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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
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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