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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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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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