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Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute,
Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 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.
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.
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.
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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