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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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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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