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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 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
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Paris to Pittsburgh, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

This award-winning documentary celebrates how Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Followed by a panel discussion about climate action in Maine with Kristine Corey, energy efficiency coordinator at AmeriCorps; Stephanie Miles, of Maine Conservation Alliance; and Jill McLaughlin, of ReVision Energy. At First Universalist Church of Auburn, July 18, 5:30 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 am - 2 pm.
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Economic benefits of national parks: $274m from Acadia National Park
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

The report, released by the National Park Service, documents the powerful financial benefits of national parks during the Centennial celebration of the founding of the system and Acadia. The report said Acadia contributed $274.2 million, up almost 11% from 2015 and 36.5% from $200.9 million in 2012. The park supported 4,195 full and part-time jobs last year, up nearly 8% from 2015. The report shows how Acadia and other national park units across the nation are economic engines.
Feds Eye Atlantic Salmon Projects to Rebuild Population
Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

The federal government is looking to fund projects to help recover the population of Atlantic salmon. The Gulf of Maine segment of the Atlantic salmon population is a critically endangered species that the federal government is giving a special focus for recovery. NOAA says typical awards will range from $50,000 to $300,000. Total funding is capped at $600,000. Atlantic salmon once lived from Long Island Sound to Canada. Today, the last wild populations of Atlantic salmon in American waters live in a few rivers and streams in central and eastern Maine. Applications to the program are due by May 19.
Bill seeks to regulate ‘fracking’ in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

A legislative committee will hold a public hearing Monday on a bill that would require state environmental regulators to establish rules governing the controversial practice known as “hydraulic fracking.” During fracking, companies looking for natural gas or oil pump massive quantities of water, sand and other liquids into wells at high pressure in order to cause fractures in the rock. Those fractures then allow for extraction of much larger quantities of gas or oil from the well sites than would have been possible through more conventional techniques. The bill under consideration in the Legislature, L.D. 1453, would order the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules regulating the practice “in order to prevent threats to drinking water resources from hydraulic fracturing.”
Energy-saving programs that help Earth and economy need defending
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

The federal Energy Star program that now spans more than 60 categories – from household appliances, lighting and electronics to office equipment and new homes. Energy Star helps consumers find efficient products, typically those performing in the top 25 percent of their category. Christine Todd Whitman, EPA administrator under George W. Bush, recently described Energy Star as “a no-brainer. It worked, and it hardly cost any money.” Proven success holds no sway, though, with a president intent on dismantling all climate-related programs. President Trump’s budget blueprint seeks to eliminate Energy Star.
Joe Walsh is Maine’s Mister Sustainable Clean
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

Joe Walsh came to Portland in 2005 with a plan to stay the summer. He’s still here. And he’s heading up a house-cleaning company that specializes in elbow grease and all natural products, Green Clean Maine.
Column: Ask questions and find proof before deciding something is a fact
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

Scientific thinking unfortunately has little traction in our government. Of the 535 members of the U.S. Congress, only six have a degree in science or math. We have never elected a scientist as president. Yet the scientific approach has much to offer. First, science is evidence-based. As scientists, we must always be open to alternative explanations as we continue to learn. In other words, science is provisional. We must go where the evidence takes us. As birders, we should question other observers’ sightings and prepare to have our own sightings questioned. These doubts should not be taken as insults about our abilities, but rather the proper performance of scientific, skeptical inquiry. ~ Herb Wilson
The search for shed antlers has become a popular pastime
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

Spring in Maine brings the start of fishing and hiking season, and, of course, the last of shed-hunting season. And we’re not talking about shopping for an outdoor tool and equipment hut. Shed hunters are outdoorsmen and women who immerse themselves in the quiet of the woods in winter and spring to look for the antlers shed by moose and deer. By spring, these hunters already have trekked dozens of miles since the start of the year, scanning the forest floor in search of tracks, and signs of deer and moose.
Editorial: State should not block ocean wind project
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

There are no oil wells in Maine. We have no coal mines. Our only nuclear power plant shut down for good in 1998, and our access to low-cost natural gas is limited by the policies of states that lie between our border and the gas fields of Pennsylvania. Most of the energy we use is produced with imported fuel for which we pay top dollar, impacting everything from the cost of living to the loss of our manufacturing base. But some of the world’s strongest and most consistent wind blows off our shores, and if it could be harnessed it would provide access to cheap and clean power that could be used here and exported to the population centers to our south. Lawmakers should get out of the way and give the Maine Aqua Ventus project a chance to succeed.
Column: When it comes to our national monument, LePage is lost in the woods
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

In decision after decision, these last seven years, Gov. Paul LePage has confronted the question of whether the state should go forward or backward. And in almost every case, he’s chosen to retreat into a comfortable time from Maine’s past that doesn’t exist anymore. It’s as though he doesn’t understand that we can honor and celebrate the past, but we can never return to it. The latest example of this tendency is the governor’s crusade to reverse the decision to create the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine’s North Woods. ~ Alan Caron
Column: Mainers have a right to clean air
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 30, 2017 

All people deserve a chance to live a long and healthy life. That is why it is so outrageous that President Donald Trump is gutting the Environmental Protection Agency and important policies that keep our air clean. ~ Emma Rotner, Environment Maine, and Karen D'Andrea, Physicians for Social Responsibility
‘Not a Democrat or Republican Issue’ — Activists, Lawmakers Rally for Climate Change Action
Maine Public - Saturday, April 29, 2017 

Across the country, environmental activists held rallies and marches Saturday urging action on climate change. In Maine, a rally was held outside the State House, with a march circling Capitol Park and passing the Blaine House, the governor’s official residence. “We are growing stronger by numbers and we are going to take back the control of protecting our Earth for future generations,” said Sarah LaChance of 350 Maine, one of the organizers of the event. The Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Maine Conservation Alliance helped organize the march and rally. Organizers stressed that elected officials need to act on climate change to protect the state’s natural resources and its future.
Trump upends environmental policies
Other - Saturday, April 29, 2017 

In a Trump administration beset by lost opportunities, muddled strategies and frequent missteps in its first 100 days, one area stands out for its disciplined approach and early successes: the assault on environmental regulations. Unlike the Affordable Care Act repeal debacle or immigration orders that are tangled in federal courts, the administration has managed in a few short months to upend numerous hard-fought environmental protections and climate actions that the fossil-fuel industries have been targeting for years.
Column: Open-water fishing opening up where ice has melted
Sun Journal - Saturday, April 29, 2017 

When it comes to early open-water fishing, I have in later life tended to be of faint heart. Still, after a long Maine winter, there can be some solace, some psychic warmth, in merely knowing that you can wet a line if you've a mind to. If you can find open water in and around snow-laden, ice-choked ponds, lake and streams, you can dunk a Bead Head Nymph, fast-strip a Barne's Special, or take a nap near a bobber and a glob of worms. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Climate Change marchers in Augusta call for politicians, others to protect Maine resources
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, April 29, 2017 

About 1,100 people in brightly colored shirts, carrying a variety of signs and chanting various slogans, paraded slowly from the State House, around Capitol Park and back to the State House as part of the Maine People’s Climate March. The event was held to show solidarity with similar efforts nationwide aimed at protesting President Donald Trump’s environmental policies.
Climate march draws massive crowd to Washington in sweltering heat
Washington Post - Saturday, April 29, 2017 

Tens of thousands of demonstrators assembled in Washington in sweltering heat on Saturday for the latest installment of the regular protests that punctuate the Trump era. This large-scale climate march marks President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, which have been punctuated by rollbacks of environmental protections and Obama climate policies. The People’s Climate March, which originated with a massive demonstration in New York in September 2014, picked a symbolically striking day for its 2017 event. Temperatures could exceed 90 degrees and possibly set a record for April 29 in the District of Columbia, which would amplify the movement’s message.
Opinion: My Katahdin-area business is booming thanks to Maine’s new national monument
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 29, 2017 

In the April 24 Bangor Daily News article “Trump, LePage actions threaten Maine’s national monument,” Gov. Paul LePage described the Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument as cut over forests of no particular interest. “There is nothing that is going to happen [with the monument],” LePage said, predicting it would add nothing to the Katahdin region’s economy. While I have no idea where the governor gathers his “facts,” the business of New England Outdoor Center, Twin Pine Camps and the River Drivers Restaurant, a well-established destination resort I own in the region, shows just the opposite. We started seeing evidence of the monument’s influence in May 2016. ~ Matthew Polstein
Letter: We're funding the wind industry
Sun Journal - Saturday, April 29, 2017 

Here's why western Maine is under pressure to site industrial wind developments on our mountains: All the New England states have enacted legislation requiring varying amounts of energy be supplied by renewable energy sources. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are densely populated and require large amounts of power to meet their renewable energy mandates. The wind industry proposed wind turbine development ​in Maine so they could transmit the power to southern New England. Instead of having to pay to build a very expensive transmission line, they can pay a fee to CMP and send the power south to put much money in the pockets of the wind industry. ~ Betsey Foster, Greenwood
Lay of the Land
Down East - Friday, April 28, 2017 

Over the last 30 years, the game-changing Land for Maine’s Future program has funded the conservation of more than 600,000 acres in Maine. But the land conservation movement in Maine in 2017 is a different animal than in 1987, and in recent years, LMF has ground to a near-halt, thanks to opposition from Governor Paul LePage. With the once-robust program’s profile dwindling, advocates say land conservation in Maine is in a period of transition. Thirty years since we embraced Land for Maine’s Future, who are the players looking out for land for Maine’s future?
Janet Mills Joins Democratic Attorneys General to Fight Trump Environmental Proposals
Maine Public - Friday, April 28, 2017 

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has joined Democratic colleagues from other states in filing legal challenges aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening environmental regulations. The suits reflect a growing trend of partisan alliances among states’ attorneys general. Democratic attorneys general seek to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which requires power plants to curb carbon emissions. “That’s a huge issue for the state of Maine because we are the end of the tailpipe when it comes to emissions,” says Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. Mills says she and her Democratic colleagues are also fighting the administration’s delay in setting energy efficiency standards and its attempt to weaken consumer protections from some common, but toxic, household products.
Unity farm wins $2,966 grant for system to conserve rainwater
Morning Sentinel - Friday, April 28, 2017 

A small organic farm in Unity was one of 10 farms in the nation to receive a grant this month from The FruitGuys Community Fund, which gives money for sustainability projects. The owners of Songbird Farm, Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell, will use the $2,966 grant to build a rainwater catchment system on their barn. After the drought the Northeast suffered last summer – and which just officially ended for most of Maine this week – a system that will help the 13-acre farm conserve water will be a definite advantage, Davis said, especially because they have only one well.
Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller leaves over $25 million to Maine institutions
Portland Press Herald - Friday, April 28, 2017 

David Rockefeller, the billionaire philanthropist who gave generously of his time and wealth to help preserve Maine’s natural beauty during his long life, has left over $25 million to Maine institutions. Rockefeller, who died March 20 at 101, left $20 million to the Land and Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island in Seal Harbor, as well as money and property to several other Maine groups, Forbes reported last week. He left $5 million to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Trump signs order to open Arctic, Atlantic to oil and gas drilling
Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017 

Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding drilling in the Arctic and opening other federal areas to oil and gas exploration. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump signed an order reversing some of former President Barack Obama’s restrictions and instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review a plan that dictates which federal locations are open to offshore drilling.
Mixed signals: Is Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on 'the list'?
Mainebiz - Friday, April 28, 2017 

Two days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Department of the Interior to review 26 land and marine national monuments stretching back over 20 years, it's still not clear whether the directive will include President Barack Obama's designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument last August.
Editorial: LePage’s continued monument opposition jeopardizes Katahdin region’s progress
Bangor Daily News - Friday, April 28, 2017 

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has existed for only eight months. Already, the number of people who have visited the monument has surpassed the total population of many of the small towns near its borders. The number of winter visitors to the Mount Chase Lodge has doubled. Houses are selling in Millinocket, and a local motel was recently sold and is being refurbished. This is real economic development in a region that sorely needs it. This development and a sense of hope in the Katahdin region are in jeopardy as the president and our governor cast unneeded and harmful doubt on the future of Maine’s national monument. Gov. Paul LePage, long a critic of the monument, is wasting taxpayer dollars to travel to Washington, D.C., to champion an ill-advised executive order from President Donald Trump and to testify at a sham congressional committee.
Spruce Mountain takes top spots regional Envirothon
Sun Journal - Friday, April 28, 2017 

Teams from Spruce Mountain High School in Jay once again demonstrated their knowledge of natural resources by their first-, second-, and fifth-place finishes at the Southwestern Regional Environthon Competition.
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