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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 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; hey, we're all connected). 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
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Paris to Pittsburgh, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

This award-winning documentary celebrates how Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Followed by a panel discussion about climate action in Maine with Kristine Corey, energy efficiency coordinator at AmeriCorps; Stephanie Miles, of Maine Conservation Alliance; and Jill McLaughlin, of ReVision Energy. At First Universalist Church of Auburn, July 18, 5:30 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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