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Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute,
Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 23, 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
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 2 pm.
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Maine Wilderness Guides Organization announces conservation award winner
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

Each year Maine Wilderness Guides Organization recognizes a visionary leader who has made a positive impact in the conservation of Maine wilderness areas, wildlife, fisheries and forests. This year’s recipient is Jon Lund who has spent nearly all of his life working for and with the people of Maine. As Maine’s first full-time attorney general, Lund publicly opposed the Dickey-Lincoln dam proposal and re-affirmed Maine citizen’s rights in public lots. He later served as president of the Natural Resource Council of Maine and is a director on the Conservation Law Foundation’s Maine board. He is active in Maine Rivers, the Maine Conservation Voters and the Natural Resource Council of Maine. He spends much of his recreation time in Baxter State Park, the Moosehead Region and other areas of Maine in all seasons.
Poll: LePage generates mixed opinions
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

Few Republican legislative candidates appear to be aligning themselves with the governor in any campaign literature. On the other side, Democratic candidates are using LePage and his political agenda to rally support. Both parties in Maine view the 2012 legislative races as crucial to the state's future. Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorensen agreed that LePage is the "driving force" behind changes in state government but said Republican candidates are proud of those accomplishments. "We're not running against him, but more against the bad policies of the last two years," said Lizzy Reinholt, spokeswoman for the Maine Democratic Party. "But he's the figurehead, the ringleader."
Lack of action on Farm Bill imperils state's dairy industry
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

A partisan stalemate in Washington, D.C., has left one of Maine's largest industries in limbo. Farmers across the state are anxiously awaiting resolution on the so-called Farm Bill, which was stalled in Congress during the last session and won't be addressed until a lame-duck session after the election, or in January, after new lawmakers are sworn in. The Farm Bill expires today with nothing to take its place. The bill, which is renewed every five years, includes loan guarantees for farmers, land conservation programs, agricultural research, forestry and much more.
Letter: Are you serious?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

Concerning the article "Angus King defends his wind efforts," Sept. 16. Because Record Hill had asked Rep. Chellie Pingree to write a letter on its behalf, does that mean that anyone who has been a key person at, say, Bigelow Labs or Brunswick Naval Air Station or Bath Iron Works should be barred from running for office because Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have written a letter supporting their projects? Our own Charlie Webster, chairman of the Maine Republican Party, is saying King needs to answer for this. Does this mean that it is wrong to have a business in Maine that is forward looking enough to earn federal dollars? Mr. Chairman, are you serious? ~ Renee Givner, Falmouth
Keeping the Appalachian Trail spiffy
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

The Appalachian Trail boasts 281 miles of Maine woods and rocky wilderness where hundreds of thru-hikers are finishing the 2,184-mile trek on Mount Katahdin. But the back story to the 14-state-long woods path that turned 75 this year is the individuals and hours spent maintaining the trail. The Maine Appalachian Trail Club maintains 267 of the 281-mile section of Appalachian Trail in Maine. To learn more about the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, go to www.matc.org. When the trail was completed in 1937, it was, more or less, fashioned in haste, said Lester Kenway, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club president. What would come after was decades of upgrades, improvements and new methods to sustain the trail indefinitely.
Column: Winter's coming, and there just might be plenty of snow this time
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

Will Old Man Winter come storming back this year? That's the question upon us as the nights grow chilly, the days become shorter and the forest makes another Maine fall feel like showtime. The president of the Maine Snowmobile Association is banking on the barrage of acorns that fell on him and other snowmobilers cleaning a woodlot a week ago. And Bob Meyers is the first to tell you, we are in for a dumping. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Column: Schoodic Peninsula's a scenic spot
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

A less-frequented, but nonetheless spectacular section of Acadia National Park lies about an hour's drive east of Mount Desert Island on the other side of Frenchman Bay. There the Schoodic Peninsula is home to the only portion of Acadia on the mainland of Maine, featuring granite headlands, rocky beaches and spruce-fir forests. In fact, many of us feel that the Schoodic section of the park contains within its more than 2,000 acres all of the very best that the coast of Maine has to offer. ~ John Christie
Column: Supplemental feeding of deer can be a benefit
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

Maine's deer herd is in trouble, a fact acknowledged last year by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's development of a "Game Plan for Deer." One of the biggest issues is the lack of quality of winter habitat -- both food and cover. Possible remedies exist, but only if applied properly. IFW strongly discourages winter feeding for several reasons. Briefly, supplemental feeding may increase predation, deer/vehicle collisions and property damage, and may increase the vulnerability of deer to diseases. Or it may not. Supplemental feeding is a tool, like a hammer or a firearm, that when used properly can be both safe and effective. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Bird hunting done right conjures classic, indelible images
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

Often enough each October, Maine's upland-bird hunting offers woodland wanderers a magical experience that may include agreeable temperatures, snapping dry air and cerulean skies splotched with fleecy white clouds. Nature's touches prove really enticing up north, where lighter development means more open land for hunting grouse and woodcock. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Who knew – pigeons are actually called 'rock doves'
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

There is pleasure in seeing the everyday birds as well, even pigeons. The standardized name for our pigeon is rock dove. They are well known to birders and nonbirders alike. How can you avoid seeing pigeons in any city? ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Fire in the belly? You will endure
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

The wood stove arrived this week. You could tell winter was coming on, what with the edge to the nights, the cold sleep, the kerosene heater burbling its complaints as the sunset settled and the work of keeping the day's end warm enough for comfort awakened in the dark. ~ North Cairn
Column: Traveling light no easy task
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 30, 2012 

Recently, I have been counting ounces in an attempt to trim down the weight of my large backpack to a reasonable 40 pounds. Just for the record, I am not a backpacking junkie or an Appalachian Trail longhauler. Backpacking for me is neccessary drudgery, a way to get to "elk central" in the Colorado high country. I've hunted these clever critters enough to know that elk beat feet when they begin to get whiffs of hunters skulking through the aspen groves. You have to get up there away from the other hunters, if you want to surprise an elk. So I backpack. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
New objections raised against proposed Down East LNG import terminal
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

Opponents of a long-proposed liquefied natural gas, or LNG, import terminal in the Washington County community of Robbinston have filed three new objections to the $600 million terminal that would be sited on Mill Cove near the St. Croix River’s confluence with Passamaquoddy Bay. The Eastport-based Save Passamaquoddy Bay organization submitted two filings last week and a third on July 24, with FERC, the agency through which Downeast LNG Inc. and Downeast Pipeline LLC are seeking a federal permit that would be required to construct two LNG storage tanks, a regasification plant and a 4,000-foot jetty and deep-water pier for docking LNG carrier ships.
Bonds await Maine voters
Other - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

Maine voters will see something on the Nov. 6 ballot they haven't seen in two years: bond issues. Four borrowing proposals will appear, including $5 million to purchase land and conservation easements that will provide water access, outdoor recreation, wildlife and fish habitat, farmland and working waterfront preservation. Bonds have been absent from statewide ballots since June 2010 when elected officials in Augusta expressed wariness for adding onto state debt. The bonds would draw millions in federal, private and other matching grants.
Maine biologists offer habitat seminar
Associated Press - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

A Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist, National Wild Turkey Federation biologist and state forester were holding a “habitat seminar” to teach about land use practices and their effect on wildlife Saturday on the Page Farm Unit of the Mattawamkeag River System. The Unit has been the site of recent efforts to restore young forest habitat on public recreation areas.
Landowners agree to remove gate limiting access to popular Aroostook County fishing spot
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

About 40 outdoor enthusiasts got the answer they wanted Friday night when a major northern Maine landowner agreed to relocate a recently erected gate limiting access to a popular fishing and camping spot. “After hearing from local residents, both North Maine Woods and Irving Woodlands have agreed to relocate the one steel gate on the access road to Third Pelletier Pond to beyond the pond and allowing free day use access to that location again,” representatives from NMW and Irving said Friday night. For years residents in northern Maine have enjoyed unlimited access to the fishing and camping opportunities at Third Pelletier Brook Lake on private land managed by North Maine Woods. That changed this summer when several of the Irving Woodlands-owned roads leading to the popular fishing spot were blocked with steel gates, largely in response to incidents of vandalism.
National Public Lands Day, 2012
Other - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

The rugged grandeur of the American landscape has helped shape our character and our soul as a Nation. As we celebrate this National Public Lands Day, let us reflect on the lands and waters that so deeply enrich our experience, and let us renew our commitment to protecting them in the years to come. ~ President Barack Obama
Letter: It was a close vote
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

The vote to allow Angus King’s wind business in Roxbury was a very close one, with people most affected having no vote. There were no local jobs created with the exception of a single management position, and some electricity will be free as long as the project makes money. The tax reduction, while making people feel like they won the lottery, is temporary. Half the town did not want the landscape-dominating structures, but now the whole town is stuck with them. ~ Anne Morin, Rumford
Letter: What is the real rural Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

Having grown up in a small town in Piscataquis County and living in Cumberland County for a number of years before coming to Bangor 25 years ago, I believe I have a well-rounded perspective to describe rural Maine. My most recent employment position was traveling east, north and west of Bangor, from Rangeley to Eastport to Fort Kent. Most of the territory I covered looked and felt like a depressed area with little or no hope. The Maine woods is still here. Perhaps there are other products that could be manufactured? I believe you can market almost anything if you really try. Helping rural Maine is about helping people. Get everyday people involved. ~ Bud Butterfield, Bangor
Letter: Energy costs
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

I am disappointed by the short-sighted thinking of some in Augusta. Statoil is a multibillion dollar international corporation with a strong North American presence willing to make investments in Maine. People need to understand that this would be an investment, not an income resource for Statoil. In return Maine would become the host for new technology and industry that is desired around the world. If Maine turns down a slam-dunk opportunity to work with and attract the investment of a recognized international giant like Statoil, companies worldwide will take notice of the fact that Maine is not truly interested in investment or open for business in any market. ~ Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry Initiative, Portland
Lund to receive conservation award
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, September 29, 2012 

Jon Lund of Hallowell has been named this year's recipient of the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization's conservation award. The state's first full-time attorney general, Lund later served as director of the Natural Resource Council of Maine and is presently a director on the Conservation Law Foundation's Maine board. He is also active in the Maine Conservation Voters, the Natural Resource Council of Maine and Maine Rivers. The award recognizes a visionary leader who has made a positive impact in the conservation of Maine wilderness areas, wildlife, fisheries and forests. The award presentation will take place at the Maine Wilderness Guide's annual meeting on Oct. 21.
Letter: Disappointed in Sen. Saviello
Sun Journal - Friday, September 28, 2012 

I recently attended the public hearing before the Board of Environmental Protection, which considered a proposed rule to phase out BPA from baby and toddler food packaging. I am very supportive of this initiative. I was surprised and disappointed by my senator, Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, who submitted a letter that was read out loud at the hearing in opposition to the proposed rule for BPA-free food. Saviello dismissed the bipartisan process that brought about the Kid-Safe Products Act and the first ban on BPA in reusable beverage containers, cynically claiming that legislators only felt that they couldn’t vote against child safety in an election year. ~ Barrie Colbath, Fayette
New Study Finds RPS Standards Hurting Maine’s Economy
Maine Government News - Friday, September 28, 2012 

Today, Governor Paul LePage released the following statement in regards to the study, The Economic Impact of Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, conducted by the Maine Heritage Policy Center and the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research: “By 2017, this study predicts energy prices will increase by $145 million for consumers, costing the State of Maine about 1,000 jobs. We already pay a statewide total of approximately $220 million more per year for electricity than the national average. This study shows that special interests are hurting Maine’s economy and costing us jobs. We can no longer embrace the status quo. Unfortunately, low cost, reliable, and green renewables, such as hydro power, are discriminated against in Augusta. Instead, those with powerful political connections have forced higher cost renewables onto the backs of Maine ratepayers."
Athens Businessman Robert Linkletter Receives Wilkins Award for Forest Stewardship
Maine Government News - Friday, September 28, 2012 

Today, Governor Paul LePage, along with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Maine TREE Foundation, honored a well-known Maine forest-products businessman who has made outstanding contributions to forest management and the forest industry with the ninth annual Austin Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award. Linkletter, owner of the Maine Woods Pellet Co. in Athens, received the award for his significant contributions to the Appalachian Trail/Maine Department of Conservation 2011 "Saddleback Connector" initiative. That initiative created an invaluable interface between the national hiking trail and the region's snowmobile and ATV trail loops.
Canada determines BPA is safe for consumers
Maine Wire - Friday, September 28, 2012 

Banning BPA has been the lynchpin of a movement by environmentalists in Maine to phase out hundreds of commonly used chemicals, which would increase manufacturing costs and raise prices for consumers. But Health Canada, Canada’s federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, has determined that BPA does not pose a risk to consumers.
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