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Action Alert - Friday, February 22, 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 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
Maine Grain Conference, Mar 1
Event - Posted - Friday, February 22, 2019 

At University of Maine at Presque Isle, March 1, 8:30 am-5 pm.
Acadia Teacher Fellows application deadline, Mar 1
Announcement - Friday, February 22, 2019 

The National Park Service is recruiting six Acadia Teacher Fellows to spend the summer learning about Acadia National Park’s diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. Apply online by March 1.
Future Farmers Scholarship application deadline, Mar 1
Announcement - Friday, February 22, 2019 

Graduating seniors from Maine high schools who are National Future Farmers of America organization members interested in pursuing a career in farming, agriculture or natural resources are invited to apply for the Ronald P. Guerrette $1,000 Scholarship through the Maine Community Foundation. Application deadline is March 1.
John Connelly book tour
Event - Posted - Thursday, February 21, 2019 

John Connelly was the first to paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (740 miles) in northern New England and kayak the Maine Island Trail (375 miles), connecting them via the Saint John River and Bay of Fundy (385 miles) in New Brunswick. The grand total? 1,500 miles. He has written a book about his adventure. Here are book tour dates and locations.
Help Wanted: Island Caretakers
Announcement - Thursday, February 21, 2019 

The Maine Island Trail Association is seeking qualified seasonal island caretakers to help with the management of two islands in Casco Bay: Little Chebeague Island and Jewell Island (May to September). $8,500 stipend. Application deadline March 15.
LiDAR – Revealing Maine’s Secrets, Feb 28
Event - Posted - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Amber Whittaker, senior geologist for the Maine Geological Survey, will explain how LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) uses laser beams to produce a very accurate and detailed representation of the land surface. At Camden Public Library, February 28, 7 pm.
Restoring Great Rivers, Feb 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

Joshua Royte, conservation scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Maine and founding member of the World Fish Migration Foundation, will discuss “Restoring Great Rivers: Amazing Work in Maine and Around the World.” At Portland Public Library, February 27, 5:30 pm
North Pond Hermit talk, Feb 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

Maeghan Maloney, District Attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties, will discuss the case of Christopher Knight, dubbed “The North Pond Hermit.” At Bailey Public Library, Winthrop, February 26, 6:30 pm.
Granges talk, Feb 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

Hundreds of grange halls once dotted the Maine landscape. They housed a secret society that served farmers’ economic, educational and social needs. Historian Doug Hodgkin will trace the history of the organization, with special reference to the Grange at Crowley’s Junction in Lewiston. At Androscoggin Historical Society’s Davis-Wagg Museum, Auburn, February 26, 7 pm.
Kennebec Land Trust historic cabin renovation, Feb 25
Announcement - Monday, February 18, 2019 

Recently, the Kennebec Land Trust renovated two historic cabins at the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary in West Gardiner. The project will be featured on the Maine Cabin Masters show on the DIY network, February 25, 9 pm.
Grants available for land conservation transaction costs
Announcement - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Grant applications are available for the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership’s Winter 2019 Land Protection Transaction Grant Program. The matching grants assist with costs for permanent land protection projects by donation and/or acquisition of full fee and conservation easements within the coastal watershed area of New Hampshire and Maine.
Owls at Hirundo, Feb 23-24
Event - Posted - Saturday, February 16, 2019 

Hirundo presents a two-part program for participants to get up close to three native Maine owls. At the Montessori School, Feb 23, 11 am- noon, and a nature walk from Old Town High School, Feb 24, 6-7 pm. $10 for one program, $16 for both for adults; $5 for one and $8 for both for youths.
‘Grasses and Rushes of Maine’ book release, Feb 22
Event - Posted - Friday, February 15, 2019 

Book release and signing by authors of “Grasses and Rushes of Maine.” At Stantec office, Topsham, February 22, 5-7 pm.
The Green New Deal
Publication - Monday, February 11, 2019 

The Green New Deal will convert the decaying fossil fuel economy into a new, green economy that is environmentally sustainable, economically secure and socially just. The Green New Deal starts with transitioning to 100% green renewable energy (no nukes or natural gas) by 2030. It would immediately halt any investment in fossil fuels (including natural gas) and related infrastructure. The Green New Deal will guarantee full employment and generate up to 20 million new, living-wage jobs, as well as make the government the employer of last resort with a much-needed major public jobs program.
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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: 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
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
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