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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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Lamb, Lander upbeat about LURC panel
SV Weekly - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Gov. Paul LePage, along with legislative leaders have announced the appointment of a 12-member commission that will advise on matters relating to land use planning and regulation in the Unorganized Territory. Among the appointees are Greenville Town Manager Gary Lamb, who will serve as a representative of a regional or local economic development. “I hope the outcome to the LURC (Land Use Regulation Commission) review is based on three things: 1. Identify the problems specifically without anecdotal stories being the main issue; 2. Identify possible solutions for the legislature to consider; and 3. Solutions should not result in property tax increases,” said Lamb. "I am concerned (that) many seem to want county-by-county zoning authority and responsibility.”
Into the pipeline
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Despite the fact that it could have major impact on global warming, and despite the fact that it is inspiring large-scale acts of civil disobedience among climate scientists and environmental activists, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project isn't getting the attention it deserves.
Senator Justin Alfond — fighting for a better quality of life for all Mainers
Maine Insights - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

“People want to live here for the quality of life, to take a bike ride, get in a kayak, go for a walk, discover downtown, and enjoy a healthy environment. These are things that make Maine successful and brand our state. Government could work by being a partner with businesses and workers to improve our brand. To make sure that our profile in the U.S. is something where people continue to have this nostalgia about Maine of, ‘I want to be there — send my kids there for camp, and maybe go there and start a business, or retire there.’ Unfortunately this governor has moved our state backwards in so many of these pieces."
In Maine, Gifts From the Sea, and the Landfill
New York Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

There is a four-letter word that many home decorators take pains to avoid. But Jennifer Wurst — who lives with her partner in a rented, gray-shingled house in rural Maine, with rooms so spare and clean they could be the setting for a catalog shoot for the kind of high-end clothing Ms. Wurst cannot afford and would not buy anyway — uses the word shamelessly. Her source for furnishings? “The dump.” “It’s amazing what people throw out.” And the dump, she noted, “has the best return policy.”
Gubernatorial Scorecard: Storm clouds
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Here are the storms facing Gov. Paul LePage in our eighth Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Regulatory Storm: LePage is now requiring all state agencies to run new and proposed rules past his office for vetting based on their impact on "job growth or creation." Given that many government rules restrict business practices for the sake of public interest (see: no dumping dioxin in rivers), this risks handing businesses license to trample the rest of us. POLITICS • Government rules are a popular scapegoat | 8/10 POLICY • State agencies serve the public, not businesses. Balancing interests will be vital, and difficult. | 5/10
Research Continues at Fox Islands Wind Despite Litigation
Working Waterfront - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

The three wind turbines on Vinalhaven are currently in the process of being retrofitted with noise-reducing serrations on each blade in an effort to mitigate the impact of the sound created by the turbines on nearby neighbors. This is the third time such technology has been used in the United States and the first on turbines of this size. General Electric is performing the work on the turbines for free and residents are hoping that the work will help to relieve the noise—and tension—in the community.
Maine faces new power test between executive and legislative branches
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Gov. Paul LePage recently ordered state agencies to submit all proposed rules for his approval before they are made public. His action raises the question of how much power may be exercised by the head of the executive branch of government over state agencies. Because the governor is the head of the executive branch, must any state agency follow his or her orders even contrary to legislative intent? ~ Gordon L. Weil
'Captive hunts' stir controversy, legislation
USA Today - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Twenty-six states have full or partial bans on captive hunting of mammals. The Humane Society says the USA has about 1,000 captive hunt facilities. Last year in Maine, state Rep. Alan Casavant introduced a bill to ban all captive hunting. Casavant's legislation was defeated and he decided not to try again this year. "Especially in northern areas of the state, there's not much up there in terms of jobs," he says. "If people have to subsist by doing that, I'm not going to mess with it."
Opinion: Eating becomes everything during multiday outdoor adventure
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

My favorite aspect of long, physical journeys is the food. On a multiday outdoor adventure, eating becomes everything. At home I might eye a bowl of soggy noodles, dashed with only olive oil and cayenne pepper, with indifference. But on my kayaking journey along the Maine coast this summer, such a meal becomes an ambrosial delicacy. ~ Levi Bridges
New bear law could confuse hunters, trappers
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

In its last session, the Maine Legislature passed into law a bill that draws a thin line between bear trapping and bear hunting, and allows those who trap a bear to also harvest one through one of several hunting methods in the same calendar year. That’s the short version of the story. The long version is a bit more complicated.
Favorite Places in Maine: Giant’s Stairs, Bailey Island
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Time spent on Orr’s Island and Bailey Island in summer resets one’s inner clockworks. Maybe that was why legendary Maine poet Edna St. Vincent Millay decided to summer on Ragged Island, just off Bailey Island. Also, Orr’s Island was the setting for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “The Pearl of Orr’s Island,” published in the 1860s. A visit to Bailey Island must include the Giant’s Stairs Trail which winds above the ocean and offers views of Ragged and other islands, blue and mysterious in the distance. ~ Ardeana Hamlin
Smaller Fish & Wildlife Department Coming Soon
Maine Sportsman - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife's Commissioner, Chandler Woodcock, has completed work on a reorganization plan....My guess is that you'll be seeing a significant shifting of money and staff to areas that Woodcock feels needs attention, especially fisheries. ~ George Smith
SERC breathes new life into old Naval base
Bar Harbor Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Turnout was strong for the grand re-opening of the Schoodic Education and Research Center located within the Schoodic Peninsula district of Acadia National Park. Originally established as a Naval Security Group Activity base that began its operational life in 1935, the SERC campus consists of more than 20 buildings on approximately 80 acres of land. In 2002, the station was closed and acquired by the National Park which began converting the facilities from a military use to educational and research use.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust receives grants to support volunteer program
Herald Gazette - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has received two grants to strengthen its volunteer program: a grant for $3,750 from the Maine Community Foundation’s Knox and Waldo County Funds, and another for $7,500 from the Quimby Family Foundation. The land trust, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, relies on more than 100 volunteers to help carry out its stewardship program.
Maine Groups Protest Canadian "Tar Sands" Project
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine has joined four other groups in asking the National Energy Board in Canada to deny a request from oil and gas giant Enbridge, Inc. to reverse the flow of crude oil in a portion of a pipeline that could deliver crude oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to Portland, Maine. "The tar sands is one of the largest, most destructive environmental energy projects on the planet right now," says Pete Didisheim, the advocacy director for NRCM. He says the tar sands are a geological formation under a very large boreal forest that has to be strip-mined in order to get the oil out. Environmental groups are calling on Canadian regulators to require Enbridge to address potential economic, environmental and safety problems. Enbridge's piplelines were involved in more than 700 oil spills during the decade that ended in 2009.
Sebago Lake State Park Campground to Open Friday; Day Use on Saturday
Other - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Maine’s most popular campground park, Sebago Lake State Park, will open this weekend for camping and day use, according to officials with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
BPL reopens 2 island state parks
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

After two days of cleanup, Maine’s two island state parks are open again. Eagle Island State Historic Site, the summer home of explorer Admiral Robert E. Peary, located off South Harpswell, opened Wednesday morning after repairs to its boat float were completed. Warren Island State Park in the Penobscot Bay off Lincolnville, once again is staffed and open. The two island sites were secured and evacuated before Tropical Storm Irene hit on Sunday.
Fishing a Hot Topic This Fall
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Many proposed changes in fishing rules are working their way through the process, and it's time to put in your two cents worth. Commissioner Woodcock and Fisheries and Wildlife Director John Boland have proposed many changes in the fishing rules. The rule changes will be on the Fish and Wildlife Advisory Council’s agenda for October before being finally enacted – with the approval of the Council and the Commissioner – in November.
Resource center grand opening set for Friday
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Construction of the Maine Lakes Resource Center is complete and a grand opening will be held Friday. Located in the heart of the Belgrade Lakes village at 137 Main St., the resource center is an initiative of Docks to Doorways -- a coalition of Colby College, the Belgrade Lakes Association and the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance. The center's focus is to make lake conservation a tradition.
Opinion: Implementing suggestions could expand Maine's fishing economy
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Commissioner Chandler Woodcock of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is blessed with a great opportunity to expand Maine's fishing economy and get more of us excited about the wonderful recreational fishing heritage we share. Fifteen years ago, the Fishing Initiative Committee of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine created a fishing initiative with three core concepts: protect and enhance wild fisheries, expand hatchery-grown fish to meet demand, and create more quality fishing experiences. Woodcock would do well to focus on these three concepts. ~ George Smith
Debate over tar sands oil could ooze into Maine
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Maine could become another front in the high-stakes economic and environmental battle over oil from Canadian tar sands that is dividing communities north of the border and has prompted a two-week civil disobedience protest at the White House. Five environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Council of Maine, are seeking to block a Canadian pipeline proposal that they claim is the first phase in a larger project to allow oil derived from tar sands fields in Alberta to flow to U.S. markets through Portland.
NRCM Raises Concerns About Oil from Canadian Tar Sands
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine says it and four other environmental groups have asked the National Energy Board of Canada to deny Enbridge, Inc.'s request to reverse the flow of one of its pipelines in Ontario. Enbridge says the line will transport oil that isn't from the Alberta tar sands, but Pete Didisheim of NRCM says the request is the first step to bringing tar-sands oil to Portland via pipeline to then be shipped to U.S. refineries. Critics say tar sands oil requires huge amounts of energy to extract and could cause an ecological disaster in case of a spill.
Maine bear-hunting season is under way
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Maine's 2011 bear hunting season in Maine is under way, amid warnings to hunters by state officials of hazards left by Tropical Storm Irene. State wildlife officials say there are still road closures, especially in the western parts of the state where bear hunting pressure is high. The general black bear hunting season runs through Nov. 26. The season for hunting over bait runs through Sept. 24 and the season for hunting with dogs is Sept. 12-Oct. 28.
Sumner residents get wind-plan tax information
Sun Journal - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Two dozen residents Tuesday night heard a state official explain the implications for taxpayers of the wind-power project proposed by Clear Sky Energy LLC. Mike Rogers of Maine Revenue Services gave an overview of what a sudden increase in town valuations would mean to the town and taxpayers. Larry O’Rourke, head of the finance subcommittee of the Sumner Industrial Wind Power Ordinance Committee, broke the information down further to show daily savings to individual taxpayers. There are 919 taxpayers in Sumner. From the fourth year on they would save an average of 26 cents per day, he said. Forty-seven percent of the taxpayers own property assessed at less than $50,000. These owners would save, on average, 5 cents per day from the fourth year on.
N.H. firm plans to buy mills in Maine
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

A private equity firm plans to buy the closed paper mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket and reopen them, eventually employing more than 400 people in a region that now has an unemployment rate of 21 percent. As part of the deal, the state would assume ownership of a toxic landfill in East Millinocket. The state's liability for cleanup and containment would cost $17 million. Under the agreement, the state will not accept the landfill unless the buyer, Cate Street Capital of Portsmouth, N.H., agrees to reopen the mills.
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