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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
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Portland Trails finalizes three significant trails
Other - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Portland Trails has completed easements on three important trails in Falmouth and Portland. In each case, the legal document was the last step Portland Trails needed to ensure the public's right to traverse the entire trail.
Outdoor Federation is defunct
WCSH-TV6 - Monday, October 31, 2011 

The Maine Outdoor Federation which was intended to unify the voices of attempting has gone defunct. The leadership void in the Maine outdoors offers a unique opportunity for the Sportman's Alliance of Maine (SAM). The new Executive Director of SAM is former legislator David Trahan. He's looking to rebuild SAM's membership and its prominence on Maine's outdoor scene. He is the third SAM Executive Director in the past eighteen months.
Pellet Industry Gears Up for Rising Demand
Other - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Biomass Mag - The global demand for wood pellets, which is currently estimated at 10 million metric tons, could increase sixfold by 2020. With new demand expected in the European Union and in Asia, there are plenty of plants being developed all over the world. In the U.S., the USDA recently announced payments to more than 160 bioenergy producers in 41 states, includING Maine Woods Pellet Co. LLC.
Opinion: Racinos help, not hurt, horses and farms
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 31, 2011 

The opinion piece by Robert Fisk Jr. (BDN, Oct. 22-23), “The Secret Lives of Harness-Racing Horses,”
is best suited for the pulp fiction rack. We know the truth about racehorses in Maine: The vast majority of these beautiful animals are well-loved, well cared for and they live good lives. Question 2 is good for Maine’s harness racing industry, the larger equine industry and all 35,000 or so horses we have in our state. ~ Dr. Denise McNitt, Cumberland, and Dr. Norinne “Nonni” Daly, Old Town
Homegrown fun
Mainebiz - Monday, October 31, 2011 

As many as 50,000 people will visit Harvest Hill Farms this year. In the past two years, business has doubled. Peter Bolduc also owns Maine Apple Co., a 350-acre orchard in Monmouth, and Re-Harvest, a recycling business in Portland that handles everything from paper and plastic to brewing waste. Together, the three companies bring in about $8-10 million in annual revenues.
Passive pioneers
Mainebiz - Monday, October 31, 2011 

In Belfast, a little red house at the edge of a small field of milkweed has been causing a stir since it was built in 2010. It recently won the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2011 project of the year. The object of all this attention is small and neat, with a pitched roof topped with shimmering blue solar panels. “Passive houses are a huge paradigm shift,” says Matt O’Malia, who with Alan Gibson in 2008 founded G∙O Logic, an architecture and building company in Belfast that specializes in passive structures. O’Malia says a passive house uses 10% of the heating energy that a standard, code-compliant home uses. Passive homes, which are highly insulated and sealed tight, have no need for furnaces, stoves or fireplaces.
Clean tech corridor to launch
Mainebiz - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Of the 1.8 million square feet of space on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, which is now operated by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, barely one-sixth has been leased since the Navy decommissioned it in June. But Tom Brubaker says that Building 250 is a perfect incubator for small to medium-sized clean technology companies, the kind of companies Brunswick Landing hopes to attract as part of its initiative to turn the former base into a thriving renewable energy center.
Opinion: The over-under on Yarmouth issues
Forecaster - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Yarmouth has to decide whether to blow up the dams on the Royal River. The turgid, 26-mile river has been dammed up since the 18th century, but there is now talk of removing two dams to let the river seek its natural level. In August, the Bridge Street dam was opened for the first time in eons to draw down the water so the dam could be inspected and folks could see how a free-running Royal River might look. Deep, dark, slow and murky versus shallow, light, fast and clear. No contest. Blow the dams. ~ Edgar Allen Beem, Yarmouth
Park opponents spreading false information
Other - Monday, October 31, 2011 

The opposition is spreading false information. They are saying a Maine Woods National Park would cause Clean Air Act regulations to prevent the mill from operating. In fact, the establishment of a National Park in the Katahdin Region will not require a change to the existing Federal/State Air Quality Standards and will not increase the air quality requirements for existing or future mill operations in the area.
Bill stiffens penalties for syrup fraud
Kennebec Journal - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Federal legislation that would stiffen dramatically the penalty for producing fraudulent syrup is meant to keep it that way in a state where the industry is prosperous and growing, say Maine's U.S. senators and maple syrup makers. The bill, co-authored by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would turn a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in jail into a felony that could draw as much as five years.
Big issues face Somerset County commissioners' candidates
Morning Sentinel - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Wind turbines is an important topic to candidates running for the board of Somerset County commissioners. Shane F. Reitze of Palmyra said the proposed wind-power turbines in Somerset County are a concern. He has seen the effects of wind power generation at the Kibby Mountain project near his camp in Eustis and he didn't like what he saw. He said project organizers "blew off the top of the mountains" to put in the wind turbines. "I am pro-wind mill, done in the proper way -- I do believe in green energy, as long they are a benefit, not only to the environment, but to the people," he said.
Letter: Gardiner could become boating mecca for tourists
Morning Sentinel - Monday, October 31, 2011 

It's incumbent upon our elected leaders to comprehend the critical importance of connecting the Rail Trail to something imaginative, affordable and useful. In my opinion, this would preclude archaic historical plaques and the innocuous exposition of yesteryear as a viable strategy for substantive economic development. Maine recognizes recreational opportunities and tourism as the life's blood of its economy. Our deep water, beaucoup open space and expansive boardwalk is where the future sleeps. ~Buddy Doyle, Gardiner
Feedback sought on proposed changes to Maine fishing regulations for 2012-13 season
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

A public hearing will be held on Nov. 9 in Rangeley on more than 200 proposed changes to Maine's current fishing regulations. Comments from the public are urged on any of the 226 proposed changes to open-water and ice fishing regulations.
Skeptic finds he now agrees global warming is real
Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly. The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of global warming deniers and the tea party. Muller pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. Yet he found that the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. The numbers from Muller match those by the NOAA and NASA.
Hundreds of bills readied for 2012 Maine session
Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

Legislative leaders should brace for a list of about 300 new bills they'll sift through on Monday as they decide which are worthy of consideration during the 2012 session. Several proposals to be considered are outdoors related. They don't include Gov. Paul LePage's agenda, such as merging the agriculture and conservation departments.

Opinion: Regulatory time-out is common sense
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

In the BDN’s Oct. 4 edition, Nate Libby of the Maine Small Business Coalition wrote an OpEd column asserting that the Regulatory Time-Out Act introduced by Sen. Susan Collins would be a “free-for-all” for big corporations at the expense of small businesses and consumers. I represent nearly 4,000 small-business owners in Maine that are part of the nation’s leading small-business advocacy group. What these members in Maine tell me directly contradicts the points that Mr. Libby asserts. ~ David R. Clough, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Yarmouth
TrekEast: Paddling Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Other - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

After cold rainy bike rides and a howling winter experience climbing Mt. Katahdin, my week paddling Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway was joy and ease and beauty. The wildlands recovery potential in Maine is immense. Millions of acres could – instead of just feeding pulp mills and providing a few jobs – be returned to wild Nature, as a Maine Woods National Park or other large ecological reserve. ~ John Davis
New Millinocket ATV trail and spur ‘nothing but good for the area’
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

Millinocket businesses who hope to see revenue increases from ATV traffic give the new trail’s impact mixed reviews so far. They are hopeful, if not confident, that the trail and its spur into town will give their businesses a welcome boost, like the surge they get from the region’s snowmobile trails, once word of it spreads.
New pressurized house at Calais college to train builders in energy efficiency
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

On Thursday, officials at the Washington County Community College, unveiled a new miniature pressurized house on campus that will help train students and local builders how to make homes more energy efficient, safe and healthy. The training house was built with federal stimulus funds designed to promote weatherization programs around the country.
Across Maine, skiers' losses are hikers' gains
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

There are 76 abandoned ski areas in Maine, not counting Squaw Mountain in Greenville that hasn't technically closed down, but has failed to operate for several years. Many of them were mom-and-pop operations, with a single rope tow as the only means of uphill transport, that helped introduce thousands of Mainers to skiing during the 1945-1975 period. But some were multimillion-dollar projects that, for a variety of reasons, just couldn't make it.
Share your sightings easily at eBird
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

Is there a site where any bird observation can be posted and shared? Yes: It's called eBird, administered by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The site, begun in 2002, is essentially an online checklist project. More than 200,000 birders and ornithologist are currently submitting their trip lists to eBird. All of the data go into a common database that can be searched by anyone.
Tracks tell you if quarry's a doe, a buck or the Great Prince of the Forest
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

Tracks tell plenty about the animal leaving the prints. Portly, big-bodied bucks with rut-swollen necks and heavy antlers point the front hoofs to the outside, easily noticeable in snow, soft earth or wet leaves. This adaptation supports extra weight in the rut.
Got your deer? Now what do you do?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

With opening day out of the way, the most popular greeting in Maine now changes from "How's it going?" to "Git yer deer yet?" Once your reply becomes "yes," the next question becomes what to do with your deer.
Club's deer food plots thicken
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

The Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen's Association is one of Maine's oldest outdoor clubs at 116 years old. But the work the club has done the past two years puts it at the forefront of wildlife work in the state today. Two weeks ago Rangeley club volunteer Marcia Baker was honored by the state for her work on deer food plots in the western mountains. Deer food plots have been effective growing wild deer herds in places like Michigan and Mississippi, but they are relatively unknown in Maine. The deer herd in Maine is far from the size it was 10 years ago, even in southern Maine.
Opinion: Keeping disabled in the hunt
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

One goal of Get Back Outdoors (GBO) is to raise funding to underwrite the cost of Renegade Wheel Chairs, which are provided to deserving, physically challenged outdoorsmen who want to hunt. GBO is working with Maine Guide Bob Howe from Pine Grove Outfitters on a program for the disabled from his camps in Bingham. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
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