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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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Rep. Martin, partner buy back bankrupt store for less than half of the debt
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

The federal bankruptcy court has allowed State Rep. John Martin and a partner to buy back their Eagle Lake convenience store for $125,000 even though they owe almost $300,000 to a variety of creditors, including Irving Oil. Martin, a Democrat, has been a power in state government going back to the 1960s. He was speaker of the house an unprecedented 10 terms and currently serves on the committee with oversight of the state’s $6 billion budget. Martin said the bankruptcy and his legislative roles should not be linked. Earlier this year, Rep. Martin sponsored a bill that became law that will make it easier for J. D. Irving Company, a Canadian firm, to mine for valuable minerals in Martin’s legislative district. A J.D. Irving spokesman has said there is no legal relationship between that company and Irving Oil.
Editorial: Yes on Question 3
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

The latest installment of the Land for Maine's Future bond program will continue to protect Maine's quality of place and natural environment, again at startlingly low borrowing costs for the $5 million — to be matched by an equal amount in other funds, both public and private.
Opinion: Getting around...we can do better
New Maine Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Electric light rail and bikeways, the combination increasingly employed by other developed nations, could reduce our transportation energy use in Maine by 72 to 99%. “Can’t be done, Maine is a rural state” comes the predictable knee-jerk response. Yet such objections hold no water. In 1927, when the state was even more rural, Maine’s 433 towns and villages were served by 330 railway stations, not counting hundreds of interurban electric and streetcar stops across the state. Virtually every inland Mainer had access to a train, and coastal villages were served by steamers. Our transportation system back then was on par with any in the world. Then, while others kept up with similarly excellent systems, we gave up ours to neglect, caving to spin by oil and auto interests. Why not reactivate the railroads as a state of the art regional light rail network for both passengers and freight? ~ Paul Kando
AMC launches new Maine schools program
Other - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Appalachian Mountain Club - Looking to its long-established A Mountain Classroom program as a model, AMC is sharpening its focus on outdoor education programming for schoolchildren in Maine’s Piscataquis County. The new AMC Maine Woods Community Youth and Environment Project kicked off at the start of the school year in September. It is overseen by recently hired Clint Hensley, a Bowdoinham native who is based out of AMC’s Greenville office. Hensley’s charge is to work with local schoolteachers and students to help kids develop a deeper connection to and understanding of the natural world around them. To do that, he encourages hands-on outdoor learning that complements traditional classroom lessons.
How will Sandy affect the election?
New Maine Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Hurricane Sandy struck the crucial east coast a week before the national election. In 2011, candidate Mitt Romney said, in response to a question by CNN debate moderator John King, that he would eliminate FEMA and turn over the responsibility for first responders and long term financial support over to the states ... or better yet, leave it to private enterprise. Predictably, the Romney camp is disavowing this claim now that the east coast has at least a $20 + billion disaster on their hands, which no state can deal with on its own. The New York Times correctly pointed out that big government is necessary for some things...including major natural disasters like Sandy. Will Sandy have an impact on the election? For now, that remains to be seen.
Column: Gridlock groove
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Everything at the State House is about to come to a halt. Chances are good the Democrats — in spite of having no clear agenda, no real leaders, and not enough voters north of Bangor to form a decent rugby scrum — will take control of at least one chamber, probably the House. It's not enough to be against what the other guys are trying to do, no matter how stupid that might be. You have to stand for something, too. The Democrats, showing no signs of having learned from Republican mistakes in '94, are prepared to block all motion in any direction except backwards. They believe they'll be in full command of the Legislature in '14 and dealing with a governor who doesn't have to be restrained with tranquillizer darts. As history has shown, that strategy can backfire. ~ Al Diamon
Blog: SAOVA Endorses Maine Candidates
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Here are the 2012 candidates endorsed by the Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners Voter’s Alliance for the State of MAINE (highlighting animal right endorsed candidates too).
Appalachian Mountain Club
Other - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Backwoods Plaid Blog - "The state of Maine contains 97 percent of all the wild or native brook trout ponds remaining in the entire country, and has been designated as the last true stronghold for wild brook trout in the eastern U.S.", reads a joint statement by Trout Unlimited and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Mainers proudly smile after reading this. Not only a true testament to our waters, but a tourism attraction for our state. ~ Rhon Bell
Maine confirms first-ever case of West Nile Virus
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

A 34-year-old man from Cumberland County who was hospitalized in October has been confirmed as the first person known to contract the West Nile virus in Maine, state health officials said Wednesday. The man, who suffered from encephalitis and meningitis as a result of the virus, has been released from the hospital and is recovering well.
Starks man shot, flown to Lewiston hospital
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Maine State Police detectives and other responders are investigating a shooting Wednesday in which a Starks man was injured. Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the victim is Kerry Hebert, whom he described as being in his late 50s. He also confirmed that the incident did not appear to be hunting-related. “What I will tell you is that this is our case,” Lancaster said. “There were hunters involved and there was a landowner involved. There were gentlemen involved that were hunting [but] this was not a hunting accident.”
Who Fracked Mitt Romney?
Other - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Mother Jones - When Harold Hamm talks, politicians listen. He is the founder and CEO of an Oklahoma-based oil company called Continental Resources and the 35th-richest American, worth an estimated $10 billion — more than William Koch, T. Boone Pickens, and David Rockefeller Sr. combined — and he isn't shy about deploying that fortune. Over the past two years, he has given at least $1 million to right-wing causes supported by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists who helped bankroll the tea party. In March, Mitt Romney named Hamm his top energy adviser. The choice signaled that Romney, who had advocated for clean power as governor of Massachusetts, was casting his lot with the oil and gas industry. Barely a month later, Hamm contributed $985,000 to Romney's super-PAC.
Got a Good Idea for Legislation?
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

As soon as the election is over, I plan to work with legislators on bills that would benefit sportsmen and the fisheries and wildlife of Maine. I’m building a list of bills that I will be asking legislators to sponsor. Email your ideas and suggestions to me now, at georgesmithmaine@gmail.com.
Maine warden recalls fellow warden who died
Sun Journal - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Maine Warden Rick Stone was remembered Wednesday as a dedicated and passionate outdoorsman. It was an especially trying day for the wardens who knew and had worked with Stone, who was named Game Warden of the Year in 2001.
Starks man shot, in serious condition, following possible 'hunting-related incident'
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Kerry Hebert was shot near his home at Dickson Corner at around 3:30 in the afternoon. The LifeFlight of Maine helicopter took him to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Several townspeople said that Hebert was shot on his own property by a hunter, although police would not confirm that.
Mystery gunshots injure Brunswick horse
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Brunswick police are trying to determine who shot and injured an Arabian horse with a small caliber gun on Coombs Road over weekend. The owner of Flash told police that the animal was fine on Saturday but was bleeding on Sunday. Two bullets hit the horse on the top of the head, breaking the skin but not embedding in the animal. A third shot did puncture the horse's side.
Downeaster Rolling North to Freeport, Brunswick
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

The last train station manager in Freeport when passenger rail service ended will be riding the first passenger train to arrive from Boston in more than 50 years. Nelson Soule, who's 91, is among celebrants making the first run Thursday on the Amtrak Downeaster's Boston-to-Portland service expands northward to Freeport and Brunswick.
Halloween! or, ghosts in the Maine woods
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

I don’t have a good ghost story anymore. The one “good one” I had recently was cast in doubt -- all due to one chilly night in a remote cabin on the Moose River.
Maine Forest Rangers to assist with super storm recovery efforts
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that he has authorized the deployment of the Maine Forest Ranger Incident Management Team to New York City to assist in disaster recovery following Hurricane Sandy.
Letter: Sustainability vs. more of the same
Times Record - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

According to Local Governments for Sustainability, “In 2008, humans used about 40 percent more resources than the planet could regenerate that year....If we continue utilizing natural resources and producing waste at current rates, by the early 2030s we will require the resources of two planets to meet our needs. This overshoot is at the root of the most pressing environmental problems we face today: climate change, declining biodiversity, shrinking forests and the collspse of world fisheries." I don’t believe that we can save ourselves without political, economic and social change. Neither the Twiddle Dums nor Twiddle Dees (Democrats or Republicans) has any kind of a plan to do that. ~ Thomas Fusco, Brunswick
Maine wildlife weathers Hurricane Sandy
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Did the animals know what was coming with Hurricane Sandy? It’s a common belief among hunters that white-tailed deer will seek shelter and lie down during windy weather. Popular hunting magazines often suggest that this behavior is a direct response to deer being capable of detecting drastic changes in barometric pressure, which decreases before a hurricane hits. “I think most animals have low pressure sensors or at least are detecting something,” said William Glanz, associate professor of zoology at the University of Maine in Orono.
First Wind Submits New, Smaller Bowers Wind Project Proposal
Other - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

First Wind has submitted an application to the Maine DEP for a revised 48 megawatt Bowers Wind project that has 40 percent fewer turbines than an earlier proposal. The $100 million project now enters the review process, with support from Maine Audubon, American Lung Association, Conservation Law Foundation, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, and the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Letter: Question 3 supports Land for Maine's Future effort
Seacoast Online - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

On Nov. 6, please vote "yes" on Question 3 to replenish finding for the Land for Maine's Future Program through the passage of a $5 million bond. Passing this bond is critical to building upon LMF's 25 years of success, which includes conserved land in all of Maine's 16 counties totaling more than 532,000 acres. LMF has secured public access on more than 1,000 miles of shorefront and 158 miles of rail-trails. The program has also conserved a quarter of a million acres of working forestland supporting 2,200 woods and mill jobs and 29 farms helping to sustain the state's agricultural economy. And, LMF has saved coastal access for nearly 1,000 fishing families, families responsible for landing more than 16 million pounds of seafood annually. ~ Doreen MacGillis, York Land Trust
New application submitted for Eastern Maine wind development
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Maine’s largest wind energy developer has come back with a scaled-back plan to build wind turbines on Bowers Mountain in eastern Maine, proposing 16 instead of 27 turbines. The $100 million project in Carroll Plantation has been submitted to state regulatory agencies, six months after it was rejected. First Wind says its new plan reconfigures the turbines to reduce visual impact, uses more efficient turbines and new technology to leave lights off at night except when planes are in the area, and creates of a fund to improve deer habitat and promote local guides.
Letter: Bond conserves our 'natural heritage'
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

All Mainers see value in Maine's natural heritage and realize it must be maintained for the future, as shown by the overwhelming and bipartisan support for Land for Maine's Future bonds in the past. Please continue to show this support for Maine's great outdoors and vote "yes" on Question 3 to secure a $5 million bond for the Land for Maine's Future program. ~ Peter Rubins, Cumberland
Tar sands oil project bad for our natural resources
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

As a student at Colby and a lifelong New Englander, I have a passion for the outdoors. It's no surprise then that I'm upset about the possibility of oil companies pumping tar sands oil through the Sebago Lake watershed. Tar sands oil is a sticky, peanut butter-like substance that's diluted with benzene and other chemicals. It's more corrosive to pipelines than conventional oil. These factors, and others, increase the risk of spills. And because tar sands are heavier and more toxic, these spills are more destructive and harder to clean up. I urge lawmakers at every level of government in Maine to do everything in their power to stop this reckless project. ~ Casey Ballin, Waterville
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