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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
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Crows, bald eagles abound for bird watchers in Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, December 31, 2016 

Lionel Quirion knows a lot about birds: how a bluejay sings, what combination of sunflower seeds and other materials will bring them to his feeder, how a Slinky can be useful in keeping squirrels away from said feeder. What he didn’t know was why there were so few seagulls flying over Hatch Hill Solid Waste Disposal Facility – a frequent gathering place for gulls – on New Year’s Eve morning.
Editorial: Rural Maine’s emerging leaders need a place where they can learn to lead
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 31, 2016 

Figuring out the way forward for Maine’s rural areas is no simple, short-term matter. The reasons so many of Maine’s most rural towns came into existence — because of their proximity to the woods — is no longer an advantage that guarantees a role for them in the knowledge- and service-oriented economy of the 21st century. Economic revitalization will look different in every Maine region based on what each region has to offer that can serve as a competitive edge. But there is a major component economic comebacks, especially homegrown comebacks, will have in common: strong leadership.
Agriculture organizations reflect on 2016, look ahead to a new year
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 31, 2016 

Like everything else in 2016, agriculture in Maine faced a series of ups and downs, most notably because of a severe drought that posed a huge challenge for farmers in need of water for crops and livestock. The drought left many midsize and small-scale farmers with parched fields and struggling harvests, having to select which crops to carefully irrigate. The overall production rates of state’s major crop areas, such as potatoes, apples, blueberries and diversified vegetables, were consistent, but questions linger about what the new year’s growing season will bring.
Remembering Mainers Who Died in 2016
Maine Public - Friday, December 30, 2016 

As the year comes to end, we said goodbye to people close to home, in Maine, who somehow made a difference in our lives. We thought we’d lost Donn Fendler in July 1939, when Fendler, just 12 years old, got separated from his parents while hiking on Mount Katahdin. But he was found, after nine days of surviving on his wits. Journalist Phyllis Austin died this year at 75. She was the Associated Press’ first environmental writer in 1972, and went on to report and write for the former Maine Times. Townsend, an attorney, was known as the “Dean of Maine’s Conservation Community.”
Sportsmen proposing three Constitutional amendments this legislative session
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, December 30, 2016 

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine's Executive Director, David Trahan, said Rep. Steve Wood is sponsoring two Constitutional amendments. One would prohibit citizen ballot initiatives on wildlife issues. The other would establish and protect the right to hunt. A third Constitutional amendment is sponsored by Rep. Ellie Espling. It would require, to qualify an initiative for the ballot, that 10% of those who voted in the last statewide election sign the petitions in each Congressional district. Also, Rep. Louis Luchini is sponsoring a bill to significantly reform the process of collecting signatures for ballot initiatives, including requiring signatures to be verified by notaries that are not paid by the campaigns, providing an online reporting system for suspected fraudulent signature gathering practices, and substantially increasing the penalties for abuses of the process. SAM is also backing a bill to ban gun owner registries.
Latest advances raise hopes for ailing timber industry
Associated Press - Friday, December 30, 2016 

A new wood product that’s the buzz of the construction industry is called cross-laminated timber, or CLT, and it’s made like it sounds: rafts of 2-by-4 beams aligned in perpendicular layers, then glued – or laminated – together like a giant sandwich. The resulting panels are lighter and less energy-intensive than concrete and steel and much faster to assemble on-site than regular timber, proponents say. Because the grain in each layer is at a right angle to the one below and above it, there’s a counter-tension built into the panels that supporters say makes them strong enough to build even the tallest skyscrapers. From Maine to the Pacific Northwest, the material is sparking interest among architects, engineers and researchers. Many say it could infuse struggling forest communities with new economic growth while reducing the carbon footprint of urban construction with a renewable building material.
Greenland’s thaw melts a climate-change skeptic
Washington Post - Friday, December 30, 2016 

The question for Andreas Muenchow, an oceanographer, is no longer whether the Petermann Ice Shelf is changing – it's how fast it could give up still more ice to the seas.
Buyer plans new uses for closed paper mill in Madison
Morning Sentinel - Friday, December 30, 2016 

The paper mill in Madison, which closed in May and put about 215 people out of work, has been sold to a buyer with plans to revive it as an industrial property. The new owners plan to sell certain mill assets that are no longer usable on the property, and demolish some structures that are obsolete. Once that process is complete, the property will be remarketed for alternative industrial uses. The mill’s hydropower assets would be marketed separately from the other former mill property and mill equipment.
Maine town begins drawing energy from solar panels atop fire station
Lincoln County News - Friday, December 30, 2016 

The municipal solar array in Whitefield, the installation threatened by uncertainty surrounding net metering, is now fully operational. The 18.72-kilowatt system on the municipal fire station is expected to generate 25,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The system went online about a week ago, according to Richard Simon of The Power Co., which owns the installation. Whitefield has a lease-purchase agreement with The Power Co.
Firms that sell off manufacturing gear buy shuttered Maine mill
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 30, 2016 

Three industrial asset liquidators have purchased UPM-Kymmene Inc.’s shuttered Madison Paper mill for an undisclosed price, saying they plan to sell off some assets and later market the property to industrial users. Mill owners UPM and New York Times Co. subsidiary Northern SC Paper Corp. announced the sale Friday to a joint venture of New Mill Capital Holdings of New York, Perry Videx of New Jersey and Infinity Asset Solutions of Toronto. The sale of the mill equipment and land closed Dec. 29. The mill stopped production in May, laying off 214 workers, and was Maine’s fifth major paper mill closure in three years.
Signs of serious global warming impacts piled up in 2016
Summit Voice - Friday, December 30, 2016 

There wasn’t any relief from a wave of worrisome global warming news in 2016, including a study from Harvard showing how rising temperatures will send ozone levels surging to dangerous highs across parts of the U.S. Despite global efforts to curb global warming, federal climate trackers reported that concentrations heat-trapping pollution are increasing at an accelerating pace in Earth’s atmosphere.
Letter: Tax carbon emissions
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 30, 2016 

How many businesses will be forced into a similar fate as the Lincolnville Lobster Pound, which was forced to close its doors after nine decades in part due to the drastic increase in the yearly cost of flood insurance? There is a nonpartisan, job-creating, market-stimulating answer to the underlying problem of climate change. A carbon fee and dividend places a tax, or fee, on fossil fuels at the source and returns the money as a dividend to citizens. President-elect Donald Trump professes to be a brilliant businessman. Therefore, he should easily see the many benefits of a carbon fee and dividend. It will create jobs and reduce regulations, and it is a market-based solution to the biggest threat we face as a nation: climate change. ~ Connie Potvin, Hampden
Study: Make big changes to energy rules to aid Maine’s struggling loggers
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 29, 2016 

A group that studied Maine’s biomass industry has recommended that lawmakers extend state renewable energy purchasing requirements and urged policymakers to take a broad view of the state’s forest economy for ways to help. That includes recommendations that call for broad changes to the state’s energy policy that chip away at monopolies held by existing electric utilities.
Maine Family Opens North America's First Edible-Insect-Only Market
Maine Public - Thursday, December 29, 2016 

With growing concerns over climate change, some experts say it’s only a matter of time before we invite our six legged friends onto the dinner table. One family in Maine is taking that message to heart, and getting ahead of the trend with a fledgling entomophagy business and bug farm. Susan Broadbent co-owns EntoMarket in Auburn, along with her brother Bill Broadbent. The pair launched the business a little over a year ago and, as far as they know, it’s the first marketplace in North America exclusively devoted to edible insects, something they hope will take off.
Wardens Urge Safety as Snowmobile Season Ramps Up
Maine Public - Thursday, December 29, 2016 

With new snowfall over much of the state and a holiday weekend, the Maine Warden Service is joining with the Maine Snowmobile Association to urge safety on the state’s thousands of miles of trails. Maine has over 14,000 miles of snowmobile trails and on average about 73,000 snowmobiles registered for use in the state.
Maine’s attorney general signs letter to Trump on climate change
Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2016 

Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of President Obama’s signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it. Democratic attorneys general in 15 states, including Maine, plus four cities and counties sent a letter to Trump asking him to preserve Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
Snowmobilers hoping for a snow-packed season
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 29, 2016 

Aroostook County snowmobilers are experiencing what Maine Snowmobile Association Executive Director Bob Meyers was hoping the rest of Maine would soon see — a good old-fashioned winter. That means temperatures of zero to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and deep, powdery snow that melts little until springtime.
Warden Buuck shoots injured buck
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, December 29, 2016 

The injured buck in our wood shed was clearing hurting, unable to move. I called our local game warden, Ethan Buuck. He came right over. Ethan quietly walked up between the piles of wood, pulled out his pistol, and shot the deer, putting him out of his misery. As the buck had crawled away from us, we could all see his mangled right rear leg, and decided he must have been hit by a motor vehicle.
Opinion: Bucksport is writing its future after the mill closure, and it’s an optimistic story
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 29, 2016 

In December 2014, a huge chapter in the history of Bucksport closed forever. The Verso mill ceased paper production, taking with it decades of papermaking history, the livelihoods of hundreds of people and 40 percent of the town’s tax base. It left the community in shock and fearful for the future. But out of the shadow of the mill, the light began to shine on other aspects of the community. More businesses opened on Main Street and membership is growing in the local chamber of commerce. The local marina, purchased by the town in 2013, is thriving. People are moving to Bucksport from other areas of Maine and from out of state. The arts have emerged as a vital part of the community. The biggest things Bucksport has going for it are its momentum and community spirit. ~ Susan Lessard, town manager, Bucksport
Blog: Incentivizing solar might be good, but not if I’m personally funding it
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, December 28, 2016 

I understand that a healthy solar power industry is part of a diversified renewable energy portfolio and a way to help diversify the Maine economy. So it makes sense that government should help the market develop and grow. It just doesn’t make sense to come to me as a funding source, which, if I understand the net metering program correctly, is what currently happens. ~ Patricia Callahan
Lack of population growth hampers northern New England’s economic vitality
Associated Press - Wednesday, December 28, 2016 

The most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Maine’s population grew by 2,026 last year, to just over 1.3 million. But there were 1,300 more deaths than births. Maine, whose residents have the oldest median age in the nation, has seen enough in-migration to create a small net increase in population in the past year but more needs to be done to bring young people into the state, said Maine’s state economist, Amanda Rector. In recent years, international migration has helped to offset more serious population declines.
LePage’s top attorney leaving administration for private practice
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 28, 2016 

The top lawyer for the LePage administration, Avery Day, has left state government for private practice. Day took the post in the Governor’s Office in March of 2015. He also served as LePage’s policy adviser on environmental and natural resource issues and served as interim commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.
Land trust expands public access to coast in 2016
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, December 28, 2016 

In 2016 Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization made significant investments in expanding and improving public access to the Maine coast. In Tenants Harbor, MCHT completed the conservation of High Island, assuring that the tradition of the Blueberry Cove 4H camp can continue for young campers. The island will also have permanent public access for those wishing to enjoy the shoreline and new trails.
Turkey populations are out of control
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, December 28, 2016 

DIF&W estimates that no more than 5,000 hunters pursued turkeys last fall, and a total of less than 20,000 purchased turkey hunting permits. I think the best strategy for recruiting more turkey hunters is to eliminate the required permit and fee, and let other hunters – especially grouse hunters – shoot a turkey when they see one while pursuing grouse.
Photographer’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ to grace 2017 Acadia National Park pass
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Wednesday, December 28, 2016 

It was foggy, drizzly and raw in early December, not the best weather for being outside. But to John Kaznecki, it turned out to be a near-perfect day for a photo of Acadia National Park. A self-taught photographer, Kaznecki said he attempts to capture with his lens what others might miss in Acadia. And now that rainy-day photo will be on the 2017 Acadia National Park pass.
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