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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
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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