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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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News Items
Green Power Jobs Growing in Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine says more than 2,500 businesses are now involved in green power and energy efficiency projects.
Group effort opens river access
Sun Journal - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

Moran's Landing, a hand-carry canoe and kayak public access site to the Androscoggin River off Route 2, can now accommodate people with disabilities, drift boats and small boats.
Settlement talks on CMP project questioned
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

At a confidential meeting today, parties will seek ways to settle Central Maine Power Co.'s landmark request for a $1.4 billion upgrade of its transmission system. But two prominent parties in the case say the settlement attempt reflects political pressure by the utility's parent company and threatens to short-circuit a legal process that's meant to test whether the project is necessary in its proposed form.
Many still in the dark on recycling of fluorescents
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

In a survey, most respondents didn't know it's illegal to throw out mercury-containing lights, or that there's an alternative.
State agencies offer big energy grants
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

Efficiency Maine, a part of the Maine PUC, and the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust, which oversees revenue from a regional carbon cap-and-trade system, have combined resources to provide a $9 million energy efficiency and conservation grant program for large-scale projects.
Editorial: Climate Leadership
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

Climate change and its costs, both financial and human — the spread of disease, starvation because of droughts and floods, and increased warfare as groups seek out arable land are all predicted by the Pentagon — must be taken seriously. The climate bill that will soon be before the Senate is an opportunity for the U.S. to show it is taking the problem seriously, and more important, taking appropriate steps to ease it.
Misgivings, crowds lower at LURC hearings
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 30, 2009 

While a few speakers expressed serious reservations about aspects of the draft comprehensive plan for more than 10 million acres in Maine’s Unorganized Territory, there has been much less anger and suspicion than commission staff heard during workshops held last year on an earlier draft of the document.
Bucksport to test potential wind power site
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

The town plans to explore the possibility of wind power. The only question is whether it will move forward on its own or with a prospective developer.
Public invited to hop aboard state rail plan
Times Record - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

The Maine Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting in Portland today to seek input about a Maine State Rail Plan that will determine how the state will invest in Maine’s passenger and rail infrastructure over the next ten years.
Few days with high ozone this year
Bar Harbor Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

A year that was cool and wet had health benefits to it — ozone exceedance days were among their lowest in years.
Greene company harvests underwater logs
Sun Journal - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Thom Labrie, a passionate environmentalist, had a background in the wood products industry and wood reclamation. Bruce Loring was a diver, a Maine game warden and a member of the Penobscot Nation, which has rights to part of the Penobscot River. Separately, the men learned about the wood that had been lost when loggers transported their logs down the Penobscot River. Together they realized they could find those logs and sell the wood — reducing, reusing and recycling with a profit.
Hearing focuses on northern lands
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Many of those who testified Monday before the Land Use Regulation Commission urged the regulators to find a balance between development and preservation of the state's 10-million-acre unorganized territory.
Letter: Story on bear hunter only celebrates cruelty
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

What kind of paper would publish an article giving accolades to a muzzle-happy so-called hunter? This is hunting? No, this is a cowardly way of killing.
Opinion: Trip to Europe could do a lot to boost Maine's wind-power prospects
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Gov. Baldacci's trade mission to Spain and Germany was the first trade mission focused on one industry – wind power. Maine has a significant strength in the power of its off-shore wind. At a time when many of our traditional industries are declining, this is the kind of opportunity that can get people excited.
Maine, Canada at odds over LNG
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

During a meeting in New Brunswick last week, the New England governors and premiers of eastern Canadian provinces discussed ways to work more cooperatively to turn the region into an energy powerhouse. That spirit of cooperation doesn’t appear to have thawed the ice jam between Maine and New Brunswick over LNG, however.
Family’s hunting success continues
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

The modern Maine moose hunt began in 1980 on an experimental basis and became an annual event in 1982. This year, over three regular-season sessions, 3,015 lucky permit-holders will be allowed to hunt moose in Maine. The first six-day-session began Monday, with 1,139 permits in play. Another 1,741 permit-holders can hunt from Oct. 12-17, while 135 hunters will head afield from Nov. 2-28.
Europe Ahead of U.S. in Renewable Energy
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

Just back from a trade mission to Spain, Germany and Norway, Maine PUC Commissioner Jack Cashman says Europe is ahead of the U.S. in developing renewable energy.
SCA Endorses Report On National Parks
Other - Tuesday, September 29, 2009 

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), the nation’s leading provider of conservation service opportunities for youth, has enthusiastically endorsed the National Parks Second Century Commission’s plan to strengthen America’s park system. Last week, the independent Commission issued a sweeping series of recommendations to inspire change in our national parks in advance of the parks’ 2016 centennial.
Activism flourishes at Common Ground Country Fair
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Among a total of more than 51,000 visitors at a sprawling field in Unity were representatives from at least 64 political or social activism organizations. All of them survived a screening process led by Gary Lawless and Beth Leonard, volunteers for MOFGA, who this year said they accepted 64 of 85 applications.
LURC protesters upset over bail rules
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Six protesters arrested last week during a Land Use Regulation Commission meeting concerning Plum Creek’s Moosehead Lake development plan are free on bail but say the conditions of their release are excessively harsh and irrelevant to the charges against them.
New National Parks Project launched
Other - Monday, September 28, 2009 

The New National Parks Project will urge public officials to initiate studies of special places across the country for their potential as new national parks. Proposals for new or expanded parks include the Maine Woods.
O'Brien recognized by Maine League of Conservation Voters
Republican Journal - Monday, September 28, 2009 

State Rep. Andy O’Brien, D-Lincolnville, earned special recognition recently from the Maine League of Conservation Voters for his work during the 2009 legislative session. The League, which rates all 181 House and Senate lawmakers on their voting records for conservation issues, releases an annual legislative scorecard based on votes taken on specific and critical bills that have an impact on the state’s natural resources.
Common Ground Country Fair draws quite a crowd
Republican Journal - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Despite Sunday's drizzly weather, MOFGA reported that 52,000 people flocked to the fair over the weekend, marking the third-highest attendance since the fair relocated to its permanent home in Unity. (Great photos.)
A glance at moose populations
Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Here's a look at some significant moose populations in the U.S. according to officials from wildlife agencies in those states. MAINE: Roughly 60,000 and remaining strong despite habitat change.
Time & Hearst Launch Project to Increase Forest Certification in Maine
Other - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Time Inc. and Hearst Enterprises will work with small- and medium-sized landowners in Maine to help them achieve third-party forest certification and provide an important increase in the amount of certified fiber available in the state. Although Maine has the highest percentage of certified lands of any state, there are still close to 10 million acres of forest that are not certified.
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