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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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News Items
Fort Kent a vote shy of wind farm moratorium
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The article banning wind farm applications or wind farms in town for six months failed in a 45-45 vote by secret ballot during a town meeting.
Port readies options after Domtar decision
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

While eastern Washington County waits to see what its largest employer plans to do with its pulp mill, the port authority here is making plans. Port authority director Chris Gardner says he is pursuing the importation of windmills and the bulk-shipping market.
Letter: Forestry and deer herd
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The state government allowed a Canadian company to buy state land. It stripped the land of the forest, year after year, including deer yards. Now, they put the blame on the harsh winters.
Tiny sailboats to roam ocean this summer
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

Five miniature sailboats will be roaming the North Atlantic this summer at the whim of the wind and currents. “This is a great for teaching geography, time zones, weather, navigation and map skills,” said Educational Passages founder Richard Baldwin of Belfast.
World Water Forum
WERU Radio - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

Jennifer Greene, Executive Director, Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, talks about World Water Forums held at various locations around the world. She offers her unique, holistic approach to water and water rights issues, locally & globally.
Opinion: Protect kids from effects of pesticides
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

The Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has an opportunity to establish model legislation for ensuring the public’s right to know about pesticide use around them.
Opinion: Mainers patience with Nestle dries up
Other - Monday, March 30, 2009 

USM Free Press - Nestle bought Poland Spring in 1980. Now municipalities across the state are struggling for sovereignty against this billion dollar foreign corporation that wants their water.
Opinion: Do it to debt
Capital Weekly - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Environmental groups are asking us to go in hock to the tune of $87 million to buy more public lands. Meanwhile, the public lands the state already owns, namely its state parks, need maintenance and repairs costing an estimated $40 million that nobody is talking about appropriating.
Interior Secretary's Remarks re the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act
Other - Monday, March 30, 2009 

The measure puts into law the 26-million acre National Landscape Conservation System within the Bureau of Land Management and adds 2 million acres of new wilderness across the country. It will also preserve 1,000 new miles of wild and scenic rivers.
Opinion: Green-collar jobs could help level the playing field for workers
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Converting current skill sets to conservation and alternative energy is a national priority.
Letter: Bike lanes encourage bad practices
Portland Press Herald - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. The idea of a vehicle type-specific lane runs counter to basic tenets of sound roadway design.
Obama envoy: Time to act on warming
Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2009 

Once booed at international climate talks, the United States won sustained applause Sunday when President Barack Obama's envoy pledged to "make up for lost time" in reaching a global agreement on climate change.
Opinion: Global warming, is it consensus or censorship?
Sun Journal - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

There is a growing body of opinion that global warming is a fraud perpetrated by liberal politicians and their scientific acolytes who want more control over our lives.
Editorial: The great humbling of paper
Sun Journal - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

It is a Maine sight rarer than an orange lobster: a paper company executive in the governor's office, talking about how state government can help the industry, in full view of lawmakers and media. Paper is, pardon the cliché, "too big to fail" in Maine, especially for the rural communities it supports.
Canadians Invest in Maine Alternative Energy
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Sunday, March 29, 2009 

An interview with Jeanne Bisaillon-Cary, President of the Maine International Trade Center about why Canadian firms are putting money into Maine alternative energy projects.
Opinion: Envisioning a future of green energy
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

It’s time for the whole world to wake up and prevent much of our present civilization being destroyed by sea level rise, extensive extinction of sea life by acidification, accelerating losses of potable water and arable land leading to inevitable rampant migrations and resource wars, and the spread of human and agricultural tropical diseases north.
Owners of Kineo Flies are now working in perfect tandem
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The fly-tying shop where Anne Coburn and husband Mike produce thousands of flies annually really is a long table, in the middle of their house, where they make some of the most remarkable impersonations of baitfish on the market.
Sportsman Show offers more than ever
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The 29th annual State of Maine Sportsman's Show runs April 3-5 at the Augusta Civic Center, and this year the largest and most prestigious outdoor-sports event in the state has the most attractions it has ever had in its history.
Baldacci touts Northeast Energy Corridor
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Gov. John Baldacci says Irving Oil is serving as the catalyst for a Northeast Energy Corridor connecting Maine and New Brunswick. He says Maine can serve as a hub to markets in southern New England that are hungry for clean, renewable electricity.
Ex-millworkers with service sector jobs see pay drop
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Laid-off millworkers in eastern Maine who have taken jobs in the service sector have found their pay and benefits sharply reduced, primarily because much of the industry is not unionized, according to a report released in Maine Friday by the workers’ rights group Food AND Medicine.
Debate continues over threat posed by pike
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Paul Johnson is a retired state fisheries biologist whose recent stance and frequent public statements have drawn the ire of many conservationists who have enthusiastically supported the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
UN lauds effort to reforest Appalachia's mountains
Associated Press - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative is a movement to replace trees uprooted in the search for coal. The campaign is being lauded by the United Nations Environment Programme, which wants to plant 7 billion trees worldwide in the next three years to combat global deforestation.
Lights going out across the globe
Associated Press - Saturday, March 28, 2009 

The lights are going down from the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower to Sears Tower, as more than 2,800 municipalities in 84 countries plan Saturday to mark the second worldwide Earth Hour.
Pollution on the rise in Maine
Sun Journal - Friday, March 27, 2009 

Toxic emissions and waste management data released by the U.S. EPA revealed that 99 facilities in Maine reported releasing 11.1 million pounds of chemicals into the environment. That's up 507,291 pounds over 2006 releases.
Editorial: Bring this fishery back
Boston Globe - Friday, March 27, 2009 

Within days of her confirmation as head of NOAA, Jane Lubchenco was meeting with New England fishermen to get their views on one of the thorniest decisions she will have to make: whether to back an extremely tight federal limit on commercial fishing for the season that begins May 1.
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