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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 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.
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.
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
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.
 
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.
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.
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.

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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