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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 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
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Paris to Pittsburgh, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

This award-winning documentary celebrates how Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Followed by a panel discussion about climate action in Maine with Kristine Corey, energy efficiency coordinator at AmeriCorps; Stephanie Miles, of Maine Conservation Alliance; and Jill McLaughlin, of ReVision Energy. At First Universalist Church of Auburn, July 18, 5:30 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 am - 2 pm.
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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: 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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