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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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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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