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Action Alert - Sunday, August 18, 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
Kennebec Land Trust annual meeting, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

At Camp Androscoggin, Wayne, August 25. The trust has conserved more than 6,300 acres and constructed 44 miles of trails on KLT protected lands.
Brechlin reading, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

Earl Brechlin, a Registered Maine Guide, will read from his book, "Return to Moose River: In Search of the Spirit of the Great North Woods," essays describing white-water canoeing, snowmobiling, and backpacking adventures in many parts of Maine. At Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, China, August 25, 2 pm.
Families in the Outdoors, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Learn about all kinds of Maine bugs – the good, the bad and the very strange looking. At Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft, August 24, 9 am - noon.
Maine Herpetological Society Reptile Expo, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

50+ vendors, 1,000+ reptiles, plus Mr. Drew and His Animals Too. At Ramada Inn, Lewiston, August 25, 10 am - 4 pm, $7, kids under 12 free.
Earth Day 2020
Announcement - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Earth Day, the global environmental movement for a cleaner, greener, safer and more just world for all, turns 50 next year. Want to help?
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Anniversary Celebration, Aug 23-24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Dinner, music, silent auction, awards, and toast to commemorate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation. At New England Outdoor Center, T1 R8, August 23-24, $25.
Close Encounters of the First Kind, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Maine’s First Ship hosts Ken Hamilton for a discussion of the earliest European and indigenous people interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers. At Bath Freight Shed, Bath, August 22, 7 pm.
Inventing Vacationland, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Scott Andrews will share the history of tourism, outdoor recreation and the arts in Maine from 1820-present. At 7 Lakes Alliance Center, Belgrade Lakes Village, August 22, 7 pm.
Talking Trash in Lincoln County, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Michael Uhl and Mark Ward, founders of “Talking Trash! A Community Education Project on Waste Management,” will host a community forum on recycling and waste disposal in Lincoln County. At Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, August 22, 6 pm.
Maine Farm Days, Aug 21-22
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 14, 2019 

Maine Farm Days is celebrating its 50th year. August 21-22.
Pollinators workshop, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 13, 2019 

Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding a workshop to guide participants through the observation, identification, and ecology of pollinators. At Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, August 20, 8:30 am.
An Historic Trail Guide: Camping, Hiking, and the Appalachian Trail, Aug 20
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 13, 2019 

Refreshments and special artifacts from our collections. At Maine Historical Society Longfellow Garden, Portland, August 20, 5 pm, MHS Members free, nonmembers $5, 21+ years old.
Stars over Schoodic, Aug 20 & 27, Sep 3
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 13, 2019 

“It’s a big universe. Where do we fit in?” Richard Luecke will describe how people have answered these questions and how the answers have changed over the centuries. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, August 20, 27 and September 3, 8-9:30 pm.
Endangered Species Act Gutted
Action Alert - Monday, August 12, 2019 

New regulations released by the Departments of Commerce and the Interior have significantly weakened the Endangered Species Act, issuing a veritable death sentence for Maine’s most imperiled wildlife. Contact Maine’s Congressional delegation to share your bitter disappointment with these rules and to call upon them to act. ~ Maine Audubon
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Fire at kelp business in Waldoboro
WGME-TV13 - Thursday, August 19, 2010 

A kelp business caught fire in Waldoboro Wednesday night, prompting a response from several towns, according to Lincoln County dispatchers. The fire was reported just after 7pm at the North American Kelp plant, the largest producer of kelp in America for Horticulture and Agriculture.
Maine mulls ban of chemical in bottles
Associated Press - Thursday, August 19, 2010 

Maine environmental regulators are considering a proposal to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles and other reusable food and beverage containers. The Board of Environmental Protection is expected to hear testimony from parents, scientists, doctors, business owners and environmental health advocates at its hearing Thursday in Augusta.
Baby Talk
WERU Radio - Thursday, August 19, 2010 

Host: Cathy Jacobs. Topic: BPA and other toxins. Guest: Matt Prindiville, Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Penobscot Watershed Eco-Center Collaborative
WERU Radio - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

What is the Penobscot Watershed Eco-Center? Who is involved in the collaborative and why is it important to them? What can visitors expect to learn about the Web of Life exhibit? Host: Maria Girouard, Penobscot Nation. Guests: Veronica Young, Penobscot East Resource Center; Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods; Bill Booth, local citizen and avid outdoorsman; James Francis, Sr., Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Dept.
As city blue-bag prices climb, Portland residents find other ways to take out the trash
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

Trash trekkers are opportunists, nomadically searching Portland for the least conspicuous Dumpster, but some local businesses won't put up with the expanded trend. Suzie Rapham, manager of LeRoux Kitchen, says, "We we track those people down and give them their trash back."
Camden Select Board proposes three-town wind committee
Herald Gazette - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

The Camden Select Board will invite its counterparts in Hope and Rockport to join in appointing a three-town committee to explore the feasibility of a wind turbine project on Ragged Mountain.
The Burning Question: Is Biomass Right for the Northeast?
Northern Woodlands - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

Where you come out on the biomass question may well depend on where you went in. If you’re inclined at the outset to think that one of the gravest dangers our forests face is being clear-cut, and if you think that the forest products industry is only recently starting to behave itself after decades or centuries of overzealousness, you’re liable to see expanded biomass as just the latest excuse for exploiting our woods. On the other hand, if your primary concern is finding local alternatives to fossil fuels, and if you think that the gravest danger facing our forests is not over-harvesting but rather subdividing to pay the tax bill, then you’re apt to view biomass as something of a silver bullet.
Maine Forest Service establishes online request form
Capital Weekly - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

Woodland owners who would like valuable, free, professional advice about their woodlots have a quick and easy online way to request a meeting with a Maine Forest Service district forester. The MFS has a new online request form on its Web site that will get the process started for woodland owners to meet with one of the 10 district foresters around the state.
Maine company says underwater turbine is a success
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

A developer of tidal power is reporting success with its first commercial-sized underwater turbine, putting it on track to have one connected to the power grid by the end of 2011. Ocean Renewable Power Co. describes its proprietary 60-kilowatt turbine generator as the largest ocean energy power plant ever installed in U.S. waters. The unit has met or exceeded specifications for power in testing this year in the waters of eastern Maine, said Chris Sauer, president and CEO.
Coal power not ready for the history books
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

Utilities across the country are building dozens of old-style coal plants that will cement the industry's standing as the largest industrial source of climate-changing gases for years to come.
Acadia National Park rewards the patient and observant
Bar Harbor Times - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

Some visitors to Acadia National Park strike gold early on, catching a beautiful sunset from the summit of Cadillac Mountain or spying a schooner sailing in Frenchman Bay while hiking Otter Cliffs. For others, it takes a little more patience and one last visit to the park before that elusive fleck catches a ray of sun at just the right angle.
Little Fish Remain a Big Problem
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

For a fish that rarely grows to be much more than a foot long, the Atlantic herring seems to create a lot of problems. Last year, federal regulators imposed a substantial cut in the amount of herring, by far the most popular bait among Maine lobstermen, that fishermen could land in 2010. Earlier this month, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that the herring quota for this year and for 2011 and 2012 will be about 10 percent less than for 2009.
Editorial: Committee should back Littell for PUC post
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

In another political environment, the appointment of David Littell to the Maine Public Utilities Commission would draw little attention. But Littell's appointment is expected to run into opposition when it goes before the Legislature's Utilities Committee on Thursday. One line of attack comes from anti-wind activists, who view any move made by the Baldacci administration in the energy field with suspicion. Another comes from Republican members of the committee who argue that Littell lacks the experience to serve on the commission. Both are unfounded.
Opinion: LURC's work on wind power deserves support
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

Each of us served on the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development and supported Maine's Wind Energy Act. We share the belief that wind power must be part of Maine's energy future. But we emphatically disagree with Orlando Delogu's conclusion that the Land Use Regulation Commission's treatment of the Kibby No. 2 permit application suggests that Maine's wind law is broken. To the contrary, we believe that LURC's deliberations were entirely consistent with the direction set forth by the task force and by Maine law.
Letters: Oil spill and other Gulf disasters
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

As we witness the worst industry-caused environmental catastrophe in our history and the worst coal mining disaster in 40 years, and sweat through the hottest first six months of any year on record, it is clear that there's never been a more urgent time to move forward with a clean energy and climate policy.
Jetport project tapping Earth's energy
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

When the Portland International Jetport's $75 million expansion opens in 2012, it will be heated and cooled by Maine's largest geothermal system. The system is expected to cut the amount of oil that would otherwise be used for the new terminal by 90 percent, nearly 102,000 gallons a year.
Opinion: Nature at peace is anything but peaceful, at least for prey animals
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

Whenever I encounter the “eat or be eaten” situation that exists in the wilds of Maine, I am reminded of conversations with Buzz Caverly, who often described Baxter Park as “nature at peace.” Nature is rarely at peace. It’s a killing field out there.
Camden board moves forward on wind project
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

The Camden Select Board voted Tuesday night to move forward with a community wind project planned for the top of Ragged Mountain as residents voiced concerns.
Editorial: A Well-Qualified Nominee
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

The world is indeed a strange place when an attorney who worked for telecommunications clients, heads the agency that oversees the siting of many utility projects and chairs a regional energy and climate effort is thought to be unqualified for a seat on the Public Utilities Commission. Some lawmakers have begun quietly criticizing David Littell’s nomination to the PUC, saying he is inexperienced. A closer look at recent PUC commissioners shows that he is one of the most qualified nominees.
Katahdin ATV trail opening could be delayed
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

A volunteer effort to create the Katahdin region’s first ATV trail network may be delayed by the discovery that a portion of the trail crosses an Atlantic salmon habitat protection area, an organizer said Tuesday.
Rotarians hear Cutler’s vision of a restructured government
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, speaking to a group of Bangor Rotary Club members Tuesday, offered specific proposals about how he would streamline state government. Cutler said he would eliminate the Board of Environmental Protection and take the permitting and licensing functions away from the Land Use Regulation Commission.
Are wind turbines really that bad for birds?
Other - Tuesday, August 17, 2010 

Marketplace - Yes. Somewhere between 58,000 and 440,000 birds each year die because of wind turbines. How does the number of birds killed by wind turbines compare to the number killed by windows, cats and cars? According to Albert Manville at the Fish and Wildlife Service, "Comparing bird deaths from wind turbine collisions and barotrauma to other sources of mortality, such as building windows, vehicles, cats, or communication towers, is akin to trying to compare apples to kumquats. The bigger issue is one of cumulative impacts, specifically what mortality factor will become the proverbial 'straw that breaks the camel's back.' Will it be wind energy, new building windows, oil spills, or another source? We simply don't know. While wind mortality may presently be relatively low, impacts are all about risk. The blade-caused collision death of 1 Whooping Crane becomes an impact to its entire population."
Fly Fishing Museum Opens in Rangeley Region
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, August 17, 2010 

The catch of a lifetime is the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum, constructed in the small village of Oquossoc just ten minutes west of Rangeley. It’s an astonishing collection that celebrates the region’s fly fishing history. The always-running audio and video presentations offer a wonderful array including the Sportsmen’s Show in 1900 with Ed Grant and Fly Rod Crosby who shocked the attendees with her costume that was six inches above her ankles. Scandalous!
Buchholz cruises through heartland in 100-mile-per-gallon car
Herald Gazette - Tuesday, August 17, 2010 

The time has arrived for practical, 100-mile-per-gallon cars that can be built on a budget of about $10,000, said designers of those vehicles. A trio of prototype vehicles will cross the heartland of America Aug. 15-20 in Rally Green, a fuel economy rally/demonstration for high-mileage vehicles. The 2,200-mile rally will be a road test for these do-it-yourself designed cars built to attain 100 miles per gallon. Entrants Jack McCornack and Jay Perdue are noted inventors. The third entrant is Rally Green organizer Bill Buchholz of the Camden, Maine, area.
Most object to proposed mountain ordinance
Sun Journal - Tuesday, August 17, 2010 

Most of the approximately 20 people who turned out for Monday's public hearing on a proposed Mountain District Ordinance in Byron appeared to be against it, and not because it would essentially ban the development of a wind project. Instead, those who spoke were concerned with the possible affect on logging, mining and future plans landowners might have.
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