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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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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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