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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
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News Items
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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