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Announcement - Thursday, May 24, 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
Defend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Action Alert - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

The MBTA is a century-old law utilized by Republican and Democratic administrations to protect birds as they navigate the globe. The law has been consistently interpreted to hold individuals or organizations responsible if their actions harm migratory birds. Now, under the Trump administration, MBTA violations will only be issued if the individual or organization acted purposefully to harm or kill migratory birds — rendering the Act useless. ~ Eliza Donoghue, Maine Audubon
Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Sign-Up to Count Fish at Nequasset
Announcement - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The annual alewife count at the Nequasset Fish Ladder in Woolwich is happening. Join the fun by signing up to count during any two 10 minute blocks within a two hour period.
Wilderness Under Siege, May 30
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Nationally known author and explorer George Wuerthner will discuss the challenges facing Wilderness, how people can better protect the Wildernesses in their backyards and around the country, and organizing against efforts to weaken or repeal the Wilderness Act. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, May 30, 6:30 pm.
Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The first annual Farmer Talent Show & Open Mic will benefit the Market’s Harvest Bucks program, which increases access to fruit and vegetables for low-income households. At East Madison Grange, May 27, 5-8 pm.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. May 27, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
White Mountains Centennial exhibition, May 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society host a preview reception of the new displays, “White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition” and “The White Mountains: Alps of New England.” At Robinson House, Bethel, May 27, 2-5 pm.
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Lakeside lodge in Millinocket hits the market for $2.4 million
Mainebiz - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

The 5 Lakes Lodge in Millinocket, with direct views of Mount Katahdin, has been listed for $2.4 million. The lodge's location on the Pemadumcook Chain of Lakes allows for boating and snowmobiling. It's close to the Appalachian Trail, Baxter State Park, and the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Debbie and Rick LaVasseur operate it as a year-round bed-and-breakfast.
Brewer Man Honored For His Efforts In Improving Maine's Environment
WABI-TV5 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Governor LePage, along with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, awarded Ken Locke with a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award. Representatives with the DEP say Locke has dedicated considerable time to educating local students, the citizens of Brewer, and neighboring communities about stormwater pollution and importance of clean water. Locke has also taken an aggressive approach to maintaining Brewer's Stormwater Management Program.
Seaweed growers form exchange
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Springtide Seaweed LLC of Sorrento and other farmed seaweed companies in Maine have come together to form the Maine Seaweed Exchange. The Maine Seaweed Exchange was created to connect buyers and sellers of organic aquacultured seaweeds. The organization’s mission is to not only provide an “exchange based marketplace for buyers and sellers of seaweed,” but to develop products and distribution channels, as well as identify branding and marketing opportunities.
Quality Maine Trademark Now Available to Licensed Maine Shellfish Dealers
Other - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has modified their rules to allow shellfish dealers in the state to utilize Maine’s red, white and blue quality trademark. Packaging and advertising for shellfish that is harvested in the state can now feature the Quality Maine Trademark symbol, a logo that helps consumers identify Maine agriculture and other natural resource products.
Column: Nine Mile Bridge
Other - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Although Henry David Thoreau’s book about his venture into the Maine north woods is one of the well-known books of its genre, “Nine Mile Bridge” by Helen Hamlin has always occupied a special place on my book shelf. I have read it a number of times. In my estimation, Mrs. Hamlin, wife of game warden Curly Hamlin, must have been an extraordinary woman. For a number of years, she lived through all of the seasons –come hell or high water –at Nine Mile Bridge on the St John River. In Maine, it really doesn’t get that much more remote. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Song of the Balsam Fir
Northern Woodlands - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

In every season that I visit the balsam fir tree, the chickadees flock me. Virginia Woolf wrote that “real life” was the common life, not the “little separate lives which we live as individuals.” Her sketch of this reality included trees and the sky, alongside human sisters and brothers. What we now know of the nature of trees affirms her idea, not as metaphor but as incarnate reality. In the forest, Woolf’s common life is the only life. ~ David George Haskell
Climate change fueling disasters, disease in ‘potentially irreversible’ ways, report warns
Washington Post - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Climate change significantly imperils public health globally, according to a new report that chronicles the many hazards and symptoms already being seen. The authors describe its manifestations as “unequivocal and potentially irreversible.” The effort involved 63 researchers from two dozen institutions worldwide, including climate scientists as well as ecologists, geographers, economists, engineers, mathematicians, political scientists and experts who study food, transportation and energy. Only Syria and the United States remain opposed to thethe Paris climate accord.
Editorial: Reviving the east-west corridor
Other - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick) - The idea of a “super highway” to connect southern New Brunswick to Quebec is not new, but an East-west highway through Maine can't seem to get traction.
Maine's east-west highway stuck in neutral
Other - Monday, October 30, 2017 

Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick) - A New Brunswick economist who predicted the demise of Energy East says building an oil pipeline through Maine instead of Quebec would be a boon.
Green commute: Sustainable transportation options are trending
Mainebiz - Monday, October 30, 2017 

Green commuting, also called "smart travel" and "smart commute," is a nationwide trend that includes biking, walking, car-pooling, van-pooling, and public transit. For many Mainers, green commuting might not be a top-of-mind issue unless gas hits $4 per gallon and they start thinking about car-pools or public transportation. But green commuters cite parking congestion, convenience, and environmental and health benefits as top reasons to trade single-occupancy vehicles for other modes of transportation.
9 places to hike in Maine where there’s no hunting
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, October 30, 2017 

As deer hunting season gets into full swing in Maine, many people — hunters and non-hunters alike — are looking for places to hike and bike that are off limits to hunting, simply to avoid even the possibility of a mistake or conflict. Even though the following list of places is off limits to hunting, it’s still important to wear plenty of blaze orange this time of year when spending time outdoors.
• Fernald’s Neck Preserve in Lincolnville
• Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park in Brooksville
• Salt Pond Preserve in Hancock
• Rolland F. Perry City Forest in Bangor
• Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor
• Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden
• Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island
• Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
• Baxter State Park near Millinocket
Study shows that right whales, already an endangered species, may face a dim future
Other - Monday, October 30, 2017 

When 15 North Atlantic right whales turned up dead in U.S. and Canadian waters in the summer of 2017, it was declared an unprecedented mass mortality event. For a highly endangered species with slightly more than 500 animals remaining, the crisis signals a major shift in the population's recovery. Of the seven whales necropsied, six deaths were caused by humans—four by ship strike, two by fishing gear entanglement—and one was inconclusive. Scientists also are puzzled by the location where most of the whale carcasses were discovered: Twelve were found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, well north of the species' typical distributional range. Does climate play a role in this mystery?
CMP: More Power Outages Than In Ice Storm Of '98
Maine Public - Monday, October 30, 2017 

The winds that came through Maine overnight Sunday into Monday have disrupted power to more than 400,000 customers. That number is greater than the 1998 ice storm.
An Evening for the Environment: Celebrate the Conservation Victories of 2017
Maine Public - Monday, October 30, 2017 

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland for a recent talk sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters. The keynote speaker is Brian Deese, a Senior Advisor to former President Obama who oversaw climate, conservation, and energy policies and was one of the key architects of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Editorial: Trump’s park fee hike is suspect, but should spark needed debate
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 30, 2017 

The Trump administration has proposed to increase weekly entrance fees at 17 parks, including Acadia National Park, from $25 to $70 per vehicle during the peak summer season. The revenue from the fee increases would be used to improve the parks. Given the Trump administration’s devaluing of public land, including national parks, the timing of the fee increase is suspect. That’s a shame because it will stall necessary debate over how best to manage these lands for the American public.
Two legislators recognized for their good work for conservation
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 30, 2017 

The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Conservation Council of Maine recognized two legislators for their conservation work at a recent event. The 57 members of the Council donated $341,658 this year to support TNC’s important conservation work in our state. And for the first time, the Council decided to give legislative awards. Awards were presented to House Speaker Sara Gideon and Senator Tom Saviello.
Letter: Hiding climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 30, 2017 

President Donald Trump continues to nominate people intent on destroying the agencies they represent. Kathleen Hartnett White has been nominated to head the Council on Environmental Quality. White has described climate change as “paganism for secular elites” and denies that CO2 is a pollutant — it’s “the gas of life on this planet.” Three scientists slated to appear at a symposium on the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program in Rhode Island were forbidden to appear. Along with the removal of climate information (paid for by us as taxpayers) from all government websites, this move by Scott Pruitt and Trump’s fossil fuel industry-run EPA is so blatant that it should have been headline news. Knowledge is power and this president wants to take that power away from us by dumbing us down. ~ Beverly Roxby, Belfast
Column: The moose hunt
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

For many Maine moose hunters lucky enough to get drawn, a moose permit is a once-in-a-lifetime affair. Such was the case with my middle-aged friend Greg Goodman, who has been trying for that permit since he was a young man. Knowing that I had had some experience in the moose woods (and perhaps that I owned a big tent and a chain saw winch), Greg invited me along as his sub-permittee. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
No wild Atlantic salmon return to New Brunswick river
Associated Press - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Atlantic salmon were once abundant in the rivers of New England and eastern Canada, but they’re now endangered or have disappeared in parts of both. The U.S.’s National Marine Fisheries Service is in the midst of reviewing the Gulf of Maine’s population, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. About 900 wild salmon entered the Magaguadavic River to spawn in 1983, and the fact that none returned this year is bad news for the fish in Maine and Canada, said Neville Crabbe, spokesman for the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Sturgeon not surging, but population slowly improves
Associated Press - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

The Atlantic sturgeon’s population remains depleted along the East Coast, but appears to be slowly recovering. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says a stock assessment indicates the population is still very low compared to its historical abundance. But the commission also says the population has made some strides since the implementation of a complete fishing moratorium in 1998. The commission says the sturgeon still faces threats such as habitat loss, ship strikes, incidental fishing and climate change.
One Day Wanderers Club: keep calm and hike on
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

The Farmington Recreation Department has wrapped up its third year of hikes with their One Day Wanderers Club. O.D.W.C. is a hiking group for any outdoor enthusiast ages 50 and older. The club was created to provide a service that eliminates the danger of hiking alone while also allowing those who participate to socialize, exercise, and explore our beautiful state. In the last 3 years, the O.D.W.C. has taken over 50 members on 14 hikes and hopes that the number of participants will continue to grow over the years.
Rural Grants to Support Business Enterprise
Associated Press - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

A half dozen organizations in the state will receive nearly $200,000 in federal money to grow small enterprises in rural parts of the state. The money is coming in the form of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program grants. The largest grant is an award of nearly $50,000 that is going to the Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou. Grants are also going to organizations in Auburn, Brunswick, South Paris and Bangor to assist Maine business people with "resources and training for new, innovative industries, particularly those located in rural areas.''
Acadia wormers, clammers, towns await congressional action to fix park boundary, marine harvesting issues
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

In 2016, for the first time since the park opened in 1916, Acadia National Park rangers had begun stopping diggers from working the mud abutting park property. A ranger forced a wormer to dump his catch – a day’s work – in the mud, while clammers had been issued summonses for violating park rules. Meanwhile, town officials in the area were already alarmed after learning a universally popular expansion of the park on the Schoodic Peninsula was being accomplished without the approval of Congress. Identical bills submitted in the Senate and House in February by Sen. Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin that seek to resolve these issues have been stalled for months on Capitol Hill.
How Wolfe’s Neck Farm is combating climate change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

This month, Wolfe’s Neck Farm got a new name, the Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment, and officially became part of an internationally trending agricultural movement that aims to fight climate change from the ground up. A big part of the rebranding has to do with a mission happening underfoot. Literally. This transformation is about using the soil on this centuries-old 626-acre farm on the shores of Casco Bay to combat climate change. It's all in the dirt.
Column: Anne Hayden has farmed for oysters and protected fisheries
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Anne Hayden is the program manager for Manomet’s Sustainable Economies Program. She joined the science-based sustainability group in 2012 after nearly two decades as an independent environmental consultant working mostly on marine issues. Based out of Manomet’s Maine office in Brunswick, Hayden coordinates a partnership between nine different groups that form the Downeast Fisheries Partnership, including Manomet, Maine Farmland Trust and the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. The group’s goal is to work collaboratively to restore regional fisheries. ~ Mary Pols
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