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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
Sears Island committee wrestles with finalizing easement
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Friday, July 25, 2008 

The Sears Island Joint Use Planning Committee discussed ideas Friday that ranged from how best to approach land management to potential wetlands mitigation to an easement aimed at protecting 600 acres of the 941-acre island. The easement draft also includes new language regarding a "third-party enforcer," which in the case of Sears Island would be the state Department of Environmental Protection.
City uses leaf-eaters to slow invasive loosestrife's spread
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 24, 2008 

Portland's effort to fight the spread of a pretty, but unwanted, purple flower got some fresh reinforcements Wednesday morning when officials released an army of tiny leaf-eating beetles in a few strategic areas in North Deering.
Baldacci 'concerned' about Plum Creek plans for Lily Bay
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 24, 2008 

Gov. John Baldacci expressed concerns about the amount of development Plum Creek has proposed near Lily Bay, an area on Moosehead Lake's eastern shores that features one of Maine's more popular state parks. The governor said he has full confidence in the Land Use Regulation Commission as it reviews Plum Creek’s historic proposal for nearly 1,000 house lots and two resorts in the Moosehead region.
NY Attorney General Launches Investigation Into Wind Power Companies' Conduct
Other - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 

New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the launching of an investigation into two companies developing and operating wind farms across New York state amid allegations of improper dealings with public officials and anti-competitive practices. Subpoenas were served on Newton, Massachusetts-based First Wind [the largest wind power developer in Maine] and Essex, Connecticut-based Noble Environmental Power, LLC. They are part of an investigation into whether companies developing wind farms improperly sought or obtained land-use agreements with citizens and public officials; whether improper benefits were given to public officials to influence their actions, and whether they entered into anti-competitive agreements or practices.
Six farms sharing $2 million for conservation
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, July 13, 2008 

Last week, hundreds of farm acres across the state were approved as conservation projects by the Land for Maine's Future board, including more than 70 acres of Jean and Bill Noon's organic sheep farm on Sunset Road along the Deering Ridge.
$18M awarded for conservation
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 10, 2008 

Roughly 50 projects have been awarded $18 million in funding from the Land for Maine’s Future program to conserve forests, farms and working waterfronts throughout the state. On Tuesday, LMF’s board allocated $15 million for conservation and recreation projects, $2 million for farmland preservation and $785,000 to keep coastal properties used by commercial fishermen from falling into the hands of developers.

Red tide persists Down East, improves in southern Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 7, 2008 

The areas of the Down East coast open to shellfish harvesting are continuing to shrink because of the presence of toxic red tide. The Maine Department of Marine Resources has closed most areas from Isle au Haut to the Canadian border to harvesting of mussels, European oysters and carnivorous snails.
Group hopes to save old-growth stand
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 7, 2008 

A few miles south of Moosehead Lake, in a thick forest not far from the Appalachian Trail, there are trees that grow so large that two adults can barely wrap their arms around the trunks. A group of environmentalists and local residents is pressuring the landowner, Plum Creek Timber Co., to protect what they claim is one of the last sizable stands of "old-growth" forests left in Maine.
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