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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
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!”
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.
Not out of the woods
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 28, 2009 

Logging industry observers expect a wave of layoffs in Maine
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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