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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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A shot at progressive reform
Portland Phoenix - Monday, December 31, 2012 

With their sizeable majorities, the Democrats' reconquest of the Maine House and Senate could lead to a rebirth of progressive politics in the state. First off, they could roll back the reward-the-rich, hit-the-poor policies of the past two years of a Republican government. But rollbacks and other reforms are far from sure things. Environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine will push for additional energy-efficiency programs and, possibly, for a re-examination of the new mining-regulation law that Republicans (and some Democrats) pushed through last session. Environmentalists fear it could allow a great deal of water pollution.
Maine deer kill up 11 percent from 2011
Associated Press - Monday, December 31, 2012 

Wildlife officials say hunters killed more than 21,000 deer in Maine this fall, representing an 11 percent increase from 2011. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Lee Kantar said the increase is due in large part to last winter's mild weather, resulting in a high survival of fawns. The deer kill has been low the past five years, with the state issuing fewer hunter permits to allow the population to recover following harsh winters in 2008 and 2009.
Letter: Birds, noise vs. wind power
Portland Phoenix - Monday, December 31, 2012 

I was very disappointed that the Phoenix chose to endorse subsidizing the wind power industry. While I agree that the fossil fuel industry is environmentally destructive, using wind is little or no improvement. Those turbines slaughter huge numbers of birds. And, even if you don't care about birds, you may care about the ill human health effects of turbine noise, which research on the Mars Hill and Vinalhaven sites has established. Finally, even if you don't care about birds or people who live near wind farms, you still may not want public funds wasted on such an inefficient means of power generation. ~ Zachary Smith, Portland
State Receives 500-Acre Island Easement
Maine Government News - Monday, December 31, 2012 

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) has received the donation of a conservation easement on a 500-acre, uninhabited island in Lobster Lake, considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Penobscot River Corridor. The newly named Leadbetter Island (formerly Big Island) defines the “claws” of the lobster shape of the lake, situated northeast of Moosehead Lake. The island is approximately two miles long and has more than six miles of undeveloped shoreline. The easement was donated by the Leadbetter family, which purchased the island in the 1960s from Great Northern Paper Company. The majority of the island has not been logged in at least 100 years. Mature stands of softwoods on Leadbetter Island have an average age of 162 years.
Record Number Participate in 5th Annual Polar Bear Plunge on East End Beach; Benefits NRCM
Bangor Daily News - Monday, December 31, 2012 

“It was a perfect day for the Plunge. The sky is so blue, the roads here are clear and there is no wind. It’s nice and cold,” said Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). This was the second year that Pohlmann dipped in the East End Beach in Portland to benefit the non-profit that works state-wide to reduce climate change pollution. A sea of people crammed the beach to watch about 180 dippers take to the water at noon today, the warmest part of the day.
Portland Polar Bear Dip and Dash raises awareness of climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, December 31, 2012 

Winter dippers braved the frigid waters of Casco Bay at Portland’s East End Beach on Monday. The event was part of the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s annual New Year’s Eve Polar Bear Dip and Dash fundraiser which included a 5k run and a quick dunk in the water. [video]
LUPC welcomes comments on mining rule changes
Maine Environmental News - Monday, December 31, 2012 

Earlier this year, the Maine Legislature terminated the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) and replaced it with the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC). Unlike LURC, LUPC does not have responsibility for issuing permits for metallic mineral mining in Maine's wildlands; the Department of Environmental Protection will do that. However, LUPC is responsible for rezoning for major mining projects. LUPC has extended the deadline for comments on its proposed rule change "to eliminate information relevant to the permitting process but not necessarily to the rezoning process." The new deadline is Feb 4.
Maine ocean plunge raises $ for advocacy group
Associated Press - Monday, December 31, 2012 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is expecting about 200 people for its Polar Bear Plunge, held at noon Monday at Portland’s East End Beach. The event raises money and awareness for the group’s work on climate change issues. For those who aren’t up for a bone-numbing dip into the ocean, they can still raise money and take part in a 5-kilometer walk or run. Last year nearly 200 people took part, raising $18,000.
Bounty of sea grows in Maine waves
Portland Press Herald - Monday, December 31, 2012 

In the waning days of his commercial fishing career, when Tom Roth needed to justify his purchase of another boat, he decided to harvest rockweed, which lobster businesses use for packing. Six years later, Roth and his wife, Kelly, preside over an expanding business. VitaminSea's offerings now include energy bars studded with blueberries, dark chocolate and kelp, supplements for animals, a seasoning mix, and sea vegetables like alaria, konbu and dulse. "This plant, there's so much you can do with it if you just keep an open mind," Tom Roth said.
Biddeford says good-bye to Trashtown
Portland Press Herald - Monday, December 31, 2012 

From his office at City Hall, Mayor Alan Casavant has a clear view of the "big blue obstacle" he feels has long stood in the way of economic development. There, in the heart of the downtown mill district, sits Maine Energy Recovery Co., the trash incinerator that for nearly three decades has generated complaints about odor, pollution and truck traffic. The facility will close this week, ushering in what downtown leaders hope is a new era of economic development and vibrancy for an old mill town once dubbed "Trashtown USA."
Wind industry: Tax breaks key
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

Maine's six major wind-energy projects are generating power at about a quarter of their capacity -- a performance level that illustrates why wind-power developers are pushing Congress to extend the tax breaks that are critical to the industry's survival. While that power output may seem low, it reflects regional wind conditions and technology limitations. The U.S. Department of Energy found that wind farms in New England operated at an average capacity of 28 percent in 2011, the second-lowest in the country. The sporadic nature of wind generation is a key reason the industry is pushing hard for Congress to extend a tax break that wind-farm owners receive on the amount of electricity they generate.
Parkman calls for special town meeting on First Wind proposal
Piscataquis Observer - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

Parkman selectmen agreed to hold a special town meeting on Saturday, Feb. 2, to ask residents to approve First Wind’s request for establishing a power line corridor along Crow Hill Road in Parkman to Gael’s Road in Abbot. First Wind LLC — a wind energy company based in Boston — wants the corridor as part of its Bingham Project, which has windmills in Bingham, Kingfield and Mayfield Township. First Wind plans on transporting electricity produced by its Somerset County wind farms to Central Maine Power Co.’s Parkman substation and then on to Greenville.
Snowmobile trails groomed at start of promising season
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

The winter of 2011-2012 was one of the mildest in memory and thousands of snowmobile trails in Maine were effectively closed. This season is showing signs of improvement. Last week, two major winter storms brought several inches of snow to the region, blanketing the state's vast network of groomed trails.
Agriculture committees work out deal to avert milk price spike
Reuters - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

Farm-state lawmakers have agreed to a one-year extension of the expiring U.S. farm law that, if enacted, would head off a possible doubling of retail milk prices to $7 or more a gallon in early 2013. The extension would end a 32-month attempt to update farm subsidies dating from the Depression era, when farmers were crushed by low prices and huge crop surpluses, to meet today’s high-wire challenges of tight food supplies, high operating costs and volatile markets. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, an Oklahoma Republican, said on Sunday he hoped the legislation would be passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama by Tuesday to avoid higher prices for milk in grocery stores.
Wood pulp and cattle shipments expected to generate $1.5 million in Eastport in 2013
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

The Port of Eastport handled shipments of 417,448 tons of wood pulp during 2012 and shipped 7,355 cows. Cattle shipments were significantly down from the more than 20,000 head shipped to eastern Europe from Eastport in 2011, which accounts for the port handling 50-plus ships in 2012 as compared to 70 in 2011, which was a record year. “The company we work with on cattle had been using our port exclusively, but now uses both Eastport and a port in Eddystone, Pennsylvania. We’re taking a look at what we can do to entice more cows back to our port," said Executive Director Chris Gardner.
Washington County lobstermen fish around centuries-old boundary dispute with Canada
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

A nautical “no man’s land” off the coast of Washington County sees Down East and Canadian lobstermen pulling traps side-by-side in waters that have been the focus of an on-again, off-again territorial dispute that dates to 1621. Nearly 70 square miles of the Gulf of Maine that surround the treeless, 20-acre Machias Seal Island are claimed by both the U.S. and Canada. The so-called “gray zone” encompasses waters where lobster fishermen from both countries set traps, despite the fact that Maine and Atlantic Canada lobstering regulations differ significantly. The territorial dispute is a contemporary artifact of the treaty that resolved the Revolutionary War.
Sebago Lake Derby: Looking for a hot time on ice
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

Organizers are looking forward to the Feb. 16-17 event after last year's ice fishing derby was canceled by a lack of ice.
Column: When deer are a dream come true
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

For days after the doe arrived, I walked through my life as if in a dream, unable -- and unwilling -- to relinquish the fleeting hold my mind had on the memory. ~ North Cairn
Column: On frozen pond, hockey the way it was played before the rinks
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

Pond hockey in Maine dates back generations, and among aging puck nuts is still considered a time of celebration. But so far few tournaments exist in the state. Well, Patrick Guerrette, for one, can't figure out why, so he is organizing the first Maine Pond Hockey Classic. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Column: Just resolve to hit the slopes soon
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

As skiers and snowboarders in Maine, we have it pretty darn good. We have resorts lauded by the national press, with Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback noted as three of the Northeast's best. Skiing is easy to get to, with community slopes less than an hour from each of Maine's urban centers. This fall, as it does every year, the Ski Maine Association sent a press release detailing the dozens of improvements to snowmaking, terrain and facilities. It isn't enough. I still want more. Rather than making resolutions for 2013, I'm making a wish list for skiing here in Maine. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Guided hunt still calls for preparations
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

This is it. You've finally decided on that out-of-state guided hunt. You've picked an outfitter, booked the hunt and now face months of anticipation. Fortunately, there's much you can do in the interim and on the hunt to improve your experience by avoiding some of the more common mistakes. I speak with authority because I've certainly made my share, but managed to learn from at least some of them. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Lampreys aren't monsters from the deep
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

Sea lampreys, a parasitic, cartilaginous, snake-like species, needs plenty of positive publicity to offset two strikes against them. Sea lampreys look like a creature from a horror movie, giving them a bad rap. However, as a general rule, sea lampreys don't prey on inland salmonids and have a symbiotic relationship with trout and salmon that serves an integral, multipurpose function. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Looking back
Sun Journal - Sunday, December 30, 2012 

Let's check the backtrack for the Maine outdoors, circa 2012. Maine experienced a deer hunting season that was close to exceptional, if it were not for low deer numbers. It was also an excellent bear season. The additional good news is: coyote control. From all reports, anglers from all areas of the state, from competitive bass fishermen to salmon trollers and brook trout acolytes, found plenty of action at their favorite fish haunts. It was a year of mixed news in outdoor politics. America elected a president who is no friend of the Second Amendment. The Penobscot Nation is taking the state to civil court and will argue that it has full enforcement jurisdiction of fish and wildlife activities on the Penobscot River watershed. Although the jury is still out, there is seemingly good news in the fact that environmentalist Roxanne Quimby has abandoned her high-visibility quest to transform her vast Maine wild-land holdings into a National Park. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
New Leadership at NWT
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, December 29, 2012 

The Northeast Wilderness Trust has selected Daryl Burtnett to become the organization’s new Executive Director in February. Burtnett has been the State Director of the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy for the past 13 years. An avid outdoorsman, he previously worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School as Director of the Southwest Region. Since its founding in 2002, the Northeast Wilderness Trust has protected more than 10,000 acres of wilderness in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Connecticut.
Opinion: When will coyote hunters know they’ve killed enough?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 29, 2012 

To the coyote hunters of Maine: I walk your trails, and you walk mine, but we do not walk the same path. Every trap you set is a threat to my security. Let me know where you have placed them. Every coyote killed is an attack on my freedom. I want to know where you killed it, what it was doing before you ended its life, what you knew about it before you decided it was your right to take it. I want to know exactly how you killed it. Tell me the whole story: How did you become a killer of coyotes? How can I help you to stop? When will you know you’ve killed enough? ~ Joshua O’Donnell, Brunswick
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