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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. 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
Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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News Items
GE looks to build wind turbines in Britain
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

General Electric is considering building wind-energy turbines in Britain as the country prepares to spend $120 billion boosting its offshore wind capacity. ''When you deliver machines of the size and scale of these units you need to be close to where these wind farms are located."
Investment in U.S. clean energy stalls
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

The political stalemate in the United States stands in sharp contrast with the situation in other countries that are major competitors now and into the foreseeable future -- especially China and the European Union. In these countries, investment is booming in the development and production of low-carbon-emission energy technology such as wind and solar power and improved electric power grids.
Letter: Rush to wind power
Sun Journal - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

Gov. John Baldacci’s task force has rushed plans through the Legislature to meet his power generation goals to allow companies to erect about 1,700 windmills on about 340 miles of Maine’s mountaintops. Those 400-foot-high turbines will be set on huge holes blasted in 15,000-40,000 acres of unspoiled forests. Where are the tree-huggers and the wildlife activists on this issue?
Letter: Sensible clean energy future
Sun Journal - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

J. Dwight seemed a reasonable man, so I was surprised at his Perspective column in the Sun Journal Feb. 17. Offering a series of false assertions about wind power, he neglects mentioning its indisputable benefits, nor the overwhelming threat of climate change.
Opinion: Delve into a clever kingdom
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

Recently, I bought Bernd Heinrich's ''Winter World," a wonderful nature book by one of the world's more prolific and entertaining naturalists. He owns a cabin west of Farmington. Here in Maine, Heinrich spends time with meticulous, scientific studies of our fauna and flora.
Letter: 'Atomic energy is just a stupid way to boil water'
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

Stupid and dangerous! That was Buckminster Fuller's quote, and it's even more relevant today. With all we know about it, we still don't know how to dispose of the radioactive waste!
Editorial: Better science necessary to protect fish stocks
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

It's easy for the industry to blame the regulators for the closure of the sardine cannery in Prospect Harbor. However, there is a case to be made that the problem is not over-regulation but under-regulation. Preserving the fish stocks and the jobs that depend on them is the best way to avoid more tragic losses like the Prospect Harbor closure from shutting down what's left of one of Maine's most important industries.
Letter: Fishing permit banks trying to address severe problem
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

While there are 3,000 fishermen along the eastern Maine coast between Penobscot Bay and Canada, none of those fishermen is currently catching groundfish. There are two reasons for this. First, the fish disappeared inshore 15 years ago in eastern Maine. Second, federal fisheries managers just allocated future fishing rights based on how many fish fishermen caught starting 15 years ago -- when no one was catching fish in eastern Maine.
Letters: Pull trigger on guns in Acadia?
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

I do not want to see open carry in Acadia or on the Appalachian Trail. However, I am in favor of allowing concealed carry of personal firearms for citizens who have permits....Whatever the rationale, it would change the experience of visiting a national park in Maine; it has nothing to do with hunting, which always has been banned in Acadia; and it really doesn't appeal to many members of the NRA or SAM who don't care about the swagger of carrying handguns in public.
Opinion: Wind project comes at great cost
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

It is time to take a step back from industrial mountaintop wind power and to develop an energy policy that is not driven by the profits to be made from federal subsidies. After this mountaintop gold rush has played out, Mainers will be left with a despoiled landscape and the magic of the mountains will be gone forever.
Surf, tides may shape future of beloved beach
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 28, 2010 

The shifting Morse River has eaten away sand dunes to within 25 yards of the bath house and septic system at Popham Beach State Park. This weekend, an unusual trifecta of ocean surf and tides could solve the decades-old erosion. A tidal surge and a pounding surf, followed by astronomical high tides, may be enough to recut the original river channel, which will result in a visibly enlarged beachfront.
Greenhouse project promotes self-sufficiency
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

The Greenhouse Project already has built several small greenhouses, including one at the Brooksville Elementary School, which has been growing vegetables throughout the winter months. The hope of founders Tom Adamo of Penobscot and Tony Ferrara, is to encourage more people to grow their own food.
Future engineers check out wind, electricity at annual expo
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

1,000 or so students who visited the more than 60 exhibits at the 12th annual Engineering Expo at the University of Maine. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center helped attendees put together model wind turbine platforms.
Letter: Help save Acadia
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

What is the need for looser gun regulations in Acadia? "Look Mom, there's Old Faithful. Look Dad, there's a Smith and Wesson." Will there now be calls for rifles on Katahdin?
Super Bowl of oil-spill drills coming here
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

An unusual scene is set to unfold off the Eastern Promenade next month, involving hovering helicopters, Coast Guard boats and Maine Marine Patrol vessels. The activity will be part of a major oil-spill response drill on March 24, when as many as 1,000 emergency workers will descend on Portland.
Port of Eastport set to spend $6.5M in expansion
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

With the infusion of $4.5 million in state transportation bonds and another $2 million in federal stimulus money, the port of Eastport is poised to diversify. Right now, the port’s only customer is Domtar, a paper mill in Baileyville that sends pulp all over the world. But soon there may be two new facilities in Washington County, one that would produce wood chips and a second that would manufacture wood pellets.
Acadia National Park official clarifies marine proposal
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

An Acadia official on Friday clarified where marine protected areas in the park would exist if any such areas were created within the park by the federal government. Earlier reports suggested that waters outside the existing park boundary on Mount Desert Island and Isle au Haut would be included in proposed marine protected areas, but David Manski, head of Acadia’s resource management division, said that is not the case.
Campobello park seeks to offset loss of visitors
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

There is no doubt the international park on this small island is a treasure shared by both Canada and the U.S. But park officials have noticed a marked downturn recently in the number of visitors crossing from the U.S. to the Canadian island to enjoy the park. When the U.S. implemented new border crossing requirements last year, visitors apparently thought crossing the border too difficult.
Letter: No conscience
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 27, 2010 

What happened here in Millinocket, I didn’t want happening at Fraser Paper in Madawaska. Young people are leaving the area. Businesses are closing. Many concessions were given away here at our mill and what good did that do? Now you see the higher-ups getting big bonuses. Don’t these people have a conscience?
The Atlas of Global Conservation
Other - Friday, February 26, 2010 

No one has ever tried to collect everything we know about nature on planet Earth — until now. On Earth Day 2010, The Nature Conservancy and University of California Press will publish The Atlas of Global Conservation, bringing together for the first time such information as where animal populations are concentrated, which species are in imminent danger of extinction, where forests are disappearing most rapidly, and where nature is thriving.
Calculating the value of carbon in trees
Other - Friday, February 26, 2010 

Marketplace - Delegates at the global climate summit failed to figure out a way to stop the destruction of the world's forests. But some lawmakers think they have a solution, and it relies on financing from some of America's biggest polluters.
Wyoming wind tax, rules move through Legislature
Other - Friday, February 26, 2010 

The Wyoming Senate voted Friday to impose the nation's first state excise tax on wind energy production, and committees in both legislative chambers advanced new regulations on the state's fledgling wind industry.
Opinion: 50 Simple Ways to Get Off
Other - Friday, February 26, 2010 

Orion - What I want is for us to think like members of a serious resistance movement. That means a commitment to winning. For me, winning means living in a world with more wild salmon, more migratory songbirds, more amphibians, more large fish in the oceans, and for that matter oceans not being murdered. It means less dioxin in every mother’s breast milk. It means living in a world where there are fewer dams each year than the year before. More native forests. More wild wetlands. It means living in a world not being ravaged by the industrial economy.
Maine trailing N.H. in tapping Canadian power
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 26, 2010 

Maine shouldn't expect lower-cost, Canadian hydroelectricity to flow through the state via new transmission lines in the near future, a top Hydro-Quebec executive said Thursday. Hydro-Quebec plans to concentrate first on expanding its exports to New England with a line through New Hampshire. He did have advice, however, for how Maine can lower electricity prices: Diversify a fuel mix that's too heavy on natural gas, and build enough transmission to handle more wind and hydro generation.
Economic report gives Maine two gold stars, four red flags
Bar Harbor Times - Friday, February 26, 2010 

The Maine Economic Growth Council has released its “Measures of Growth 2010” report Areas where Maine moved toward its benchmarks included conservation of lands and sustainable forest lands.
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