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Action Alert - Saturday, November 17, 2018 

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 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
Friends of Baxter State Park auction, thru Dec 5
Announcement - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Own a piece of Baxter State Park history: retired Park signs and other special items. Proceeds are split between Baxter State Park and Friends of Baxter State Park. Runs November 8 - December 5.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail auction, thru Dec 2
Announcement - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Win paddles, tents, maps and more in the Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, thru December 2.
Petition: Restore the head of children's health protection
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Dr. Ruth Etzel is the EPA's top expert on children's health. A pediatrician and epidemiologist, her job is to protect children from toxic chemicals, pesticides and lead in our environment. But a month ago with no explanation, Trump's acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler abruptly put her on leave. Tell Wheeler: Restore Dr. Ruth Etzel to the Office of Children's Health Protection. ~ CREDO Action
Petition: Convert BIW to deal with climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Climate crisis would be addressed by conversion of Bath Iron Work's considerable industrial capacity to building public transportation and/or renewable energy infrastructure.
Petition: No coal exports from military bases
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Interior Secretary Zinke is the subject of more than one dozen federal investigations. Despite this, he is continuing to make reckless decisions that threaten the country. Speak out against Zinke's plans to use military bases as export terminals for coal and natural gas.
Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Lucille Stott, Brunswick, Maine, resident, former president of Thoreau Farm Trust, and former editor of The Concord Journal, presents her new book, “Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods.” At Thoreau Farm, Concord, MA, November 18, 2 pm.
Hike: Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Scott Dickerson and Janet Readfield will lead a hike while sharing the history of the mountain with majestic views. At Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Hope, November 17, 9-11 am. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
National Take a Hike Day, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.
Dawnland, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Screening and panel discussion of the documentary Dawnland about how Maine government systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. At USM, Portland, November 16, 5:30 pm, free but get tickets in advance.
Raptors Program, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Birder and photographer Don Reimer will give a visual presentation on Maine raptors. At Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Rethinking Strip Redevelopment to Strengthen Your Community, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Learn how towns can improve the appearance and functionality of commercial corridors to bring in new residents, employees and activity. At Topsham Library, November 15, 4-7 pm. GrowSmart Maine members $10, public $20, students $5.
Atlantic Salmon Restoration, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Denise Buckley, US Fish and Wildlife Service senior staff biologist, will chronicle the response to the listing of Atlantic salmon in eight of Maine’s rivers as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in December 2000. At at Belfast Library, November 15, 6:30 pm.
The Land that Sustains Us: Stories from the Field, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

A live storytelling night with 3 Maine farmers. At Maine Historical Society, November 15, 6-8:30 pm, $10 for Maine Historical Society and Maine Farmland Trust members, $15 general.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument management plan meeting, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

The National Park Service is developing a management plan for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Public meeting at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, November 14, 6-8 pm.
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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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