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Action Alert - Monday, September 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
York Beach Clean Up, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Join a beach clean up & attempt to set a world record spelling the largest "NO PLANET B" ever in the sand. The goal is 500 people At Long Sands Beach, York, September 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Tumbledown trail maintenance, guided hike scheduled, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A 4.7 mile round-trip guided hike up Tumbledown Mountain will include discussion of geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife and issues facing the mountain. Meet at Brook Trailhead on Byron Road, Weld, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, 10 am - 4 pm, climbing wall and games ; 6:30 pm, Food Trucks, 7:15 pm, Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Free but donations benefit Teens To Trails.
Portland Electric Car Ride & Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Learn about electric cars during the 5th annual EV Expo. At Back Cove parking area off Preble Street, Portland, September 21, 12-4 pm, free pizza & coffee. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and ReVision Energy.
Smithsonian Museum Day, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

An annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 21, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Global Climate Strike, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Take to the streets for the Global Climate Strike to make sure elected officials and candidates for office in 2020 hear us loud and clear. Strikes in Maine at Farmington and Bar Harbor, September 20. ~ 350 Action
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Ron and Deidre Fournier will speak about the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. At meeting of the Oxford County Educators Association-Retired, Universalist Church, West Paris, September 20, 1 pm.
Pollinator plantings workshop, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Learn about the pollinators and beneficial insects helping to make our food systems work with Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. At Hooker Family Farm, Oxford, September 20, 10 am - 12 pm, $10/family.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 20-22
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

More than 750 varied events at this annual celebration of rural living with a mix of workshops, demonstrations, music, vendors, farmers’ markets, fantastic food and more. At Unity, September 20-22, gates open daily at 9 am.
Exploring Invasive Species, Sep 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Mike Hanks of Cape Elizabeth Land Trust talks invasive plants. At Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, September 19, 1 pm; he will lead a walk at Gull Crest Field to identify invasive plants at 2 pm.
Untrammeled — The Case for Wild Nature in a Changing World, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Conservation leaders Tom Butler and Mark Anderson of the Northeast Wilderness Trust will address the science and spirit of forever-wild conservation. Q&A to follow. At Maine Audubon, Gisland Farm, Falmouth, September 17, 7 pm.
10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend featuring 130 events, Sept. 16-18
Event - Posted - Monday, September 9, 2019 

The 10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend will be the biggest yet, with more than 130 events planned throughout Maine, September 16-18.
Nature Cruise on the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Join Cathance River Education Alliance for a nature cruise from Bath up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. September 15, 3-6:30 pm, $42 for adults, $30 for children 6 to 12, $6 for kids under 6.
Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Forest Service, is September 15.
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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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