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Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 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
International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Convention on Biological Diversity is the international legal instrument for "the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources" that has been ratified by 196 nations. The United Nations has proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity.
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
Maine Calling: The Changing North Woods, May 22
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

UMaine experts discuss the relationship between humans and forests, including environmental attitudes and behaviors; rural communities and the forest economy; and the role of ecotourism and recreation. Maine Public Radio, May 22, 1 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edible (and Poisonous) Plants, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Tom Seymour, author, botanist and edible plant enthusiast, will introduce you to many of the edible and medicinal plants that can be found in Maine’s woods and fields. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 26, 10 am - noon.
Birding Extravaganza, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Ted Allen from Merrymeeting Audubon will lead birders through the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Thorne Head Preserve in Bath, May 26, 8 am.
Alewife Day, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

See the alewives swim upstream. Smoked fish, kid’s games, mills running, Machinery Hall open. At Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Bradley, May 26, 10 am - 1 pm, $3 per person ages 12+.
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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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