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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 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
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Paris to Pittsburgh, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

This award-winning documentary celebrates how Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Followed by a panel discussion about climate action in Maine with Kristine Corey, energy efficiency coordinator at AmeriCorps; Stephanie Miles, of Maine Conservation Alliance; and Jill McLaughlin, of ReVision Energy. At First Universalist Church of Auburn, July 18, 5:30 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 am - 2 pm.
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News Items
The Springs of Our Discontent: Maine’s Water Controversy
Other - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

Maine Food & Life Style - More than 20 companies bottle water in Maine. The 800-pound gorilla in this crowd is the Swiss conglomerate Nestlé, the world’s largest food processing company, which owns Poland Spring, the best-selling spring water in the nation. But anti-bottled water groups are making a splash, too.
Coming Up Empty
Other - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

In the Gulf of Maine waters, crustaceans are plentiful and the lobstering industry is thriving, while groundfish stocks are at all-time lows and the fleets are on the verge of extinction. The effect of humans on the marine resources — from overfishing to policymaking — is undeniable, controversial and little-understood. And that’s where UMaine economic anthropologist James Acheson comes in.
Big-picture guy
Other - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

Lawrence Bender graduated from UMaine in 1979 with a degree in civil engineering and a passion for dance. He launched his Hollywood career six years later. "I had this nutty idea to approach Al Gore and make a movie. I feel like making An Inconvenient Truth was the culmination of everything I was training for in my life — making movies and trying to make a difference."
Forest plan aims for federal funds
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

Patrick McGowan, commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation, sees potential for a “Great Maine Forest” brand attached to wood products, whether lumber for houses or paper. Other aspects of the initiative would focus on ways to lower energy costs or increase efficiency at mills and convert to locally grown “green” fuel sources.
New Forest Initiative Aims to Preserve North Woods
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

The draft proposal calls for a public-private partnership to protect between 500,000 and 2 million acres of working forest. Members of the group say it's not a proposal for a national park; rather, it proposes a partnership with landowners to conserve land mostly through conservation easements.
‘Maine rule’ defines tonight’s blue moon
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

Every once in a blue moon, there is a blue moon on New Year’s Eve. This is the year, and tonight is the night. The next blue moon that falls on New Year’s Eve won’t take place until 2028.
Public help sought to ID state forest concerns
Sun Journal - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

Maine residents are being asked to participate in a new online survey by the Maine Forest Service for the Bureau of Parks and Lands' latest assessment of the state's forests.
Maine polar dip to raise $ for climate change work
Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is holding its second Polar Bear Plunge on Thursday at East End Beach in Portland. The conservation organization says the event raises money for and awareness about its work on climate change.
In N.E., it's the time of the ancient mariners
Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

Tight catch restrictions and soaring costs of business are keeping young fishermen at bay.
Plan seeks to protect huge tracts of forestland
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

Maine will propose a pilot program to the federal government in February that would use state and national resources to conserve vast tracts of forestland, maintaining them as natural habitat and for recreation and sustainable forestry. The Great Maine Forest Initiative would preserve forestland stabilizing the source of wood fiber for Maine's pulp and paper and growing biomass energy industries. A working group that includes state officials, environmentalists, outdoor recreation organizations, landowners and industry representatives has come up with a draft proposal.
Environmental group gives Pingree, Michaud perfect score
Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

The activist group Environment Maine is giving Maine's two congressional representatives, Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree, perfect scores for their votes during the past year and a half.
Opinion: Which way is the wind blowing us?
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

It is unclear where the enthusiasm for wind power will take us. Maine has an aging population, and it is our reputation for a way of life and the availability of a certain kind of recreation that draws young workers and their families here. We should certainly exercise common sense in decreasing our energy use and increasing our energy efficiency wherever possible. But we should not hastily industrialize our landscape.
Editorial: Looking Back, Forward
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

The questions that will loom over the Plum Creek project, beyond the outcome of the appeals, are whether the house lots sell, how quickly they sell, and how heavily booked the resorts will be. If Plum Creek succeeds, Maine may become Second Home Land, along with Vacationland.
Maine Scientist Warns of "Other CO2 Problem"
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

For Portland-based marine science professor Dr. Mark Green, one of the biggest environmental challenges facing us in 2010 is the problem of ocean acidification.
Opinion: A corporation worth saving
Bar Harbor Times - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

What is truly shameful, and just plain foolish about what happened in Copenhagen a few weeks ago and what is happening right now in Washington, is that the consensus is not that we don't have the means to effectively address our environmental problems, but that we choose not to.
Winter Visitors Invited to Enjoy Nature at HVNC
Free Press - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

This fall volunteers constructed and placed 11 picnic tables and five benches throughout Hidden Valley Nature Center's 25 miles of trails in Jefferson. This winter, whether on cross-country skis, snowshoes or a hike, there are vistas to contemplate and secluded spots for resting.
No more power lines?
Christian Science Monitor - Thursday, December 31, 2009 

Buried super-cooled electrical cables may replace towering transmission lines and carry solar and wind energy efficiently over long distances.
Baldacci Pushes for Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 

Maine Gov. John Baldacci is among 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors who have signed an agreement to develop a mandatory, multi-state Low Carbon Fuel Standard. LCFS establishes a global warming standard for transportation fuels aimed at cutting car and truck emissions that contribute to the problem.
Coyote Hunting Tournament Draws Howls of Protest
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 

Organizers of a coyote hunt tournament in Jackman say thinning coyote herds will help boost the number of the white-tailed deer. Activists dispute that. "These tournament hunts are an example of scapegoating, and they're simply ecologically and ethically indefensible," says Camilla Fox, Director of Project Coyote, which is calling for an end to the hunt. Her group is joined by the Wildlife Alliance of Maine and the Humane Society of the United States.
Acadia adds no smoking areas
Bar Harbor Times - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 

Smoking is now prohibited in four more places at Acadia National Park, according to a recently updated compendium regulating park activity. The new areas are the Seawall and Blackwoods campground amphitheaters and Echo Lake Beach and Sand Beach swimming areas.
Moratorium renewed as ordinance work progresses
Republican Journal - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 

Jackson officials voted to renew the moratorium on industrial wind turbines Dec. 29, and also heard some recommendations from the town's attorney regarding the wind turbine ordinance proposed by the town's planning board.
Iriving mill fire damage estimated at $25,000
Sun Journal - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 

Everyone was back to work Monday morning at Irving Forest Products in Dixfield after a fire damaged a portion of the specialty mill a week before Christmas.
Like it or not, saltwater rule nears
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 

Starting Friday, Mainers who fish for smelt, striped bass and many other saltwater fish will first have to register with the federal government. Registering as a saltwater angler won't cost anything in 2010, but it could cost as much as $25 starting in 2011.
Adventure program extends into winter
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 

About 40 middle school students will learn how to snowshoe on the Appalachian Trail, build snow huts near Saddleback Mountain and generally survive in the Maine woods this winter. Rippleffect, an adventure-oriented leadership program based on Cow Island in Casco Bay, is expanding beyond kayaking and camping under the stars to provide year-round educational opportunities.
Greenville seeks solar, wind power
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 

If the funding falls into place, the Greenville Municipal Building could be powered by a wind generator and its water heated by solar panels, likely making it the first town office in the state to use alternative energy. Town officials have applied for a nearly $80,000 federal energy efficiency block grant.
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