December 11, 2018  
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Great Winter Treks, Dec 18
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 

Aislinn Sarnacki talks about great winter treks in Maine. At Orono Public Library, December 18, 6 pm.
Polar Bear Dip & Dash, Dec 31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 

A benefit for the Natural Resource Council of Maine’s work to fight climate change. At East End Beach, Portland, December 31, pre-register.
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Monday, December 10, 2018 

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). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
2019 Acadia Artist-in-Residence Program
Announcement - Monday, December 10, 2018 

Art and artists have played a key role in the history of Maine’s Downeast Region, and the founding of Acadia National Park. The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to creating new ways for visitors to experience Acadia through the arts. Deadline to apply online for 2019: December 31, 2018.
Lessons from Maine’s Loons and Lakes, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

Hear new executive director of the Maine Lakes Society and long-time director of Maine Audubon’s Loon Count Susan Gallo talk about the results of the 2018 Maine Loon Count and what it means for one of Maine’s most important and revered habitats. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, December 13, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15, pre-register.
Yale Climate Change and Health Certificate
Announcement - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

Yale School of Public Health’s 18-week, fully online, Climate Change and Health Certificate is designed for working professionals who are eager to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change on the health of their communities. Apply for rolling admission by February 1 to be considered for the February 25, 2019, cohort.
Bird & Nature Walk, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

At Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary, Falmouth, December 13, 8-10 am, $8.
Glacial retreat impact on Unity area, Dec 12
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Kevin Spigel, professor of Geoscience at Unity College, discusses what happened to our landscape after the glaciers retreated. At 93 Main Coffee Shop, Unity, December 12, $5 donation suggested. Sponsored by Sebasticook Regional Land Trust.
Invasive Worms, Oh My! Dec 12
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Presentation by Gary Fish, Maine State Horticulturist. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, December 12, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Help wanted: Conservation forester
Announcement - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

The Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy seeks a Conservation Forester to manage 160,000 acres of timberland and ecological reserves at the Upper St. John River Forest. Deadline: January 3, 2019.
Tell Congress to fix our parks
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

Legislation to provide dedicated funding to fix the National Park Service’s $11.6 billion backlog of needed maintenance repairs is moving forward with bipartisan support. Email your members of Congress and urge them to get the bill to the president’s desk.
Stop climate denier appointment
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

Urge Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Angus King vote NO on Bernard McNamee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. McNamee is a long time fossil fuel industry insider who led Texas’s lawsuit against the lifesaving Clean Power Plan. More recently, he tried to get taxpayers to foot the bill for Donald Trump’s coal plant bailout scheme while working at the U.S. Department of Energy. ~ SierraRise
Protect Nonprofit Nonpartisanship
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

Congress is wrapping up year-end legislation. Language in a House spending bill would make it virtually impossible for the IRS to enforce the law (Johnson Amendment) that protects charitable nonprofits from partisanship. TODAY, December 4, call and tweet members of Maine's congressional delegation: Partisanship has NO place in charitable organizations.
Restore LWCF
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

Since 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been the lifeblood of public land conservation and preservation in the United States. But in September, Congress let it expire, leaving the future of public lands at risk. Just a few days left to convince Congress to rescue LWCF.
Learn more about CMP's proposed transmission line, Dec 11
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

CMP is proposing to build a 145-mile transmission line through Maine to deliver power from Quebec to Massachusetts. It would damage the North Woods while doing nothing to address climate change. Learn more about CMP's power line proposal. At Eureka Community Center, Durham, December 11, 6 pm. ~ Carly Peruccio, NRCM Outreach Coordinator
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News Items
Column: This holiday season, give the gift of puffins
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 22, 2018 

I don’t know what you were planning to give me for Christmas, but I would prefer something edible so I don’t have to store it with all my other things. Wait a minute. I have a better idea. This holiday season, give puffins. Rather than battle the Black Friday crowds, it would be a simple matter to give someone a puffin trip for next summer. ~ Bob Duchesne
Opinion: CMP power line plan too destructive to Maine’s natural beauty
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 22, 2018 

This avid hiker and ardent conservationist, based upon all of the above and more, has concluded that CMP’s 145-mile transmission line project is an environmental boondoggle that cannot be allowed. No less than the Dickey-Lincoln School Dam on the St. John River in the 1970s and the Big A Dam on the West Branch of the Penobscot River in the 1980s, Mainers should say “no thanks” in the strongest terms to CMP’s proposal. ~ Carey Kish, Mount Desert Island
White House to release climate change report amid frenzy of Black Friday
Other - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 

The Trump administration will release a major report on climate change Friday afternoon, the day after Thanksgiving and one of the worst days of the year for reaching a news audience. The Fourth National Climate Assessment, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration but compiled by a number of federal agencies, will be released at 2 p.m. as many Americans scout Black Friday deals or travel. Environmental groups blast the timing, saying the goal is to bury scientists' findings.
Maine Lobstermen Forced to Diversify Their Work as Coastal Waters Warm
National Public Radio - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 

The waters off the coast of Maine are some of the fastest warming saltwater seas in the world. That warmth is disrupting fisheries and livelihoods. Some fishermen in Maine are adapting to disruption, even capitalizing on it.
Blog: Tariffs and their Impact on Maine’s Lobster Industry
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 

In the escalating trade war between the United States and China tariffs on aluminum and steel have risen. This causes the costs of equipment essential to their operations such lobster traps, steel lined rope, and fabricated parts to rise. All these factors take a toll on their revenue stream which also has a ripple effect throughout the local economy. This is devastating for the state’s economy considering that lobster fisheries infuse approximately $1 billion into the Maine economy each year. We never asked for a trade war but for Free Trade. Now we have to re-strategize in order to effectively navigate the global market system, while our national economy becomes more protectionist. ~ Stefano Tijerina
Simulator helps experts understand how right whales get entangled
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 

Scientists have developed a video simulation of how whales become entangled in fishing lines, and say the technology could help lead to new and safer gear designs. The New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life says more than eight in 10 critically endangered North Atlantic right whales become ensnared by fishing lines, and nearly six in 10 are entangled more than once. Entanglements are a leading cause of right whale deaths.
Letter: Trap, don’t poison
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 

It was good to read that some people were dealing with the wide-spread rat problem with various traps, but very upsetting to read that rodenticide was being used in some cases. Everyone needs to be aware that when they poison a rat they are also potentially poisoning other creatures, both wildlife and domestic pets. When the rat eats the poison, the rat body becomes bait for something else. If a hawk or fox eats the poisoned rat, then it will die also. As will a cat or dog. Snap traps, have-a-heart traps, electronic traps all have their limitations, but will work. Trap, don’t poison. ~ Sue Shaw, Penobscot
Water tests draw Cape Elizabeth students to land trust project
Forecaster - Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

Local high school students have been taking more than just their own tests this year – they’ve been taking them for the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, too. The land trust is working with a group of Cape Elizabeth High School students to test water quality in Great Pond and Alewife Brook. The partnership was made possible through a $1,500 grant from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.
Wardens say hunter found hypothermic in Maine
Associated Press - Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

The Maine Warden Service says a hunter who was lost on Westport Island was severely hypothermic by the time he was located. Officials say the search began after dark Monday when 58-year-old Donald Merrill of Woolwich was reported overdue. Wardens followed his tracks over wet, uneven terrain and became alarmed when it became clear that Merrill had been crawling. He was found at 9:30 p.m., and Merrill was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Wardens said they expect he will make a full recovery.
The US midterms 'blue wave' has mixed results for the environment
Other - Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

PRI - The 2018 US midterm elections had mixed results for the environment, despite the Democratic successes. In Maine, a Democrat is replacing Governor Paul LePage, whose most famous environmental moment came when he dismissed the risks of BPA, the potential endocrine disruptor, by saying the worst case would be that "some women may get little beards." Maine’s new governor is Janet Mills.
Opinion: Maine’s solar policy is more costly than expected. Lawmakers can lessen this cost.
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

Our company has been installing gross meters and working alongside other solar companies, the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the utilities to determine how to best implement new gross metering rules. The costs of installing additional meters appear to be three to four times the initial estimates, and the benefits are roughly 30 percent less than assumed. For specific commercial applications, the benefits received by ratepayers were overstated by a factor of 40 in the initial estimates. As we prepare for a shift in leadership in the Blaine House, we have the opportunity for a new path forward. Maine will benefit most when we use our differences in perspectives and expertise to implement energy development in a manner that provides the greatest value to the state. ~ Vaughan Woodruff, Insource Renewables, Pittsfield
5-year-old Troy hunter bags his first deer
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 20, 2018 

Bill Brosseau says his son, Max, loves anything about hunting and fishing. Maine eliminated its minimum age for hunting — 10 years old — back in 2016. Since then, parents have been allowed to decide when they think their children are ready to head afield. And on Thursday, 5-year-old Max proved that he was plenty ready. “I picked him up from childcare at about 3 p.m. after he had just finished his day in kindergarten and we headed home to get ready,” Bill Brosseau wrote. Max and his dad made it to their hunting blind and at 4:10 p.m. a doe came out into the field. “I put the rifle in the tripod and handed it to Max....I told him that when he was ready, he could shoot. He simply said ‘Ok, I got this,’ and after a short pause, BOOM!”
Letter: Shameful flip on solar bill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Even though I am not a constituent of Reps. Stacey Guerin, Matthew Harrington, Teresa Pierce, Matthew Pouliot and Abden Simmons, I cannot stay silent in the face of such blatant hypocrisy and cowardice. I hope their flip from initially supporting LD 1444, the solar bill, with a supposed “veto-proof” majority to upholding the anti-solar governor’s veto will be remembered by voters in their districts. Come November they should find themselves out of a job. ~ Jason Langle, Orono
Blog: Camp Directors Gather to Consider Diversity and Inclusion
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 15, 2018 

When close to 80 Maine camp directors gathered Tuesday in Portland to discuss diversity and inclusion, they were challenged to consider the impact of differences and division, and to seek to “create balance in an unbalanced world.” ~ Kristine Snow Millard
Man gets prison time for illegally harvesting Virginia eels
Associated Press - Monday, November 6, 2017 

A New York seafood dealer has been sentenced to 1 ½ years behind bars for illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels from Virginia. Tommy Zhou was sentenced Friday in a federal Virginia court after he pleaded guilty in April. Prosecutors say Zhou obtained a Maine elver dealer license in 2013 and then used it to cover his illegal operation.
Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float
New York Times - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The University of Maine is undertaking an elaborate physics experiment meant to simulate conditions that full-scale floating wind turbines could face at an installation being planned about 10 miles off the Maine coast in up to 360 feet of water near tiny Monhegan Island. For nearly 18 months in 2013 and 2014, an operating version of the apparatus — one-eighth of scale — sat in the waters off Castine sending electricity to the grid. That proved the technology fundamentally worked and guided refinements to the design. Now, the UMaine team is using the data collected at the lab to confirm the final form, a crucial next step in bringing the technology to market.
Blog: Singing is an act of territorialism for birds
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 7, 2016 

Birds don’t think about much, mostly just food and sex. Despite the simplicity of such a life, bird communication can be quite complex. Birds are renowned for their vocal abilities, but they use lots of visual cues, too. Perhaps nothing is more obvious than the crests sported by many species. ~ Bob Duchesne
Marco Rubio Finds Common Ground With Armed Militia In Oregon
Climate Progress - Thursday, January 7, 2016 

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R) doesn’t like that militants are currently occupying a federal wildlife facility in Oregon. But he does like the militia’s main idea: Seizing and selling off America’s public lands. Rubio explained his position on the controversial occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, now entering its fifth day. Rubio said that while he doesn’t support “lawless” activity, he does agree with the militia on its main point that federal public lands should be transferred to private ownership for activities like logging, coal mining, oil drilling, and farming. Rubio’s plan would essentially cause a free-for-all, where states can devastate national forests, parks, and other important wildlife and plantlife zones for temporary economic gain.
Editorial: Conflict over land preservation confirms where the public stands
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 16, 2015 

If Gov. Paul LePage’s yearslong barricade of Land for Maine’s Future has proven anything, it’s how popular the conservation program is among a broad cross-section of the state. When the governor held hostage the voter-approved bonds that fund the program, residents from across the political divide responded with one voice, united in their support for an initiative that has protected more than 550,000 acres for a variety of economic and recreational uses. That response should make it clear that the focus should be on strengthening and tightening the program, not obstructing or trying to dismantle it, as LePage has done for most of his time in office. The governor, not corruption or mismanagement, is the program’s true problem.
Opinion: This is Bar Harbor’s chance to become a solar success and example
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 

On June 2, Bar Harbor voters have an exciting opportunity to take a step toward putting the brakes on climate change. Article T on the town meeting agenda authorizes leasing town land and roofs as part of Community Solar Farms and Power Purchase Agreements for the purpose of providing power to the municipality. The change starts here and now. With our prominence as a popular tourist destination, Bar Harbor has an outsize influence on the rest of the state and the nation. By voting for this article we are saying that we care, that we can make a collective difference. ~ Gary Friedmann, Bar Harbor Town Council
Opinion: A new set of bold predictions
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 4, 2015 

In 2015, LePage will reduce the size of state government by 5 percent, he will succeed in further reducing municipal revenue sharing and he will change state law to permit municipalities to tax nonprofits. The Legislature will pass major welfare reform and reduce energy costs by welcoming in more natural gas and hydro. ~ Phil Harriman
Letter: Give deer the food they need and they will flourish
Kennebec Journal - Monday, April 28, 2014 

I read with interest the April 13 article about whitetail deer, “In northern Maine, deer herd shrinks despite efforts to rebuild it.” Anyone can look at Google satellite maps and know that very little of the Maine woods is untouched. The deer are being squeezed out of their natural habitat searching for food. They are vulnerable to predators and starvation because of the condition of the forest. The state cannot save the deer herd by pumping money into various programs. We just need to let some of the forest grow back, and the animals will survive on their own. ~ Betsy Laney, West Gardiner
Letter: Gubernatorial climate
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, December 10, 2013 

As we approach the gubernatorial election year in Maine, and in light of the “interesting” comments made by our governor on Dec. 5 regarding the profit potential in climate change, I am reminded of the election that put such a person into office. From all early indications, LePage’s tea party supporters will hold about the same sway next November, and with Eliot Cutler again as a wild card in the race, the potential for Maine to have another four years with a governor who has squeaked into office with a minority of the state’s voters behind him is not small. We have had three years to try to correct this significant weakness in our election system, and yet we will be going to the polls in November 2014 faced with the same problem. This is unpardonable. ~ Dana Williams, Belfast
Fabulous Find assists Great Works land trust
Seacoast Online - Monday, October 28, 2013 

Fabulous Find thrift store in Kittery gave a boost to conservation recently with proceeds from September sales. Store staff presented a check for $4,332 to Great Works Regional Land Trust to assist the trust's conservation projects and ongoing operations.
Diehard Mainers take advantage of extended woodcock season
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Wednesday, October 10, 2012 

For years, Maine bird hunters in search of woodcock had just 30 days — generally the month of October — to do so. After years of study and discussion, that all changed in 2011. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended the woodcock season from 30 to 45 days.
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