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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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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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