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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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Maine Young Birders Club is a wonderful project
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

I love seeing kids outside enjoying birds and birding. My wife Linda did a birding unit for her first graders every year, and at the end, they would be bused to our house for a birding adventure, which we all enjoyed very much. So I was pleased recently to learn about the Maine Young Birders Club, founded and coordinated by Lena Moser and Nathan Hill.
LePage had two special places to give out tax benefits. Both went to paper
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Out of 32 places to give tax breaks to investors, Gov. Paul LePage had special discretion for two. For each of those special picks, LePage looked to paper towns. The governor’s use of those special selections to pick Madawaska and Baileyville reflect a hope that, despite declines in most paper industry sectors, the mills that have endured some brutal years may still draw new investment or serve as an anchor for sustaining rural economies. The reaction among Maine’s paper industry shows how policymakers and local officials were operating in the dark as they selected those zones in Maine.
Striped bass have made a big return to eastern Maine. Here’s why.
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Anglers caught more than 4.1 million stripers in Maine in 2006. Five years later, they only caught 160,000. But this year, after a steady trend toward improvement, striper anglers are smiling again, and the population of the coveted fish are seemingly surging again. So why have the stripers returned? A regulatory change that has protected smaller stripers up and down the East Coast and an abundance of bait for those fish to feed on are likely contributors, experts say.
Column: Our good neighbor Canada
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

Take a look at a map and you’ll see that Maine is in Canada. The current turmoil with our Canadian friends is unfortunate and harmful. From President Donald Trump’s nasty and insulting remarks about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the emerging trade war, disaster is lurking. J.D. Irving, based in New Brunswick, is our state’s largest landowner. And perhaps you buy gas at the Irving’s Maine stations. If the relationship between Canada and the United States continues down this troubling road, Maine will suffer greatly. Someone needs to step up and stop this before we all get hurt. ~ George Smith
Letter: 'Yes' on windmill ordinance
Sun Journal - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 

The towns of Woodstock and Greenwood have been the focus of energy corporations seeking to establish wind farms to provide electricity to other locations, with the impact of the wind farms affecting our residents, our views and all the collateral damage that is now known to accompany wind power generation. Green, renewable energy in the form of wind and solar provides significant environmental benefits. However, in those circumstances in which wind power is in close proximity to our lakes, it is likely to negatively affect use and enjoyment. Therefore, the Community Lakes Association opposes the project. ~ Janice Kendrick, Community Lakes Association, Woodstock
Rescuers take an hour to rescue scrappy raccoon under Denny’s dumpster
Sun Journal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Police and an animal rescuer wrestled with a 20-pound raccoon for more than an hour Tuesday after the animal got stuck beneath a dumpster outside Denny’s restaurant. The raccoon was ultimately freed, although it did not happen easily.
Funding anchors Portland’s Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Forecaster - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

With the completion of a nearly $23 million capital campaign, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is confident it has secured its long-term viability. Specifically, the money will provide the research facility with “the flexibility to explore new initiatives (and) answer important questions around seafood growth, adaptive coastal communities and engaging the public,” Elijah Miller, the organization’s communications manager, said recently. He said GMRI’s mission of preserving and sustaining the gulf is more important now than ever.
Over 200 CMP customers join class-action lawsuit claiming they were overbilled
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

More than 200 Central Maine Power Co. customers who believe they have been overcharged on their electricity bills have joined a class-action lawsuit against the company. Lipman & Katz, an Augusta-based law firm, issued a statement Tuesday night announcing that it plans to file the lawsuit Thursday in Cumberland County Superior Court. Other law firms will join in the class-action case. About 97,000 CMP customers‘ monthly bills increased 50 percent or more in December, January or February over the same month a year earlier. The firms contend that another 200,000 customers have been overcharged by up to 50 percent.
Brunswick residents appeal town’s assessment on solar panels
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

A group of seven Brunswick residents is asking the town not to add solar panels to their property assessments. Jake Plante of Rossmore Road, one of the seven, estimated there are about 130 homes with solar in town. Plante said, “There are a lot of other fuel types and energy-saving measures people take to reduce their energy footprint and they’re not taxed for those things. So solar is being singled out for this tax.” Town Assessor Cathleen Jamison rebutted that, saying other energy-efficient components are included in the construction details of a home.
Waterville council approves contract extension with WasteZero for trash bag supplies
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

City councilors on Tuesday voted to approve extending a contract with WasteZero to continue supplying purple trash bags to retailers for purchase by residents as part of the city’s pay-as-you-throw system of trash collection.
BIW and Lincoln County company pay to settle EPA allegations
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Bath Iron Works agreed to pay a $355,000 penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to report their use and release of toxic chemicals. Masters Machine Co. of Round Pound, will pay a $92,210 penalty.
UMF fitness center director dies of cancer
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Jim Toner, the director of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center and a former director of both parks and recreation and public works in Waterville, died Monday of cancer. Toner, 59, served as director of the Fitness and Recreation Center, or FRC, since 2006 and was the founder of the center’s Mainely Outdoors Program and the annual Sandy River Canoe/Kayak Race.
Those lobster license plates are supporting $340,000 in research on vital industry
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using $340,000 from the sale of specialty license plates to bankroll lobster research. The state agency is using lobster license plate profits to fund six research projects, including five run by the University of Maine and one by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and give $5,000 mini-grants to four other researchers.
Scoop that poop: A case for picking up dog waste on trails
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Dog waste has long been a problem in public outdoor spaces, in trail networks and on beaches. And in addition to being disgusting, this problem is a public health concern, and can harm the environment and wildlife. Dog feces often contains harmful bacteria, diseases and parasites. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people pick up and dispose of dog feces, “especially in areas where children might play.” While picking up dog poop is a big inconvenience, it’s the right thing to do. Whether you’re visiting public or private property, you’re a visitor. It’s not your space to wreck.
Sens. Collins and King, Rep. Poliquin testify against tariffs on Canadian newsprint
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, as well as U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, were among more than a dozen lawmakers who testified Tuesday before the International Trade Commission against tariffs on Canadian newsprint that already are having a devastating effect on newspapers. President Trump, who has been increasingly aggressive on trade, ordered the tariffs. The tariffs so far have increased newsprint prices by as much as 25 percent.
Right whales give scientists a way to collect data: They blow it into the air
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get real-time hormonal data by collecting the spray from whales’ blowholes.
Forest Service wants to know who built campfire that started fire in Belgrade
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service is trying to figure out who started a campfire on a small Belgrade island last week, eventually causing a wildfire. So far, no suspects have been identified, said Darrell Rich, a state forest ranger who went to the scene Friday afternoon. The fire burned about a half-acre on a small, tree-covered island in Hamilton Pond, near the intersection of routes 27 and 135 in Belgrade. Rich said the wildfire was the result of someone failing to extinguish a campfire fully.
175,000 watched Maine lobster harvester, chef live-stream event
Other - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

More than 175,000 tuned in to watch the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative’s live-streamed, roughly 30-minute lobster-oriented talk show Monday night, in Brooklyn, New York, the group tells Undercurrent News.
The new Maine Mountain Guide is entertaining and inspiring
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

I live vicariously through Carey Kish, enjoying his posts about all his outdoor adventures. He and his wife are amazing hikers and adventurers, and Carey has written a number of hiking books. But his new book, Maine Mountain Guide, published by AMC Books, is his best.
The big deals that won LePage’s favor for tax breaks
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s selection of 32 areas of the state for new federal tax breaks reads like a map of big business deals to be done. LePage’s administration said its picks of Opportunity Zones around the state were driven by the potential for successful new investments. The major projects include a plan from J.D. Irving, the state’s largest landowner, to rezone and develop camps and commercial properties on 51,000 acres in Aroostook County and subsidized wood-to-energy company Stored Solar’s plans to add a shrimp farm, greenhouses and an organic poultry farm next to its West Enfield energy plant. Critics say the program will only fatten investors’ pockets for deals they would have done anyway.
Pending bait shortage poses another threat to Maine lobster industry
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 17, 2018 

Feeling pressure from trade tariffs and pending rules to protect right whales, Maine’s lobster industry is facing yet another threat: a severe bait shortage. Regulators want to cap this year’s herring landings at last year’s levels, or 50,000 metric tons, and slash next year’s quota of the most popular lobster bait from 110,000 to 30,000 metric tons. They want to do this to offset record low numbers of newborn herring that are entering the fishery to replace those that are caught, eaten by other predators or die from natural causes.
Counting porpoises by sight and echo-location
Mount Desert Islander - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Kate Pielmeier, a graduate student at College of the Atlantic, is a research associate in the college’s Allied Whale program. She is conducting a survey of harbor porpoises in Frenchman Bay to provide baseline data for what she hopes will be the continued monitoring of the animals’ numbers, movements and behavior patterns in the future.
Central Maine officials urge calm amid rabies fears
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 16, 2018 

With reports of four incidents involving a rabid fox in Brunswick earlier this month, and a rabid otter attack in Rockland, central Maine residents are on edge when they see wild animals. But the officials who deal with those animals are cautioning people against worrying too much when they see a fox or raccoon.
Maine Author Explores The Changing American Border With Canada
Maine Public - Monday, July 16, 2018 

Since September 11 — and, more recently, under the Trump administration — the Maine border with Canada, which used to be more porous, is now hardened. It was during this period of hardening that writer Porter Fox, himself a native of Maine's border region, embarked upon a trip along America's northern border, from Maine all the way to Washington state. His new book, "Northland: A 4,000-mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border," documents that trip, and looks at how things have changed in the last couple of decades.
Canadian ferry firm proposes 5-year lease, $1M minimum total payment for Bar Harbor site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 16, 2018 

In a proposal to base The CAT in Bar Harbor, the Canadian firm that operates high-speed ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia says it will spend $3 million in infrastructure improvements to the idle Route 3 property and will pay the town at least $200,000 in annual rent for five years.
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