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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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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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