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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 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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