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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
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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