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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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News Items
Trip offers new take on food's future
Morning Sentinel - Monday, November 30, 2009 

Jay Nutting, a 33-year-old lobbyist, recently completed an overseas trip as an Eisenhower Fellow for Agriculture. Nutting, son of Leeds dairy farm Sen. John Nutting, says while farmers are feeling the brunt of climate change in other countries, U.S. farmers are contributing to the problem. Nutting said 20 percent of the fossil fuel used in the United States is for agriculture and food production. "Nobody's talking about that."
Dig it: Taking clams from mud is back-breaking work
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 30, 2009 

A reporter finds that digging for clams isn't like playing in beach sand.
Opinion: Gun ownership part of proud Maine tradition
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The recent lead editorial, “Lawyers, Guns and Money” (BDN, Nov. 21-22), following the five-part series on guns in Maine, might have been more accurate and less shameful. The shame lies in the failure to warn those who come to Maine to try to change the tradition of Maine, in effect, bring with them to Maine the essence of what they came to Maine to escape.
Signs pointing to bountiful shrimp season
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The population is healthy, regulators say, as fishermen and dealers predict steady demand and stable prices.
Base price
Mainebiz - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The $891M hole it will leave in Maine’s economy begs the question for Brunswick Naval Air Station: What’s next? “We have the opportunity to lead the way in Maine in new areas, like renewable energy and aerospace clusters,” says Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.
King of the range
Mainebiz - Monday, November 30, 2009 

Thanksgiving arrives at Maine’s largest turkey farm. Orders are down — yet size is up.
Backyard weather watchers sought in Maine
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Volunteer weather observers are being sought to take precipitation measurements across Maine. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network is offering six training sessions between Dec. 1 - 9.
Northern New England launches ski season
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

As the economy lurches toward recovery, northern New England’s ski industry is viewing the season with optimism, saying the amount of snow nature sends the region is a much bigger factor in determining how well the ski areas fare.
Comment period ending for Maine ocean wind sites
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Monday is the last day that the Department of Conservation is accepting comments on potential sites. A final decision is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 15.
Maine puts out guide to help businesses
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has developed a tool it says will help businesses understand the laws that are designed to protect Maine’s air, land and water.
Buying Woodland for Fun and Profit
Other - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Forbes - The USDA estimates the nation has 500 million acres of timberland. The ownership breakdown is: government, 27%; wood and paper companies, 17%; institutional investors like college endowments, 4%; individuals, 54%, up from 45% two decades ago. The individuals get a mix of recreation and asset appreciation. They get a nice tax break, too.
Augusta Trails receives $10,000 grant
Capital Weekly - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Augusta Trails says the Davis Conservation Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the “Bond Brook Recreation Area Trails Project” Capital Campaign. The campaign seeks to raise $480,000 for the creation of a four-season, multi-use recreational trail network at Bond Brook Recreation Area. Once completed, the trails will support more than 17 miles of hiking, mountain-biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, walking, nature viewing and birding.
Opinion: Wind industry must be stopped
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

The facts about wind power have been concealed behind the propaganda that has accompanied the wind industry's well planned assault on Maine. Claims of climate benefits by the wind industry, the government and once respected environmental groups have been grossly exaggerated. It is time for the governor, the legislature and the NRCM to admit they made a mistake, correct it and move on with a sensible agenda for Maine's energy future.
Family in tow as man hikes Appalachian Trail
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Tim Pettingill spent five and a half months hiking the Appalachian Trail from north to south. During the week, as Pettingill roamed the woods on the long haul south, his family was driving and living in a 1988 Ford van bought just for this trip, exploring the towns they passed through. When Saturday rolled around, Pettingill would hike out of the woods and meet his family.
Opinion: Coyote attacks
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

In October a young female hiker, Taylor Mitchell, was attacked by two coyotes in Nova Scotia. The woman died from her wounds. It is too bad that it takes an innocent young woman's agonizing death for people to see this canine predator for what it is: an effective and opportunistic killing machine that will attack, kill and eat whatever it can, whenever it can, wherever it can. Our increasingly plentiful Eastern coyotes in Maine are evolving into larger animals that more resemble their wolf progenitors than the scraggly coydogs of yesteryear.
Moving right along
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Bath Trails is a group that emerged from the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and gathered momentum to link the trust's land, the city's open space and future easements on private land. The result will soon be a five-mile network of trails running through thick woods and allowing hikers and bikers to take in river views just a few miles from downtown.
Unique meteor shower and Mars will draw eyes skyward
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Even though the next month will be much colder than November, there will be several interesting celestial events. These include a good meteor shower and the brightening of our neighboring planet, Mars. We are celebrating Galileo's great discoveries with his telescopes 400 years ago during this entire year, which is a way of making more people aware of the importance of astronomy in our everyday lives.
Tips to take good outdoor winter photos
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Keep yourself and your batteries warm, watch your step and your breath, keep your camera cool, overexpose snow, and use as little sky in your shot as possible.
Man behind raptor cams sets sights on owls
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Now a senior scientist and deputy director at the BioDiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Wing Goodale got the institute's first bald eagle cam up and running in 2005. The institute had a loon cam, since 2003. Today it has two bald eagle cams up, and plans for more. Anyone know where there are nesting bard owls?
Deer up north could use more warmth
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Except for southern Maine, deer hunting reports everywhere speak of a thinned herd, and in northern Maine it may well be at historically low levels.
Deer success may take years longer than expected
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

I swung the gun, put the crosshairs on his chest and paused for one extra second. It was over in an instant. The sound of a buck fleeing though the brush barely outlasted the echo of the shot. I climbed down from my perch and hurried over to where I'd last seen the deer. Crimson splotches on the leaves confirmed I'd at least connected. But how well? The answer came 50 yards further on. I'd finally made amends for my miss, and it only took 20 minutes – and 11 years.
Birds can make it tricky to put a species label on them
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

The families and orders into which birds are classified are pigeonholes defined by scientists. The only taxonomic unit that is defined by nature is the species. Recognizing species is not as easy as one might think. A recent scientific review showed that there are more than 60 definitions of species.
Beetle's threat to ash trees also puts tribal art at risk
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine Forest Service entomologist Charlene Donahue says it's only a matter of time before the emerald ash borer beetle arrives in Maine and decimates the ash trees here. Native American basket makers in Maine worry that will spell the end of their long tradition. The state's tribes make their traditional baskets from the wood of ash trees.
New policies simplify winter use of Baxter State Park
Other - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

There's good news for winter hikers and climbers frustrated by the old Baxter winter-permit system. Things have changed, and the formerly rigid process of organizing an extended winter visit has been streamlined.
Program links those wanting to get into farming with those looking to get out
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine Farmland Trust has lots of work left to do. An estimated 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will be in transition over the next 10 years as farmers look to retire.
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