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Creating Backyard Habitat, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 24, 2017 

Hildy Ellis, district coordinator of Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk on “Beyond the Birdfeeder, Creating Backyard Habitat.” At Rockport Opera House, July 6, 1 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. We have posted summaries and links to 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
Save Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump is considering eliminating the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine or opening it to logging and mining as well as expanding areas for hunting, trapping, and off-road vehicles. Urge the Trump Administration and your U.S. congressional representatives to oppose any effort to rescind or weaken Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Comment deadline is July 10, 2017. ~ RESTORE: The North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is Under Attack
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

The Trump Administration is threatening to overturn Maine’s new National Monument. At the request of Governor Paul LePage, the Department of Interior (DOI) included Katahdin Woods & Waters on a list of 27 monuments to be “reviewed.” DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke could recommend that Maine’s National Monument be changed, or possibly even abolished. Tell the Trump Administration to keep its hands off Katahdin Woods & Waters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Stop Trump-LePage’s Monumental Betrayal
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Let's tell Secretary Zinke that any attempt to revoke the Katahdin Woods and Waters and other National Monuments is an assault on our historical, cultural, and natural heritage, and that our public lands must be protected for generations to come. ~ Sierra Club
Speak up in defense of Maine’s new National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Last summer’s creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine was a huge victory for conservation and wildlife in our state. Today, that designation is at risk. The Trump administration is conducting a review of national monument designations, including Katahdin Woods & Waters. The Department of Interior is accepting public comments until July 10. ~ Maine Audubon
Defend Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

There was a multi-year process that incorporated public input to protect Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, which garnered broad support in Maine and across the country. And yet the Trump administration issued an executive order that may alter the size of or even attempt to eliminate the national park site. ~ National Parks Conservation Association
Protect Our National Monuments
Action Alert - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review – and potentially eliminate or shrink – protections of some of our nation’s most pristine national monuments, including Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This is a direct attack on our shared Maine history and heritage. ~ League of Conservation Voters
"Born to Rewild," Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

This documentary features wilderness ultratrekker John Davis who traveled 5,000 human-powered miles from Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway, a mega wildlife corridor along the western spine of North America, during an epic conservation journey called TrekWest. Also, William Stolzenburg will read from his book "Heart Of A Lion." At Frontier, Brunswick, June 29, 7 pm, $5 in advance, $6 day of show.
The Future of Maine's Fisheries: Threats Posed by Federal Budget Cuts, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Leaders from Maine’s marine and fisheries communities discuss how the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA and NOAA would hurt Maine’s marine environment, economy, and research—and what you can do to help protect these important marine resources. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Luther Bonney Building, Talbot Hall, June 29, 6 pm.
Family Friendly Hikes in Maine, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 22, 2017 

Bangor Daily News outdoor journalist Aislinn Sarnacki will present a slideshow and talk about her new book, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine." At Blue Hill Public Library, June 29, 7 pm. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust.
Celebrate MITA's new home, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Join Maine Island Trail Association staff, trustees and friends to help celebrate this exciting new chapter. At 100 Kensington St, 2nd Floor, Portland, June 28, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Mountain Lions in Maine – Rewilding the Maine Woods, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Panel discussion about the challenges involved in bringing large, apex predators, specifically the cougar (mountain lion, puma, panther) and other wildlife back to their native habitat in the Northeast corridor, and how human communities can adapt to co-exist with and even benefit from them. At DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, June 28, 7 pm, $8.
Renewable Energy Activity – Global to Regional, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 21, 2017 

Lawrence Mott, Director Americas of SgurrEnergy, a global renewable engineering firm, will speak on the current status of large scale wind and solar projects, technology, and policy here and abroad. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, June 28, 5:30 pm.
Solar bill
Action Alert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

The Maine Senate has voted unanimously to support the majority report in support of LD 1504 the solar policy bill. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on LD 1504. The bill is a step toward overturning an anti-solar PUC rule and increasing the accessibility of community solar. The governor has been bullying lawmakers into supporting his anti-renewable ideology. Email your Senator and Representative now to urge them to support this solar bill. ~ NRCM & Maine Audubon
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Eagle Population on Road to Recovery
Mount Desert Islander - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Eagles in Maine were removed from the threatened list earlier this month, and wildlife biologists banded 12 eagle chicks in nine of 10 nests on islands in Frenchman Bay, as well as on Schoodic and Great Duck Island.
10 Years After Dam Removal, Fish Return To River
WMTW-TV8 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Removing the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Augusta allowed 11 species of sea-run fish to access the river. The removal of the dam marked the first time the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that the value to the public of the free-flowing river was greater than that of the dam.
Neighbors try showing the power lines and the trees
Sun Journal - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Talking about the trees and what having them gone will mean isn't enough, said homeowner Elaine DuMais. You have to see the difference. DuMais' backyard is ringed with hardwoods and pines and a grove of apple trees. All of the trees and part of a rock wall would be removed under a power line expansion plan proposed by Central Maine Power Co. They'd be replaced with huge towers as the utility's power reliability upgrade winds its way through Lewiston.
Editorial: Mainers in House had right position on climate bill
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a historic energy bill last week that, for the first time, takes an aggressive national approach toward combating man-made climate change. Both of Maine's representatives not only voted for it, but they also worked to make it better. The focus will now be on getting a bill through the Senate. Maine's senators should continue their strong tradition of bipartisanship and support for conservation to move this important issue forward.
River advocates hail Westbrook fish passage decision
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Presumpscot River advocates say Monday's decision ordering Sappi Fine Paper North America to install a fish passage on one of its dams is significant because it could open the entire river to several species of anadromous fish. The decision by the commissioner for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife came nearly three years after river advocates asked the state to intervene.
More tricks or a murre treat? Time will tell
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

A penguin-like bird that disappeared from the Maine coast more than a century ago has apparently decided that it's time to come back. Wildlife advocates found a murre egg perched on a cliff on Matinicus Rock. It's the first time the birds have been known to lay an egg south of the Canadian border since the 1870s, said Stephen Kress, director of the National Audubon Society's seabird restoration program. "We have been waiting for this for 17 years," Kress said.
Islanders celebrate wind power
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Hundreds gathered Monday morning at a 75-acre construction site in a misty spruce forest to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Fox Islands Wind project. By Thanksgiving, developers said, three turbines will take advantage of the high offshore winds to produce enough electricity to provide power to the 1,500 year-round residents of Vinalhaven and North Haven islands.
Retired trucker first to solo kayak 740-mile route
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Gil Whitney, a 67-year-old retired truck driver, became the first person to solo kayak the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Completing the 740-mile water odyssey from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine, also made the Lakeville resident the oldest person to date to complete the trip.
Forever Wild: Roxanne Quimby's legacy to the North Woods
Other - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Maine Home+Design - To date, Quimby has invested $50 million in the conservation of 90,000 acres of land, in addition to giving away nearly a million dollars a year to nonprofits across the state. If everything falls into place, she will donate her holdings to the National Park Service upon its centennial anniversary
in 2016—a gift she hopes will rival the neighboring 200,000-acre Baxter State Park in size.
Maine receives habitat restoration funding
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Officials said $6.1 million would go toward the demolition of Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River, while another $1.6 million would pay to replace culverts as part of Atlantic salmon restoration. Gov. John Baldacci's office said the funding in Maine is expected to create at least 60 jobs over two years.
Sappi will not appeal ruling on dam
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Sappi Fine Paper North America said the company will not appeal a decision by the state ordering Sappi to install a fish passage at its Cumberland Mills Dam. Alewives, shad, salmon, and sturgeon could migrate upriver from the ocean to Sebago Lake, if Sappi installs fishways at six hyrdoelectric dams it operates on the Presumpscot River.
Along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Other - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

Blog - So, you’ve been thinking about a canoe, camping trip into the wilderness, and you’ve chosen the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
Ten years after dam removal: 'We stand in awe at power of nature'
Capital Weekly - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

About 100 people gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate one of the nation’s most successful river restoration projects. They were observing the 10th anniversary of the removal of Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River and the opening up of 17 miles of the river from Augusta to Waterville to free-flowing status for the first time in 160 years. By all accounts, the result of removing the dam has been to bring the river back to life.
Running logs down Kennebec returns for a day
Capital Weekly - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

All the recent rain created more work for the Augusta Public Works Department as employees were out Tuesday, July 30, rescuing the city's East Side docks from being washed down river and pushing threatening waterlogged tree trunks from smashing into the wharf on the river's west side.
Recovery Act to help fund Penobscot sea-run fish restoration
Capital Weekly - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that it will invest $6.1 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help rebuild sea-run fisheries of the Penobscot River.
GrowSmart gets new director, moving to Portland
Mainebiz - Tuesday, June 30, 2009 

GrowSmart Maine, the Yarmouth nonprofit that earlier this month lost its president amid a funding crisis, has appointed new leadership and announced plans to move to Portland. The organization has appointed Maggie Drummond, GrowSmart's former advocacy director, as interim director.
Maine Legislature Sends LMF to the Voters
Other - Monday, June 29, 2009 

One of the last pieces of business for the 124th Maine Legislature was the bond package. The Legislature agreed to a $150 million package, including a $10 million conservation ballot question. Specifically, $6.5 million is earmarked for the Land for Maine's Future program, $2 million for the Working Waterfront program, $1 million for farmland protection and $.5 million for state park infrastructure. This piece of the overall bond package will be decided by the voters in November of 2010.
Earning Green: Mainebiz takes a look at green business
Mainebiz - Monday, June 29, 2009 

Four businesses discuss the two major reasons to go green: conscience and cost, in Shades of green. A demand-response energy program gives cash incentives for businesses willing to flip off the switch, in Power broker. How federal stimulus and carbon-credit funds are fueling energy-saving programs, in Efficiency Maine, the granddad of green. A handful of Maine businesses join the ranks of the emerging B Corporation sector, in The real deal in assessing green. GraffamSolution's Merritt Carey shares ways to avoid being a greenwasher, in How to market yourself as green and mean it.

Letter: River access is available
Sun Journal - Monday, June 29, 2009 

The Androscoggin River Watershed Council is developing The Androscoggin River Trail, a water trail, from Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire to Merrymeeting Bay. There are more than 40 public access sites along the river.
Embracing the unspoiled
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 29, 2009 

What was once an unbroken canopy of trees is now punctuated by cleared lots and the shingled roofs of Cape Cods and split-levels. In this checkered sea, the Clark farm stands like an island – more than 550 acres of unspoiled fields and forests. The Windham Town Council is expected to schedule a public hearing on borrowing $1 million to help conserve the Clark property for farming, timber and recreation.
Powerboat culture gave rise to new Bangor club
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 29, 2009 

Bangoreans already had a canoe club, a bicycle club and a horse club a century ago. The rise of the gasoline-powered motorboat gave them yet another reason to found a club devoted to locomotion. The Bangor Yacht Club held its first meeting in the fall of 1908. By June, members had opened a new clubhouse on the banks of the Penobscot River.
Sunspots and the weather
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 29, 2009 

It has been rumored lately that the cause of the cloudy, misty, cranky weather this month is a lack of sunspots. From 1645 to 1715 almost no sunspots were seen. This quiet period corresponded roughly to the Little Ice Age, when Earth’s average temperature dropped about 1 degree.
Letter: Coyote not culprit
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 29, 2009 

The supposed coyote “facts” in a recent letter to the editor are not supported by any peer-reviewed science.
Editorial: Water over the dam
Capital Weekly - Monday, June 29, 2009 

Next week, environmentalists and leaders will gather on the banks of the Kennebec to mark the 10th anniversary of the removal of the Edwards Dam, the very dam that in the 1800s was a necessity for area mills and commerce. In the late 1990s, though, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled the value to the public of the free-flowing river was greater than that of the dam. And thus it was removed.
MDIF&W: S.D Warren must provide fish passage at dam
Capital Weekly - Monday, June 29, 2009 

In the first decision in more than a century under a Maine statute that requires dam owners to provide for fish passage, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife ruled the S.D Warren Company must construct and maintain fish passage at its Cumberland Mills Dam on the Presumpscot River.
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