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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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Opinion: LURC’s commitment to economic prosperity
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 31, 2010 

In recent weeks, questions have risen regarding the future of the Land Use Regulation Commission, many premised on incorrect assumptions. We want to take some of the apparent mystery out of what LURC is and what it does and to explain why the agency is well-suited to continue to serve the people of the Unorganized Territory and the state of Maine in achieving future economic prosperity.
Editorial: A Day at the Park
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Eliza Townsend, who leaves next month as conservation commissioner, passionately believes the parks are an integral component of Maine’s vaunted and valuable quality of life. And she worries the new administration may not see this value. When Gov.-elect Paul LePage looks for places to downsize state government, she hopes the parks are not targets of unconsidered cuts, and that they are not dismissed as pretty but static places in the economic landscape. Or worse, as a liability. Maine people love their state parks, and that must be reflected in the new state government’s priorities.
Tannery site avoids flood damage
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Unusually high Penobscot River water levels slightly dislodged an erosion control blanket last week but otherwise did no damage to the former tannery building site in Howland. Once home to the town’s largest employer, the tannery site is part of Penobscot River Restoration Trust’s plans to build a fish bypass, green some tannery land, and dig a channel for the bypass in a project designed to open nearly 1,000 miles of habitat to Atlantic salmon, alewives and other sea-run fish now blocked from migrating upriver.
A new home for motherless moose calf
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 31, 2010 

At Saddleback, thanks in part to her outgoing nature and her frequent visits, Suzie the moose became a sensation. Heck, she even has her own Facebook page (search for “South Branch Suzie). But Suzie started hitting the slopes without a lift pass. On Monday, Saddleback’s mountain manager heard word that Suzie was out on the trails at night and was almost hit by a groomer. “That’s when we decided something had to be done.”
Opinion: Gulf of Maine fishing needs a revival
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 31, 2010 

There’s something special about New Year’s Day, and on many lakes that hold cold-water game fish, the first of the year still marks the start of ice fishing — ice permitting, of course. According to reports from around the state, ice anglers would do well to use caution on Maine lakes and ponds in the coming days; recent heavy rains disrupted the freezing cycle, and a subsequent blizzard put an insulating coat on some lakes that had begun to freeze, slowing the process.
Editorial: A wilderness bellyflop
Other - Friday, December 31, 2010 

The recent lame duck session of Congress produced an array of accomplishments. But, thanks in part to the petulant opposition of Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who continues to find new ways to tarnish his legacy, lawmakers failed to pass a vital package of public lands bills that would have designated more than 300,000 acres of new wilderness, established new national parks and monuments, and protected critical watersheds and forests. Writer Wallace Stegner once called wilderness “the geography of hope.” It’s a description Congress should keep in mind as it enters 2011, with a new opportunity to give Americans the hope they desperately need and richly deserve.
A Harvest of Ice
Other - Friday, December 31, 2010 

National Geographic Traveler - I'm on my way to a remote hunting camp in northwestern Maine to experience a once quintessential Maine activity: an ice harvest. The ice industry is gone, but a few steadfast camps remain. Cobb's Pierce Pond Camp harvests pond ice for use in its visitors' coolers and drinks throughout the summer.
The Race for the Blaine House -- An Inside View of Five Campaigns: Paul LePage
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Paul LePage's chief of staff John Morris says, "We have not had a minute to celebrate. Paul has to come up with a list for all his commissioners and his staff, then have a budget to work on, and we have rules and regulations that need to be changed….To be quite honest, the planets were aligned during this election. People are angry. People wanted new blood in government." Paul Richard LePage will be sworn in as the governor of the state of Maine Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center.
Blog: On Our Radar
New York Times - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Rapid construction of wind turbines will put several iconic bird species at risk, a conservation group warns. Upwards of 250 billion microscopic pieces of plastic are adrift in the Mediterranean, recent sampling by a European environmental group suggests. A new study finds a high rate of birth defects in the Iraqi city of Fallujah and cites depleted uranium rounds, used by American forces there in 2004, as a possible cause. China will spend more than $30 billion on water conservation projects in 2010, a state news agency reports.
Rangers: Ice conditions poor on Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Capital Weekly - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Park rangers on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway have reported inadequate ice on the Allagash headwater lakes to support ice-fishing activity and snowmobiling. AWW Superintendent Matthew LaRoche warned that Eagle Lake appeared to be especially dangerous, with about 3 inches of ice, plus slush, across the lake.
Idle wood mill goes up in flames
Sun Journal - Friday, December 31, 2010 

State fire investigators Friday will continue looking into the cause of a fire that destroyed the former Saunders Brothers wood mill in Freyburg Thursday afternoon. The plant, most recently known as Forest Industries, was insured, owner Louise Jonaitis of Hanover said. It was put on the market last month for $310,000. The contents of the buildings were auctioned off two weeks ago, but some materials remained inside. The plant was once considered one of the world's largest rolling-pin producers.
Letter: Renewable energy worth supporting with subsidies
Portland Press Herald - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Taxpayers are subsidizing renewable energy because our existing fossil-fuel-based economy is utterly unsustainable. Fossil fuels are finite; renewable energy sources are infinite. The extraction and combustion of fossil fuels is increasingly harmful to people and to the planet we depend on for survival; renewable energy is benign, for the most part. Renewable energy subsidies keep American taxpayer money at work in the United States, creating jobs and reducing our national dependence on unsustainable energy sources.
Opinion: What does 2011 hold in store? Probably not much of this
Portland Press Herald - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Wind power will get a new boost when every former governor, legislator and state employee acquires a franchise to build turbines in any corner of the state and its coastal waters, with state and federal subsidies capped at a mere 200 percent of the cost. After every square inch of available land and ocean is developed, more turbines will be attached to huge balloons and carried aloft to take advantage of higher-altitude breezes. To assuage doubts that the turbines' intermittent operation is actually providing "green" energy, the turbines will be painted a fine shade of chartreuse with an decorative overlay of hundred-dollar bills.
Opinion: After jolt of 2010, expect a wild 2011
Portland Press Herald - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Here is my month-by-month sneak preview. In March, State Archivist David Cheever discovers a large cache of unused governmental red tape in the sub-basement of Maine's Cultural Building. The Maine Business Association Roundtable calls for the immediate destruction of what it calls "the mother of all smoking guns." Cheever, State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., and members of the recently disbanded Board of Environmental Protection plead that at least a small portion of the red tape be preserved "for posterity."
Top stories of 2010
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Friday, December 31, 2010 

Four arrested at Earth First! wind power protest -- In July, an environmental group made good on its promises to oppose wind power development when protesters temporarily stopped a semi-truck carrying a 140-foot wind turbine blade to the Kibby Wind Power Project. One of those arrested ran under the truck and locked herself to the trailer’s steel supports, and police arrested or issued warnings to several others. The protest marked the conclusion of the Earth First! annual summer meeting, held in Eustis this year.
Opinion: Feathers ‘n Fins
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 31, 2010 

What is the cause of the current shortage of eider ducks along Maine’s coast? Commercial fishing will be blamed, the contention being that draggers have depleted the ducks’ feed — primarily mussels and other shellfish. Likewise, it will be said that the pressure of guided sea duck hunts has driven the birds away. Personally, I don’t buy either argument. So, what’s the answer? Nobody knows for sure.
Ready For Business
Other - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

Forbes - Paul LePage went from homeless teen to Maine's next governor. Can he save the state's economy, too? LePage figures he can create jobs by courting more high-tech and biotech companies. In the meantime he wants to increase investment in the $4 billion lumber industry to bridge the transition. He must do this while protecting the woodlands and shoreline that attract an annual $7.7 billion in tourism revenue.
New York State Buys Conservation Rights for 89,000 Acres of Forest
New York Times - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

The state of New York paid $30 million on Friday to secure extensive conservation rights on 89,000 acres of forest in the Adirondacks, another big step toward protecting lands once owned by the Finch paper company. In coordination with the state, the Nature Conservancy paid $110 million in 2007 to buy 161,000 acres of forest from Finch, Pruyn, with the intention of preventing the property from being carved up into lots and sold off for development.
Land trust aims to conserve 500+ acres on MDI
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

The land in question is 566 acres connects Somesville with Town Hill. Kittredge Brook and its adjacent wetlands run through the center of the mostly wooded parcel. With the blessing of the landowner, local developer Shepard Harris, Maine Coast Heritage Trust is looking to acquire the property. The land trust has until the end of April 2011 to finish raising the $2 million it hopes to use to buy the land.
Fighting tenaciously to survive on Maine’s working waterfront
Times Record - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

Jim Merryman has hauled lobster traps off South Harpswell since he was 8 years old. Today, Merryman still hauls traps, but with the help of Land for Maine’s Future, Merryman bought a wharf this fall, as part of a working waterfront preservation program — hoping to help maintain access to the only way of life he’s ever known.
Aroostook State Park endures dip in attendance
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

Although there was a slight dip in the number of people who visited Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle this year, park officials say they have seen significant growth in the numbers of day-users and campers over the past few years.
The Best of 2010: Celebrating Maine Conservation
Other - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

[Video] Mike Tetreault, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, provides a round up of TNC's top 10 conservation achievements in Maine in 2010.
The Allagash: Early Season Brookies
Maine Outdoor Journal - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

Dring the winter of 2009, while patrolling Chamberlain Lake, it became obvious that people were having excellent fishing. I would ask how many fish a group had caught that day, and the standard answer was between 20 and 40 brook trout!
Wild Islands, Rare Seabirds, Lighthouses
Free Press - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

No other state, outside of Alaska, has so many wild offshore islands as Maine. It can be easy to forget how unusual the coast of Maine really is. It's a craggy, wild coast with over 3,000 islands, many of them uninhabited, along 3,500 miles of coastline. Most of the wildest islands are owned by the public.
Editorial: EPA initiative seeks rules to curtail greenhouse gases
Journal Tribune - Thursday, December 30, 2010 

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it would crack down on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and oil refineries. EPA intends to use federal regulations to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to global warming. Congress quite conspicuously failed to enact a “cap and trade” system for regulating greenhouse gases earlier this year. Almost any approach is better than doing nothing about global warming,
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