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Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute,
Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 23, 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
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 2 pm.
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News Items
In The County, ire, concern over land use changes
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 28, 2008 

FORT KENT , Maine - Aroostook County residents voiced their fears, frustrations and suspicions toward state regulators Sunday during a meeting on potential changes to land use policies in Maine’s vast Unorganized Territory. The Land Use Regulation Commission is seeking feedback on proposed alterations to the planning document that guides policy decisions...
DOE Awards $30 Million to Biofuel Project in Old Town
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced last Friday that Red Shield Environmental in Old Town has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant of up to $30 million. The grant will support the development of a cellulosic biorefinery at the Old Town pulp mill. 
 
Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Enacted
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

Last Friday the Maine State Legislature enacted LD 2257, the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.  Maine now joins 40 other states that have adopted uniform building and energy codes. Maine was the only Northeastern state, and one of only 10 nationally, that did not have a statewide energy-efficiency standard for new homes.
MMA Exploring Potential for Tidal Energy Testing Center — Public Forum in Castine April 30
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) and its industry partners engaged in exploring the possibility of establishing a Tidal Energy Device Evaluation Center (TEDEC) in waters local to Castine will host an open forum on Wednesday, April 30.  
Maintaining State Land Open for Hunting
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

LD 648, “An Act To Maintain the Amount of State Land That Is Open for Hunting,” was signed last Wednesday by Governor Baldacci.  It ensures that the number of total acres of land open to hunting on public reserved lands and lands owned and managed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife does not fall below the acreage available for hunting as of January 1, 2008.
A Tale of Two Farms -- Maine Farmland Trust and Aldermere Farm Collaborate to Preserve Farmland
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 24, 2008 

Maine Farmland Trust and Aldemere Farm partner to preserve Erikson Farm and local tradition of agriculture in Rockport.
At UM, ecovillage idea gains allies
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 23, 2008 

"York Village" dorm renovation plans to model permaculture sustainable living practices by fall of 2010.
Editorial: Don't waste Earth Day
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 

Requiring the recycling of computer and television monitors — and having manufacturers cover most of the cost — has diverted tons of lead from Maine landfills while saving residents money. As the country marks Earth Day, the state’s e-waste program can offer a model for the handling of other products that contain hazardous materials or that can be reused or remade into other items.
Observing Earth Day just the beginning for some
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 

While today marks the 39th annual Earth Day, central Maine residents have already begun observing the occasion. And they'll continue to in the coming weeks, with events meant to raise awareness of ways to live life "green."
Editorial: Earth Day ideal must translate to problem solving
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 

Our collective thinking has to evolve from merely recognizing that pollution we can see is bad, to crafting policy that accepts that nearly everything we do has an impact on the environment.
More churches going green
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 

Earth Day was born exactly 38 years ago on college campuses, and many universities are still leading the environmental movement. But today, churches also are helping drive a new green ethic, both by example and by doctrine.
Goldeneye ducks, winter birds leave Maine, ring-necks arrive
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Ring-necked ducks don’t care for salt water, even in winter. They spend the winter in the South on fresh water, often in forested swamps. In the spring in Maine ring-necked ducks appear when the ice goes.
In Maine, fishing major contributor of shore debris
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Every spring and fall since its inception MITA has brought volunteers to Maine’s islands to remove flotsam from the shore. Spanning a day or a weekend, these island cleanups are volunteer-driven and include stops on multiple islands. In 2006, nearly 70 volunteers participated in more than 12 events and removed more than 250 bags of marine debris
Solar — Delivered Daily to Your Door, Free
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Oakhurst Dairy goes solar in deal with Ascendant Energy of Rockland, saving up to 7,500 gallons of heating oil yearly.
Moratorium on New Coal Gasification Plants Enacted
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Governor Baldacci held a ceremonial signing of LD 2126, “An Act To Minimize Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Coal-Powered Industrial and Electrical Generating Facilities in the State,” in his office on Tuesday.
Bill Aims to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, April 17, 2008 

A bill aimed at preventing childhood lead poisoning and eliminating the estimated 550 cases of lead poisoning in Maine children each year was enacted by the Maine Legislature last Thursday.
City Energy and Climate Committee looks back on progress as Earth Day approaches
LivingGreenMaine.com - Wednesday, April 16, 2008 

BELFAST — Andrew Carpenter can recite a list of accomplishments for Belfast when Earth Day comes on April 22.
King pushes for offshore wind turbines
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 16, 2008 

BRUNSWICK — As governor, Angus King liked to pitch a big idea, like giving laptop computers to all seventh-graders. Now, as a wind energy entrepreneur, he's floating a whopper. King said Tuesday that the state should launch a massive research and development effort to create a $15 billion network of offshore wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine over the next 10 years.
Eco-Community Proposed for Schoodic Peninsula
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, April 16, 2008 

Environmental groups and residents of the picturesque Frenchman Bay region near Mount Desert Island are expressing concern about the consequences of a proposed eco-resort community. Over three thousand acres of scenic wilderness on the Schoodic Peninsula are being eyed for the development.
Wind Power Gets Big Boost in Maine
Other - Friday, April 11, 2008 

The Maine Legislature today approved legislation to promote wind power development in Maine as part of a strategy to improve energy security, control electricity costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide economic and environmental benefits to Maine people.
Author, Activist Jim Merkel tours Maine for Earth Day
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, April 11, 2008 

BELFAST — Jim Merkel is the authority on how to reduce one’s ecological footprint.
East Belfast students learn about climate change
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, April 11, 2008 


BELFAST — Students in Mrs. Hoenig’s fifth-grade class learned about greenhouse gases and climate change during a Maine Energy Education Program (MEEP) presentation Wednesday morning.

Baldacci touts wood energy use
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 11, 2008 

ORONO, Maine — Baldacci administration officials said Wednesday that Maine’s vast commercial forests contain enough "waste wood" to heat 150,000 homes and small businesses without reducing fiber supplies to existing mills.

Wind tower proposal on table in Addison
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 11, 2008 

ADDISON, Maine — Bonnie Thompson said she wasn’t optimistic when she applied last fall to erect an 80-foot wind tower on her property in Addison.

License fee proposal divides Maine sportsmen
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 11, 2008 

AUGUSTA, Maine — Several of Maine’s sportsmen’s organizations were divided Thursday over a proposal to charge hunters and fishermen a few dollars more to help cover a budget deficit in the Maine Warden Service.

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