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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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; hey, we're all connected). 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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2nd wind ordinance forum scheduled for Eastbrook
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

After a few dozen residents stated Monday night that they had not been given ample opportunity to review a proposed wind farm ordinance, town officials agreed to schedule another public information session on the proposal for next month. The proposed ordinance would set construction and operating standards for an 80-megawatt commercial wind farm First Wind hopes to construct, part of which would be in Eastbrook. Construction of the other part of the facility, which would be in neighboring Township 16, would be regulated by the Land Use Regulation Commission.
Editorial: Wiscasset needs a planner
Times Record - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Wiscasset has long touted itself as “The Prettiest Village in Maine.” But it takes planning to strike the right balance between encouraging new development and preserving historic districts. It takes careful analysis of watersheds, traffic patterns, land uses and wildlife habitats within the context of state and local land-use rules and regulations. It takes vision, the ability to see what’s already in place and worth preserving and the imagination to guide the community’s sense of its future down a path of responsible, sustainable growth. It’s hard to imagine, then, any possible benefit of eliminating the town planner’s position.
Rollins Wind Opponents File Another Lawsuit
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Opponents of the Rollins Wind turbine project in Lincoln and adjacent towns have filed another lawsuit, this time alleging that the project's owners are in violation of their state permit. The citizens group "Friends of Lincoln Lakes" is claiming that First Wind has failed to show adequate financial capacity.
Opinion: Natural Resource Agency Transition Team Takes Shape
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Speculation inside and outside the State House indicates that Bill Beardsley will be Governor-elect Paul LePage’s Commissioner of Conservation. Beardsley impressed many people, including his opponent Paul LePage, during his 2010 primary campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. While he is widely known for his 23 years at Husson College and his extensive work in the field of education, he also offers lots of experience in the fields of forestry and conservation.
Letter: Smart meters will hurt us
Sun Journal - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Thank you for including the photo of a VSI Inc. technician installing Central Maine Power Co.'s new smart meters with the Nov. 23 story on health concerns slowing the process. The fact that this man was wearing a special protective hood tells me this is very harmful technology.
Mill going green, will produce own electricity
Sun Journal - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Moose River Lumber Co. will soon not only produce enough lumber to construct 10,000 homes a year, it will also make its own electricity while doing so. The $1.4 million cogeneration project this spring will produce 40 percent of the company's power. The project is partly funded by a $400,000 grant from Efficiency Maine. Irving Forest Products in Dixfield also received a grant for a cogeneration project.
Opinion: Build fuel-efficient cars to cope with higher gas prices
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

If the average car went 60 miles per gallon, Mainers would have saved $911,000 on gas costs just this Thanksgiving travel week! Obama should seize this opportunity to put American ingenuity to work by calling for cars and light trucks to get 60 miles to the gallon by 2025.
3 top Maine officials nominated
Associated Press - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Maine's majority Republicans on Tuesday chose their slate of candidates for state attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer, setting the stage for a formal election after the new Legislature is sworn in. In a party caucus, Republicans nominated William Schneider as attorney general, Bruce Poliquin for treasurer, and Charles Summers Jr. for secretary of state.
Maine Fish and Wildlife magazine now online
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

The fall edition of Maine Fish & Wildlife, the magazine of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, is available online at www.mefishwildlife.com.
Maine's Cutler fighting for Clean Air Act
Associated Press - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Former Maine independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is joining a coalition that's pressing Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to protect the Clean Air Act.
Health groups support Clean Air Act protection
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act of 1970, advocates for public health and the environment on Tuesday raised the alarm about impending threats to the federal law’s authority. At press conferences in Portland and Bangor, activists said Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins must stand up to attacks in Congress against the Clean Air Act. Tuesday’s events highlighted a recent letter signed by more than 50 Maine public health experts and sent to President Barack Obama and members of Congress.
Firefighters rescue deer that fell through ice
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

As a crowd watched from the shore Saturday morning, Dover-Foxcroft firefighters went to the aid of two deer that had fallen through the ice on the Piscataquis River.
Jackson Lab CEO to depart for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Bar Harbor Times - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Dr. Richard Woychik announced Tuesday that he will leave the institution in January to accept a new position as deputy director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Residents at forum urge slowdown of smart electric meters
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

Speakers at a public forum Monday in Scarborough on Central Maine Power Co.'s smart meter system urged the utility to slow the project, consider hard-wired meters and allow customers to opt out of having the devices installed at their homes. About 70 people attended the event, which was organized after the Town Council passed a resolution asking CMP to delay installation and hear residents' concerns about health and privacy issues. Sanford and Cape Elizabeth have since adopted similar resolutions.
The Monhegan Island Farm Project
Working Waterfront - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 

The long-term goal of the Monhegan Island Farm Project is to see it grow into a money-making venture that will provide employment for island residents. We often think of the sea as a primary source of income for islanders. This project hopes to show that the land can also be a valuable source of sustenance for island communities.
Opinion: Paul LePage’s Cabinet of curiosities
Forecaster - Monday, November 29, 2010 

The LePage transition team includes plenty of timber barons and real estate developers, so you can bet conservation will not be high on their agenda. But tea-partiers are already complaining about the fact that two of LePage’s other team members have served on The Nature Conservancy board. To tax-capping tea party property rights constitutionalists, popular conservation programs such as Lands for Maine’s Future are tree-hugger plots to funnel tax dollars to radical groups like The Nature Conservancy and Maine Audubon. Some tea-partiers hope the new governor will appoint Dr. Michael Coffman, the Bangor anti-smart growth, climate change denier, as commissioner of the Department of Conservation. Should he appoint Coffman to anything, I will personally start the impeachment petition.
Former Moosehead furniture plant reopening hits environmental snag
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 29, 2010 

Louise Jonaitis of Portland submitted a winning $1,050,000 bid at an August bankruptcy auction for the purchase of the former Moosehead Manufacturing Co. plant in Monson. But before any money changed hands, she learned there were barrels of unidentified chemicals that had been left on the property. She hasn’t given up on reopening the plant, but rather than own the building, she would lease it. “I’m hoping that the town will be able to remedy that environmental issue,” Jonaitis said. Municipalities are the only entities that can get federal and state environmental assessment and cleanup grants.
Brewer Land Trust hopes to gain members
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 29, 2010 

One way to ensure that local land used by the public today for hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities is still around a century from now is by placing it in the hands of the Brewer Land Trust, according to the group’s leader.
Next Big Rail Project Could Extend from Portland to Montreal
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, November 29, 2010 

Now that passenger rail is expanding from Portland to Brunswick in 2012, state transportation officials are looking toward Maine's western mountains and beyond as the next possible link in service. "There's two different corridors: the Portland to Lewiston-Auburn area and there's a separate service from Portland to Montreal."
CMP's Smart Meters Raise Health and Privacy Concerns with Some Customers
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Monday, November 29, 2010 

Smart meters, the wireless devices that have begun to replace electrical meters in Maine and a few other states, have divided those who say they're crucial to creating a more efficient energy grid, and those worried about risks to privacy and what's been the bigger concern in Maine, impact on public health.
Country club parcel protected from development
Sun Journal - Monday, November 29, 2010 

The Western Foothills Land Trust has been given a conservation easement for 27 acres of recreational land owned by the Paris Hill Country Club. The land, which has been operated as a nine-hole golf course since 1913, will be open to the public from Dec. 1 through March for nonmotorized recreational purposes. The golf course will be open in the warm months as usual.
Moscow voters to decide on wind rules
Morning Sentinel - Monday, November 29, 2010 

Residents on Thursday will have a chance to set the rules for future wind development projects in their town -- which may come sooner than they anticipate. There are currently commercial wind projects proposed for Highland Plantation and Bingham, in addition to other locations. "They're all around us," Selectman Donald Beane said.
Opinion: After 50 years, Arctic Refuge deserves to become a national monument
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 29, 2010 

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we must do everything we can to be sure that the area -- one of America's last truly wild places -- is protected for generations to come. President Obama has the power to protect the Arctic Refuge for his and all our grandchildren by designating it a national monument. While the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may seem far away, it is all around us. Here in New England we share many species with the refuge.
Tree farmer finds his roots
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 29, 2010 

Conservationists praise how Jay Cox has renovated and established a business at a historic Cape Elizabeth farmhouse.
COA Students to go to Mexico for climate conference
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 29, 2010 

Most college students who travel to Cancun, Mexico, are there for one reason: spring break. But a dozen students from College of the Atlantic who are embarking on a trip to the famed city on the Yucatan Peninsula probably won’t see much beach time. The contingent from COA will leave for Mexico today to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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