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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
Philosophy professor talks about our obligation to nature
Capital Weekly - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Greg Fahy's attitudes about how people should treat animals are part of a larger belief that humans should look on the entire natural world as an end in itself, not merely regard it as a resource to be stewarded.
How clean is the river?
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to work on the bill that could upgrade a portion of the lower Androscoggin River from Class C to Class B. The DEP said it's not sure the river meets the Class B standards under the worst conditions, but Friends of Merrymeeting Bay says its research indicates that it does.
Verso machines to idle for 2 weeks
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Verso Paper will idle three of its four paper machines on a staggered basis at the Androscoggin Mill between March 6 and March 23 due to market conditions. The company is also idling all four of its machines for two weeks at the Bucksport Mill.
When the snow gets deep, keep deer in mind
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

There are a number of benefits to be reaped from time spent on skis or snowshoes. Though you shouldn't feel guilty about startling a deer in a winter forest, it is admirable to consider avoiding disturbing deer when they are most vulnerable.
Giving them a lift
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

For the last 12 years, the state Department of Marine Resources has been manually helping alewives move from the Kennebec to Seven Mile Stream to Webber Pond. The way Nate Gray sees it, we should all see it the way people in Maine saw the alewife population 200 years ago, before dams became popular.
Opinion: What's the challenge of hunting animals that can't go anywhere?
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Canned hunting. The phrase itself is nothing but an oxymoron. How do you hunt for something in a preserved or sealed container? Talk about the proverbial shooting fish in a barrel!
Opinion: Keep Maine Woods as carbon sink
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The Forest Ecology Network is calling for the Maine Woods to be designated as a National Carbon Storage Forest.
Can't stop warming, so it's time to deal with it
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

It's too late to prevent climate change. So deal with it. That was the message this week, when a team of UMaine researchers presented a new report on Maine's future. The bottom line was: Even if the entire world stops burning all oil, coal and gas, Maine is still going to get warm and wet enough over the next 100 years to change its environment, economy and way of life.
Winter is for the birds
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Danby cartoon.
Buzz, Baxter together again
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Two things are certain: First, Buzz Caverly was a tireless wilderness advocate in a rapidly changing world. And second, if you want to learn more about the man and the park he dedicated his life to, Phyllis Austin can help. She recently completed a book that delves into the inner workings of the park and into the life of its longtime director.
Guilford seeks to become lilac, chickadee capital
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Guilford has long been a pass-through community to the Moosehead region, but if a group of residents has its way, the town will become a destination. The Guilford Economic Development Board has a long-range goal of blanketing the town with fragrant lilacs. Another part of the “branding” effort is to have Guilford designated as the Chickadee Capital of Maine.
Hams set up for Can-Am race
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Putting on a distance event like the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race would be all but impossible without reliable communication. On Friday afternoon ham radio operators from around the state were at Can-Am central getting their marching orders and preparing to head into the North Woods.
Bridge permit OK’d for Katahdin trails
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

State and local officials set as a top goal the introduction of ATV trail networks to the Katahdin region Friday after town volunteers announced they had secured a key permit from the Land Use Regulation Commission.
Discovery TV’s ‘American Loggers’ wows Millinocket
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

“Perfect!” said Tom St. John. “It doesn’t get any better!”
Not out of the woods
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Logging industry observers expect a wave of layoffs in Maine
Ruling helps U.S. lumber
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

The U.S. lumber industry scored an economic victory Thursday after an international court ruled Canadian producers must pay millions of dollars in additional taxes for violating a bilateral trade agreement.
Opinion: Gore guilty of spreading fear about environment
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Gore is, without question, the most successful fearmonger in America, if not the whole world. He is constantly spinning climate change in the most horrifying terms possible. He asserts global warming as the author of nearly every calamity, inflating threats in order to bully people into agreeing with him.
Herring Trawlers Damaging Groundfish
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Maine groundfishermen and the environmental group Earthjustice are asking a federal court to banish herring trawlers from certain areas of the Gulf of Maine. They've filed a lawsuit that claims midwater trawlers are damaging stocks of cod, haddock and other groundfish.
"Darth Vader" Returns
Other - Friday, February 27, 2009 

NRCM has found that Plum Creek, after ignoring the “stop work” recommendation of an independent inspector, recently caused significant erosion resulting in a 900-foot mudslide. A Plum Creek spokesman said this was “not a mudslide,” instead, he said, “there was an erosion event in which sediment moved down a hill.”
Wild Coastlines
Other - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Stand on top of Pulpit Rock, on Maine's Bold Coast and you get a glimpse of the America that greeted the first European explorers to venture here, nearly 400 years ago. National Geo Traveler, March 2009, p. 87.
Salaried mill workers leaving this week
Sun Journal - Friday, February 27, 2009 

The last of the 30 salaried employees scheduled to lose their jobs at NewPage Corp. in Rumford are expected to be done by Saturday.
Maine loggers on Discovery Channel Reality series
Morning Sentinel - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Pelletier Brothers Inc. of Millinocket will be the focus of a new reality TV series, "American Loggers," which debuts at 10 tonight on the Discovery Channel.
Letter: Windmills 'likely caused Don Quixote's dementia'
Kennebec Journal - Friday, February 27, 2009 

We should all be grateful to Dr. Albert Aniel for pointing out that windmills cause a "worrisome set of symptoms," resulting in myriad health problems.
Bucksport mill to idle for 2 weeks
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 27, 2009 

The local Verso Paper mill will be idling most of its workers for two weeks in March as part of the company’s continuing efforts to match production with orders, according to a mill spokesman.
Bill demands dam-power priority for Katahdin mills
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 27, 2009 

Seeking to ensure that Brookfield Asset Management sticks with the Katahdin region’s two paper mills, town councilors will travel to the state capitol next week to testify on behalf of a bill requiring Brookfield to give the mills priority when allocating electricity created by its dams.
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