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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
Public presses for Sears Island to remain as is
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Monday, June 30, 2008 

The committee charged with creating a joint use plan for Sears Island got an earful Wednesday night, from locals who called for an end to the planning process and for the island to remain undeveloped.
Report on Maine Lakes Now Available
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 26, 2008 

The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP) has released the 2007 Maine Lakes Report, including water quality summary data for more than 400 Maine lakes and invasive aquatic plant screening survey data for more than 350 Maine lakes.
Sears Island: JUPC prepares for public meeting; skeptics continue grilling state officials
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 

Critics and some Sears Island committee members pressed for an answer from state officials about how planning for a shared use of the island might make the permitting process for a container port less restrictive.
Opinion: Susi Higgins Walker: Unspoiled, scenic Maine a salve to the soul
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 23, 2008 

All Maine officials who make land use decisions, such as those regarding Sears Island and Plum Creek, need to hear we cannot afford more "deals" or "agreements" like the ones being pressed upon the public and environmental advocacy groups. The environment cannot sustain interminable compromise.
Black flies surge on Maine's clean rivers
Boston Globe - Monday, June 23, 2008 

Maine's cleaner rivers and streams create a growing black fly population.
Marine Aquaculture Laboratory Will Boost Maine’s Salmon Industry
Ellsworth American - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

Despite the almost unearthly silence that cloaks it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center is really a hive of activity. Situated on the shore of Taunton Bay just north of the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR), the $22.7 million center operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) celebrated its first birthday with a formal dedication earlier this month.
Land Trusts Act to Preserve Blue Hill Bay Island Gem
Ellsworth American - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

Jed’s Island, an off-the-beaten-track gem of a destination for local residents and visitors seeking a place to picnic, camp, or simply explore, is changing hands. As a result, the 13-acre island located off the shores of East Blue Hill at the mouth of Morgan Bay will remain in its natural state and open to the public for many years to come.
DMR, Lobstermen Explore Options For Snarl of Sinking Groundlines
Ellsworth American - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

A handful of Zone B lobstermen gathered at Ellsworth High School last week for the latest Department of Marine Resources (DMR) update on sinking rope and whale protection rules. Terry Stockwell, the department’s director of external affairs, briefed the lobstermen on DMR’s latest efforts to reduce the impact of the federal Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) rule requiring lobstermen to use sinking rope groundlines on traps set in state waters.
MaineDOT Seeks Corps Permit to Work on Newcastle Bridge, Sherman Marsh - Also wants to develop state-wide “wetland mitigation bank”
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

The Maine Department of Transportation is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to excavate and place fill material below the high-tide line in Marsh River in Newcastle to stabilize and protect the support structure for the Route 1 bridge in Newcastle that spans what is now the Marsh River.  MaineDOT says it plans to conduct the restoration of Sherman Marsh as a “departmental mitigation banking initiative,” and that by establishing a “mitigation bank,” it hopes to use that restoration to help mitigate other MaineDOT projects in the midcoast area.
 
Opinion: Hiking Sears Island
LivingGreenMaine.com - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

As a hiking destination, Sears Island has several things to recommend it. First, it has a varied geography. From seashore to forest, field and fen, it is representative of the best of what Maine has to offer. And since it is an island, getting hopelessly lost is virtually impossible
Water, Water Everywhere...And Electricity Too?
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 19, 2008 

A cover story exploration of Maine's wind and tidal energy potential, in light of "The Power of the Gulf,” a conference organized by the University of Maine’s Center for Law and Innovation and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and held in Northport last Thursday, June 12.
Area poised to be top wind farm site
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 

With 40 1.5-megawatt windmills creating as much as 60 megawatts of electricity on sites in Burlington, Lee, Lincoln and Winn, the proposed Rollins Wind farm would slightly outproduce the 38-turbine Stetson Mountain site being built between Danforth and Springfield and the 28-turbine wind farm operating in Mars Hill.
Opinion: Sears Island development a terrible plan for the state
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 14, 2008 

Pave over more than a third of Sears Island as a cargo port, with meaningless concessions offered to environmental partners as a necessary condition of the deal? Despite denials from Joint Use Committee members that a port proposal is on the table, anyone can see that groundwork is being laid by Maine Department of Transportation and the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway
Group on track to protect more Down East acreage
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 13, 2008 

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust announced the public phase of a fundraising campaign Friday to protect an additional 6,644 acres near Grand Lake Stream from development. DLLT already has purchased the 27,080-acre Farm Cove Community Forest west of this Washington County town renowned for its historic sporting camps and recreational fisheries. On Friday, the organization’s representatives gathered on the scenic shores of Wabassus Lake to announce that they have reached the halfway point in their $3.2 million campaign to add the Wabassus Lake Tract to the Community Forest.
Groups aim to protect Lily Bay
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 13, 2008 

Two influential conservation groups, NRCM and Maine Audubon, pleaded Thursday with state regulators to alter Plum Creek Timber Co.’s ambitious plans for the Moosehead Lake region and keep the Lily Bay peninsula free from development. Both environmental leaders indicated they are not opposed to development on the western side of Moosehead Lake, but stressed that Lily Bay should be off limits.
Maine waters, wind touted as untapped energy
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 13, 2008 

The winds and waters of coastal Maine offer a promising yet untapped alternative to the fossil fuels that are driving the nation into what could be a historic energy crisis, experts said Thursday
Quoddy Bay delay request is challenged.
Other - Friday, June 13, 2008 

Quoddy Tides. A group supporting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal in Robbinston has now registered a complaint against another company proposing to build an LNG facility. The group, Robbinston Residents In Support of Downeast LNG LLC, in a letter dated June 2 to Ernest Hilton, chair of the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP), asked the board to deny the Quoddy Bay LNG application for the construction of an LNG terminal at Pleasant Point, stating that Quoddy Bay's repeated requests for postponement are an abuse of the BEP hearing process.
Maine Yankee proposal could mean loss in taxes. Boothbay Register
Other - Thursday, June 12, 2008 

A proposed environmental covenant to resolve a dispute between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Maine Yankee could cost the taxpayers of Wiscasset, according to Attorney Peter Murray. The environmental covenant is part of a proposed settlement concerning the cleanup of the former reactor site on Bailey Point.
Solar Power Helps Waldoboro Businesses Stay Ahead of Oil Crunch
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 12, 2008 

A home sewing business and downtown market use solar PV panels and an electric car, respectively, to reduce energy costs and operate more sustainably.
What's In Your Trash (column): Yogurt Cups Into Toothbrushes
The Free Press (Rockland) - Thursday, June 12, 2008 

Free Press columnist Paul McGurren profiles Recycline, an entrepreneurial recycling company in Massachusetts making innovative plastic products.

Sears Island committee prepares for public meeting, answers critics
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Thursday, June 12, 2008 

The Sears Island Joint Use Planning Committee was reminded Friday that some people still strongly believe the entire island should remain undeveloped. At the First Congregational Church on Friday, June 6, the committee fielded comments and questions from several members of the public who said they were outraged at the joint use concept being planned for the island.
Opinion: Letters on Sears Island
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 9, 2008 

A recent protest by a group of activists at Sears Island brought to attention several points about the negative impact a container port there would have on the area and Penobscot Bay. Three letters from people with different positions.
Conservation at center of Sears Island panel debate
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 9, 2008 

After years of debate over conservation vs. industrial use of the state-owned Sears Island, the arguments for conservation remain as intense as ever. A discussion during the Sears Island Joint Use Planning Committee meeting Friday provoked a long public input segment.
Belfast hires intern for greenhouse gases study
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, June 6, 2008 


BELFAST — The city has hired an environmental policy expert as an intern to perform Belfast’s first greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

Medicinal plant hikes offered on Sears Island
LivingGreenMaine.com - Friday, June 6, 2008 

BELFAST — Lao Gillam will lead a series of three walks on Sears Island, sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.







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