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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 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 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
Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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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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