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Action Alert - Wednesday, March 20, 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). 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
Why Going Native Matters, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Heather McCargo, found and executive director of Wild Seed Project, presents "Why Going Native Matters: Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience." At Portland Public Library, March 27, 5:30 pm.
Urge Maine's Agencies to Investigate and Halt PFAS Contamination
Action Alert - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Highly persistent and toxic chemicals known as PFAS may be lurking undiscovered in farmlands across Maine. State records show that at an Arundel dairy farm, PFOS was in milk at the highest level ever reported anywhere. Urge Maine Ag and DEP commissioners to test the fields, stop sludge spreading, and phase out PFAS products. ~ Environmental Health Strategy Center
Retired Game Warden Randall Probert, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Author, raconteur, and retired game warden Randall Probert will speak to the Hebron Historical Society on “Maine Tales and More.” At Hebron Town Office, March 26, 7 pm.
The Forests of Lilliput: The Miniature World of Lichens & Mosses, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel talks about the natural history of lichens, mosses and similar plants. At Topsham Library, March 26, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Celebrating Maine’s Wild Creatures, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Speaker: Ed Robinson, author of “Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More.” At Curtis Library, March 16, 7 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Monday, March 18, 2019 

Friends of Casco Bay staff scientist Mike Doan talks about warning signs and Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca shares the impacts to marine species and how Mainers are responding. At Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, March 25, 5:30 pm.
Mount Pisgah winter trek, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Kennebec Land Trust Stewardship Director Jean-Luc Theriault will lead an off-trail excursion on Mount Pisgah to visit special places that are typically less accessible. Meet at the Mount Pisgah Community Conservation Area parking lot in Winthrop, March 24, 1 pm.
Maine Maple Sunday, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Maine Maple Sunday is a long tradition where Maine’s maple producers open their doors to their sweet operations for a day of educational demonstrations, sugarbush tours, fun family activities and samplings of syrup and other great maple products. Many sugarhouses are open Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, and throughout the season.
Winter Family Fun Day at Lily Bay State Park, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Ice fishing, snowmobile tote rides, winter camping demo, bonfire, scavenger hunt and free loan of cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice skates, snow tubes and sleds. At Lily Bay State Park, Moosehead Lake, March 23, 10 am - 3 pm.
Winter wildlife tracking workshop, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Naturalists and certified wildlife trackers Brendan White and Matt Dickinson lead a winter wildlife tracking workshop. At at Long Ledges Preserve, Sullivan, March 23, 9-11:30 am. Sponsored by Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Livestock producers are invited to learn about grass-based production and how grazing systems can become more profitable and environmentally sound. At Kennebec County Community College's Alfond Campus, Hinckley, March 23, 8:30 am - 3 pm.
Maine becomes a state, Mar 15
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

On this day in 1820, March 15, Massachusetts lost over 30,000 square miles of land as its former province of Maine gained statehood. Mainers had begun campaigning for statehood for years following the Revolution. The Massachusetts legislature finally consented in 1819. What no one foresaw, however, was that Maine's quest for statehood would become entangled in the most divisive issue in American history — slavery.
Maine Land Conservation Conference, Apr 5-6
Event - Posted - Friday, March 15, 2019 

Maine’s robust land conservation community comes together to train on best practices in all aspects of land trust work, connect with peers, and grapple with the most pressing issues facing land conservation today. At Topsham area, April 5-6.
Thoreau Society & Thoreau Farm Trust online auction, thru Mar 29
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

This auction contains many rare books written about Henry David Thoreau and other items for every Thoreauvian.
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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.
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.
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.
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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