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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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