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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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Maine, federal officials will meet with public about invasive forest pest
Associated Press - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Maine forest officials are meeting with the public to talk about the danger posed by an invasive forest pest that has been located in southern Maine. The emerald ash borer has been discovered infesting trees in western York County. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry plans a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Lebanon to talk about the discovery.
Midcoast land trust merger means one group will control more than 100 properties
Lincoln County News - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Nearly 200 members of the Damariscotta River Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association overwhelmingly approved the unification of the land trusts in a vote in Damariscotta Sept. 25. The DRA owns 43 properties and has 42 conservation easements, according to Hufnagel. The PWA owns 15 properties and has 15 conservation easements.
Let DEP know you support upgrading our rivers and streams
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has proposed exciting upgrades for more than 400 miles of rivers and streams. Although this is supposed to be something that’s done every three years, this is the first time in almost 10 years that the DEP has proposed to upgrade water quality protections for any of our rivers and streams. These upgrades reflect gains in water quality on these rivers and streams, demonstrated by years of detailed monitoring. You can help achieve this goal by contacting the Board of Environmental Protection and urging them to support the DEP’s excellent proposal.
Vandals tear up Shaker Village hayfield
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Sometime Thursday night or early Friday morning unidentified vandals drove doughnuts into a hayfield at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, cutting deep, damaging ruts into the soil. Michael Graham, curator of the Shaker Village, said it’s an important resource, and while it was tough to guess the total amount of the damage, he anticipated at least several thousand dollars. The hayfield destruction was the latest in a string of illegal dumping and vandalism that has occurred on the historic 1,800-acre property over the past year.
‘Hill Street Blues’ writer’s new novel is based on a Maine factory town, like the ones he’s come to know
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Jeffrey Lewis walked away from TV writing a few years after “Hill Street Blues” went off the air in 1987. He and his wife bought a house in Castine in 1991, and he decided to write novels instead. He’s published seven of them since 2004. His latest is “Bealport,” the story of a coastal Maine factory town losing its largest employer. Lewis said he drew some inspiration from Bucksport, a town built around a paper mill and its jobs.
Mogul’s empire ignites fight over Boothbay Harbor’s coastal identity
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Paul Coulombe made a fortune when he sold Lewiston-based White Rock Distilleries six years ago and ever since has been investing tens of millions of dollars in revitalizing the entire Boothbay Peninsula, often amid controversy. For several months, the town has been debating a host of potential changes that, on paper, affect just a small strip of land. In the community, though – at public meetings, in cafes and shops, and along the idyllic waterfront – the discussion has evolved into something bigger. It seems to come down to whether a man with lots of money to spend will be allowed to remake the town in his image.

Energy firm sees Portland as logical site
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Longroad Energy Holdings, which recently opened a remote operations center in Portland, develops and operates wind and solar energy projects throughout North America. It has raised over $11 billion in capital. This financing has helped the company put together 33 projects with a total of 3,300 megawatts of capacity, including four high-voltage transmission lines. Longroad also has three projects planned for Maine. One is a 22-turbine wind farm in the Hancock County town of Eastbrook. The others are solar projects, in Unity Township, near Clinton, and Fairfield, near Waterville.
Portland hub monitors 425 solar projects, 6 wind farms
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Labor Day, 4:11 a.m. A technician sitting at a bank of video monitors in Portland received an alarm that a wind turbine has stopped producing power. That wind turbine is one of 165 at Utah’s largest wind farm, the Milford Wind project, in the desert south of Provo. Through an internet connection, the technician was able to troubleshoot the problem, much as an auto mechanic deciphers fault codes in a modern car. The data was emailed to a tech in Utah, who saw it when he reported to work the next morning. It may come as a surprise that operation of a wind farm in Utah is being observed by a technician in downtown Portland, 2,600 miles away. But that’s the job of a $1 million remote operations center run by Longroad Energy Partners, a Boston-based renewable energy developer with a key presence in Maine.
One foot in front of the other adds up to 14 Maine 4,000-footers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

My wife, Margo Batchelder, and I completed the list of scaling all 14 of Maine’s 4,000-foot mountains on July 31 at the top of North Brother Mountain (4,151 feet) in Baxter State Park. Perched in the north country far from the more popular peaks of Mt. Katahdin, North Brother was a fitting summit to finish with because it mirrored our quest in that we felt we would never get there. The journey that resulted in 55,329 feet of mountains began on July 15, 2017 at Old Speck (4,170 feet) in Grafton Notch. It was the perfect starting spot for a couple 50-plus-year-olds. ~ Karen Beaudoin
Column: Technology makes for a different experience
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

The arrival of digital point-and-shoot cameras was a game-changer. With optical zoom lenses able to zoom to 24 times or more, birders could take pretty decent pictures of birds with a tool that was reasonably affordable. But to me, one of the greatest changes in birding over the past 25 years has been the arrival and continued improvement of digital SLR cameras. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Squirrels provide wonderful training
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Squirrels seem to be everywhere. Social media is rife with video clips of swimming squirrels, and we seem to see them plastered all over the pavement. It should come as no surprise, given the bumper crop of hard mast we had last year. Add to that the natural tendency of juveniles to disperse in search of their own home and you have the perfect squirrel storm, a squirrelnado, if you will. Alas, the brief bounty will be largely underutilized because few sportsmen take the squirrel seriously as a small game animal anymore. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Snakes and bats and wasps, oh my!
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

That’s how it went this summer. My goal to make my garden more hospitable to the creatures who live around me – planting native plants, avoiding pesticides, deadheading with restraint, letting the lawn grow longish – seemed to be going somewhere, but it wasn’t always going somewhere I intended. The birds, the bees, the mammals, the reptiles, the crawling creatures and the buzzing ones, opened my eyes to a dynamic, vivid and vital world that’s as near as my – our – backyard. ~ Peggy Grodinsky
Column: For Tristan Corriveau, an aha! moment, a new business and a clean conscience
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Tristan Corriveau grew up on Orr’s Island, where he spent a lot of time in the woods and waters. Protecting that environment is part of what inspired the One Gallon Soap Company, the business he launched in early 2016, reclaiming used hotel soap from Portland-area hotels and turning it into liquid soap he sells back to hotels, as well as to restaurants and retailers. ~ Mary Pols
Opinion: We care about trout and salmon, and CMP’s proposed power line will harm them
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

The more Maine people learn about CMP’s proposed project, the less they like it. A growing group of Maine organizations and citizens have been following the ongoing permitting process at the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The diverse group at the recent pre-hearing conference for the LUPC and DEP permitting processes was about as grassroots as it gets. ~Jeff Reardon and Dave Hedrick, Trout Unlimited
Letter: Land and water program needs to be fully funded
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

As land manager of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Woods Initiative, I’ve seen firsthand how the Land and Water Conservation Fund contributes to Maine communities. More than half of LWCF funds have been siphoned off to unrelated spending every year for the last half-century, meaning that Maine should have access to approximately double the amount of LWCF funding we’ve so successfully received already. Just imagine what we could accomplish. These dollars are critical to Maine’s future, and to expanding community-based, locally driven conservation and recreation projects for sustainable forestry, for forest-based jobs, for the outdoor industry and for Mainers and visitors to enjoy all our state has to offer. ~ Steve Tatko, Willimantic
Letter: Transmission line would harm ‘God’s country’
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 30, 2018 

Would like to thank the people who have written letters to the editor against the Central Maine Power transmission line project through Maine. I am one of a few from the Dead River-Flagstaff area who can remember about getting driven from our land and homes by CMP 69 years ago. The project that time was to build a dam and flood the area, which they did. So my small voice for the wilderness begs you, please don’t let this project become a reality in our beautiful, special state of Maine. ~ Marilyn Rogers-Bull, Solon
These Maine foragers seek out water in the wild
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 29, 2018 

All kinds of Mainers visit the roadside springs that dot the state, and they do it for all kinds of reasons. Some prefer the taste of the water to what comes out of their tap at home, while others believe that springwater is cleaner, purer and offers more health benefits than town or city water. Many simply enjoy doing what Mainers have done for many generations: seeking out springwater in the wild. It’s an old practice, though sometimes a hazardous one.
Letter: Protect Endangered Species Act
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 29, 2018 

For 45 years the federal Endangered Species Act has been the vehicle that has prevented scores of species of rare plants and animals from becoming extinct. At the same time, it has provided an opportunity for additional species struggling to maintain their numbers to not slip into the endangered category. The fact that few if any of these species have become extinct during that time attests to the effectiveness of the provisions in the act. Critics of the act are now proposing sweeping changes, which could move the great progress achieved thus far backward. Contact your senators, members of Congress, and the Trump administration urging them to preserve this important act. ~ Jerry Stelmok, Atkinson
Who wants art made from moose poop? Lots of people, Maine woman finds.
Associated Press - Friday, September 28, 2018 

Mary Winchenbach and her company, Tirdy Works, gained national attention this week when a video of her selling her keychains and clocks with clumps of moose poop at Maine’s Common Ground Country Fair went viral. The video has more than 1.5 million views and Winchenbach, 57, says she has gotten requests from people all over the country to get the unusual items shipped to their homes.
LandCan offers lots of help to landowners
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, September 28, 2018 

Maine landowners should connect to the Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN), a nonprofit based in Falmouth, Maine. LandCAN is an online land conservation network that helps landowners maintain and preserve their land for future generations. They provide landowners with a directory of conservation information, service providers, tools, and programs to help them manage their lands for both environmental and economic sustainability. They want to keep working lands working, while conserving and restoring land and wildlife habitats.
How a County father-daughter team bagged a 932-pound moose
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 28, 2018 

Libby Gardner began hunting the same way her dad, Larry Gardner, did: at the side of an experienced woodsman who stressed safety while imparting gentle lessons about the Maine woods. She dropped the 932-pound moose she shot while hunting with her father, Larry Gardner, on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The moose's antlers had a 63-inch spread.
Editorial: Pesticide policy should be set at local level
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 28, 2018 

The version of the farm bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is bad in a number of obvious ways, such as the effort to replicate Maine’s misguided food-assistance reforms nationwide. But also in the huge bill is a provision that would prevent Maine cities and towns from taking steps to keep their residents safe.
Letter: No to offshore drilling
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 28, 2018 

I was lucky as a young person. I grew up on the coast of Maine. I collected shells, beach glass and rocks. I watched the sun rise up above the sea and the moon shimmering on the beautiful Atlantic. The sun will still rise and the moon will still shine, but the beaches and rocky coasts may someday be covered with oil if the Trump administration opens the Atlantic Coast (Maine included) to offshore drilling. I say no to offshore drilling. ~ Anne Lunt, Bangor
Letter: Kavanaugh favors corporations
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 28, 2018 

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has consistently sided with corporations over the state and with the state over the individual. It’s no surprise that he sided with corporations’ right to pollute over the rights of the rest of us to breathe clean air. Kavanaugh is an ideologue whose presence on the Supreme Court would strengthen Citizens United, weaken a woman’s right to choose, and make life more difficult for poor people and minorities. ~ Jason Trask, Norway
NEFF projects in the Western Maine Mountains
Other - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

In partnership with the Maine Mountain Collaborative, the New England Forestry Foundation is developing the Exemplary Forestry Initiative, which seeks to bring large sections of Maine’s forestland under long-term exemplary management. The initiative will include a for-profit investment fund that will be used to acquire large tracts of forestland in the Western Maine region. Lands owned by the fund will be managed in accord with Exemplary Forestry management standards. In addition, NEFF is involved with the development of a landscape level resource inventory that measures wildlife forest habitat conditions in Western Maine. This work represents the first ever landscape scale assessment of habitat needs combined with specific prescriptions for forestry practices to close identified gaps.
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