun power adds twist to review of CMP plan
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 31, 2009 

Acres of solar-electric panels installed near communities that use lots of power in the summer could be an alternative to a controversial and costly upgrade of the transmission system in southern and central Maine, a Portland-based energy company is asserting.
Bill would take bald eagle off state endangered list
Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2009 

With bald eagle populations on the rebound, there's a move afoot to remove the American symbol from Maine's list of endangered and threatened species.
Songbird activity increasing
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, January 31, 2009 

36 percent of Mainers participate in birdwatching or about 430,000 of us. This state's fish and wildlife (including birds) generate about $1 billion annually. That translates into about 4 times more than our economic input from skiing and snowboarding and approximately 3 times more than our sales in the potato and blueberry industries.
Eagles may leave state's endangered species list
Sun Journal - Saturday, January 31, 2009 

Maine's bald eagle population has increased to the point where two legislators proposed a bill this month to remove it from the state's list of Endangered and Threatened Species.
Book Review: Ah, Wilderness!
New York Times - Friday, January 30, 2009 

A Passion for Nature:The Life of John Muir, by Donald Worster, Oxford University Press.
Maine Coalition Calls On Legislature To Protect Environment
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, January 30, 2009 

The Environmental Priorities Coalition wants lawmakers to protect rivers and land, reduce climate change, protect people and businesses from exposure to dangerous chemicals and make it easier for Mainers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.
Environmental coalition lists legislative priorities
Sun Journal - Friday, January 30, 2009 

Members of 27 of Maine's environmental, conservation and health organizations met Thursday morning at the State House to lobby legislators about the importance of protecting Maine's natural heritage. The Environmental Priorities Coalition, which represents 100,000 members, also produced an environmental agenda to help guide legislators.
Raft of environmental bills in legislative hopper
Kennebec Journal - Friday, January 30, 2009 

Representatives of the Maine Environmental Priorities Coalition, a partnership of 27 groups, said Thursday they will lobby on behalf of six bills, including one addressing pesticides and another to recycle light bulbs that contain mercury.
MOFGA cited for deficiencies 2nd year in row
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 30, 2009 

The only organization in Maine authorized to certify organic farming operations in the state has failed U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections for the second year in a row. Despite the news, Russell Libby, executive director of MOFGA, praised USDA’s actions Friday, saying the agency “is finally doing its job and making sure that organic certifiers are up to snuff.”
Forest Advocates Expose Plum Creek's Destruction of Winter Deer Yards
Other - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Activists with the Native Forest Network (NFN) have reported an imminent threat to historic deer yards and late successional forests within an active Plum Creek operation.
Environmental, health groups urge action at State House
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Maine's Environmental Priorities Coalition held a news conference at the State House today to outline its top legislative priorities. The group identified six bills that would protect rivers and land, reduce climate change, protect people and businesses from exposure to dangerous chemicals and make it easier for Mainers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses.
Energy audit could cut city's costs
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

The city is poised to hire a Massachusetts firm to do an energy audit and serve as general contractor for energy improvements to city buildings. It would be Portland's first significant step toward its goal of reducing its energy costs and carbon footprint.
Is Changing Climate Keeping Whales In the Gulf of Maine?
Ellsworth American - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Changes in the ocean’s temperature may be keeping more right whales in the Gulf of Maine, or at least leading them to stay here during more of the year, and bringing them closer to shore. If true, the result could be “a nightmare for a lot of people on the coast of Maine,” according to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
Bills encourage wind power, small-scale energy production
Sun Journal - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

One legislative bill would eliminate property taxes on small, privately owned windmills for 10 years. Another would allow electricity customers who generate more kilowatt-hours than they use to get paid for their excess production.
Forum to address wind energy
Sun Journal - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

"Racing for the Wind: What does It Mean for Western Maine?" will be held from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Olsen Student Center on South Street at the University of Maine at Farmington.
Editorial: Maine may yet be able to set fuel-use rules
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Maine and the other states that want tighter fuel-emission standards will be granted the federal waiver, which will force auto manufacturers to do what they've avoided doing for far too long: clean up their act and clean up our skies at the same time.
New way to recycle computers
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Dell launched a free computer recycling service on Wednesday.
Letter: What will make people act on climate change?
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Whether global climate change is man-made or not, it will take all of us to change things enough to make a difference.
Letter: On northern pike
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

It is unbelievable that the state of Maine and the Penobscot Nation support such drastic changes to the ecosystem (“Group opposes Penobscot River restoration effort,” BDN, Jan. 16).
Editorial: Emissions reconsidered
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

With billions of dollars in federal money to help them through the economic downturn, American car companies should be expected to work with the Obama administration to find ways to make cars that drivers want that are also fuel efficient and pollute less.
Plum Creek Harvesting Draws Investigation
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Activists with a forest preservation organization say Plum Creek's logging operations southwest of Moosehead Lake are threatening deer habitats and 100-year-old trees. Plum Creek says it is harvesting timber according to state laws.
Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition - WERU
Other - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Maureen Drouin talks about Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition – 27 environmental, conservation and public health organizations that have come together to set priorities for legislation to address climate change, mercury, pesticides, energy efficiency and protection of Maine’s land and rivers.
Plum Creek cutting winter deer yards - WERU
Other - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

Landowners and hunters in the Greenville area are reporting that Plum Creek Corporation is cutting near important winter deer yards. They have approached the environmental group, Native Forest Network, hoping to find a way to prevent further destruction.
Maine environmentalists list priorities
Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2009 

The Environmental Priorities Coalition, which includes nearly 30 conservation, health, sporting, consumer and other organizations claiming 100,000 members overall, also is advocating a new bond issue to reinvigorate a state land-preservation program called Land for Maine's Future. Advocates said they have sponsorship for an $87.5 million borrowing package.
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