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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 

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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
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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