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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. 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
Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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News Items
Letters: Climate change needs solution now
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 31, 2009 

Earth is a closed system, so when 6 billion people burn stuff, it causes atmospheric CO2 levels to rise. As those same people chop down trees and clear land around the globe, we reduce the ability of the Earth's systems to absorb our CO2 emissions. Common sense, not scientists, helps us arrive at the conclusion that these activities are not sustainable.
Clunkers program funding runs low
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 31, 2009 

Four days after it launched, the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program has burned through its $950 million budget, sending the Obama administration scrambling to find additional money and avoid a shutdown of the program.
DMR: Red tide may be abating
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2009 

The massive blooms of red tide algae that have shut down much of Maine’s shellfish industry for weeks may be abating, according to the Department of Marine Resources.
Scallop advisory council weighs season, closures
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2009 

Where and how many days scallop fishing will be allowed became a hotly contested issue last winter after declining stocks prompted DMR officials to consider canceling the winter season altogether. After an outcry from fishermen, the state decided instead to limit scallop fishing to 70 days and to enact emergency closures in several areas.
UM wind project advances in Senate measure
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2009 

The U.S. Senate has approved $5 million for a University of Maine research program seeking to develop wind turbine technology capable of operating in the harsh conditions in the Gulf of Maine. A state task force, meanwhile, continued on Thursday to discuss the enormous opportunities but daunting technological, financial and regulatory challenges of developing ocean-based renewable energy projects off the coast of Maine.
Lynx carcass leads to jail time
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2009 

A Vermont man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to seven days in jail for having a Canada lynx carcass. The lynx is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Northeast States Struggle to Fund Land Conservation
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 31, 2009 

“The public shortfall in funding for land conservation has all but brought land conservation transactions to a full stop,” said Kim Elliman, head of the Open State Institute. Green groups say if the economy begins to recover by next year, when states get to work on their next budgets, the land conservation bottleneck could end.
Midcoast Towns Seek “No Discharge” Designation to Stem Boat Pollution
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 31, 2009 

The Maine DEP has petitioned EPA to designate the coastal waters of Camden, Rockport, Rockland and portions of Owls Head as a “No Discharge Area.”
Wildlife Foundation Opens Nature Center
Mount Desert Islander - Friday, July 31, 2009 

Acadia Wildlife Foundation announces the opening of its new Nature Center. There will be programs for the general public on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Economy Creates Opportunities to Protect Land
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

States are facing tough decisions about where to invest their shrinking budgets. In most cases protecting open space is not at the top of the list. But the downturn in the economy has also meant, in some places, a drop in land values and that's creating new opportunities to preserve land and curb development.
Multi-Million Dollar Initiative Will Help New England Conserve Natural Areas
Other - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The Open Space Institute announces Saving New England's Wildlife. The protection of Highland Farm in York, Maine, which links the un-fragmented forested area around Mt. Agamenticus to conservation lands along the York River, is the first of 15 projects that the initiative plans to support over the next 18 months.
Canada restates opposition to Downeast LNG
Mainebiz - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The Canadian government has restated that it won't allow liquefied natural gas tankers through Canadian waters to reach LNG terminals on the Maine side of Passamaquoddy Bay. Downeast LNG says that vessels have a right of innocent passage through the waterway under the United Nations' Laws of the Sea Treaty.
Energy Infrastructure Commission members announced
Capital Weekly - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Gov. John E. Baldacci, Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell and House Speaker Hannah Pingree have announced the appointments to the Commission to Study Energy Infrastructure, which was created by LD 1485, An Act Regarding Maine’s Energy Future.
Neighbors near and far aid vandal-damaged farm
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Several acres of the alfalfa crop at Two Loons Farm, an organic dairy farm in China, were destroyed July 11 when underage youths threw a drinking party on the site with at least 50 people.
Letter: Recreational saltwater fee will help fishery
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The proposed license fees are modest and will improve the recreational fishery through research, resource and habitat enhancement, and acquisition of public access points as well as enforcement. A responsible fisherman should consider this a small price to pay toward improving the recreational fishery.
Opinion: 'Cash for Clunkers' helps dealers - and many more
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

If you can get thousands of dollars for trading up for a better car, why not take advantage?
Pre-race favorite: Protecting the planet
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Joan Benoit Samuelson's emphasis on a healthy Earth is reflected in many 'green' practices.
After big loss, IP says worst is over
Associated Press - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

International Paper Co. on Thursday reported a 40 percent drop in second-quarter profit but said the worst of the global economic slowdown appears to be over and that demand is steadying.
Shark tournament scheduled
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

If you’re looking to check out a tourney featuring bigger (and toothier) fish than you’re used to, you may want to head to Saco on Aug. 28-29 for the DownEast Maine Shark Tournament.
Judge hears arguments in Lincoln appeal fight
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The Lincoln Board of Appeals had no business refusing to hear a landowners group’s appeal of a permit issued to a proposed $130 million wind farm on Rollins Mountain, the group’s attorney said Wednesday.
Millions from cruise ship visits on the rise
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Cruise Lines International Association says the cruise ship industry spent $29 million directly in Maine last year, representing a 20 percent increase over 2007. Researchers with UMaine released a study indicating cruise ship passengers spent $5.8 million to $8 million in Portland last year.
Natural resource visitors center plan wins grant
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

A $253,000 federal grant will help Natural Resource Education Center officials realize a dream they have had since 1996 — the creation of a visitors and community center in Greenville. The grant will allow center officials to start designing the building with construction likely beginning in 2010.
P.I. fair to debut new agricultural heritage building
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Visitors to this year’s Northern Maine Fair will be within reach of Aroostook County’s rich agricultural heritage when the gates open Friday, as the fair’s new Agricultural Heritage Building will be open for the first time.
Green Open House
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

"We want to teach people about clean energy practices with renewable energy sources," said Duane Hallowell.
‘Mad fisherman’ to showcase County fishing
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2009 

It is no secret that some of the best fishing and hunting grounds can be found in Aroostook County. Evidence of that will now be presented on a national scale, as a sportsman with shows on three television networks recently was filming there.
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