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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
York Beach Clean Up, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Join a beach clean up & attempt to set a world record spelling the largest "NO PLANET B" ever in the sand. The goal is 500 people At Long Sands Beach, York, September 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Tumbledown trail maintenance, guided hike scheduled, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A 4.7 mile round-trip guided hike up Tumbledown Mountain will include discussion of geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife and issues facing the mountain. Meet at Brook Trailhead on Byron Road, Weld, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, 10 am - 4 pm, climbing wall and games ; 6:30 pm, Food Trucks, 7:15 pm, Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Free but donations benefit Teens To Trails.
Portland Electric Car Ride & Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Learn about electric cars during the 5th annual EV Expo. At Back Cove parking area off Preble Street, Portland, September 21, 12-4 pm, free pizza & coffee. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and ReVision Energy.
Smithsonian Museum Day, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

An annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 21, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Global Climate Strike, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Take to the streets for the Global Climate Strike to make sure elected officials and candidates for office in 2020 hear us loud and clear. Strikes in Maine at Farmington and Bar Harbor, September 20. ~ 350 Action
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Ron and Deidre Fournier will speak about the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. At meeting of the Oxford County Educators Association-Retired, Universalist Church, West Paris, September 20, 1 pm.
Pollinator plantings workshop, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Learn about the pollinators and beneficial insects helping to make our food systems work with Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. At Hooker Family Farm, Oxford, September 20, 10 am - 12 pm, $10/family.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 20-22
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

More than 750 varied events at this annual celebration of rural living with a mix of workshops, demonstrations, music, vendors, farmers’ markets, fantastic food and more. At Unity, September 20-22, gates open daily at 9 am.
Exploring Invasive Species, Sep 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Mike Hanks of Cape Elizabeth Land Trust talks invasive plants. At Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, September 19, 1 pm; he will lead a walk at Gull Crest Field to identify invasive plants at 2 pm.
Untrammeled — The Case for Wild Nature in a Changing World, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Conservation leaders Tom Butler and Mark Anderson of the Northeast Wilderness Trust will address the science and spirit of forever-wild conservation. Q&A to follow. At Maine Audubon, Gisland Farm, Falmouth, September 17, 7 pm.
10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend featuring 130 events, Sept. 16-18
Event - Posted - Monday, September 9, 2019 

The 10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend will be the biggest yet, with more than 130 events planned throughout Maine, September 16-18.
Nature Cruise on the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Join Cathance River Education Alliance for a nature cruise from Bath up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. September 15, 3-6:30 pm, $42 for adults, $30 for children 6 to 12, $6 for kids under 6.
Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Forest Service, is September 15.
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Maine Great Outdoor Weekend has a little bit of winter for everyone
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

The novelty of snow, ice and cold may have worn off months ago for some, but many Mainers cannot get enough of the stuff. That was apparent at the Maine Great Outdoor Weekend events held across the state on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of people turned out to celebrate the wintry outdoors and the recreational activities it offers. The weekend was organized by the Maine Outdoor Coalition. The three-year-old coalition has organized five weekends so far, each one bigger than before.
In Indonesia, Kerry blasts climate change deniers
Associated Press - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

Climate change may be the world’s “most fearsome” weapon of mass destruction and urgent global action is needed to combat it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, comparing those who deny its existence or question its causes to people who insist the Earth is flat.
Landowners cash in on timber they don’t cut
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

The Maine woods have always seemed to be worth more dead than alive. Cut a tree down and you can turn it into something that’s worth money – lumber, paper, furniture or toothpicks. Leave a tree standing and some believe all you’ve got is shade. But photosynthesis and efforts to curb global climate change are combining to enhance the value of a living, growing forest. Polluters are paying two conservation organizations to manage forestlands the groups own in Maine in a way that increases the amount of carbon dioxide the trees remove from the atmosphere. The money the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the Appalachian Mountain Club earn by selling so-called “carbon offsets” will be spent on managing forests they already own and buying additional forestland.
‘Big idea’ scores with Little Lyford Pond Camps
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

Little Lyford was purchased by the Appalachian Mountain Club 10 years ago as part of its Maine Woods Initiative and it has become a popular destination since. In 2013, more than 6,000 guests stayed at Little Lyford and nearby Gorman Chairback Lodge. The initiative, the biggest undertaking in the outdoor club’s 138-year history, aims to combine the protection of habitat with recreational uses and sustainable forestry in the 100-Mile Wilderness conservation area. The AMC now owns 66,500 acres in the 100-Mile Wilderness area and has created over 80 miles of hiking and ski trails there over the past decade. [photos]
Maine farmer, seed curator forms new grass-roots group
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

After a rift in the community of seed-savers, Will Bonsall, a farmer and seed curator in the Franklin County town of Industry, takes matters into his own hands to continue protecting hundreds of varieties of potatoes and other plants.
‘Wild Plants of Maine’ a foraging primer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

During winters in Maine people need any excuse to get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and get a little bit of exercise. Many also need to improve their diet. Tom Seymour’s “Wild Plants of Maine: A Useful Guide” can help with both goals.
Column: Dog days of winter drag on
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

The guy who plows my driveway is ecstatic at the news of more snow imminent; me, not so much, even though I am no fading violet when it comes to winter. In fact, I genuinely like it. I revel in snow, the subdued sound of the landscape; the solitude inherent in being one who braves the cold to witness the blade-like edges of ice and the soft liquid sunsets, to hear the thud of snow shrugged off the hemlocks, the oaks rubbing their arms together and moaning, the shriek of frozen branches at midnight, just before the great horned owl begins hooting in earnest mating; and the squeal of rubber boots on the pack. But come on. Enough is enough. ~ North Cairn
Column: Songs of spring on the wing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

As the days lengthen, I can’t help but anticipate the arrival of the avian nesting season and the morning chorus of bird song that thrills us all. Male songbirds sing vigorously to attract a mate and then to ward off other males. A birder can also use ears effectively in identifying birds during the winter. Outside of the breeding season, males typically do not sing. However, most birds have distinctive call notes used to communicate with other members of their species. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Fly Fishing Film Tour may leave you hooked
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

Like a warm summer breeze, each year the Fly Fishing Film Tour comes drifting in, giving us a brief respite from winter’s grip. Once again the screening locale will be Frontier in Brunswick. Perhaps most importantly, proceeds from the film tour are used to fund education and conservation projects through Fly Fishing In Maine’s grant program. Since 2003 the group has raised more than $50,000, which has been redistributed to such programs. ~ Mark Latti
Column: Bald Pate Mountain worth the ascent
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

It’s hard to determine trail conditions while planning a winter hike with my family. There are message board websites that fellow hiking enthusiasts update periodically with their trail observations but these tend to be for the larger, more popular mountains. At 1,150 feet, Bald Pate Mountain Preserve in South Bridgton isn’t a spot that gets a lot of online updates. But we decided to try it anyway for a short — and what turned out to be very enjoyable — winter mountain hike. ~ Wendy Almeida
Column: Maine’s connection to Winter Olympics has a rich history
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 16, 2014 

With the Sochi Olympics now in high gear, it’s welcome news to Mainers that our little state is well-represented. More than a dozen athletes and coaches at the Sochi games have some connection to Maine. This Olympic involvement isn’t a happy accident. Maine has a long history of Olympians, stretching back to the start of the modern winter games. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Antler restrictions merit further discussion
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

More and more Maine deer hunters I speak with are asking the question: Why not impose antler restrictions as part of Maine’s fall deer hunting regulations? The belief is that if we restrict the antler size on a legal deer we will in time be bagging more trophy class bucks with bigger racks. Unfortunately, like most wildlife management equations, the Antler Point Restrictions question is debatable, and it is fraught with complexity and research ambiguities. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Railroad in Quebec crash to get new name
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

The railroad that operated the train involved in a massive explosion last summer in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, will get a new name along with a new owner. Railroad Acquisition Holdings said the former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway will be known as the Central Maine and Quebec Railway once its purchase of the railroad is complete, probably by the end of March. Railroad Acquisitions is a subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group, which is in the process of purchasing the railroad out of bankruptcy.
Maine’s Sebago Lake derby gets back on track
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

For the first time in three years, the Sebago Lake Region Ice Fishing Derby was back Saturday. While the crowd was down from what it’s been in other years over the derby’s 14-year history, fishermen and organizers alike said it showed staying power. Some locals expressed disappointment, however. A dozen fishermen off Raymond Beach were new to the derby. The newcomers from as far away as Portsmouth and Manchester, N.H., as well as Burnham and Bangor said they had wanted to fish it for years. The derby, canceled because of poor ice conditions three times in the past four years, still is far from what it was in 2005, when organizers say as many as 2,000 ice fishermen took to the 28,700-acre lake. This year, 1,000 registered for the two-day derby despite a snowstorm that hit Saturday.
LePage: Medicaid "cannibalizing" department funds
Associated Press - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says massive Medicaid spending is crowding out funding for education and natural resource protection as he continues to push back against expanding the program under the Affordable Care Act. LePage said in a statement that Maine’s expansion of Medicaid a decade ago means that ‘‘Medicaid is now cannibalizing funding for all other state agencies.’’ For example, his administration says money for things like oil spill response has been taken from Department of Environmental Protection budget to fill budget holes caused in part by increased Medicaid spending. But Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick says in a statement that ‘‘LePage’s unpaid for tax cuts for the wealthy that have cannibalized our budget and hurt our economy.’’
The Great Rewilding
Orion - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

"The process of rewilding the ecosystem gives us an opportunity to make our lives richer and rawer than they tend to be in our very crowded and overcivilized and buttoned-down societies. That means giving ourselves time to go out and explore rewilded habitats, and delight in the spectacles they present to us. Rewilding is very much not about excluding people. It’s about trying to re-engage people with the natural world." ~ George Monbiot, author, Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding
Fifth person charged in plot to smuggle narwhal whale tusks into US, says Department of Justice
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that a fifth person had been charged in connection with a conspiracy to smuggle narwhal whale tusks into the U.S. from Canada. Eddie Thomas Dunn of Eads, Tenn. pleaded guilty in December 2011, but the case was sealed until last month. Dunn, who is to be sentenced in March, has been free on bail for more than two years. By pleading guilty, Dunn admitted that he and an unnamed co-conspirator paid Logan $126,000 for 135 tusks and resold them for $1.11 million in Alaska, Washington state, Ohio, Florida and Tennessee. The announcement that Dunn had been charged was made in a DOJ press release about the conviction Friday of Andrew J. Zarauskas of Union, N.J. in U.S. District Court in Maine for his role in the conspiracy.
Blog: Will bear baiting referendum pit north vs south?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

Political analysts Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman spoke with WLBZ’s Chris Faccini to discuss the possible political implications of the LePage Administration plan to help Cate Street Capital restart the Great Northern Paper Mill in East Millinocket. They also discuss whether the bear baiting referendum will pit northern Maine vs. southern. [video]
White House pledges $1 billion to prepare for climate change
Reuters - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled a $1 billion fund in his 2015 budget to help communities across the United States prepare for the impact of climate change. Republicans and some Democrats in coal reliant states have bitterly opposed previous attempts to pass legislation that would put a mandatory limit on carbon emissions. Some have tried to pass legislation that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions. The proposal will be formally introduced when Obama unveils his fiscal 2015 budget in March.
Passamaquoddy Tribe upset after Maine Department of Marine Resources pulls back from elver deal
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

Passamaquoddy Chief Joseph Socobasin said Friday the tribe was disappointed that the Department of Marine Resources withdrew its support Wednesday for a tentative agreement with them over the state’s elver fishery because of legal concerns. Patrick Keliher, commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources, on Wednesday told members of the Legislature’s marine resources committee that the department was backing off its support of the proposal because of legal concerns raised by the Maine Office of the Attorney General.
York Pond site in land trust deal
Seacoast Online - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

Great Works Regional Land Trust announced it has received a conservation easement on a 13.2-acre parcel on York Pond in Eliot. Bing Hawes and his wife M.L. Hannay of Portsmouth donated an easement on the property to the trust. The newly protected parcel is within the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative project area.
Obama: U.S. must rethink water as climate changes
Associated Press - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

Warning that weather-related disasters will only get worse, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. must rethink the way it uses water as he announced new federal aid to help drought-stricken California. The president also announced that the budget he’ll send to Congress next month will include $1 billion for a proposed “climate resilience fund” to invest in research and pay for new technologies to help communities deal with the impact of climate change. The proposal is likely to face stiff resistance from lawmakers wary of new spending and divided on the subject of global warming.
Scarborough plan eases dog restrictions
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

A Scarborough committee proposes regulating dogs on the beaches largely by season – for instance, banning them from town beaches from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 15 until the day after Labor Day – with the aim of protecting endangered piping plovers, which often nest on Scarborough’s beaches in the spring and early summer. Dogs would be allowed on Scarborough beaches between those dates in the mornings and evenings, but would have to be leashed. An unleashed dog killed a piping plover on Pine Point Beach last July, prompting the threat of a large fine from federal officials and leading the town to explore ways to keep unleashed dogs off beaches.
Opinion: Time to get cracking on the Keystone XL pipeline
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

Chicago Tribune - The Obama administration should strike a blow for environmentalism and approve the Keystone XL project. The White House has said it will wait at least until other federal agencies have a chance to comment on the State Department report. That could delay a final decision for 90 days — or 190, or longer. Enough. Get to work — and put people to work — on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Column: If Gov. LePage were his own boss, he’d have been fired by now
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

If Gov. LePage were a state employee rather than Maine’s top elected official, there’s no way he would still have a job. In fact, three years ago, LePage dismissed one of his Cabinet members for the same kind of mistakes that he himself has repeatedly made. Philip Congdon, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, had almost no experience with economic development. Congdon also revealed that he had no familiarity with Maine’s tourism industry, although he would be responsible for overseeing Maine’s Office of Tourism, and that he had absolutely no ideas for attracting businesses to rural areas and northern Maine. LePage’s jobs record has been awful. In fact, thanks to LePage, Maine currently ranks 50th in the country in private-sector job growth. ~ Mike Tipping
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