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Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute,
Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). 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
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 2 pm.
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The Renewable Energy Source That’s About to Boom Again
TIME - Friday, July 31, 2015 

Ten years ago hydropower might have been taken for dead in the United States. Environmentalists didn’t want hydropower dams because of the destruction they wreaked on nearby ecosystems. Energy companies had lost interest because hydropower wouldn’t produce enough energy to make the investment worthwhile. Indeed, in every decade since the 1970s, the U.S. has added less hydropower capacity than the decade prior. In some areas, increasing dam efficiency has meant eliminating dams that harm the environment and replacing them with more sustainable ones. The Penobscot River in Maine, for instance, had several dams over hundreds of miles of river. But whether we like it or not, over the next 20 years, roughly, the world will double its hydropower capacity.
Column: To bee or not to bee?
Ellsworth American - Friday, July 31, 2015 

Producers of Maine’s agricultural products, from apples to blueberries, would have few, if any, crops to harvest without the help of honey bees. Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, are essential players in the natural process by which many crops evolve into commodities that wind up on consumers’ tables. Research at Yale University shows that one of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for successful harvest. Given that biological and economic reality, there’s no shortage of hand-wringing over the fact that widely used herbicides and pesticides are killing honey bees, as bee foragers bring toxic pollen back to their hives that kill the entire hive population. ~ Tom Walsh, Gouldsboro
Pioneer conservation researcher tapped to lead Darling Marine Center
Boothbay Register - Friday, July 31, 2015 

A leading conservation scientist has been hired to lead the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. Heather Leslie begins her tenure as director of UMaine’s coastal marine laboratory in Walpole on Aug. 1. Leslie comes to the center from Brown University, where she was Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology.
Auburn Mill to Become Medical Facility for Chinese Tourists
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, July 31, 2015 

A former shoe mill here is set to become a five-star medical tourism facility that caters to wealthy Chinese. The plan was announced Friday morning at a press conference in which a Chinese investment company, Central Maine Medical Center and city and state officials heralded what they call a unique opportunity. So, just what is a five-star medical tourism facility? In Auburn, it will be a 200-room recovery center that can house at least 5,000 guests a year.
Wind project near Bridgewater to grow industry employment
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2015 

The American division of Madrid, Spain-based EDP Renewables has applied to build a 250-megawatt wind farm with as many as 119 turbines in T9R3, an area nine miles west of Bridgewater. The company secured power purchase agreements with the electric utilities Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating, both in Connecticut.
What does summer in Maine mean to you?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2015 

When the snow is knee-deep and the wind rips down out of Canada, it can be hard to remember how fabulous — if fleeting — Maine’s summers can be. But eventually, the snow melts, the resulting mud dries up and even the most northerly of our lakes reaches that magical swimming temperature. Summer has arrived. So what does summer in Maine mean to you?
Oil, gas companies in heated battle for customers north of Portland
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 31, 2015 

In neighborhoods of Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth where Summit Natural Gas of Maine is installing gas lines, salespeople in helmets and company T-shirts are riding the streets on Segways, hoping to engage homeowners and convert them to natural gas. A weekly newspaper that serves the three communities features colorful ads run by Summit touting stable gas rates and low air emissions, while guaranteeing that new customers will enjoy prices at least 15 percent lower than oil for a year. Meanwhile, a lobbying group largely made up of oil and propane dealers has launched its own ad campaign, highlighting falling oil prices and warning that natural gas prices appear to be on their way up.
Letter: Support the park
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 31, 2015 

I have taught school in East Millinocket for 40 years, and when my students march out the door after graduation they do not return to their hometown. Something has to change or the Katahdin region is simply going to wither away. I urge U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin to join Rep. Chellie Pingree in supporting the creation of a national park and recreation area. This would mean jobs, new economic activity and new energy for our communities. We can’t wait. Time is running out. ~ Nancy A. Moscone, East Millinocket
Acadia exempt from gun law
Mount Desert Islander - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

A new Maine law allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a permit goes into effect October 14 but will not apply to Acadia National Park. The law, passed last month, directed the Department of Public Safety to develop a list of locations in Maine where a concealed carry permit will continue to be required. That list includes Acadia. It will also still be illegal to carry concealed weapons without a state-issued permit in state parks. Concealed weapons will continue to be allowed in Acadia with a permit. Hunting is illegal in the park.
Maine Lottery sees record year
Mainebiz - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

The Maine Lottery broke several records in fiscal year 2015 ended June 30, with players taking home a record $156.2 million in pretax winnings, up from $135.5 million in fiscal 2014, while lottery sales hit a high of $251.9 million, up from $228.85 million last year. The Lottery transferred $647,500 to the State's Outdoor Heritage Fund through the sale of select instant tickets. That fund, created by the Legislature in 1996, supports critical wildlife and conservation projects throughout Maine. The amount is the highest transferred to the fund since 2010.
Blog: Mount Katahdin named one of 10 best summit hikes in the world by National Geographic
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

Maine has an abundance of mountains and peaks to conquer, some of which are globally recognized as the best in the business. National Geographic recently featured the best summit hikes in the world, and coming in at No. 2 was Maine’s own Mount Katahdin.
Trash group signs deal to send waste to Norridgewock landfill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

The group representing the trash-disposal interests of nearly 200 Maine towns has taken another step toward operating its own recycling and processing facility by signing a contract that will send leftover waste to a landfill in Norridgewock. The Municipal Review Committee, which is working on a proposed $69 million facility in Hampden that will turn trash into biofuel and recycle other materials, approved a 10-year contract Wednesday with Waste Management of Houston to take the plant’s residuals.
Power cable project in Machias Bay delayed by cost
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

A $14 million project to run a power cable across the Machias Bay to connect the Navy base at Cutler to the Emera Maine power grid will be delayed until 2016, according to a Navy official. Tom Kreidel, public affairs officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Unit in Norfolk, Virginia, said Thursday that bids for the work were returned higher than anticipated. The project has generated concerns among scallop fishermen because the cable would straddle two scallop management areas in the bay. When it began operating in 1961, the communications station was the largest and most powerful facility of its kind in the world. The gigantic radio transmitting station extended the Navy’s worldwide communication system and transmitted on very low frequency to the fleet, including ballistic missile submarines in the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean regions. The station continues to operate around the clock.
Rockland gathering calls for climate change action
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

With Rockland Harbor and the Maine Lobster Festival as backdrops, a group of environmental activists turned out Thursday to voice support for federal regulation of carbon emissions. About 70 people were at Sandy Beach in Rockland for the rally. The event was timed to precede the expected announcement next week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of what the federal agency has called a Clean Power Plan. “This is the first ever regulation of carbon pollution in the United States,” said Beth Ahearn, policy director of the Maine Conservation Alliance. Richard Nelson, a commercial fisherman from Friendship and a member of Maine’s Ocean Acidification Commission, also called for more aggressive federal action on climate change.
Opinion: Rural tourism can create quality careers in northern Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

Patricia Callahan’s essay, “Tourism jobs can’t replace high-wage manufacturing jobs,” highlights an inescapable rural Maine reality. No one sector can offset the thousands of forest-industry jobs that have eroded away in recent decades, even as productivity has increased. But tourism, health care and agriculture have potential to create the jobs needed to sustain rural communities. What Callahan misses is tourism’s thousands of rewarding and well-compensated careers, from guides to artisans to chefs and entrepreneurs. A quality-centered, rural tourism strategy could generate many more excellent careers. ~ Keith Bisson, David Vail, Mike Wilson and Bryan Wentzell
Tidal power startup plugs Alaska river power project to the grid
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

The tidal power generation developer Ocean Renewable Power Co. that made international headlines in 2012 for connecting a Cobscook Bay tidal generator to the grid has started generating power for a remote Alaskan village using a smaller version of the turbine. The company announced this week that it placed its RivGen turbine generator in the Kvichak River to generate power for the southwestern Alaska village of Igiugig.
Editorial: GMO labeling doesn’t answer the right questions
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 30, 2015 

U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, and Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, rarely see eye to eye. But on the matter of GMO labeling, both agree that people deserve to know what’s in their food, and together, they’ve opposed a bill that would prevent states from requiring GMO labels and pre-empt state law in Maine. The problem is, GMO labels don’t tell consumers much of anything.
Why Big Game Hunters Believe They’re the Real Conservationists
TIME - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Animal lovers around the world have united in outrage against Minnesota-area dentist Walter James Palmer after news broke that he stands accused of killing Cecil the lion, a popular attraction in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks. The government in Zimbabwe has alleged that Palmer’s actions were illegal because of issues with permitting and other practices Palmer and his guide used to pursue the lion. But Palmer is far from the only American trophy hunter to head to Africa to hunt big game. Every year thousands of trophy hunters primarily from North America and Europe travel to the Africa to try their luck at killing a highly-coveted trophy animal, often threatened species such as lions and elephants. Some conservation groups say the killing of any animal for sport is unacceptable.
Feds: Canadian Subsidies Hurting Maine Papermakers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Government subsidies provided to Canadian producers and importers of supercalendered paper are directly hurting competitors in Maine, according to a preliminary ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, which includes Madison Paper Industries and Verso Paper, had asked the department to investigate the subsidies back in February.
Conservation agreement preserves 100-acre Scarborough farm
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

A 99-acre farm in Scarborough is permanently preserved as agricultural space under an agreement using taxpayer-approved funds to preserve open space. Using $270,000 in town funds, officials in June finalized a conservation agreement that permanently preserves the 99-acre Comstock farm on Beech Road in Scarborough. Since 2000, Scarborough residents have voted in multiple referendums to authorize more than $5 million in land bonds.
Madison Paper, Verso win duties on Canadian paper imports
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

The U.S. Department of Commerce will start collecting duties on imports of certain Canadian paper after a long-sought ruling from the mill in Madison and Verso Paper Corp. Both companies have mills making the same type of paper as Canadian producers that have received government subsidies. While the two U.S. producers cheered the decision, Gov. Paul LePage raised concerns that the subsidies could affect other paper industry jobs in Maine that are supported by Irving and Catalyst, both based in Canada.
L.L. Bean gives $50K grant for Carrabassett Valley bike trails
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

The development of a world-class mountain bike trail network in Carrabassett Valley is underway, and one of Maine’s most iconic companies, L.L. Bean, recently has stepped forward with a $50,000 grant that would support the ongoing project. The grant was awarded to the Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. The funds will be matched by the town of Carrabassett Valley. Combined with other funding sources, the grant will generate a total of $237,000 for trail construction.
Maine AG kicks energy efficiency ‘and’ rule back to regulators
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills’ office has returned to utilities regulators a controversial rule limiting funding for state energy efficiency programs, prompting a new rulemaking process. The routine rulemaking step comes after a legislative session that generated political controversy about that specific case and the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s autonomy from the administration of Gov. Paul LePage. While the law change involved only the addition of one word, PUC officials indicated changing the proposed rule “would entail more than a few word changes” so the new draft should be subject to public comment. The PUC will open a new rulemaking case and draft a new proposed rule to outline how commissioners will determine the maximum amount that utilities can be required to pay toward state electricity efficiency programs.
Maine regulators nix CMP land deal for wind farm
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Utilities regulators turned down Central Maine Power Co.’s request to negotiate a land purchase for an affiliated wind power developer, arguing such an arrangement could open the possibility of improperly favorable treatment. Tuesday’s unanimous decision of the three-person Maine Public Utilities Commission came before the panel allowed a financial relationship between Nova Scotia utility Emera and the generation company Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to continue pending a challenge in Maine’s top court. The commission’s decision in the CMP case falls in line with the recommendation of its staff, who argued earlier this month that Atlantic Wind should find someone other than CMP to acquire the right-of-way it will need for its West Range Wind project, previously Fletcher Wind, in Somerset County.
Harpswell moving forward with clam disease study
Forecaster - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

After being described as Maine's epicenter of neoplasia, a disease that kills soft-shell clams, the town wants to find out if it still deserves the distinction. The finding came after clams from 32 of Harpswell's 54 coves were tested for the disease between 2011-2012. Now, the town wants to test those coves again to track any changes.
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