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Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 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
International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Convention on Biological Diversity is the international legal instrument for "the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources" that has been ratified by 196 nations. The United Nations has proclaimed 22 May as the International Day for Biological Diversity.
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
Maine Calling: The Changing North Woods, May 22
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

UMaine experts discuss the relationship between humans and forests, including environmental attitudes and behaviors; rural communities and the forest economy; and the role of ecotourism and recreation. Maine Public Radio, May 22, 1 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edible (and Poisonous) Plants, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Tom Seymour, author, botanist and edible plant enthusiast, will introduce you to many of the edible and medicinal plants that can be found in Maine’s woods and fields. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 26, 10 am - noon.
Birding Extravaganza, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Ted Allen from Merrymeeting Audubon will lead birders through the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Thorne Head Preserve in Bath, May 26, 8 am.
Alewife Day, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

See the alewives swim upstream. Smoked fish, kid’s games, mills running, Machinery Hall open. At Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Bradley, May 26, 10 am - 1 pm, $3 per person ages 12+.
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News Items
Letter: Wind turbines can be the new idea of beautiful
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 30, 2008 

I urge all Mainers to get behind moving swiftly on wind power.
Saving beauty
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 30, 2008 

A new coffee table book will help raise money for conservation activities in North America through the inspiring tales of places such as Acadia National Park; Baxter State Park; the Kineo Preserve; and Maine's Norton's Island. Indeed, the Pine Tree State has four of the 40 wildland stories in "Wildlands Philanthropy" and helps tell of the many different kinds of land conservation.
OPINION: Sears Island Agreement on Hold
Ellsworth American - Thursday, November 27, 2008 

So ends another chapter in the 40-year saga of Sears Island, the latest exacerbated by environmental greed and deception. The committee members, in their last legislative act, were vigilant in their duties to protect all of the public’s interest and ownership of a much embattled island on the coast of Maine.
EDITORIAL: Sinking Sears Island
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 25, 2008 

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the Legislature’s Transportation Committee last week took the indefensible action of indefinitely shelving a compromise plan for state-owned Sears Island. Some of those who worked on the compromise believe behind-the-scenes treachery was at work.
Salmon industry mounts a comeback
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 24, 2008 

Maine’s salmon farming industry mounts a vigorous comeback five years after it collapsed when the three biggest players sold off their operations and left the state.
Opinion: Teddy Roosevelt would be ashamed
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 23, 2008 

You'd never guess from the Bush administration's abysmal environmental record that it was Republicans Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon who most effectively used presidential power to protect our natural resources.
Action on Sears Island sought. Baldacci questions committee’s delay
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 21, 2008 

Augusta. Gov. John Baldacci remains committed to a “positive and productive future for Sears Island,” his office said Thursday.

The governor expressed his disappointment with a unanimous decision by the Legislature’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday to leave temporarily unsigned a negotiated agreement that balanced industrial and environmental concerns over the island’s use.
Panelists delay formal signing of Sears Island pact
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 19, 2008 

After praising the work of the Joint Use Planning Committee to come up with a proposal for the use of Sears Island that balanced industrial and environmental concerns, the Legislature’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday delayed signing off on the agreement. The committee voted unanimously to accept the negotiated conservation easement but to leave it unsigned temporarily. Instead, the committee chose to request a bill in the next Legislature instructing the Maine Department of Transportation to pursue the permitting of a cargo port on Sears Island
Sears Island Compromise Still In Question
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 

Maine Things Considered. A compromise joint use agreement on the future of Sears Island seemed anything but certain Tuesday after a legislative panel voted to approve the plan pending the receipt of an offer for the construction of a new port on the property. The Legislature's Transportation Committee voted to approve a 601-acre conservation easement for the island just off Searsport, while reserving 330 acres for transportation uses. But as A.J. Higgins reports, some environmentalists who signed off on the plan originally now claim the lawmakers' action has voided the agreement. (has audio link)
Future Of Sears Island At Issue
Other - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 

The Legislative Transportation Committee voted unanimously to approve a 601-acre conservation easement for Sears Island just off Searsport, while reserving 330 acres for transportation uses..In voting Tuesday, the Transportation Committee stipulated that the conservation easement will remain unsigned until a permit's been granted for port development on the island.Jim Freeman, a member of the group that crafted the agreement, said the committee's action in effect voids the deal and sends the issue back to limbo.
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