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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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Going green proves profitable for towns
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 31, 2008 

A surge in household recycling in the past year is saving some greater Portland communities tens of thousands of dollars, and is expected to generate a record $950,000 annual surplus from recycling for ecomaine, the region's waste disposal cooperative.
No refuge from wildlife underfunding
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 31, 2008 

Maine's national wildlife refuges have gotten used to a lack of money for biological studies, maintenance and other projects. Now they're dealing with staffing cuts so deep that wildlife advocates warn that the refuges are in as much peril as some of the animal and plant species they're supposed to protect.
Partnerships that protect land and jobs
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 

Sporting camp owners, Maine guides, forest managers and residents of the Grand Lake Stream region Down East joined Gov. John Baldacci and conservation group officials last week to celebrate the completion of one of the most ambitious land preservation efforts in the last decade.
A funeral for Wassumkeag
LivingGreenMaine.com - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 

Activists hold a funeral for Sears Island, while bemoaning ‘betrayal’ of Sierra Club. Club signed an agreement with Maine DOT that reserved 341 acres of the 941-acre island for potential cargo port development. Organizers of Saturday’s event said they felt the Sierra Club had made a rash decision, one that does not represent the beliefs of a majority of the club’s members.

Plum Creek Plans to Cut Down 200 Year Old Trees
Other - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 

Plum Creek Plans on Cutting a 220 acre old-growth stand near the Moosehead Region.  This land would be part of the potential Moosehead Legacy Easement between Plum Creek and the Nature Conservancy.
Activists bury Sierra Club
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 26, 2008 

Environmental activists dedicated to preserving Sears Island held a mock funeral for a former friend Saturday — the Sierra Club. Members of Penobscot Bay Watch and others are incensed at the environmental group for having signed off on a compromise proposal that would reserve enough land to allow the state to build a cargo port on one third of the island.
'Funeral' held in wake of Sears Island
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Monday, May 26, 2008 

Penobscot Bay Watch and Fair Play for Sears Island sponsored a Keep Sears Island Wild! funeral march and wake Saturday, May 24. Protesters said they were upset that the Sierra Club Maine Chapter had signed an agreement not to contest the Maine Department of Transportation' plans to build an industrial port on the island, as long as it meets state and federal approval.
Critics pan Plum Creek development
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 24, 2008 

Representatives from the Forest Ecology Network and RESTORE: The North Woods said at a press conference that Plum Creek falls short in its attempt to have 20,000 acres rezoned to pave the way for 975 house lots and two resorts.
Unity House to serve as green model
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, May 23, 2008 


UNITY — Unity College President Mitchell Thomashow is about to get a house that is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes.

Sears Island's Future Still Focus of Contention
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, May 23, 2008 

Environmental activists plan to gather tomorrow at Sears Island for a funeral and wake: not for a person, but for the island itself. Members of the groups "Fair Play for Sears Island" and "Penobscot Bay Watch" say plans for an industrial port on the uninhabited midcoast island will kill any hope of keeping the island wild, and the bay in which it sits healthy.
Saving forest land, way of life in Maine
Other - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 

After seven years, the "Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership" has raised enough money to protect some 342,000 acres of remote lakefront and forest in downeast Maine. They are also helping to preserve a way of life.
Groups raise $35 million to save Down East forest
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 

A major fundraising effort that will protect 342,000 acres of Down East forest and hundreds of miles of remote waterfront from developers has been completed, preservation groups and Gov. John Baldacci announced Tuesday. The nonprofit New England Forestry Foundation and the Downeast Lakes Land Trust said the nearly $35 million raised will protect 445 miles of shore frontage on 60 lakes and 1,500 miles of riverfront in Maine's easternmost county.
$34.8M raised to protect 342,000 acres Down East
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 

Nine years ago, Jimmie Upham and a handful of other Grand Lake Stream residents gathered around a picnic table and, unbeknownst to them, set in motion one of the most significant land conservation deals in Maine history. On Tuesday, Upham was in Augusta to help mark the completion of a $34.8 million fundraising campaign that has permanently protected from development 342,000 acres in the Down East region.
Coastal land trust group taps new president
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust Announced that Paul Gallay will be joining the Trust as its next president. Mr. Gallay comes to the Trust from the Westchester Land Trust in New York where he served as executive director for eight years.
Plastics from spuds gets funding
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 

A consortium hoping to make plastics from Maine potatoes has received more than $650,000 to further develop the proposal.

Biologists keeping eye on red tide
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 15, 2008 

Marine biologists say 2008 could be a bad year for red tide in coastal Maine waters based on recent shellfish surveys and current weather patterns.
"Bird-A-Thon" To Benefit Bird Habitat
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, May 15, 2008 

Bird enthusiasts from around the state are scheduled to meet at Maine Audubon Society in Falmouth to trade strategies for finding and identifying bird species
Stockton Springs company features organic local ingredients and biodegradable packaging
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, May 9, 2008 


Sabine and Baxter of Stockton Springs are living the green lifestyle. Their food is handmade with organic ingredients that are, for the most part, produced at local farms. They avoid packaging that is not biodegradable. They also happen to be dogs.
A field trip with a ripple effect
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 9, 2008 

Fifth-grade students from York Middle School watch as their teacher, Margot Simonds, nets a salamander discovered at the York Land Trust’s Hilton-Winn property.
Freedom: Installation of wind farm nears
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 9, 2008 

Barring any legal challenges, installation of the Beaver Ridge wind turbines could begin this summer.
Who's the greenest? Colleges vie for title
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 9, 2008 

Environmentally sustainable efforts have been under way at Maine’s colleges and universities for years. Katona led COA, a small, private school, in a number of sustainability initiatives during his tenure from 1993 to 2006.
Forest Products Council slams LURC plan
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 4, 2008 

To landowners in Northern Maine, the Land Use Regulation Commission's proposed comprehensive plan for the state's unorganized territories intrudes on property rights.
Opinion: Vote to enact the GMO ordinance in Montville
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 2, 2008 

By casting their vote with a show of hands, they enacted an ordinance that places a 10-year moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops (GMOs) in town.
Editorial: Lobster vs. whales
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 1, 2008 

Despite concerns from federal oversight agencies, the National Marine Fisheries Service has gone ahead with rules requiring changes in lobster gear to protect right whales.
Proposed Taunton Bay Management Regs Draw Lukewarm Support
Ellsworth American - Thursday, May 1, 2008 

Maine DMR's proposed regulations for harvesters of mussels, sea urchins, scallops and kelp  in Taunton Bay drew restrained support at a public hearing in Franklin. April 22. The  regulations are  a joint effort between DMR and the Taunton Bay Advisory Group, formed last year to manage  the pilot program for localized resource management and stewardship of the Taunton Bay watershed.
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