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Action Alert - Wednesday, March 20, 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
Why Going Native Matters, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Heather McCargo, found and executive director of Wild Seed Project, presents "Why Going Native Matters: Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience." At Portland Public Library, March 27, 5:30 pm.
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.
Maine Maple Sunday, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Maine Maple Sunday is a long tradition where Maine’s maple producers open their doors to their sweet operations for a day of educational demonstrations, sugarbush tours, fun family activities and samplings of syrup and other great maple products. Many sugarhouses are open Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, and throughout the season.
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.
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Opinion: Maine lawmakers lay groundwork for economic development
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

Lawmakers have worked hard to build a thoughtful and strategic plan for economic development in our state. The Legislature created the Efficiency Maine Trust to serve as a one-stop shop to oversee funding and incentive programs to help Mainers conserve and weatherize. We also set a course to build a promising energy efficiency and green energy industry for our state. Wind, tidal and biomass power businesses are creating new jobs, both directly and in broader ways, such as by creating opportunities to build components for wind turbines.
Cutler: BEP Standing in Way of Maine's Economic Progress
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

Maine is one of the few states in the nation that allows public participation in the licensing, rulemaking and appeals of decisions reached under state environmental protection laws. The 10 citizen members of the Board of Environmental Protection are the stopgap for such enforcement. But if Independent Eliot Cutler becomes Maine's next governor, the BEP could become a thing of the past. Cutler wants to replace the BEP with a panel of judges as a way to speed up the permitting process for new business.
Sugarloaf unveils plans to double size of ski slopes
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

For as long as skiers have hit the slopes at Sugarloaf Mountain, they’ve looked longingly to the east and wondered “what if the neighboring mountain were open to skiing, too? “We’ve been talking about Burnt Mountain for 59½ years,” Sugarloaf General Manager John Diller said. The talking is over.
Bidder for Moosehead plant has plans for green condos
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

A Kansas City architectural company is moving forward with plans to convert an empty 85,000-square-foot factory in Dover-Foxcroft into an esthetically attractive building to serve as a green energy model for the nation. The Arnold Development Group wants to convert the former historic Moosehead Manufacturing Co. plant into 22 apartments, a small inn, a cafe and a restaurant that would share a terrace complete with a waterfall, and a green business incubator with a shared conference room and showroom.
Moosehead plant expected to restart making furniture
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

Louise M. Jonaitis, owner of the Grand State O’Maine Land Co. in Newry and Hanover, submitted a winning $1,050,000 bid at public auction Tuesday to become the new owner of the former Moosehead Manufacturing Co. property in Monson. She expects the mill to be making furniture again in three to six months.
Letter: Task force response
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

I write to express my disappointment regarding a series of articles written by Naomi Schalit that did not accurately represent the efforts of the Governor’s Wind Power Task Force. There was nothing unusual about how the task force went about its work. It brought together different views, sought input, invited expert comment and worked for agreement.
Opinion: Not easy to reduce environmental footprint
Sun Journal - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

Dick Cheney famously told America that "conservation may be a sign of personal virtue but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy." And lots of liberals will insist that "do-gooder" attempts to reduce personal pollution harm environmental causes because they "make conservation a purely individual effort." But with global temperatures rising and a Texas-sized island of garbage in the Pacific Ocean, it's clear that we need both individual and collective action.
Selectmen to continue wind-ordinance discussion
Sun Journal - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

For nearly three hours, the Rumford Selectmen listened to John Maloney of Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Andy Fisk of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Neil Kiely of First Wind LLC of Newton, Mass., and some of the 30 or so people who turned out for the meeting, including several who served on the town's committee that drafted the ordinance. Kiely said if the proposed ordinance passes in November, such action would be a permanent moratorium.
Line upgrade OK'd for Maine windpower project
Associated Press - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

The Public Utilities Commission voted today to grant conditional approval to Central Maine Power to upgrade its line near Roxbury. The $13.5 million upgrade is needed to connect the proposed Record Hill windpower facility to CMP's electric transmission system. The PUC's conditions include a requirement that Record Hill Wind LLC make a three-month prepayment to CMP of all construction costs, and quarterly reports to the commission monitoring project progress.
Weather sparks tourism rebound for New England
Associated Press - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 

Months of perfect weather in northern New England have helped the region’s tourism industry rebound from a dismal 2009. In Maine, tourism pumps $10 billion to $13 billion into the state economy each year and employs 140,000 workers.
Opinion: Cutler's plan to cut car inspections is a misstep
Sun Journal - Sunday, August 29, 2010 

Eliot Cutler, reputedly the leading independent gubernatorial candidate, flubbed his lines. Cutler has paired his opposition to car inspections to a proposal to increase the gasoline tax to fix crumbling roads. The tax increase would be balanced by elimination of the $12.50 inspection fee, and the safety repairs that go with it. Cutler is far off the mark with his claim that “37 states have abandoned” inspections. It appears that exactly one state recently dropped safety inspections. Anyone whose inspection turned up a serious defect – like corroded brake lines – might see $12.50 a year as reasonable.
Opinion: Maine needs more farmers and a sustainable food system
Sun Journal - Sunday, August 29, 2010 

Maine with water, open space and being located close to some of the most populated areas in the U.S. needs to revitalize its agricultural base. To accomplish that, we need to increase agricultural education; find equipment appropriately sized for the smaller farms in Maine; increase the number of food processing facilities and food storage facilities; implement regulations that help smaller farms become more sustainable and competitive; and find a way that allows young people interested in farming to have access to land that often is sitting idle or is unaffordable.
Letter: Doesn't he remember?
Sun Journal - Sunday, August 29, 2010 

According to Paul LePage, if he were governor, the DEP would be more business friendly, “instead of having people going around enforcing the regulations.” If not for the DEP prohibiting the mills from using the Androscoggin River as their sewer, we would still have one of the most polluted rivers in the country. And LePage supports off-shore drilling off the Maine Coast. Has he no conception of the recent devastation to the fishing and tourism industries, and not least of all, the ecological health of the Gulf Coast?
Opinion: Happy trails to me
Sun Journal - Sunday, August 29, 2010 

Although I have always thought of myself as being no big fan of sportsmen's gadgets, it is probably time to face the truth.
Opinion: Is rural Maine's plight a harbinger of America's future?
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, August 29, 2010 

During 2001 to 2008), the average annual rate of employment growth in urban Maine was 1.1%, earnings growth slowed to 5.5% and population growth fell to 0.6%. In rural Maine, employment growth slowed to a virtual halt, but earnings growth accelerated to 4% per year and population stabilized. While hardly a model of prosperity, Maine's rural counties did achieve a level of stability compared to its decline in the 1990s. Why? In rural Maine in 2008, income received from Social Security and all other manner of social assistance programs amounted to more than $2.3 billion, nearly half the $4.7 billion in income that came from earnings from work. The apparent stability of rural Maine is simply a temporary respite resulting from slow employment growth and the emigration of the young.
Letters: State misled on mill analysis
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, August 29, 2010 

One issue not mentioned in the article on Scribner's Mill ("Dam plan up against landlocked salmon," MST, Aug. 1) was the state Inland Fisheries and Wildlife agency's comments on our first application. It contained false information, misleading statements, and inflammatory language which caused a false perception of our impacts on the environment.
River restoration projects completed on Bear, Sunday rivers
Sun Journal - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

Two river projects totaling $221,000 were completed this week to protect a town road and cemetery from washing out. The projects on Bear and Sunday rivers will also reduce hundreds of tons of riverbank erosion that annually muddied the waters, and improve trout habitat.
Weather spurs early foilage show
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

Some tree species are turning yellow and shedding their foliage earlier than normal because of the dry summer. But Maine forestry experts do not expect conditions to affect the prime leaf-peeping season.
Letter: Pursuit of riches prevents changing our energy use
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney came into office, they held a secret meeting with persons from the energy industries. After the meeting, there appeared to be two courses of action: 1. The U.S. would get its oil from less vulnerable areas of the world; 2. The United States would use warfare to stabilize the situation in the Middle East. The first part has been successful. The second part failed. We remained mired in the production of fossil fuels. We could switch to hydrogen. We don't because "them that's got the gold make the rules."
Opinion: Climate change caused by humans? That's a highly disputable claim
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

In the year 2050, people will shake their heads in amazement when they read in history books that, back in 2010, some people thought mankind could "save the planet" by carbon-restricting legislation. A generation from now, people will all see how we today were misled by scientists and journalists who pursued an agenda. It ended up by starving prosperous countries of needed energy supplies. A whole generation suffered unnecessarily from a sort of mass hysteria.
Calico lobster gets new lease on life
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

Larry and Crystal Dunne of Saco caught a rare calico lobster off the coast of Cape Elizabeth a few days ago. A blue lobster is one in a million and a yellow or orange is one in 30 million. Calicos are even rarer.
Blind eye turned to egg czar's spotty past
Other - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

Long before Austin "Jack" DeCoster became a central figure in one of the largest egg recalls in history, he had paid more than $10 million in fines and suit settlements, his eggs were banned in one state and quarantined in another and he was almost single-handedly responsible for new restrictions on child labor in his native Maine.
Letter: Aid with energy audits
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

According to a recent newspaper report, Maine will be receiving an additional $7 million to assist low-income Mainers in weatherizing their homes. But how many people will not be able to take advantage of this or other energy efficiency programs because they are mandated to get an expensive energy audit first?
Coast Guard installs wind turbine to power homes
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

A new wind turbine is part of a renewable energy push for the Coast Guard in Southwest Harbor. In October, the base will begin renovations to the 10 duplex units in base housing to upgrade systems and improve insulation. In addition, the Coast Guard has installed a pellet boiler that provides heat and domestic hot water. Solar panels provide electricity and also charge an array of batteries for backup power, and solar thermal tubes provide up to 80 additional gallons of hot water for those homes.
State parks explore corporate sponsorship
Associated Press - Saturday, August 28, 2010 

Faced with widening budget gaps, numerous states are reaching out to private companies to sponsor state parks or programs. In New Hampshire, Eastern Mountain Sports may promote state parks in its stores in exchange for having state parks promote the company's products. In Maine, the Bureau of Parks and Lands launched its Maine State Parks Passport program in the spring. Companies such as L.L. Bean, Hannaford, Oakhurst, Delorme, Kittery Trading Post and Wicked Joe's Coffee are among the sponsors.
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