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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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Broadcaster Bill Green to speak at UMF graduation
Sun Journal - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

The University of Maine at Farmington has announced that award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Green will be this year’s commencement speaker and will receive an honorary degree. The commencement ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, when Green will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Maine wildlife biologists arrange unusual adoption when bear cub is orphaned
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Maine wildlife officials arranged an unusual adoption last week after a mother black bear was killed by a passing car in Caribou.
Trump administration defends Obama’s Atlantic monument
Associated Press - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

The Trump administration on Tuesday defended an underwater monument established by former President Barack Obama to protect marine life in the Atlantic Ocean and asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from fishermen trying to eliminate it. The Commerce Department argues the president has clear authority under the federal Antiquities Act to establish national monuments. The federal government is defending the monument at the same time it’s reviewing its creation as part of Republican President Donald Trump’s review of several monuments created by Obama.
Pruitt upgraded to customized SUV with bullet-resistant seat covers
Washington Post - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt upgraded his official car last year to a costlier, larger vehicle with bullet-resistant covers over bucket seats, according to federal records and interviews with current and former agency officials. On Monday, the Government Accountability Office concluded that the administrator had violated federal spending laws by installing a secure phone booth in his office that cost taxpayers roughly $43,000.
Opinion: Maine needs to be ready for the clean car revolution
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Time is running out for our elected officials, municipal planners, transportation agencies and environmental regulators to prepare for the electric car revolution, which is being propelled by a perfect storm of technology and an evolving consumer mindset. As electric cars continue to gain momentum and leave dirty fossil-fuel-powered vehicles in the dust, it is critical that cities and states get in the driver’s seat and promote the policies needed for the clean car revolution. ~ Jacqueline Guyol, Environment Maine, and Tony Giambro, Paris Autobarn LLC.
Guides Banquet Was Entertaining and Enlightening
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

From the well-deserved awards to the auction led by the very entertaining Roger Lambert, the 39th Anniversary banquet of the Maine Professional Guides Association was, as usual, a great event.I was surprised when MPGA President Jeff Belmore called me up to the stage and presented me with a very generous donation of $1000 to the Kennebec Land Trust for my woodlot project.
10 Prettiest Coastal Towns in Maine
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Here, we celebrate ten of the prettiest coastal towns in Maine. All are especially beautiful in summer, but are well worth a visit any time of the year.
• Castine
• Kennebunkport
• Bar Harbor
• Boothbay Harbor
• Damariscotta
• Stonington
• Camden
• Blue Hill
• Rockport
• Cutler
Federal funding preserves nearly 100 acres of Brunswick wetlands
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Maine will receive $570,000 in federal funding to help preserve 96 acres at Woodward Point, protecting wetlands and buffering uplands in northern Casco Bay. The funding will allow the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust to acquire the area, which is a designated estuary of national significance and “cradles” all of one and part of a second commercially important shellfish beds. The site contains 42.8 acres of coastal wetlands as well as 53.4 upland acres of fields, woods and a pond.
Old cows, new market: Inside Maine’s heritage barnyard breeds
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

They may not be as large or produce as much meat, milk or eggs as quickly as their mainstream counterparts, but for those farmers and homesteaders who love them, heritage breeds fill a unique niche in Maine. "These are good breeds to keep around,” Cindy Kilgore, livestock specialist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, said. “They have a genetic pool that can be added to our existing livestock population.”
Opinion: Pierce Got Solar Bill Facts Wrong
Times Record - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Factual errors and bogus numbers in a letter from Rep. Jeffrey Pierce must be rebutted. Pierce voted to sustain Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1444, this year’s “solar bill,” after voting twice to pass it. The gross metering rule will require installation of additional meters and more complex billing systems. Non-solar customers will pay these new costs, so CMP can bill solar customers for electricity CMP never handles and presently doesn’t even know about. LD 1444 would have prevented this absurd outcome, but now we will get it, courtesy of Gov. LePage, CMP, the PUC and the House’s failure to override the governor’s veto of LD 1444. ~ Steve Weeks, Brunswick
Letter: King omissions bring an unsurprised disappointment
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

At the NRCM-sponsored “National Security Impacts of Climate Change” panel discussion at USM’s Hannaford Hall on April 5 Sen. Angus King failed to bring up the fact that the U.S. military is the single biggest consumer of fossil fuels on Earth. Nor did he mention endless wars for oil, though he did support a local business, Lee Auto, by mentioning that he’d bought a Nissan Leaf hybrid from that dealership, which just happens to be one of the biggest financial boosters of his career in the Senate. ~ Jason Rawn, Lincolnville
Letter: Shame on legislators who voted against solar
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Shame on the state legislators who backed down on overturning the governor’s veto of L.D. 1444, a bill intended to protect Maine electric ratepayers. Because the veto was not overridden, the PUC’s plan to tax residential solar-generated power will go forward, and will raise everyone’s rates just for the infrastructure needed to implement their totally unjust plan. ~ Cynthia Standoff, Chesterville
Developer presses plan to build hotel on Portland wharf, reigniting waterfront debate
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 16, 2018 

Developers are moving forward with a proposal to build Portland’s first hotel on a wharf extending into Portland Harbor – a proposal that’s touching off another debate about the future of the city’s working waterfront.
Global warming disrupts nature’s delicate timing
Associated Press - Monday, April 16, 2018 

Global warming is mixing up nature’s intricately timed dinner hour, often making hungry critters and those on the menu show up at much different times, a new study shows.
MDOT looks to replace Pleasant River Bridge
Piscataquis Observer - Monday, April 16, 2018 

The Maine Department of Transportation has was awarded a $10.8 million federal grant to replace three structurally deficient bridges in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. Among the trio of projects is the Pleasant River Bridge in Milo. “One of our big concerns on this project is environmental issues, we are told this particular stream has Atlantic salmon,” said Michael Wight, senior project manager for the MDOT. He said the presence of the endangered species would limit when construction can be done in the water.
National parks vs monuments: What’s the difference?
Other - Monday, April 16, 2018 

Here is what you need to know about the distinctions between national parks and monuments.
You can tell by the way this moose walks, he’s in a rush, no time to talk: Watch
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 16, 2018 

No big deal. Just a casual weekend jaunt down Route 161 outside of Fort Kent. You’ve seen it before. Except this isn’t a drive, this is an actual jaunt. And that’s a moose.
Parasite Transmitted By Ticks Discovered In Canada Lynx
Associated Press - Monday, April 16, 2018 

University of New Hampshire scientists have discovered a previously undiagnosed parasite transmitted by ticks and a virus in the Canada lynx. The striking, snow-loving feline has been listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act since 2000. The implications for the species remain unclear.
EPA chief’s $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated federal laws, GAO says
Washington Post - Monday, April 16, 2018 

The nearly $43,000 soundproof phone booth Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had installed in his office last year violated federal spending laws, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.
Too Few Anglers – Too Many Fish
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, April 16, 2018 

DIFW Fisheries Biologist Tim Obrey of Greenville has written an interesting column about the decrease in anglers causing a large increase in fish, which in turn has decreased the size of fish.
Surge in Passive House construction driven by real savings in energy costs
Mainebiz - Monday, April 16, 2018 

"A Passive House can look like any house," says Chris Corson, founder and technical director of Ecocor, which builds Passive House single-family homes. The difference is in how it's built. "It has thicker walls, thicker windows, more insulation," he says, and adheres to the other principles that make a building so energy efficient that it can be heated or cooled largely by environmental means.
Costly infrastructure is driving up Maine’s electricity costs
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 16, 2018 

High energy costs are a challenge for Maine residents and businesses. We can tell you from our daily interactions with colleagues that there is increased frustration with electric utilities on issues ranging from storm response costs to the effectiveness of so-called smart meters. One source of frustration we share is the continuous increase in the rates electric utilities charge. ~ Barry Hobbins, Maine Public Advocate, and Ken Fletcher, chairman, Efficiency Maine Trust
Could Lyme disease be the first epidemic of climate change?
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 16, 2018 

A public warning and call to action, the new book “Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change,” by investigative journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer, sheds light on a tick-borne disease that recently has emerged to infect hundreds of thousands of people in the United States each year. Lauded by well-known authors and conservationists, including Jane Goodall, Jane Alexander and Bill McKibben, “Lyme” officially hits bookstore shelves on April 17. The book challenges mainstream medicine and prevailing perceptions of the complicated disease.
Leopold Lecture offers an interesting look into conservation and its future
Maine Campus - Monday, April 16, 2018 

“Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” is a film about Aldo Leopold’s life and influence over land conservation and the science and ethics that accompany it. The film, which was publicly screened on Monday, April 9 at UMaine, received a regional Emmy award for Best Historical Documentary in 2011. On Tuesday, April 10, the narrator of the film, Dr. Curt Meine, held a lecture titled, “Green Fire in the Making.” For a long time, wildlife as a university discipline was rare and University of Maine was one of the first four schools to implement a wildlife studies program, much due to Leopold’s influence.
A great environmental lesson in this new kids’ coloring storybook
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Gramma Golden’s very entertaining books were created to educate children and adults about things we can do to improve and protect our environment.
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