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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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MAINE REPORTS: 'Eco-resort community' proposed
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 30, 2008 

The owner of 3,300 acres of undeveloped land that abuts the entrance to the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park is exploring development of an "eco-resort community."  Two closed-door meetings have been held thus far to discuss the proposal with town officials and state legislators.
Rock snot threat has fishermen on lookout
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 30, 2008 

Rock snot, also commonly called didymo, is an invasive species that appears to hitch rides from one river to another on boots or waders worn by fishermen. Once introduced to a new stream that has clean, fast-moving water, didymo can spread quickly and coat the rocky bottom with gooey brown mats of algae, potentially impacting river ecosystems, including fish populations.  It was detected in New England last summer and could spread to Maine waters without vigilance.
Over 100 Contaminants Found in Maine Birds - Unprecedented Study Finds
Other - Thursday, March 27, 2008 

The BioDiversity Research Institute recently released a new report documenting that over 100 harmful contaminants were found in 23 species of Maine bird eggs.  Contaminants found included flame retardants (PBDEs), industrial stain and water repellants (PFCs), transformer coolants (PCBs), pesticides (OCs), and mercury, though banned chemicals were significantly lower than in the past showing the effectiveness of this method of toxics prevention. Source: The Free Press.
250 children in Maine are found to suffer from lead poisoning annualy
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

House Speaker Glenn Cummings on Tuesday called childhood lead poisoning "a completely preventable disease" that can be wiped out with education and money raised by keeping in place a 25-cent-per-gallon fee on paint. Cummings, a Portland Democrat, said he and his wife were stunned to learn years ago that their 18-month-old son suffered from lead poisoning related to home renovations.
Mars Hill wind farm celebrates a year of clean power
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

State officials touted Maine’s capacity to become a major producer of pollution-free wind power on Tuesday during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of electricity production at the Mars Hill wind farm. The Aroostook County facility has produced an estimated 133.5 million kilowatt-hours of power since beginning commercial operation in late March 2007. That is roughly the equivalent annual electricity demand of more than 19,000 New England homes.
Land trusts awarded $666,566 grant
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 26, 2008 

A recently announced conservation grant will protect 3,800 acres of wetlands, adjacent uplands and more than three miles of shoreline in the greenway corridor north of Bangor Mall extending to Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Hudson.
Bowdoin to Offset Carbon Emissions with Wind Power
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 

Bowdoin College has announced a three-year agreement to buy so-called renewable energy certificates, or REC's, from the owner of the Mars Hill Wind farm in Aroostook County.
Environmental Regulators Defend Treatment of Maine Scientist
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 

The Environmental Protection Agency is defending its dismissal of a Maine scientist from a panel assessing chemical safety, following industry allegations of bias. But others say a double standard is at work, and Governor John Baldacci wants the panelist reinstated.
Global Warming: Is the debate over?
LivingGreenMaine.com - Monday, March 24, 2008 

UNITY — The Global Warming debate in the scientific community is essentially over, according to Dr. George Jacobson of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. “These are facts that are not disputable at all in any scientific way,” Jacobson told the crowd gathered Saturday morning, March 15, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Education Center in Unity. MOFGA held its Spring Growth Conference on “Energy, Climate and Agriculture” over the weekend.
For some, recycling takes much creativity
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 23, 2008 

For most Portlanders, recycling couldn’t get much easier. Just throw paper, plastic and metal into a single bin and haul it to the curb once a week.
Bangor: Mall area pollution focus of draft plan
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 21, 2008 

Local officials received mixed reviews Thursday on a draft plan to reduce pollution in the Penjajawoc Stream and Meadow Brook without stifling development in one of the city’s prime commercial districts.
OPINION: Energy Audit highlights opportunities to conserve
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

The Co-op recently underwent an energy audit, performed by the State's Energy Program, as a part of our current upgrading and replacing of our line of deli, meat, and cheese coolers.
Belfast Eat Local Celebration planned
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

Celebrate community, the local harvest, good food and Maine farmers and producers! Throughout March, folks have taken part in an Eat Local Challenge, using Maine-grown food from their larders and from local producers. Once the Challenge is completed, the public is invited to join participants and local growers to celebrate with a community potluck and dance on Wednesday, April 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the UU Church in Belfast.
Sustainable and renewable energy the way of the future
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

BELFAST — Environmentalist and sustainable lifestyle practitioner Bob Bailey wants you to use renewable energy, and it is hard to find fault with his reasoning. First of all, he’ll explain that the expiration of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil is looming in the not-so-distant future.
Criticism of Plum Creek's plan continues
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 20, 2008 

New sparring has broken out between critics of the Plum Creek development proposal for the Moosehead Lake region and the developer.
Opinion: Plum Creek deal good one for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 

As the chief economic development officers for Somerset and Piscataquis counties, we welcome a healthy debate about what constitutes sustainable economic development in northern Maine.
Groups join for effort to add land to refuge
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 

Several conservation organizations are teaming up for a $7 million land acquisition that would preserve a rare, largely undeveloped 110-acre piece of property along southern Maine's coast in Kennebunkport.
Saco wind turbine off to a slow start
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 17, 2008 

Though power output is below expectations so far, the windmill is attracting plenty of attention.
OPINION: Is modern religion relevant to the greatest challenge humans have ever faced: global warming?
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

Human beings and Earth are facing a potential catastrophe. Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime. As global temperatures rise and sea levels climb, shrinking glaciers are significant contributors to rising seas. There’s little doubt that greenhouse gasses released by agriculture, industry, automobiles and coal-fired generation are a key factor in changing the world’s climate.
Belfast Energy Challenge winner gets CFS bulbs
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

The winner of the first Belfast Energy Challenge turned down the thermostat five degrees and put on ski togs to stay warm. Belinda Pendleton and her husband, Dr. Thomas Maycock, won the Participation Award and will receive an assortment of compact fluorescent light bulbs, which save energy and last longer.
MOFGA hires director for Common Ground Country Fair
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

UNITY � The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has hired a new director for its annual event, the Common Ground Country Fair. MOFGA member and resident of Freeport Jim Ahearne joined MOFGA's staff this week, diving into coordinating the myriad details and logistics of Maine's renowned celebration of the organic harvest and vibrant local economies.
Farm links local growers, school lunch programs
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

Rippling Waters has invited nearly 60 other farms to meet with the food service directors in School Administrative Districts 6 and 55 on Monday in anticipation of Maine Harvest Lunch Day, when students eat meals made from local crops. "It's a way to begin to establish a dialogue between farmers, local food producers and supervisors for the school lunch program," said Richard Rudolph, executive director of Rippling Waters, a nonprofit farm operating on 12 acres of land.
Polluted Penobscot bears further study
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

A federal judge has called for more studies on how best to deal with mercury pollution in the lower Penobscot River caused by the former HoltraChem chemical manufacturing plant in Orrington.
EPA tightens amount of smog allowed in counties nationwide
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

The air in hundreds of U.S. counties is simply too dirty to breathe, the government said Wednesday, ordering a multibillion-dollar expansion of efforts to clean up smog in cities and towns nationwide.
Ellsworth company, EPA settle violations
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 13, 2008 

An Ellsworth construction company was fined $16,017 for violations of the Clean Water Act and has agreed to contribute an added $87,154 to fund an invasive species control program at Acadia National Park.
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