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Action Alert - Wednesday, March 20, 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). 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
Why Going Native Matters, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Heather McCargo, found and executive director of Wild Seed Project, presents "Why Going Native Matters: Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience." At Portland Public Library, March 27, 5:30 pm.
Urge Maine's Agencies to Investigate and Halt PFAS Contamination
Action Alert - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Highly persistent and toxic chemicals known as PFAS may be lurking undiscovered in farmlands across Maine. State records show that at an Arundel dairy farm, PFOS was in milk at the highest level ever reported anywhere. Urge Maine Ag and DEP commissioners to test the fields, stop sludge spreading, and phase out PFAS products. ~ Environmental Health Strategy Center
Retired Game Warden Randall Probert, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Author, raconteur, and retired game warden Randall Probert will speak to the Hebron Historical Society on “Maine Tales and More.” At Hebron Town Office, March 26, 7 pm.
The Forests of Lilliput: The Miniature World of Lichens & Mosses, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel talks about the natural history of lichens, mosses and similar plants. At Topsham Library, March 26, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Celebrating Maine’s Wild Creatures, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Speaker: Ed Robinson, author of “Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More.” At Curtis Library, March 16, 7 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Monday, March 18, 2019 

Friends of Casco Bay staff scientist Mike Doan talks about warning signs and Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca shares the impacts to marine species and how Mainers are responding. At Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, March 25, 5:30 pm.
Mount Pisgah winter trek, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Kennebec Land Trust Stewardship Director Jean-Luc Theriault will lead an off-trail excursion on Mount Pisgah to visit special places that are typically less accessible. Meet at the Mount Pisgah Community Conservation Area parking lot in Winthrop, March 24, 1 pm.
Maine Maple Sunday, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Maine Maple Sunday is a long tradition where Maine’s maple producers open their doors to their sweet operations for a day of educational demonstrations, sugarbush tours, fun family activities and samplings of syrup and other great maple products. Many sugarhouses are open Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, and throughout the season.
Winter Family Fun Day at Lily Bay State Park, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Ice fishing, snowmobile tote rides, winter camping demo, bonfire, scavenger hunt and free loan of cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice skates, snow tubes and sleds. At Lily Bay State Park, Moosehead Lake, March 23, 10 am - 3 pm.
Winter wildlife tracking workshop, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Naturalists and certified wildlife trackers Brendan White and Matt Dickinson lead a winter wildlife tracking workshop. At at Long Ledges Preserve, Sullivan, March 23, 9-11:30 am. Sponsored by Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Livestock producers are invited to learn about grass-based production and how grazing systems can become more profitable and environmentally sound. At Kennebec County Community College's Alfond Campus, Hinckley, March 23, 8:30 am - 3 pm.
Maine becomes a state, Mar 15
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

On this day in 1820, March 15, Massachusetts lost over 30,000 square miles of land as its former province of Maine gained statehood. Mainers had begun campaigning for statehood for years following the Revolution. The Massachusetts legislature finally consented in 1819. What no one foresaw, however, was that Maine's quest for statehood would become entangled in the most divisive issue in American history — slavery.
Maine Land Conservation Conference, Apr 5-6
Event - Posted - Friday, March 15, 2019 

Maine’s robust land conservation community comes together to train on best practices in all aspects of land trust work, connect with peers, and grapple with the most pressing issues facing land conservation today. At Topsham area, April 5-6.
Thoreau Society & Thoreau Farm Trust online auction, thru Mar 29
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

This auction contains many rare books written about Henry David Thoreau and other items for every Thoreauvian.
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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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