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Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute,
Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). 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
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 2 pm.
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News Items
Harpswell woman asking court to legalize exotic fish species in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 30, 2012 

A Harpswell woman who has been ordered to get rid of an exotic species of fish is about to receive a permit to keep them under certain restrictions, but she says she is taking the issue to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in an effort to have the restrictions lifted. Georgette Curran of Harpswell breeds numerous varieties of freshwater fish, which she sells to animal retailers, and has dozens of other pets. But the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says her stock of nishiki koi poses a danger to Maine’s waterways.
Pass or fail: Did the Maine Legislature make the grade?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

During the 500 days that the Legislature has been led by Republicans the environmental regulatory process has been reduced significantly — in one department by 77 percent! There has been pension reform, welfare reform, and financial gimmicks have been eliminated. Departments have begun the cultural shift to finding ways to make things work for the private sector. Maine is on the move again. ~ Philip Harriman
Blog: Meeting Donn Fendler
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Last night the kids and I had the pleasure to meet Donn Fendler at a casting call for an upcoming movie. CB is not an actor but he truly fits the character of Donn Fendler and even resembles him as a child. He is a county boy at heart (hence his cyber name), his comfort zone is in the woods. He is passionate about hunting, fishing, and survivalism. What a great experience it would be for him to reenact one of his childhood heros. ~ Kim Pouliot Couture
Government Oversight Committee to discuss landfill again, has concerns about Casella
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

After breaking into caucuses during its meeting Friday, the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee decided it needed more time to determine whether it would follow up on a request for an investigation into Casella Waste Systems Inc.’s practices and operations of the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.
Downeaster Funding Survives in Federal Highway Bill
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Funding for the Downeaster rail service has survived in the final version of the federal highway bill approved today by the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, bicycle advocates in Maine say they're disappointed that the bill cuts biking and walking funds by 60 to 70 percent, despite strong support from the delegation. The bill is now headed for President Barack Obama's desk.
DIF&W encourages Down East take of largemouth bass
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have positively identified fish caught in Grand Falls Flowage as largemouth bass, indicating the illegal introduction of the species to the area and prompting the effort to eliminate them before they can gain a foothold in the flowage and endanger the smallmouth bass population already there. Because of that apparent illegal introduction, DIF&W is encouraging the taking of largemouth bass of all sizes from certain Down East waters by licensed anglers starting on July 1.
Former Maine official gets new state post
Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2012 

A Michigan official who served as conservation commissioner in Maine during the 1980s and `90s is coming back to the state. Ed Meadows will be deputy commissioner of operations and administration in the newly merged Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Meadows was commissioner of what was then Maine's Conservation Department from 1988 to 1995 during Gov. John McKernan's administration. He's also a former director of the Maine Bureau of Public Lands. Meadows was mostly recently a senior executive with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Ag Commissioner Appoints New Deputy Commissioner
Maine Government News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, commissioner-designee for the new Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, announced today that he is appointing Ed Meadows as his deputy commissioner of operations and administration. Meadows, now of Holt, Mich., is a former commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation (1988-1995) and former director of the Maine Bureau of Public Lands. He most recently held senior executive positions with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, overseeing the administration of 4.9 million acres of land. In that capacity, he has undertaken restructuring of department and state government reorganization.
Eastport underwater turbine event scheduled before August deployment
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Ocean Renewable Power Co. will host a public dedication ceremony in Eastport on Tuesday, July 24, for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project, the first commercial, grid-connected ocean energy project in the U.S. The Portland-based company has been engineering and field testing its turbine designs in waters off Eastport since 2004 and now has plans to submerge five turbines in 82 feet of water. The turbines will be linked by underwater cable to an existing onshore Bangor Hydro-Electric substation at Kendall Head, north of the Washington County community of Eastport, for on-shore distribution onto the power grid.
Leave No Trace more than picking up trash
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Upon being invited to participate in a two-day Leave No Trace trainer course in Baxter State Park, I decided it was a good time to find out what it really means. The seven LNT principles are:
• Plan ahead and prepare.
• Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
• Dispose of waste properly.
• Leave what you find.
• Minimize campfire impacts.
• Respect wildlife.
• Be considerate of other visitors.
Maine DEP Data Shows State's Coastal Beach Water Quality Best Since 2008
Maine Government News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

More than two-thirds of Maine’s 61 coastal public-access beaches had no water quality issues in 2011 that led to an advisory or closure posting, resulting in the beaches being open and safe for swimming 98.2 percent of the time.
Getting the lead out: Program shows proper methods of disposal
Sun Journal - Friday, June 29, 2012 

At one time, lead paint seemed like a dream product. Thanks to the magic of chemistry, lead paint went on rich and thick, resisted corrosion, expanded and contracted with the temperature, and fought mold and mildew. Today, lead paint's legacy looks more like a peeling, toxic mess. "It looks like a pretty good product," Peter Crockett, executive director of the Maine Labor Group on Health, said of lead paint. "But it kills people."
Letter: Sen. Collins supports clean air
Sun Journal - Friday, June 29, 2012 

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has always been a strong supporter of efforts to improve and protect our nation’s air quality and public health. A recent column that claimed otherwise is just false (June 24). Sen. Collins has introduced bipartisan legislation that would give the EPA the time the agency itself requested to properly analyze the best methods for implementing the application of the Clean Air Act to certain boilers. Her goal is to help ensure that any final rules are protective of public health and the environment while being achievable and affordable for U.S. manufacturers. Maine has lost more than a third of its manufacturing jobs during the past decade, and Sen. Collins remains committed to helping ensure that the Boiler MACT rules are crafted to protect public health without harming the forest products industry. ~ Kevin Kelley, Communications director for Sen. Susan M. Collins
Temple family teaches by doing sustainable living
Morning Sentinel - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Local living is an old idea that's come around again, according to Chris and Ashirah Knapp, who have begun offering a new kind of three-day vacation. The Knapps own the Koviashuvik Local Living School, where they live, work, teach and host, all in service of a sustainable lifestyle.
Deal reached to shutter MERC plant
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 29, 2012 

Maine Energy Recovery Co.'s trash-to-energy plant, which has been controversial since before it opened 25 years ago, appears to be headed for the waste heap. The incinerator that has dominated Biddeford's downtown and its politics for decades will be bought by the city for $6.65 million by Nov. 15, city officials said Thursday. It will stop operating within six months of the purchase, and will be demolished six months after that.
Letter: Irrelevant demands
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 29, 2012 

I write to express my concern about numerous and irrelevant demands for “standing” by other towns into the local application by DCP Midstream. Our town held a vote, which convincingly said let’s move on within our process. At the previous Planning Board meeting, I was disgusted by the behavior of the league of rich lawyers representing Thanks But No Tank and Islesboro. It doesn’t appear that any of these towns contacted DCP for information; instead they were misled by the fear-mongering and misrepresentation of TBNT. ~ Michelle Hanson, Stockton Springs
Is Acid Rain a Thing of the Past?
Other - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Science Now - The story of acid rain from the 1970s is preserved in newspaper headlines, textbooks, and, it turns out, the soils of the northeastern United States. Forty years after humans first began tackling the problem, the impact of acid rain still lingers in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, according to a new study. But the research also shows the first signs of recovery.
Elderly farmers concerned over sale to Maine Farmland Trust
Maine Wire - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

In 2011, the Elwells sold their nearly 500-acre farm to Maine Farmland Trust, one of Maine’s most prominent land trusts. “Two women from the Maine Farmland Trust came right here into our kitchen,” Erma Elwell said. “They told us they had some grant money they could use to buy our farm, and they gave us one week to make the decision.” The Elwells felt trapped. And pressured. With no private buyers in sight, they started the process of selling to MFT. “It’s probably the most complicated deal we’ve ever done,” said John Piotti, executive director of MFT and a fellow Unity resident.
Response to Elderly farmers concerned over sale to Maine Farmland Trust
Maine Wire - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

It was disheartening to read such a misleading and inaccurate article. While the writer may disagree with the role and functions of land trusts in Maine, readers deserve better than a story full of gross inaccuracies and misleading information. I have worked for Maine Farmland Trust for 12 years. MFT has been very effective in assisting landowners meet their goals to preserve their land as working farmland. Contrary to what is implied in this article, MFT works ONLY with willing landowners. ~ LouAnna Perkins
Neanderthal needs help: What’s your favorite outdoor app?
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m still a Neanderthal. But now, I’m a Neanderthal toting an iPhone 4s. That makes me a Neanderthal who is pushing buttons and taking photos and trying to figure out how I can use this new tool to down me a nice, tasty woolly mammoth. My questions for you: What are the best outdoor-related apps you’ve found? What makes them so cool? Can they lead me to a woolly mammoth (or at least a tasty white-tailed deer?)
Proposed Wind Power Project Second Public Meeting A Maine DEP First
Maine Government News - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on Thursday, July 12 to get feedback on its draft analysis regarding a proposed 14-turbine, 42-megawatt wind farm atop Passadumkeag Ridge in Grand Falls Township. While this is the second public meeting on the project, it’s the first time the department has held two public meetings on an application to the agency as part of a new internal review process established by Commissioner Aho last year that requires two public meetings be held on all proposed grid scale wind power projects in Maine.
Mercury Sickens Adirondacks [and Maine?] Loons
New York Times - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Human hands do not have to physically touch a place to disturb it. Mercury that billows into the atmosphere from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants has settled back down thickly in the Adirondacks, causing trouble for common loon, which nest in large numbers in the park, and other wildlife. A new report, which explores how the health of Adirondack loons, and the ecosystem in which they live, is being affected by mercury, summarizes almost 10 years of field research. Seventy-five percent of the loons sampled were at either moderate or high risk from mercury in their blood. If a loon has high-risk levels of mercury in its system, it produces 40 percent fewer young. Mercury can be found naturally in ecosystems, but pollution causes there to be three to five times more than occurs naturally, and coal-fired power plants in China are exacerbating the problem.
New Direction for Maine’s Water, Land, and Wildlife
Other - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

As we mark the end of the 2012 legislative session, here at Maine Audubon we are feeling both appreciative and uneasy. Despite the strong and ongoing support of Maine Audubon members and our bipartisan alliance of environmental champions in the Legislature, we remain deeply concerned about the overall direction that some lawmakers are taking in their approach to conservation.
Federal funding for Amtrak Downeaster, Portland area METRO buses, riding on success of highway bill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

More than $1.3 million in yearly federal funding to help operate the Portland area METRO buses could be cut off if the highway bill facing Congress this weekend doesn’t pass. The highway bill also includes crucial funding for the Amtrak Downeaster train, which connects Portland to Boston.
Belfast’s Goose River hydro dams may be sold
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2012 

Pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an agreement has been reached to sell five dams on Goose River and four hydroelectric generation plants to a company based in South Portland. The city of Belfast had negotiated a purchase option for $125,000, but let it expire without taking action a month ago. Now, Clifford Ginn and Sam Spencer, doing business as Independence Hydro, have an agreement to purchase the dams and generation facilities. The five dams and four hydropower facilities have the capacity to produce 369 kilowatts of electricity. At its peak, the generators could provide the electricity needs of 250 houses.
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