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Action Alert - Monday, September 16, 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
York Beach Clean Up, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Join a beach clean up & attempt to set a world record spelling the largest "NO PLANET B" ever in the sand. The goal is 500 people At Long Sands Beach, York, September 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Tumbledown trail maintenance, guided hike scheduled, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A 4.7 mile round-trip guided hike up Tumbledown Mountain will include discussion of geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife and issues facing the mountain. Meet at Brook Trailhead on Byron Road, Weld, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, 10 am - 4 pm, climbing wall and games ; 6:30 pm, Food Trucks, 7:15 pm, Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Free but donations benefit Teens To Trails.
Portland Electric Car Ride & Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Learn about electric cars during the 5th annual EV Expo. At Back Cove parking area off Preble Street, Portland, September 21, 12-4 pm, free pizza & coffee. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and ReVision Energy.
Smithsonian Museum Day, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

An annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 21, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Global Climate Strike, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Take to the streets for the Global Climate Strike to make sure elected officials and candidates for office in 2020 hear us loud and clear. Strikes in Maine at Farmington and Bar Harbor, September 20. ~ 350 Action
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Ron and Deidre Fournier will speak about the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. At meeting of the Oxford County Educators Association-Retired, Universalist Church, West Paris, September 20, 1 pm.
Pollinator plantings workshop, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Learn about the pollinators and beneficial insects helping to make our food systems work with Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. At Hooker Family Farm, Oxford, September 20, 10 am - 12 pm, $10/family.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 20-22
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

More than 750 varied events at this annual celebration of rural living with a mix of workshops, demonstrations, music, vendors, farmers’ markets, fantastic food and more. At Unity, September 20-22, gates open daily at 9 am.
Exploring Invasive Species, Sep 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Mike Hanks of Cape Elizabeth Land Trust talks invasive plants. At Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, September 19, 1 pm; he will lead a walk at Gull Crest Field to identify invasive plants at 2 pm.
Untrammeled — The Case for Wild Nature in a Changing World, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Conservation leaders Tom Butler and Mark Anderson of the Northeast Wilderness Trust will address the science and spirit of forever-wild conservation. Q&A to follow. At Maine Audubon, Gisland Farm, Falmouth, September 17, 7 pm.
10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend featuring 130 events, Sept. 16-18
Event - Posted - Monday, September 9, 2019 

The 10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend will be the biggest yet, with more than 130 events planned throughout Maine, September 16-18.
Nature Cruise on the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Join Cathance River Education Alliance for a nature cruise from Bath up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. September 15, 3-6:30 pm, $42 for adults, $30 for children 6 to 12, $6 for kids under 6.
Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Forest Service, is September 15.
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Letter: Plan ahead, or prepare for low-energy world
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

I know it is hard to prepare for unwanted future while we enjoy current comforts, but I believe the immediate costs of L.D. 1652, “An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine,” should be accepted. Further use of fuel oil and natural gas will force us to face the low-energy world that we can forestall. ~ Roger E. Condit, Farmington
Letter: Profits from Keystone XL can’t justify the damage
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 15, 2014 

I’ve urged President Obama to consider the story of King Midas when he makes the decision whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Although there may be economic advantage to corporations that bring fossil fuels to market, the extraction process that produces tar sands oil is wreaking havoc on our environment, destroying land and polluting water sources. My letter asked that President Obama deny approval of the construction of Keystone XL. ~ Lynne Curtis Caswell, Topsham
Opinion: New threat to environmental mission
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Friday, February 14, 2014 

Central Maine Power is seeking state approval for a devastating rate change on its customer base that maliciously penalizes renewable energy production. CMP has proposed a new standby fee that will charge every customer with on-site energy production — even a single solar panel — according to their highest hourly usage. While customers that produce their own energy actually consume less, CMP’s planned tariff will charge them on the fact that it must still be able to provide energy to them at all times, even though this delivery might be on standby. Those who buy less will be forced to pay more. ~ Hugh Ratcliffe
Maine at Odds with Tribes Over Elver Rules
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, February 14, 2014 

Work continues on the crafting of new regulations for this year's elver season. But the state is at an impasse with Maine's Indian tribes over how those rules will be applied.
Governor Announces Three Nominees to Efficiency Maine Trust Board
Maine Government News - Friday, February 14, 2014 

Governor Paul R. LePage nominated Scott C. Dunning, Lenora Burke and Kenneth C. Fletcher to the Efficiency Maine Trust Board. Efficiency Maine offers Business and Residential Programs to help Mainers make energy improvements and save money. Dunning is a professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at UMaine. Lenora Burke is the vice president of regional operation at Downeast Energy. Fletcher worked as the director of the Governor’s Energy Office from 2011 to 2013 to identify opportunities to drive down prices; he worked in the pulp and paper industry for more than 30 years.
New owner, new name: MMA to become the Central Maine and Quebec Railway
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 14, 2014 

Once the sale of the bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway is complete, that name will be filed away in the history books. The new name is similar to that of Maine Central Railroad, which has been around for 100 years and remains the formal name of the railroad operated as part of Pan Am Railways’ network.
New Jersey man found guilty of smuggling narwhal whale tusks, money laundering
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 14, 2014 

Andrew J. Zarauskas, 60, of Union , N.J., was found guilty Friday on one count each of conspiracy to smuggle goods into the United States, conspiracy to launder money, smuggling goods into the U.S. and money laundering. The jury of nine men and three women was out for three hours and 20 minutes before telling U.S. District Judge John Woodcock that it had reached a verdict in the trial that began Tuesday in federal court. The narwhal is a medium-size whale native to Arctic waters and protected in the U.S. by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In Canada, it is protected in the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Scarborough makes magazine’s list of happy places
Associated Press - Friday, February 14, 2014 

A magazine has named Scarborough one of the nation’s 10 happiest seaside towns. The designation appears in the March issue of Coastal Living magazine. An online vote will determine an overall winner. Voting is open through March 31 on the magazine’s website .
EPA to review 27 Superfund sites in New England
Associated Press - Friday, February 14, 2014 

Federal environmental officials will review site cleanups and remedies at 27 Superfund sites in New England this year. The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it evaluates cleanup and remediation work to determine if remedies continue to protect human health and the environment. In Maine, the site to be reviewed is in Saco.
Column: South Portland’s tar sands committee set to do it right
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 14, 2014 

In November, South Portland voters went to the polls to decide on the city’s proposed Waterfront Protection Ordinance. The citizen-initiated measure — aimed at stopping the possible use of the Portland Pipe Line as the last link for pumping tar sands bitumen from vast reserves in Alberta to outbound tankers on the Maine coast — drew heavy opposition from the deep-pocketed American Petroleum Institute and thus was expected to fail miserably at the polls. The ordinance fell just 194 votes short of passing. By mid-December, again over the loud objections of the oil industry, the City Council passed a six-month moratorium on any tar-sands-related development. At the same time, it approved the creation of a small, all-volunteer committee with a crystal-clear mission: propose a new ordinance that keeps unrefined tar sands out of South Portland without jeopardizing other waterfront enterprises. ~ Bill Nemitz
Column: It’s birding festival season, and you’d better hurry if you want to sign up
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 14, 2014 

Yikes! It’s festival season already. The first festival is called Wings, Waves, Woods, which is based in Deer Isle and Stonington over the weekend of May 16-18. The Down East Spring Birding Festival happens every Memorial Day Weekend. The Acadia Birding Festival is the oldest, biggest and longest of the three festivals, now entering its sixteenth year. ~ Bob Duchesne
Wildfire Episode 25 – John Holyoke & Aislinn Sarnacki
Maine Audubon - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

In this episode, John Holyoke and Aislinn Sarnacki of Bangor Daily News discuss their outdoors writing, the best places for hunting and hiking in the state, and the changing media landscape of outdoors writing. [video]
Wildfire Episode 24 – Bill Green
Maine Audubon - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Bill Green of Bill Green’s Maine discusses his life story and television show, his love of the outdoors, and the changing media landscape. [video]
Maine lobstermen fall overboard more often than people may think
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Lobstermen say a young man who was pulled overboard and down into the dangerously cold ocean Wednesday when his foot got caught in a lobster trap line is lucky that his crew mates reacted quickly and knew exactly what to do. And they said it’s not uncommon to fall overboard on the job.
Constitutional issues cause Department of Marine Resources to pull back from Passamaquoddy elver deal
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Due to concerns raised by the Maine Office of the Attorney General, state fisheries officials are backing off from a tentative agreement reached with the Passamaquoddy Tribe over the state’s elver fishery. After months of negotiations, the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the tribe indicated two weeks ago that they had reached a tentative agreement on how the tribe would issue licenses. The attorney general’s office, however, has said that some provisions in the proposal may violate the equal protection clause of the state constitution and, as a result, might be unenforceable if challenged in court.
Cold Stream Forest
Trust for Public Land - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

For over a hundred and fifty years, the people of The Forks region have based their livelihood on working forests. This rural North Woods community's economy rises and falls on the forestry and recreation taking place primarily on vast private industrial forests. In recent years, these forests have been sold to global owners with different priorities, putting the future of these important forestlands and habitat that sustain the region's businesses at risk. The Trust for Public Land is working to help protect 8,000 acres known as Cold Stream Forest — a refuge for the wild native brook trout, threatened Canada lynx, and dwindling northern Maine deer herd that have attracted generations of hunters, naturalists, and fly fishermen.
Sticker shock as milfoil fee increase wins legislative support
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

A bill before the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, LD 1626, would raise the milfoil sticker fee by $7 for Mainers and by $15 for nonresidents. This fee is incorporated into the boat registration fee and must be paid when boats are registered. Representative Mike Shaw, House chair of the IFW Committee, at the end of the work session crafted an amended version of the bill that would increase the milfoil sticker fee by $5 for both residents and nonresidents, beginning in 2015, and direct all of the money to the DEP for its invasive plan program. The current sticker fee of $10 is divided between the agencies with the DEP getting 60 percent and DIF&W 40 percent.
Cobscook scallop fishermen bemoan emergency shutdown of season
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

A small group of fishermen from the Cobscook Bay region gathered Thursday to air complaints about the recent decision of state officials to prematurely close the scallop season. There are “plenty of scallops around,” said Danny Jodway of Lubec, one of seven fisherman who gathered for breakfast at Helen’s Restaurant and invited reporters to listen to their grievances. Most fishermen can get their limit in roughly an hour, he said. Department of Marine Resources officials declined to comment on the complaints of the fishermen.
Maine elver fishermen face only 14 percent overall catch reduction
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Even though Maine has promised to reduce its statewide elver harvest this year by 35 percent, licensed elver fishermen are not facing as sharp a reduction in what they caught last year. Licensed elver dealers reported to the Maine Department of Marine Resources that they handled 18,253 pounds of the juvenile American eels during last year’s 10-week elver season. The cumulative catch total reported by fishermen, however, was about 14,000 pounds, or 4,000 pounds less than what dealers reported. The discrepancy, DMR officials have said, can be attributed to illegal importation of poached elvers from out of state. Maine and South Carolina are the only two states where elver fishing is permitted and Maine is the only state that has a sizable harvest. Smuggling illegally harvested elvers into Maine, and the effect this has on East Coast eel stocks, has been cited by regulators as a major concern about how Maine’s $38 million elver fishery has been managed.
Town wants court to reconsider decision that blocks public access to private Kennebunkport beach
York County Coast Star - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

The town of Kennebunkport is filing a motion for reconsideration to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after it handed down a ruling vacating the public right to Goose Rocks Beach last week. In the Feb. 4 decision, the Supreme Court stated that it vacated “the judgment awarding the town and backlot owners a prescriptive easement over Goose Rocks Beach, and deciding that the public has a right to engage in ocean-based activities in the intertidal zone pursuant to the public trust doctrine.” The decision could have precedent-setting ramifications statewide regarding public access.
Maine biologist says helicopter crew aided in successful moose capture project
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Perfect weather conditions, a skilled helicopter crew and some advance scouting work by biologists combined to make a recent moose capture project a success, the state’s moose biologist said this week. Lee Kantar of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said that 60 moose were fitted with collars — 30 adult females, 14 male calves and 16 female calves. In the future, as biologists locate and monitor the moose in the study, they’ll do so covertly. The true focus of the study is moose mortality.
Blog: The Year of the Pigeon
Other - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

In the 19th century, Passenger pigeons flew in flocks so enormous that they filled the entire sky. Americans considered them to be just as endless a natural resource as the water and the trees and the rest of the terrific bounty found on this continent. This opinion prevailed until the last individual, a captive pigeon named Martha, died in a zoo in 1914. In 2014, we can use the centenary of the last Passenger pigeon as a time for contemplation about sustainability. We understand that species come and go, but Martha’s kind suffered a man-made extermination. How many other deliberate and preventable extinctions have happened in our lifetimes? How many more will we tolerate? ~ Corinne H. Smith
Scarborough animal-control panel suggests wide-ranging beach restrictions
Forecaster - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Scarborough Town Councilors will meet in a 6 p.m. workshop Wednesday, Feb. 19, to discuss the final report submitted by the seven-member ad hoc committee on animal control and species preservation issues. The report compiled by Town Manager Tom Hall, who served as committee facilitator, will be part of the council packets distributed Friday, as will any dissenting opinions submitted by committee members. The perceived lack of proper regulation by the town led to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposing a $12,000 fine after a piping plover was killed by an unleashed dog on Pine Point Beach on July 15, 2013. A notice of violation filed by the agency blamed the dog for killing the bird, and said it was the second take in a decade.
Opinion: Bill favoring wind industry threatens to muzzle Maine citizens, regulators
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Today in Augusta, it’s all about big wind and big money. Just listen to our political elite and their lobbyist allies: Wind will save the day! Wind is free! Wind will cure our economy! Challenge their proclamations and you’re immediately tagged a climate denier, a NIMBY, a reactionary or, at a minimum, a wingnut. Fight back and send a message to your elected representatives. Tell them to abandon L.D. 1750 and reaffirm our belief that Maine is not for sale. ~ Richard McDonald, Kennebunk, Friends of Maine’s Mountains
Column: Gov. LePage offers hopelessly outdated economic strategy
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, February 13, 2014 

Gov. LePage’s economic “plan” is exactly what we’ve been doing for decades since the mills began to move south. It’s called “smokestack chasing,” where we put all our hopes and energy into trying to attract big companies that will save us with their great jobs and benefits. It has been a spectacularly unsuccessful strategy that has produced more false hopes and lost opportunities than jobs. So now, according to LePage, we should just keep doing what doesn’t work until it doesn’t work better. Here’s a bold but simple idea: Why don’t we stop doing things that don’t work and expand things that do work? We could start by putting more of the taxpayers’ limited resources into small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups who are creating locally grown businesses, rooted here and able to grow quickly. ~ Alan Caron
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