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Action Alert - Monday, September 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
York Beach Clean Up, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Join a beach clean up & attempt to set a world record spelling the largest "NO PLANET B" ever in the sand. The goal is 500 people At Long Sands Beach, York, September 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Tumbledown trail maintenance, guided hike scheduled, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A 4.7 mile round-trip guided hike up Tumbledown Mountain will include discussion of geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife and issues facing the mountain. Meet at Brook Trailhead on Byron Road, Weld, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, 10 am - 4 pm, climbing wall and games ; 6:30 pm, Food Trucks, 7:15 pm, Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Free but donations benefit Teens To Trails.
Portland Electric Car Ride & Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Learn about electric cars during the 5th annual EV Expo. At Back Cove parking area off Preble Street, Portland, September 21, 12-4 pm, free pizza & coffee. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and ReVision Energy.
Smithsonian Museum Day, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

An annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 21, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Global Climate Strike, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Take to the streets for the Global Climate Strike to make sure elected officials and candidates for office in 2020 hear us loud and clear. Strikes in Maine at Farmington and Bar Harbor, September 20. ~ 350 Action
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Ron and Deidre Fournier will speak about the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. At meeting of the Oxford County Educators Association-Retired, Universalist Church, West Paris, September 20, 1 pm.
Pollinator plantings workshop, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Learn about the pollinators and beneficial insects helping to make our food systems work with Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. At Hooker Family Farm, Oxford, September 20, 10 am - 12 pm, $10/family.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 20-22
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

More than 750 varied events at this annual celebration of rural living with a mix of workshops, demonstrations, music, vendors, farmers’ markets, fantastic food and more. At Unity, September 20-22, gates open daily at 9 am.
Exploring Invasive Species, Sep 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Mike Hanks of Cape Elizabeth Land Trust talks invasive plants. At Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, September 19, 1 pm; he will lead a walk at Gull Crest Field to identify invasive plants at 2 pm.
Untrammeled — The Case for Wild Nature in a Changing World, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Conservation leaders Tom Butler and Mark Anderson of the Northeast Wilderness Trust will address the science and spirit of forever-wild conservation. Q&A to follow. At Maine Audubon, Gisland Farm, Falmouth, September 17, 7 pm.
10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend featuring 130 events, Sept. 16-18
Event - Posted - Monday, September 9, 2019 

The 10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend will be the biggest yet, with more than 130 events planned throughout Maine, September 16-18.
Nature Cruise on the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Join Cathance River Education Alliance for a nature cruise from Bath up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. September 15, 3-6:30 pm, $42 for adults, $30 for children 6 to 12, $6 for kids under 6.
Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Forest Service, is September 15.
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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.
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Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 31, 2009 

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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.
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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.
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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 

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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.
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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.
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"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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