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Action Alert - Tuesday, March 19, 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
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.
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.
MITA Open House and Getch Celebration, Mar 22
Event - Posted - Friday, March 15, 2019 

Toast the extraordinary life of MITA founder Dave Getchell, Sr. At Maine Island Trail Association, Portland, March 22, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Call for Artists: Paint for Preservation 2019
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2019, the organization’s twelfth annual juried Wet Paint Auction and one of Maine’s premiere art auction events. This 3-day (June 28-30) plein air event raises money for land conservation in Cape Elizabeth. Deadline is March 22.
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News Items
Hey guv: stop slashing
Other - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 

Economists agree that in a recession the government should increase spending to stimulate economic demand, to get the economy moving again. One alternative to budget cuts is to put people to work building a green Maine through bond issues.
Opinion: Use Kennebec to unite Augusta, Waterville
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 

Consider the combination of Waterville and Augusta into a new "Cities of the Kennebec." The river between these two cities is spectacular and can be used to unite them and boost their ailing economies.
Wind and solar energy rebates available
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 

Maine residents and businesses interested in renewable energy sources will qualify for up to $2,000 in rebates and up to $4,000 for non-residential systems.
Endangered whales seen in large numbers off Maine
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 

Scientists think they have identified a wintering area and a possible breeding ground in the Gulf of Maine for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
Letter: The Real Opportunity for Sears Island
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 

While Jody Spear (Dec. 18) opines that failing to make Sears Island another conservation protected land mass would be “a disaster for the state’s environment,” I would disagree and see this for what it really would be: another parcel that is seldom used by Mainers, an unaffordable burden for Maine’s taxpayers, and an unfeasible endeavor given the state’s economic situation.
Architect, Landowner at Odds Over Scope of Eco-resort Development
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 

A firm that worked on plans for a Schoodic eco-resort said talks with the landowner soured when the firm proposed relocating parts of the project to adjoining areas that already are developed.
Lyman-Morse develops solar generator
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Tuesday, December 30, 2008 

Lyman-Morse is now working on a solar-powered generator that will have applications for disaster relief as well as other emergency and military uses.  It is constructed of marine-grade materials and simple enough for anyone to operate.
New TV show focuses on Maine outdoors
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, December 30, 2008 

A new television show focuses on outdoor adventures in Maine, but you'll have to get Time Warner Cable to see it. "The Maine Show" debuts this Sunday with Maine adventurers Jeff Riddle and Stephanie Koetzle riding the waves and surf in Kennebunk.
Offshore drill ban floated
Bangor Daily News - Monday, December 29, 2008 

Drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of Maine would be banned under legislation being proposed by Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, a bill sure to generate controversy.
Maine timber exec takes reins at The Nature Conservancy
Mainebiz - Monday, December 29, 2008 

On Dec. 1, Roger Milliken of Cumberland, Maine, was elected chairman of The Nature Conservancy, which has chapters in every state and over 30 countries. Milliken's path to chairing one of the world's largest conservation groups can be traced back to the early 1980s when he arrived in Maine as a young, idealistic liberal arts graduate -- he studied English at Harvard University in the early 1970s and was fresh from studying Sanskrit and Buddhism at graduate school in Hawaii -- to write a history of the family timberland business his grandfather founded in 1920.
New possible threat to falcons eyed in New England
Sun Journal - Sunday, December 28, 2008 

Biologists studying peregrine falcons in New England are elated that their numbers are rising, but concerned about a new threat they fear will reverse years of progress in rebuilding the bird population, and possibly harm people. A study of falcon eggs that failed to hatch shows high levels of flame-retardant chemicals called PBDEs
City jumps 'off the map' for falcons
Sun Journal - Sunday, December 28, 2008 

The high peaks of the city's steeples must feel like home to the endangered peregrine falcon.
Maine firms quit work on ecoresort project
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 26, 2008 

Citing differences in philosophy and difficulties in getting paid, two Maine firms that had been helping to develop plans for an ecofriendly resort on land abutting Acadia National Park have severed their relationships with the developer.
Kennebec River initiative touts its success in town grant wins
Kennebec Journal - Friday, December 26, 2008 

The Kennebec River Initiative is encouraged by the success of four Kennebec River municipalities that received state grants for various riverfront projects.
Opinion: The state of Atlantic Salmon in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, December 24, 2008 

Within many environmental circles, the demise of the Atlantic salmon has unfortunately and incorrectly been compared to the bald eagle and other flying creatures. As demonstrated most recently on the Penobscot and in many other angling venues, proper catch-and-release anglers pose no problem for the life of Atlantic salmon.
Opinion: Rediscovering a 'forgotten asset'
Times Record - Wednesday, December 24, 2008 

It took 10 years to get the Kennebec River Rail Trail built from Augusta to Gardiner. Now, there may be an opportunity to extend it much farther, from Gardiner all the way down to Brunswick.
Editorial: Celebrating Dark Skies
Bangor Daily News - Monday, December 22, 2008 

Because we are at the time of year when daylight is at its shortest...there is something about the long, dark, winter night that is worth celebrating.
Pesticides panel drops plan for check-ins with neighbors
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 20, 2008 

State regulators on Friday scrapped a proposal that would have required farmers to check in annually with neighboring landowners about whether they want to be informed about aerial application of pesticides.
Carbon auction nets Maine, other states $106.5 million
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 20, 2008 

The nation's second auction of carbon dioxide emissions allowances will bring $106.5 million to Maine and nine other Northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Millions Reccomended For Upgrade Of Acadia
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, December 19, 2008 

The National Parks Conservation Association, an organization that supports the needs of national parks, is appealing to Congress and the incoming Obama Administration to include two and a half billion dollars in park repairs in its package of economic recovery legislation. The Association says nine million dollars in road repairs are needed at Acadia National Park.
Opinion: Our planet's bottom line: 350
Times Record - Friday, December 19, 2008 

Thankfully, when President-elect Obama takes office about a month from now, we'll finally have a president who understands the urgency of the problem and the absolute necessity of reducing carbon dioxide emissions worldwide that are causing an accelerating global warming. But he will need to be pushed.
Salmon’s survival at sea key in large river return
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 19, 2008 

The surge of Atlantic salmon that returned to the Penobscot and other Maine rivers to spawn this year appears to be the result of improved fish survival in the ocean rather than any changes to the state’s stocking program, biologists said Thursday. Exactly why salmon seem to be faring better during the life stage they spend at sea is still open to debate, however.
Editorial: The Midnight Hour
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 18, 2008 

Presidents for decades have pushed through dozens of rule changes during their final weeks in office. What is stunning about the Bush administration’s “midnight regulations” is how many of them involve weakening of environmental protections, changes that will benefit industry at the expense of public health and land and wildlife protection.
OpEd: New firearms rule will make national parks less safe
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 18, 2008 

On Dec. 5, the Department of the Interior released its final rule allowing citizens with proper permits to carry loaded, concealed firearms into national parks, including Acadia. This is policy change motivated not by interest in bettering our national parks and the experience of all who visit them, but by a lame-duck presidential administration forcing its outgoing political views on our national heritage.
Maine judge rules in lynx case
Sun Journal - Thursday, December 18, 2008 

A federal judge is refusing to order the trapping season in northern Maine cut short in response to the deaths of two Canada lynx in recent week
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