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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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News Items
Beyond Beauty
Yankee Magazine - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Nature photographer Jerry Monkman creates art that’s also a call to action.
Ghosts of the Northern Forest
Yankee Magazine - Monday, March 12, 2018 

From the heart of moose country, a story about who wins and who loses in our rapidly changing climate.
Two Voices, One Message
Yankee Magazine - Monday, March 12, 2018 

As Vermont scholars from very different eras, George Perkins Marsh and Bill McKibben share common ground in trying to save the planet.
Green Milestones
Yankee Magazine - Monday, March 12, 2018 

A look at some of New England’s most memorable contributions to the conservation movement, from Walden to Project Puffin.
Rising Seas
Yankee Magazine - Monday, March 12, 2018 

New England was built on the coast. Its fate will depend upon how well we adapt to a future that can no longer be denied.
Attorney General Janet Mills lambasts the Trump administration's proposal for offshore oil and gas drilling
Maine Government News - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Attorney General Janet Mills severely criticized the Trump administration's proposal to drill for oil and gas off the Atlantic shore this week. In comments filed with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Attorney General Mills claimed that in granting Florida a waiver from the drilling proposal because of the impact on that state's coastal tourism economy, the Trump administration purposefully ignored the equally important impact on Maine's tourism economy.
Researchers concerned about health of Maine lake after algal bloom
Associated Press - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Researchers in Maine say a lake’s recent algal blooms are prompting concerns over the health of the body of water. Beginning in May, water quality tests will begin at Highland Lake in Windham and Falmouth, after a mysterious algal bloom has reappeared every July for the last four summers. Officials say there is no evidence that this bloom is toxic, but it causes a pervasive and noticeable cloudiness in the water.
Bears move into cottage to spend the winter
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Bears make themselves at home in a comfy cottage. They fish, enjoy evening fires, and even invite lots of other critters to join them. OK, you’ve probably figured out I’m writing about a wonderful new children’s book. The illustrations in kids’ books today are amazing, and you will be delighted and entertained by Karel Hayes’ drawings in The Spring Visitors, published by Down East Books.
Canadian firm looking for signs of mine potential in northern Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Since last December, Wolfden Resources geologist Art Hamilton has been studying drilling samples from 500-million-year-old volcanic rock near Pickett Mountain in northeastern Penobscot County. Through the end of the year Hamilton and Wolfden’s team of contractors will be taking more than 32,000 feet of 2½-inch diameter core samples of the Pickett Mountain deposit to determine whether it is economically feasible to develop what would be the state’s first large-scale metal mining operation in about five decades.
After 25 years of term limits, Maine still has plenty of career politicians
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 12, 2018 

Maine enacted legislative term limits in 1993, when 67 percent of voters endorsed the measure proposed through a citizen-initiated referendum. But 25 years later, the politician it targeted is still in office, candidates with legislative service dating to the 1970s are running and Maine’s citizen legislature is populated by elected officials who would have a hard time disputing that the label “career politician” fits them. Being a legislator is a part-time job, but it’s one that some State House regulars have held for decades.
Letter: Climate action needed
Bangor Daily News - Monday, March 12, 2018 

There are great stores of frozen methane in the shallow Arctic Ocean and vast permafrost regions that are beginning to thaw. If a fraction were to release, it would push up global temperatures. Ppollution causes 9 million deaths each year at a cost of $4.6 billion. Environmental degradation and climate change have initiated what is already called the sixth and greatest extinction because it is happening so fast and by so many drivers. We might consider putting the brakes on releasing any more carbon and learn how we can live more locally and simply. Is there really any sane alternative to not trying? Besides, who can say that, while life is magnificent and sacred, our civilization with all the wars and inequity is so fine? ~ Peter Baldwin, Brooks
Maine Audubon shares 2017 Loon Count results & gears up for 35th year
Maine Audubon - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Last July 15, 1,377 people participated in the 34th annual Maine Audubon Loon Count, once again providing reliable survey data that Maine Audubon can use to estimate the size of the population and look at trends over time. Despite bad weather, counters tallied 1,816 adults and 182 chicks on 311 lakes across the state. The group projects a statewide population of 2,817 adult Common Loons and 453 chicks. The 35th Annual Loon Count will happen on the morning of July 21, 2018.
Public forum will review health of Highland Lake
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Beginning in May, researchers will launch extensive testing of water quality in Highland Lake on the Windham-Falmouth town line. Their goal is to determine the cause of a bloom of blue-green algae that has appeared every July for the last four summers. The mysterious bloom has prompted the towns to study their zoning ordinances and has disrupted development in the watershed.
Dueling Paths To Addressing The National Park Service's Maintenance Backlog
National Parks Traveler - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

The National Park Service's nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog didn't materialize overnight, but rather has been growing for nearly two decades. It's been puzzled together by the need for the Park Service to care for all the buildings, roads, trails, and campgrounds within the system as well as address safety and health matters that can impact visitors and park employees. There currently are at least three proposals for tackling that backlog, each with its own unique nuances. Moving forward, there seems so far to be a lack of interest in Congress overall to address the backlog.
Maple syrup producers hoping to tap out second season
Associated Press - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

The annual maple season got off to another early start with warmups in parts of New England, and producers are hopeful the recent cold and snow will extend it. “The fear is that it’s so warm that the season will end soon,” said Michael Bryant, of Hilltop Boilers Maple Syrup in Newfield, in southern Maine.
Baxter State Park seeking help to identify snowmobile outlaws
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Baxter State Park is seeking help from the public in identifying two individuals who ignored posted trail closures and entered several restricted areas of the park on snowmobiles around 10:30 AM on Friday, March 9. These actions caused excessive rutting and damage to the Roaring Brook road trail which is a vital hauling trail and required most of a day to repair.
Endangered animals could get life-saving boost from oil, gas funds under new bill
USA Today - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Thousands of wildlife species are slinking, trotting and hopping toward endangerment. A new bill making its way through Congress, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, could give them a much-needed reprieve by using an innovative source of revenue to save their habitats: oil and gas royalties. Forces such as overdevelopment, human population growth and climate change have rapidly sped up the pace at which species are threatened by extinction. One of the clearest and most graphic examples is in the plight of the moose in Maine and New Hampshire, said Collin O’Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation. Clusters of winter ticks are attaching themselves to moose cows and calves and sucking them dry of blood, killing off about 70% of the moose calves in those states.

Elver fishermen expect high price as stocks dry up
Associated Press - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Members of Maine’s baby-eel fishing industry are expecting high prices for the tiny fish this year because of a shortage on the international market, and sushi lovers could end up feeling the pinch. Maine is the only U.S. state with a significant fishery for baby eels, or elvers. The tiny, translucent eels are sold to Asian aquaculture companies to be raised to maturity for use as food. The eels sold for about $1,300 per pound at the docks last year, about on par with an ounce of gold, and are already one of the most lucrative fisheries in the country on a per-pound basis.
Blog: Save our Maine local rights!
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

State Senator Tom Saviello of Franklin is trying to have the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry OK a bill that would take away a town’s right to pass their own ordinances about using pesticides and place this in state control. The issue is not just a town’s right to pass safeguards against synthetic and chemical pesticides, but local control itself. ~ Bill Baker
Maine Giving Grants to Protect Forest Health
Associated Press - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

The state of Maine's community forest program is awarding $75,000 in grants to local governments, non-profit groups and others to develop and maintain strategies that protect the woods. The Project Canopy program is divided into two kinds of grants. One is for planning and education and the other is for tree planting and maintenance. Project Canopy is funded by the USDA's Forest Service. It's designed to help communities support sustainable community forest management practices and improve awareness of the importance of trees and forests. Last year, municipalities received grants for projects such as tree plantings in downtowns and parks. Grant applications are due by April 6.
Column: The US is about to be the world’s top crude oil producer. Guess who didn’t see it coming.
Washington Post - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

The authoritative International Energy Agency announced Monday that the United States will overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest crude oil producer in five years. Rather than being at the mercy of foreign potentates, the United States may now be the world’s “swing” producer of crude. American independent producers, nimbler than the state-owned behemoths of the Middle East and Europe, can increase or decrease output rapidly in response to changing market signals. Energy pessimists were right that less dependence on foreign oil, and the vagaries of the OPEC-manipulated global market, could be achieved through technological innovation; what they failed to grasp was that the very oil-price volatility that concerned them so much created a huge incentive for innovation in the oil patch. ~ Charles Lane

Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon
Associated Press - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

President Donald Trump’s campaign to discredit the news media has spread to officials at all levels of government, who are echoing his use of the term “fake news” as a weapon against unflattering stories. The governor of Maine is among the many politicians who have used the term in recent months in response to news reporting. It’s become ubiquitous as a signal to a politician’s supporters to ignore legitimate reporting and hard questions, as a smear of the beleaguered and dwindling local press corps, and as a way for conservatives to push back against what they call biased stories.
Conservation group on Trump national parks fix plan: Show us the money
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

America’s oldest national parks advocacy group wants to know where the money that a bipartisan U.S. Senate coalition, including Maine Sen. Angus King, proposes to use to eliminate an $11.93 billion National Park Service maintenance deficit will originate. The National Parks Conservation Association is waiting for details on how the initiative unveiled last week will generate as much as $18 billion to eliminate the maintenance backlog at national parks, spokeswoman Emily Douce said. Proponents said the money would come from revenue derived from the sale of energy produced on federal lands. The bill does not detail the funding sources.
Harpswell boat-building program benefits kids, foundation
Forecaster - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

In mid-January, Flannery, a longtime woodworker and Cundy’s Harbor resident, launched a program for local children ages 6 and older known as “Harpswell Boat Builders.” It’s held at Ann Flannery’s workshop, where they’re building a wooden rowboat. When completed, Flannery said, it will be auctioned to benefit the Holbrook Community Foundation, for which she is a volunteer director. The nonprofit was formed in 2005 after a “for sale” sign on Holbrook Wharf inspired a dozen Cundy’s Harbor residents to organize and “save (the) working waterfront property from private residential development.” The foundation bought the property, which includes the commercial fishing wharf, seasonal store, seasonal snack bar and a historic house. “It’s all about keeping the waterfront working,” Flannery said.
Climate scientist and Maine native prefers quiet of the woods, but is now making plenty of noise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 11, 2018 

After more than six years at the Department of Interior working to help Americans face the coming impacts of climate change, Joel Clement announced in newspapers across the country that he’d been reassigned by the Trump administration to a job in the department’s accounting office as retaliation for speaking out about climate change. He joined Twitter the same day he filed a whistleblower complaint against the government. Tweeter, noisemaker, and specifically whistleblower were not roles he was familiar with. He will speak twice in Maine this week on “Silencing Science: An Insider’s Take on the Trump Administration’s Efforts to Undermine Federal Climate Policy.”
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