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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 

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
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
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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