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Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute,
Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, May 23, 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
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Walk on the Wild Side, May 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Turner Public Library’s summer programming begins with a nature walk. At Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, May 26, 2 pm.
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Bills Seek to Protect Public Lands Culture Economy in Arizona
Other - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

While Team LePage undermines expanded public lands in Maine, elected officials in Arizona advocate for more public lands protection to better protect wildlife and ecosystems and to promote tourism.
After mill closure, Bucksport residents will see tax hike
Ellsworth American - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Due to the large loss in value at the local paper mill, which was closed late last year and sold to a firm that intends to demolish the plant, residents will soon see an increase in their tax bills. Last week, the Town Council approved a budget for the 2015 to 2016 fiscal year that’s dropped 4.47 percent from the current year’s.
Rare Turtles and Salamanders in Northeast Move Toward Endangered Species Act Protection
Center for Biological Diversity - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that the green salamander, spotted turtle and Blanding’s turtle may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act. CBD first petitioned for these species — and dozens of other amphibians and reptiles — in July 2012 because habitat loss and other factors are threatening their survival. Today’s “90-day finding” is the first in a series of required decisions on the petition and simply required the Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether the petition presents sufficient information to warrant further consideration, a process that requires few agency resources. The next step is a full status review of the species by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Legislature Overrides Veto of Bill Calling for PUC to Develop Solar Policy
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Today, the Maine House (119-28) and Senate (32-3) voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of a Resolve aimed at developing a comprehensive solar policy for Maine. The Resolve, LD 1263, directs the Public Utilities Commission to set up an open stakeholder process to try to develop a solar incentive proposal that the Legislature could vote on next year. The goal is to establish a solar approach that will significantly increase solar in Maine in a way that benefits all ratepayers.
Column: Governor Michael D. Thibodeau
Other - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

The Notes - If they do impeach Gov. LePage he could be found guilty. Those on the far left are thinking, "This will take the governor out of office." However, being found guilty of "Improper Influence" is a Class D Crime. It is punishable by a two thousand dollar fine and up to 364 days in jail. It's not even a felony. If you did get him out of office, you would get Governor Michael. D. Thibodeau, the current President of the Senate. Thibodeau is a nice guy [but his positions are] sort of like the governor we have now. ~ Bill Green
Impeachment of Governor LePage considered by Maine legislators
Other - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

MSNBC - Rachel Maddow reviews some of Maine Governor Paul LePage's more controversial moments and reports on the latest episode, in which LePage may have exposed himself to criminal charges.
Blog: Legislators can help working families by overriding bonds release bill veto
Other - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Governor LePage has it all wrong when he says LMF is only for the rich. LMF very specifically helps working families. In particular, it keeps farm lands in production and provides waterside access for commercial fishermen so they can bring in their catch. It helps hardworking farmers and fishermen retain their livelihoods and support their families. It generates economic activity and tax revenues when out-of-state visitors come to Maine to enjoy our natural wonders. ~ Jody Harris, Maine Center for Economic Policy
LePage vetoes Land for Maine’s Future bond bill
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

As expected, Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill Tuesday aimed at forcing him to sell $11.4 million in bonds for the Land for Maine’s Future program that he has been using as political leverage with the Legislature. LePage sent the one-page bill back to lawmakers via a four-page veto letter that was as long as his veto of the state’s $6.7 billion budget. The governor laid out a host of constitutional concerns about the bill. It is unclear whether Legislature will override the governor’s veto.
Katahdin-area leaders: Rejection in polls won’t end national park debate
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Voters in two towns have rejected it, but don’t expect Katahdin region arguments over a proposed North Woods national park to end anytime soon, local leaders said. Park opponents said the votes send a strong message to dismiss the proposal. Anita Mueller, a park supporter, Millinocket Town Councilor and photographic art gallery owner, said that more park supporters voted in the East Millinocket and Medway referendums than ever before, which they found encouraging. It’s been a sometimes bruising debate, but Mueller hoped that St. Clair and Quimby wouldn’t quit. “I would hate to see [them] give up on the only viable proposal that’s on the table for the economic prospects for the region,” Mueller said.
Supporters continue to fight for proposed national park
WCSH-TV6 - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

The group trying to bring a national park to the Katahdin region continues to sell the idea despite resounding defeats in two local referendums. East Millinocket voters rejected a national park by a vote of 320 to 191 Monday night. This comes after Medway residents voted against the proposed park last week. But supporters are back to square one, talking to people about the benefits the park would bring the area. "We start back and continue our conversations and talking to people about the national park and the 450 to one thousand jobs we believe it will crease," said Elliotsville Plantation spokesman, David Farmer.
State to study new way to reimburse small-scale solar power generators
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Lawmakers on Tuesday directed state utilities regulators to study and create a new way to reimburse homeowners or businesses that generate a portion of their own electricity. LD 1263 picked up the two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate Tuesday afternoon to override a veto from Gov. Paul LePage.
Unity College President Announces Retirement
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

The president of Unity College has announced that he intends to retire from that position effective Dec. 31. Dr. Stephen Mulkey wants to concentrate on some of his research interests, including studies of ecosystems and climate change. The board, along with the other Unity stakeholders, will be conducting a search for a new president to carry on the school's trajectory.
Nature Conservancy Buys 6,500 Acres of Forest Land Near Jackman
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

The Nature Conservancy in Maine has purchased more than 6,500 acres of diverse forestland, including old growth and sub-Alpine fir forest, southwest of Jackman. The purchase from Plum Creek Timber Co. will allow the Nature Conservancy to expand its Leuthold Forest Preserve to more than 16,000 acres. The property includes remote ponds and nearly 15 miles of streams that provide habitat for Eastern brook trout as well as waterfowl and wading birds. Tom Rumpf of the Nature Conservancy says it’s an important parcel for biological diversity as well as for recreation.
Humans causing catastrophic ecosystem shifts, study finds
Reuters - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Never before has a single species become the top predator on land and sea, and human dominance over the natural environment has caused shifts in world ecosystems unprecedented in the last 500 million years, researchers said on Tuesday. Human activity is leading to an international decline in the variety of plants and animals through extinction, as organisms not useful to human needs are killed off by ecosystem changes or over-exploitation. Since 1900, extinction rates for vertebrates have been between 10 and 100 times higher than normal levels. At least 468 creatures have been eliminated from the planet since then. Human-caused environmental changes have accelerated rapidly since the end of World War Two, as technology has advanced and resource use intensified.
Two Of The World’s Largest Countries Are Joining Forces To Fight Climate Change
Climate Progress - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

On Tuesday, Brazil and the United States announced a joint effort to address climate change and boost renewable energy during a visit by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to the White House. Specifically, both countries pledged to increase renewable energy targets to 20 percent by 2030. The target excludes hydropower, an especially contentious power source in Brazil, where large and valuable ecosystems can be flooded out to make way for reservoirs. Brazil also committed to restore and reforest 12 million hectares — an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania — and to eliminate illegal deforestation.
Boston University signs deal to serve organic Maine oats
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Aurora Mills and Farms in Linneus just signed a deal with Boston University to supply the school with Maine oats for the upcoming school year. It’s a big win for The County and the state’s burgeoning food economy. “It’s exciting that they are looking at local grains,” said Sara Williams, whose father Matthew Williams opened the operation, where grain is milled on the farm, in 2001 to supply bakers with all Maine ingredients.
Freeport forum examines farming from a female perspective
Forecaster - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

A panel discussion Monday at Wolfe's Neck Farm had federal officials, politicians, and local farmers talking about challenges women face in farming.U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, led the discussion, which included USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden. The panel also featured Laura Neale, owner of Black Kettle Farm in Lyman; Alice Percy of Treble Ridge Farm in Whitefield; Jean Koons of Kennebec Creamery; Gina Simmons, operator of Common Wealth Poultry Co. in Gardiner, and Marada Cook of Crown of Maine in Vassalboro.
Hike: Reid State Park
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beaches are located at Reid State Park, which was donated to the state by Georgetown resident and successful businessman Walter E. Reid in 1946. Short, easy walking trails are located near each of the three beaches.
East Millinocket votes against creating national park
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

In a nonbinding referendum, a majority of East Millinocket residents on Monday rejected a proposal to create a national park in Maine’s north woods. In a 320-191 vote, they opposed the idea of creating a national park on 75,000 acres between Baxter State Park and the East Branch of the Penobscot River, with another 75,000-acre recreation area on the other side of the river. The land is owned by Eliotsville Plantation Inc., the foundation formed by Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burt’s Bees and one of Maine’s most ardent conservationists. Eliotsville Plantation is already operating the area as a park, known as the Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area. David Farmer, a spokesman for the effort to create the national park and recreation area, said the results of the votes have not altered the campaign’s efforts.
LePage signs wind power bill
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Despite promising to veto all bills, on Monday Maine Governor LePage put his signature on LD 828. The bill establishes a process to allow residents of the Unorganized Territory to petition for removal of their communities from the expedited wind power permitting area. It does not prohibit wind power development. Rather, it just makes it restores the voice UT residents had in their communities' futures prior to the 2008 Maine Wind Energy Act.
Opinion: Encyclical reveals Vatican is ill-equipped to assess environmental issues
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

The Vatican’s new papal encyclical on the environment is a highly political discussion of the theology of the environment. Pope Francis mixes heartfelt concern for ecology with an often limited or confused understanding of the problem of pollution and the meaning of markets. Unfortunately, the document’s policy prescriptions sound like they were written by an advocate. The resulting factual and philosophical shortcomings undercut the larger and more profound theological discussion. The Vatican is ill-equipped to assess environmental problems and develop policy solutions. ~ Doug Bardow, Cato Institute, and author of “Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics”
Opinion: ‘Fast track’ trade vote represents an abdication of Congress’ duty
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

After a series of bumps in the road, the Trade Promotion Authority bill now heads to President Obama’s desk, where he will almost certainly sign it. We have a moral obligation to oppose these trade deals. We can’t allow multinational corporations to profit off lax environmental laws, pay workers pennies on the dollar and force work in cheap, inhumane conditions. Unregulated trade that allows and incentivizes these practices must be rejected. Congress owed it to us to reject Trade Promotion Authority so we can at least debate the merits of free trade policy, just as we would any other economic policy. ~ Alex Jackimovicz, Boothbay Harbor
Letter: Lawmakers should stand up to LePage
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

As a former four-term Republican state representative, I urge my colleagues of either party, to speak up about what has happened to House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick. In the Maine Legislature, members address their fellow legislators with respect. The content of floor speech is limited to the merits or faults of the issue, and never the motives of the supporters or opponents. Your fellow legislators may be your opponent, but they are not your enemy. This is where our governor has failed us. I challenge former legislators, especially my fellow Republicans, to show moral courage and demonstrate allegiance to the body in which we once served. Call what is wrong, wrong! ~ Robert Daigle, Arundel
Letter: Help LePage
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

It is obvious that Gov. Paul LePage is a very sick man. Sad also is his being our governor. I suggest we pray for him and for our state. He needs our help. But our help is not enough on its own. He himself must seek the necessary therapy to help him deal with his abusive childhood experience that has led to his pleasure in bullying institutions, other people and families. During this time he must step aside for his own sake and for the sake of the people he is supposed to serve. ~ Ted Little, York
Northern Lights on Moosehead Lake
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 29, 2015 

Last Monday, Mike Taylor of Taylor Photography had news that a Northern Lights display was to take place near Moosehead Lake that night, and boy was it ever. Taylor set up right on the edge of the lake, which is Maine’s biggest, and recorded a time-laspe video from about 10 pm to nearly 3 am. [video]
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