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Action Alert - Wednesday, March 20, 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
Why Going Native Matters, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Heather McCargo, found and executive director of Wild Seed Project, presents "Why Going Native Matters: Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience." At Portland Public Library, March 27, 5:30 pm.
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.
Maine Maple Sunday, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Maine Maple Sunday is a long tradition where Maine’s maple producers open their doors to their sweet operations for a day of educational demonstrations, sugarbush tours, fun family activities and samplings of syrup and other great maple products. Many sugarhouses are open Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, and throughout the season.
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.
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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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