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Action Alert - Tuesday, March 19, 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
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.
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.
MITA Open House and Getch Celebration, Mar 22
Event - Posted - Friday, March 15, 2019 

Toast the extraordinary life of MITA founder Dave Getchell, Sr. At Maine Island Trail Association, Portland, March 22, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Call for Artists: Paint for Preservation 2019
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2019, the organization’s twelfth annual juried Wet Paint Auction and one of Maine’s premiere art auction events. This 3-day (June 28-30) plein air event raises money for land conservation in Cape Elizabeth. Deadline is March 22.
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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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