October 4, 2015  
This site is provided as a free service of
Please visit us for all your Internet services needs. Thanks.

Press releases, events, publications released, etc. from Maine environmental organizations and agencies. Submit content.

Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Sunday, October 04, 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 nearly 40,000 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
Artist Retreat at Schoodic Point, Oct 17-25
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Three Master Artists and several ranger/naturalists will be your program leaders for a week of inspiration focusing on the maritime ecology and autumn colors. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 17-25.
Reading Nature, Oct 11
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

Join Matt Dubel, Cathance River Education Alliance Director, to practice the skills of reading nature introduced at the Oct 8 library program. At Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, Oct 11, 1 pm
Hiking Maine, Oct 10
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 03, 2015 

Greg Westrich, author of “Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures,” will talk about his book. At Unitarian Universalist Church, Bangor, Oct 10, 6:30-8 pm.
Reading Nature, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

Join Cathance River Education Alliance Director Matt Dubel as he gives an interactive indoor presentation — part detective story, part game show, part armchair expedition — and learn to read why living things live where they do. At Topsham Public Library, October 8, 6:30 pm.
Acadia National Park Science Symposium and Down East Convergence Conference, Oct 7-8
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 

The fourth annual Acadia National Park Science Symposium will feature science taking place in and beyond the park boundary, and will highlight science to plan for the future. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 7. The Convergence Conference is dedicated to strengthening and promoting conservation collaborations in Hancock and Washington counties. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 8.
Archeology and Climate Change, Oct 7
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 

Dan Odess, Chief of Science and Research at the National Park Service, will discuss what the past has to say about the present and future. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 7, 7 pm.
Sustainable Seafood, Oct 6
Event - Posted - Monday, September 28, 2015 

Gulf of Maine Research Institute Sustainable Seafood Project Manager James Benson will discuss seafood sustainability, covering regional case studies that lend evidence to a changing environment, fluctuating species abundances, and the impacts on communities that depend on them. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, October 6, 7 pm.
Italian Parks & Acadia National Park, Oct 6
Event - Posted - Monday, September 28, 2015 

Dr. Federico Nicolini, coauthor of “Parks and Territory: New Perspectives and Strategies,” will discuss challenges in protected area management in Italy. Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele will provide comparisons with challenges at Acadia. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, Oct 6, 7 pm.
Open season on chickadees: A field guide to Anthropocene, Oct 5
Event - Posted - Monday, September 28, 2015 

Resource economist Mark W. Anderson will speak about the state of human society in the 21st century during the 14th annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture. The senior instructor emeritus in the UMaine School of Economics will deliver “Open season on chickadees: A field guide to Anthropocene. At UMaine, Orono, Buchanan Alumni House, Oct 5, 3:30 pm.
A Little Brown Bat Story, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 26, 2015 

Official release of the book “A Little Brown Bat Story” written by Melissa Kim. This is the 2nd in a series bringing stories about wildlife, conservation and “respectful human interaction” to pre-K through second-grade readers. At Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Oct 3, 10 am to 2 pm. Audubon members free; others $7.
Apple Day Celebration, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 26, 2015 

Celebrate all things fall and learn about bats, bees, pollinator habitat and more. At Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Oct 3, 10 am – 2 pm; Audubon members free, others $7.
Music & Nature Benefit Concert, Oct 2
Event - Posted - Friday, September 25, 2015 

An evening of music inspired by the natural world. Performers include the groups Red Bird and Meteora; singer-songwriters Heather Hardy and Nick Bennett; and an ensemble performing songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Nick Drake. Some original music will be inspired by the Sheepscot watershed itself. At Sheepscot General Store, Whitefield, Oct 2, 7 pm. Suggested donation $10, $5 for students, kids free. Proceeds benefit Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association.
Summit on Maine’s energy, environmental, and cleantech business sector, Oct 1
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 24, 2015 

This expo will be the premier location to share information and network among professionals in Maine's energy, environmental, and cleantech sector this year. At Univ of Southern Maine, Portland, Oct 1, 7 am - 7 pm. Sponsored by Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech).
Historic Preservation in Maine, Sep 30
Announcement - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 

As Earle Shettleworth steps down after 40 years as Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Maine Calling will discuss the role of historic preservation, as well as the "most endangered" historic places in Maine. Maine Public Radio, Sep 30, 12 pm.
Current  Archive      Page: 1 2 3

Site by
People Online People Online:
Visitors Visitors: 78
Members Members: 1
Total Total: 79

Visitors since 2/7/12 Minimize

   You are here:  Home    
We Need You! Minimize

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. If eveyone who visits this website donates $25 (or more) a year we can keep this service going.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods, Editor, Maine Environmental News.
Maine Environmental News is provided with free hosting and development by Planet Maine.

News Items
A State Park Like No Other
Yankee Magazine - Sunday, October 04, 2015 

“This place” is Baxter State Park, that big green patch in the center of the map, about 60 miles north of Bangor, and nobody alive knows it the way Buzz Caverly does. He first came here as a ranger in 1960 at age 21 and didn’t leave until his retirement as park director in 2005. Baxter is where he brought his bride, where he raised his children. He refers to life outside Baxter as “downcountry,” admitting that he knows little of what goes on there. Of Baxter State Park’s 47 mountain peaks and ridges, of its 160 miles of trails, of its more than 200,000 acres, he’ll speak as intimately as another man might of his backyard. Buzz Caverly was the last ranger who knew the remarkable Percival P. Baxter, who gave the park and its centerpiece, Mount Katahdin, to the people of Maine.
Tensions between Baxter State Park, Appalachian Trail dominate meeting
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 03, 2015 

Top representatives of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service pledged Friday to work to address concerns about unruly long-distance hikers and overcrowding that have strained relations with Baxter State Park. Members of Baxter’s governing board, meanwhile, asked to see concrete steps before next spring’s hiking season while stressing that their top priority is protecting the wilderness aspects of a place with “profound significance” to Maine residents.
Dover-Foxcroft lands $240,000 grant for wood fiber cloth maker
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 02, 2015 

The town of Dover-Foxcroft has been awarded a $240,000 grant on behalf of a new manufacturing company that makes wood fiber cleaning cloths, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development announced Friday. GLOBEco Maine says the product, DuraFresh, is more sustainable and durable than the average cloth and sponge products currently on the market. “This grant award will have a direct impact on the creation of new career opportunities for Maine people,” DECD Commissioner George Gervais said. “The investment made in Dover-Foxcroft not only benefits this particular business, it also helps the commercialization of a new product in Maine’s evolving forest industry.”
Maine Grains receives $89,000 grant to expand oat production, create more jobs
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 02, 2015 

Maine Grains at The Somerset Grist Mill announced Friday that they received an $89,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to help the Skowhegan-based operation launch the Maine Grains Oat Project and further cement the town as a pillar of the state’s food economy. “By upscaling our operations and efficiencies, the Somerset Grist Mill as a food hub will in turn send a ripple effect through local, regional and state economies,” said Amber Lambke, president of Maine Grains.
Park pressure: Rise of social media, new outdoor activities force Acadia to look at changes
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 02, 2015 

How much is too much? This is a burning question before officials at Acadia National Park, where the growing number of visitors, vehicles and unique activities in the park — occasionally resulting in conflicts — is prompting new regulations inside Maine’s only national park. According to park officials, visits to Acadia in 2015 are expected to trump last year’s total of more than 2.5 million visits. This summertime crush of vehicles in Acadia is the driving force behind why, for the first time in its 99 years, the park has started work on a long-term traffic management plan.
Portland just had its warmest September on record
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 02, 2015 

The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that Portland recorded its warmest September on record, beating the previous mark by more than a degree.
Watch what some people do for fun in Acadia National Park
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 02, 2015 

As visitation to Acadia National Park has been on the rise, more people have been pursuing new types of outdoor activities in the park and have been using emerging online and mobile applications to measure and disseminate their exploits, some traditional and some less so, on the Internet. The increasingly varied activities and occasional conflicts between them have posed a management challenge for park officials who are charged with striking a balance between those who use the park and the need to protect the park’s natural resources.
Dangerous and delightful invasive animals, fish, plants and people
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, October 02, 2015 

My friend Harry Vanderweide and I discussed invasives a while back, and here’s how it went. Harry: My point is that some invasives are good, many are having no impact, some have significant value. George: And some are really really bad.
Roach River dam to save habitat nearly done as deadline looms
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 02, 2015 

Construction work is underway as crews build a dam to replace one that led to the dewatering of a section of the Roach River last year. According to Walter Graff, senior vice president of the Appalachian Mountain Club, which owns the land and the dam, despite early delays in the bidding process, the project is on schedule to wrap up this month. According to the Land Use Planning Commission, the Appalachian Mountain Club has paid a $15,000 civil penalty, and will, according to the settlement agreement, “complete or substantially contribute” to a project that improves fish passage at a stream or river road crossing at a cost of $70,000 or more. The Appalachian Mountain Club land is the site of Medawisla Wilderness Lodge, which is in the process of being rebuilt.
As sea levels rise, no fix for Portland’s flood-prone Bayside
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 02, 2015 

Portland’s Bayside neighborhood has been struck by significant floodwaters twice in 14 months, renewing debate about addressing the problem in an area prime for development that also is vulnerable to storms and sea level rise. Flooding has been a problem for decades in Bayside and other areas of Portland, including near the Commercial Street piers. But despite growing commercial development in Bayside in the area adjacent to Back Cove, the city has yet to take aggressive steps to address the flooding or adapt to the reality that water levels are rising in the Gulf of Maine.
Similar fate for Maine mill town and its football heroes: A dynasty fades
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 02, 2015 

When kickoff comes, attendance is close to 500. “That’s really changed,” says Mountain Valley High football coach Steve LaPointe. “From 2003 to 2010, we put 2,000 to 2,500 in the stadium.” Those were the “glory days,” as one administrator called them, when a high school football team became the source of pride and morale for Rumford and surrounding towns – a region beset by economic hardship, including the uncertainty of its paper mill.
Opinion: Maine Voices: Question 2 would protect irreplaceable public views for Portland residents
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 02, 2015 

On Nov. 3, Portland voters will be presented with referendum Question 2, a proposed addition to Portland’s zoning ordinance that is printed in full detail on each ballot. The purpose and effect of this proposal are simple and straightforward. It simply would make the scenic impact part of city zoning decisions. A “yes” vote on Question 2 will not prevent redevelopment of the Portland Co. property. ~ Peter Murray, Portland
‘Accidental’ oyster farmer now plans Scarborough expansion
Forecaster - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

Abigail Carroll would never have guessed that as a former trader in the Paris stock market, she would eventually start her own oyster farm in the waters off southern Maine. Now in her fifth year of operation, Carroll and her small team of mostly volunteers for Nonesuch Oysters farm the mollusks in the brackish waters near the Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-op, where the incoming ocean tide meets freshwater from the Scarborough River. The entire growth process is free-range and, while the farm is still in its nascent stages, Carroll said she’s “really excited; I think we found the solution to use less gear and let nature work its course.”
New program will let Maine residents drop off unused paint at many retailers for free
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

The state’s new paint recycling program officially began Thursday, and will give Mainers the chance to drop off – at no cost – unused paint and paint containers at more than 60 locations. A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization called PaintCare will collect the paint and take it to an out-of-state facility to be burned as fuel or recycled.
Last Summer in the Magic City
Down East - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

With the paper industry gone and little economic opportunity to replace it, many in the Katahdin region fear an exodus of young people. Demographic projections are indeed grim. So what’s it like to be staring down adulthood in 2015 in the shadow of the Millinocket mills? In a town where most adults, particularly those old enough to remember the good years, have unyielding opinions on the national park issue, Cameron Dionne — age 18, recent graduate of Schenck High School — is ambivalent. “I’m on both sides,” he says.
Residents say survey spreads misinformation about possible South Portland pesticide ban
Forecaster - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

About a dozen residents have complained to city officials about pollsters who are reportedly providing misleading information about the city’s proposed ban on pesticides. City Manager Jim Gailey said the city is not responsible for the phone surveys, and city officials don’t know who is or how the calls are being funded. According to Councilor Brad Fox, the activity is “certainly not illegal, it’s just annoying.”
Waldoboro elver fisherman to serve 90 days for dodging income tax
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

Paul L. Griffin Jr., 44, was sentenced Monday in Lincoln County Superior Court to 364 days in jail with all but 90 days suspended, and one year of administrative release. Griffin pleaded guilty to income tax evasion and failure to file and pay income taxes for the years 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to the release. In addition, he substantially underreported his elver harvests to the Department of Marine Resources in 2012 and 2013, and failed to file Maine income tax returns for those years, during which he earned more than $370,000. Griffin also will pay restitution of $67,762 and forfeit his ability to harvest elvers for the 2016 season.
In South Portland, development helps 'green the city'
Forecaster - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

As the city continues to move ahead with environmentally sustainable initiatives above ground, Community Planner Steve Puleo is charting the progress made underground. After establishing new regulations and encouraging best management practices and low-impact development to improve how stormwater is managed, progress is now trackable. “We’re trying to green the city through development,” Puleo said last week. The idea, he admits, seems counterintuitive to sustainability.
Three stranded hikers airlifted from Appalachian Trail in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

Three stranded hikers were airlifted from a flooded portion of the Appalachian Trail on Thursday morning, according to the Maine Warden Service. Through-hikers Amy McConaughy, 27, from Belair, Maryland, and Kelly Wood, 25, from Nokesville, Virginia, became stranded on a portion of the trail near Blanchard due to flooding of the East Branch of the Piscataquis River. They had been reported missing Wednesday. Several Maine game wardens and two searchers with Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue located the two missing women at about 9 a.m. near the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the East Branch of the river. Searchers also located another stranded hiker named Gabriel Grace, 26, from Baltimore, Maryland. All three were cold and wet but did have additional supplies.
Column: Maine’s economy will keep lagging when the vulnerable are left behind
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

The workforce in rural Maine is shrinking. In a world that is growing more and more connected, many of our rural communities are isolated. The roads that connect them are failing. Information technology and connectivity are missing. But instead of a concerted effort to fix our roads (and create jobs), improve communications (and create jobs), strengthen our schools (and create jobs), expand access to quality health care (and create jobs), grow renewable energy (and create jobs) and encourage diversity and in-migration to Maine (and create jobs), we are stuck in a xenophobic, fear-based argument about which group of disadvantaged people is doing more to take things away from us. It’s a big lie. Our state cannot get stronger, and our people cannot prosper if we let hate and fear drive the debate. ~ David Farmer
UMaine researcher publishes findings on sea slug
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

An underwater sea slug has evolved chemical foraging and defense abilities that are functionally identical to those of terrestrial insects, despite being unrelated to their land-based counterparts and living in vastly different habitats for 400 million years. “Specialized herbivores on land and sea appear to make a living in similar ways,” said UMaine researcher Doug Rasher. In seagrass beds off the Florida Keys, the sea slug Elysia tuca hunts its prey, the seaweed Halimeda incrassata, by puncturing it with its saw-like radula and sucking out chloroplasts. Since chloroplasts continue photosynthesis inside the slug, the slug becomes solar-powered, or uses light as an energy source. This discovery is believed to be the first time an herbivore’s foraging cues have been identified in a marine ecosystem.
UMaine researchers receive NSF award to improve sensor data collection, analysis
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

Two University of Maine researchers have received a $500,000 National Science Foundation award to advance scientists’ ability to analyze massive data samples collected by real-time sensors. Today, sensors are only capable of taking samples at discrete points in space, like taking hundreds of individual photographs. Often times, the data has to be physically retrieved on a memory card or SD card from the research site, which can be time-consuming and inconvenient. The age of sensor data collection is moving toward collecting data in real-time, which can be thought of as a video — a stream of images strung together, continuously updating in the blink of an eye. Real-time sensors can bring in 20,000 new samples every few seconds, dramatically enhancing the scope of data available to scientists.
New federal fishing regulations pushed back a month
Associated Press - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said over the summer that fishermen would have to begin paying about $700 a day for nearly a quarter of their fishing days beginning on Nov. 1. That money would pay for the at-sea monitoring of fishermen, which is currently covered by the agency. The deadline has now been postponed to Dec. 1.
Why Maine could make national political groups disclose donors
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

The Maine Ethics Commission will vote Thursday whether to pursue legislation aimed to unmask anonymous donors to political causes. In 2014, just the top five donor organizations spent $13.6 million. For instance, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund gave Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting more than $2 million, most of which was spent on advertising. The bear hunting referendum failed. The League of Conservation Voters and League of Conservation Voters Action Fund gave about $1 million to the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund, which used the money in support of or opposition to various candidates. The proposed law has both supporters and opponents.
Opinion: GrowSmart Maine contends Portland’s Question 2 would shut down responsible growth
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 01, 2015 

Portland voters are being asked to approve a referendum question that could cripple future investment and tarnish the city’s reputation for welcoming new ideas. Question 2, the so-called “viewshed referendum,” places predictability and fairness on the back burner, and seeks to place current plans for developing the Portland waterfront there as well. Scenic views are part of Portland’s and Maine’s allure. Protecting the views is something of a tradition here, but so is fair dealing and open-mindedness. The referendum would skew the playing field against those who are willing to partner with the city in revitalizing residential and commercial properties, discouraging the economic and social benefits that would come with those investments. ~ Nancy Smith, GrowSmart Maine
Current  Archive      Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ...

News Feeds

Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

Distrust over EU GM Crop Approvals Grows as at Least 15 Countries Move towards National Bans
Brussels – In the latest blow to the European Commission’s laissez-faire approach to GM crops, at least 16 EU countries and four regions (in two other countries) are in the process of banning the cultivation of GM crops on their territories, with more expected to follow by a 3 October deadline for notifications to the EU, said Greenpeace.
10/1/2015 11:00:00 PM

These Emails Show Monsanto Leaning on Professors to Fight the GMO PR War
By Tom Philpott - For a blockbuster recent piece, the New York Times' Eric Lipton got a first look a massive cache of private emails between prominent public university scientists and GMO industry executives and flacks. The emails came to light through a barrage of controversial Freedom of Information Act requests by U.S. Right to Know, which is funded by the scrappy, anti-corporate Organic Consumers Association.
10/1/2015 11:00:00 PM

MOFGA reports record-breaking attendance at 2015 Common Ground Fair
By Lynda Clancy - Say you "went to the fair" over the weekend, and chances are, anyone in Maine will have known you meant the Common Ground Fair, one of the state's most popular agricultural and gardening gathering of the year.
9/30/2015 11:00:00 PM

Kelsey Lends a Hand: Potato Farming
By Kelsey Fabian - When you think of Northern Maine one of the first things that comes to mind is potatoes. Aroostook County has some of the best potato growing conditions in the country, if not the world. Potato farming is a way of life for most of those that live in The County and I wanted see what that life was all about. [At MOFGA-certified organic Wood Prairie Farm]
9/30/2015 11:00:00 PM

Harvard professor failed to disclose connection
By Laura Krantz - A Harvard Kennedy School professor wrote a widely disseminated policy paper last year in support of genetically modified organisms at the behest of seed giant Monsanto, without disclosing his connection, e-mails show.
9/30/2015 11:00:00 PM

Human reproduction, health broadly damaged by toxic chemicals: report
By Carey Gillam - Exposure to toxic chemicals in food, water and air is linked to millions of deaths, and costs billions of dollars every year, according to a report published Thursday by an international organization of medical professionals.
9/30/2015 11:00:00 PM

Are Your Children Roundup-Ready?
For thousands of years, children ate the same food their parents ate when they were children. In the United States today, this is no longer the case. Most dramatically, the proliferation of the use of the herbicide glyphosate, made possible by genetically engineered (GE) foods, is subjecting our children to a large-scale science experiment.
9/30/2015 11:00:00 PM

Say Cheese
By Ben Bulkeley - At Fuzzy Udder Creamery in Whitefield, there is a special focus on being local.
9/30/2015 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

Check Your Heaters
As we move through fall, the weather is continuing to cool. Take a moment to check that your heaters are not b...
10/4/2015 4:00:41 AM

An Apple a Day
Fall is a great time to try the different varieties of apples that Maine has to offer. Find a local Maine orch...
10/3/2015 4:00:01 AM

Paint Recycling More Convenient Under New Program
By Ed Morin MPBN news story AUGUSTA, Maine — A new program is underway that aims to make paint recycling in Ma...
10/2/2015 8:37:32 AM

New Program Will Let Maine Residents Drop Off Unused Paint at Many Retailers for Free
Retail prices for paint will increase slightly to pay for the Maine Paint Stewardship Program. By Dennis Hoey,...
10/2/2015 8:35:02 AM

As the weather starts to cool bees are having a harder and harder time finding food. Help them out by not mowi...
10/2/2015 4:00:43 AM

Students Lead the Transition to Clean Energy
Students have been the driving force behind the continuing decline in energy costs at Camden Hills Regional Hi...
10/1/2015 11:55:00 AM

Riding the Wave…The Light Wave!
Introducing NRCM’s Community Solar Toolkit NRCM wants to help towns and community groups looking to transition...
10/1/2015 11:50:28 AM

Maine Paint Recycling Program Begins This Month
PaintCare’s program makes paint recycling more convenient PaintCare news release AUGUSTA, ME – (October 1, 201...
10/1/2015 8:33:00 AM

Copyright © 2009-2015 Maine Environmental News
Terms Of Use Privacy Statement
Home|About|Links|Submit Content|Search|Contact