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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. 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
Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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News Items
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Park ranger resigns in wake of night hunting conviction
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 27, 2009 

Reid Caron, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway assistant park ranger who pleaded guilty in February to night hunting and was sentenced, has resigned from his position.
Editorial: Saving Maine’s Downtowns
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 27, 2009 

The Land for Maine’s Future program has had phenomenal success winning voter approval for borrowing money for land purchases. A variation on the idea, Communities for Maine’s Future, would seek $27 million in bond funding to shore up another critical part of Maine’s quality-of-life assets — its historic downtowns.
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