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Action Alert - Friday, August 23, 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
Rangeley Outdoor Film Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Friday, August 23, 2019 

The Rangeley Trail Town Festival features a variety of short films about the outdoors. At RFA Lakeside Theater, Rangeley, August 30, 7 pm, $6 for adults, $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12.
LightHawk Paper Plane Contest
Announcement - Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Enter your best paper airplane design for a chance to have it mailed to thousands in LightHawk's 2019 Holiday Letter. Deadline: October 18, 2019.
BTLT Seeks Community Input on Future Conservation
Announcement - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is seeking community input on its current and future conservation work in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin. A community survey is available online until September 2.
Butler to speak on conservation, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Conservationist Gil Butler will discuss his efforts to establish outdoor education programs and conservation projects in Maine and throughout North and South America. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, August 27, 9 am, free, parking on campus is by permit only.
Solo Paddle of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Laurie Apgar Chandler will read from and discuss her book “Upwards,” which tells her story as the first woman to solo paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Bailey Library, Winthrop, August 27, 6:30 pm.
Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Abraham Miller-Rushing and Rebecca Cole-Will will discuss how Acadia National Park is facing a triple environmental challenge: global warming, acid rain, and increased visitation. At Bar Harbor, August 26, 5 pm.
Maine’s Seaweed Scene, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Susan Hand Shetterly and Robin Hadlock Seeley will discuss the importance of protected wild habitats and the critical role of seaweed in the Gulf of Maine. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, September 26, 7 pm. Hosted by Downeast Audubon.
Bee apocalypse
Action Alert - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

U.S. agriculture today is 48 times more toxic to honeybees than it was 25 years ago—almost entirely because of neonicotinoid pesticides. It's part of an "insect apocalypse." But instead of taking action, the Trump administration is shredding protections for bees. Will you stand with me in the fight to save the bees? ~ Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland, Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit, thru Oct 11
Announcement - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

To celebrate Maine Farmland Trust’s 20th anniversary, a curated retrospective featuring a selection of works that have been exhibited at the MFT Gallery over the past 10 years is on view through October 11.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday on August 25.
Brechlin reading, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

Earl Brechlin, a Registered Maine Guide, will read from his book, "Return to Moose River: In Search of the Spirit of the Great North Woods," essays describing white-water canoeing, snowmobiling, and backpacking adventures in many parts of Maine. At Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, China, August 25, 2 pm.
Kennebec Land Trust annual meeting, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

At Camp Androscoggin, Wayne, August 25. The trust has conserved more than 6,300 acres and constructed 44 miles of trails on KLT protected lands.
Maine Herpetological Society Reptile Expo, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

50+ vendors, 1,000+ reptiles, plus Mr. Drew and His Animals Too. At Ramada Inn, Lewiston, August 25, 10 am - 4 pm, $7, kids under 12 free.
Families in the Outdoors, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Learn about all kinds of Maine bugs – the good, the bad and the very strange looking. At Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft, August 24, 9 am - noon.
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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.
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.
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.
‘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
Hydro-Québec’s greenwashing game
Other - Friday, September 28, 2018 

Electricity imported from Québec is not clean. The adverse environmental impacts directly related to flooding large areas of land for hydroelectricity are only part of the story. As a result of Hydro-Québec’s ability to arbitrage between markets and greenwash its electrons, Massachusetts ratepayers could be signing up to pay a sizable “clean energy” premium in exchange for no net environmental benefit. There is no guarantee that the environment would receive a net reduction in carbon emissions; total carbon emissions in other markets could increase to a level that any reduction in New England carbon emissions would be negated or even exceeded. If New England Clean Energy Connect were allowed to proceed, the only guarantee is that Québec would receive billions of dollars in future dividends – thanks to the ratepayers of Massachusetts.
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
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