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Action Alert - Friday, February 22, 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). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
Maine Grain Conference, Mar 1
Event - Posted - Friday, February 22, 2019 

At University of Maine at Presque Isle, March 1, 8:30 am-5 pm.
Acadia Teacher Fellows application deadline, Mar 1
Announcement - Friday, February 22, 2019 

The National Park Service is recruiting six Acadia Teacher Fellows to spend the summer learning about Acadia National Park’s diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. Apply online by March 1.
John Connelly book tour
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 21, 2019 

John Connelly was the first to paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (740 miles) in northern New England and kayak the Maine Island Trail (375 miles), connecting them via the Saint John River and Bay of Fundy (385 miles) in New Brunswick. The grand total? 1,500 miles. He has written a book about his adventure. Here are book tour dates and locations.
Help Wanted: Island Caretakers
Announcement - Thursday, February 21, 2019 

The Maine Island Trail Association is seeking qualified seasonal island caretakers to help with the management of two islands in Casco Bay: Little Chebeague Island and Jewell Island (May to September). $8,500 stipend. Application deadline March 15.
LiDAR – Revealing Maine’s Secrets, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Amber Whittaker, senior geologist for the Maine Geological Survey, will explain how LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) uses laser beams to produce a very accurate and detailed representation of the land surface. At Camden Public Library, February 28, 7 pm.
Restoring Great Rivers, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

Joshua Royte, conservation scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Maine and founding member of the World Fish Migration Foundation, will discuss “Restoring Great Rivers: Amazing Work in Maine and Around the World.” At Portland Public Library, February 27, 5:30 pm
Kennebec Land Trust historic cabin renovation, Feb 25
Announcement - Monday, February 18, 2019 

Recently, the Kennebec Land Trust renovated two historic cabins at the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary in West Gardiner. The project will be featured on the Maine Cabin Masters show on the DIY network, February 25, 9 pm.
Grants available for land conservation transaction costs
Announcement - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Grant applications are available for the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership’s Winter 2019 Land Protection Transaction Grant Program. The matching grants assist with costs for permanent land protection projects by donation and/or acquisition of full fee and conservation easements within the coastal watershed area of New Hampshire and Maine.
Owls at Hirundo, Feb 23-24
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 16, 2019 

Hirundo presents a two-part program for participants to get up close to three native Maine owls. At the Montessori School, Feb 23, 11 am- noon, and a nature walk from Old Town High School, Feb 24, 6-7 pm. $10 for one program, $16 for both for adults; $5 for one and $8 for both for youths.
‘Grasses and Rushes of Maine’ book release, Feb 22
Event - Posted - Friday, February 15, 2019 

Book release and signing by authors of “Grasses and Rushes of Maine.” At Stantec office, Topsham, February 22, 5-7 pm.
The Green New Deal
Publication - Monday, February 11, 2019 

The Green New Deal will convert the decaying fossil fuel economy into a new, green economy that is environmentally sustainable, economically secure and socially just. The Green New Deal starts with transitioning to 100% green renewable energy (no nukes or natural gas) by 2030. It would immediately halt any investment in fossil fuels (including natural gas) and related infrastructure. The Green New Deal will guarantee full employment and generate up to 20 million new, living-wage jobs, as well as make the government the employer of last resort with a much-needed major public jobs program.
The Neighbors We Hardly Know, Feb 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Craig Kesselheim, a passionate birder for 45 years, talks owls. At Southwest Harbor Public Library, February 16, 1:30 pm.
Free fishing days, Feb 16-17
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 9, 2019 

February 16 and 17 are Maine’s free fishing days for this winter.
Farmer and Grower Winter Potluck, Feb 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 9, 2019 

All local farmers and growers in the area to attend a Farmer and Grower Winter Potluck. Glen Koehler, UMaine Cooperative Extension, will talk about “Farm Response to Changing Weather.” At Belfast, February 16, 4 pm. Sponsored by United Farmers Market of Maine.
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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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