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Action Alert - Wednesday, March 20, 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). 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
Why Going Native Matters, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Heather McCargo, found and executive director of Wild Seed Project, presents "Why Going Native Matters: Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience." At Portland Public Library, March 27, 5:30 pm.
Urge Maine's Agencies to Investigate and Halt PFAS Contamination
Action Alert - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Highly persistent and toxic chemicals known as PFAS may be lurking undiscovered in farmlands across Maine. State records show that at an Arundel dairy farm, PFOS was in milk at the highest level ever reported anywhere. Urge Maine Ag and DEP commissioners to test the fields, stop sludge spreading, and phase out PFAS products. ~ Environmental Health Strategy Center
Retired Game Warden Randall Probert, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Author, raconteur, and retired game warden Randall Probert will speak to the Hebron Historical Society on “Maine Tales and More.” At Hebron Town Office, March 26, 7 pm.
The Forests of Lilliput: The Miniature World of Lichens & Mosses, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel talks about the natural history of lichens, mosses and similar plants. At Topsham Library, March 26, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Celebrating Maine’s Wild Creatures, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Speaker: Ed Robinson, author of “Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More.” At Curtis Library, March 16, 7 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Monday, March 18, 2019 

Friends of Casco Bay staff scientist Mike Doan talks about warning signs and Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca shares the impacts to marine species and how Mainers are responding. At Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, March 25, 5:30 pm.
Mount Pisgah winter trek, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Kennebec Land Trust Stewardship Director Jean-Luc Theriault will lead an off-trail excursion on Mount Pisgah to visit special places that are typically less accessible. Meet at the Mount Pisgah Community Conservation Area parking lot in Winthrop, March 24, 1 pm.
Maine Maple Sunday, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Maine Maple Sunday is a long tradition where Maine’s maple producers open their doors to their sweet operations for a day of educational demonstrations, sugarbush tours, fun family activities and samplings of syrup and other great maple products. Many sugarhouses are open Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, and throughout the season.
Winter Family Fun Day at Lily Bay State Park, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Ice fishing, snowmobile tote rides, winter camping demo, bonfire, scavenger hunt and free loan of cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice skates, snow tubes and sleds. At Lily Bay State Park, Moosehead Lake, March 23, 10 am - 3 pm.
Winter wildlife tracking workshop, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Naturalists and certified wildlife trackers Brendan White and Matt Dickinson lead a winter wildlife tracking workshop. At at Long Ledges Preserve, Sullivan, March 23, 9-11:30 am. Sponsored by Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Maine Grass Farmers Network Conference, Mar 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Livestock producers are invited to learn about grass-based production and how grazing systems can become more profitable and environmentally sound. At Kennebec County Community College's Alfond Campus, Hinckley, March 23, 8:30 am - 3 pm.
Maine becomes a state, Mar 15
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

On this day in 1820, March 15, Massachusetts lost over 30,000 square miles of land as its former province of Maine gained statehood. Mainers had begun campaigning for statehood for years following the Revolution. The Massachusetts legislature finally consented in 1819. What no one foresaw, however, was that Maine's quest for statehood would become entangled in the most divisive issue in American history — slavery.
Maine Land Conservation Conference, Apr 5-6
Event - Posted - Friday, March 15, 2019 

Maine’s robust land conservation community comes together to train on best practices in all aspects of land trust work, connect with peers, and grapple with the most pressing issues facing land conservation today. At Topsham area, April 5-6.
Thoreau Society & Thoreau Farm Trust online auction, thru Mar 29
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

This auction contains many rare books written about Henry David Thoreau and other items for every Thoreauvian.
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Blog: 8 essential and utterly ridiculous items you’ll need for ‘glamping’ in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Glamping, more oxymoron than portmanteau, is a term that combines the words and concepts of glamour and camping to form “glamping,” which is a truly obnoxious way to miss the point of camping altogether. As a Maine native and avid camper, I cannot imagine complicating the task of sleeping outside with an unnecessary need to bring all the accouterments of a spa or resort. So imagine my consternation and amusement when I searched for “glamping essentials,” and Google showed me the following ridiculous items that “glampers” would need should they find themselves in the great Maine woods. ~ Sarah Cottrell
Freeport shellfish group tweaking clam-farm strategy
Forecaster - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Plans to arrange municipal aquaculture permits, in the face of declining soft-shell clam populations, have had a sharp adjustment since the Freeport Shellfish Conservation Commission agreed on an ordinance amendment last October. The commission’s original proposed amendment would have allowed any holder of a Freeport commercial shellfish license to apply for a municipal aquaculture permit in a designated area with low clam yield, so that clammers using the public flats wouldn’t suffer. The Shellfish Conservation Commission now is pursuing a plan in which clammers would negotiate parcels on their own, with individual landowners.
Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers from island off Boothbay Harbor: Video
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

A Coast Guard helicopter crew based on Cape Cod rescued two kayakers Thursday afternoon after their kayaks capsized near White Island in Boothbay Harbor. A 29-foot rescue boat crew from the Coast Guard station in Boothbay Harbor responded around 2:30 p.m. after getting a call from a woman who said she and another kayaker had capsized but reached White Island. The rescue boat was unable to land on the island because of shallow water and rocky terrain.
Plan to remove dam draws protesters in Vassalboro
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Protesters carrying colorful signs near the Masse Dam on Main Street shouted at motorists to “Save our wildlife!” Thursday afternoon, the latest effort to stall plans to lower the water level and remove the dam as part of a proposed alewife restoration initiative by government and environmental groups. The protest comes about a week before the initiative is scheduled to lower the water level in the stream in anticipation of the removal of Masse Dam later this summer. Property owners say lowering water levels in the stream that runs through their backyards could reduce property values and affect wildlife that has become acclimated to the state of the stream since the dams have been in place.
Commerce Department to Establish Economic Development Team to Strengthen Maine's Forest Economy and Assist Rural Communities Impacted by Mill Closures
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins and Representatives Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree received letters today from the U.S. Department of Commerce announcing that it has agreed to establish an integrated, multi-agency Economic Development Assessment Team, known as an EDAT, to assist Maine’s forest products industry in the wake of several mill closures. The goal of the EDAT will be to leverage the power of multiple federal government agencies and harness stakeholder input to create economic development strategies that help pave the way for job growth in rural Maine communities in the years to come.
Collins and King Cast Preliminary Vote to Block Consumers' Right to Know about GMO Foods
Other - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

MOFGA - Late on Wednesday night, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward on the new bill designed to kill mandatory labeling laws for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The tally was 68 to 29, with three senators not voting. Disappointingly, Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King came down on the wrong side of the first vote on this sell-out bill. If passed by the U.S. Senate after July 4th, the Monsanto-backed bill would overturn strong state GMO Labeling laws in Maine, Vermont and Connecticut. Collins and King are defying the unanimous sentiment of Maine's State House of Representatives, Maine's State Senate, Maine's Governor, Maine's Attorney General, and 95% of Maine citizens who support Maine's labeling law.
Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs
Reuters - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society.
Farmers, lumberjacks, fishermen are occupations with highest suicide rates
Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen kill themselves most often, according to a large new study of workers in the U.S. that showed enormous differences of suicide rates across jobs. Researchers found the highest suicide rates in manual laborers who work in isolation and face unsteady employment. The lowest rate was in teachers, educators and librarians.
Penobscot basketmaker wins nation’s highest honor in the traditional arts
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Theresa Secord, a Penobscot basketmaker from Waterville, received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. “It’s really a humbling experience,” she said Thursday. “I am just like the average person, thinking, ‘Wow, this can’t be for me.'” Six other Maine artists have previously won the award: Passamaquoddy basketmakers Molly Neptune-Parker, Clara Keezer and Mary Gabriel; traditional wooden boatbuilder Ralph Stanley; Shaker singer Sister Mildred Barker; and fiddler Simon St. Pierre. Secord is founder of the Maine Indian Basketmaker’s Alliance.
The Antarctic ozone hole has finally started to ‘heal,’ scientists report
Washington Post - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

In a major new paper in the influential journal Science, a team of researchers report strikingly good news about a 30-year-old environmental problem. The Antarctic ozone “hole” — which, when it was first identified in the mid-1980s, focused public attention like few other pieces of environmental news — has begun, in their words, to finally “heal.” The initial discovery that ozone depleting chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) carried in refrigerants, spray cans and other substances could damage the stratospheric layer that protects us from ultraviolet solar radiation (and thus, skin cancer) came in 1974. But it wasn’t until the sudden discovery of a vast seasonal ozone “hole” over Antarctica in 1985 that the world was shocked into action.
St. George Students Help Alewives Return to Tenants Harbor
Free Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Alewives have returned to the Tenants Harbor marsh after an absence of 40 years, thanks in part to eighth-graders from the St. George School who became enthusiastic about citizen science. The effort to bring alewives back was started by the St. George Conservation Commission, who worked with the state departments of Marine Resources, Transportation, and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to restore the historical run up the tidal creek and into what locals call the Town Marsh. Since 2009, the DMR has released about 1,500 alewives into the marsh a year in the hopes that some of their spawn would survive, go to sea, and return after four years to repeat the cycle.
U.N. urges tax on meat to save planet and people
Washington Post - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Evidence is accumulating that meat, particularly red meat, is a disaster for the environment — and not so great for human beings, too. By 2050, scientists forecast that emissions from agriculture alone will account for how much carbon dioxide the world can use to avoid catastrophic global warming. It already accounts for one-third of emissions today — and half of that comes from livestock. That’s a driving reason why members of a United Nations panel last month urged its environmental assembly to consider recommending a tax on meat producers and sellers. By raising the cost of buying meat, it would ultimately aim to reduce production and demand for it.
L.L. Bean gives another $1 million to MDI bus system
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The Island Explorer bus system, which provides fare-free transportation on and around Mount Desert Island each summer and fall, is getting a big gift in connection with the park’s 100th anniversary this year. Maine-based retailer L.L. Bean is giving the propane-powered bus system another $1 million, officials indicated Thursday in a written statement. With the new gift, L.L. Bean has donated and pledged more than $4 million toward the Island Explorer since 2002.
Dry Conditions Could Reduce Maine's Wild Blueberry Harvest
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Maine's wild blueberry crop is on its way to ripening, but the berries aren't in the bucket just yet. It's been a drier than average spring, and experts say that could cause some crop loss if things don't turn around. "There are lots of little berries out there but whether those little berries stay on the bushes depends on whether we get the rain," says David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
More Than 40 Work Together In Maine To Save Injured Hiker
Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Maine authorities say a group of more than 40 people collaborated to carry to safety a 20-year-old Connecticut hiker who was injured while descending a Baxter State Park trail. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the hiker, a resident of Salisbury, Conn., fell and was hurt a little less than three miles up a trail. She was unable to walk. Park rangers treated the hiker and she was then carried back to Katahdin Stream Campground, where she could be taken by ambulance to Millinocket Regional Hospital. The rescue effort took nearly 10 hours and included members of Maine Association of Search, the Maine Forest Service and others.
‘Moose safari’ gets lucky in the Moosehead region
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Quietly, Ashley Patterson, a Maine registered guide and the leader of the “moose safari,” motioned for everyone to gather together, then for each person to grasp the gunwales of the canoe beside theirs, forming a raft of four boats, floating side by side. That evening, Patterson would write in her mandatory moose report for the guide service that her evening tour had spotted six moose — a cow and calf by the road, an adult bull walking down the road leisurely and a cow, calf and yearling on the pond — as well as a young black bear, which darted across the road during their drive, a porcupine by the road, an osprey wheeling in the air above the pond, a family of ducks and a loon.
Planners in Maine Town OK Expanded Community Solar Farm
Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The China planning board on Tuesday approved a plan by New England solar energy company ReVision Energy to build the farm on an uncultivated field. The company had originally planned for up to 150 panels that would generate 50 kilowatts of energy. But the new plan calls for up to 650 panels that would generate up to 200 kilowatts of energy for as many as nine owners. The modules will cover up to 12,000 square feet of land. The company's engineer says it expects to complete the project by the fall.
Maine paddler finishes 1,500-mile voyage in 70 days
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

After 70 days of paddling, through storms and sun, John Connelly of Falmouth kayaked into Kittery Harbor last week to celebrate the completion of PaddleQuest 1500, a 1,500-mile odyssey that linked four major water routes in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. The voyage, starting April 16 and ending June 24, may be the first time a paddler has connected the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Saint John River, Bay of Fundy and Maine Island Trail, paddling all four in one continuous journey and traveling between waterways by portaging. The trip took him through two countries, four states, 22 streams and 58 lakes.
Lakes are a Maine treasure worth protecting
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Last weekend, I spent a day at the Maine Lakes Society’s annual convention, and told some of my lake stories to a small group of other lake-lovers. The message that came out of the day’s presentations rang true with me: Our lakes are special. And if we want them to remain that way, we’ve got to do what we can to protect them.
Maine Forest Service urges caution this weekend with all outdoor fires
Maine Government News - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The Maine Forest Service is requesting people be extremely careful with any outdoor fires, especially over the holiday weekend. There has been an increase in wildfires this year and with the current forecast for warm and dry weather over the fourth of July, there could be more. So far in 2016, there have been 464 wildfires throughout Maine that have burned a total of 752 acres. This is roughly 12% more fires and affected acreage than from the entire 2015 fire season.
Time to stop whining and start dealing with Warden Service problems
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The personal attacks challenging my motives for writing about problems and issues in the Maine Warden Service are disappointing. Here’s my challenge to those who are attacking me and my motives. It’s time to stop whining and time to start answering why? Why are those undercover tactics necessary? Why do we have so few women wardens? Why have women wardens never been promoted to leadership positions? Why, when complaints about a game warden are received, does the Warden Service still investigate itself? Why are you continuing to attack me, instead of answering these questions and helping us address these concerns that are shared by so many people?
Crushing it: Clynk redemption service expands to New York, doubles its business
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Clynk, the drop-off-and-go bottle and can redemption service based in South Portland, is doubling in size and expanding. The company, which operates 49 bag drop-off centers and kiosks inside Hannaford supermarkets in Maine, is opening 51 more centers at Hannaford stores in the Greater Albany area of New York.
Opinion: Protecting the environment is not a partisan issue, Natural Resources Council leader says
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Gov. LePage has publicly declared war on the Natural Resources Council of Maine, but there should be no mistaking his real target: the well-crafted environmental safeguards enacted with bipartisan support over the past 50 years. The governor thinks Maine’s environment and economy are in conflict and that we need to weaken Maine’s environmental protections to create jobs. He has supported a long list of bills that would have increased pollution and degraded our air and water. Through strong bipartisan votes over the past five years, lawmakers from every part of the state have rejected the governor’s proposals to roll back environmental protections. For 57 years, the NRCM has been working with people throughout Maine. Our supporters live in 504 Maine communities – from urban areas to small rural towns – with more joining since the governor started his public attackson the NRCM. ~ Lisa Pohlmann, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Letter: Public can use land now, 
so say ‘no’ to national park
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

The question of a national monument or national park in Maine’s Katahdin region should warrant a slam-dunk answer: “No!” Why? Because Maine is the state in the United States that has the highest percentage of private land. Not only that, but most of it is open to the public for recreational use at no cost. Why would anyone want to begin trading that in for federal government ownership with all its strings, rules and regulations? ~ Clifton E. Foster, Gray
Letter: Herbicide use in Falmouth will endanger honeybees
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Glyphosate (Roundup) has been linked in numerous scientific studies to colony collapse disorder, which has led to the dangerous decline in our honeybee population. So officials in Falmouth have decided to protect native plant species by endangering the very species (bees) that is necessary for their reproduction – and for the production of a third of human food. While it’s laudable that town officials are concerned about maintaining a healthy ecosystem, it’s short-sighted of them to not consider the harmful effects of their own actions. ~ David Kuchta, Portland
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