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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. 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
Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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News Items
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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