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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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; hey, we're all connected). 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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Wildfire Episode 14 – Legislative Recap
Maine Audubon - Saturday, August 31, 2013 

Beth Ahearn, Political Director at Maine Conservation Voters, recaps the recent legislative session.
Growing hops in Maine? Volunteers hand-pick crop in Aroostook County
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 31, 2013 

The next time you sip a beer from Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company and Gritty McDuff’s, or New Hampshire’s Throwback Brewery, take a moment and toast the helping hands harvesting the hops that made varieties of those brews possible. Aroostook Hops held its third annual Hops Picking Party over the Labor Day weekend and more than 25 volunteers showed up to pluck the succulent green hops cones from the vines at Jason Johnston and Krista Delahunty’s central Aroostook farm. “We could not do it without these volunteers,” Delahunty said Saturday.
Chefs, ocean researchers team up to hook diners on ‘underutilized’ Gulf of Maine fish species
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 31, 2013 

The posh Inn by The Sea in Cape Elizabeth, along with a handful of other restaurants across the state, recently committed to feature at least one responsibly harvested fish species from the Gulf of Maine on their menu. The intent is to relieve pressure on once plentiful but now sparse cod and haddock fisheries by focusing on fish such as dogfish, whiting and redfish, long considered understudies for the stars of the sea.
Victims' families seek role in Maine railway bankruptcy
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 31, 2013 

Families of people who were killed in a fiery train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last month likely are entitled to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, according to a motion filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Letter: Dr. King would have fought for factory-farmed animals
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 31, 2013 

This week's 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today. He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers' rights, gay rights and animal rights. Yes, animal rights. ~ Paul Mahn, Portland
Wilderness on the main line
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 31, 2013 

When Lisa Lassey at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust called the Smith Preserve an experience akin to the North Maine Woods, it seemed a boastful exaggeration. But a trip Thursday into this thick forestland smack in the center of southern coastal Maine reveals the mixed habitat of moose, bobcats, coyotes, turkeys, deer and fisher cats within a 1,100-acre preserve. And a new partnership between the Trust and the Seashore Trolley Museum now has made this forestland more accessible to naturalists.
Prolonging the season
Portland Phoenix - Friday, August 30, 2013 

As a newbie gardener — this was the first year I attempted to grow more than basil and cherry tomatoes — I am sad to see the end of the growing season on the horizon (a truth made starker by the Farmers’ Almanac’s prediction of a bitter winter). Tending to my veggies, among them chard, peas, peppers, and tomatoes, has been one of the summer’s greatest joys.
Backyard Farms plans to rehire workers in October
Morning Sentinel - Friday, August 30, 2013 

Tomato grower Backyard Farms says it plans to rehire all of its employees and will return some of them to work by October, following furloughs that are scheduled to begin after Labor Day. Problems with crops at the commercial greenhouse, including a white fly infestation that required the company to destroy nearly half-a-million plants, has disrupted operations and shut down production. The company plans to have tomatoes ready for distribution in January.
It’s all about culverts
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, August 30, 2013 

We’ll be taping a Wildfire TV show next Wednesday with Pat Sirois, Director of Maine’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative, to discuss his exciting Fisheries Improvement Network. Among his many projects, Pat is leading the way to better culvert installations that allow fish passage. That is one of the biggest things that can be done to improve fisheries in our state. Tens of thousands of culverts now block fish from getting to their spawning grounds.
Railroad cars derail near Route 2 in Hermon
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 30, 2013 

At least two railroad cars on a train derailed behind a storage facility on Route 2. Railroad workers were at the scene. One of the cars was a tanker while the other appeared to be a boxcar. The tanker was on its side. No further details were available at 6 p.m. Friday.
Debate on animal control, plovers rages on
Scarborough Leader - Friday, August 30, 2013 

An incident in July in which a wayward dog killed a fledging piping plover chick on Pine Point Beach has launched a townwide debate on how to protect the endangered shorebird while allowing dogs and their owners to enjoy recreational activities on town beaches. More than two dozen residents appeared before the Town Council last week to share their thoughts on a new animal control ordinance that would allow dogs on the beach from April 1 to Sept. 15 between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. only if they are on leash and controlled by their owner. Scarborough beaches are also home to the least tern, red knot and roseate tern, all birds that are endangered in Maine or in danger of being so.
Eastport awarded $6M grant for breakwater funding
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 30, 2013 

Sen. Susan Collins, along with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announced Friday that the Port of Eastport will receive a $6 million grant. The grant is part of the latest round of the National Infrastructure Investments program’s funding, also known as the Tiger program. The grant will support the replacement of the town’s breakwater, which was built to protect the port from waves.
New England fish survey taps fishermen for help
Associated Press - Friday, August 30, 2013 

Federal scientists have completed a pilot project in which they relied heavily on the expertise of fishermen to survey the health of flatfish species off New England. The survey of flatfish, such as flounder, came as scientific methods for counting fish are under fire. Critics say it's unreliable and a poor basis for setting fishermen's catch limits. The survey, conducted this month, put new focus on certain geographic areas suggested by fishermen. It also used different nets and operated from two commercial fishing boats, rather than the federal research vessel normally used.
Column: ‘Grudge birds’ — the vexing birds that refuse to let me see them
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 30, 2013 

There are a handful of birds that refuse to let me see them. I believe they intentionally avoid me, because many other Maine birders have had no problem seeing them. Others call them nemesis birds. I call these “grudge birds” because I hold a personal grudge against them. For instance, there are two species of skua that visit Maine waters. I have not seen either one, despite repeated attempts. Plus, I have a few additional grudges. ~ Bob Duchesne
Chewonki offers ultimate Maine canoe trip
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 30, 2013 

Every summer, the Chewonki Foundation sponsors the canoe expedition of a lifetime — the “Thoreau Wilderness Trip.” This excursion traverses the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River, and in my opinion, the best canoeing Maine has to offer. The seven-week trip follows the traditional travel routes used by Maine’s native Wabanaki people. The route also retraces many of the steps of famous naturalist, author and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, who first explored the Maine woods in the 1840s.
Maine Political Watch: Send in the clowns
Maine Environmental News - Friday, August 30, 2013 

On Thursday, former State Sen. Richard Rosen (R-Bucksport) said he intends to seek Maine’s Second Congressional District U.S. House seat. Rosen joins former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye (R-Perry), who plans a formal announcement after Labor Day. Raye and Rosen are among a barrelful of Republicans salivating for the congressional seat being vacated by Mike Michaud (D-East Millinocket), who is running for governor. Former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin (R-Georgetown) formally announced his candidacy this week. Blaine Richardson (R-Belfast), who lost the 2012 Second District GOP primary to Raye, also plans to run. On the other side, Maine Senators Emily Cain (D-Orono) and Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) are applying for the job.
Maine Legislature agrees to send bonds to voters, but no LMF funding
Maine Environmental News - Friday, August 30, 2013 

On Thursday, Maine legislators approved a series of bond proposals totaling nearly $150 million. The five bonds will go to voters in November. The package includes $100 million for transportation projects, $35.5 million for capital projects at higher education facilities, and $14 million for the Maine National Guard, including $3 million to purchase 6,000 acres for training. There are no bonds for the Land for Maine's Future conservation program.
Blog: Who says there are no deer in Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 30, 2013 

A friend put up a camera on some property that we own and came up with these pics from late July. The antlers go towards the front of the deer more than they go out beyond the ears but I would like nothing more than to add these antlers to the wall with my other 10 pointer. ~ Erin Merrill
Letter: Driving me batty
Bangor Daily News - Friday, August 30, 2013 

I sympathize with all those who have been affected by the legalizing of “loud incendiary devices” and would love to share a quiet glass of wine with people who have been. When fireworks were illegal, there was a nice balance — an unwritten “detente” tolerated by most and kept to a reasonable level by the fact that they were illegal. Now, thanks to the governor, it is not only legal, it is a right to annoy folks, traumatize dogs and to dry out wet fireworks with a torch. A University of Maine biology professor has told me that the percussive shock waves of fireworks have a very harmful effect on the already dismal romantic opportunities of bats. ~ Nathan White, Ashland
Half-red lobster discovered in Maine described as 1-in-50 million rarity
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 29, 2013 

The lobstermen of Owls Head have seen some strangely colored crustaceans in recent years, but one pulled out of the ocean earlier this month was still a first. “We’ve caught a couple of calico ones, with orange and black spots, and we’ve seen some blue ones,” said Anna Mason of Ship to Shore Lobster Co., “but I’d never seen one that was half-red like that, split right down the middle.” Mason said the lobsterman who caught the chromatically bisected crustacean agreed to let Ship to Shore donate it to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, where it will live out its days alongside a blue lobster that Mason’s company passed along two years ago. The institute says split-colored lobsters are estimated to occur only once out of every 50 million or more.
Firefighters stop blaze at Old Town mill; 6 transported to hospital as precaution
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 29, 2013 

A fire in a lime kiln at Old Town Fuel and Fiber sent six firefighters to the hospital for precautionary reasons.At about 6:40 a.m., a small fire got away from workers at the mill and the fire spread to the exterior walls of the building, said Old Town Fire Chief Steve O’Malley. “The reason we were there so long is the fire got into the walls,” he said. “When it gets inside the walls, it just stays there inside the insulation. We had to tear down the walls to put the fire out.” O’Malley said there was not a lot of damage done to the mill.
Maine tidal power company awarded $5 million in federal grant money
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 29, 2013 

Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. has been awarded two federal grants worth nearly $5 million to help develop the company’s tidal power technology, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced Thursday. Ocean Renewable Power Co. became the first company in North America to connect tidal power generators to the electric grid with a project currently underway in Cobscook Bay near Eastport. The company’s single turbine generator, when in operation, creates enough electricity to provide power for approximately 25 homes.
NOAA Fisheries Announces 2013 Awards for New England Education
Other - Thursday, August 29, 2013 

NOAA Fisheries Service Northeast Region today announced that it has awarded close to half a million dollars in funds to support nine educational projects in New England to provide hands-on learning experiences for K-12 students to foster greater understanding of and connection to local watersheds. In Maine, $78,801 is going to the Future of Four Seasons in Maine project. This 3-year project will engage 1,275 students and 30 high school teachers with professional scientists in research about the changing nature of the snowpack across Maine. It will emphasize the coastal climate zone where snowmelt provides clues for diadromous fish migration and changes in flood flows.
East Millinocket trucker fortunate to be alive after dump truck, train collide, police say
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 29, 2013 

Rescue personnel from three communities helped free the driver of a dump truck that was partially crushed when it collided with a train on Thursday morning. Fredrick Lindsay, 63, of East Millinocket was driving east on Route 202 and wasn’t able to stop in time behind a vehicle waiting at a railroad crossing for a Maine, Montreal and Atlantic Railway train to pass, Hampden police Officer Joel Small said at the scene. Lindsay went around the stopped vehicle to avoid it and his dump truck was struck by the train near Mayo Road. The crash is the latest incident involving Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway. A runaway MMA train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec last month and exploded, killing 47 people.
Rising sea level means Scarborough Marsh may have a wetter future
Forecaster - Thursday, August 29, 2013 

Attended by perhaps 45 people, a Town Hall forum Wednesday addressed how rising sea level may affect the future of the 3,100-acre Scarborough Marsh. Conducted by Assistant Town Planner Jay Chace, Peter Slovinsky, who is a marine geologist with the Maine Geological Survey, and Steve Walker of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the workshop took a look over the horizon to assess if and how the marsh can absorb elevated sea levels and endure the higher storm tides and surges that will accompany catastrophic weather events.
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