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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

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‘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
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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