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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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Top 4 Reasons the US Still Doesn’t Have a Single Offshore Wind Turbine
Other - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

Despite massive growth of the offshore wind industry in Europe, a blossoming array of land-based wind turbines stateside, and plenty of wind to spare, the US has yet to sink even one turbine in the ocean. America’s small yet dedicated entrepreneurial corps of offshore developers are still chasing “wet steel,” as they call it, while their European and Asian colleagues forge ahead on making offshore wind a basic component of their energy plans. So what’s the holdup? Here’s a look at the top reasons that offshore wind remains elusive in the US.
Can the Endangered Species Act Protect Against Climate Change?
Other - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

Outside magazine - The Endangered Species Act turns 40 this year, and the list of species that it has helped federal agencies bring back from the brink of extinction is long and impressive. The authors of this landmark legislation were reacting to rampant development and pollution that was depleting habitats, specifically wetlands. But since 1973, another factor has emerged that is putting myriad species in peril: climate change. One specific result of this shift, sea level rise, is already putting the squeeze on a range of species. Surely, federal agencies can use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect species threatened by climate change, too. Right? Well, it's complicated, says Dave Owen, associate professor at the University of Maine's School of Law.
After summer glut, Maine mulls helping lobster biz
Associated Press - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

Lawmakers are looking to boost Maine’s troubled lobster industry with proposals that would pump more money into marketing the state’s signature seafood and offer tax breaks to encourage more lobster processing. The moves follow last year’s chaotic fishing season that saw a lobster glut, a crash in wholesale prices and tensions boil over. One bill calls for sharply increasing surcharges on lobster fishing, wholesale seafood and other lobster-related licenses, with the aim of eventually raising about $3 million a year in promotional funding.
Maine's slice of the sequester pie: Just how bad will it taste?
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

The Senate failed Thursday to prevent across-the-board federal budget cuts that almost no one is happy with, but it is unclear when the effects might be felt in Maine and how severe they might be. Homeland security officials have also warned that the cuts would reduce staffing at international border crossings around the country. But officials contacted Thursday did not provide additional specifics on regional impacts, such as on the small border-crossing stations on logging roads deep in the Maine woods that are vital to the state's forestry industry.
Wind Towers Maine’s New Tourist Attraction
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

Maine snowmobilers have discovered the allure of wind towers. First Wind, working with local snowmobile clubs and the Maine Snowmobile Association, has linked its wind towers in a 590-mile circuit through some beautiful Maine country. More than 200 snowmobilers participated in this year’s Stetson Wind Snowmobile Ride-In On February 16 including Carolann Ouellette, Director of the Maine Tourism Commission. Carolann knows a tourist attraction when she sees one.
2012 Maine elver season netted nearly $38 million, second only to lobster in fishery value
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

Maine’s Department of Marine Resources has released updated 2012 landings figures that confirm what many people already knew, if only unofficially: the value of the state’s elver fishery shot up significantly last year. The official preliminary tally of last year’s elver season, which ran from late March through the end of May, indicates that elver fishermen earned a cumulative total of nearly $38 million in 2012, which is approximately five times the cumulative total of $7.6 million that they got for their catch the year before.
The time I held a black bear
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

His eyelids were flickering, I noticed, as I shifted his limp body in my arms. Spruce bark and frozen leaves stuck to his thick, black fur. His body radiated warmth and a subtle earthy scent. The 31-pound black bear, just one year old, was unconscious and would remain that way for another half hour or so. As I looked at the animal’s disproportionately large paws (and claws), I imagined what one swipe of his arm could do.
Coast Guard says NH tug sinking human error
Associated Press - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

The U.S. Coast Guard says the sinking of a tugboat working on a new bridge between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, was due to human error. And the Coast Guard is considering an enforcement action against the operator of the tugboat Benjamin Bailey that sank on Oct. 24, while moored to a barge at the construction site of the Memorial Bridge. No one was injured, but the tug spilled an estimated 225 gallons of diesel fuel into the Piscataqua River.
Maine Fishermen's Forum kicks off for 38th year
Associated Press - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

The 38th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum gets under way Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Samoset Resort. The event is the largest of its kind in New England, bringing together fishermen, fishery managers, scientists, politicians, seafood dealers and others with an interest in commercial fishing. Between 2,500 and 3,500 people typically attend.
Letter: Resolving budget issues
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 28, 2013 

According to the Environmental Working Group’s farm subsidy database, from 2008 through 2011, the federal government gave almost $800 million in subsidies to the tobacco industry. In addition, according to the campaign Tobacco Free Kids, tobacco accounts for about $96 billion per year in health care costs. Oil companies make quarterly profits in the billions of dollars, yet we continue to subsidize them through tax breaks and access to federal lands, costing Americans billions. Let the free market control both. ~ Jim Flavin, New Sweden
A new way to look at mercury could make seafood healthier
Working Waterfront - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

Three years ago, a group of nearly 70 scientists formed the Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC). They reviewed current knowledge relating mercury contamination of the world's marine fish and found that mercury pollution is ubiquitous throughout the global oceans, from the Arctic to the tropics, from San Francisco Bay to the Gulf of Maine. C-MERC's research findings are especially timely, as the U.S. and other nations are working to prepare a legally binding instrument to control mercury releases to the environment. The C-MERC findings suggest that any steps this body makes toward controlling mercury emissions will impact seafood with a relatively rapid response time.
Column: Deirdre and her numbers
New Maine Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

Deirdre and Mark had an energy audit in 2007. When I ran into her the other day, I asked about their progress in home weatherization. They didn’t do anything. Had they acted on the recommendations in their energy audit report, Deidre and Mark would have reduced their oil consumption by 55 percent, for a total savings of $13,843 since the time of that audit. ~ Paul Kando
Research Suggests Scientists Have Overestimated Capacity of Wind Farms to Generate Power
Other - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte - People think of wind as an energy source with few limits, offering an unending power source with distinct capacity advantages over sources that deplete, such as fossil fuel. Yet, new research in mesoscale atmospheric modeling by UNC Charlotte's Amanda S. Adams and Harvard University's David W. Keith, published Monday, suggests that the power capacity of large-scale wind farms may have been significantly overestimated.
Artists who look to the forest for ideas, inspiration
Other - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

NCPR - Considered America's oldest working woodlands, the Northern Forest -- stretching from the Tug Hill through the Adirondacks to the coast of Maine -- is also home to a remarkable range of traditional artists. This month, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, opened a new exhibit that features art from among the trees. The pieces featured in the show come from northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Permitting Tar Permitting Tar Sands in Portland Harbor
Munjoy Hill News - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has written a three page letter to the Obama Administration asking that the owners of the Portland Pipeline not be allowed to pump tar sands oil from Canada through Maine without applying for a new permit and undergoing environmental review. The letter to the Secretary of State was signed by 17 other Senators and Representatives. Senators Collins and King did not sign-on to the letter.
Scrutiny urged on piping of tar sands through Maine
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

The growing debate over the possibility of Canadian tar sands oil being piped through Maine has spread to Washington, D.C., as members of Congress urge the State Department to require a thorough review of any proposal. Eighteen House and Senate members — including Maine Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud — are asking Secretary of State John Kerry's office to require a permit and an environmental impact review of any attempt by Portland Pipe Line Co. to move crude oil from Montreal to South Portland.
Some legislators seek to loosen sign regulations on Maine's roads
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

Maine's pioneering law banning highway billboards has withstood the test of time since it was enacted in 1977, but the spirit of highway beautification is under siege at the State House. Lawmakers are lining up to promote nine bills that would grant variances to state sign regulations for individual businesses and attractions. "Everybody wants a sign," Senate Minority Leader Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said Wednesday. However, managers of Maine roads and a major environmental group say all this has legislators on a slippery slope.
Three Maine towns inch closer to natural-gas pipeline
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

Town councilors in Yarmouth, Falmouth and Cumberland have agreed to begin negotiations with Summit Natural Gas to install a network of piping that would bring natural gas to homes and businesses.
Pingree: Support Growing for More Tar Sands Regulation on Pipeline
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

Maine 1st District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is gaining regional support for her position that the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Company undergo further environmental review before it's allowed to pump tar sands oil from Canada through Maine. Pingree, along with 2nd District Congressman Mike Michaud and 16 House and Senate colleagues, have written a letter to the U.S. State Department expressing their concern that the company's exisiting permit is not sufficient.
Developer, landowner appealing Passadumkeag Windpark decision
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

The developer and landowner of a proposed industrial wind site on Passadumkeag Mountain are appealing the state’s rejection of a project permit, officials said Wednesday. The Board of Environmental Protection will hear appeals filed by Passadumkeag Windpark LLC and landowner Penobscot Forest LLC of Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho’s rejection of the plan to build a 14-turbine site on the mountain.
Column: Our woods are thick with spruce, fir and nuthatches
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

The small birds that bop around our feeder a lot, and are not chickadees, are the nuthatches. They are red-breasted nuthatches almost exclusively, though once in a while a white-breasted nuthatch shows up, which is slightly larger and, well, has a white breast instead of a rusty-colored breast. The red-breasted nuthatches seem much more serious about what they’re doing than the black-capped chickadees.
College of the Atlantic student is first youth delegate for international conference on wildlife trade
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

Marissa Altmann, a student at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, will become the first youth delegate to attend an international conference of CITES — the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora — in March. Altmann will travel to Bangkok, Thailand, to participate in the CITES 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties held March 3-14, where she will be representing the Smithsonian.
Maine's decades-old billboard, signs laws under attack
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

Maine's pioneering law banning highway billboards, enacted in 1977, is under siege at the State House. Lawmakers there are lining up behind nine bills that would grant variances to state sign regulations for individual businesses and attractions. "Everybody wants a sign," said Senate Minority Leader Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport. But the Maine Department of Transportation wants all such bills tabled, and the Legislature's Transportation Committee already has honored that request in three instances. Peter Didisheim, advocacy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said his group opposes all nine bills.
Letter: Environmental kudos to delegation
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 

As a student at Colby College and a lifelong New Englander, I have developed a passion for the outdoors. Along with generations past and generations to come, I have discovered the uniqueness of Maine’s wilderness. That’s why I was disturbed to learn that Exxon Mobil hopes to reverse the flow of a 62-year-old pipeline in order to bring tar sands from Canada to Casco Bay. I applaud Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud for acting to protect Maine from tar sands by writing a letter calling on the government to require a full environmental review of the project and a new presidential permit. I sincerely hope Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins will protect Maine’s environment, economy and way of life from a dangerous tar sands by signing on to the representatives’ letter. ~ Casey Ballin, Waterville
Hike: Kingdom Woods Conservation Area
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 

The 800-acre Kingdom Woods Conservation Area includes the undeveloped 50-acre Fourth Pond, the upper watershed of Carleton Stream, and a variety of freshwater wetland and upland habitats of spruce, fir, red maple, red oak and white pine. The land can be explored by 3.25 miles of trails maintained by the Blue Hill Heritage Trust. The trust purchased Fourth Pond and 320 surrounding acres in 1998. Since then, the trust has acquired additional properties with donations and volunteer efforts so that Kingdom Woods now equals 800 acres.
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