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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
Taking on diesel, one engine at a time
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 31, 2009 

A $1.7 million stimulus grant will help the state reduce emissions from school buses, fishing boats, garbage trucks and other high-use sources.
Editorial: Polling no way to set state's energy policy
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 31, 2009 

The issue of the solar power alternative is too complex to be measured in an opinion survey.
Letters: Time is running short to control global warming
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 30, 2009 

Scientific evidence has irrefutably proved that climate change is happening now and we are responsible for much of the problem. The consequences of inaction will be catastrophic for the global economy, biodiversity and our future
Letter: Kill ‘canned hunts’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 30, 2009 

Let’s hope the full Legislature has the good sense and the decency to defeat LD 316, an attempt to license two additional “Big Game Hunting” parks in rural Maine.
Editorial: The Eagle has Landed
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 29, 2009 

It is fitting that the bald eagle is the first species to be removed from the state’s list of threatened plants and animals. The eagle is a powerful symbol, but also now serves as a symbol of the success of the state and federal endangered species protections, as well as its shortcomings.
State in front on bulb recycling
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 29, 2009 

Maine is about to become the first state in the nation to require the makers of fluorescent lighting to recycle burned-out bulbs and keep mercury out of the environment.
Former market being turned into green offices
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 29, 2009 

The renovation of the former Portland Public Market into an office building will feature a public cafe, and workers will be encouraged to bicycle to work. The building's conversion to a workplace will retain some its original design while improving efficiency.
Obama Admin Issues Moratorium on Forest Road-Building
Exception magazine - Friday, May 29, 2009 

The Obama administration is calling for a one-year moratorium on road-building, reinstating most of a Clinton-era ban put in place just before President Bush took office.
Maine ranks high for pollution
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Maine released more greenhouse gases from 1960 to 2005 than 114 of 184 countries, according to a report released Wednesday by Greenpeace. In fact, on a per-person basis, Maine released more greenhouse gases than Canada, Germany, China and all but a few foreign nations.
Solar beats power lines in state poll
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

By a nearly 2-to-1 ratio, Mainers would prefer using solar panels to upgrade the state's power grid over putting up high-voltage lines, according to a poll released Wednesday by GridSolar LLC, a Portland-based company. The event was part of a high-stakes campaign to present an alternative to Central Maine Power Co.'s proposed $1.5 billion upgrade of the state's transmission system.
Editorial: Eagles' comeback proof that conservation programs work
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Now that bald eagles are back from the brink of extinction, efforts can focus elsewhere.
Better birding in Maine? That'd be really tweet
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

The Maine Birding Trail, announced by the state two weeks ago, will take a few years to catch on with expert birding tourists and locals who enjoy exploring their own state. But Bob Duchesne is confident it will be successful.
Provocative biography details headstrong birder's obsession
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Phoebe Snetsinger became the first person to see 8,000 species of birds. With roughly 10,000 species of birds in the world, that achievement is truly remarkable.
'You feel pretty far away'
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

For the first time this summer, the River-Link trail, which has been several years in the making by the Damariscotta River Association, will be open for business – complete with blazes and bridges needed to navigate the first five of seven miles of this unfettered wilderness trail on the Boothbay peninsula.
Katahdin area ATV trails could bring millions
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Construction of the area’s first organized ATV trail system could begin this summer with an agreement the town approved Wednesday that could help bring millions of tourist dollars into the Katahdin region.
Editorial: Bringing Swan Island a little closer
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Swan Island belongs to all of us -- but to fully appreciate its value, we need to be able to touch it, smell it, walk through its forests and scramble along its shores.
Opinion: Energy initiatives hold promise for state
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, May 28, 2009 

Maine needs to insist on reciprocity when it comes to transmission corridors. In return for the proposed Maine corridor, northern and eastern Maine interests ought to get the same treatment. It's only fair.
Opinion: Two new reasons to trek through Maine
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

Maine has cleverly packaged its birding and beer drinking opportunities into two trails for tourists and residents alike.
Citizens group challenges DEP wind farm permit
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

A Lincoln-based property owner’s group is appealing a Maine DEP permit issued for a $130 million industrial wind site on Rollins Mountain. The Friends of Lincoln Lakes charges that DEP officials and project applicant First Wind of Massachusetts failed to fully consider the impact that noise, vibrations and light flicker generated by the 40-turbine wind farm would have on humans and wildlife.
Bald eagle taken off threatened list
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

Declaring the bald eagle officially recovered in Maine, Gov. John Baldacci signed legislation on Tuesday to make the iconic bird the first species to be removed from the state’s list of threatened plants and animals.
Opinion: An hour a day of outdoor play teaches children nature's way
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

I have yet to see one of my kids walk past a fat, round dandelion puff without picking it and blowing away the seeds, as if the two – children and dandelions – had co-evolved a kind of symbiotic relationship.
A life's work takes bald eagles off state's endangered list
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 

In the mid-1970s, there were less than three dozen pairs of nesting bald eagles from Chesapeake Bay to Canada, with fewer than 30 of them here in Maine. Everybody involved at every level of management points to one person for getting those 30 nesting pairs in Maine 35 years ago up to nearly 500 today, with an eagle population in every one of Maine's 16 counties. Charlie Todd.
Baxter State Park weathers tough economy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 

This season at Baxter State Park looks promising even though reservations are about 6 percent less than last year on the revenue side, according to Jensen Bissell, park director.
Opinion: A red flag on green energy plan
Boston Globe - Monday, May 25, 2009 

The northeastern Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative treats carbon released into the atmosphere by burning wood as if it is immediately "resequestered" by new growth, and is thus "carbon neutral." Although it takes a minute to burn a tree and 70 years to grow it back, there is no acknowledgement that regrowth is not immediate. The climate bill before Congress buys into this notion, too.
Bees and woodlots workshop planned
Sun Journal - Monday, May 25, 2009 

The delicate balance within the ecosystem between bees and woodlots is the topic to be addressed by Peter Lammert of the Maine Forest Service, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 30, at the home of Mary and Robert Burr on Beech Hill Road. Matt Scott, past president of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, will join Lammert.
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