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Action Alert - Monday, September 16, 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
York Beach Clean Up, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Join a beach clean up & attempt to set a world record spelling the largest "NO PLANET B" ever in the sand. The goal is 500 people At Long Sands Beach, York, September 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Tumbledown trail maintenance, guided hike scheduled, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A 4.7 mile round-trip guided hike up Tumbledown Mountain will include discussion of geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife and issues facing the mountain. Meet at Brook Trailhead on Byron Road, Weld, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, 10 am - 4 pm, climbing wall and games ; 6:30 pm, Food Trucks, 7:15 pm, Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Free but donations benefit Teens To Trails.
Portland Electric Car Ride & Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Learn about electric cars during the 5th annual EV Expo. At Back Cove parking area off Preble Street, Portland, September 21, 12-4 pm, free pizza & coffee. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and ReVision Energy.
Smithsonian Museum Day, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

An annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 21, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Global Climate Strike, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Take to the streets for the Global Climate Strike to make sure elected officials and candidates for office in 2020 hear us loud and clear. Strikes in Maine at Farmington and Bar Harbor, September 20. ~ 350 Action
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Ron and Deidre Fournier will speak about the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. At meeting of the Oxford County Educators Association-Retired, Universalist Church, West Paris, September 20, 1 pm.
Pollinator plantings workshop, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Learn about the pollinators and beneficial insects helping to make our food systems work with Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. At Hooker Family Farm, Oxford, September 20, 10 am - 12 pm, $10/family.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 20-22
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

More than 750 varied events at this annual celebration of rural living with a mix of workshops, demonstrations, music, vendors, farmers’ markets, fantastic food and more. At Unity, September 20-22, gates open daily at 9 am.
Exploring Invasive Species, Sep 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Mike Hanks of Cape Elizabeth Land Trust talks invasive plants. At Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, September 19, 1 pm; he will lead a walk at Gull Crest Field to identify invasive plants at 2 pm.
Untrammeled — The Case for Wild Nature in a Changing World, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Conservation leaders Tom Butler and Mark Anderson of the Northeast Wilderness Trust will address the science and spirit of forever-wild conservation. Q&A to follow. At Maine Audubon, Gisland Farm, Falmouth, September 17, 7 pm.
10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend featuring 130 events, Sept. 16-18
Event - Posted - Monday, September 9, 2019 

The 10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend will be the biggest yet, with more than 130 events planned throughout Maine, September 16-18.
Nature Cruise on the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Join Cathance River Education Alliance for a nature cruise from Bath up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. September 15, 3-6:30 pm, $42 for adults, $30 for children 6 to 12, $6 for kids under 6.
Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Forest Service, is September 15.
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Maine’s new DIF&W chief wants a bigger picture focus for managing lakes, streams
Bangor Daily News - Monday, February 18, 2019 

One common complaint among some fisheries activists is that Maine’s regional fisheries biologists have too much power over their individual areas, and that more standardized control is needed. Judy Camuso, commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said regional biologists know the most about the ponds and lakes near them, but a wider perspective can add balance to discussions.
Four injured in three snowmobile crashes Sunday
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 18, 2019 

On Saturday, two people were killed in separate snowmobile accidents, one in Norway and another in Poland. On Sunday, there were three accidents, in Hebron, Portage Lake and Falmouth. Five people have died in snowmobile accidents to date this season.
More than 26,000 acres in Maine North Woods to be protected
Associated Press - Monday, February 18, 2019 

The Appalachian Mountain Club and The Conservation Fund say they’re working together on the acquisition of more than 26,000 acres of forestland in Maine’s remote North Woods.. The Conservation Fund bought a tract called the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest in Piscataquis County for $18.5 million on Feb. 8. It will manage the working forestland for “the improvement and protection of forest resources, fish passage and continued recreational use.” That arrangement gives the AMC enough time to raise the $25 million needed to bring the forestland into its “permanent ownership, protection and stewardship.”
Maine shrimpers hope they haven’t seen the last of an industry lost to warm seas
Associated Press - Monday, February 18, 2019 

Maine’s historic shrimp industry has been closed since 2013 because of a loss in population of shrimp off of New England that is tied in large part to warming oceans. The state’s shrimp fishery was traditionally a winter industry, but it’s in the midst of its sixth straight season with no participation because of a government-imposed moratorium. Fishermen, wholesalers, distributors and others in the seafood business lament the industry wouldn’t be in a good position to return right away even if fishing for the little, sweet pink shrimp was allowed.
Kennebec Land Trust cabins will be offered for rent beginning Feb. 25
Turner Publishing - Monday, February 18, 2019 

Kennebec Land Trust will make two historic cabins at the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary available beginning Monday, Feb. 25 to rent from July through October this year. The renovations to the cabins will be unveiled on “Maine Cabin Masters” on the DIY network at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, and cabins may be rented after the show airs. The cabins are rustic, eco-friendly Maine camps on the shore of Cobbossee Stream in West Gardiner. The Wakefield family enjoyed the cabins for over 100 years before they were donated to the Kennebec Land Trust.
Cape council adopts rule making it tougher for town to release public rights to shoreline
Forecaster - Monday, February 18, 2019 

The Cape Elizabeth Town Council adopted an ordinance amendment that will prohibit the seven-member panel from releasing public rights to the town’s shoreline by a simple majority vote. The amendment proposed by a petition submitted in January by the Save Our Shoreline Access Coalition will go into effect March 13. The coalition formed during a dispute over whether the town should accept or vacate its claim to various paper streets – roads laid out in subdivisions, but never built or accepted by the town. Vacating would mean the town forfeits its right to ever develop the streets for public access.
Coyotes Are Killers
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, February 18, 2019 

I don’t understand why our effort to keep the population of coyotes in check is so controversial. We all know that coyotes are killers.
Letter: Aquaculture must be good for all parties
Mainebiz - Monday, February 18, 2019 

We applaud the Island Institute for its support to help grow the aquaculture industry. Developing new markets and waterfront jobs is good for Maine. The challenge is how to build a sustainable aquaculture market that does not compete with existing industries like tourism and lobstering. Commercial lobstermen and Concerned Citizens for Maquoit Bay support sustainable aquaculture when it's good for all parties. Tourism, lobstering and sustainable aquaculture are all part of the Maine future. Aquaculture at the expense of tourism and lobstermen is not the answer. ~ Paul Dioli, Save Maquoit Bay
Letter: Green New Deal a lifeboat
Bangor Daily News - Monday, February 18, 2019 

During the Great Depression, America dealt itself a New Deal that, though imperfect, transformed jobs, energy and more. Today we face a new, creeping catastrophe: climate change. Enter the Green New Deal. This ambitious program would boost our prosperity while putting the brakes on environmental chaos. It would shift our carbon-spewing energy system almost entirely to renewables and efficiency (already marketplace winners) and offer training, health care and jobs. ~ Larry Gilman, Southwest Harbor
Letter: Carbon fee and dividend will help meet Green New Deal goals
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 18, 2019 

Your excellent editorial describes the need for the Green New Deal and places it in its historical context of FDR’s New Deal. It is a bold set of ideas that are at a scale to start meeting the multiple challenges that climate change poses for all of us. However, the only policy proposal now on the table in the U.S. House that addresses climate change is the Energy Innovation and Climate Dividend Act (HR 763). It would achieve two of the Green New Deal’s main goals: deep de-carbonization of the U.S. economy at a rate to meet and exceed our Paris goals and the creation of more than 2 million jobs within 10 years, derived from the transition to the clean energy economy. ~ Peter Monro, Portland
Sebago derby’s anglers break ice – but no records
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Maine's largest fishing contest lured more than 800 fishermen with a $100,000 prize for landing a larger togue than the 31.8-pounder snagged in 1958. No one came close, and no other records were broken. The derby has raised more than $1 million for local charities in the past 17 years.
Coastal planning grant awarded
Mount Desert Islander - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

A watershed management project for part of Frenchman Bay has been awarded a $36,908 grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Coastal Community grant program. The Eastern Bay Watershed Management Plan is a join project of the Hancock County Planning Commission and the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District. The purpose of the project is to produce a management plan for the Eastern Bay within Frenchman Bay. The plan will guide watershed restoration efforts to reduce fecal bacteria contamination and to meet the goal of preventing shellfish closures in the river and embayment.
Interior Dept.'s Push To Limit Public Records Requests Draws Criticism
National Public Radio - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

A new rule proposed by Interior in December appears designed to make it harder to get public records. The rule would give the agency greater discretion over how it handles public records requests. For instance, the agency would require individuals or organizations to be more specific in which documents they want. It also allows a cap on the number of documents Interior processes for individuals and organizations every month.
Mainers are lucky to have North Maine Woods
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

I don’t know of another state where 3.5 million contiguous acres of private land is open to the public for all sorts of outdoor fun. Mainers are very lucky to have North Maine Woods which was started 48 years ago. At that time there were 19 landowners and managers. Today the 3.5 million acres have 35 owners. If you’ve never been to North Maine Woods, check out their website:
Opinion: News media needs to ask hard questions about the Green New Deal
Washington Post - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

It’s one thing for a back-bencher such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, to roll out a pie-in-the sky Green New Deal with no explanation of its cost, feasibility or consequences; it is quite another for candidates running for president to sign on to something about which they cannot possibly answer basic questions. Our current president doesn’t think through details or explain difficult trade-offs. We shouldn’t elect a new president afflicted with the same problem, even if we approve of their policy ambitions. ~ Jennifer Rubin
Facebook group lets huntresses in Maine share tales of stalking prey
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Christi Holmes is not what you might expect in a woman hunter. She was the University of Maine Homecoming Queen in 2008. She grew up in a family that didn’t hunt. She didn’t even get her hunting license until five years ago. Yet as the founder and administrator of the Maine Women Hunters Facebook group, Holmes, 31, has single-handedly created a vibrant community of nearly 1,000 women who, through advice, tips, support and storytelling, encourage one another to hunt.
Column: A collaborative project reveals secrets of the snowy owls
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

In 2013, ornithologists began a large collaborative, crowd-funded effort to learn more about wintering snowy owls. Data showed that one snowy owl tagged in Wells in January 2017 by Biodiversity Research Institute biologists nested on the Ungava peninsula in northwestern Quebec in the summer of 2017, then over-wintered in Quebec City. She spent the summer of 2018 on King William Island in the central Canadian Arctic and returned this winter to Quebec City. That’s one traveling lady. Check out this fantastic project at ~ Herb Wilson
Opinion: The population bomb bombs
Sun Journal - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Conventional wisdom is that the earth is lurching into a future of too many people. But Maine is coping with a decline in the “natural” population as more people each year die in Maine than are born. Only people moving in keep Maine growing, but barely. The United Nations projects a world population in 2050 of 9.8 billion, up from 7.7 billion today. What might all that population do to our environment? How do we generate enough energy so those billions can move into the middle class? What about water? And trash? Darrell Bricker, a Canadian political scientist, in “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Planet Decline” takes issue with the alarming UN predictions. Bricker says, “Fewer people on the globe might mean that we have a better environment.” If he is correct, the population bomb could defuse itself before it explodes.~ Bob Neal
Opinion: Proposed adjacency rules change is necessary and well crafted
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

The adjacency principle is a tool, established in the 1976 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, that addresses the basic goal of locating new development near existing development in Maine's Unorganized Territories. The Land Use Planning Commission has undertaken a 4-year effort to improve this blunt, never-efficient tool. The recommended rules are grounded in recent and relevant data, in new social and economic realities, and widespread public input. We support these changes and salute the commission for the enormous effort they have taken in crafting them. ~ Judy East, Washington County Council of Governments, and Don Kleiner, Maine Professional Guides Association
Letter: Urge land-use panel to oppose CMP plan, keep Maine’s North Woods intact
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Central Maine Power plans to profit from our loss by carving up the Maine woods. Are we supposed to sit back and say, “It’s not going to be that awful”? Just because Central Maine Power has already purchased the land necessary for this invasive project does not give them the right to destroy our environment. Here is the list of Land Use Planning Commissioners to contact and express your opinion. ~ Wendy Mae Chambers, Jackman
Maine Reps. Take Next Steps in York River 'Wild and Scenic' Designation
Maine Public - Saturday, February 16, 2019 

Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree-D, has introduced legislation that advances a years-long effort to designate the York River as a Wild and Scenic River System, a program managed by the National Park Service. The moves follows a three-year study on the York River watershed, as well as advancement measures passed in the towns of York and Eliot in November, and supportive resolutions adopted in Kittery and South Berwick. Pingree says the designation could mean more federal funding and technical assistance for the waterway and its tributaries, and she says that being part of the NPS program could help raise the region's profile as a visitor destination. Maine Rep. Jared Golden-D, has signed as co-sponsor.
University of Maine launches exciting outdoor leadership program
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, February 16, 2019 

The University of Maine is launching a very exciting and timely outdoor leadership program to “help us secure Maine’s rich heritage of outdoor recreation and empower the next generation of outdoor leaders and ecotourism businesses.” This is the only academic program in the country to utilize a wide array of Maine’s unique natural resources by pushing beyond the borders of campus to partner and collaborate with universities and facilities across the state.
Maine farm’s bid to save ‘Game of Thrones’ goats imperiled by crackdown on semen
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 16, 2019 

In season four of HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” the formidable dragon Drogon flew between bucolic hillsides breathing fire at a herd of small, shaggy goats and snatching one for a snack. Drogon may be computer-generated, but the goats are real. The scene was filmed in West Iceland with Icelandic goats. Despite the 15 minutes of fame, the Icelandic goat is critically endangered, with more than 1,000 goats left in the world. The goat was once only found in Iceland, but the rare breed has recently found a second home: Maine. The Beau Chemin Preservation Farm in Waldoboro has been working to breed Icelandic goats using imported genetic material. Though it is the only sanctuary for the species outside Iceland, new international livestock regulations may threaten its future.
Letter: Reusable containers, bags will help stem tide of plastic waste
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 16, 2019 

I am a middle school student. One piece of climate change that is important for everyone to know about is the danger of plastic waste. Almost 18 billion tons of land-based plastic are dumped into our oceans each year – that’s five grocery bags of plastic entering the oceans along every foot of coastline in the world. By 2025, those five bags could become 10. The average American goes through 167 plastic water bottles per year but recycles only 23 percent of them. We can start by recognizing the amount of plastic we use and produce and using reusable containers and bags. ~ Farris Peterson, Portland
Sebago ice-fishing derby could reduce trout overpopulation
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 15, 2019 

A new regulation for lake trout will allow competitors in the Sebago Lake Rotary Ice Fishing Derby to enter larger fish, and, in turn, potentially help the lake’s struggling salmon fishery. This year lake trout, also known as togue, in the 23- to 25-inch range can be kept and entered in the contest, while those 26 to 33 inches long must be thrown back. Previously, the so-called slot limit for togue was 23 to 33 inches and any fish in that range had to be released. Having more togue that qualify for entry into the derby this weekend should mean that more of the trout will come out of the lake, a boon to the salmon that are in the lake and competing for food.
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