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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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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: 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.
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.
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.
Report tells of lakes' health
Sun Journal - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program has released its 2008 Maine Lakes Report.
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.
'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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