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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 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
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Paris to Pittsburgh, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

This award-winning documentary celebrates how Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Followed by a panel discussion about climate action in Maine with Kristine Corey, energy efficiency coordinator at AmeriCorps; Stephanie Miles, of Maine Conservation Alliance; and Jill McLaughlin, of ReVision Energy. At First Universalist Church of Auburn, July 18, 5:30 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 am - 2 pm.
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News Items
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Maine Oil Skimmers Head to Gulf to Help With Cleanup
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, June 28, 2010 

It's been nearly two months since the Maine Department of Environmental Protection offered to provide staff and equipment to respond to the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama and Florida made inquiries about the DEP's offer earlier this month. But no one has taken Maine up on the invitation until now.
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.
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