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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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Opinion: Bonds and Babies: Extremists use trojan horse tactics to push anti-business agenda
Maine Wire - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center and vice president of the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine, is a one-man assault team who has assembled genial words like “safe,” “green” and “sustainable” into anti-consumer Trojan horses, wheeling them into the public debate during his crusade to over-regulate business and destroy consumer choice. For over three decades, Belliveau has decried the influence of big business in the political arena. In 2011, when Governor LePage rolled out a list of environmental regulations he wanted repealed, Belliveau joined Sean Mahoney of the Conservation Law Foundation and Matt Prindiville of the Natural Resources Council of Maine in condemning LePage for proposing reforms that they said came from lobbyists for wealthy, out-of-state companies. But Belliveau’s anti-consumer efforts in Maine are financed through the country’s most infamous left-wing organization that is well known for hiding its real donors: The Tides Center.
Chris Hamilton to be MOFGA’s new associate director
Coastal Journal - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Chris Hamilton, the new Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA) Associate Director, has been hired to fill a newly created position. The Whitefield resident will be responsible for fundraising, state-level public policy, and some organizational management. On June 3, Hamilton will step down from MOFGA’s Board of Directors and become part of its three-member management team, along with executive director Russell Libby and Associate Director Heather Spalding.
Wind Energy Association says LePage supports wind power subsidy
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

According to the American Wind Energy Association, a bipartisan coalition of 23 governors, including Gov. Paul LePage of Maine, supports extending the federal Production Tax Credit, which AWEA says describes as the wind industry's "key federal incentive."
Penobscot resident wins farmland conservation award
Other - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Castine Patriot - Paul Birdsall has been named the recipient of the 2012 Espy Land Heritage Award for his leadership in both local and statewide farmland conservation efforts spanning more than three decades. This award is presented annually by Maine Coast Heritage Trust to an individual, organization, agency or coalition that has made outstanding contributions to land conservation in Maine while inspiring others. The award was made at the recent Maine Land Trust conference.
Maine’s Got Moose!
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Based on his new sampling techniques, using Maine Forest Service helicopters and pilots and a “double counting” system, Maine’s top moose biologist Lee Kantar estimates the state’s moose population to be an astonishing 75,000. That’s 45,000 higher than the estimates Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reported up until 2007.
Local touring map goes mobile
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

A touring map of the Bethel region that has been in print for several years is now available online and in a mobile application. The Mahoosuc Touring Map features interactive links to local destinations, and includes YouTube videos and audio downloads. “There are also easy identifiers for popular features like fishing holes and scenic vistas,” according to a press release. The map, available at www.mahoosuctouringmap.org, encompasses the Bethel, Umbagog and northeastern New Hampshire areas.
Invasive, noxious giant hogweed spotted in Bowdoinham
Coastal Journal - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Giant hogweed is an impressive plant, growing eight to 14 feet tall, with clusters of pretty white flowers that can reach up to two feet across. Looks can be deceiving. The attractive plant, with purple-blotched stems and unevenly lobed, five-foot-long leaves, is highly toxic. The Maine State Department of Agriculture (MSDA) reports the presence of giant hogweed in at least 20 sites around the state, including Bowdoinham in Sagadahoc County. The plant has also been verified to be growing in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and York counties. The sap of giant hogweed plants can cause severe inflammation when affected skin is exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet rays.
SAM President Named to LMF Board
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Jim Gorman, Jr., President of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, was among three of Governor Paul LePage’s nominees to the Board of the Land for Maine’s Future program. The other nominees were Don Marean, a former legislator, and Bill Vail, former Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The legislature unanimously endorsed all three nominees.
Woodcock Names New DIF&W Fisheries Groups
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Three new fisheries groups have been chosen to provide Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock and his staff with advice, another signal that Woodcock is making fisheries a strong focus of his tenure.
Smart meters cause controversy in Bath and around Maine
Coastal Journal - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Installation of “smart meters” by Central Maine Power has ignited heated controversy among customers, as worries about health effects, privacy issues, and costs associated with refusing the meters mount. Utilities around the country deny claims regarding the alleged ill effects and associated issues, claiming the meters are key to energy conservation and reliability of grids.
At What Cost?: A Study of the American Highway System and the Maine East-West Highway Proposal
Other - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

According to this UMaine honors thesis by Brian Philbrook: Highway construction has been a staple of American development since the early 20th century, drastically changing the American landscape. The United States is a nation characterized by, and dependent upon, automobile transportation as constructed by this vast network of asphalt connectors. As America’s continued quest for increased connectivity and infrastructure grows, there must also be a balanced and fair look at both the benefits and costs related to highway construction. Political, sociological, economic and environmental concerns must be considered. This is demonstrated through case studies, in particular the analysis of a proposed East-West Highway in Maine.
An East-West Highway Doesn’t Make any Sense
Maine Sierran - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

This winter, proponents of an east-west highway across Maine, from Calais to Goburn Gore, made their case in the legislature for a highway feasibility study which would cost $300,000. Do we want our taxpayer money to go toward building a private, for profit highway? And do we really need or want to place a road through these pristine areas of Maine? Any discussion
regarding Maine’s east-west corridor development should have rail at the head of the list. On every level, an east-west highway makes no sense.
Fish and Wildlife Department Reorganizes
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Same number of positions. No new money. But the reorganization plan for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is a thoughtful restructuring that reflects the priorities of the agency’s new leadership.
Six States Join 10 Percent Green Power Club
Other - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Greentech Media - Six states got 10 percent or more of their power from wind, solar and geothermal power in 2011. That's double the number from just a year ago. CleanEdge released its State Clean Energy Index on Wednesday, tallying up the state of green energy and technology across the 50 states of the union as of the end of 2011. CleanEdge excluded biomass, a big contributor for the forested states of Maine, and hydropower.
Large, sometimes-hostile crowd greets Cianbro CEO for east-west highway discussion
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Only a few empty seats remained in a packed Foxcroft Academy gymnasium as Cianbro Chairman and CEO Peter Vigue answered written questions about the proposed east-west highway from a sometimes hostile crowd on Thursday evening. He pointed to the economic benefits of the highway for a region that is struggling. Vigue became visibly upset when some members of the audience repeatedly asked about the potential that the project would require use of eminent domain to take land, which he said would not happen. “When I tell you we’re not using eminent domain, we’re not.” Vigue said he wouldn’t divulge what exact path the highway would take, claiming that outside groups may intimidate landowners and tell them things that aren’t true.
Hundreds Expected for Forum on Maine East West Highway Proposa
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Hundreds of people are expected to fill a gymnasium in Dover-Foxcroft this evening for a public forum on a controversial proposal to build a four-lane toll road across northern Maine. Supporters of the East West highway say the project has the potential to open up new markets for Maine-made products and bring jobs and revitalization to rural parts of the state that have struggled for a generation or more. But critics argue that building the roadway would cause people to lose their homes and threaten the region's waterways, water quality and habitat for threatened and endangered species.
Protesters expected at hearing on east-west highway
WMTW-TV8 - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Hundreds of people are expected to hold a protest ahead of a 5 p.m. public meeting Thursday at Foxcroft Academy about the proposed east-west highway. The highway would run from Calais to Coburn Gore, which is on the Quebec border. While supporters say the highway would bring billions of dollars in private investments to the state, opponents are concerned about the environmental impact.
Free fishing weekend on tap June 2-3
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that this Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, is a “free fishing weekend,” and any person — resident or non-resident — can fish without a license. The only catch: If you’ve had your license suspended or revoked, you’re still on the naughty list, and you’re not allowed to participate. All other normal rules and regulations still apply, including the bag and possession limits.
Editorial: East-west highway to civility. Please?
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

The idea behind the 230-mile privately owned east-west highway — and let’s remember, it’s just that, an idea — is one worth considering. Objecting to it before a feasibility study contract has been awarded, let alone before the study has even begun, doesn’t help protesters make well-informed arguments. Vigue said the road would not go through conservation areas, would not run through communities and would not divide the North Woods. People have valid concerns about the highway, such as whether it will be audible from their home or what it will do to potential deer-wintering areas or the habitats of rare species. But stop the hostility. Have the conversation. At the very least, wait for all the information.
Island town wants say in fate of propane tank project
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

The fate of a controversial, $40 million liquid propane terminal project now rests with the Searsport Planning Board, but elected officials from another midcoast community want a say, too. “Any decision that affects the use of Penobscot Bay affects us all,” the Islesboro Board of Selectmen wrote the Searsport Planning Board in a letter dated Thursday. “The proposed DCP Midstream [liquid propane gas] tank and terminal will have an impact on the economy, environment, safety and security of the entire Midcoast Region.” Denver-based DCP Midstream already has secured state and federal permits for the project to go forward.
New fisheries management plan proposed for once protected Taunton Bay
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Years after state fisheries officials took action to create a special management area for Taunton Bay, they are poised to implement a simplified version of the plan that would ban dragging for scallops and urchins in the tidal estuary. Two people at Tuesday’s hearing who voiced support for the proposed plan include Steve Perrin and Frank Dorsey. Dorsey, president of Friends of Taunton Bay, said the proposed plan is “science-based” and called Taunton Bay “one of the most valuable estuaries on the East Coast.” Perrin said dragging should be restricted in the bay to better protect eelgrass, horseshoe crabs and other marine plants and animals. He said people once thought groundfish were endlessly plentiful, but that belief turned out to be wrong.
Outrage on display over plans for an East-West Highway in Maine
WGME-TV13 - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Protesters packed the gym at Foxcroft Academy. They were there hours before the meeting even began. At the meeting Cianbro officials explained their plans for the planned East-West Highway, which would connect New Brunswick to Quebec. Opponents call the size of the project and its imposition on Mainer's quote "horrific." Cianbro officials say the highway would take about 6 years to construct at an estimated $2 billion.
Lighted buoys to mark hazardous underwater turbine test bed area in Cobscook Bay
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Four lighted buoys are being installed in Washington County’s Cobscook Bay to mark the perimeters of a 61-acre area between Goose Island and Grove Point that will serve as an underwater test bed for five experimental tide-powered electrical turbines. The lighted buoys will help define the rectangular test bed area for mariners who are unaware of the submerged turbines. The Maine Tidal Energy Project is being funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy and by the Maine Technology Institute.
LePage veto of R&D bond sustained
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

A $20 million proposal earmarked for research and development died in the Maine House on Thursday, where supporters of the measure were unable to come up with the votes needed to override a veto from Gov. Paul LePage. The House vote, 88-53 in favor of overriding the veto, fell short of the two-thirds required and came about an hour after senators voted overwhelmingly, 29-6, to override the veto. The research and development bond would have allowed the state to borrow $20 million to be targeted to organizations working in the renewable energy, biotechnology, marine technology, forestry, agriculture and precision manufacturing sectors.
Navy: Three times more sonar testing
Other - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

Cape Cod Times (MA) - The U.S. Navy says it's doing more than ever to protect marine mammals from potential harm by explosives and sonar used in offshore training and testing, despite its plans to boost its use of sonar threefold in the coming years. Over the next five years, the Navy will focus more on detection of enemy subs and mines. Navy researchers utilized a new computer model that predicted an increase in the opportunities for whales, seals and dolphins to be harassed or harmed during Navy training, from 1.9 million potential impact events per year under the old permit to 2.1 million per year. The testing area covers 2.6 million square miles from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. Testing of new ships and equipment could add another 1.8 million impact events. Possible effects on marine mammals vary from small behavioral changes to cessation of feeding on up to temporary and permanent hearing damage.
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