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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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Clients of former Brunswick lawyer accused of embezzlement likely to be reimbursed
Sun Journal - Monday, December 31, 2018 

Clients of a former Brunswick lawyer, ames Whittemore, who allegedly embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars of their money are likely to be reimbursed, at least in part, by a statewide lawyers fund aimed at bolstering public confidence in the legal profession, according to a lawyer at the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Among other violations, Whittemore is alleged to have misappropriated $15,000 sent by a donor to the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust to be held in escrow for an easement purchase.
Maine’s New Attorney General Is Looking At More Joint Actions With Other States
Maine Public - Monday, December 31, 2018 

Bangor lawyer Aaron Frey will take over as Maine’s Attorney General this week. Frey says he will bring his own set of priorities to the office, but he will continue to look for opportunities to join with other states in lawsuits targeting federal agencies and private companies that are taking unfair advantage of Maine people. Frey says the state is already involved in suits joined by other states that are challenging federal policies, including those of the Environmental Protection Agency. He says any decisions about joining other multi-state lawsuits will be based on three broad criteria: remediation, transparency and accountability.
Augusta to consider $500 fine for non-residents violating recycling rules
Kennebec Journal - Monday, December 31, 2018 

Augusta city councilors will consider a proposal to institute a $500 fine for any non-residents putting items, whether they are recyclable or not, in recycling collection bins meant for use by residents.
NBC’s Meet the Press Devotes Entire Show to Climate Change With No Time for Deniers
Other - Monday, December 31, 2018 

EcoWatch - In an unusual move for the Sunday talk show circuit, NBC's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd devoted its entire program Sunday to discussing climate change. Florida Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo said, "We need to stop covering the debate and start covering the story, so that people see that this is real, and so that politicians take a more-pragmatic approach and find solutions that are actually achievable."
Boothbay Harbor waterfront zoning proposal could spark development
Mainebiz - Monday, December 31, 2018 

oothbay Harbor residents will consider zoning changes that would protect a working waterfront portion on the east side of the harbor while opening up other parts of the waterfront to development, including the addition of hotels. Planning Board Chairman William Hamblen said the town needs both to encourage investment along the waterfront while still providing protection of areas related to the commercial fishing industry.
Cold storage facility may have new life with Port Authority proposal
Mainebiz - Monday, December 31, 2018 

Maine Port Authority hopes to leverage $8 million in state funding and use federal tax incentives to spur another $8 million in private investment to erect a cold-storage warehouse that would enhance Portland's competitiveness as an international and domestic port.
EXCLUSIVE: Chief of Maine AG's Natural Resources Division tapped to lead DEP
Maine Environmental News - Monday, December 31, 2018 

According to sources close to the transition team helping select appointments for incoming Maine Governor Janet Mills, Gerald Reid is being tapped to head the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. A 1991 graduate of Wesleyan University, Jerry Reid received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 1994. He joined the Office of the Attorney General in 1994 and was named Chief of the Office’s Natural Resources Division in 1997.
Chris Silsbee takes over Bradbury Mountain State Park
Sun Journal - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

At his last post, in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Caribou native Chris Silsbee had a four-hour commute to work, left his family for nine days at a time to live in the woods and might see more deer than people on any given day. Two years ago, deciding his family was ready for a change, they moved the farthest south they’ve ever lived, to Bradbury Mountain State Park. On Jan. 1, he’ll lead his second First Day Hike as the park manager.
Winter recreation off to a mixed start
Other - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

While the ski slopes and cross country trails are in relatively good shape going into the new year, Mother Nature has been asking snowmobilers to be patient this winter. The rain and thaw around the winter solstice followed by frigid temperatures left Aroostook County’s snowmobile trails in difficult shape. “Most places need more than five inches of snow, and we don’t need any rain,” said Steve Dobson, owner owner of the Aroostook Hospitality Inns in Washburn and in Van Buren. “I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had a bunch of cancellations.”
Gov. LePage reflects on his successes, regrets, as he prepares to leave office
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage will leave office Jan. 1 after eight years, but he is not going quietly. He wishes he could have done more on some fronts during his eight years in office, including lowering energy costs in Maine. “We put legislation after legislation after legislation upstairs to try to lower the energy cost, and the Democratic party stopped me every single way." Natural gas and heat pumps are the way to go, he contends. He is not a fan of windmills for Maine and says they disrupt the scenic beauty and the environment. He thinks entities such as land trusts, which own millions of dollars’ worth of property but don’t pay taxes, should pay a fee in lieu of taxes or pay part of the value of the property.
What Maine farmers can expect in 2019
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

For farmers, there’s been an important change here in the Pine Tree State in recent years: Maine’s growing season is, well, growing. According to the University of Maine Climate and Agriculture Network, the average length is 12 to 14 days longer than it was in 1930 and is expected to continue to increase by 2 to 3 days per decade. Meanwhile, farmers in 2018 experienced hot, dry conditions that meant they had to triage watering to keep their plants growing. Until recently, irrigation systems weren’t really necessary. But with northern Maine farmers having to cancel strawberry orders they couldn’t fill and dry conditions also affecting crops like potatoes and apples, that seems to be changing. So what can farmers expect from the 2019 growing season?
Here’s how to reduce your use
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

We can all improve our environment by reducing our use. And thankfully, the Natural Resources Council of Maine has created a brochure called Reduce Your Use, to help us do just that. The Reduce Your Use brochure contains lots of good advice from being a smarter shopper to breaking wasteful habits. And they also have good suggestions for ways to avoid using disposable plastic and polystyrene.
Maine sea duck hunt draws hunters from far and wide
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Sea duck hunts are coveted by hunters from across the country who come to Maine in winter to hunt from rock ledges or low-lying boats in pursuit of birds that summer in the Arctic. Sea ducks can be hunted in other states along the Atlantic flyway and are harvested in greater numbers elsewhere. However, Andreotti, the owner of Thornehead Guide Service, said about 85 percent of his clients are first-time sea duck hunters who come for this bucket-list hunt that is more rugged in Maine, where the climate is colder.
Column: The differences between mallards and eiders
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Mallard numbers had been rising for decades while eiders were on a slow decline. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Can blueberry wines with bubbles give Maine farmers a meaningful outlet for sales?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Since 2012, Michael Terrien, a California-based vintner with an international reputation, and Eric Martin, a writer based in North Carolina—friends who met at Waynflete School in Portland decades ago—have been making very small batches of a sparkling wine made with fresh wild blueberries from Maine. They hit the market with Bluet in 2015, with a wine made in a method that mimics Champagne. Each year since, they’d sold out. This year they added a second Bluet to the lineup. ~ Mary Pols
Column: Can we survive this year of unprecedented change?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Why is there so little outcry as we watch the fuse to our planet burn? The human brain is poorly equipped to respond to complex, gradual threats, admittedly, but we’re now confronting irrefutable evidence. Fortunately, political will is starting to build for a Green New Deal, which Rep. Chellie Pingree endorsed last month (along with roughly 40 other members of Congress) as “an important blueprint for us to fight this crisis on all fronts.” ~ Marina Schauffler
Column: Climate change dominated this year’s Maine Gardener
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

It’s beginning to feel like I am as much an environmental writer as a gardening columnist. Almost half of my columns in the past year involved climate change to some extent or actions people could take to make the world a better place. Todd May, a professor of philosophy at Clemson University, says, “It may well be, then, that the extinction of humanity would make the world better off and yet would be a tragedy.” On that bright note: Happy New Year. ~ Tom Atwell
Opinion: Don’t let Greater Portland Metro off the hook when it comes to improving public transit
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Metro cannot provide door-to-door service to the sprawling industrial parts of Portland, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. The majority of people who use Metro are those who do not own vehicles and depend on it for transit. Increasing the frequency of the buses would encourage more ridership and allow for car-free commuting in the Portland area. ~ Maya Lena, Portland
Opinion: Maine and the Delicate Sustainabile Developmental Situation
Other - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Realty Biz (TN) - Central Maine Power is about to destroy a legacy that cannot be replaced. Maine, which is almost 90% forested, is not just a woodsy vacation wonderland, it’s a safe haven for hundreds of animal species and inestimable worth for a world in the battle to balance carbon and climate change. A $950 million dollar power corridor project connecting Canada hydropower to Massechussets in the works will forever destroy millions of acres of Maine forests. The CMP project is a pure for-profit venture that will fill CMP coffers to the tune of $60 million a year. The project highlights brilliantly the way today’s leadership focuses on short-term profit, to leave a real value wasted. Maine’s new administration must consider the long-term and the famous forests that represent the soul of the people there. ~ Phil Butler
Letter: Electric cars carry their own climate change costs
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

All the lefties want us to buy politically correct electric cars, so we can stop the sky from falling in. Let’s look at a simple fact: Unless your electric ride is being charged by a solar panel in your backyard, it’s being fueled by the coal, propane or natural gas used by electric companies to produce your “fuel.” Add to that, all your car batteries will end up as pollution in a landfill in a few years. I find it hard to believe, but not surprising that some of you are arrogant enough that you actually think that the public should pay to set up free fueling places for you. As for me, I think I’ll stick with my Mustang muscle car and hope a piece of the sky doesn’t fall on me. ~ John Call, Standish
Letter: Fish farm’s carbon footprint should not be ignored
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Your Dec. 16 editorial suggests that corporate aquaculture will “contribute to a lower carbon profile than other methods” in order to feed a hungry world, and it contains a link to the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit on Aquaculture that applies only to “water environments, including ponds, rivers, lakes and the ocean.” However, the Nordic Aquafarms salmon farm proposed for Belfast would be land-based. A peer-reviewed scientific paper published in 2016, titled “Comparative economic performance and carbon footprint of two farming models for producing Atlantic salmon,” states that salmon produced on land has twice the carbon footprint of salmon produced in sea pens. ~ George Aguiar, Lincolnville
Letter: Aquaculture, environment can and will coexist
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

The Dec. 16 editorial, “Our View: Aquaculture wrong target for protests,” made a compelling case for new aquaculture projects. Too often arguments around aquaculture are framed by a false dichotomy, whereby we are asked to choose between maintaining our pristine environment and economic development in industries beyond tourism. But new technological developments allow modern aquaculture, including land-based recirculating systems, to be both environmentally sustainable and economically viable. ~ James D. Herbert, University of New England, Biddeford
Letter: Carbon tax has too many side effects
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, December 30, 2018 

Supports of a carbon tax and dividend program say it will be a great thing and save us from climate change. Those speaking for a carbon tax do not consider all the side effects. What is the guy that is barely getting by supposed to do when the price of gas doubles and he can no longer afford to drive to work? What about people on fixed income that heat their homes with carbon fuels? When the price of those fuels doubles, are they going have to start burning their furniture? Taxing carbon emissions will increase the cost of everything. Cleaning up our environment is a good idea, but a carbon tax is not. ~ M. Gerald Small, West Gardiner
Column: Tom Hennessey made art of the outdoors
Sun Journal - Saturday, December 29, 2018 

Tom Hennessey — a gifted sporting artist, meticulous writer and friend to sportsmen — epitomized the self-made man. Always an avid outdoorsman with a creative bent who lived to fish and hunt, the Brewer native parlayed his artistic passion and skill into a successful career as a nationally known sporting artist and author. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Opinion: Trump threatens to kill incentives for electric cars. They should be extended
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, December 29, 2018 

As the Trump administration does all it can to ignore the real danger of climate change, it is threatening to exacerbate the problem by eliminating a tax credit designed to bolster electric-car sales. Incoming Democrats should take the lead in keeping the subsidies in place for this still-struggling market. And if President Donald Trump really wants to defend American workers, he should recognize the job-growth potential in sustainable technologies instead of trying to kill them. ~ Editorial by St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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