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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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; 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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News Items
Letter: Why not Sunday hunting in unpopulated areas?
Morning Sentinel - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Would it be possible for hunters and non-hunters to compromise here and allow Sunday hunting in the northern part of the state far from highly populated areas?
Recession's far-reaching effect
Portland Press Herald - Friday, March 6, 2009 

The ripple effects of the collapse in consumer consumption have hit a Down East pulp mill one day after engulfing a southern Maine printing plant, putting a combined 674 people out of work.
Opinion: Stimulus can help Mainers become less dependent on oil
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Oil prices are extremely volatile, all of the money used to buy oil leaves the state, and we are destroying the environment that is the calling card of Vacationland. Focusing on the use of proven technologies for central heating systems that use refined wood-pellet fuel, Maine can create almost 10,000 jobs if only 10 percent of the homes and businesses that use heating oil convert to these clean, efficient and reliable systems.
Verso posts losses for fourth quarter
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Verso Paper on Thursday reported a net loss of $33.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. In addition, the company announced it has suspended dividends on its common stock indefinitely. Both of the company’s mills in Maine — at Jay and at Bucksport — have taken significant downtime in recent months and are planning more.
Do you think the paper industry is sustainable in Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

BDN online poll.
Domtar to idle pulp mill in May
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

The Montreal-based Domtar Corp. says it is idling its pulp mill in the eastern Maine town of Baileyville for an indefinite period because of the poor global economy.
Millinocket takes mill owner to task over electricity sales
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Millinocket-area officials accused the owner of the Katahdin Paper Co. on Thursday of being more interested in making profits selling electricity than operating the mills that have long been the lifeblood of the region’s economy.
Opinion: Skeptical of 'global warming' claims
Times Record - Friday, March 6, 2009 

Michael Fox, the energy expert for the Hawaii Reporter and a member of the Hawaii Geophysics Institute, reports that 2008 was the 10th consecutive year of NO global warming...the Earth has been cooling for the last six years.
Biologist Keeps Tabs On Black Bears And Their Cubs
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

The 91 bears Wildlife Biologist Randy Cross and his team will visit this winter are part of the state's Black Bear Monitoring program.
Doctor to share wind power concerns
Sun Journal - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Dr. Albert Aniel will share his concerns about health risks associated with wind turbines with Rumford selectmen when they meet Thursday.
Letter: Maine should pass bills banning 'canned' hunting
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Canned hunting preserves have no place in a civilized society.
Game-parks proposals trigger debate
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Many people testified Wednesday at a public hearing on three bills related to big game hunting preserves in Maine. Two bills seek to expand those operations; one seeks to shut them down.
Editorial: Poland Spring vote sends unfortunate message
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Shapleigh residents voted to turn off their community spigot for the Poland Spring water bottling company at a special town meeting Saturday, but that decision sends a bitter-tasting message about Maine.
Editorial: Wind Resistance
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

While wind power is generally supported when the towers and turbines are located on some remote ridge top, that support is less enthusiastic when those towers are visible from one’s living room window and when the incessant whooshing of the turbine blades can be heard in one’s backyard.
Commission OKs Stetson II wind farm
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

The proposed $60 million Stetson II wind farm in Washington County earned its final state permit Wednesday after proponents made their strongest statements yet dismissing health concerns associated with wind power.
Wind project raises Belfast traffic worries
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Engineers will have to remove trees and widen Field Street in Belfast to accommodate wind turbine generators and blades during their shipment from the Searsport docks to Kibby Township near the Canadian border.
Lawmakers urged to expand energy programs
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Energy-efficiency professionals urged lawmakers on Wednesday to expand weatherization and conservation programs as Maine policymakers explore ways to begin weaning the state off its dependence on foreign oil.
Climate change
WERU Radio - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Thousands of protesters marched to a coal-fired plant in Washington, DC, Monday and surrounded the plant to call attention to the coal industry’s impact on the environment and climate change.
Massachusetts Chainsaw Massacre
Other - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

WCVB has uncovered how the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, an agency that's supposed to be protecting our forests and parks, is cashing in on cutting them down. The TV channell reported on Thursday that the state is turning its forests into acres of logging opportunities while using an eco-friendly program to justify the destruction.
Editorial: The blessings of philanthropy
Capital Weekly - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

This week, we’d like to pay special tribute to the late Thelma Swain of Augusta, who left $350,000 to the Pine Tree State Arboretum in Augusta, enabling the nonprofit group to create another position to oversee the operations of the arboretum.
Branding our outdoor tourism
Portland Phoenix - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

One of the Maine Huts and Trails biggest challenges will be bringing Maine's western and inland wilderness to the public-recognition level of, say, New Hampshire's White Mountains, or New York's Adirondacks.
Solar Energy Promoters Seek Public Support
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Gridsolar, LLC hopes to develop up to 800 megawatts of distributed solar generation in Maine. The proposal is billed as an alternative to the $1.5 billion plan by Central Maine Power Company to upgrade its high-voltage transmission lines.
Lobstermen Criticize Whale Protection Program
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

One of the featured exhibitions at the annual Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland today sparked anger among some lobstermen, who claim they are paying the price for pending regulations designed to protect whales from entanglement.
300 Workers To Lose Jobs In Washington County
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, March 5, 2009 

Domtar, which is North America's largest maker of office supply paper, says falling Chinese demand for wood pulp is partially to blame. State and local officials say they will do everything they can to help the plant come back on line.
Maine wind farm expansion is approved
Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2009 

Maine's wilderness zoning board has given its approval for a 17-turbine wind farm expansion in eastern Maine.
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