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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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Anti-wind group to outline opposition to new plans for 200 turbines in Somerset County
Morning Sentinel - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Early plans for more than 200 new wind turbines in rural Somerset County are drawing criticism from a group that fears industrial wind development will hurt the economy and quality of life for area residents. Richard McDonald, president of the anti-wind citizen group Saving Maine, is set to deliver a 30-minute presentation on the group’s opposition to the wind power projects to Somerset County commissioners starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Rockwood Strip. McDonald, who says he will also speak on behalf of the group Moosehead Region Futures, said that while permits for new wind projects have yet to be filed, the prospect is not welcome of 100-foot tall turbines along ridges in the remote townships of Johnson Mountain, Chase Stream and Misery, just east of Moosehead Lake.
2 more Mount Desert towns consider cruise ship bans
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Fearing traffic jams and damage to fishing gear like they see in neighboring Bar Harbor, two more Mount Desert Island towns are talking about banning cruise ships. Southwest Harbor will hold a special town meeting Tuesday to consider banning cruise ships from their harbor for six months. Tremont’s Board of Selectmen voted 4 to 0 on Aug. 7 to discuss a similar ban for Bass Harbor. Northeast Harbor decided last November not to allow cruise ships this summer. Passengers spent $15 million in neighboring Bar Harbor in 2016, and 410 ships are expected to drop anchor in Maine this year, up from 271 a decade ago. The cruise-ship industry generated $47 million and 755 jobs in Maine in 2014, according to an industry study. But the island towns don’t want their already burdened roads to get more clogged.
LePage takes aim at leclimate change science at Waterville talk
Morning Sentinel - Monday, August 14, 2017 

During a wide-ranging discussion Monday with about 20 members of the Waterville Rotary Club Gov. Paul LePage challenged the scientific consensus that human activity is the main driver of climate change, saying he has not seen evidence that convinced him of it. The governor was quick to claim that the earth has actually seen a cooling over the last two years — though he didn’t offer any data to back that up — and that while overall the earth may have experienced warming, he is not convinced that it was all created by humans. He said he was “not satisfied that it’s all man-made,” while conceding there’s been “some warming.”
Indoor Air Quality
Maine Public - Monday, August 14, 2017 

From mold and mildew to pesticides and radon—which occurs naturally at high levels in Maine —there are many threats to health and wellness inside our homes, schools and businesses. What measures can homeowners take, and how does Maine compare to other places in terms of indoor air quality? Guests: Steven Caulfield, president, Turner Building Science and Design; Kurt Johnson, past president, Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.
Colby College receives $475,000 from National Science Foundation for research
Morning Sentinel - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Colby College in Waterville is receiving more than $475,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation to support a pair of research projects. The funding awards are:
• $227,796 for a research project that will study methods to produce chemical compounds called helicenes, which have potential applications as chemical sensors, organic electronics and new polymeric materials.
• $249,533 for a research project that will investigate the environmental changes that caused a mass extinction 252 million years ago, which will help researchers understand current threats to animal and plant life.
Coastal Enterprises headquarters in Brunswick earns top sustainability certification
Portland Press Herald - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Coastal Enterprises Inc.’s new headquarters in Brunswick has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design “platinum” accreditation, the highest level awarded for commercial building energy-efficiency and sustainability. It was only the sixth new commercial project in Maine to receive a LEED platinum designation.
Finding wildlife in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, August 14, 2017 

We’d been looking for moose, but during our two-day exploration of the conserved land, we had no luck finding the hulking creature. We did, however, find proof of its presence. Moose tracks could be found stamped into the gravel of the Loop Road — a 16-mile road that forms a loop through the south end of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — and piles of moose droppings were scattered along the trails we walked.
A thoughtful and provocative book about Maine
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Jim Korsschell’s book, One Man’s Maine, is both thoughtful and provocative. Jim’s “from away” with a home in Owls Head, and he’s a very strong environmentalist. I most enjoyed his chapters on Maine’s wild critters, from moose and deer to yellow finches and crabs. While he is critical of moose hunters, I forgive him for that. Having never hunted, he doesn’t really understand that hunting is not all about killing.
Where the Bangor region’s future job growth will probably come from
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 14, 2017 

The odds are that most future job growth in the Bangor region will come from local firms starting up or expanding their operations, not from large corporations moving to the area. However, for decades, economic development strategies for the area centered around trying to attract large manufacturing operations to a region that’s seldom on the map for large corporations. The entire field of economic development still lacks a precise answer to the question: What will make a region grow? So much in economic development comes down to chance.
Deadline to Apply for Expanded Maine Deer Hunt is This Week
Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017 

The deadline to apply for Maine's expanded deer hunt is fast approaching. The state gives out "any deer'' permits to lottery winners every year. This year, Maine is giving out more than 66,000 of the permits, up from fewer than 46,000 last year. The deadline to apply for the lottery is Tuesday. The permit lottery is set for Sept. 8. The state is giving out more permits this year because deer have shown strong survival rates in recent mild winters. The firearms hunting season begins on Oct. 21 with Youth Deer Hunting Day and starts in full on Oct. 30.
Fire Damages Commercial Recycling Plant For Second Time
Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Firefighters in Maine are investigating a blaze that damaged a recycling plant. Authorities say the fire at the Aggregate Recycling Corp. in Eliot started around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. More than a dozen fire companies helped to put the fire out. No injuries were reported. The facility, which recycles paper and construction trash, was previously damaged by a large fire in May 2016.
Free Map Highlights Features of Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage isn't allowing signs on highways to direct motorists to the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. But at least there's now a map. The Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument has created a new topographical map that identifies key features, like the loop road. The maps are available for free at the monument's visitor stations in Millinocket and Patten and at the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce. They're also available at locations along the loop road.
What it’s like to kill hundreds of lobsters a day
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 14, 2017 

It’s no secret that the Maine Lobster Festival is where droves of lobsters go to die in industrial-sized steamers. This year, I helped facilitate a portion of those deaths. During last year’s festival, nearly 20,000 pounds of lobster were cooked and eaten. Never in my life have I directly contributed to the death of so many living things at once. What’s weird is how normal it seems, not only to the cookers, but to festival goers.
Maine plans to use $21 million from VW settlement to reduce emissions
Portland Press Herald - Monday, August 14, 2017 

The state is taking public comment on its plan to spend $21 million to reduce harmful vehicle emissions as part of a federal legal settlement with Volkswagen over the company’s diesel engines that illegally produced high levels of greenhouse gases. Maine plans to use the money to enhance the use of zero-emission vehicles and provide grant funding for vehicle replacement, engine upgrades and facility improvements to reduce nitrogen oxide, or NOx, emissions.
Letter: No need for Greenbelt path to nowhere
Portland Press Herald - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Some claim their shore access will be eliminated if the Cape Elizabeth Town Council vacates Surfside Avenue, a paper street. It’s not true. The council voted last fall in favor of extending the paper street primarily because the same people claiming that they’ll lose their shore access are intent on the town installing a Greenbelt path along that paper street. This is a terrible idea for our little neighborhood. A Greenbelt path here would be costly, dangerous and completely unnecessary, as the ocean access now is fantastic, and won’t change with the vacating of the paper street. We applaud the courage of the Cape Elizabeth councilors who vote in favor of vacating the paper street and eliminating this ridiculous public path from further discussion. ~ Andrew Ingalls, Cape Elizabeth
Letter: Unity College makes grade by pushing sustainability
Portland Press Herald - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Congratulations to Unity College for receiving the grand prize for sustainability recently at the National Association of College and University Food Services conference. Quite an accomplishment for a college with fewer than 700 students located in a small town east of Waterville. I had the pleasure of seeing, firsthand, how their mission of sustainability applies across campus, not just to food services. Unity offers 18 majors in sustainability science that prepare students for leadership in a wide range of career choices. Given that climate change is our most pressing global problem, career choices at Unity are both practical and timely. Maine is fortunate to have this excellent college in its midst. ~ Barbara Doughty, Portland
Letter: Don’t eat lobster
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 14, 2017 

Lobsters feel pain, just as humans do. When they’re dropped into scalding water, they whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. If you don’t want to inflict such suffering on lobsters, simply don’t eat them. ~ Heather Moore, PETA Foundation
Letter: Protect our national monuments
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 14, 2017 

In April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the Interior Department to review the designations of 27 national monuments. July 10 marked the end of the comment period, and more than 2.7 million comments were submitted, the vast majority of which were in support of protecting our national monuments. It is clear the Trump administration and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are bowing to corporate interests instead of the American people. It is vital that we continue to fight against these attacks on our precious lands, like Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, that protect our ecosystems, history, culture and endangered species. ~ Phoebe Sauter, Environment Maine, Portland
Farmers’ Almanac predicts plenty of snow this winter in Northeast
Associated Press - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Northeasterners, keep your mittens, boots and show shovel handy. The Farmers’ Almanac that goes on sale this week predicts a snowy winter from Maryland to Maine with five coastal storms to bring winter misery to the region.
Maine-Based Forest Groups to Guide Master Logger Certification Process
Maine Public - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Two Maine-based forest industry groups will spearhead a national effort to promote highly skilled and sustainable logging. The Maine-based Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine will take charge of a program to revitalize and promote a Master of Logging Certification program. The certification sets standards for professional loggers, who must meet seven areas of performance and sustainability.
New GOP bill aims at forest protections
Summit Voice - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Logging projects as large as 10,000 acres could be rushed to approval without environmental reviews under a new bill proposed by Sen. John Thune, (R-S.D.). The law would limit public comment and disclosure of the environmental impacts of large-scale logging projects. It is similar to a House bill that also aims to significantly limit public input and scientific environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act. “Senate Republicans seem all too eager to let special interests destroy some of our most vital public lands, wildlife and watersheds,” said Randi Spivak, public lands program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “This bill would return forest management to the dark ages, when reckless logging devastated wildlife, degraded rivers, and ruined recreation opportunities for millions of Americans.”
Invasive seaweed threatens Gulf of Maine
York Weekly - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Attentive Seacoast beachgoers may have noticed much of the seaweed washing ashore these summer days has a marked pink tinge to it — a signal of a changing seaweed population in the southern Gulf of Maine that could have long-term impacts on fish and shellfish. A team of researchers working at off-shore sites in southern York County and Seacoast New Hampshire recently published a study that reaches some unsettling conclusions. The ocean floor in the area is seeing a marked decline in the often tall, leafy native kelp populations and an inundation of short, shrub-like invasive seaweed. Key among those invasives is the short, red fiber-like seaweed Dasysiphnia japonica, a transplant from Japan that is taking over the ocean floor in this region, covering as much as 90 percent of some areas.
We’re losing the global warming poker game
Summit Voice - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

It’s highly unlikely Earth would have seen a three-year run of record global temperatures without its blanket of human-caused greenhouse gases, scientists concluded in a new study that tried to pin down the relationship between record warmth and human-caused global warming. Without the warming effect of carbon dioxide, methane and other heat-trapping pollutants, there’s only a 0.03 percent chance that there would be three consecutive years of record temperatures; when the warming effects of greenhouse gases are added into the equatio, the odds of three consecutive record-breaking years happening any time since 2000 rises to as high as 50 percent, according to the new study.
Bait deer and you’ll never hunt again
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

Boy, did I get that wrong. On August 7, I reported that a new law required that the person who is convicted of hunting deer over bait during an open season on deer must lose his license for one year. A second offense would require revocation for two years. That was the last amended version of the bill that I received. But the bill was substantially changed. The new law requires that a second deer baiting offense results in the loss of hunting privileges – for a lifetime!
Making pasta’s the new focus for Roxanne Quimby
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 13, 2017 

After Burt's Bees, after the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, she could take it easy. But this famous entrepreneur can't stop doing. She’s positioning her company, My Pasta Art, for a growth spurt.
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