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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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Maine ready to assist in Gulf of Mexico
Associated Press - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Gov. John Baldacci says he's readying state agencies to assist with clean-up efforts in the Gulf Coast in the wake of one of the worst oil spills in the nation's history.
Young Turkey-Caller Demonstrates Winning "Cluck"
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Contestants gathered in Scarborough recently to square off in a turkey-calling contest sactioned by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Ten-year-old Tyler Fenderson of Shapleigh took first in Junior Division.
Closing Hampden Landfill Likely to Take Years
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, April 30, 2010 

After 35 years of maintaining a large and odorous presence over a portion of Interstate-95 just south of Bangor, the Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden is closing. But the process of closing the landfill will take up almost as much time as the facility was in use.
MCC Revs Up for the Season
Other - Friday, April 30, 2010 

The month of May will see the ranks of the Maine Conservation Corps field teams swell to more than 50 members and leaders. The nine summer trail crews will head out onto trails across Maine at the end of the month. A total of 13 environmental educators also will be joining the MCC this spring, several of whom will be serving in Maine’s state parks and public lands this season.
Obama says new oil leases will need safeguards
Associated Press - Friday, April 30, 2010 

President Barack Obama on Friday directed that no new offshore oil drilling leases be issued unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the explosion that unleashed the massive spill threatening the Gulf Coast with major environmental damage.
Washington County gets federal grants to identify contaminated sites
Working Waterfront - Friday, April 30, 2010 

The Washington County Council of Governments recently won two grants totaling $400,000 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to identify brownfield sites in the county for cleanup.
Letter: Fox Islands are benefiting from wind power
Working Waterfront - Friday, April 30, 2010 

I am absolutely amazed at the opposition to the Fox Islands Wind project. If your town is looking into wind power, come on out to Vinalhaven and listen to the turbines for yourself because nothing the naysayers or the supporters have to say can paint a true picture of the benefits (and drawbacks) of a windmill project.
Fire Danger Prompts "Red Flag" Warning
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Weather forecasters say a combination of low relative humidity, gusty winds and warm temperatures is creating explosive fire conditions in much of the state.
Bog award
Bar Harbor Times - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Friends of Acadia will receive $1000 for a bog restoration project at the Wild Gardens of Acadia National Park. Four other national parks that were in the running for a grant of $5,000 will also receive an equal share of the award.
Damariscotta man snags record-setting yellow perch
Capital Weekly - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Eric York of Damariscotta caught a record-setting yellow perch Feb. 28, 2010, on Damariscotta Lake. The fish weighed 1.73 pounds on a certified scale. The previous state record, caught in 1989, weighed 1.625 pounds.
Homeowners may be eligible for free water-quality test
Capital Weekly - Friday, April 30, 2010 

The Maine Geological Survey is offering free water quality tests to homeowners with private wells in select towns, during summer 2010, as part of the MGS’s ambient ground water-quality program. The tests, which will examine the presence of natural chemical components in the water, are being offered in Belgrade, Monmouth, Mount Vernon, Waterville and West Gardiner.
Editorial: Fish ladder in Brunswick needs to go
Sun Journal - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Only a few hundred shad have climbed the Brunswick fish ladder since 1985. That compares to the hundreds of thousands — perhaps a quarter of a million — that freely swam the river before the construction of the first dam in 1809, along with herring, Atlantic salmon and other natural species. So long as some species cannot pass the Brunswick dam, the communities along the lower reaches of the Andro, including Lewiston-Auburn, are being deprived of the full enjoyment of the river and the economic benefits of a restored fishery.
Outlays elusive on state's $42M weatherizing program
Kennebec Journal - Friday, April 30, 2010 

New statistics released by MaineHousing (formally Maine State Housing Authority) state that more than 1,300 Maine homes have been "weatherized" through the early stages of a program funded by $42 million in federal stimulus funds. MaineHousing has spent $8 million so far and claims this has created the equivalent of just over 163 full-time jobs, but details of who exactly is employed are unclear.
Letter: Converting sardine plant to fish processing is cruel
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Bill Nemitz's April 21 column about PETA's suggestion that the just-closed Stinson sardine cannery in Prospect Harbor be turned into a cannery for Maine's famous blueberries misses the mark. Whether you call it "reasoning" or not, fish are intelligent animals and they can feel pain, as all animals do.
Editorial: Cape Wind approval too slow to celebrate
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Those who think wind power should be part of the renewable energy portfolio should be thrilled to hear federal approval has been granted for the first offshore wind farm in the nation. But the news comes a little too late to generate a thrill. It took a nine-year regulatory battle to bring the Cape Wind project to this point, and it should give investors pause about trying to follow this success with another.
New catch rules to shake up NE fishing industry
Associated Press - Friday, April 30, 2010 

New England's centuries-old fishing industry changes dramatically Saturday under new rules that promise autonomy for fishermen and better protection for fish but have so far inspired a lot of uncertainty. The new regulations replace a system that was broadly unpopular and tried to stop overfishing by making fishermen less efficient, such as by slashing the number of days they were allowed to fish.
Almost time to pay bills for Long Creek's cleanup
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 30, 2010 

More than 100 landowners will be involved in reducing runoff of polluted stormwater into the creek, which runs through the Maine Mall area, and its tributaries. The landowners in the collective must pay 15 percent of their first annual assessments by May 18.
Letter: Degrees of sense
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 30, 2010 

I am appalled to think administrators at the University of Maine continue to allow many of their students to parade around in their birthday suits to celebrate Earth Day.
Democratic gubernatorial candidates speak at UMM
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Pat McGowan, Libby Mitchell, and Steve Rowe attended the event, held at UMaine at Machias. Rosa Scarcelli was absent. All the candidates supported siting a liquefied natural gas facility in Washington County as a short-term transitional solution. All were opposed to a northern national forest.
MATC opposes Highland Plantation wind energy plan
Other - Friday, April 30, 2010 

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club board has voted unanimously to oppose the proposed wind power development in Highland Plantation. Developers are seeking permission to install forty-eight 420 foot high turbines within the viewshed of the Appalachain Trail.
Blowing in the wind
Other - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Maine Townsman - Some the most debated questions at town meetings this March centered on wind power construction. Of the 10 proposed wind-development moratorium votes reviewed by the Townsman, seven were passed and three failed.
Opinion: A Boost of Wind
Other - Friday, April 30, 2010 

Maine Ahead - Nayyers on Maine wind power may make the op-ed page, but try asking businesses from Weston to Fryeburg how they feel about the economic boost from recent wind projects.
GOP Blaine House hopefuls air views at UMM
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 29, 2010 

Six of the seven Republican gubernatorial candidates on the June 8 primary ballot attended at UMaine at Machias. The candidates varied little. All pushed for a strong stand against Canada for its opposition to locating a liquefied natural gas facility in Washington County. They decried the lack of strong objection by Maine’s leaders when the federal government severely limited the herring catch. All but Mills supported Sunday hunting.
How the wind blows in Vinalhaven
Other - Thursday, April 29, 2010 

As Martha's Vineyard residents contemplate the possibility of wind farms, whether modest or extensive developments on land and offshore, it may be useful to turn a curious eye to Vinalhaven, Maine, an island that is home to New England's largest coastal wind-power facility.
Hope selectmen address responsible idling
Herald Gazette - Thursday, April 29, 2010 

Hope selectmen addressed a proposal to craft a responsible idling ordinance at their April 27 meeting. The proposed policy would encourage drivers to be more aware of the environmental hazards and wasting of gasoline that result when vehicles are left idling. Signs could be posted telling the public about the pitfalls of idling and a forum held to educate citizens about the negative effects of exhaust. The selectmen agreed to have the town administrator draft a policy.
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