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Action Alert - Thursday, October 18, 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
Robbins Lumber tour, Oct 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Tour of Robbins Lumber, Searsmont, October 25, 3-5 pm. RSVP. Sponsored by Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service.
Help wanted: Wildlife Ecologist
Announcement - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

This position leads Maine Audubon’s 35-year-old Loons and Lakes program and develops and oversees other citizen science programs that help track and conserve Maine’s wildlife populations.
Belfast Rail Trail Hike, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

A full-hunter’s-moon hike of 1.5-miles round trip is open to all ages and abilities. At midway point on the Belfast Rail Trail, October 24, 5:45-7:15 pm. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
‘Day in the Life’ with Maine Guides, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

Kevin Slater and Polly Mahoney have been partners in Mahoosuc Guide Service for 29 years offering wilderness canoe trips in spring, summer and fall and dogsled trips in the winter. At McLaughlin Auditorium on the Gould Academy, Bethel, October 24, 7 pm. Sponsored by Mahoosuc Land Trust.
How Are Fishing Communities Adapting to Climate Change? Oct 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 

Susie Arnold, marine scientist at the Island Institute, presents results talks about whether farmed sugar kelp can remediate ocean acidification and improve growing conditions for nearby farmed shellfish. At Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, October 23, 6 pm.
Gina McCarthy at the Evening for the Environment
Announcement - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy delivered the keynote address at the “2018 Evening for the Environment” organized by Maine Conservation Voters and Maine Conservation Alliance. Listen now.
Fly tying workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Downeast Salmon Federation is partnering with Maine Outdoor School to offer several fly tying workshops. At Ellsworth and Amherst, October 15, 2018 – January 27, 2019.
Rail-trails under attack
Action Alert - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Railbanking is essential to preserving rail corridors for use as trails. This federal statute has allowed local trail groups to convert former railways into thriving rail-trails that boost local economies and create healthier communities. But the federal Surface Transportation Board is proposing to significantly restrict the timeframe for these negotiations. ~ Kevin Mills, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Nominate conservation groups for Franklin Savings Bank grants
Announcement - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Franklin Savings Bank is celebrating 150 years of community banking by donating $150,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout Franklin, Oxford, Somerset, and Hancock counties. Nominate the nonprofit of your choice.
Conservative Environmentalism: Oxymoron or Viable Alternative? Oct 22
Event - Posted - Monday, October 15, 2018 

Dan Dagget, pulitzer prize nominated author of "Beyond the Rangeland Conflict Toward a West That Works" talks about his journey from "eco-radical" activist to "conservative environmentalist." At Bowdoin College, Moulton Union, October 22, 7:30 pm.
Be Part of the Green Wave
Action Alert - Monday, October 15, 2018 

This election is critical to our planet but millions of environmental voters don't vote during midterm elections. You can help change that. The Center for Biological Diversity is launching a voter engagement program called Ignite the Vote. State-of-the-art voter outreach technology will help reach every voter who cares about wildlife and the planet.
Neptune Woods Trail Celebration, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 14, 2018 

Celebrate the opening of new multi-use trails on this 64-acre parcel of land on the former Naval Air Station in Brunswick. 10 am – 12 pm, Center Street Cycles and Specialized Bicycles will have 12 Stumpjumper mountain bikes for attendees to try; 12–2 pm at Flight Deck Brewing. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Richard Blanco talk, Oct 21
Announcement - Sunday, October 14, 2018 

Poet Richard Blanco gave an inspiring presentation at the 2018 Harpswell Heritage Land Trust annual meeting. His talk will air on Harpswell Community TV, October 21, 7:30 pm.
Vote Climate
Action Alert - Saturday, October 13, 2018 

We need bold action like a Green New Deal that would put millions of people across the country to work in green jobs building strong communities and a safe climate. ~ 350 Action
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Column: A lasting legacy
Turner Publishing - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Maine’s rich and colorful outdoor heritage has, over the years, produced a parade of prominent and not-so-prominent personalities, all helping shape and imprint this memorable and lasting legacy. Greenville bush pilot Dick Folsom was a man who left his mark in the annals of Maine’s outdoor history. Logic dictates you don’t make a living bush flying Maine without some tales to tell. Folsom had more than his share. Jake Morrel’s new book is called “Dick Folsom: Bush Pilot, A Legend Reflects.” ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Blog: Conservation Project Is a Winner
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

A landmark conservation project in western Maine was announced late last month, much to the delight of outdoor enthusiasts. The long-awaited deal protects more than 10,000 acres along the Appalachian Trail corridor, securing future public access and ensuring that the property remains a working forest. The 9,580-acre Redington Forest conservation easement surrounds the 4,010-foot summit of Mt. Redington, while the 1,155-acre Lone Mountain easement conserves a significant portion on the north slopes of that peak. These lands close gaps in a 60,000-acre swath of conservation protection ranging from Long Falls Dam Road east of the Bigelows to Route 4 west of Saddleback. ~ Carey Kish
Fox involved in Brunswick attacks confirmed to have been rabid
Times Record - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Brunswick police say the fox killed by an officer killed on Moody Road Friday after attacking four people has tested positive for rabies. In a separate incident, a skunk found on Range Road Sunday also tested positive for rabies.
Maine to get over $1 million in federal aid for severe fall storm
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has obligated more than $1 million in assistance to Maine stemming from a severe storm and flooding that hit the state hard last Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. The money can help pay to repair or replace public facilities and infrastructure that was destroyed because of a disaster. The agency says federal money in response to the fall storm can assist in support of first responders. It can also help reimburse the cost of road clearing, debris removal and repairs to facilities such as schools and public buildings.
Lower mileage standards so people drive less, crash less, administration argues
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards. Transportation experts dispute the arguments, contained in a draft of the administration’s proposals prepared this summer.
Maine Scientist Is Leading Expedition To The Top Of The World To Uncover Climate Complexities
Maine Public - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

A Maine-based scientist, Dr. Paty Matrai, is leading an international expedition of some 40 researchers to the top of the world, where they will explore the poorly understood dynamics of Arctic weather in an era of rapid warming. The scientists want to test whether processes now underway might serve to slow global warming, at least a bit.
Human error to blame for spill of 1.7 million gallons of sewage into bay, report finds
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

The 1.7 million-gallon deluge of partially treated sewage into Casco Bay last week was caused by a worker’s failure to fully open a release valve after the routine cleaning of a tank at a Portland water treatment plant. Department of Environmental Protection will determine whether to sanction the utility company for the spill, which the water district estimates caused between $30,000 and $50,000 of damage.
Grant to finance infrastructure, strawberry greenhouse in Madison
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Strawberries are coming to Madison. A Maine entrepreneur with ties to renewable energy projects in the state has landed a grant through the Northern Border Regional Commission and Madison Electric Works for a strawberry greenhouse on two lots in the Madison Business Gateway park, bringing 30 to 40 jobs to town and a boost to the local tax base. The project will be awarded $310,000 to expand the town’s industrial park, which plans to include a new natural gas pipe, water treatment system, electrical transformers and 200 feet of new sewer and water lines. The strawberry project is not going to replace the $200 million in taxable property and the jobs that were lost when Madison Paper closed, but it’s a good start.
Hike: Sipp Bay Preserve
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Located on a peninsula between Sipp Bay and East Bay, the 92-acre Sipp Bay Preserve in Perry is a great place for hiking, picnicking, paddling, wildlife watching and berry picking. Two small trail networks explore the preserve’s mossy forest, maintained fields and scenic shoreline, and two hand-carry boat launches give easy access to paddlers looking to explore the area by boat. Maine Coast Heritage Trust acquired the preserve in two chunks, one in 2010 and the other in 2011, with supporting funds through the Land for Maine’s Future program and the Open Space Conservancy’s Saving New England Wildlife Fund.
Girl, 9, stung by jellyfish at Maine beach
York Weekly - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Nine-year-old Kaliah Ritz was in the ocean off of Long Sands Beach one day last week, boogie boarding with her dad and her cousin “when I felt something squishy between my legs. Then my legs went numb. “We saw a jellyfish in the water before I got stung,” she said, “but it was just a big blob. We thought it was dead.” Warm waters are “advantageous” to jellyfish. Nick Record, a senior research scientist at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, said the warmer the water, “the more jellyfish-dominated ecosystems in the ocean.” Does climate change contribute to jellyfish blooms? Likely.
Here's How America Uses Its Land
Bloomberg News - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

The 48 contiguous states alone are a 1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of cities, farms, forests and pastures that Americans use to feed themselves, power their economy and extract value for business and pleasure. Unprotected forests and timberland constitute a quarter of the contiguous U.S. On a percentage basis, urban creep outpaces growth in all other land-use categories—at an average rate of about 1 million additional acres a year. Another growth area: land owned by wealthy families. Since 2008 the amount of land owned by the 100 largest private landowners has grown from 28 million acres to 40 million.
Despite subsidy, two wood-fired power plants offline for months
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Two troubled Maine power plants that make electricity from wood have produced no power in the past four months. The Stored Solar plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro were essentially off line in April through July of this year. During that period, they purchased only a small fraction of the wood fuel they had promised to buy, significantly cut their workforces, and won’t restart until fall at the earliest. The news comes less than four months after the PUC voted to give Stored Solar $1.2 million, a portion of a controversial state subsidy meant to keep the two stand-alone biomass power plants alive, as well as the jobs linked to them.
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge receives grant from Quimby Family Foundation
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Hirundo Wildlife Trust is grateful to the Quimby Family Foundation for the award of a capacity-building grant in the amount of $17,500. The grant will relieve barriers of access to the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge on Route 43 through improvements to internal roads with gravel surface and bus turn-around, expanded parking areas and improved signage. With these improvements, facilities and programs that connect people to nature will be conveniently accessible to the local community.
Beautiful Photos of All 59 U.S. National Parks
National Geographic - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Photographer Jonathan Irish embarked on an ambitious journey to visit every U.S. national park, including Acadia, in 52 weeks in honor the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.
The Maine Coast at Night | Photos
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Jon Secord is a landscape photographer. These photos were taken during a three-week trip to Maine and showcase the beauty of the night sky free from light pollution.
Vaccines from the sky aim to eliminate raccoon rabies
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Airplanes will drop packets of vaccine into rural woods in efforts to eliminate raccoon rabies. State officials will release about 351,000 oral rabies vaccines baits targeting raccoons this month with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s help. The effort comes as Maine sees 42 cases of animal rabies in 13 out of 16 counties so far this year. Those cases involve rabid bats, raccoons, striped skunks, gray foxes, otters, domestic cats and woodchucks.
Think tank in the ‘king of the red states’ assumes power in Trump’s Washington
Think Progress - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), a conservative think tank and advocacy group, emerged as a political force in the Lone Star State more than a decade ago. While its influence was largely contained to Texas for many years, TPPF has found an eager audience in the White House and is now flexing its muscle on the national stage. Founded almost 30 years ago, TPPF is a Koch-funded research and advocacy group that touts itself as a defender of liberty and free enterprise. From the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to the Department of Energy (DOE), former TPPF officials are now filling top roles in the Trump administration and are working to promote pro-fossil fuel and anti-environment policies at the national level.
Injured hiker airlifted off Katahdin
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

A woman was flown by helicopter off Abol Trail on Mount Katahdin Monday morning. The woman, 47, called 911 late Sunday to report a knee injury and exhaustion. She was brought down from the mountain by a Maine Forest Service helicopter and then taken to a nearby hospital.
Are Carbon Taxes Finally Catching On In Congress?
Maine Public - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

A Republican member of Congress is introducing a bill he says will patch up crumbling infrastructure, while also fighting climate change. It’s called a carbon tax. The idea centers around putting a price on pollution and funnelling money collected back into roads and bridges across America. Days before Curbelo’s bill debuted, more than 200 House Republicans passed a symbolic resolution denouncing carbon taxes. But six, including Curbelo, voted in support of the tax idea, signalling a slight crack in what only two years ago was a unified wall of GOP resistance.
Maine farm sued after girl allegedly thrown from horse, breaking skull and spine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

A New York couple is suing the owner of a Maine farm where their daughter allegedly broke her skull and spine after being thrown from a horse. Last week, Laura and Andrew Davey filed a federal lawsuit against Rocky Ridge Farm, claiming its proprietor was negligent in running a riding tour that ended with the parents and their daughter being unhorsed. During a 2016 visit to the York County farm, the family claims that their horses broke into a run after their guide instructed the animals to “trot.” The suit claims that the daughter, who had never ridden before, fell off the side of the horse, was knocked out and taken to Maine Medical Center, where doctors diagnosed her with an injury to the brain, three broken spinal vertebrae, a broken skull, arm and jaw.
Maine town to decide whether to install solar panels at former landfill
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Voters in Tremont are expected to weigh in next week on whether the town should allow solar panels to be installed at the town’s closed landfill site. A vote in favor of the proposal would allow the town to move forward with a proposal from Searsport-based Sundog Solar to install as many as 500 solar panels at the site on Harbor Drive. The town is not being asked to invest any funds to bring the project to fruition, Saunders said. The proposal gives the town the option of buying the panels and associated infrastructure after six years.
Maine's 10 Must-Hike Mountain Trails
Down East - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

When Maine natives Sarah McLean and Cait Bourgault founded the Alpine Women Collective in 2016, they were a pair of Portland creatives increasingly pulled to the mountains on weekends. As they realized how much hiking was improving their lives and friendship, they started organizing “babe hikes,” group hikes and camping trips where women of all ages (especially outdoor newbies) could hit the trail with a crew of supportive peers. Two years and many mountains later, they're sharing their top 10 Maine mountain hikes for all skill levels.
Letter: Approve wind ordinance
Sun Journal - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

We are asking voters in Greenwood to come out to the special town meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Legion Hall, with a hope that residents will vote “yes” to approve the proposed wind power ordinance to preserve Greenwood’s natural surroundings, including ponds and ridge lines. The local Ordinance Review Committee has developed an ordinance that would limit the height of towers and provide far safer setbacks. A “yes” vote would protect the landscape and stop the industrialization of Greenwood mountains. ~ Cathy and Charlie Newell, Greenwood
Letter: As warming threatens planet, humans will have to make sacrifices
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

We are rapidly running out of time to save our planet. We have very little time to make revolutionary changes in how we think and behave. Climate change, if we do nothing about it, will eventually lead to the end of mankind and most of life on our small planet. This is a worldwide emergency that requires international steps to prevent the absolute worst from happening. Unfortunately, our country has a leader who does not lead in this area of greatest concern. Not many other national leaders do much better, so it is left to the grass roots to take actions. ~ Len Frenkel, South Portland
Letter: Scott Pruitt’s successor at EPA launches his own dangerous agenda
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

On July 9, Andrew Wheeler became acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing scandal-tarnished and corruption-prone Scott Pruitt. Since then, Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, has maintained Pruitt’s anti-public health, pro-fossil fuels agenda. He drastically weakened a rule that required strict monitoring and handling of coal ash, which is known to cause cancer and organ damage. Wheeler’s now moving ahead with Pruitt’s old effort to ban the EPA from referencing scientific studies that use public health data. ~ Sam Matey, Gorham
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