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Maine Wood Concepts & Wood Turnings Tour, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Tour Maine Wood Concepts and Wood Turnings in New Vineyard, April 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Upper Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine.
Magical Mystery Tour of Native Bees, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Gardener Amy Campbell will use vibrant and colorful photos to introduce some of Maine's important and indigenous bee species. At Hope Town Library, April 25, 3 pm. Sponsored by Georges River Land Trust.
HOPE Festival, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Theme: Simple Solutions to Big Problems. Speakers: Maria Girouard of Penobscot Nation; Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth; Robert Sypitkowski on Water Sustainability for the Neglected. At UMaine, Orono, Student Recreation Center, April 25, 11 am - 3 pm.
Hike the Passy Rail Trail, Apr 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Enjoy a spring walk exploring an urban pathway and its vibrant habitat along the Passagassawakeag River. At City Point Railroad Museum Parking Lot, Belfast, April 25, 10 am. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Friday, April 17, 2015 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. I have posted links to more than 35,000 news articles and announcements. I 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 my attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. Will Sugg is the website developer. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Gardening Our Way Back to the Future, Apr 24
Event - Posted - Friday, April 17, 2015 

Two short videos on front yard gardening, followed by a discussion led by Roger Doiron, director of the Maine-based nonprofit Kitchen Gardeners International. At First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Kennebunk, April 24, 6:30 pm.
Planetary, Apr 22
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 

Planetary a cross-continental cinematic journey that explores the cosmic origins and the future as a species. The film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan. At Camden Opera House, April 22, 7 pm, $10.
Earth Day Celebration, Apr 22
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 

"Meet the Raptors" with Wind Over Wings raptor rescue sanctuary at 1 pm. "Winged Migration" film at 6 pm. At Strand Theatre, Rockland.
Earth Day Film Festival, Apr 22
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 

At Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, Apr 22, 6:30 pm. Maine Audubon members $5; non-members $7.
Earth Day Film: Planetary, Apr 22
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 

In a stunning visual exploration, this film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, April 22, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 6 pm, $6.
The State of Maine’s Environment, A Status Report, Apr 22
Event - Posted - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 

Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, will present an Earth Day talk focused on the biggest threats to and opportunities for protecting Maine’s environment. At USM, Portland, April 22, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Fix the $1 billion typo
Action Alert - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 

A simple typo in a 2013 bill — a missing "and" — has led to drastic cuts in energy efficiency funding. $38 million has been cut from Efficiency Maine, a popular program that has already helped residents and businesses save millions on their energy costs. Unless it’s fixed, this little typo could cost Mainers $1 billion in increased energy costs over the next decade. Gov. LePage is using this funding crisis to take over and politicize the agency. Sign the petition for energy efficiency. ~ Environment Maine
Merrymeeting Audubon annual dinner, Apr 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 

Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon staff naturalist, eBird reviewer, moderator of the ‘Maine Birds’ listserv, and secretary of the Maine Bird Records Committee is the featured speaker. He will discuss doing a Big Year. At St. Charles Borromeo Church Meeting Hall, Brunswick, April 28, 6-9 pm, $20 due April 21.
Community Solar Farms, Apr 21
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 

Sue Jones, director of Community Solar Farms (CSFs) for ReVision Energy, will talk about use of solar energy for homes and businesses in Maine, including a proposed CSF program in Bar Harbor. At at Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, April 21, 4 pm.
Public Forum on Climate Change, Apr 21
Event - Posted - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 

Public forum on climate change, sea-level rise, energy efficiency, and more. At First Parish Church, Portland, April 21, panel discussion 6-7:15 pm, reception 7:15-8 pm.
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News Items
March 2015 global temps the warmest on record
Summit Voice - Friday, April 17, 2015 

More than 90 percent of the Earth’s land surface experienced warmer than average temperatures last month, which ended up being the warmest March on record for the planet as a whole. The combined land- and ocean surface temperature was 1.53 degrees above the 20th century average, breaking the previous 2010 record by 0.09 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the latest global State of the Climate update from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.
LePage administration pulls ‘business friendly’ status from South Portland
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 17, 2015 

The LePage administration giveth and it taketh away. The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has stripped the city of South Portland of its “business friendly” designation because of a local ordinance passed in 2014 that blocks tar sands oil from being exported from the city’s harbor. This is the first time a community has lost certification.
East Millinocket national park informational session sparks ‘friendly’ debate
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

Tom St. John, a Katahdin region businessman who favors a proposed north woods national park, had several minutes of convivial talk Thursday with former Millinocket Town Councilor John Raymond, a park opponent. Unremarkable by itself, the low-key conversation underlined a goal of the informational session hosted at Schenck High School: To get people engaged in considering the park idea, said David Farmer, a spokesman for leading park proponent Lucas St. Clair. “People are engaged,” Farmer said Thursday. “I think it shows that this is a debate about an idea and we can all be friendly and stand in the same room and have civil and informative conversation.” Farmer counted 92 people in attendance at the two-hour event.
LePage administration strips South Portland’s ‘business friendly’ designation
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

The city of South Portland has lost its “business friendly” designation from Gov. Paul LePage’s administration as a result of its ordinance blocking the export of tar sands, or oil sands, from its waterfront. Doug Ray, spokesman for the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, confirmed Friday that South Portland is the first “business friendly” community to lose the designation that provides additional points to municipalities applying for federal Community Development Block Grant funds for Maine and a state-approved “Open for Business” sign in the town.
Bobcat enters home through pet door, sticks around for snacks
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, April 17, 2015 

This story is the kind that deserves an entire episode on North Woods Law. "There was a fella who said he had a bobcat in a live trap,” Warden Joe Bailey said earlier this week. But this bobcat wasn’t captured near a chicken coop, or in the backyard. Nope, he had a much closer encounter than that. “It had come into his house through his cat flap and door, and had followed his cats in, I imagine,” Bailey said. “When he came home from work, it was in his kitchen, presumably sniffing around for something to eat.”
Slow start to Maine elver season causing prices to soar
Associated Press - Friday, April 17, 2015 

Maine’s baby eel season is off to a slow start, causing prices to balloon back to historic levels as fishermen wait for waterways to finish thawing. Elvers, also called glass eels, are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity and sell them as food. The fishery for the baby eels is one of the most valuable in Maine, even though value dropped in 2014. Fishermen caught 9,690 pounds of elvers last year at an average price of $874.52 per pound, according to state data. This season, which began March 22, prices are back up to more than $1,800 per pound, as they were in 2012 and 2013, state regulators and fishermen say.
How To Tell If The Article About Climate You Are Reading Is B.S., In Four Easy Steps
Climate Progress - Friday, April 17, 2015 

This year the leading nations of the world are finally making serious pledges to address the greatest preventable threat to health and well-being of humanity, leading up to the Paris climate talks in December. The success or failure of those talks may well determine the course of the next thousand years of human history. Whatever changes we are too greedy or myopic to stop from happening in the first place are “irreversible” on that timescal. So, you are going to be bombarded with countless articles, op-eds, studies, and manifestos on this most vital of topics. A few will be important, but 95% will be a waste of your time or worse. I will share with you secret tricks used to quickly identify the time-wasters.
Unique Collaboration Benefits both Atlantic Salmon and University of Maine at Machias Students
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

The air inside the East Machias Aquatic Research Center is chilly and filled with the sound of running water. The stocking room is filled with tiers of egg trays and huge vats of river water, all part of the process of raising salmon. Two University of Maine at Machias students work alongside two UMM alumni to move hatched salmon eggs, known as alevin, into incubator boxes.
DMR permanently revokes licenses of Swan’s Island fisherman
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

For the first time ever, a commercial fisherman in Maine has had all his licenses to fish permanently revoked, according to state officials. Lucas Lemoine, 33, has had 19 convictions or adjudications since 1998, when he was 16 years old.
Lyme disease breaks out at Maine legislature
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Friday, April 17, 2015 

I can only hope that legislators understand the terrible consequences of Lyme disease and the spread of ticks and other insects, and recognize the need for money to support the important work that would be funded. LD 1099 would create the Animal and Plant Disease and Insect Control Fund to pay for pest management and pesticide safety outreach and education and for operating costs relating to pesticide management and insect control of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. Funds would come from a 20 cent fee on every container of consumer packaged pesticides, with some exceptions.
Editorial: Fix Efficiency Maine funding with predictability, not bureaucracy
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

There is broad agreement that the omnibus energy bill, passed over a veto from Gov. Paul LePage in 2013, contains an error. While politicians posture about adding the missing “and,” business owners reaffirmed the program’s value by applying in big numbers to participate in its efficiency programs. They also reaffirmed the need for predictable funding. Lawmakers should make sure Efficiency Maine is equipped to consistently meet this demand. LD 1215 offers the most straightforward way to do that.
Group working toward building Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

For more than a decade, a group has been toiling silently in hopes of bringing more attention to one of Maine’s iconic species. Last week, that group unveiled its website, and invited others to join its effort to build the Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum. “This was a long-term process,” said Claude Westfall, past president of the museum board, and the man who initially began floating the idea to others in the years after salmon in Maine rivers were federally listed as endangered in 1999.
How the wolf became the dog
Other - Friday, April 17, 2015 

Science - Dogs were the first thing humans domesticated—before any plant, before any other animal. The hypothesis that our ancestors nabbed wolf pups and raised them as pets reigned for decades. Early humans may have started with a cute pup, but they would have ended up with a wild animal. So what did happen? Most experts now think dogs domesticated themselves.
Letter: Dam removal wrong
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 17, 2015 

Thank you to the Penobscot River Restoration for ruining my home town of Veazie, along with Howland. They took out a perfectly good dam that was producing cheap, green electric power. Removing the dam resulted in the release of chemicals, which could be harmful to both Bangor and Veazie residents. Can anyone say what good came from removing the dam? What did it prove? The worst return of salmon ever with the so-called state-of-the-art fish traps in Milford. ~ Joseph King Jr., Veazie
Maine game warden puts down injured deer after rescue
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Hours after people saw firefighters rescue a small deer from thin ice on Weymouth Pond, the animal was killed by a game warden who saw it suffering and believed it was unlikely to survive.
Opinion: New England needs 2 new natural gas pipelines
Other - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

CommonWealth Magazine - To get an abundant, reliable, and stable supply of renewable energy will take time because we need new long-haul electric transmission to access the vast, clean energy resources in northern New England and Canada. We believe one of our best, and most affordable, renewable options is a combination of onshore wind backstopped by hydropower, such as the proposed Maine Green Line, which is expected to be in service in 2018. Yes, we should aim for an all-renewable regional energy supply but it won’t happen overnight. That being said, action is needed now to get projects such as the Maine Green Line in service as quickly as possible. ~ Marcy Reed, National Grid, Massachusetts
Column: Want more birds? Native plants in the yard attract bugs and birds
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

I was very young when I first tasted spinach, but I had enough sense to spit it out. In fact, I let it drool down my bib and I threw it off the edge of the high chair so that my mother would fully understand my displeasure. At the time, I was equally distrustful of strained peas. That’s just about how native insects react to non-native plants, with equal parts of suspicion and revulsion. The more we learn about nature, the more we look back and regret what we used to do. It turns out that our penchant for planting non-native flora has made our backyards both attractive and sterile. Most bugs won’t eat the unfamiliar vegetation. Perhaps that’s a good thing. But if there are no bugs, there are no birds. ~ Bob Duchesne
Maine Groups Push for Bill Aimed at Encouraging Use of Solar Energy
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Business, conservation and municipal leaders, and others lined up at the State House on Thursday to encourage lawmakers to open the door to solar energy. The state of Maine, they say, is failing to help towns, businesses and homeowners invest in this clean energy resource and is missing out on the creation of good-paying jobs and other benefits as a result. They're backing a bill that they say could get Maine on the right track.
Assessing The Republican Congress’s First Hundred Days
Think Progress - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

GOP leadership is trying to obstruct efforts to address climate change, with no energy policy of their own. There is no other issue on which the 114th Congress has actively tried to stunt progress or do harm as much as climate and energy. According to a new report by the Center for American Progress, this Congress has held more roll-call votes on energy and environmental issues than any other topic, with 8 in the House and 22 in the Senate related to the Keystone XL pipeline alone. In fact, the U.S. Senate has cast more votes to remove protections of wilderness areas, block new parks, and sell-off public lands than it has to address defense, immigration, and veterans’ issues combined.
King: Emerging Technology Makes Energy Future Hard to Predict
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

U.S. Sen. Angus King, of Maine, says technology will continue to have a major impact on energy development, but no one can reliably predict how. At a meeting of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, King told his colleagues that no one saw how hydro-fracking would improve U.S. energy sources.
Removal of massive Warren fiber waste pile begins
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Mountains of highly flammable fiber waste that have plagued the town of Warren for 16 years will soon be removed and turned into composite lumber. The first 14-ton truckload of the wastes was removed last week from the property off Route 90. The second truckload drove off Thursday as Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho toured the site. The removal of the 27,000 tons of fiber materials is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 or early in 2017.
Apple funds conservation of 32,400 acres in The County
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Tech giant Apple has given an undisclosed amount of money to The Conservation Fund, which plans to use the money to conserve 32,400 acres on the Mattawamkeag River in southern Aroostook County. Apple is starting a campaign to supply 100 percent of the fibers used in its paper and packaging “from sustainably managed forests or controlled wood sources.” To do that, the company is buying and conserving working forestland that produces amounts of wood products equivalent to what it uses in packaging for its electronic products.
Oil-by-train shipments resume in Maine after long hiatus
Reuters - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Oil trains are once again rolling through Maine after slowing to a near halt following the deadly train accident almost two years ago in Lac-Megantic, a small town just across the border in Quebec, according to state records. Pan Am Railways reported carrying 37,128 barrels through the state in February, the first train-borne oil shipments since March of 2014, according to the most recent figures from the Maine DEP. Maine had been among the largest oil exporting states in the nation before the Lac-Megantic incident, shipping crude from North America’s interior fields mainly to the 300,000-barrel-per-day Irving oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick. Shipments of oil by rail through Maine dropped off from a peak of 5.2 million barrels in 2012, the year before the Quebec crash, to just 15,545 barrels in 2014.
Apple to invest in Maine timberland
Mainebiz - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Technology giant Apple is partnering with The Conservation Fund to buy more than 32,400 acres of timberland in Aroostook County. The Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit announced Thursday that Apple's "precedent-setting" investment will help preserve Reed Forest as a working forest, ensuring that it will continue to produce a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber for paper and pulp mills. The forest, also known as Reed Plantation, is located in southern Aroostook County on the Mattawamkeag River. Apple's investment will allow The Conservation Fund to purchase the forest, place easements on it and then sell it to buyers that will adhere to sustainable forestry practices. The proceeds are then used to invest in acquiring other forests.
Nova Scotia company wants to move LNG north through Maine for export
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 16, 2015 

The first approved exporter of liquefied natural gas in Eastern Canada has asked U.S. energy regulators for permission to bring the fuel from central and western Canada through New England before shipping to foreign markets. Bear Head LNG, a subsidiary of the Australian company Liquified Natural Gas Limited, has asked federal energy regulators for the ability to enter 25-year contracts for natural gas pipeline capacity of up to 1.2 billion cubic feet per day. The gas would make the last leg of its journey through Maine from western and central Canada on the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, ending in Calais.
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Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

OUR OPINION: USDA organic standards need strengthening
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association joins 14 other groups in lawsuit seeking to preserve integrity of USDA organic label.
4/12/2015 11:00:00 PM

Maine dairy farmers divided on raw milk sales restrictions
A bill would exempt some dairy farms from licensing requirements needed to sell raw milk direct to consumers.
4/11/2015 11:00:00 PM

Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing
By Carey Gillam - U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world's most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease.
4/9/2015 11:00:00 PM

Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule
Unity, ME, April 8, 2015 - Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food. A coalition of 15 organic food producers and farmer, consumer, environmental, and certification groups asked the court to require USDA to reconsider its decision on the rule change and reinstitute the agency's customary public hearing and comment process.
4/7/2015 11:00:00 PM

Lawsuit Challenges U.S.D.A. Rule Change on Organic Farming
By Stephanie Strom - A coalition of grocers, seed growers and consumer and environmental advocates filed suit on Tuesday against the Department of Agriculture over a change it made to the process used to determine which substances may be used in organic farming. "The U.S.D.A. unilaterally changed the process without allowing the organic community to give any input and, in doing so, violated the Administrative Procedure Act as well as the intent of the organic law," said Paige Tomaselli, a lawyer at the Center for Food Safety, one of the plaintiffs.
4/6/2015 11:00:00 PM

Rural Mainers support bill to bring broadband to unserved areas
By Jen Lynds - More than two dozen rural farmers, residents and business owners who struggle to maintain their businesses and ship their goods because of slow, spotty or at times nonexistent Internet service spoke last week in support of legislation that might help them improve coverage.
4/6/2015 11:00:00 PM

Glyphosate Is Spreading Like a Cancer Across the U.S.
By Mary Ellen Kustin - American growers sprayed 280 million pounds of glyphosate on their crops in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. That amounts to nearly a pound of glyphosate for every person in the country.
4/6/2015 11:00:00 PM

Big operations and those who protect them, threaten organic farming integrity
By Mark A. Kastel - Over the past decade, Cornucopia has hammered the USDA and the White House on grossly incompetent, or intentionally harmful, management of the organic program. We have filed numerous legal complaints, some of which have shut down factory farms or constrained their production, while others have been ignored or dismissed.
4/5/2015 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

Good Clean Fun
Bored? Skip the movies and other energy- and budget-busting activities. Go for a walk at a nature area. To vie...
4/18/2015 4:00:06 AM

Bill Would Increase Access to Solar Power
WCSH-6 TV news story Watch full news story. AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Lawmakers are considering a b...
4/17/2015 8:50:20 AM

Bangor to Host Solar Power Workshop in May
By Evan Belanger, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story BANGOR, Maine — A city councilor is hopeful an upcomi...
4/17/2015 8:46:39 AM

New Life for Old Sweaters
Unravel the yarn of an old sweater and use it to knit new hat or scarf. Or remove the arms and fashion them in...
4/17/2015 4:00:54 AM

Maine Groups Push for Bill Aimed at Encouraging Use of Solar Energy
By Susan Sharon MPBN news story Listen to full new story. AUGUSTA, Maine – Business, conservation and mu...
4/16/2015 6:36:44 PM

Maine Solar Energy Advocates Stand Behind Incentives
But critics say a Freeport lawmaker’s proposal, setting ambitious goals in the next seven years, would c...
4/16/2015 2:10:40 PM

NRCM Testimony in Support of LD 1263, An Act to Create Jobs and Promote Investment in Maine’s Economy through Increased Access to Solar Energy
Senator David Woodsome, Chair Representative Mark Dion, Chair Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities &#...
4/16/2015 1:21:45 PM

Solar Supporters Detail Economic and Public Benefits of Solar
Proposed Maine Solar Legislation Will Increase Access to Solar, Lower Electric Costs for All, Spur Job Creatio...
4/16/2015 9:51:42 AM

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