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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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Editorial: Conflicted Secretary
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

Maine's Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap also finds time to serve on the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine board of directors. Mr. Dunlap may have strong feelings about SAM's mission, and he may be diligent in his job as secretary of state, but he exercises poor judgment by mixing the two.
Veterans group urges energy reforms
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

The push for comprehensive energy policy reform that would reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign oil is hardly a new concept. But people need to hear that message from more than just environmentalists. Eckstein, an Army veteran who represents a group called Operation Free, said Tuesday at UMaine in Orono that military “people might be willing to listen to veterans about this issue. This isn’t some left-wing radical idea.”
Acadia to hold session on marine protected areas
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

A public information session about federally recognized marine protected areas, and what it might mean for Acadia National Park, has been scheduled for April 13 at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth Middle School.
Letter: The dirty sock strategy
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

If there weren’t so much at stake in the Mallinckrodt-HoltraChem story, their whining and deep investment in PR puffery — to convince us rubes that the plan to do a partial cleanup ought to be good enough for Orrington — and threats of endless appeals would be amusing. What really needs to happen is for this company, which owns this mess, to act like an adult, stop pouting about it and clean it all up now.
R.I. regulators reject plan to sell wind power
Associated Press - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 

Rhode Island regulators Tuesday dealt a major setback to a proposed offshore wind farm, rejecting an agreement between Deepwater Wind to sell power from eight turbines proposed off Block Island. Gov. Don Carcieri, who has said the wind farm and power-purchase agreement would create jobs and benefit the environment, said he was "stunned" and disappointed. The Block Island plan was to have been a demonstration for what Deepwater Wind hoped would eventually be a larger offshore project involving about 100 turbines.
Montville voters OK ordinance for wind energy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Residents voted at Saturday’s annual town meeting to join some of their Waldo and Penobscot county neighbors in adopting a strict wind energy ordinance that would require mile-wide setbacks between wind turbine towers and homes.
Eddington to consider wind moratorium
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Residents at tonight’s annual town meeting will vote on whether to enact a six-month moratorium on commercial and residential wind energy facilities to give planners the time they need to craft an ordinance that fits the town.
Opinion: Coyotes not subject to ‘wanton waste’ rules
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

When the governor signed a bill that jump-started the state’s open-water fishing season on Thursday, he also enacted a number of other provisions in the so-called “omnibus” legislation. The state will now allow bear hunters to utilize six, instead of four, dogs while pursuing bruins in Maine. Wasting game is still not allowed, but the new law adds the phrase “this subsection does not apply to coyote.” The new law also allows the placing of a carcass on any lake, pond or river that is used for domestic drinking purposes, as long as the carcass is used for bait by those hunting coyotes, and as long as the carcass is removed before the ice melts and the carcass falls into the water.
First Wind set to test the waters with IPO
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Maine's most prominent wind energy developer is attempting to go public and issue stock, aiming to fund aggressive growth plans. Boston-based First Wind Holdings LLC is preparing an initial public offering, in which it hopes to list common stock on the Nasdaq market under the symbol WIND. The outcome of First Wind's effort could affect Maine's energy future and the public debate over how many wind turbines to erect and where to put them.
Letter: Letter writer was right about Maine woods park
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Besides protecting a magnificent landscape, a North Woods park would help Maine's economy. Who doesn't respect Percival Baxter for his generous gift to Maine of Mount Katahdin and its immediate environs? Now it's our turn to create what could be the Yellowstone of the Northeast
Letters: No wind power near Bigelow, please
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Thirty-five years ago this spring, Mainers exhibited the incredible foresight in creating the Bigelow Preserve. Right now, the issue is about opposing one wind project that has been proposed for a site where it should not be placed....I understand Angus King's desire to see wind power developed in Maine, but if this development harms Highland in ways that can't be repaired, it's not First Wind who will lose.
Opinion: Next Year, Everyone Will Need a License to Fish in Maine
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 

Thanks to an intensive month-long lobbying effort by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine aided by a few key legislators, freshwater anglers will not have to purchase a new, separate saltwater fishing license.
Maine conservation chief to be sworn in
Associated Press - Monday, March 29, 2010 

The commissioner of the agency that oversees state parks, public lands and wildlands development in Maine will be sworn into office today. Elizabeth Townsend has been serving as acting commissioner since January. Before joining the Conservation Department, Townsend was executive director of the Maine League of Conservation Voters and the Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund. She also served previously a state representative.
Baldacci signs saltwater license bill
Associated Press - Monday, March 29, 2010 

Gov. John Baldacci has signed into law a bill creating a saltwater recreational fishing registry, ending a four-year debate over the issue. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2011, meets a federal mandate for states to set up their own registries this year or face having a federal registry with fees next year.
House OKs concealed guns in Acadia
Associated Press - Monday, March 29, 2010 

A bill restricting guns at Acadia National Park moved a step closer to final passage Monday as the House routinely approved a measure that changes the previous no-gun policy by allowing a few exceptions — including an exception for concealed weapons.
Letter: Big wind encroaching
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 29, 2010 

No one is asking the majority of residents living in the unincorporated townships of Maine how they feel about having the tops of their mountains covered with huge wind turbines and flashing red lights. When they complain about the noise, no one cares. When they complain about the flicker effect, they are told to stop whining. What about the effects on wildlife near these wind farms?
Editorial: Ground Condor Expansion
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 29, 2010 

More information is needed before a decision is made on expanding a military flight training area in western Maine. The state’s major concerns include the impact of noise levels from civilian plane traffic on wildlife habitat in the area. Allowing the public to share its concerns is a help. Better would be for the Air National Guard to show that it truly considered alternatives and that the negative consequences for Maine truly are necessary for military readiness. Until that happens, this proposal should be put on hold.
Can fishermen tap into tourism?
Bar Harbor Times - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Clive Farrin of Boothbay Harbor is a lobster fisherman who, three years ago, started taking one or two paying passengers at a time when he went out to haul traps. Farrin shared his experience at a session on how fishermen can tap into the tourism dollar, hosted by Maine Sea Grant at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport. Farrin said it didn’t take long for him and his sternman to realize that they had a good thing going.
Peregrine falcons nesting at Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor Times - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Acadia National Park staff have observed the adults engaging in courtship and pre-nesting behavior, signaling the birds' intentions to nest and raise chicks into and beyond the middle of the summer. Peregrine falcons are identified as a state endangered species and with the fledging of more than 90 chicks over the last 19 years, Mount Desert Island's falcon pairs have become the foundation of Maine's peregrine falcon recovery program.
Thrills, chills, spills galore at St. George River Race
Herald Gazette - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

With temperatures in the 30s and ice on the tree branches near the side of water, the scenario was set Saturday for plenty of thrills, chills and spills during the 31st annual St. George River Race. And the popular event did not disappoint. The event, which starts in Searsmont and finishes in Appleton, is the start of the whitewater paddling season.
Surf’s up, dude
Capital Weekly - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Surfers at Reid State Park have their own culture. They share a skill, a passion, and a unique language in which the word “dude” can be applied as a noun, verb, exclamation, greeting, or simply allowed to stand alone as a complete sentence. They also make quite a splash with our park visitors. Whether you call them thrill-seekers or “crazy fools,” the show that these adrenaline junkies put on is absolutely riveting.
Tidal energy center gets approval to begin in-stream testing
Capital Weekly - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

The Tidal Energy Demonstration and Evaluation Center based at Maine Maritime Academy received a special order of clarification from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be established as the only in-stream tidal energy device testing facility in the United States.
AMC Maine Woods: Scenic skiing, comfy lodges
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

The Appalachian Mountain Club is refurbishing the cabins at Chairback Lodge, renovating the lodge, and making a variety of other improvements in order to open the place to the public by early next winter. The lodge will be the 4th link in the fabulous AMC lodge to lodge ski route route, along with Medawisla Lodge, the privately-owned West Branch Pond Camps, and Little Lyford Ponds Lodge. We are on one of the AMCs few scheduled trips here this winter.
Wind tower ordinance turned down
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

The only request voters turned down at Saturday's town meeting in Unity was an article asking them to enact a moratorium ordinance for wind mill towers more than 35 feet in height. Officials wanted an ordinance in place to protect the town until a more permanent ordinance could be developed for next year. But some said the wording of the article could be better crafted and returned to voters for approval at a special meeting.
Wind-farm pioneer ties family farms to Wall Street
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Worlds away from Wall Street, Dan Juhl runs Juhl Wind – one of a few publicly traded companies helping communities and farmers develop their own wind projects.
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