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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 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.
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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