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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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News Items
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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