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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
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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.
BIW open to wind firm visit
Times Record - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Bath Iron Works would welcome a visit by Norwegian energy giant StatoilHydro as the local shipyard continues to research the offshore wind energy market.
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.)
Apple Cider Rules Upset Maine's Organic Producers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, September 28, 2009 

Making and drinking cider is a time-honored autumn tradition. For about decade, the Food and Drug Administration has required apple cider to be fully pasteurized to protect customers from harmful bacteria. But many organic apple cider processors in Maine are upset because they say the product sold on store shelves is no longer cider, but apple juice.
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