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Action Alert - Tuesday, November 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 to 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
A Scientist and an Artist Met in a Wood, Nov 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

Barbara Snapp will discuss how the two worlds of art and science interact and enhance each other. At Topsham Library, November 27, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance and Merrymeeting Audubon.
Friends of Baxter State Park auction, thru Dec 5
Announcement - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Own a piece of Baxter State Park history: retired Park signs and other special items. Proceeds are split between Baxter State Park and Friends of Baxter State Park. Runs November 8 - December 5.
Farmland Access & Transfer Conference, Dec 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good host the fourth annual Farmland Access & Transfer Conference, at Augusta Civic Center, December 3; registration deadline November 28, $20.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail auction, thru Dec 2
Announcement - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Win paddles, tents, maps and more in the Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, thru December 2.
Petition: Restore the head of children's health protection
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Dr. Ruth Etzel is the EPA's top expert on children's health. A pediatrician and epidemiologist, her job is to protect children from toxic chemicals, pesticides and lead in our environment. But a month ago with no explanation, Trump's acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler abruptly put her on leave. Tell Wheeler: Restore Dr. Ruth Etzel to the Office of Children's Health Protection. ~ CREDO Action
Petition: Convert BIW to deal with climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Climate crisis would be addressed by conversion of Bath Iron Work's considerable industrial capacity to building public transportation and/or renewable energy infrastructure.
Petition: No coal exports from military bases
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Interior Secretary Zinke is the subject of more than one dozen federal investigations. Despite this, he is continuing to make reckless decisions that threaten the country. Speak out against Zinke's plans to use military bases as export terminals for coal and natural gas.
Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Lucille Stott, Brunswick, Maine, resident, former president of Thoreau Farm Trust, and former editor of The Concord Journal, presents her new book, “Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods.” At Thoreau Farm, Concord, MA, November 18, 2 pm.
Hike: Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Scott Dickerson and Janet Readfield will lead a hike while sharing the history of the mountain with majestic views. At Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Hope, November 17, 9-11 am. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
National Take a Hike Day, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.
Dawnland, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Screening and panel discussion of the documentary Dawnland about how Maine government systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. At USM, Portland, November 16, 5:30 pm, free but get tickets in advance.
Raptors Program, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Birder and photographer Don Reimer will give a visual presentation on Maine raptors. At Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Atlantic Salmon Restoration, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Denise Buckley, US Fish and Wildlife Service senior staff biologist, will chronicle the response to the listing of Atlantic salmon in eight of Maine’s rivers as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in December 2000. At at Belfast Library, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Rethinking Strip Redevelopment to Strengthen Your Community, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Learn how towns can improve the appearance and functionality of commercial corridors to bring in new residents, employees and activity. At Topsham Library, November 15, 4-7 pm. GrowSmart Maine members $10, public $20, students $5.
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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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