June 19, 2019  
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Tall Tales, Fish Tails, & Damn Lies, Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries will hold a night of music and words from a fishing community with performances and story-telling by Frank Gotwals, Dennis Damon, Bob Quinn and many more. At Stonington Opera House, June 27, 6:30 pm. Proceeds benefit a sustainable future for local fisheries and communities.
Can environmental action be good for business? Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

An informal policy and issue-based discussions held at local businesses over coffee or beer. Speakers: Kristan Porter, Maine Lobstermen's Association; Abe Furth, Orono Brewing Company; Brad Ryder, Epic Sports. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 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
Save Right Whales
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

New England’s iconic whale is on the brink of extinction. A bill in Congress called Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (“SAVE”) Right Whales could help this key species recover. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
Water: What is has to teach us, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Learn about fresh water ecosystems and new aquaculture operations in the MidCoast region. At Topsham Public Library, June 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Proposed Coyote Center, Jun 24
Event - Posted - Monday, June 17, 2019 

Biologist Geri Vistein will share an informative film about the future Coyote Center in Maine, followed by a discussion of Maine’s coyotes. At Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, June 24, 6:30 pm.
Teen Wilderness Expedition, July 23-25
Announcement - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night, all-inclusive adventure for 12-16 year olds at Little Lyford Lodge, July 23-25. Offered by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Maine State Museum hosts Bike Day, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join the Maine State Museum, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine State Library in a free family event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and learn about the benefits of safe, relaxed bike riding. At Maine State Museum, June 22, 10 am - 1 pm.
Woodland Management with Birds in Mind, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A Forestry for Maine Birds workshop for landowners, foresters and loggers interested in learning how they can support Maine’s forest songbirds. At Somerset County Cooperative Extension office, Skowhegan, and on the adjacent Yankee Woodlot Demonstration Forest, June 22, 9 am - noon.
Hike Puzzle Mt., Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A moderate to strenuous hike of 8.5 miles. Cross several exposed granite boulders and ledges offering views of the Sunday River ski area, Grafton Notch, and the Presidentials, June 22, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Androscoggin River Canoe & Kayak River Race, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

This event is open to all to launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, (and more) into the Androscoggin River and complete one of three courses of varying length and challenge. At Festival Plaza, Auburn, June 22, 9 am, $15 for single paddler, $25 for a double, benefits Androscoggin Land Trust.
Plants of Corea Heath, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join Jill Weber, botanist and co-author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, to learn about carnivorous plants, orchids, stunted trees and shrubs and cotton-grass. At Corea Heath, Goldsboro, June 22, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Maine Wildlife Park open house, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will hold an open house with free admission, June 21, 5-8 pm. Feeding times for moose, lynx, foxes, cougars, vultures and bears will be posted.
Call for a presidential primary debate on climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has rejected a presidential primary debate on climate change. 15 Democratic presidential candidates have joined the call. So can you. ~ CREDO Action
Trekking through Time
Announcement - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

From June through October, Lakes Environmental Association, Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and Western Foothills Land Trust will host the Trekking through Time Series. Once a month throughout the summer and early fall, each organization will host a historical tour of one of its conservation properties.
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Former L.L. Bean executive plans to make Maine Audubon a national leader
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

More than a century ago, after it was founded in 1843, Maine Audubon was at the forefront of the land conservation movement in Maine. Now the organization’s newest executive director wants it to lead the nation. Andy Beahm wants to make Maine Audubon known for unique, not-to-be-missed outdoor festivals; for connecting more people across Maine to nature through statewide outdoor events for many more than just its seven chapters; and for inspiring Mainers to become wildlife advocates.
A celebration for all things conservation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Once a year, the Maine environmental community celebrates conservation victories at An Evening for the Environment, a fundraiser for Maine Conservation Alliance and Maine Conservation Voters. The 15th annual event was held at Thompson’s Point on Oct. 26, with nationally recognized clean energy expert Brian Deese as the keynote speaker.
Maine lags in providing state park access to people with disabilities
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

In many states, officials are helping people with physical disabilities to get outdoors by offering trails, cabins and fishing platforms that are accessible by wheelchair. Some routinely hold events to help those with physical disabilities to kayak, fish or bicycle. Funding and commitment to provide these amenities and services vary widely from state to state, even in New England. Maine is not among the leaders, despite promoting itself as a scenic outdoor playground and generating $500 million annually in recreational tourism. Only 10 of 48 state parks and historic sites in Maine are fully accessible by wheelchair.
Green Prescription: A zero-waste couple struggles to get on the same page
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Zero-waste living requires mindfulness above all, and if you lead by example, your partner may see the light.
Buy local now applies to your booze as well as your beer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Maine craft distilleries, following in the footsteps of craft brewers, are using more local agricultural products in their spirits. It’s part of a national movement to link farmers with local distillers, but no hard data yet capture the trend, according to Alexandra Clough, spokesperson for the American Craft Spirits Association in Louisville. “It’s mimicking the craft beer and local food movement, where people want to know where ingredients are coming from,” she said.
Column: Even in winter, birds find a way to find food
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Birds perform marvelous feats: migrating from one pole to the other, raising multiple clutches of young in a single season, tolerating winter temperatures as low as 70 below zero. But each of these astounding activities comes with a big ‘if.’ If the birds can find enough food. Birds can be surprisingly resourceful in finding food. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: And just like that, deer season is over
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Early success in Maine’s deer season is a double-edged sword. It represents completion of a goal, validation for all your efforts in scouting and preparation, and meat in the freezer. But it also means a premature end unless you hunt the expanded archery season. You’re left to pine away inside while your family and friends are sitting in a pine tree on the back 40, waiting for their chance. ~ Bob Humphrey
Letter: It would be cheaper long term to just bury the lines
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

The only way to avoid the physical risks and colossal expense of downed wires is to move key segments of CMP’s aerial plant underground. This publicly-regulated utility should be required to develop a capital plan to do so over a reasonable period of time. Naturally, CMP will try to make the case that the effort would be too expensive, but the cost of bringing hundreds of trucks and thousands of workers from out of state during every recovery effort must be staggering. The Brunswick section of the grid alone seems to lose power more often than Baghdad. It’s long past time to do something about it. ~ Ralph Dean, Freeport
Letter: Not seeing any birds either
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

I am responding to the Oct. 20 letter to the editor headlined, “Has anyone seen were the birds went?” I would also like to know since I haven’t had a single bird at my bird feeder for at least six weeks. They can’t all have gone south. It is sad not to hear the bird song. ~ Jean Koller, Augusta
Column: Hillary, the horse with an attitude
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

[Part 1] Not until I took some lessons in riding and horse handling from Nichole Rackcliff at M&N Ranch in Dedham did I dare undertake a horse rental for my elk hunt. A patient horse lady, who taught me much in a short period of time, her horse knowledge proved invaluable during an incident that I will relate. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
International Rights of Nature Tribunal
Other - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

The current ecological crisis requires that we transform our international and domestic legal systems to nurture, rather than allow the destruction of the Earth community.
Succession: How A Forest Can Create and Re-Creates Itself
Other - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

A few years ago, I started an observational experiment in forest succession on a couple of acres where we once pastured sheep and goats. Rocky and wet, without livestock it was hard to keep cleared. So, I let the forest recreate itself and just watched the process unfold. It’s a process that has taken place across much of the Northeast since the mid-1800s.
Mountain biking takes off in the Bangor area
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

A nurse, an attorney, an engineer and a high school teacher were among the 15 women who gathered in the morning sun on Saturday, Nov. 4, on the gravel road leading into Bangor’s Rolland F. Perry City Forest. The women, ranging widely in age and occupation, all had one thing in common — a love for mountain biking. The group, Slipping Gears Ladies Rides, was established in April, and since then, has grown to more than 70 active members. This thriving group is just one example of how mountain biking is gaining momentum in the Bangor area.
Maine plans swifter protocols for shellfish monitoring
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

No one knows the origin of an algae bloom that closed hundreds of miles of Maine coastline to shellfish harvesting this fall. Or why the microscopic phytoplankton responsible for it suddenly became so bountiful in the Gulf of Maine. Or even why it produces toxins in the first place. What is known is that a toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia phytoplankton caused a recall of 58,500 pounds of blue mussels in September – only the second shellfish recall in Maine’s modern history. To prevent another recall, the state is drastically reassessing its shellfish monitoring practices. Changes in Maine waters may be driving new blooms. The Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest-warming bodies of water on the Earth, and observers have warned about the ecological changes driven by a warming planet.
America’s Wildest Place Is Open for Business
Other - Friday, November 10, 2017 

Roman Dial is a professor of biology and mathematics at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, and a National Geographic explorer. He decided to figure out the most remote place in the entire nation. His calculations led him to the northwest corner of Alaska, where the continent tilts toward the Arctic Ocean. He decided to walk there. On the journey he and his companion didn’t see anyone else for 24 days. Their destination lay within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. NPR-A, as it is known, is the single largest parcel of public land in the United States. The reserve sprawls across nearly 23 million acres, which makes it larger than Maine or 10 other states.
Western members of Congress to Trump: Erase Utah’s Bears Ears, 8 other monuments
Other - Friday, November 10, 2017 

A group of Republican congressional members is pressuring the White House to eliminate or shrink most of the 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration, including Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. The lawmakers, led by Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, are calling on the president “to think big and act big-league,” rescind nine of the 22 land monuments, including the Utah sites, being examined by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and make severe reductions to nine others.
Blog: Many National Parks Arose From National Monuments
Other - Friday, November 10, 2017 

The originations of 25 of our 59 national parks, totaling 39.6 million acres, were first seeded by the establishment of a presidentially proclaimed national monument. Fourteen of these monumental 25 were established from more than one national monument proclamation. Bills in Congress would eliminate the ability for a President to proclaim national monuments. The elegance of the National Monuments Act of 1906 places the national long-term interest over short-term local interests. If the legislative language modifying the National Monuments Act of 1906 had been the language enacted into law by Congress in 1906, how many national monuments (and national parks) would we have today. The answer is near zero. ~ Andy Kerr
Profound shift taking place at EPA under Pruitt’s leadership
Washington Post - Friday, November 10, 2017 

There is a profound shift unfolding in the EPA under President Trump, in which the agency has reassessed its own data and analyses at the prompting of corporations. On pesticides, chemical solvents and air pollutants, Pruitt and his deputies are using industry figures to challenge past findings and recommendations of the agency’s own scientists. Such change has drawn praise from longtime EPA critics. But environmentalists contend Pruitt is sidelining agency scientists on key decisions.
Blog: Let Us Now Praise the Birds and the Bees and the Bats and the Bugs
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 10, 2017 

An article last year noted that “Maine’s Little Brown Bat has seen a 97 percent decline in population.” Now comes Michael McCarthy to tell us that it’s not only the bats we’re losing — it’s also the bugs. “Insect abundance has fallen by 75% over the last 27 years,” McCarthy writes, in the Guardian (of Britain). ~ Nick Mills
Ga. coast globally important for shorebirds
Other - Friday, November 10, 2017 

SavannahNow - Georgia’s 100 miles of coastline recently became the 100th region designated as a “Landscape of Hemispheric Importance” by the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network. “Georgia’s a big deal because in other places on the Atlantic seaboard we’ve created habitat conditions that are less conducive and don’t support sea birds,” said Brad Winn, director of shorebird habitat at Manomet, a Maine-based conservation nonprofit.
Boothbay board pulls permit for botanical gardens expansion
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 10, 2017 

Months after work commenced on a $30 million expansion of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the Boothbay Board of Appeals on Thursday voted to rescind a permit allowing the project. The board voted 3-2 in favor of an appeal filed by abutters of CMBG, who argued the project would further degrade the water quality of nearby Knickerbocker Lake, already listed by the state as “most at risk from new development.”
Community garden at Togus providing fresh produce to veterans
Kennebec Journal - Friday, November 10, 2017 

Harold Massey said working every day in the community garden at the federal veterans’ facility in Chelsea is his therapy. Massey, 56, is a U.S. Army veteran who came to Maine about six years ago. He’s spent most of his time the past two years tending to the VA Maine Healthcare Systems-Togus garden, which has been providing fresh fruit and produce to veterans for about five years. During this year’s growing season, Massey has harvested about 750 pounds of fresh tomatoes, kale, lettuce, green beans, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, summer squash, radishes, Swiss chard and herbs that have been used in the Togus kitchen and by health care providers on campus.
Maine’s Forest Products Industry Is Not Dead
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, November 10, 2017 

Maine’s forest products industry is not dead, and you don’t have to take my word for it. An excellent report on our state’s secondary wood manufacturing economy is now available. The subtitle of the report says it all: $1.8 billion industry is ‘almost invisible.’
10 Senators Call for Investigation into EPA Pushing Scientists Off Advisory Boards
Inside Climate News - Friday, November 10, 2017 

A group of Senate Democrats is calling for an expanded investigation into efforts by the Trump Environmental Protection Agency to effectively push independent scientists off key EPA advisory boards and replace them with scientists from the fossil fuel and chemical industries. In a letter sent to the Government Accountability Office on Thursday, the 10 senators asked the GAO to investigate a new directive, issued by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Oct. 31, that restricts any scientist who has received EPA funding from serving on the agency's scientific advisory panels. Scientific groups, academics and advocacy organizations have all pointed out that it will mean the most experienced scientists—whose qualifications earn them government grants in the first place—will no longer be able to serve in these roles.
Maine Blueberry Harvest Down As Industry Looks For Buyers
Maine Public - Friday, November 10, 2017 

A trade group says Maine’s wild blueberry crop fell sharply this summer to below 100 million pounds for the first time in four years. Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Executive Director Nancy McBrady says preliminary industry figures show the crop coming in at about 65 million pounds. Among factors for the decline were bad growing conditions. Surplus supplies of blueberries from recent years have motivated some growers to scale back. Prices are also down.
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