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Action Alert - Tuesday, August 20, 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
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.
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.
Wabanaki artists, culture event, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

40+ members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. At Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, August 24, 10 am - 3 pm.
A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact, Aug 23
Announcement - Friday, August 16, 2019 

According to the EPA's own analysis, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year by 2030. Learn about the impacts of Trump's deregulation campaign on a CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact." August 23, 10 pm.
Close Encounters of the First Kind, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Maine’s First Ship hosts Ken Hamilton for a discussion of the earliest European and indigenous people interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers. At Bath Freight Shed, Bath, August 22, 7 pm.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Anniversary Celebration, Aug 23-24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Dinner, music, silent auction, awards, and toast to commemorate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation. At New England Outdoor Center, T1 R8, August 23-24, $25.
Earth Day 2020
Announcement - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Earth Day, the global environmental movement for a cleaner, greener, safer and more just world for all, turns 50 next year. Want to help?
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Opinion: Put blame for failed leadership where it belongs – with the majority in the Maine House
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Portland Press Herald has singled out me and House Republicans as the reason the Legislature went home early and failed to do the right thing for the Maine people. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Instead of blaming me and a minority of Republicans, the Press Herald should be demanding that Speaker of the House Sara Gideon (D) and Senate President Mike Thibodeau (R) call the Legislature back into session and make sure legislators complete the work the people of Maine elected them to do. ~ Paul R. LePage (R), governor of Maine
Maine Observer: Don’t let Portland’s season of surprise pass you by
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Over the years, thanks to the work of Portland city staff and residents, our Forest City is bedecked with a magnificent variety of trees. Several of them sport especially showy or fragrant flowers that are often missed by the many people who pass by every day. Check out the trees in your own daily viewshed wherever you are – and soon, before this annual season of surprise is over. ~ Kathy Mills of Yarmouth lived for 15 years in downtown Portland
Letter: Farm Bill, as is, poses threat to endangered species
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

The Endangered Species Act has faced dozens of legislative attacks in Congress recently, with the most recent one showing up in this year’s version of the Farm Bill. The latest proposal would allow pesticides to be approved without considering the harm they pose to endangered species, essentially making it legal to kill an endangered species with a pesticide. ~ Gail Presley, Rockland
Letter: Don’t roll back emission standards
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, May 20, 2018 

Rolling back auto emission standards would double pollution nationwide by 2025 when compared to the safety standards now in effect. Worse, if the federal standard is lowered, Maine and more than a dozen other states which now have a better safety standard than the current federal standard would be forced to live under a dirtier federal standard. This is not acceptable. We cannot go backward, because adding more pollution to our one and only world is killing us and the planet. Why is this even being considered ~ Marla Bottesch, Norridgewock
Fly-fishing legend draws fans to Phillips
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby of Phillips was the state’s first registered Maine Guide. She was a journalist, an expert fly-fisher and hunter, and a conservationist. She grew up in Phillips, guided in Rangeley and is buried in Strong. The three-day celebration of Crosby began Friday at Fox Carleton Pond Sporting Camps with fly-casting lessons, panning for gold and western Maine history lessons. Many visitors walked the first part of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail, a 45-mile stretch along the Sandy River from Phillips to the Rangeley village of Oquossoc.
Two years after Madison paper mill closed, town faces uncertain future
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Madison is not alone in the loss of its paper mill, which at the time of closure in 2016 was the town’s largest taxpayer and one of its largest employers. The number of jobs in paper manufacturing, once a hallmark industry in Maine, has been cut by nearly half in the last decade. There’s no clear timeline for what recovery looks like after a paper mill closes, said Sarah Curran, looking at the future of the state’s forest economy. Curran works for the Maine Development Foundation and runs an initiative called For/Maine. Mike Croteau, a former union president at the Madison mill, said, “Life goes on, but it hasn’t been easy for some of us. People should understand that when these mills close, a lot of these guys end up having to get state assistance."
Blog: Blackflies, the little blackflies…
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

In Spring, a young angler’s fancy turns to stark dread, dread of small black blood-drinking insects arriving in clouds, swarms, battalions, and armies to drive him to the very brink of madness. As if fishing weren’t madness enough. Allow me to introduce a fly who needs no introduction to any Mainer who even occasionally ventures into the Great Outdoors: Simuliidae. ~ Nick Mills
Column: Bidding a fond farewell to the "Boy" Scouts
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

The Boy Scouts of America announced this week that the word “boy” would be stricken from the Boy Scouts of America starting in 2019, and next February girls will be allowed full scouting privileges. The Boy Scouts of America has been part of the American fabric for 108 years. At least, for history’s sake, they could have kept the name and still have permited girls to belong. If you are an old scout like me you just can’t help feeling some pangs of sadness about this historic alteration. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Obituary: Edward Kaelber, 94, founding president of COA
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Edward Kaelber, founding president of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and founder of the Maine Community Foundation, died Thursday. He was 94. Mr. Kaelber became the college’s first president in 1970 and led the institution for 12 years. The college was founded in 1969 with a mission to use human ecology as a guiding, interdisciplinary approach to education.
Whale watch recognized
Mount Desert Islander - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, a Canadian-American regional partnership, has named the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company the recipient of its annual Industry Award. The award is presented to recognize demonstrated innovation and leadership in efforts to improve the well-being of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that call it home. The council cited the company’s “leadership in ecotourism and educating the public about wildlife, fisheries, oceanography, and conservation of the Gulf of Maine.” They also praised the company’s “efforts to support conservation of fisheries and marine mammals through generous donations, collaborative research and environmental advocacy.”
Gas leak repaired in South Portland rail yard
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

South Portland firefighters found and repaired a gas leak in a railway car at Rigby Yard early Saturday morning. Firefighters traced the leak to railway car carrying propane and issued a hazardous designation for the area near the railway car, which was located on AmeriGas Propane property used for offloading rail cars onto trucks. An AmeriGas employee worked with the South Portland Fire Department’s hazardous materials response team to get into the top of the sealed car to tighten a leaking valve.
Radiation from Cell Phones, Wifi Are Hurting the Birds and the Bees; 5G May Make It Worse
Other - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Newsweek - Technology is quite literally destroying nature, with a new report further confirming that electromagnetic radiation from power lines and cell towers can disorientate birds and insects and destroy plant health. The paper warns that as nations switch to 5G this threat could increase.
Rockland advocates say food sovereignty ordinance ‘makes sense’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

With a unanimous vote earlier this week, the Rockland City Council approved the state’s 33rd food sovereignty ordinance, and became the first county seat to become food sovereign. In October Gov. Paul LePage signed into law an amended state food sovereignty bill that allows municipalities to regulate local food systems, including production, processing, consumption and direct producer-to-consumer exchanges, which were previously regulated at the state and federal level but excludes meat and poultry production and sales, which remain under state and federal control.
With 3 weeks to go in season, Maine’s baby eel harvest tops $20M
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

The value of landings so far in Maine’s 2018 baby eel fishing season have topped $20 million, the fishery’s highest annual value since the state adopted a statewide catch limit in 2014. Record prices this season of around $2,500 per pound for baby eels, also known as elvers, already have made the 2018 season the third-most valuable ever in Maine. According to Maine Department of Marine Resources, as of Wednesday evening fishermen had caught 8,416 pounds, or 87 percent of Maine’s annual catch limit of 9,688 pounds.
New charity receiving Poland Spring aid lacks federal nonprofit status
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Despite not having yet acquired nonprofit status, a still-forming charity has a $150,000 commitment from Poland Spring as the retail water seller extends its influence in northern Penobscot County. The Northern Penobscot Activities Council announced the first of three $50,000 donations it will receive during the next three years from the retail water seller. Brian Souers, the council’s advisory group president, said Poland Spring and his group could really benefit their neighbors. Poland Spring is building a water-truck loading station on Route 2 in Lincoln for completion this summer and has declared the land of 13 lakes a possible site for a $50 million bottling plant that would also buy from the Lincoln Water District.
Letter: Pruitt must go
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Donald Trump loved to say he’d “drain the swamp.” But when our president appointed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, he was giving an alligator the choice of keeping a swamp as is, pouring more filth in, or working to turn it into a meadow. In wasting obscene amounts of taxpayer money, it’s clear that this swamp creature has no place leading one of the most important agencies in our federal government. His blatant disregard for public health is seen in his efforts to dismantle the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. It is time for Pruitt to resign. ~ Matthew Hubbell, Cape Elizabeth
Norway Library patrons hear about Maine, NH best hiking spots
Turner Publishing - Friday, May 18, 2018 

Author Greg Westrich spoke at Norway Memorial Library on Thursday, April 26,, and talked about his favorite hiking spots in Maine and New Hampshire, showed maps and pictures of these spots, and told hiking stories. He sold and signed copies of his books. Westrich is the author of several Maine hiking guides for outdoors and travel publisher Falcon, and has also written for numerous magazines, including Downeast. The program was sponsored by The Friends of Norway Memorial Library.
New Rules Proposed for Atlantic Herring Fishing in New England
Other - Friday, May 18, 2018 

Fishery managers are requesting public comment on several new potential rules for the industrial Atlantic herring fishery, which involves the East Coast’s largest fishing vessels. The Pew Charitable Trusts supports protecting coastal waters by prohibiting industrial midwater trawling within 50 miles of shore, which would be largely consistent with rules in place along the Maine coast for nine months of the year. Extending the zone along the rest of New England would protect multiple habitat areas used by a wide range of predators.
Maine Democrats are still looking for someone who can beat Poliquin
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 18, 2018 

The candidates for the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District trained their attacks on the Republican incumbent and largely avoided each other during their party’s state convention on Friday. The candidates played up their backgrounds — Lucas St. Clair’s work as frontman of his family’s effort to establish the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Jared Golden’s Marine service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and Craig Olson’s status as an “average resident.”
Endangered Species
Down East - Friday, May 18, 2018 

The son of teachers, Nathan Nicholls exhibited an anti-establishment streak early on. He dropped out of school, married at 18, and moved to Maine to cobble together a living as a blueberry harvester, wreath maker, and repairer of lawn mowers and motorcycles, for which he accumulated a mountain of scrap metal. Accused by the town of Waldoboro of operating an illegal junkyard, he welded metal bits into objects. Suddenly, he had not junk, but art. Respect for self-taught “art environment builders” like Nicholls has increased dramatically in the last decade; nevertheless, “The difficulty is in finding someone to steward it.”
House defeats farm bill as conservatives revolt on immigration
Associated Press - Friday, May 18, 2018 

In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in Republican-leaning farm country. Hard-right conservatives upset over the party’s stalled immigration agenda opposed the measure, which failed by a 213-198 vote. Some 30 Republicans joined with every chamber Democrat in opposition.
'Stunning' report finds that one-third of Earth's protected areas are being destroyed by people
USA Today - Friday, May 18, 2018 

Turns out a large chunk of what should be the world's most protected areas are anything but. A new study reports that human activities — such as city sprawl, road construction and farming — are wreaking havoc on some 2.3 million square miles of protected land worldwide, an area about twice the size of Alaska. The study appeared Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Science.
New England scallop sales to help pay for projects studying turtles, fisheries
Associated Press - Friday, May 18, 2018 

The sale of scallops will help pay for projects designed to study subjects such as the impact of fishing on sea turtles and how to make the New England shellfish fishery more efficient. The New England Fishery Management Council announced awards to 15 such projects on Wednesday.
Regulator orders CMP to make certain confidential information public
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 18, 2018 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Friday ordered Central Maine Power to provide a redacted version of a confidential file that the utility had tried to block. The file is part of CMP’s responses to the PUC’s questions in its probe on high electric bills and thousands of customer complaints.
Judge dismisses Poland Spring lawsuit, but fight over groundwater claim likely to go on
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 18, 2018 

A federal court has dismissed a class action fraud lawsuit against the company behind Poland Spring on narrow legal grounds, but a lawyer says the case will continue. A judge in Connecticut dismissed the suit against Nestle Waters North America Inc. Thursday, but did not weigh in on its allegations that the bottles filled from sites around Maine actually contain common groundwater. The decision leaves the door open for the suit to proceed with revised claims.
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