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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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WANTED: Maine Entomologists Seek Public's Help in Locating Stink Bugs
WABI-TV5 - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Wanted: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. It's no joke. Entomologists at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are seeking the public's help in locating these critters. They're doing research to determine how widespread the Stink Bug is in Maine and the risk posed to crops. You can report your findings online. A photo is required to verify the identity of the bug.
Power Company Warns Loggers and Farmers to Avoid Power Lines
Maine Public - Monday, October 16, 2017 

A recent spate of minor accidents has Emera Maine warning loggers and farmers to steer clear of power lines. Emera spokeswoman Judy Long says no injuries resulted, but extensive damage to machinery and power outages did result. “Sometimes we have to figure out how to get equipment safely away from power lines. Which is one of the reasons we’re letting people know that if they are going to be doing work near power lines, to work with us so that we can help you do it safely,” says Long. OSHA and state law require contacting the company if working within 20 feet of an overhead line.
With MDOT's $5M proposal, Wiscasset's downtown is at a crossroads
Mainebiz - Monday, October 16, 2017 

It's an impasse in all senses of the word: Wiscasset business owners worried about losing storefront downtown parking are growing more vocal as the Maine Department of Transportation presses on with a controversial, taxpayer-funded $5 million plan to ease traffic congestion. The biggest bone of contention is the planned removal of all parking spots on Main Street, which is also U.S. Route 1, and is home to Red's Eats and a dozen or so art and antique shops and the cornerstone of a historic district. The plan calls for removing 51 spaces during peak season, July through mid-September, including 25 diagonal spaces on Main Street, and creating 84 new ones on neighboring streets. Despite the net gain in spaces promised by MDOT, a number of shopkeepers don't want to lose parking at their doorstep.
5 Maine hikes to tackle before fall foliage disappears
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Before the wind blows the stunning fall foliage off the trees of Maine, consider taking a walk outside and enjoying this colorful time of year. The following are a few hiking trails that I’ve found to be especially beautiful during the fall, from easy walking paths to strenuous cliff climbs.
Land Use: Coming to a ballot near you
Portland Phoenix - Monday, October 16, 2017 

You can’t fight City Hall, but you can make up a ballot referendum to throw a wrench into its works. That is the past, present and likely future history of how citizens deal with land use policies that that they do not like. Public veto power comes at a heavy cost and just as the Portland Planning Department is embarking upon a complete redo of the woefully out-of-date city zoning code. Improved zoning is necessary to address the dearth of housing, transportation, and neighborhood centers that is holding the city back. Maybe a wrench in the works is too weak a metaphor; perhaps a hand grenade in a fish tank is more to the point. ~ Zack Barowitz
Maine coastal villagers say cables from offshore wind project will wreck their way of life
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Opponents of an offshore wind project slated for development off Monhegan Island will take their fight to a new level Tuesday, when they plan to file a petition designed to prevent cables delivering electricity from the project to the mainland from passing through St. George. The group Preserve Our Remarkable Town, or PORT, says it has collected more than 300 signatures from residents of St. George, which includes the villages of Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde, who fear the the project will harm the local fishing industry and undermine the quality of life and property values in their communities. Through the project, Maine Aqua Ventus, a pair of 6-megawatt floating wind turbines will be placed off Monhegan Island.
UNE lands $1.3M grant to develop new technologies for seaweed production
Mainebiz - Monday, October 16, 2017 

The United States Department of Energy awarded the University of New England a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1.32 million to develop technologies that will enable the United States to become a leading producer of seaweed. UNE's award is part of a new program called Mariner, which stands for "Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources." Besides fostering innovation in seaweed production, the program seeks to improve U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness by using macroalgae as a feedstock for domestic transportation fuels, chemicals, foods and other commercial products without competing with food crops for land and water.
Editorial: Gutting the Clean Power Plan puts off the steps needed to avert climate disasters
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 16, 2017 

The Trump administration can’t simply wipe the need to reduce the U.S.’s greenhouse gas emissions off the books. So, last week’s announcement from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt that the agency is repealing the Clean Power Plan is less an edict and more of a reiteration of the Trump administration’s total disdain for the concerns of climate change in favor of fossil fuel industry interests. We will have to wait for an administration that first and foremost values human well-being.
New study highlights wild blueberry's benefits on children's brain function
Mainebiz - Monday, October 16, 2017 

The Maine wild blueberry industry is hailing a new study that shows consuming a flavonoid-rich wild blueberry beverage may help a part of the brain that manages time and attention work more efficiently in children. The study is the first to examine whether cognitive function in children who have consumed flavonoids such as blueberries increases as a task gets harder. Flavonoids are a compound in plants that keeps their cells healthy and provides similar benefits for humans. "The study demonstrates, for the first time, significantly faster response times on an executive function task in children who consumed a beverage containing wild blueberries," said the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. Executive function is controlled by the frontal lobe of the brain and includes the mental skills that manage time and attention.
What is deer bait? Hunters need to know.
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, October 16, 2017 

After reading my column about the new severe penalties for hunters who bait deer, and the expansion of the months when deer feeding is prohibited, a reader asked me if mineral blocks are considered to be bait. I sought clarification from DIFW and will give you their response in this column.
Divided over development: Damariscotta’s move to find balance leaves developer in tough spot
Mainebiz - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Damariscotta is the kind of Maine village people come from out of state to visit. Its picture-postcard harbor on the Damariscotta River borders a three-block downtown of brick and clapboard buildings. Businesses downtown range from a coffee shop and book store to the state's first Reny's department store. Dan Catlin, CEO of Commercial Properties in Portland, first approached town officials last year about an 11-acre development at 435 Main St. The Lisciotti project received waivers on parking and other issues but didn't sit well with area residents. A petition drive followed, and in November town voters will decide whether to approve a moratorium on any development larger than 2,500 square feet — a move aimed at giving the town time to determine how it wants to handle commercial development. After a year of careful groundwork, Catlin is suddenly in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Opinion: Zinke’s silence on the monument creates uncertainty for northern Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 16, 2017 

I was never a great cheerleader for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. But when it was created in August 2016, I decided the best course of action was to make sure the monument was a success for the people who live here. The monument has created new demands and business opportunities in Millinocket, Medway and other communities near the monument. We’re talking increased property values and more jobs. The monument has had promising early success during its first year. But that promising start is jeopardized by a needless uncertainty that has hung over the monument since President Donald Trump was elected. One of his first acts in office was to order a review of 27 monuments, including Katahdin Woods and Waters, to determine whether they’d stay open at all. I’m certain that until that uncertainty is lifted, our region will see further economic opportunity postponed. ~ Jim Dill represents District 5 in the Maine Senate
How some families are treasure hunting in Maine’s woods and beyond
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 16, 2017 

There it was, tucked in the forest, a wooden cubby secured to a stump. Weathered by the seasons, the box blended in with trees surrounding it. You likely wouldn’t notice it unless you were looking. “Hundreds if not thousands are hidden in Maine,” said Julianne Taylor, education coordinator for Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Downeast Audubon. Over the past few months, Taylor has made it her mission to resurrect letterboxing in the 4,700-acre Wildlands. Letterboxing — an activity that combines exploration, artwork, creative writing and community building — is a worldwide treasure hunt in which people search for containers called “letterboxes” using written clues, often in the form of riddles or poems.
Horse manure on beach sparks ordinance fight in two Maine towns
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 16, 2017 

A new ordinance aimed at keeping manure off town beaches by making horses wear manure catchers has the owners crying foul. Councilor Bill Donovan, chairman of the town’s Ordinance Committee, said the ordinance came in response to complaints about manure left on the beach. He said riders typically leave the manure to be swept out to sea by the next high tide, but it often can sit on the beach “for hours at a time.” In Old Orchard Beach, Town Clerk Tody Justice said horses were required to wear the containment systems on beaches before the two municipalities adopted reciprocal licensing in 2009.
Letter: Trump’s impulsive attacks
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 16, 2017 

The Trump presidency has raised many questions, all of which have the same, very simple answer. Why, for example, is the administration working to dismantle the environmental protections relating to drilling in the arctic wildlife refuge and the protections of the Clean Air Act? The answer is quite simple. He does these things because he can, and because his insecurity and narcissism compel him to act impulsively regardless of the target. He has to see himself better than President Barack Obama. And should articles of impeachment be drawn up, he will undoubtedly announce that his impeachment will have been the very best ever. ~ Mark D. Roth, Bangor
Letter: 'Tailpipe of the nation' needs less pollution
Forecaster - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Maine is the tailpipe of the nation. Pollution from around the country moves overnight to Maine, where we breathe it in. Mainers deserve to have clean air. The best way to ensure clean healthy air is through the Clean Car Standards. Oct. 16 marked the fifth anniversary of the Clean Car Standards, making car fuel efficiency more efficient and making cars emit less pollution. These standards have saved Maine $190 million. They have improved air quality, resulting in fewer asthma attacks in children, fewer respiratory problems and overall healthier kids. The Trump administration is planning to roll back the Clean Car Standards. ~ Jacqueline Guyol, Environment Maine, Portland
Augusta council grapples with former Statler site redevelopment
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, October 15, 2017 

Neighbors opposed to the Augusta Housing Authority’s proposal to build 34 apartments meant to be affordable to working people on the city-owned former Statler mill site say it could prevent other developers from bringing what they describe as more desirable new development to the riverside site, including condominiums and retail shops or restaurants. However, a developer of several major area projects, who is not involved in the proposal, says an affordable housing complex could actually help, not hinder, efforts to draw more extensive development to the property that city officials have long sought to have redeveloped.
Column: As mountain bike trails in Greater Portland grow, favorites abound
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 15, 2017 

If you asked a mountain biker from Portland where they rode about 20 years ago, there weren’t many options. How times have changed. Here are five favorites:
• Gorham trails, Gorham
• Blackstrap, Falmouth
• Cape Elizabeth/South Portland
• Smith Preserve, Kennebunkport
• Portland Urban Trails
Column: Two shooters on target and only one deer? Now what?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 15, 2017 

It can become a very serious matter when two hunters shoot the same deer. I’ve heard stories of life-long friendships ending, hunters coming to blows and even threatening the life of another hunter over a twice-shot deer. Every situation is different, but there are a few guidelines for dealing with such a situation. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: It’s a two-for-one deal on North Pond in Woodstock
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 15, 2017 

Forty-eight years after the fact, we finally got to Woodstock – Woodstock, Maine, that is. We were going for the classic “two for the price of one” with October’s canoe outing: a great hike coupled with a circumnavigation of North Pond in the tiny town east of Bethel. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Briana Warner wants you to eat your (sea) vegetables
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 15, 2017 

Briana Warner is the economic development director at the Island Institute. The nonprofit, which has a mission of sustaining Maine’s island and coastal communities, recently released a report on consumer preferences for edible seaweeds. We called her up to talk about the report, which she co-authored. Our conversation ranged from why growing kelp is such an easy aquaculture sell for fishermen and ways to build demand for Maine seaweed to what the “low tide test” is and how to pass it. ~ Mary Pols
Column: Rice that multiplies in Maine soil is a big plus
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 15, 2017 

Ben Rooney and David Gulak of Wild Folk Farm planted a single experimental paddy of cold weather rice in traditionally agriculturally inhospitable clay soil in Benton back in 2013. The enterprise has since grown at a pretty good clip. Akamura is an open-pollinated, short-grained variety that Rooney knows grows well here so he saves 10 percent of it for seed, a portion of which he’ll germinate to plant next year’s crop and a portion of which he’ll sell to Fedco Seeds so other farmers in Maine or similar cold climates can give rice a go. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Column: Innate traits help some birds with orientation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 15, 2017 

In considering how migratory birds find their way, we need to recognize two different abilities of birds. First, the birds have a well-developed sense of navigation. In other words, they can set a course and follow it, barring intervention from hurricanes or other weather phenomena. Second, some birds have well-developed abilities of orientation. Most migratory birds can navigate well but fewer can orient. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Last stretch of Boarstone hike is a real bear
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 14, 2017 

“You wimp,” Diane said. “I don’t believe this. The summit is just over that pile of rocks. I’m telling you the view is 360 degrees. It’s fantastic.” “Nope,” I said with conviction. “This is far enough. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Arctic Sunrise takes on corporate plastics
Other - Saturday, October 14, 2017 

Greenpeace - Next week, the ship Arctic Sunrise sets sail down the Atlantic Coast, calling out the corporations that make their billions at the cost of the coastal communities and rich sea life that depend on our planet’s oceans for survival.
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