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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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A River Reborn
Other - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

Atlantic Salmon Journal, Autumn 2009 - The Edwards Dam removal celebrates a 10th anniversary.
A Vision in Green
Other - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

AMC Outdoors, Nov-Dec 2009 - The Appalachian Mountain Club's new Roach Ponds Tract protects a critical link in the 100-Mile Wilderness.
Letter: Outdoorsmen are ignored
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

I can't believe that the state of Maine passed a law so the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department can charge $5 for tagging a bear, moose, deer or turkey. Outdoorsmen are not being listened to. They fill out comment cards, but those probably get filed away and forgotten.
Federal bill pumps $10M into Maine wildlife, water projects
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

Funding for Maine includes: $3.7 million to buy 19,647 acres as part of the Katahdin Forest Expansion in the Baxter State Park region, $500,000 to address the threat of invasive species to Maine lakes and ponds, $1 million to buy nationally significant seabird nesting islands for the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and $3 million to buy a 110-acre property to become part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
Maine’s cranberry growers find their healthy product under siege
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

Last year, Maine’s cranberry crop averaged about 100 barrels an acre on 196.7 acres. According to the USDA, each 100-pound barrel was worth $94.20, or about 94 cents a pound. This year, those same barrels are likely to fetch about $35 each. This is disheartening to Maine’s growers because while the price may hover at 35 cents a pound, it costs 42 cents a pound to grow the berries.
Provincial power deal aimed at N.E. energy markets
Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

North America’s largest utility company has announced it will pay $4.4 billion for transmission lines that would help secure greater access to electricity markets in the U.S. Hydro-Quebec also announced that it expects to spend up to $23 billion over the next decade to boost its electric output by 4,500 megawatts a year.
Maine’s deer-hunting season kicks off
Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

Maine residents are allowed to hunt for the first day of firearms season, with residents and nonresidents alike allowed starting Monday. The season ends Nov. 28. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is predicting this fall’s deer kill to be the smallest in at least 25 years.
Maine Milfoil Consortium receives $500,000
Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

The federal funds will be used to mitigate and control invasive milfoil in seven “test bed” lakes, which pose a high risk of spread to other waters.
Madison hopes grants will help cut energy use
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

An Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant for $73,000 would allow the town to install light-emitting diodes in 38 street lights, saving a total of 334,780 kilowatt hours over the life of the bulbs and "more than half of what we're paying in electrical costs." The grant, which is composed of federal stimulus funds, handed down through the Maine PUC, would also allow the town to install four solar-lit stop signs.
CLYNK's customers complain of changes
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

The bottle redemption service at Hannaford stores cuts staff and now serves only account holders.
Northern border panel awarded $1.5M
Mainebiz - Friday, October 30, 2009 

President Obama has signed a measure that will funnel $1.5 million to the northern reaches of Maine and three other Northeast states to spur economic development by investing in infrastructure improvements, high-speed Internet access, health care and renewable energy. The governors from the four states had sought $30 million to support sustainable forestry, economic development and land conservation. The commission grew out of legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Michaud.
Opinion: Kennebunkport seizing private property rights at Goose Rocks Beach
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 30, 2009 

The vast majority of the owners believe that the adversarial claim made by the town represents a remarkably unjustified, unprecedented, and irresponsible change of the status quo on the question of the limits of public and private access at Goose Rocks Beach.
Katahdin Forest Expansion bill in Congress
Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2009 

A bill advancing through Congress will expand conservation land in northern Maine by nearly 20,000 acres. The House has passed an Interior Department appropriations bill providing $3.7 million for the Katahdin Forest Expansion.
Maine wood-energy projects sought
Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Gov. John Baldacci says the state is inviting applications for 15 biomass heat and energy installation projects.
Hydro Quebec to Buy New Brunswick Power in $4.75 Billion Deal
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 30, 2009 

The acquisition will give Hydro Quebec access to electricity markets in the northeastern U.S., including Maine and New Hampshire.
Authorities Investigate Slaying of Endangered Lynx
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 30, 2009 

State and federal officials are investigating the killing of an endangered Canada lynx in a wooded area north of Rangeley. The cat was found shot to death October 21st after being caught in a trap.
Bangor, Saint John links sought
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Civic leaders from Bangor met Thursday with their counterparts from Saint John, New Brunswick, for a series of sessions on tourism, economic development, transportation and energy in hopes of fostering collaboration. Irving Oil’s proposed energy corridor project through Maine is the perfect example of a mutually beneficial partnership.
Conference in Caribou targets pests
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 30, 2009 

An outbreak of spruce budworm during the 1970-80s taught forest managers, scientists and others a great deal about what to do to prevent a possible recurrence and combat it if one does occur. The lessons learned was the topic of discussion in Caribou on Thursday, as the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit held a conference to bring people up to date on the state of Maine’s forests and to introduce tools for managing forests under pressure from the budworm.
Wood for energy: The pros and cons of biomass plants
Other - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Would burning wood on a large scale to produce electricity be a boon or a bane? It depends on who you talk to.
Just one race contested in Millinocket elections
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Steve Campbell would like to see Millinocket’s economy diversify beyond the shut down Katahdin Avenue paper mill. “By the time my daughter goes to college, it would be awesome to think that there’s something here that she could come back to work for after she graduates,” Campbell said of his daughter Sydney, 5.
Tart Red Fruit Producing Green For Maine Farmers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 30, 2009 

October is harvest time for cranberries and Maine farmers are finding the fruit to be a viable new crop, and another way to diversify their produce. This summer's heavy rains, which harmed many potato and tomato crops, actually helped cranberry bogs.
Hydro Quebec Moves to Export Energy Through Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Hydro Quebec has announced that it will acquire New Brunswick Power for $4.4 billion dollars U.S. Hydro-Quebec has long sought an entry into the lucrative New England electricity market. That entry may now come through the state of Maine.
New England fishermen protest new catch rules
Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2009 

Hundreds of fishermen from the Northeast rallied before the headquarters of federal fishery managers Friday to protest changes intended to prevent overfishing. Fishermen from Maine to Maryland made the trip to Gloucester.
Kansas Supreme Court rules against wind farms
Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2009 

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that county commissioners have the right to prohibit the construction of commercial wind farms. In a unanimous decision, the court acknowledged the commission's concerns about potential harm to the aesthetics and ecology. Owners of wind rights say the ordinance constitutes a "taking" of their rights without compensation.
COA president a national 'planet panelist'
Bar Harbor Times - Friday, October 30, 2009 

"Negotiate as if the quality of our children's lives depended on the outcome...for the simple reason that it does," writes College of the Atlantic President David Hales in his new role as "Planet Panelist" for the Washington Post.
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