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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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Wind Farms: Are All the Best Spots Taken?
Other - Monday, May 31, 2010 

The wind industry has expanded from a handful of developers to a plethora. It is no longer easy to find large pieces of land with all the right ingredients for a wind project. Developers find themselves jostling for position, with companies sometimes vying for the same sweet spot. The state of Maine is lucky. Poised at the northernmost point of the power hungry US Northeast, the state has a ready market for the power it generates. While Maine has large and desolate swaths of land ideal for wind power, its heavily populated neighbors to the south need wind energy.
Pembroke Observatory gives look at universe
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 31, 2010 

When Charlie Sawyer was 9 years old, his family moved from Brewer to Pembroke. Arriving at his new home after dark, Sawyer was astounded at the number of stars he could see in the night sky. That single glimpse ignited a passion in Sawyer, who now operates the Pembroke Observatory high above Cobscook Bay. “On a moonless night in Maine when the sky is clear, it is incredible,” Sawyer said.
Rockport hosts energy forum
Herald Gazette - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Ecologist Richard Podolsky, whose work as an environmental consultant on proposed wind projects has taken him to places as far away as Hawaii and Texas, said all exploratory wind projects are challenged by a combination of well-organized opposition and public apathy. "Of all the ways to manufacture electrons, wind power is probably the best."
Letter: Problem of oil spill ‘just too big to allow failure’
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 31, 2010 

BP has lied from day one. Before this is over, you’re going to see us pay trillions for the cleanup. The excuse again: This problem is just too big to allow failure.
Letter: Climate change affecting Maine; we can mitigate
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Climate change is affecting our state at an increasing rate. We can, however, to some degree influence what the change may be, causing it to be less catastrophic. Wind is not the “silver bullet” that will confront climate change, but there is “silver buckshot,” the combination of conservation, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and others, allowing time to find better solutions. We need all of them, now.
NH trails Maine in local food production
Associated Press - Monday, May 31, 2010 

A new report shows New Hampshire lagging behind Maine and Vermont when it comes to the volume of food it produces and the profitability of its farms. Only 6 percent of the state's population could be supported by the current level of local agricultural production, compared to about 40 percent in Maine and Vermont.
Letter: Today it's worth pondering cost of our addiction to oil
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Memorial Day is the day when we honor the sacrifices of servicemen and women, and it is also one of the starting points of the summer, during which many Americans take to the roads for travel and vacations. This Memorial Day, we should strive to understand the connection between national security and energy, and to start working on solutions here in Maine that can end our oil addiction.
The supply chain question: Can Maine compete?
Sun Journal - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Maine's wind-energy leaders know they are in a race — one where the clock has already been ticking for 10 years. But they need look no farther than 150 miles north of the state's border at Van Buren to Quebec's Gaspe' Peninsula for a model of wind-energy development. Efforts in that region have not only added a bolt of new green energy generation, but also incubated a supply chain of hard goods prompting a manufacturing renaissance and an injection of foreign investment from Denmark and Germany, the countries leading the wind-energy development race in Europe.
Will birds and wind farms compete?
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Researchers have begun the first electronic tracking studies ever done in Maine to determine whether migrating birds might be disturbed by floating wind turbines off the coast. They've implanted satellite transmitters inside four common eiders in Casco Bay and are keeping tabs on their movements.
Bond targets wind project, energy upgrades
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 31, 2010 

The $26.5 million bond issue for wind-energy development would leverage an additional $24.5 million in federal funds to make energy improvements at the university, community colleges and Maine Maritime Academy. It also would advance the state's goals of building an offshore wind power demonstration site and an associated laboratory. Cutting power costs and creating clean-energy jobs sound like good things, but the bond faces opposition from fiscal conservatives who insist this is a bad time for the state to borrow money.
Bonds would replenish water-aid funding
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Voters will decide June 8 whether the state should borrow $10.25 million to upgrade water infrastructure and improve water quality. The bond would be matched with $33.25 million in federal and private funds. If approved, Question 5 would replenish two funds that lend money to communities and water districts on a revolving basis; as the loan is repaid with interest, the money is lent again.
Sierra Club chairman to speak at COA
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 31, 2010 

A former executive director of the Sierra Club will be featured at College of the Atlantic’s 38th commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Carl Pope, Sierra Club’s former executive director and the group’s current chairman, will be the commencement speaker at the ceremony.
Missing Baxter State Park hiker found
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 31, 2010 

A hiker who was last seen Friday and over the weekend became the subject of the largest search in Baxter Park in 40 years has been found, park officials said Sunday afternoon. The search for Hays began Saturday after he did not sign out on a trail register after he was seen by other hikers Friday afternoon on the Knife Edge Trail. His rental car was found in a parking lot.
MOOMilk gets backing, sales boost
Mainebiz - Monday, May 31, 2010 

MOOMilk, a company representing nine Maine organic dairy farms, got an unexpected boost recently from Hannaford Bros. Co., which, in mid-May, erased 30 cents from the retail price of the cooperative’s half-gallon containers. “We’re already seeing sales pick up."
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Mainebiz - Monday, May 31, 2010 

Businesses and tourism officials in Bangor and Saint John, N.B., are optimistic more visitors will be attracted to their cities by a targeted, two-nation vacation plan available next month through a new regional partnership. The brainchild of Kerrie Tripp, executive director of the Greater Bangor Visitors Bureau, the plan lays out six suggested trips grouped by interest or activity to take tourists from a visit in the New Brunswick city to a visit in Greater Bangor, or vice versa.
Natural direction
Mainebiz - Monday, May 31, 2010 

After more than 40 years with one of Maine’s premier environmental groups, Don Hudson breaks camp. He is excited and a little anxious when he thinks about the day after he concludes his 19-year tenure as president of the Chewonki Foundation on July 12.
How we can coexist peacefully with coyotes
Boston Globe - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Massive forest clearing and thorough persecution of wolves and cougars left the Eastern U.S. without a top predator by the early 20th century. Coyotes, the native wild dog of the Western states, have been pushing east ever since, filling nature’s vacuum. Feeding coyotes takes wild animals out of their natural habits. The toughest nut to crack has been cat feeders. There are an estimated 70 million feral cats nationwide and many people feed them, providing easy pickings for coyotes. The food subsidies habituate the wild coyotes to humans and "once they make the humans-and-food connection, bad things happen.”
Birding: Blue beauties may be moving in
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Before Europeans colonized the eastern U.S., blue-winged warblers migrated to Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky to nest. As forests were cleared throughout the East, the blue-winged warblers expanded their range because favorable habitat was being created. Blue-wings were quite rare in Massachusetts in 1924, but now are found nesting widely across that state. The incursion of blue-winged warblers into Maine may simply be a continuation of the range expansion that has been going on for more than 200 years.
Opinion: Give anglers a test on safety and identifying fish
Maine Outdoor Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Occasionally, I tell folks the state should initiate a law forcing new anglers to pass a test before buying a license. This comment can make jaws drop and get hot-tempered people barking, but facts support such a move, beginning with this one: New hunters must take a course on hunting ethics, safety and skills, and then they must pass a test before purchasing a license. Fishing accounts for far more deaths per year than hunting does, and in fact, angling ranks as the world's most dangerous common life-recreation sport.
Smith stepping down, but hardly going away
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Last week George Smith announced his retirement from his work as lobbyist for the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine to a chorus of grumbling (or perhaps cheers) from many opponents. "Whether he did it consciously or whether it was just the way he was driven, he came across as just mean and cruel in a lot of the things he did," said Lee Perry, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from 1997 to 2003. But it's worth noting that by being outspoken and overwhelmingly difficult, Smith helped Maine's special outdoor places. If nothing else, he drew attention to the need for greater protection and access there.
Officials ready cleanup plan for mill
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

State environmental officials are completing a new cleanup plan for the charred remains of the former Cascade Woolen Mill. It was destroyed by a fire this winter. But how much the work will cost and how it's paid for will determine when the mill site can be completely cleaned up, according to state and town officials.
Looking healthy might be hazardous to your health
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Local advocates and college students are challenging the safety of chemicals used in everyday shampoos, cosmetics and personal-care products, which they say are toxic and possibly cancer-causing.
Letter: Wind may be free, but creating power from it has costs
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

I believe we have some "too good to be true" moments happening all around our country today. One is called "wind energy." In every state wind energy is being touted as the solution to our energy woes. It is supposed to be "green," which is technically an untruth, considering the costs and environmental effects. Wind power brings stimulus money in. And who wouldn't want that? But, where does the money go? Does it go overseas to companies that build the giant wind turbines and ship them here to our country?
Tied to the wind: How a region in Quebec is making wind energy pay
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

Over the past decade, the Gaspé region of Quebec has evolved into a cluster for wind-energy development and technology. Since 1998, more than 830 megawatts of wind-powered generation have been installed. In comparison, Maine has 199 megawatts of wind power on line. Additional wind energy farms expected to be commissioned in the next three years will bring that total for the Gaspé to more than 1,000 megawatts at 16 locations. But some not working in the industry have questions, including what happens after the typical 20-year contract the wind parks operate under, expire.
Opinion: Looking for a good sport in high office
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 30, 2010 

There are almost as many candidates vying for the Blaine House as there are coyotes in Washington County. A number of Maine outdoor writers are saying that it is high time that we elected a bonafide sportsman to the governorship. You know, the real thing, somebody who truly appreciates our sporting heritage, someone who hunted or fished long before he or she wanted to be governor. Not a bad idea.
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