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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
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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