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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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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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