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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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; hey, we're all connected). 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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News Items
Water Rights in Maine
WERU Radio - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Guest: Emily Posner.
Teen took shelter in wilderness cave
Associated Press - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Eagle Scout Scott Mason kept his cool as overnight temperatures dropped around New Hampshire's Mount Washington, building a rock cave to protect himself from the mountain's notorious winds while stranded in the wilderness for three nights.
New WMNF land protects trail access
Sun Journal - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

According to the Trust for Public Land and the U.S. Forest Service, $500,000 in restored federal funding was used to protect the public trail heads of the Miles Notch and Haystack Notch trails and links to the Caribou-Speckled Mountains Wilderness .
Letter: Keep open small roadside parks
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Maine has received millions of our tax stimulus dollars and now wants to eliminate maintaining the roadside parks for tourists in Maine because it costs too much.
Governor names Poland Spring an 'environmental leader'
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Poland Spring Water Co. has been recognized as an "environmental leader" because it achieved a 46 percent fuel reduction, surpassing the 37 percent goal it set going into 2008. The company also surpassed its commitment to recycle 92 percent of its waste stream, now at 96 percent.
Stimulus funds may help save energy
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Federal economic stimulus dollars for an expanded program to weatherize thousands of Maine homes and trim energy costs are expected by June. The package will cost $36.9 million over two years and will create 1,000+ jobs, measuring the efficiency of homes, insulating buildings and installing solar panels.
Forest officials watch for invasive beetles
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

While the Asian longhorned beetle is not yet known to be in Maine, forest experts are worried that if the eggs slip in through a load of firewood, it could cripple Maine’s maple syrup and hardwood industries and have a detrimental effect on tourism, experts warn.
Forest Service warns mudders to follow laws
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Maine Forest Service District Ranger Jeff Currier said Wednesday that a growing number of landowners, along with hikers, hunters, anglers and other recreational land users, are complaining that heavy four-wheel-drive trucks have caused deliberate damage to remote forest access roads.
Under pressure, Maine calls off salmon season
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

Maine officials have reluctantly canceled the monthlong fishing season for Atlantic salmon scheduled to begin this Friday in the latest possible sign of escalating tension between the state and the federal government over the imperiled fish.
A Push to Shed More Light on Electricity Sources
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, April 30, 2009 

West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee may seem like a long way from Maine, but environmentalists want Mainers to start thinking about those states every time they open up their electricity bills. That's because they say more than 800 square miles in Appalachia has been destroyed by mountain top coal mining. And coal is a cheap source of electricity.
Falmouth green team wins Eco Challenge
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

A group of Falmouth High School students captured first place in the Lexus Eco Challenge and won $30,000. The team's entry for the air and climate challenge addressed issues of global warming and climate change, as well as vehicular and industrial pollution in the atmosphere.
Opinion: There's money in 'them thar' trees; it comes from bird tourists
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

How different birders are from anglers. An angler wouldn't share a hot fishing tip or spot with his or her mother. Birders will tell you everything, eagerly. Here in Maine, some folks, especially Rep. Robert Duchesne, are working to create a birding economy. Check out his MaineBirdingTrail.com Web site.
Bill bars smoking on Maine park beaches
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

The state Maine Senate gave final approval to a bill that bans smoking in places where people commonly congregate at state parks or other historic sites, sending it to Gov. John Baldacci for his signature.
Federal funds to benefit wildlife
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

Maine will receive $4.3 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, part of a $280 million investment from the federal stimulus package that will fund more than 800 projects nationwide.
East Millinocket paper mill to restart May 5
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

The Katahdin Paper Co. LLC mill will restart May 5 with enough orders to keep at least one machine running for the rest of that month, mill officials said Tuesday. Exactly how many workers furloughed since April 10 will return to work remains unclear.
Opinion: Do right thing for town, environment
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

Clean up of the HoltraChem site in Orrington appears to be on the wrong track. There is an opportunity to do better.
Report tells of lakes' health
Sun Journal - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program has released its 2008 Maine Lakes Report.
'Dark skies' bill passes
Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

A bill intended to prevent outdoor lighting from ruining Maine's dark, starlit skies has won final Senate approval and been sent to Gov. John Baldacci. As amended, it calls for a review of Maine's existing commercial outdoor lighting standards so recommendations can be presented to lawmakers next January.
Endangered Species Protections Restored
Other - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Today, Interior and Commerce Secretaries announced the restoration of rules under the Endangered Species Act that help protect imperiled species when government decisions or projects are implemented. The rules were weakened in the final days of the Bush administration.
Pill-disposal idea hard for drug companies to swallow
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Maine could become the first state to require drug companies to collect and dispose of unused medications that might otherwise be misused or flushed into rivers and streams.
Barbs fly at hearing on ocean fishing
Times Record - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

A hearing Monday about creating a saltwater fishing license or registry in Maine morphed into a debate about conservation measures, whether they work and who should pay for them.
Augusta seizes abandoned paper mill site
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Augusta city officials said they expected to take ownership of the former Augusta Tissue mill, known for years as Statler Tissue, at midnight Monday, when a tax foreclosure process was to conclude. The city is then planning to demolish and level the structures at the 17-acre riverside mill.
IF&W try to lure anglers to do better
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is strongly encouraging anglers to refrain from using soft plastic lures and pick up biodegradable or digestible ones instead.
Opinion: LNG projects key to Maine’s long-term energy policy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Natural gas supplies about 40 percent of Maine’s electricity and sets the price of electricity more than 80 percent of the time. The push to clean up the environment by switching from coal and oil to natural gas has not been met with a commensurate buildup in gas supply. There is a solution — the permitting and construction of one or more of the Maine liquefied natural gas projects proposed for Passamaquoddy Bay.
Tourism summit draws worldwide travel buyers
Sun Journal - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 

Nearly 350 delegates from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan and China were expected to attend the 14th annual Discover New England Tourism Summit, which runs through Wednesday at the Sunday River Resort in Newry.
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