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Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. I have posted summaries and links to 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. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Hook, Line & Dinner, Jun 7
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Celebrate the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association's 10th anniversary with local seafood. At Slipway Restaurant, Thomaston, June 7, 6-9 pm, $25.
Clean Water: Muskie and the Environment
Announcement - Monday, May 30, 2016 

Edmund S. Muskie was notable in Maine and U.S. politics for several reasons. He was the first Democrat elected to statewide office in nearly 20 years; he later served in the U.S. Senate from 1959-1980, ran for President in 1972, and was Secretary of State from 1980-1981. Equally impressive was Muskie's record on behalf of the environment, which earned him the nickname "Mr. Clean." View this Maine Memory Network online exhibit to learn more.
40th Anniversary of Bigelow Preserve, Jun 5
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Friends of Bigelow, the group that spearheaded the 1970s' people's-initiative campaign to create the 36,000-acre Bigelow Preserve on the Bigelow Mountain Range, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the successful statewide vote to create the 36,000-acre Bigelow Preserve with a hike and potluck supper. At Carrabassett Valley Community Center, June 5, 6 pm.
Celebrating Acadia’s Trails, Jun 4
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

Acadia National Park Poet Laureate and Trail Crew member Christian Barter will give a short reading and speak on the connection between trailwork and poetry. And the day will feature a hike and a volunteer work project. At Bar Harbor, June 4, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Friends of Acadia.
National Parks Traveler Poll: Should President Obama Designate A National Monument in Maine's North Woods?
Action Alert - Saturday, May 28, 2016 

Should President Obama Designate A National Monument In Maine's North Woods?
Acadia Birding Festival, Jun 2-5
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine. At Mount Desert Island, June 2-5.
Swan Island Tour, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Swan Island, at the head of Merrymeeting Bay, welcomes hikers, campers, birders and explorers to its shores for an unforgettable Maine experience. This evening wildlife sightseeing tour is lead by Maine Inland Fish & Wildlife staff. At Richmond, June 2, 6:30–7:30 pm. Pre-register.
100+ Events Planned For Acadia National Park Centennial Celebration
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

Acadia National Park’s Centennial Celebration involves more than 100 events offered in the communities around the park. Hundreds of partners around Acadia came together to create a year-long “world-welcoming” celebration of the park’s rich history. Here is a sampling of events.
Horseshoe Crabs, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 

Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters talks about Horseshoe Crabs. Discover the secret life of these prehistoric "helmets of the sea" that aren't even true crabs, and learn about the vital role they play in shoreline ecosystem health. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, June 2, 1:30 pm.
Changing Bird Migration Patterns, May 31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist, discusses how Maine’s bird life has changed over the past century. At Topsham Public Library, May 31, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Persephone in the Late Anthropocene
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 22, 2016 

This experimental opera re-imagines the Persephone myth, the ancient story of why we have winter, in the age of climate change. At SPACE, Portland, May 6-June 3.
Volunteer to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 22, 2016 

The Fish Count at Nequasset Dam supports the sustainable harvest of alewives. Volunteers needed. Contact Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Maine Days at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, May 28-30
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 21, 2016 

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens protects the botanical heritage and natural landscapes of coastal Maine through horticulture, education, and research. At Boothbay, May 28-30, free admission for Maine residents.
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration Festival, May 28-29
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 21, 2016 

Damariscotta Mills is home of one of Maine’s oldest and most productive alewife fisheries. The fish ladder was constructed by the Towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle in 1807. The Restoration Festival is May 28-29.
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News Items
State lawmakers to question Maine Warden Service officials
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Legislators will question Maine Warden Service leaders this week about allegations of improper conduct during undercover operations in York and Aroostook counties. Members of the public can attend, but not speak, at the 9 a.m. Wednesday hearing at the State House.The hearing follows a Maine Sunday Telegram investigation detailing hunters’ accusations that an undercover warden gave them alcohol and encouraged them to commit crimes. Sen. Paul Davis, a Sangerville Republican, says the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will review claims made in the newspaper “line by line.”
Pros And Cons Of Proposed Maine Woods National Park
National Public Radio - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

A plan to establish a national park in Maine's North Woods could receive a boost from the White House by the end of the year. A long simmering battle has been brewing over the area's future. [audio]
Portland forum to tackle public’s battles with developers
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

A series of conflicts over development in Portland has inspired smart-growth advocates to organize a dialogue among residents, city planners and developers about ways to better incorporate public input into the city’s planning process and avoid costly lawsuits over developments in Maine’s largest city. The forum – “A Panorama on Portland’s Growth: Can Public Process Bridge the Gap?” – is being organized by GrowSmart Maine, an advocacy group that seeks to balance new development with protecting natural and historic resources. It will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on June 9 at the Portland Public Library. The goal is to find ways to improve the public planning process for everyone during a time when Portland is experiencing a surge in real estate development.
Opinion: Widespread support for Katahdin region national monument evident at Orono forum
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

I graduated from Katahdin High School, served in the Army and now live in Patten. I haven’t always supported the proposal to create a national park – but the proposal has improved to include protections for many of the things we enjoy, value and earn a living from. The land and activities that make up Maine’s North Woods are as much a part of us as we are of them. The mills and timber companies shaped this land and, in turn, we’ve been shaped through generations that built our communities. But the paper companies left us and took with them something many never imagined could be taken: the certainty of our economic well-being. Our challenge is to accept that change happens and to shape rather than try to fight it. ~ Richard H. Schmidt III, Patten
Letter: Portland needs fairer, smarter trash collection system
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

I read with interest the articles about city trash collectors depositing both trash and recycling into the trash collection truck. They bring attention to Portland’s system of recycling and trash collection, now seen as regressive by those of us who conduct research and consult on municipal solid waste policies and programs. Portland’s pay-as-you-throw bag system, coupled with nonmechanized trucks that pick up trash and recycling, is passé, unfair and expensive to residents. There are many other fairer and equally or more effective ways to reduce municipal trash. The composting program in Portland is laudable, but it is expensive for low-income families. Portland should try to act like the progressive city it purports to be and implement a fairer and more effective system for its residents and businesses. ~ Ron Deprez, former Portland resident, Deer Isle
Letter: Wind power project is anti-Dixfield
Sun Journal - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

Some people have suggested that members of the Dixfield Planning Board are anti-business. Once built, the wind power project would give Dixfield only one new job. Its tax value would result in only one-half of one mill in tax reduction after state school subsidy and county taxes are adjusted.
Anti-business? High rates for electricity may have contributed to businesses leaving Maine. Those rates are high in order to pay for wind power subsidies and power line upgrades to send power to southern New England. Maine has a surplus of electricity without new wind power projects. Such projects are not being built for Maine electricity. Green? Wind power projects will never recover the carbon footprint from the construction destruction. Wind power is the only industry allowed to kill eagles. No, the wind power projects are all about outside corporations getting rich on government subsidies at the expense of local Maine citizens. ~ Lauren Hebert, member, Dixfield Planning Board
Q&A with Lucas St. Clair on Maine Woods monument
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Monday, May 30, 2016 

Lucas St. Clair is the president of Elliotsville Plantation, a private nonprofit organization that owns 87,500 acres in Northern Maine just east of Baxter State Park. Elliotsville is seeking to donate the land to the federal government for creation of a Maine Woods National Monument.
Why the Governor should take a hike on Wednesday
Jim Andrews' Self Propelled Travels in Maine Blog - Monday, May 30, 2016 

On Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage will be the featured witness at a congressional field hearing in East Millinocket. The hearing is an attempt to influence President Obama’s upcoming decision on whether to designate lands east of Baxter State Park as a national monument. The outcome of the hearing is a foregone conclusion — given the one-sided nature of the witnesses and the pre-determined position of the committee chair. But as long as the Governor is in the Katahdin Area perhaps he could lead the press corps on a short hike. Barnard Mountain, located in the proposed monument area, would be an appropriate destination. Mr. LePage identifies himself primarily as a businessman, not an outdoorsman. There’s no shame in that. But plenty of Mainers don’t preside over a state which gets $1.5 billion in wages and salaries from outdoor recreation, and annually collects $382 million in state and local tax revenues from its participants.
This week, it’s all about Maine’s fisheries
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, May 30, 2016 

Do you think you know a lot about Maine’s inland fisheries? So did I until I read Suzanne Auclair’s amazing new book. The Origin, Formation & History of Maine’s Inland Fisheries Division is a thorough, often-in-their-own-words, fascinating examination of the important and historical work of our state’s fisheries biologists. This book is a treasure and will be the place future fisheries managers and anglers go to understand the state’s complicated evolution of fish and fisheries management.
Opinion: Maine’s forest products industry is in freefall, but there’s another use for these woods
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 30, 2016 

The wood industry is not dead, but it is a much smaller component of the economy than it once was. We need to consider that Maine’s woodlands have value not only as material for products but also in the inherent value of standing timberland. Real estate investment trusts recognized this inherent value a few decades ago. But Maine’s wild and scenic natural forestlands with abundant water resources have even greater value as pressure relief valves for the stressed urban populations of the world. As the globe becomes warmer and, in many cases, drier, and more urbanized, our unique natural forested landscape will gain even more value. And how do we attract these visitors? The brand with the highest cachet is the U.S. National Parks system. Continual visitor growth to Acadia National Park is testimony to that. A Northwoods National Park, with cool sylvan glades and scenic waterfalls could be an even more enticing draw — a viable option for improving the economy, and putting dollars into the pockets of Maine’s workers and businesses. ~ Richard Jagels, emeritus professor of forest resources, University of Maine
Editorial: Why this week’s national monument hearing is a sham
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 30, 2016 

A congressional field hearing that will be held in East Millinocket this week is billed as a more fair chance for local residents to be heard by national leaders about the prospects of a national monument in the Katahdin region. It won’t be. Unlike a public hearing with the director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, and Sen. Angus King, where anyone who showed up could speak and ask questions (which were answered), the field hearing is a staged event meant to showcase opposition to national parks and federal land ownership nationwide. Wednesday’s field hearing makes no attempt to continue that honest and productive dialogue.
Portland looks at cart system, privatization of trash pickup
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 30, 2016 

The city of Portland will explore privatizing the collection of its trash and recyclables as part of a review that is expected to bring major changes to a waste management program that has become increasingly unpopular with residents and municipal officials. Advocates of modernizing waste-handling operations say Portland’s system is outdated compared with nearby communities such as South Portland and Westbrook.
Letter: National monument wisdom
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 30, 2016 

The idea for a national monument east of Baxter State Park is a very sensible one. I have visited a number of national monuments and national parks around the United States. Without exception these parks and dozens of others are gemstones of our country and provide great economic benefits to the people in their areas. Our residents who oppose the monument in northern Maine are dreaming if they think the forest products industry will support the whole economy. I hope the people in the Katahdin area will see the wisdom of a relatively small lot of national monument property in the area as much of our state does now. ~ Dick Brooks, Phillips
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Says Government Can Help Clean Energy Innovation
National Public Radio - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Government officials in charge of energy policy from around the world are scheduled to gather in San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday for the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial. It's a conference to serve as a follow-up to December's climate change talks in Paris. Organizers describe it as the "world's largest and most forward-leaning countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy." Ministers plan to discuss ways to actually achieve the goals set in the Paris climate change agreement. Part of that involves spurring companies to develop new, cleaner technologies.
Giant algae blob called ‘emergency’ for Camden pond
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

An acre-sized blob of algae has been spotted underwater in Hosmer Pond and efforts to remove the material will be an uphill battle, according to the water body’s monitor. Last week, under the initiative of Hosmer Pond Association, the organization received an expedited permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to try to manually remove some of the algae. The department warned the association that the algae might grow back immediately, even overnight.
Maine Coast Co. delivers lobsters around the world
Seacoast Online - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Every day is a “crazy juggling game” for Tom Adams, owner of the wildly successful lobster wholesaler Maine Coast Company. His product is live and perishable. His customers are in Seoul, South Korea, Madrid, Spain, or San Francisco. He has to worry about Homeland Security regulations, endless paperwork for China exports, planes that don’t take off on time. Located in a nondescript warehouse on Hannaford Drive in York, Maine Coast Company has had the kind of meteoric success other businesses would envy.
Opinion: Why I’m glad lawmakers, LePage helped the biomass industry
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

The public-private initiative Aroostook Partnership took a strong interest when the Maine Legislature and Gov. Paul LePage began to discuss LD 1676, An Act to Establish a Process for the Procurement of Biomass Resources, this past winter. The legislation requires the Maine Public Utilities Commission to issue a request for proposals to procure energy from biomass power plants for a two-year term. The biomass power industry is struggling financially because of record-low electricity prices. The revenue from biomass — tree tops, limbs, chips and sawdust — is part of the business plan of virtually every logger, sawmill and pellet mill in Aroostook County. Thanks to the hard work and forward-thinking actions of legislators and LePage, those jobs have become more secure. ~ Robert Dorsey, Aroostook Partnership
Time series analysis of satellite data reveals continuous deforestation of New England since the 1980s
Other - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

New England is often held as a principal example of a forest transition with historical widespread deforestation followed by recovery of forestlands as farming activities diminished, but the results of this study support the notion of a reversal of the forest transition as the region again is experiencing widespread deforestation.
Nature Rx
Other - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors — a timeless prescription for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason. [video]
Opinion: What Maine can learn from New Mexico’s successful battle for a national monument
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Both northern Maine and southern New Mexico are largely rural regions with abundant land for outdoor recreation. In both states, we count on visitors and tourism for our robust outdoor recreation economies that generate more than $5 billion in spending and sustain 65,000 jobs in each state. Also, in Maine and New Mexico, we have no need for out-of-state politicians parachuting in to spread misinformation about national monuments. As the CEO of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce in southern New Mexico, I’ve seen congressmen drop in with that misguided mission. So I was happy to share my positive experience with national monuments and my negative experience with parachuting congressmen. Take it from those of us who have lived through it: National monuments present unique opportunities to grow and strengthen local economies while we protect outdoor traditions and our natural heritage for current generations and those to come. ~ Carrie Hamblen, New Mexico
Audubon Seeking Roadkill Scouts to Help Make Animals Safer
Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to watch roads for signs of animal crossings to help reduce wildlife roadkill. Animal watchers can submit their observations to Wildlife Road Watch, an Internet-based map and database used by Maine Audubon. The tool allows residents to record observations of live animals and road-killed wildlife. Maine Audubon says the information will be used by biologists with the organization and with the state to inform policies and management decision designed to help reduce road risks to animals. The organization says road deaths threaten to eliminate the Blanding's turtle and spotted turtle populations in Maine.
Following in the footsteps of George B. Dorr, the “father of Acadia”
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

The more than 2 million visitors a year who come from across the country and around the world to admire the beauty of Acadia National Park have George Dorr, in large part, to thank. Yet Dorr’s story and the role he played in shaping Acadia, conservation, Mount Desert Island and beyond, have been largely untold – until now. Not only was Dorr the “father of Acadia,” he had a hand in creating Bar Harbor’s public library, the Wild Gardens of Acadia and surrounding paths, MDI Biological and Jackson laboratories, and Abbe Museum. These, and other fascinating aspects of the life and impact of Dorr, can be found in historian Ronald H. Epp’s new Dorr biography, “Creating Acadia National Park,” published by the Friends of Acadia on the occasion of the park’s Centennial.
More step forward with stories about undercover game warden
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Dozens of people have contacted the Maine Sunday Telegram with tips and allegations against the Maine Warden Service’s undercover operations since May 8, when the newspaper published its investigation of a controversial two-year operation that undercover game warden Bill Livezey conducted in Allagash. Most of those who came forward told similar stories about Livezey’s conduct of operations across the state, from islands off Jonesport to the hills straddling Oxford and York counties along the New Hampshire border. The tales are strikingly similar: They say Livezey exaggerated crimes, padded evidence, drank excessively on the job, provided alcohol to suspects, enticed people to commit hunting violations and committed wildlife violations himself – something that game wardens are allowed to do in Maine in the course of conducting investigations.
Tracking wildlife roadkill in Maine offers a path to saving lives
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

In the past five years, Maine Audubon has used a network of citizen scientists to track sightings of animals – alive and dead – on or along the state’s roads. The volunteers record everything from frogs and snakes to deer and moose. The study is one of only two statewide research projects in the U.S. focused on wildlife along roadways. Using the data, researchers have been able to map out places along major state roads that have high concentrations of animal road crossings. Audubon hopes that the data will be used by state and local governments to install wildlife crossings, such as fencing and expanded under-road culverts that can give animals safe passage and prevent collisions with vehicles.
Sea-run brook trout study finds coveted fisheries
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 29, 2016 

A team of 20 fishermen are searching for sea-run brook trout in Downeast Maine as part of the Coastal Stream Survey Project. The study gathers data in hopes of better understanding the sea-run brook trout population, which biologists know little about. The project, now in its third year, is coordinated by Trout Unlimited, Maine Audubon, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition Massachusetts.
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