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Action Alert - Saturday, July 21, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). 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
Protect the Endangered Species Act from Republican attacks
Action Alert - Saturday, July 21, 2018 

The Endangered Species Act itself is now as threatened as the wildlife that it's meant to protect. Republicans in Congress and the fossil fuel industry recently proposed new legislation to severely weaken the decades-old law that has saved dozens of endangered species and helped the recovery of hundreds more. What's more, the Trump administration just announced its own plans to roll back protections in the ESA to make it easier to de-list species. Sign the petition. ~ CREDO Action
Moonlight Paddle on Babassus Lake, Jul 27
Event - Posted - Friday, July 20, 2018 

July full-moon paddle in the heart of the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. Boats launch from Babassus Landing, campfire at Dawn Marie Beach, July 27, 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Fund for Maine Land Conservation
Announcement - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

The Fund for Maine Land Conservation of the Maine Community Foundation seeks grant proposals to support land preservation.
Sears Island Tree Identification Workshop, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 19, 2018 

Natural science educator Kevin Doran will lead a tree identification workshop on Sears Island, July 26, 3-5 pm.
Urge Poliquin to VOTE NO on Biggs’ amendment #129
Action Alert - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Urge Rep. Bruce Poliquin to VOTE NO on Rep. Andrew Biggs’ amendment #129. It would take funds for the National Park Service maintenance backlog from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. A vote is expected July 18 about 2 pm. Poliquin's offices: Lewiston (207) 784-0768; Bangor (207) 942-0583; Caribou (207) 492-1600; DC (202) 225-6306.
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The Trump administration is waging an all-out assault on some of America’s most cherished national lands. Tell President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke to keep their hands off of our spectacular national monuments.
Great Old Broads for Wilderness meet, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a national grassroots organization led by women who believe strongly that we need to act now to protect our wild natural areas, will be planning outdoor activities, service projects and social events for the next few months. At Rockport Public Library, July 25, 4:30 pm.
Nominate someone for lifetime outdoor achievement award
Announcement - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking nominations for its annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award. Deadline: August 8.
Climate Communications Report
Publication - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

This report from the Land Trust Alliance and the Open Space Institute aims to provide helpful guidance on how to talk about climate change.
Maine Open Farm Day, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. July 22.
Hike Number 4 Mountain with Moosehead Trails, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

Join local volunteers from Moosehead Trails at Number 4 Mountain for a day of hiking and trail work. Near Greenville, July 22, 2018 9 am - 4 pm.
Hike-the-Guide: Penobscot Shore Preserve Hike, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 14, 2018 

Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust for a Hike-the-Guide outing. At Penobscot Shore Preserve, Prospect., July 21, 9-11 am.
Redneck Regatta, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 14, 2018 

Join this wacky race of “boats” constructed of cardboard and duct tape. At Prince Thomas Park, Lincoln, part of the Loon Festival, July 21, 1-2:30 pm.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
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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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