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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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Opinion: At whim of the wind
Other - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

Boston Herald - A hidden cost of wind power is that it requires full backup from conventional power plants for those times when the wind does not blow sufficiently or when it blows too strongly. Wind plants can be successful. However, a publicly-owned wind turbine in Saco, Maine, was built at a cost of $210,000 but generated only around $5,000 worth of power over its two years of operations before being shut down.
And That's for Shore
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

About 200 people began hitting the sand -- and mud -- of Kennebunk Beach about 6 p.m. Friday as part of a cleanup organized by the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association to mark the group's 100th anniversary.
Protection of lynx falls short, court says
Associated Press - Saturday, July 31, 2010 

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is arbitrarily excluding "critical habitat" that could be occupied by the elusive Canada lynx, which were listed a decade ago as threatened. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled Wednesday the agency excluded large swaths of habitat from protection when it recommended in 2009 that 39,000 square miles in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington be designated as critical habitat.
Letter: The BP, Acadia connection
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would take a major step toward permanently protecting the nearly 1,000 acres of privately-held land inside Acadia National Park as well as other treasured places in Maine. It also would hold BP and other oil companies accountable for oil spills. Sens. Snowe and Collins should support this bill to ensure that future generations can take in the unspoiled beauty from the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Letter: Watershed management program
Sun Journal - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The new 2010 Lake Auburn watershed study details all the nice things we can do for our lake. But the annual costs in the study and current practices misrepresent the truth of the total cost to deliver water quality to the community.
Opinion: Bad decisions about shorefront property are no longer excusable
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Despite countless examples of the risks inherent in owning oceanfront property, many coastal landowners still seem surprised when nature comes to collect. This willful naivete about the real cost of owning coastal property is disappointing, and doesn't bring towns, states or the federal government any closer to finding equitable solutions to the problems driven by permanent development along dynamic shorelines.
Law firm, fish exchange reach deal
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Pierce Atwood and city officials have reached a tentative deal in which the law firm would pay the financially troubled Portland Fish Exchange an undisclosed amount of money if the city-owned auction house agrees to restrict development on two empty lots that abut the law firm's new waterfront headquarters. The restriction would protect the law firm's view of the Fore River and would allow fishermen to continue using the lots to repair their nets.
Canadian moose evade journalists
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Somewhere in the Matane Wildlife Preserve, the moose are laughing. Located about 30 miles from Matane, Quebec, the preserve purports to have one of the healthiest moose populations in the province with 3,000 spread over 500 miles. Rollout was 2:30 a.m. for the pre-pre-dawn departure to arrive at the best pond for moose just as dawn broke. Two hours and no moose. I felt bad for my fellow journalists, only one of whom had ever seen a moose before. As for me, when I got home in Maine there were three hanging out by my pond.
Forest service: Be on lookout for invasive pest
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Last year’s unusually warm winter may have kept heating bills down but did come with a price: the continued northeasterly spread of an invasive pest that could ravage Maine’s hemlock trees, according to forest service officials. Hemlock woolly adelgids have been found since May in Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties. Maine Forest Service entomologist Allison Kanoti said she expects that list to grow as summer interns continue to survey the coastline in Knox County next week.
Stopping bucket biologists
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 30, 2010 

“[Maine has] 6,000 bodies of water. On any given day, 35 to 40 game wardens are on patrol,” Game Warden Maj. Gregory Sanborn said. “I don’t know how many game wardens you’d have to hire to prevent [illegal] stocking. I don’t think you could get enough.” The solution — if one exists — relies in part on education, in part on cooperation.
Maine Towns Restrict Lawn Chemicals
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 30, 2010 

About two dozen Maine communities have adopted some kind of pesticide limits, including Ogunquit, Brunswick, Castine and Harpswell.
Opinion: Ants may have an edge when designing efficient systems
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The really important political debate today is not between Democrats and Republicans, or between liberals and conservatives. It’s between the architects and the ants. The architects see the state and society as if it were a building, designed and constructed according to a rational blueprint. Each ant sees only what’s right in front of him and performs only a limited task, according to a few, simple rules given him by instinct. But when multitudes of these individually limited individuals work together, somehow a kind of order and even a sort of collective intelligence emerges spontaneously. It is time we started learning from the ants.
Researchers Hope to Stop Emerald Ash Borer before It Reaches Maine
Other - Friday, July 30, 2010 

The emerald ash borer, which is now found in New York and the province of Quebec, is threatening Maine’s ash and thousands of forest-related jobs, including Native American basketmaking. In an effort to research this potentially devastating new invasive species and minimize its impact, basketmakers, tribal members, state and federal agencies, and University of Maine researchers have joined forces.
New report eyes beach water quality
Times Record - Friday, July 30, 2010 

According to a report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Popham Beach ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of bacteria levels at Maine beaches. See related chart at the bottom of this article. The waters at Reid State Park, the report claims, are among the cleanest in the state.
Letter: Giving away the water
Sun Journal - Friday, July 30, 2010 

With all due respect to Nestle Corporation, I have to ask my fellow Mainers: Why are we giving our water away free to this multinational company?
Editorial: It’s prime time to clear the Saco skyline
Journal Tribune - Friday, July 30, 2010 

Taxpayers are now taking the brunt of the City of Saco’s decision to “go green,” as one of the city’s wind turbines stands idle in wait of repairs. Luckily, James Heath, former CEO of Entegrity Wind Systems, has expressed interest in buying the turbine back for the sum of $135,000. We say the city should take the money and run.
Obama: Maine visit a rose in a month of thorns
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

In an interview on ABC's "The View," President Barack Obama talks about the hardships of the presidency — such as the BP oil spill and the H1N1 flu scare — and the roses among the thorns — such as his recent visit to Maine. "In the last month the rose has to be a couple of days we took in Maine with Michelle, Sasha and Malia," he said. The Obamas spent a weekend in Maine exploring Acadia National Park and sampling the dining on Mount Desert Island.
Proposed Underwater Powerline Would Stretch from Searsport to Boston
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

As Congress struggles to craft some form of energy bill, the developer of a proposed underwater transmission line from Searsport to Boston is pressing the need for the New England Region to tap the full wind power potential of Northern Maine. The so-called Greenline project would include the installation of a 140 mile undersea cable carrying electricity from Maine to high demand markets to the south.
Accuracy a Casualty as Job Arguments Dominate Energy Debate on Hill
New York Times - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

As the Senate rushes toward a vote on oil spill legislation, those seeking changes in the bill are loading their arguments with a potent political word: jobs. The oil and natural gas industry warns that aggressive regulation of oil drilling could kill jobs. Democrats, renewable energy sectors and environmental groups promote the potential for "green job" creation as one of the reasons passage of climate legislation is crucial. But economists warn that the jobs arguments is flawed.
Leaders seek to 'make Maine work'
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

“Making Maine Work," a new report from the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, recommends promoting a terminal for importing liquefied natural gas in Washington County, negotiating contracts with Canadian electricity suppliers and developing a new portfolio of energy sources, from biofuels to wind and tidal power.
Letter: Pingree's phone meeting just early campaigning
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

Ring, ring. It's a Chellie Pingree Congressional Town Meeting, by phone! Early campaigning with the taxpayer picking up Pingree's bill. One question was from a young Portland woman: You're such a wonderful leader on green issues, how can we bring green jobs to Maine? And how do we move that wonderful climate-change legislation (Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade) you passed forward in the Senate?
Letter: State policies on water
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

The state geologist has indicated that the clean drinkable water extracted from Maine by an international company (parent of Poland Spring) is negligible. If that's the case, why was there a $10 million bond referendum in May that would come out of Maine taxpayers' pockets for the purpose of cleaning Maine waters for Mainers' use? What's wrong with this picture?
Back Cove trail link on state's back burner
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

It most likely will be 2012 before a pathway can be built allowing pedestrians to reach the Back Cove trail from the intersection of Franklin Street and Marginal Way. But the trail link that Bayside residents have been clamoring for may not happen.
Obama says Maine was highlight of past month
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

President Barack Obama says his family vacation at Acadia National Park in Maine was "the rose" in his life among the "thorns" of his presidency during the past month.
Energy, taxes, health care lead list of keys for future
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 29, 2010 

Laurie Lachance, CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, and Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, presented "Making Maine Work" on Wednesday to state officials and business leaders in Augusta. The report outlines the Maine business community's priorities for the state's next governor and Legislature based on surveys of about 1,100 Maine businesses. Businesses believe health care and energy costs, high taxes and transportation issues are stifling economic development.
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