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Announcement - Monday, November 20, 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
Meditative walk, Nov 26
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Join Heather Goulette and Maria Castellano-Usery for a mindful meditative walk and some gentle stretching and breath work on the Heath Trail at the Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, November 26, 10-11:30 am.
Protecting the Nature of Maine Grants for Maine Middle Schools
Announcement - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) has eight $500 grants available to middle school teachers and club leaders (6th, 7th, or 8th grades) in Maine for projects that educate and engage students in Maine’s environment and the value of protecting it. Deadline is November 30.
Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award
Announcement - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

The Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award given by Maine Woods Forever recognizes young people and youth organizations whose efforts are in the spirit of Roosevelt’s conservation ethic and achievements, and recognizes what Maine’s young people are doing to conserve our forest heritage, with an eye to their potential as future conservation leaders. Deadline for Nominations: January 31, 2018.
Block Trump's dangerous climate denier from the CEQ
Action Alert - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump's pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, isn't just your run-of-the-mill, extreme right-wing climate-denier. She's a senior fellow at the Koch brothers and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation. She believes carbon dioxide is harmless "plant food," equates belief in climate change to "paganism," calls solar and wind power "unreliable and parasitic," and asserts that coal use in the 1800s ended slavery in the United States.
AMC Maine Chapter Annual Meeting, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

Speakers: Steve Tatko, Appalachian Mountain Club’s Land Manager, will talk on the AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative. Jed Williamson will talk on Accidents in Outdoor Pursuits - Their Causes and Cures. At Portland, November 18.
Little Long Pond: A Field Guide to Four Seasons, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Author talk and book signing with Samuel Eliot and John Rivers. At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, November 16, 7 pm.
Nature Based Fiction & Truth, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Sandra Neily will discuss novel ways to elevate conservation, nature based economics as well as outdoor-themed fiction. She will sign and read from her novel, "Deadly Trespass." At Curtis Library, Brunswick, November 16, 7 pm. Hosted by Maine Appalachian Mt. Club.
Conserving Maine’s Bats: A Workshop for Woodland Owners, Foresters and Loggers, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Maine Department of Transportation, will hold a workshop on Maine bats. At Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, November 16, 9-10:30 am.
Nature Based Fiction & Truth, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Sandra Neily will discuss nature-based fiction as well as sign and read from her debut novel, "Deadly Trespass." At Shaw Memorial Library, Greenville, November 15, 6 pm.
Seeing the Future Forest Through the Trees: Potential Changes and Management Responses, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli will discuss how can forest managers can respond to ongoing and projected changes. At UMaine at Machias, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Online sustainability journal ‘Spire’ invites submissions
Announcement - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Spire: The Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability invites submissions for the second issue of the online journal, slated for release in spring 2018. Deadline: Dec 10.
Oil Drilling Means Oil Spilling
Action Alert - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

You still have time to stop the Trump Administration from paying for tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires by opening oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainers have nothing to gain and everything to lose from this dangerous scheme. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Mushing in Maine and Beyond, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service will share her dogsledding experiences from the Yukon Territory to Maine to Nunavut and northern Quebec. She will bring a couple of her friendly sled dogs. At Bangor Public Library, November 14, 6 pm.
Maine Farmland Trust Annual Meeting, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Speakers: Amber Lambke, Maine Grains; Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co.; and Sara Williams, Aurora Mills & Farm. At United Farmers Market Building, Belfast, November 14, 5:30-8 pm.
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News Items
Editorial: A spin on the bottled
Sun Journal - Monday, August 31, 2009 

Bottled water filled a niche when public water systems were either nonexistent or lacking rigorous cleanliness standards. What's happened since is public water, with the development of new filtration technology, now provides reliably safe water. This advent doesn't make all bottled water a scam. Instead, it makes it an option. If you want bottled water, buy it. If you don't, don't.
The next wave: Acadia park officials urge caution as storm Danny passes
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 29, 2009 

Five days after heavy surf triggered by Hurricane Bill killed a 7-year-old girl from New York City and injured others who had gathered to watch ocean waves crash against the park’s rocky shore, Acadia officials met Friday to discuss how to deal with approaching Tropical Storm Danny.
Alewives could stock Togus Pond
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, August 29, 2009 

Worromontogus Pond Association recently voted to ask the Maine Department of Marine Resources to begin reintroducing alewives to Togus Pond. The group wants to form a partnership with Augusta for the harvesting rights to alewives.
Island hit hard by Bill
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 29, 2009 

College of the Atlantic uses Mount Desert Rock for field studies in the summer. Officials at COA said Saturday that because of the high surf generated by Hurricane Bill, the boathouse is now mostly gone and the generator shed is missing two of its ground-level walls. The storm blew through a door and windows at the house, causing water damage to the interior. The lighthouse tower, built out of granite several feet thick, is unscathed.
Editorial: A Clunky Success
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 29, 2009 

A look at the numbers shows that the “cash for clunkers” program did what it was supposed to — new car sales soared and those that were sold get vastly better gas mileage than what was traded in. The lingering question is: Was it worth it?
Volunteers hunt destructive insect
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 28, 2009 

The Asian longhorned beetle attacks hardwood trees, which eventually die from the invasion.
UMaine events to mark Darwin’s influence
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 28, 2009 

UMaine will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s seminal book, “The Origin of Species,” with a semester-long lecture course and a weeklong panel series in November, and a keynote lecture in October. “It’s the foundational theory [of biology] so it’s being tested every single day."
Coal tar cleanup prep work begins
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 28, 2009 

After nearly a decade of study and legal wrangling, the city is set to begin removing deposits of coal tar — a known carcinogen — from the Penobscot River.
Talks on offshore energy test sites set
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 28, 2009 

The Maine Department of Conservation and the State Planning Office have scheduled five informational meetings in September to discuss possible demonstration sites in Maine waters for new technologies for deep-water, offshore wind energy.
Governor Praises Efforts of Weatherization Corps
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, August 28, 2009 

About 60 young people are participating in the Corps, helping to weatherize homes in their communities. They're part of a larger youth employment program that's put about 714 young people in Maine to work this summer.
Letters: Cash for clunkers hurt, not helped
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 28, 2009 

The cash for clunkers program is deemed a success by Washington? You're kidding! What are they, drunk? High on "medical" marijuana?
Letter: Warming to Wind Power
Portland Phoenix - Friday, August 28, 2009 

The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece "What's Wrong With Wind Power" (by Deirdre Fulton, August 21) really misses a major point — global warming.
Protecting Dark Skies
WERU Radio - Friday, August 28, 2009 

What are “dark skies” and why are they important to people, from prehistoric times to present?
Editorial: Pointless visit to tragic scene
Sun Journal - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

The tragic death of a 7-year-old girl visiting Maine's Acadia National Park has saddened and troubled us all. But what possible purpose did Gov. John Baldacci's helicopter fly-over of the area near the famous Thunder Hole serve?
Former Rumford paper mill employees eligible for federal benefits
Sun Journal - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

Employees laid off from NewPage Corp. paper mill between February and April of this year have been approved to receive training and other help under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Act.
Opinion: Clean energy and climate policy is a win-win for Maine, U.S.
Times Record - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

The passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) by the House of Representatives in June was a step in the right direction, but the Senate and President Obama must work to ensure that strong energy and climate legislation finally becomes a reality. This is especially important for Mainers because we stand to see more gains than most regions if it passes and will lose disproportionately if it does not.
Editorial: Cash for Clunkers earns a B+
Times Record - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

No question about it: There’s a strong consumer demand for vehicles that deliver far better fuel economy. Let’s hope Detroit is paying attention.
Acadia Wildlife Foundation Provides Haven for Injured Animals
Ellsworth American - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

“I’m not trying to play God here,” she said. “They belong to themselves. They do not belong to me. I can’t guarantee anything. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. It’s my responsibility to give them a fighting chance.”
Opinion: Vote for clean energy is vote for national security
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

Dependence on foreign nations and vulnerable lines of supply should end as soon as possible.
Opinion: Staying 'green' hard when on vacation
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

Cashing in my returnables is normal, mainstream behavior. Carrying my garbage home with me was not. It was a psychological Rubicon I was not prepared to cross.
Belmont teen thought he was going to die along Acadia’s shore
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

“I saw the wave, and you could definitely tell it was bigger,” Anthony Allen said. “We started backing up. We turned around towards the woods, and it was right there. I got hit.” “The rangers were not to blame for anything,” said Bonnie Clark, Anthony’s mother.

Energy forum outlines credit, rebate plans
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

More and more state and federal tax credit and rebate programs are being made available. Consumers just need to know where to look.
Sessions aim to educate public on LURC
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

The Land Use Regulation Commission is holding outreach sessions to educate unorganized territory landowners and potential landowners about the commission and its rules.
Dover-Foxcroft man summoned for selling trout
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

Mark Cox is expected to make his initial court appearance for illegal possession of wild brook trout beyond the limit and for the sale of the trout.
Removal of Dam Expected to Boost Salmon Runs
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, August 27, 2009 

Soon, a small dam on a tributary of the Androscoggin River will be torn down and 43 miles of the scenic Little River set free. It's the first time any dam in the Androscoggin watershed has been removed for ecological reasons. It is a significant step toward restoring sea-run fish, such as endangered Altantic salmon, to their native spawning grounds.
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