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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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Inside Trump’s Cruel Campaign Against the U.S.D.A.’s Scientists
Other - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Vanity Fair - The folks at the Department of Agriculture laid on a friendly welcome for the Trump transition team, but they soon discovered that most of his appointees were stunningly unqualified. With key U.S.D.A. programs—from national forests to food stamps, to grants and loans for rural development, to school lunches—under siege, the agency’s greatest problem is that even the people it helps most don’t know what it does. If you took a follow-the-money approach to what might go wrong inside the U.S.D.A., you ended up inside the box run by Kevin Concannon. I found him at home in the woods of Maine.
Trump’s Epa Chemical Safety Nominee May Be Too Toxic Even for Republicans
Other - Monday, November 13, 2017 

The Intercept - Massive conflicts of interest no longer stand in the way of confirmation to the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest posts, as Scott Pruitt, the EPA’s sworn enemy, demonstrated when he ascended to the agency’s top job. Last Thursday, the Senate confirmed a second highly conflicted EPA nominee, fossil fuel lobbyist Bill Wehrum, who will now oversee air pollution protections despite his clear record of working to undermine those very same protections. Yet Michael Dourson, the industry scientist Trump nominated to head EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, may be unable to clear even this low bar. In addition to other possible defectors, Maine Sen. Susan Collins is also expected to break with the Republican ranks to oppose Dourson. Collins was the only Republican senator to vote against both Pruitt and Wehrum.
Hike and shop local, 5 Maine day trips great for the holiday season
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, November 13, 2017 

As the holidays approach, I often like to pair my weekend outdoor adventures with a little shopping, chipping away at the list of gifts before Christmas arrives. I like to think I’m somewhat of an expert at both activities — hiking and shopping — and so I’ve created a short list, for those interested, of great shopping spots in Maine paired with nearby hiking trails that are ideal for this chilly time of year.
From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders
The Guardian - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world. A new report on Monday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature reveals that the number of natural world heritage sites being damaged and at risk from global warming has almost doubled in the past three years.
Report: World backsliding on curbing carbon emissions
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

As a new report showed the world backsliding on curbing carbon emissions, observers at global climate talks said Monday it might fall to ministers to break a deadlock over issues such as compensation for countries hardest-hit by global warming. The talks in Germany, now in their second week, are intended to hammer out some of the nitty-gritty details for implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord. Participating countries agreed to keep global warming significantly below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F.) Much of the focus at the Nov. 6-17 meeting is on the United States, following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would pull out of the Paris accord.
The Allure and Perils of Hydropower
Other - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Damming rivers may seem like a clean and easy energy solution. But the devil is in the details.
Opinion: Incentives for electric vehicles provide alternative to oil dependence
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Electric vehicles are a winner for Maine, benefiting the state’s economy and America’s economic and national security. As we near the tipping point for consumer demand, the federal electric vehicle tax credit is crucial, but Washington seems prepared to take it away. To do so at such a critical time is penny-wise but pound-foolish. Urge Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to keep this vital incentive that will decrease our dependence on oil, increase choice for Mainers looking to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, and lower the susceptibility of Maine’s economy to the vagaries of international oil markets. ~ Sean Mahoney, Conservation Law Foundation
Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn’t go up at all, scientists reported Monday. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. The top five carbon polluting countries are China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan. Europe taken as a whole, would rank third.
Proposal Would Protect Clam, Worm Harvest Around Acadia
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Sen. Angus King, an independent, and Susan Collins, a Republican, are introducing the bill in the U.S. Senate. They say generations of clam and worm harvesters have made their living on flats near Acadia National Park, and the government must allow them to keep doing so. The senators say clam and worm harvesters have raised concerns that they wouldn't be able to continue their work due to enforcement from the National Park Service. Their bill would make sure the harvest will be protected in the future.
Conservation awards go to some outstanding people
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Some outstanding conservationists won awards recently from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Awards went to a couple of school girls, a scientist, a pair of car repair shop owners/operators, and a videographer. With congratulations to all award winners, here they are.
Auburn fighting for recreation in next Barker Mill Dam license
Sun Journal - Monday, November 13, 2017 

With the Barker Mill Dam license set to expire in 2019, officials in Auburn are already working with stakeholders to negotiate the next phase for the dam on the Little Androscoggin River — and they’re hoping that means more recreational opportunities. Representatives from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Park Service's hydro program and American Whitewater are scheduled to attend a Monday meeting.
Fears, language barrier add to problems with lead poisoning for new Mainers
Sun Journal - Monday, November 13, 2017 

After years of attention and millions of dollars spent on mitigating problem areas, lead paint continues to chip off walls and fill the air with fine lead dust. Lewiston remains the worst area in the state for lead poisoning. While lead is a potential problem for all children, it can be particularly difficult for new immigrant families to deal with. Parents usually have no knowledge of lead before they move into the city. They don’t know their rights when renting an apartment that could have lead. They fear speaking up, even when their child is sick — sometimes especially when their child is sick, because they don’t want to look like they can’t take care of their children.
Vermont wind-turbine noise rules displease everyone
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

An effort by Vermont utility regulators to settle the long-standing, contentious issue of how much noise neighbors of industrial wind projects should be subject to ended up upsetting both proponents of wind power and those who say the noise poses a health risk to people who live near turbines. Proponents of using industrial wind projects as part of the long-term goal of getting 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050 say the new wind rules will make achieving that goal more difficult, if not impossible. Opponents counter noise levels are an unreasonable burden for people who live near the turbines.
A feather in his cap: Scarborough man to be honored for collection of bird art
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

The first time Eddie Woodin of Scarborough went birding, he was 9 years old. He borrowed his parents’ low-power opera glasses and a 1950s-era field guide, and that first time out in the woods near his home in Concord, Massachusetts, he spotted a Tennessee warbler in a spruce tree. He’s been a birder since, and, more recently, an obsessive collector of bird art. On Tuesday, Woodin will receive an award from Historic New England.
Tick-borne anaplasmosis surging in Maine – and it’s worse than Lyme
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Reported cases of a tick-borne disease are swelling in Maine this year, but it’s not Lyme disease. Cases of anaplasmosis, an illness with flu-like symptoms that are similar to Lyme but typically more severe, have jumped from 52 a year in Maine five years ago to 433 this year, through Oct. 24, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Of this year’s 433 cases, 113 were hospitalized, according to Maine CDC statistics. The deer tick, the same tick that’s a carrier for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, is also a carrier for anaplasmosis.
Cape Elizabeth steps up fight against winter moth devastation
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Cape Elizabeth is ground zero for winter moth devastation, and the town is stepping up efforts to combat the insect that has already destroyed more than 300 acres of oak trees here. About 50 volunteers braved freezing winds Saturday morning to arm the park’s trees against the anticipated onslaught.
Editorial: Land for Maine’s Future board proves that conservation program has integrity
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Gov. LePage has never been a big fan of Land for Maine’s Future. “You rub my back, I’ll rub your back and we’ll make some money,” he said. So when one of his campaign contributors applied for $1.25 million for the development rights to a 23,000-acre commercial maple sugar forest along the Quebec border, a lot of people worried that LePage might be right. With the decision not to fund the Big Six project, the LMF board proved that the governor had been wrong. Considering that means taxpayer money has not been wasted all these years, even he should be happy to hear that.
Letter: Combat climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Recently, the Government Accountability Office published a report, “Climate Change: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure,” which was requested by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Maria Cantwell, D-Washington. The report says the economic loss from natural disasters over the last decade exceeds $300 billion. The report also says if hurricanes and wildfires continue as they did this year, the annual cost will reach $35 billion by 2050. I urge Collins to support a carbon fee and dividend model and to sign on to the proposed End Polluter Welfare Act to combat climate change. ~ Samantha Le, Bangor
UNH professor uses GIS mapping to help protect species
Other - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Union Leader - Geographic information systems are designed to capture, manipulate, analyze and manage all types of information. Russell Congalton of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station said analysts layer the data on top of each other to help them solve a specific problem. For example, in the mid-1990s, Congalton and a team of students set out to see if the small whorled pogonia should be protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. They created a mapping database using information they discovered about the rare orchid. A vast majority of the known plants are found in New Hampshire and Maine.
As Trump pulls back on climate, mayors push towards 100% clean energy
Sierra Club - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

As the world gathers in Bonn this week for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, cities and mayors across the U.S. are reaffirming their commitment to bold climate solutions like 100% clean and renewable energy. Despite Donald Trump actively trying to roll back progress like withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris agreement, local leaders across our communities can drive the transition away from dirty fossil fuels of the past towards 100% clean, renewable energy for all. [video]
Column: Bald eagles are dying from lead in hunting, fishing products
Other - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

It’s time for we hunters to do the right thing. The right thing would be switching to lead-free bullets or shotgun shells for hunting game or varmints. This is no alarmist, pie-in-the-sky theory or anti-hunting ploy, as some hunting and gun groups, including the NRA, would have you believe. It’s happening and it’s serious. ~ Ed Crable
Opinion: New England needs more energy pipelines
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Whether its natural gas heading to the power plant or crude oil destined for the refinery and on to your gas tank, energy infrastructure ties it all together — safely. The most recent data show both liquid and natural gas pipelines deliver their products at a safety rate of 99.999 percent. The choice seems pretty clear. When you peel away the politics and focus on the facts, pipelines are a win for jobs, consumer savings and energy reliability. ~ Robin Rorick, American Petroleum Institute
Coast Guard rescues Scarborough fishing boat
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

A Scarborough fishing boat with five people and 30,000 pounds of catch aboard was rescued Saturday by the U.S. Coast Guard after going adrift Friday. The 65-foot Black Beauty fishing trawler lost power Friday afternoon about 30 miles off the New Hampshire coast.
New England Ski Season Getting Underway
Maine Public - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Sunday River opened the slopes to skiers Saturday, with its cousin Sugarloaf's first chair heading uphill Sunday. Maine's third largest ski mountain is quiet though; Saddleback's new owners-in-waiting, the Australia-based Majella group, posted on Facebook this week that a deal was in its final stages, but also said it "posed numerous challenges to our investors."
Maine lobster boosters face a startling foe: The industry itself
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

With lobster prices down, both at the dock and the dealer’s office, some who make their living off the state’s signature crustacean are reluctant to approve another five years of funding to the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, whose $2.2 million-a-year budget is funded by lobster license surcharges. With its state funding about to expire, the collaborative is taking its case to fishermen in fire halls and ferry terminals this month, calling on powerful industry friends to lend their support and touting a new audit that gave the program stellar reviews. But it’s not an easy sell.
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