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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
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Skowhegan envisions white-water park
Morning Sentinel - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Fresh from a weeklong visit to white-water parks in Colorado and equipped with a recent $15,000 grant, Skowhegan officials are more positive than ever that a proposed white-water park in the Kennebec Gorge downtown is the key to making Skowhegan a recreation destination. They said the river activities, tied in with trails, hotels, breweries and restaurants, are just what they envision for Skowhegan’s Run of River project.
Penobscots lose appeal over policing river
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected arguments made by the Penobscot Indian Nation in a dispute over whether wardens for the state or the tribe have the authority to stop or regulate paddlers, hunters or anglers on the river. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston sided by a 2-to-1 majority with a 2015 ruling by U.S. District Judge George Singal that the Penobscot Indian Reservation includes the islands “consisting solely of Indian Island, also known as Old Town Island, and all islands in that river northward,” but not the river itself, based on the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.
History or junk? Plan to remove old pilings roils Maine beach community
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Homeowners of cottages along Popham Beach responded frantically this week after learning that federal and state regulators granted preliminary approval to remove wood pilings set in the sand at the northern end of the beach. Opponents of removal plan say that the pilings are a key component of Popham’s history and that removing them could disturb critical fish habitats. But Susan and Jack Parker of Woolwich — the latter of whom is the CEO of Reed & Reed Construction — have cleared nearly all the hurdles to remove the pilings of the pier used by the Eastern Steamship Company, a major early 20th century shipping firm. Because the Army Corps of Engineers issued a “general permit,” no additional review by the National Marine Fisheries Service is required to determine if the project’s impact on essential fish habitat or endangered species.
Christians Mobilize to Defend First Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean
Other - Friday, June 30, 2017 

In 2016, Christian communities learned of some of the natural wonders of the Atlantic Coast. They prayed for better reverence and care for God's marine creation, and many endorsed the proposal for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. They rejoiced when it was declared by President Obama under the Antiquities Act in September 2016. Now, the Trump Administration may reverse course and weaken marine protections for fragile areas and a diversity of marine creatures.
Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Limiting Penobscot Tribe’s River Jurisdiction
Maine Public - Friday, June 30, 2017 

The Maine attorney general’s office says that a federal appeals court has upheld a ruling in favor of the state in a legal challenge brought by the Penobscot Nation over regulatory control of the Penobscot River. The attorney general’s office says that the federal 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the state, and not the tribe, has authority to regulate paddlers, hunters and anglers on the river, which runs through reservation territory. The appeals court also recognizes that the state has not interfered with tribe’s sustenance fishing rights. Maine Attorney Janet Mills says that the state is gratified by the court’s ruling.
Appeals court finds Maine can regulate hunting, fishing on Penobscot River
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 30, 2017 

A split federal appeals court ruled Friday that Maine has the authority to regulate paddlers, hunters and fishermen on the Penobscot River. The case results from an opinion written in 2012 by then-Maine Attorney General Bill Schneider. He asserted that the state had the authority to regulate some activities on the river, but the Penobscot Nation then sued, saying it owned the river under the terms of the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.
Maine House budget vote falls short of total needed to stave off shutdown
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

House Republicans dealt a potentially fatal blow to a last-minute budget compromise by heeding Gov. Paul LePage’s advice to reject the spending plan crafted by legislative leaders to avoid a government shutdown. While the budget passed, Republican opposition denied it the two-thirds majority it needs to pass as an emergency measure in time to steer Maine away from a government shutdown. The vote was 87-60. Barring a significant reversal on a final enactment vote, the House vote will trigger a government shutdown on Saturday.
Federal Court rules the Penobscot River is held in trust by the State for all Maine People
Maine Government News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

The Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston today ruled in favor of the State of Maine in a case brought by the Penobscot Nation in 2012. The Penobscot Nation sued the State after the Attorney General wrote that only the State had authority to stop or otherwise regulate paddlers, hunters or anglers on the river. The Nation filed suit to assert ownership of the entire river, despite the language of the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act that stated otherwise. The Federal District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals both agreed with the State of Maine. The First Circuit’s decision also recognized that the State of Maine has not interfered and does not intend to interfere with the sustenance fishing rights of the Penobscot Nation.
Police warn residents after coyotes are spotted in Cape Elizabeth
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Police in Cape Elizabeth are urging residents to be aware of their surroundings after two coyotes were spotted. Police say a resident reported seeing two coyotes while walking on the Robinson Woods trails off of Shore Road Thursday morning. Police are urging residents to use caution while walking on the trails.
Maine utilities regulator McLean, whom LePage threatened to oust, resigns
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Maine Public Utilities Commissioner Carlisle McLean resigned Friday, signaling that she will not seek or was not in line for reappointment by her former boss, Gov. Paul LePage. A former legal counsel to LePage, she served two years, the last months of which were marked by tension. McLean was the first commissioner up for reappointment after LePage called for all three commissioners to resign over changes to the state’s solar energy policy, which he said was too generous to owners of small-scale solar systems.
New Trails Being Constructed in the Moosehead Lake Region
Maine Government News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands continues to work with the Weyerhaeuser Company to expand hiking trails in the Moosehead Lake Region. July will see miles of new trail under development, including a new trail on Williams Mt. in Misery TWP between Jackman and Rockwood, and work east of Moosehead Lake on Baker Mt. to extend recent trail work on adjacent #4 Mt. in Frenchtown TWP up the north slope of 3,521 ft. Baker Mt.
A President's Conservation Efforts Inspired by Maine and Her People
Maine Government News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Theodore Roosevelt credited his love of the outdoors and conservation ethic to his visits to Maine. In 1918 Roosevelt wrote: "I owe a personal debt to Maine because of my association with certain staunch friends in Aroostook County; an association that helped and benefited me throughout my life in more ways than one." As a young man under the guidance of his lifelong friend and guide Bill Sewall, Roosevelt camped on Mattawamkeag Lake and hunted and fished throughout the area. Each day, Roosevelt would take his bible and hike to a beautiful point of land at the confluence of the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River and First Brook where he would read the bible. A plaque,erected in 1921, at the site commemorates Roosevelt's love for the area. This location is now the 27-acre Bible Point State Historic Site.
Maine House gives initial approval to state budget; shutdown still possible
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 30, 2017 

A $7.1 billion budget compromise received initial approval in the Maine House on Friday but not by the two-thirds majority needed to avoid a government shutdown just hours away. But even if lawmakers manage to cobble together the super-majorities needed in both chambers, Gov. Paul LePage reiterated his pledge on Friday to not sign or veto the bill if it came to his desk with any tax increases.
LePage says he won’t sign latest budget proposal and will allow a shutdown
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage said Friday that he won’t sign a state budget package endorsed Thursday night by a special panel, ensuring a partial shutdown of state government at midnight. The Republican governor’s opposition to the budget deal would force Maine’s first state government shutdown since 1991.
Rockland officer rescues skunk from peanut butter jar
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Woodland creatures have kept a Rockland police officer busy this week, according to a department Facebook post. Officer Addison Cox saved a skunk that got its head stuck in a discarded peanut butter jar Thursday night, after the animal was discovered wandering around an apartment complex parking lot in Rockland. “We can’t blame the skunk; peanut butter is awesome,” the department said in the post."
Maine’s new food sovereignty law puts local control over local foods
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

There was a time when all food exchange in Maine took place at the local, neighbor-to-neighbor level, free of regulations and government licensing. But over the years that changed with the advent of food safety laws and inspections. Proponents of food sovereignty in Maine hope a new law, based on exchanging locally produced and grown food, will bring back some of that community-based commerce.
Maine City Plans $900,000 River-Walk Project for Riverfront
Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Waterville is planning to install a $900,000 river-walk project and will start accepting bids in August from interested contractors. The project includes a new children's play area, an amphitheater, a gazebo and a 900-foot long boardwalk with railings at Head of Falls. The city applied for a $300,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund managed by the National Park Service and was notified it was one of three municipalities in Maine to be approved for grant money.
Amazing tales of a winter’s trapping north of Rangeley
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, June 30, 2017 

"Hunting And Trapping on the Upper Magalloway River and Parmachenee Lake – First Winter in the Wilderness" by Fred Barker is Fred's diary about the winter he spent with a friend, J.S. Danforth, hunting and trapping in the region northwest of Rangeley, in 1882-83. His stories are astonishing, including the time he and JS jumped on two huge bucks and rode them downhill through the deep snow. Then there’s the time they chased a lynx, stuck to one of their traps, into a cave, only to hastily retreat when the lynx went crazy.
UMaine, Bigelow Lab win grants to aid oyster fishery
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 30, 2017 

The University of Maine and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay were awarded two grants Thursday totaling more than a half-million dollars. The $574,000 will be used to fund a joint study of a marine protozoan parasite that infects oysters. The grants were awarded by the National Science Foundation.
Opinion: Resist Attacks on Katahdin National Monument
Ellsworth American - Friday, June 30, 2017 

It is high time for government and industry to unite with Maine people and all Americans to preserve, protect and defend a shared vision for preserving our common economic, cultural, environmental and spiritual heritage. As Mainers, we must all convey the wisdom of preserving projects like the Katahdin National Monument to Mr. Trump and Mr. Lepage, and to our friends and visitors from all over America to convey to their public servants at every level. And raise the possibility of designating a significant part of the Katahdin area as a National Park, as soon as possible. ~ Paul A. Liebow, MD, Bucksport
LePage torpedoes public land bill—again
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, June 29, 2017 

Maine has about 600,000 acres of Public Reserved Lands. Since taking office, Gov. LePage has been eyeing these lands to increase logging to unsustainable levels and siphon off essential funding for unrelated purposes. On June 29, Governor Paul LePage vetoed LD 586, a bill that would block the governor from raiding the Public Reserved Lands Management Fund. When the Maine Legislature returns, the Senate and House will vote on whether to override LePage's veto.
AMC's rebuilt Medawisla Lodge adds to Moosehead's recreational venues
Mainebiz - Thursday, June 29, 2017 

The Appalachian Mountain Club marks another milestone in its Maine Woods Initiative as it reopens Medawisla Lodge and Cabins near Greenville on July 1 following a multi-year rebuilding project. The project includes nine new cabins, two bunkhouses, a waterfront pavilion and a new lodge that is off the grid and will be powered by a photovoltaic system. It also features composting toilets and extensive insulation and has a wood-fired sauna for winter use. Since 2003 AMC has made a total Maine Woods Initiative project investment of more than $57 million. AMC owns and manages nearly 75,000 acres of conservation and recreation land in the 100-Mile Wilderness region.
$400,000 grant to buy land nature center leases
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 29, 2017 

The Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson operates on private land its parent organization leases from the land’s owner, but that’s about to change. The Midcoast Conservancy recently was awarded a $400,000 grant it will use toward the purchase of the center’s 1,000 acres in Jefferson. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program.
Large study links key pesticide to weakened honeybee hives
Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017 

A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries. For more than a decade, the populations of honeybees and other key pollinators have been on the decline, and scientists have been trying to figure out what’s behind the drop, mostly looking at a combination of factors that include disease, parasites, poor diet and pesticides. Other studies, mostly lab experiments, have pointed to problems with the insecticides called neonicotinoids, but the new research is the largest field study yet.
Biking in Maine
Maine Public - Thursday, June 29, 2017 

A discussion ranging from road safety to hidden bike trails in Maine. Guest: Jim Tasse, Assistant Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine; Jamie Wright, owner of Gorham Bike and Ski; State Rep. Mattie Daughtry.
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