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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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; hey, we're all connected). 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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News Items
COA to rebuild destroyed field station on remote island
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

The summer programs that College of the Atlantic holds each year on Mount Desert Rock faced a significant challenge last summer when Hurricane Bill, passing by the Gulf of Maine, churned up exceptionally heavy surf along Maine’s rocky coast. Rough seas decimated some of the college’s buildings. For the past couple of weeks, work crews have been trying to make repairs so research can resume in mid-July and classes can be held in August.
Collins, Snowe roles key in jobs, energy bills
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

The political spotlight is once again focused on Maine’s two U.S. senators as Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill grapple with a host of contentious issues during a pivotal election year. From financial reform to a federal cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases, there is no shortage of weighty and often partisan issues. And Maine’s two moderate senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, could play major roles in shaping and deciding the fate of legislative initiatives.
Carter, King clash over wind power project
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

A former Green Independent Party candidate for governor exchanged charges of greed and hypocrisy Wednesday with a former governor who’s promoting a 128-megawatt wind power project. Building 48 wind turbines in Highland Plantation would require blasting of 1.6 million cubic yards of rock and dirt, decimate fragile alpine terrain and generate visual and noise pollution all while failing to reduce greenhouse emissions, said Jonathan Carter, director of the Forest Ecology Network. Former independent Maine Gov. Angus King, one of the Highland Wind LLC business partners, said the project carries an environmental impact but that it’s more benign than oil, gas, coal or nuclear power.
Hearings ahead for Calais liquid natural gas project
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

The process to bring a $1 billion liquefied natural gas facility to the city is moving along quickly this summer, with a series of public hearings set before the Calais Planning Board and the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. Save Passamaquoddy Bay has been against siting any LNG facility on that body of water.
A fishing record that lives on
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

James “Bob” Foster Sr., who passed away Monday at the age of 73, was the fisherman who caught the state record brook trout — an eight-pound, eight-ounce monster — at Aroostook County’s Chase Pond back in 1979. Foster’s record stood for 30 years. It was broken by Patrick Coan of Waterboro on Jan. 8, 2009. But Coan’s 9.02-pound brookie was not wild. It was stocked in York County’s Mousam Lake.
Letter: Nukes are mistake
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

I disagree with the June 26 BDN OpEd, “Nuclear power is the answer to our energy needs.” Nuclear fission power is not a solution. Instead, we should be focusing on developing truly green alternatives to oil, such as wind, solar and even nuclear fusion.
Harbor porpoise returned to wild off Biddeford
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

A small harbor porpoise rescued after becoming stranded on Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport on Feb. 26, has been returned to the wild. A satellite tag on her dorsal fin will allow researchers to follow the two-year-old 52-pound porpoise’s movements for the next six months.
Searchers fail to find vessel's stolen equipment
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

A research mission to study global warming's effect on Greenland's glaciers will get under way in a few days, despite failed efforts to find critical pieces of stolen scientific equipment. Phineas Sprague said Tuesday that Sonar Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd. of England has agreed to ship a pair of transducer heads to replace the ones that were stolen this month from the research vessel Gambo.
Power struggle at packed meeting in Farmingdale
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

If a community feels strongly about burying lines in a certain area, then Central Maine Power Co. representatives will talk with them -- if they are willing to pay for the additional cost. That was one of the messages from CMP officials Tuesday evening. Residents were given a chance to ask CMP representatives questions about plans to erect a 245-kilovolt transmission line through the Kennebec Heights Country Club as part of its Maine Power Reliability Project.
Letter: Go with natural gas, shale oil
Sun Journal - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

It is said that the shale oil out West contains around 3 trillion barrels of oil. When will we be ready to make an effort to develop that resource, when the Gulf spill reaches Miami Beach? The beaches of the Carolinas? The Gulf of Maine?
Butterfly Restoration Project Takes Wing
Mount Desert Islander - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Volunteers at the Charlotte Rhoades Park in Southwest Harbor are participating in a nationwide program to revive the dwindling population of monarch butterflies.
Horseshoe Crab Study Continues Along Shores of Taunton Bay
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Despite the depredation of a fishing industry that once harvested them by the millions to chop up for bait, the horseshoe crab has survived essentially unchanged, and apparently unperturbed, for some 445 million years. For the past decade, less then an eye blink in their history, these creatures have been the subject of an annual population survey at several sites along the Maine coast.
Beach access conflict simmers
Times Record - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Tucked away off a dirt road, a small, privately owned beach on the northern point of Bailey Island in Harpswell is the subject of a legal inquiry by the town of Harpswell, which seeks to determine whether the public’s use of a private access road for years justifies a public easement.
Acadia Birding Festival a big draw
Bar Harbor Times - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 

Acadia Birding Festival took place June 10-13. Participants from across North America traveled to Mount Desert Island for an opportunity to observe the incredible diversity of Gulf of Maine birds, and spend quality time in the field with local naturalists and experts. During the three field days of the festival, we collectively saw 116 species of birds on Mount Desert Island.
Opinion: Why Is Maine’s Moose Lottery and Hunt Disappearing?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

You’d have to conclude that hunters are losing interest in Maine’s moose hunt, judging by the huge decline in applicants in the state’s once-popular moose lottery. In the last two years alone, applications have decreased by a stunning 23 percent.
Dam controversy swirls in Wiscasset
Times Record - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

The Chewonki Foundation’s planned removal of the Lower Montsweag Brook Dam, and the loss of an upstream pond it has held in place for 42 years, continues to stir passionate debate in Wiscasset. State officials tapped Chewonki, a Wiscasset-based environmental education organization, to restore fish passage up Montsweag Brook. But some property owners argue that the project strips them of valuable recreational space and a backup to the town’s water supply. They also question whether removing the dam will restore fish passage.

Mainers full of gusto for wind power, survey finds
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

Maine residents overwhelmingly support wind power development, chiefly because it cuts dependence on fossil fuels and creates jobs, according to the first survey released by the industry. In a statewide telephone poll of 500 registered voters, 88% supported wind power in Maine. Calls to residents in seven rural "rim" counties, from Aroostook to Oxford, where most wind power projects are built or planned, showed 83% in support.
Rockweed harvest in question this year
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

While four companies — twice as many as last year — submitted plans to harvest rockweed in Cobscook Bay this summer, the number of residents that have signed up to halt harvesting at their oceanfront properties has tripled. Between already protected lands, such as state-owned and conservation property, and the high number of private landowners on the no-harvest list, nearly the entire bay has requested protection.
UMF launches program for outdoor recreation
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

UMaine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center has launched an outdoor recreation program. Mainely Outdoors is now taking registrations for the summer programming that will begin in July. It will offer members of the campus and local community year-round opportunities to participate in activities to promote a fit lifestyle, to acquaint people with new recreation opportunities and to take advantage of the abundant natural resources in the region.
Bush's daughter to appear in Acadia National Park
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 

Jenna Bush Hager, he daughter of President George W. Bush, will be in Acadia National Park Wednesday to appear live on the "Today" as part of the NBC morning staple's series on national parks.
Commissioners stand pat on forest proposal
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 28, 2010 

Skeptical of the “Keeping Maine’s Forests” effort, the Maine Woods Coalition has asked officials in Aroostook, Piscataquis, Somerset and Penobscot Counties to sign a resolution to stop what it calls a “back door” approach to turn the northern Maine forest into a national park. “We have put in writing that this is not about a national park, this is not about a national forest,” committee member Alec Giffin of the Maine Forest Service said. He stressed that he found it “incredibly ironic” that the coalition is opposed to a document that would do everything the coalition supports.
Maine crew to help in gulf cleanup
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 28, 2010 

Two teams of oil spill cleanup experts from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection left for Panama City, Fla., on Monday hoping to lend a hand in the cleanup of the nation’s worst-ever oil spill.
States ease food safety rules for homemade goods
Associated Press - Monday, June 28, 2010 

Small farmers in Maine can sell slaughtered chickens without worrying about inspections. Federal and state laws require that most food sold to the public be made in licensed facilities open to government inspectors. But as more people become interested in buying local food, a few states have created exemptions for amateur chefs who sell homemade goods at farmers markets and on small farms.
Scenic rail line ready to launch
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 28, 2010 

The Downeast Scenic Railroad is gearing up for the start of an excursion rail service later this summer. The locomotive will power the railroad's planned scenic trips between Ellsworth and Ellsworth Falls.
Open-carry gun group plans Acadia event
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 28, 2010 

The Maine Open Carry Association will hold a picnic on Thompson Island in Acadia National Park on July 11 to protest a new state law that limits the possession of firearms in the park. Under the law, which takes effect July 12, a gun is allowed in the park if: it is carried by a qualified law enforcement officer; it is in a motor vehicle and rendered temporarily inoperable or packed away; it is concealed and carried by a person who has a concealed weapons permit.
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