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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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Precipice Cliff nesting attempt fails at Acadia
Bar Harbor Times - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Peregrine falcons were observed engaging in courtship behavior in March at Acadia National Park's Precipice Cliff area, a historic nesting territory. However, they failed in their nesting attempt, Superintendent Sheridan Steele announced Thursday. The species is listed as an endangered species under the Maine Endangered Species Act. The Precipice Trail is now open again to the public.
Bar Harbor Oceanarium stays open despite fire damage
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Despite a fire Wednesday night that destroyed one of the buildings at a local oceanfront aquarium, the facility opened for business Thursday. David Mills, whose family owns and operates the Oceanarium, said the fire destroyed the aquarium’s Lobster Museum, which included a touch tank where visitors could learn about marine creatures. But the facility’s lobster hatchery was spared and a new touch tank, assembled with an extra tank that escaped the flames, already has been stocked with other animals and put on display. The Oceanarium was founded in Southwest Harbor in 1972 and opened its Bar Harbor location in the summer of 1990. The aquarium, which includes a marsh walk, attracts thousands of people each summer.
New liquor fee in state budget to fund highways, clean water
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Rep. Pat Flood, co-chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, authored little-noticed provision in the new state budget that requires the contract for wholesale liquor sales, which runs out in 2014, be renegotiated by June of 2013 with an upfront payment of at least $20 million. The language also spells out how money from the new contract will be distributed with 15 percent allocated to the safe water and clean water programs, 20 percent to the highway preservation and rehabilitation paving program, 30 percent to the budget stabilization fund and 35 percent to the General Fund.
Opinion: Legislature lays groundwork for stronger economy
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Maine’s aggressive regulatory bureaucracy has been one of the most serious impediments to the success and survival of businesses. In December, new legislative leaders took up the cause of regulatory reform with LD 1. In meetings throughout the state, a bipartisan committee of legislators met with business owners, workers, farmers, fishermen and entrepreneurs. The overall message from the business community was clear. Collaborate with us instead of standing in our way. Understand that laws passed in Augusta can devastate our companies and our employees. And don’t harm the environment. The resulting legislation eliminates numerous bureaucratic obstructions to doing business in Maine, striking a balance between reasonable safeguards and allowing free enterprise to flourish. ~ Rep. Stacey Guerin, R-Glenburn
UMaine receives prestigious environmental leadership award
 - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

The University of Maine recently was awarded a national environmental leadership award for its achievement in promoting, researching and teaching green energy and sustainability. UMaine was one of three institutions to receive the Second Nature Climate Leadership Award from a consortium of 670 colleges and universities.
Judge rejects New England ports’ attempt to overturn fish law
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

A federal judge on Thursday rejected arguments by New England’s two largest ports that key parts of disputed new fishing rules are flawed and should be struck down. Judge Rya Zobel released her order in response to a suit by plaintiffs, including the ports of New Bedford and Gloucester, who argued the rules were based on faulty assumptions by federal regulators that would bury the industry. But Zobel ruled against the plaintiffs on all counts.
Senator Susan Collins Recognized by National Park Trust
Other - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine recently was awarded the National Park Trust’s Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award for her outstanding record in land conservation and environmental protection. In accepting the award, Senator Collins said, “Making the best idea even better requires a strong public/private partnership, and the National Park Trust is an invaluable partner....I greatly appreciate the Trust for its work to preserve our nation’s history as well as its scenery.“
NOAA: Kennebec Dredging Will Not Jeopardize Endangered Species
Other - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

NOAA has determined that dredging of a navigation channel in Maine’s Kennebec River will not jeopardize the continued existence of endangered shortnose sturgeon. It also is not expected to have adverse affects on the Gulf of Maine population of Atlantic salmon nor its critical habitat in the area.
Conservation proposals being sought
Sun Journal - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Proposals are invited for a new round of competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program. A total of $2 million will soon be available for those seeking to protect wetland and significant wildlife habitat in Maine.
Conservation commissions of Alfred, Shapleigh work together for Walnut Hill land
Sanford News - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

The conservations commissions of Alfred and Shapleigh recently cooperated to protect the first of many parcels in the Walnut Hill area they hope to protect. In December 2010, the Three Rivers Land Trust acquired 88 acres in Shapleigh's portion of the Walnut Hill area. Both towns, through their conservation commissions, support the land trust's grant application to the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program that supplied $162,800 toward the $192,000 purchase price.
Fireworks return to Ogunquit for third straight year
Seacoast Online - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

For the third year in a row, fireworks will be returning to Ogunquit for a fantastic fourth. And once again, town leaders will be making sure that some of the town's most vulnerable "residents" — the piping plovers — won't be disturbed by the spectacle. An agreement with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife includes setting up a buffer zone and closing parts of the beach where plovers have nests. "The wildlife biologists have night vision goggles; they monitor the plovers before, during, and after the fireworks."
UVM Professor Develops Product To Stall Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
Other - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Vermont Public Radio - Hemlock wooly adelgid insects have devastated hemlock trees from Georgia through New England. Now, a professor at the University of Vermont believes he has struck upon a compound that limits the damage the adelgid does to these trees.
Conservation groups eye Timber Point
Other - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Post - Timber Point sits at the end of Granite Point Road in Biddeford. The Trust for Public Land, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge are working together to add Timber Point to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The Ewing family agreed several years ago to sell all but 13 acres of their land to the refuge for $5.125 million. The agreement will allow 97 acres, including a 13-acre island, to be permanently protected. But Wolfe Tone of TPL says time is running out to make the deal happen.
New Online Park-Pass Purchase System Up and Running
Other - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Maine residents and visitors looking for a quick and easy way to buy Maine state park passes once again can purchase the affordable season passes on line. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is offering a secure, convenient method of purchasing season passes to all 48 state parks and historic sites with use of the new online system.
Kibby Wind Power Project receives recognition for sustainability
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Environmental Business Council of New England has selected TransCanada’s Kibby Wind Power Project as this year’s winner of the Outstanding Environmental–Energy Achievement Award. “TransCanada deserves this award for a superb effort,” said Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association. “Wind power projects like Kibby are creating jobs, cleaning up our air, mitigating climate change and increasing our energy independence. This recognition is something everyone in New England should note. Maine is certainly very proud of the Kibby Wind Power project.”
Fishery council addresses management review
Bar Harbor Times - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

The New England Fishery Management Council has announced its response to a report that critiqued the coordination of three key organizations that have input into and oversee most fishing activities in federal waters from Maine to North Carolina. The “Review of the New England Fishery Management Process” detailed needed improvements to the NEFMC operations, as well as those of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Maine coastal beaches are clean, open and safe for swimming
Herald Gazette - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

As beach season begins, scientists from Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection say the state’s storied coastal beaches are clean and safe for swimming. The Maine Healthy Beaches program monitors recreational water quality and protect public health at Maine’s 61 public access beaches, which comprise more than 30 miles of the state’s coastline.
Letter: It’s up to us...
Times Record - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

It is up to us as a country to DEMAND practices such as Mountain Top Removal and “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing methods used to procure natural gas at a high environmental cost) be stopped. Not only do they immediately affect the towns and wildlife in the vicinity, they ultimately will affect us as and our country’s ecosystems. The threat to our national security in this matter is that our country is still not making the push to green energy. ~ Lisa Marie Cox, Bath
What’s All This Whale Stuff About?
Ellsworth American - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

The National Marine Fisheries Service published its proposed list of fisheries this week and, once again, the Gulf of Maine lobster fishery was at the top of the list of fisheries that cause impermissibly high levels of serious injury or mortality (“takings”) to federally protected marine mammals. Foremost among them are the Northern right and the humpback whale, both listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Energy startups have big ideas, need big money
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Steve Musica and Laurenz Schmidt have developed a solar panel that produces heat and hot water. The Beltane Solar panel also can be modified to disinfect and desalinate drinking water -- a useful feature in hot, sunny climates. Beltane Solar, a startup in Topsham, has a prototype. What it needs is $4 million or so to bring it to commercial production. That quest for early-stage investment led Musica and Schmidt to participate in a forum Wednesday called Clean Tech VC 101, a primer on how Maine companies with clean technology brainstorms can attract venture capital.
Little eels, big bucks, huge lure
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2011 

Sky-high prices for elvers lured a huge number of fishermen to coastal rivers this spring, including some willing to risk fines for a chance to be paid up to $1,200 per pound for the immature American eels. Rusty Blake said he has never seen prices so high in the 41 years he's been in the elver business. Blake, owner of Northeast Eel and Elver Co. in West Forks, said the season started out around $200 a pound and reached $1,200 by the end.
Gubernatorial Scorecard: End of the innocence
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, June 29, 2011 

As the legislative session ends, Gov. Paul LePage is no longer the bombastic blowhard he once was, but neither is he ceding control of major policy initiatives to House and Senate leaders. On ending regulation: LePage has trumpeted the passage of LD 1, designed to reduce the state bureaucracy. Republicans have claimed victory, while Democrats are happy they were able to limit the damage. Whether it changes anything in the understaffed, confused state-office hallways remains to be seen. On ending consistency: Despite promises to let the private sector alone, the governor signed a bill that allowed the state to purchase a landfill in East Millinocket, in hopes of landing a private deal that proponents say could save mill jobs. A similar corporate-bailout deal in Old Town in 2004 never fulfilled its job-preservation promise, and landed the state with a massive cleanup problem. How much more will Mainers spend to preserve jobs that are leaving anyway?
Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, June 29, 2011 

To avoid a possible government shutdown Maine legislators thought they had to pass a budget by June 30 with a two-thirds majority. Democrats felt pressure to compromise so as not to be blamed for closing, for example, the state parks. But Republicans might have accepted a measure temporarily continuing state operations. Democrats did help kill the most radical Republican proposals. But these generally were easy. LePage's proposal to reverse the ban on the chemical BPA in products children use, for example, never had a chance. Democrats share common ground with "moderate" Republicans, who reflect the corporate worldview, which is not especially conservative on many environmental issues. Senator Dawn Hill, the lead Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, explained why she voted for the $6-billion state budget: "I have a lot of wealthy friends and they do a lot of philanthropy."
Editorial: Snowe, Collins should support Clean Air Act
Journal Tribune - Wednesday, June 29, 2011 

The EPA budget is scheduled to come up again for discussion in Washington after the Fourth of July break, and other bills that would impact air quality are also pending. We join the American Lung Association and the Maine Healthy Air Coalition in urging Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to once again stand up for the average Maine citizen who has so little control over their own air quality.
Endlines or end of the line: Rope issues continue to snarl lobster industry
Herald Gazette - Wednesday, June 29, 2011 

It’s been two years since the lobster industry made the switch from floating to sinking groundline to reduce entanglement risks to endangered large whales. Now the federal government is getting ready to address the plethora of vertical lines that link lobster traps on the ocean bottom to buoys on the water’s surface, lines which, the government said, also pose a danger to large whales.
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