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Action Alert - Tuesday, March 19, 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
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.
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.
MITA Open House and Getch Celebration, Mar 22
Event - Posted - Friday, March 15, 2019 

Toast the extraordinary life of MITA founder Dave Getchell, Sr. At Maine Island Trail Association, Portland, March 22, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Call for Artists: Paint for Preservation 2019
Announcement - Friday, March 15, 2019 

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2019, the organization’s twelfth annual juried Wet Paint Auction and one of Maine’s premiere art auction events. This 3-day (June 28-30) plein air event raises money for land conservation in Cape Elizabeth. Deadline is March 22.
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New Cadillac to Katahdin virtual race aids Acadia, Millinocket
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Monday, July 31, 2017 

The connections between the Acadia and Katahdin regions run deep, through history, among residents and visitors – and now, with the first-ever virtual race that starts on Cadillac and ends on Katahdin, to help raise funds for the two areas.
Downeast Lakes Land Trust Honors Former Board Member Karin Tilberg
Maine Environmental News - Monday, July 31, 2017 

The 2017 Downeast Lakes Conservation Award was presented to former Downeast Lakes Land Trust Board Member Karin Tilberg at DLLT’s annual meeting and picnic. During the formation of DLLT, she offered invaluable advice that helped to frame DLLT’s goals and vision for the conservation of the Downeast Lakes region. With her input, DLLT and partners launched the Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership, resulting in the conservation of over 340,000 acres in 2008. Karin continues her work in land conservation by serving as Deputy Director of the Forest Society of Maine since 2011.
Inside the Effort to Fight Climate Change Beyond the Power Sector
TIME - Monday, July 31, 2017 

The transportation, manufacturing and agriculture industries have received a fraction of the attention of the power sector in the fight against climate change, but together they account for more than twice the harmful pollutants that are emitted during the production of electricity in the United States. And as sources of clean energy such as wind and solar comprise more of the nation's power, many experts believe it's time to focus attention on those other sectors.
Regulators Reduce Recreational Catch Limit On Haddock
Maine Public - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Federal regulators are reducing the number of haddock that recreational anglers are allowed to land in the Gulf of Maine. Allison Ferreira, a spokeswoman for the National Marine Fisheries service, says the number of haddock each angler can catch per day is now reduced from 15 to 12. She says recreational anglers last year accidentally landed too many cod, which are off-limits, while fishing for haddock.
Utility Regulators to Weigh in on Poland Spring Proposal
Associated Press - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Utility regulators are weighing in on Poland Spring's plan to transport up to 172 million gallons of water a year from a public water district well that once served a Maine paper mill. The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday is set to discuss a permit application filed by the company's corporate parent Nestle Waters North America with the state's drinking water program. Regulators asked the Lincoln Water District about the impact of withdrawing the water. Lincoln Water District Superintendent Jeffrey Day told regulators that the proposed withdrawal is not expected to negatively impact the district's public water system and its ability to serve its customers.
Swimming eagle rescued by Maine lobstermen
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Monday, July 31, 2017 

John Chipman, who lives in Birch Harbor, said he has been on the water for 45 years, and had never seen a bald eagle swimming in the Atlantic Ocean before, When he spotted the eagle struggling through the water off Schoodic Island last week, he knew it needed help.
Sixteen people help rescue woman who broke ankle
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Pownal firefighters on Saturday carried a woman off Bradbury Mountain after she slipped and fractured her ankle. A friend of the woman’s called 911 from a cellphone at about 12:55 p.m. after she slipped on rocks on a “very tough, steep” section of terrain, Deputy Chief Dick Hogue of the Pownal Fire Department said Monday. The rescue effort took nearly three hours and involved about 16 people.
TrumpWatch: The Mooch is out
Other - Monday, July 31, 2017 

In the latest chaotic staff shake-up to rock the White House, President Donald Trump is sacking Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director. The announcement came just minutes after the New York Times reported the news Monday and shortly after Trump tweeted there was "No WH chaos." Scaramucci was more than two weeks from the official start of his new job. But he had already convulsed the White House with controversial statements, including vulgar attacks on senior staffers and a vow to hunt down leakers. Saturday Night Live writers and Stephen Colbert wept.
Fishing Managers to Meet Over Trump Official's Flounder Rule
Maine Public - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Interstate fishing regulators are meeting to discuss a Trump administration decision they say has the ability to jeopardize conservation of marine resources on the East Coast. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia. The commission has disagreed recently with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross over a decision he made about summer flounder fishing.
Is The Gulf Of Maine's Great White Shark Population Rising?
Maine Public - Monday, July 31, 2017 

The number of great white sharks may be increasing in the Gulf of Maine. That's because population management of both the sharks and their main food, seals, means that there are a lot more of both than there once were - so populations are spreading. New research by the University of New England and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will tag sharks and record when they pass by certain coastal locations, as well as use satellites to keep track of some in the shark population.
Zinke denies threatening senators
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Albuquerque Journal — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Saturday that there was no threat in his calls to Alaska’s two Republican U.S. senators last week after one of them broke ranks with the GOP on a health care vote. [Ed: Many are concerned Trump will retaliate by undermining national conservation lands in states, including Maine, where senators have opposed the Administration on other issues.]
Opinion: A strong carbon cap is good for Maine’s environment and economy
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Ten years ago last month, Maine joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This historic, market-based initiative among nine states puts a limit on climate-changing carbon pollution from power plants. It has been a remarkable success by any measure. Now, the states are nearing the end of a periodic review of the program. Maine leaders at that table must work to strengthen the program to ensure it continues benefiting Maine’s environment, economy and energy consumers. ~ Matt Damon, Penobscot Home Performance, Bucksport; Bo Jesperson, The Breathable Home, Augusta
Bear on a Stump
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, July 31, 2017 

We were driving south on Baxter State Park’s perimeter road one day, kids in the back, when two bears crossed in front of us. We stopped quickly on a knoll to watch them. One was huge, and it stopped just on the other side of the road and put its front feet up on a tree stump, standing tall and looking soooo big! It stood there for quite a while staring at us while we stared at it. And then it dropped down and walked off. Baxter Park is a great place to see wildlife, including bears. We’ve had other sightings – one time a bear was in a field of wild blueberries picking along with us.
Injured in the national monument? Just call 911, if you can get a signal
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Maine’s national monument managers have a simple plan for visitors who get injured or lost while visiting their controversial new space: Call 911. Emergency responders say they can effectively respond to accidents, crimes or lost visitors in the 87,562 acres of dense forest. The park service makes clear that visitors should expect a wilderness experience, and plan accordingly.
Farm stand thefts make farmers feel ‘sad for humanity’
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Small, unmanned farm stands dot the state of Maine, stocked in the growing season with fresh-picked produce and a cash box. The farmers and gardeners who fill these farm stands generally use the age-old honor system to take care of business. But what happens if not everyone follows the rules of the honor system? For some farmers, operating a farm stand has meant losing money and produce to theft and gaining discouraging insights about humanity.
Study tracks great white sharks off Maine coast
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Marine biologists are embarking on the first study dedicated to learning about the habits of great white sharks off the coast of southern Maine, where the scientists say the fishes’ population is likely to increase. University of New England professor James Sulikowski will collaborate with Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to see how often the sharks come near the coast.
Portland sees a rare spurt in plans for housing subdivisions
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Three separate residential subdivisions – developments rarely seen in Portland for decades – are now moving through the city’s review process as developers try to meet strong demand for new single-family homes.
Editorial: The Failure of RGGI
Other - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Wind Action - The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (‘RGGI’) is the darling of regulators in the nine participating states that include New England, New York, Delaware and Maryland. RGGI boosters insist the carbon cap-and-trade program is responsible for precipitous declines in carbon emissions, saving consumers hundreds of millions in energy costs, creating thousands of new jobs and improving public health. The problem for the boosters is that RGGI’s own numbers do not support their glowing claims. RGGI proponents want us to believe that the program is delivering on a global environmental promise, but the reality is the nine-state cap-and-trade system is a colossal failure of resource allocation that should be repealed to leave more efficient market forces.
Letter: Climate change a matter of defense
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 31, 2017 

Increased tick populations and the rise of diseases they carry reminds us every day of the threats we face with unchecked climate change. While the science has never been clearer, the Trump administration and their allies in Congress have been working to roll back climate progress. It’s time for our leaders to move beyond studying the problem and work to cut the pollution fueling global warming and shift to 100 percent renewable energy. ~ Seanna Flynn, Portland
Letter: Transgressions by Trump, EPA target our health, economy
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 31, 2017 

They have declined to ban chlorpyrifos, a dangerous pesticide; taken steps to roll back clean car standards; removed “science” from the EPA Office of Science and Technology’s mission statement; initiated the process to repeal the life-saving Clean Power Plan; begun dismantling the Clean Water Rule; withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement; proposed cutting the EPA’s budget by 31 percent – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. According to the Trump administration, their unrelenting attacks on environmental and health protections amount to “reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens,” but in reality, they are a clear attempt to put the profits of polluters before the health of American families. ~ Jessica Shvakhman, South Portland
Letter: Stop ‘Smoggy Skies Act’
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 31, 2017 

I am writing to thank Rep. Bruce Poliquin for standing up for the health of Mainers across the state as one of only 11 Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote against the “Smoggy Skies Act,” or HR 806. This legislation is reckless and dangerous. Smog, or ground level air pollution, is dangerous and widespread. Southern Maine is particularly vulnerable, and millions of Americans both here in Maine and across the country are also vulnerable to poor air quality. Unfortunately, the House passed this harmful bill. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King should follow their colleague and vote no on this legislation when it reaches the Senate floor. ~ Bonnie Irwin, Brewer
In Maine, a national monument may be in peril
Boston Globe - Sunday, July 30, 2017 

Even as the land’s new prominence shows early signs of drawing tourists and local businesses are seeing benefits, Tim Hudson and environmental advocates who have lobbied for its preservation are grappling with an existential question: Will Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument survive? In April, President Trump issued an unprecedented executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review 27 national monuments created since 1996. It remains unclear whether Trump will overturn Obama’s decision to designate the land a national monument or whether he has the legal authority to do so. Christina Shipps, who recently bought a house nearby to open a café, said, “If the monument is removed, it would send this area into a downward spiral."
Milfoil infestation on Annabessacook Lake more serious than originally thought
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 30, 2017 

On a recent weekday morning, Cliff Cabral was several feet below the surface of Annabessacook Lake, wearing scuba gear and guiding yellowish-green plants into a hose that sucked them out of the depths. Those plants, variable leaf water milfoil, are an invasive plant species that was first detected in Annabessacook Lake three years ago. The state provided about $38,000 in grant funds to Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed for milfoil removal and boat inspections in Annabessacook Lake and other infested waters. The infestation was more serious than originally thought.
Maine Appalachian Trail Club does the dirty work ahead of conference
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, July 30, 2017 

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club, an all-volunteer organization that manages nearly 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, held a live demonstration Sunday at Colby College on how to build a privy, which will later be transported to the Appalachian Trail. Sherri Langlais, co-chairwoman of the 41st Appalachian Trail Conservancy Conference at Colby, said building the privy was just one part of the conference, which runs Aug. 4 to Aug. 11 at Colby. Other events include a trade show, hikes excursions and more. The conference has over 240 miles of hikes, as well as workshops and other events.
Man found dead in Baxter State Park
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 30, 2017 

The body of a Connecticut man was found in Baxter State Park on Sunday in an apparent unattended death, Park Director Jensen Bissell said. The name of the man was not released, but Jensen said he was approximately 60 years old. His body was found on the Chimney Pond Trail about a mile from Roaring Brook Campground, Bissell said. The Maine Forest Service, park rangers and a local funeral home responded to the incident, which appeared to be caused by a medical issue the man suffered, Bissell said.
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