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Action Alert - Wednesday, March 20, 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). 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
Why Going Native Matters, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Heather McCargo, found and executive director of Wild Seed Project, presents "Why Going Native Matters: Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience." At Portland Public Library, March 27, 5:30 pm.
Urge Maine's Agencies to Investigate and Halt PFAS Contamination
Action Alert - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Highly persistent and toxic chemicals known as PFAS may be lurking undiscovered in farmlands across Maine. State records show that at an Arundel dairy farm, PFOS was in milk at the highest level ever reported anywhere. Urge Maine Ag and DEP commissioners to test the fields, stop sludge spreading, and phase out PFAS products. ~ Environmental Health Strategy Center
Retired Game Warden Randall Probert, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Author, raconteur, and retired game warden Randall Probert will speak to the Hebron Historical Society on “Maine Tales and More.” At Hebron Town Office, March 26, 7 pm.
The Forests of Lilliput: The Miniature World of Lichens & Mosses, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel talks about the natural history of lichens, mosses and similar plants. At Topsham Library, March 26, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Celebrating Maine’s Wild Creatures, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Speaker: Ed Robinson, author of “Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More.” At Curtis Library, March 16, 7 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Monday, March 18, 2019 

Friends of Casco Bay staff scientist Mike Doan talks about warning signs and Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca shares the impacts to marine species and how Mainers are responding. At Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, March 25, 5:30 pm.
Mount Pisgah winter trek, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Kennebec Land Trust Stewardship Director Jean-Luc Theriault will lead an off-trail excursion on Mount Pisgah to visit special places that are typically less accessible. Meet at the Mount Pisgah Community Conservation Area parking lot in Winthrop, March 24, 1 pm.
Maine Maple Sunday, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Maine Maple Sunday is a long tradition where Maine’s maple producers open their doors to their sweet operations for a day of educational demonstrations, sugarbush tours, fun family activities and samplings of syrup and other great maple products. Many sugarhouses are open Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, and throughout the season.
Winter Family Fun Day at Lily Bay State Park, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Ice fishing, snowmobile tote rides, winter camping demo, bonfire, scavenger hunt and free loan of cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice skates, snow tubes and sleds. At Lily Bay State Park, Moosehead Lake, March 23, 10 am - 3 pm.
Winter wildlife tracking workshop, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Naturalists and certified wildlife trackers Brendan White and Matt Dickinson lead a winter wildlife tracking workshop. At at Long Ledges Preserve, Sullivan, March 23, 9-11:30 am. Sponsored by Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Livestock producers are invited to learn about grass-based production and how grazing systems can become more profitable and environmentally sound. At Kennebec County Community College's Alfond Campus, Hinckley, March 23, 8:30 am - 3 pm.
Maine becomes a state, Mar 15
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

On this day in 1820, March 15, Massachusetts lost over 30,000 square miles of land as its former province of Maine gained statehood. Mainers had begun campaigning for statehood for years following the Revolution. The Massachusetts legislature finally consented in 1819. What no one foresaw, however, was that Maine's quest for statehood would become entangled in the most divisive issue in American history — slavery.
Maine Land Conservation Conference, Apr 5-6
Event - Posted - Friday, March 15, 2019 

Maine’s robust land conservation community comes together to train on best practices in all aspects of land trust work, connect with peers, and grapple with the most pressing issues facing land conservation today. At Topsham area, April 5-6.
Thoreau Society & Thoreau Farm Trust online auction, thru Mar 29
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

This auction contains many rare books written about Henry David Thoreau and other items for every Thoreauvian.
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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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