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Action Alert - Thursday, September 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 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 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.
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.
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.
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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