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Action Alert - Tuesday, August 14, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links 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
Lessons from the Great Conservationists of the Past, Aug 21
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 14, 2018 

Larry Nielsen, author of “Nature’s Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World,” will speak at Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, August 21, 7 pm.
Farm to Table Dinner, Aug 18
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 11, 2018 

Dinner features the creations of four Maine-based professional female chefs, followed by a mission auction and the music of folk musician, Bill Staines. Benefits Growing to Give, which grows and donates certified organic vegetables to local food banks and pantries. At Scatter Good Farm, Brunswick, August 18, 5-9 pm.
Beaver presentation and paddle, Aug 18
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 11, 2018 

Learn about beavers with Master Naturalist, Christy Stout. Enjoy a slideshow presentation followed by a paddle to look for beaver signs. At Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, near Bangor, August 18, 5 pm.
Merrymeeting Bay Rare Mud Plant Walk, Aug 18
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 11, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, ecologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program, will lead a walk among the rare mud plants of Merrymeeting Bay. At Choice View Farm, Dresden, August 18, 1:30-3:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Identifying Woodland Shrubs, Aug 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 9, 2018 

Join Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and the Maine Forest Service for a walk & talk “Identifying Woodland Shrubs.” At Georges River Land Trust’s Appleton Preserve, August 16, 3-5 pm, pre-register.
Climate change communication workshop, Aug 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 9, 2018 

The Maine Climate Table, in partnership with GrowSmart Maine, will present a climate change communication workshop. At the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy, Norway, August 16, from 8:30 am to noon.
Rangeley Frog Jumping Contest, Aug 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 9, 2018 

The annual Frog Jumping Contest will leap onto the scene again at the Rangeley Blueberry Festival. Those entering should catch and release their frog or toad in the same location, to keep him or her happy and alive. At Episcopal Church, Rangeley, August 16, sign up starts at 12:30 pm, contest begins at 1 pm.
New wildlife teaching tools for a new school year
Publication - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 

Explore World Wildlife Fund's Wild Classroom, a growing library of animal- and nature-related toolkits to help foster children's curiosity and inspire the next generation of scientists and conservationists.
What Have Loons Told Us? Aug 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 

After 35 Years of Maine Audubon’s Loon Count, and with the help of thousands of “citizen science” volunteers, we know that in many ways loons are doing better than ever. At Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, Mt. Desert, August 15, 7 pm.
Blazing Ahead: Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail, Aug 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 

Jeffrey Ryan, a Maine-based author and photographer, will tell the story of how the Appalachian Trail was envisioned and built. At Maine State Library, Augusta, August 15, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Historical Society.
Farming the Sea - Aquaculture in Maine's Future, Aug 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 

Author and food authority Nancy Harmon Jenkins will talk about the future of aquaculture in Maine. At Island Institute, Rockland, August 15, 10:30 am.
Blazing Ahead, Aug 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 

Jeffrey Ryan speaks about the rivalry that built the Appalachian Trail. At Maine State Library, Augusta, August 15, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Historical Society.
Landscape Design Lessons from Manhattan to Maine, Aug 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 

Patrick Cullina will talk about site design and plant and material selection on projects in New York City, above Long Island Sound, on the North Fork of Long Island, and on a privately-owned island just south of Rockland, Maine. At Bar Harbor, August 15, 4 pm, Beatrix Farrand Society members $10, non-members $20, students free, pre-register.
Comments on wind development in Maine due Aug 15
Action Alert - Tuesday, August 7, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage created the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission to study the economic impact of potential wind turbines; to assess the economic impact of expedited permitting rules and procedures; and to assess and develop recommendations in a written report. Comments to Wind.Commission@maine.gov due August 15.
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Camp Chamberlain ribbon-cutting will be June 3
Turner Publishing - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the newly completed Camp Chamberlain at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. The $34 million, 100,000-square-foot building on 43 acres in Augusta took approximately two and a half years to complete. It is energy efficient, including designed to LEED Silver and includes an 18KW photovoltaic array on the roof, external monitoring of heating controls, automatic sensors for lighting fixtures and use of LEDs throughout. It is named for Maj. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain.
Acadia National Park traffic problems, need for plan, surface at Jordan Pond
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

Acadia National Park is planning one more public engagement session on its draft plan to relieve traffic congestion in the park, following some tense Acadia traffic near Jordan Pond on Sunday. The 215-page draft transportation plan, which was released on April 26, proposes to create seasonal vehicle reservation systems for an additional fee at Cadillac Summit Road, the Ocean Drive corridor and Jordan Pond area to better manage traffic. After holding five information sessions in May, the National Park Service is offering a live webinar from 7 to 8 p.m. on June 13 on the draft transportation plan.
Death of dolphin on beach in Kittery attributed to parasites
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

An Atlantic white-sided dolphin that died on a Kittery beach last week had an enormous amount of parasites in its sinus cavity, which likely contributed to its death. Tony LaCasse, a spokesman for the New England Aquarium, said a necropsy done on the 350-pound adult male over the Memorial Day weekend revealed the infestation.
Maine congressional delegation flexes political muscle to protect lobster exports
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

Three of the nation’s top trade negotiators will be in Portland on Friday to hold closed-door talks with Maine’s $1.5 billion-a-year lobster industry as it tries to defend its European market from tariff-free Canadian competition and its Asian market from a trade war with China. The Maine Lobster Dealers Association wants the people who negotiate America’s trade deals to see how important lobster is to Maine’s coastal economy, from the individual fishermen who trap lobsters all the way up to the dealers who buy, pack and sell them abroad.
Thefts of bells from ocean buoys are putting lives at risk, Coast Guard says
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

The Coast Guard is on the lookout for whoever has been stealing brass sound-signaling devices from navigational buoys off the Maine coast. Coast Guard officials based in South Portland say the thefts pose a public safety hazard because the sound produced by the brass gongs and bells attached to the buoys are critical to mariners trying to navigate when visibility is poor.
Maine guide shares a boatload of adventures in new book
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

With lodge life as the backdrop and his Grand Laker canoe taking center stage, guide Dale Wheaton’s latest book, “Behind the Cast,” illuminates a life spent hauling “sports” around the Down East lakes Wheaton calls home. Some of the tales are hilarious, some are touching, and and anglers will likely glean enough pro tips between the vignettes to help them become better anglers.
Wheelchair-accessible trail opens in Dresden
Lincoln County News - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

A new wheelchair-accessible trail is open on the grounds of the historic Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden. Few places in Maine offer wheelchair users and others with physical disabilities a chance to enjoy the outdoors on a hiking trail designed especially for them. George Keyes, a former docent for Pownalborough Courthouse and trustee of the Lincoln County Historical Association, and Dresden resident David Probert, a fellow trustee, enlisted the help of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and obtained a grant from the Viles Foundation to build trails across from the courthouse. The trail system now totals 2 1/2 miles.
Head of Tide Park in Topsham Grand Opening Planned
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

It’s been 12 years in the making, but at last it’s time for the grand opening of Topsham’s Head of Tide Park. This 12-acre waterfront park encompasses the wild beauty of the Cathance River, with a 15-foot waterfall at the highest tidal reach of the river, hand carry boat access on both sides of the falls, picnic areas, interpretive signs, and a trail head connecting to over 7 miles of trails. The grand opening is set for Saturday, June 2.
Legislators Battle with LePage Over CMP’s Proposed Transmission Line
Free Press - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage and Central Maine Power are battling it out with environmental groups, local power generators and a bipartisan group of legislators over a proposed $950 million electrical transmission line. The 146-mile New England Clean Energy Connect, which is a joint effort of CMP and Hydro-Québec, would bring 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydro power through Maine to Massachusetts. CMP argues that the high-voltage line, which will be paid for by Massachusetts, will create jobs, provide tax revenue to rural communities along the route and replace millions of metric tons of carbon-emitting power. However, the chairs of the Legislature’s Environment & Natural Resources and Energy, Utilities & Technology Committees have expressed strong opposition to the proposal.
Watershed Students to Present Inventory of Camden’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Free Press - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

Students from the Watershed School plan to present initial findings of a greenhouse gas inventory they have begun for the Town of Camden. In their illustrated presentation, “Getting Set to Draw Down Emissions,” to be held at the Camden Public Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on June 6, students will share research detailing energy use by municipal, commercial and residential buildings as well as transportation.
Lots of deer issues from ticks to antler restrictions
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

Here are the expected outcomes for Maine Department of Inland Fish & Wildlife’s new big game management plan.
New free map offers big picture of Bangor-area trails
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

A new map and guide of Bangor-area trails, a project spearheaded by Bangor Greendrinks, was released this week and is now being distributed to area businesses. Available for free, the map gives a big picture of the many public trails in the region, helping local residents and visitors find places to enjoy the outdoors, whether hiking, biking, dog walking or birdwatching.
Massive solar project planned near wind farm in coastal Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

An energy development company is requesting a zoning change for more than 700 acres of blueberry fields in eastern Hancock County where it hopes to establish a 100-megawatt solar farm. The site in Township 16, on land owned by Elliott Jordan & Son Inc., is roughly a mile away from a wind turbine that is part of Novatus Energy’s 51-megawatt Hancock Wind farm which, according to a report by Vox, has the tallest land-based wind turbines in the country. Electricity transmission lines owned by power distribution company Emera run through the proposed solar development site.
Editorial: Maine: A power cord for other states?
Ellsworth American - Thursday, May 31, 2018 

Governor LePage has decried Maine’s high energy costs and worked to address both supply and cost issues for businesses and homeowners. The proposed Central Maine Power transmission line from Quebec to the grid in Lewiston would connect New England to the massive Hydro-Quebec electricity supply at a time when other states in the Northeast are begging for renewable energy. It represents a significant opportunity. Renewable energy generation from solar and wind has the potential to lower electricity costs for us all. But reliability, when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow, requires a dependable and immediately available supply from electricity generators.
Municipal Review Committee to meet on delayed Fiberight waste facility
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

With the opening of a new waste-to-energy plant in Hampden delayed for months, the organization that represents the more than one hundred towns that joined together to back the new technology will meet Thursday to address problems that have arisen with getting rid of waste in the meantime. Originally slated to open April 1, the Maryland-based Fiberight’s 144,000-square-foot plant is designed to separate recyclables and organic waste, converting the organics into biofuels such as biomethane. However, its recycling operation may not open until September while its conversion process may not be ready until December.
Conservation Projects Have Let ‘Astounding’ Number of Alewives Return To Maine Rivers
Maine Public - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Alewives, or river herring, are making their usual spawning migration to Maine in unusually high numbers this year, thanks in part to restoration efforts and the removal of dams on the Penobscot and Kennebec Rivers. Because they serve as a food source for several fish species as well as eagles, ospreys and other animals, alewives’ success is seen as an indicator of the health of Maine rivers. And one small stream in Bradley is expecting to see more than a million of the fish return over the next several weeks.
Officials say beached smelt no cause for concern at Long Lake
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

When people see thousands of dead fish washed up on a beach, the natural inclination is to think something must be wrong with the water. When so many smelt washed up on the shores of Long Lake this past weekend, it was actually a good thing, according to Frank Frost a regional fisheries biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “It’s a testament to how large the smelt population is in Long Lake,” Frost said on Wednesday. “What you are seeing is completely normal and expected when the smelt population is at a high level.”
Waterville launches new ‘Solar Growing Dome’ greenhouse to support kids food programs
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Two local organizations have completed a large new growing space powered by solar heating and cooling systems, which will provide fresh fruit and produce for children. The Boys and Girls Clubs and the YMCA of Greater Waterville at the Alfond Youth Center on Wednesday launched the Solar Growing Dome, a new greenhouse 42 feet in diameter that will be functional all year. The greenhouse is also surrounded by raised soil beds.
Maine woman making solo trek on Androscoggin River
WCSH-TV6 - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Jen Deraspe grew up in Mexico, Maine, on the Androscoggin River, but admits she didn’t know much about it until she decided to paddle the length of the river for charity. Deraspe plans to depart from Errol, New Hampshire, on June 2nd, and arrive in Topsham, Maine, on June 14th. She’ll travel the length of the Androscoggin River, 160 miles total, averaging 10-13 miles per day, by paddling in her canoe all for a cause. “Our mission is to protect, restore, and enhance the ecological health of Maine’s river systems," says nonprofit organization Maine Rivers executive director, Landis Hudson.
Column: Woodpeckers’ signals reveal beauty, complication
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Tapping occurs between male and female pairs early in their relationships, especially during the pre-nesting phase, when males and females “mutual tapped,” as the reports phrase it, often to call attention to a prospective site. The tapping seems to play a role in “pair bonding,” meaning red-bellied woodpecker couples identify and communicate with each other specifically. In other words, it seems tapping is a form of domestic intimacy. ~ Dana Wilde
Bonney Woods Corporation to meet
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

The annual meeting of the Bonney Woods Corporation will take place on June 4 at 6 p.m. at Old North Church. The Bonney Woods Corporation is a non-profit organization that manages a 190 acre, multi-use trail network 0.5 miles from Farmington's downtown and national historic district. These include trails in Bonney Woods, Flint Woods, Horn Woods, Village Woods, and Willow Springs. The Bonney Woods Corporation is Maine's oldest non-profit. Formed in 1909, it was Maine's first land conservation organization. The mission is to provide public parks for recreation for the people of Franklin County and its visitors.
Photo of Acadia tops 16,000 entries to win contest celebrating national parks
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Any Mainer can tell you that Acadia is the most eye-catching of all the national parks, but now it’s official. A photo of a starry night over Acadia National Park’s rocky coastline has won the annual Share The Experience photo contest, meant to draw attention to the beauty of our nation’s national parks and public lands.
'Home-port advantage': Maine sailors racing to Atlantic Cup finish line
WCSH-TV6 - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Come Monday Mainers will be keeping an eye out for number 127, one of eleven Class40s competing in the Atlantic Cup. Team Amhas is made up of a couple of Mainers, Micah Davis and Rob Windsor. Davis is from Harpswell and Windsor lives in Portland. They say nothing beats a "home-port" advantage. Usually sponsor logos are splashed onto sails and hulls. But the Portland team is sporting the Maine Coast Heritage symbol, to raise awareness for the conservation non-profit.
Don’t let bugs ruin your summer fun: Party pros share their secrets
Washington Post - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

The torrents of rain that fell in May and the above-average temperatures predicted for June and July are perfect conditions for a bumper crop of buzzing bugs. It’s not welcome news. Illnesses caused by mosquitoes, fleas and ticks more than tripled in the United States since 2004, according to a report released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more people have concerns about the West Nile and Zika viruses. It’s always a smart idea to tell guests in your invitation that your gathering is going to be outdoors. You can also email or text people the day of the party to confirm. Guests can then choose whether to wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants or socks.
Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence Program Recipients Announced
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Four artists, two writers, and a composer, have accepted invitations to the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program at Acadia National Park beginning in September. In exchange for a multi-week immersive experience, each artist will lead an outreach activity for the public during their stay, and donate within one year, one work of finished art to the AIR Program Collection that conveys a fresh, new perspective of Acadia for visitors drawn from their direct experience.
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