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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 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
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Paris to Pittsburgh, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

This award-winning documentary celebrates how Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Followed by a panel discussion about climate action in Maine with Kristine Corey, energy efficiency coordinator at AmeriCorps; Stephanie Miles, of Maine Conservation Alliance; and Jill McLaughlin, of ReVision Energy. At First Universalist Church of Auburn, July 18, 5:30 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 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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