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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 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
‘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
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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