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Announcement - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links 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
Head of Tide Park Grand Opening, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

After over a decade in the making, Head of Tide Park is now permanently conserved and will provide river and trail access, picnicking, watershed protection, and a beautiful scenic vista for the residents and visitors of Maine’s midcoast forever. At Head of Tide Park, Topsham, June 2, 12-4 pm.
Lady slipper walk, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Meet at Walden-Parke Preserve’s kiosk at the end of Tamarack Trail, June 2, 10 am, for a mile-long wildflower walk. Sponsored by Bangor Land Trust.
Field Trip: Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Explore this “Gem of Wilderness,” including Kettle Hole Bog (with boardwalk) and Little Dyer Pond. To carpool, meet at Bath Shopping Center, June 2, 6:30 am; or at Hidden Valley, Jefferson, 7:15 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Celebration of spring and fish passage, Jun 2
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Join the celebration of two key first steps in the fish passage restoration efforts in the Bagaduce River Watershed — the new fishways at Pierce’s Pond and Wight’s Pond, June 2, 11 am - 3 pm.
Defend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Action Alert - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

The MBTA is a century-old law utilized by Republican and Democratic administrations to protect birds as they navigate the globe. The law has been consistently interpreted to hold individuals or organizations responsible if their actions harm migratory birds. Now, under the Trump administration, MBTA violations will only be issued if the individual or organization acted purposefully to harm or kill migratory birds — rendering the Act useless. ~ Eliza Donoghue, Maine Audubon
Growth in Land-Based Salmon Production, May 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 24, 2018 

Joseph Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute will talk about why a national land conservation organization is involved in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, May 31, 7 pm.
Slaughtering grizzly bears
Action Alert - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

On May 23, Wyoming officials approved the first hunt in decades for grizzly bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. As many as 22 could be shot and killed this fall, including pregnant females. Yellowstone's grizzlies, famous around the world, are national treasures. Slaughtering them is like defacing the Statue of Liberty or filling in the Grand Canyon. ~ Center for Biological Diversity
Invasive fish, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

George Smith will discuss the impact invasive fish are having on Maine’s native fish. At Mount Vernon Community Center, May 30, 7 pm. Sponsored by 30 Mile Watershed Association.
Drowning with Others, May 30
Event - Posted - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

John Anderson, Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic, argues for developing a broad coalition to help conserve Maine’s seabird islands from sea level rise. At Wells Reserve at Lajudholm, May 30, 6 pm.
Join the fight for Maine's clean energy future
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

In Maine, we are seeing the damaging effects of climate change firsthand: tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise, the warming Gulf of Maine threatens our marine economy, air pollution drives up asthma rates for kids and adults, and extreme weather impacts our outdoor recreation and farming industries. The technology to turn off dirty fossil fuels already exists. What is standing in the way of our clean energy future? Politicians who are bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, May 29 - Jul 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Maine State Library is offering a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. The series, Defining Wilderness: Defining Maine, runs for 5 sessions, May 29 - July 24, at the State Library in Augusta. Books to be discussed include "The Maine Woods" by Henry David Thoreau.
“Living within Limits” Teen Environmental Poster Contest
Announcement - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

The Teen Library Council of the Patten Library in Bath and Brunswick-based Manomet are sponsoring an environmental poster contest for middle and high school students. Posters should promote actions that help sustain the planet and reduce our environmental footprint. Deadline: June 1.
Bats, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Biologist Trevor Peterson will speak about local species of bats. At Topsham Public Library, May 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Wabanaki Traditions, May 29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

Learn about the restoration of Indigenous Three Sisters gardens on the traditional planting fields along the Sandy River in Maine. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, May 29, 6:30 - 8 pm.
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Guests work to protect Cobb’s Pierce Pond Camps
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, May 7, 2018 

Cobb’s Pierce Pond Camps is a wonderful place and not just because the camps are in a beautiful place and the Cobb family are great hosts. They are blessed by guests who love the camps so much that they’ve stepped up to protect the camps and the entire watershed. So far the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust has safeguarded more than 7200 acres, purchased nearly 2000 acres of forest and shoreland, and signed agreements with Cobb’s Camps and Harrison’s Camps to ensure they will always be open to the public.
Poem Card Project aims to give tourists a special feel for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 7, 2018 

Some visitors coming to Maine this summer will get an unexpected gift. Poet laureate Stuart Kestenbaum is working with the Maine Office of Tourism to place poems by Mainers about Maine in hotels across the state. The Poem Card Project began last week as a small pilot project involving 10 hotels and lodges from Ogunquit to Madawaska.
Winter moth threat in South Portland halts home-grown plant sale
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 7, 2018 

Fear of spreading the tree-killing winter moth has forced the South Portland Land Trust and the Community Garden Collective to scale back their popular spring plant sale this year. The May 19 event won’t offer its usual array of favorite and unique plants culled from local gardens because experts say transferring garden materials from one yard to another is a primary way to spread the invasive and destructive insect.
Letter: Kick Pruitt out
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 7, 2018 

With EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt under investigation for 11 different situations now, let’s be firm about getting him out of his position. We put a fox in charge of the hen house. Let’s do our research and nominate someone who actually cares what the cause is about. The EPA stands for environmental protection; I don’t know how Pruitt got that confused with his plans. Andrew Wheeler, the deputy administrator of the agency, is not a good candidate either. ~ Sydney Shields, Lyman
Maine Lawmakers Signal Opposition to NECEC
Other - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

RTO [Regional Transmission Organization] Insider - The leaders of two key Maine legislative committees told Massachusetts regulators Friday that they oppose a proposed transmission project that would cross Maine to deliver a large amount of Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. In a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the chairmen of Maine’s joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee and Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee objected to Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project on economic and environmental grounds.
Why Republicans Should Fear a Rural Revolt in 2018
TIME - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Republicans in Washington are busy at work on policies that could hurt the rural voters who will decide if they keep their majorities in Congress. In at least four major ways, Republican lawmakers and leaders are currently working directly against the interests of the rural areas where President Donald Trump dominated the electoral map in 2016 and where races this November could prove decisive in control of Congress.
Lessons from Japan for Imagining Sustainable De-growth
Mark W. Anderson's Stirring the Pot Blog - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Ecologists estimated that the earth might be able to sustain only 2 billion people by the end of the fossil fuel era. There are about 7.5 billion humans on the planet right now. I am convinced by the scientific evidence that continuing growth beyond 7.5 billion, coupled with the legitimate aspirations of many of these people for a more prosperous life, is not sustainable. De-growth will happen. The only question is whether that will happen catastrophically (by disease, famine, war, extreme climate events, etc.) or by reasoned human effort, sustainable de-growth. We now have a Federal government debt of over 100% of Gross Domestic Product and it is growing because of last year’s income tax cuts. This invites de-growth of the catastrophic sort. Sustainable de-growth will require as a first step that the present generation live within its financial means and reduce the burden of debt we leave to the future.
First history of Acadia island sheds light on Baker Island and keepers of lighthouse
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Baker Island, a remote part of Acadia National Park, occupies a longtime special spot in the lore of the park. The region’s first lighthouse was constructed on the Acadia island and its first keeper was the head of the self-reliant Gilley family that settled Baker in the early 1800s. Hikers enjoy the island for its mystical views of the Acadia mountains on the horizon on a clear day, unusually large sand bar and reef and paths through grassy fields around the coast. Now, Cornelia J. Cesari, whose family has owned one of only two private homes on the Acadia island for more than 30 years, has written the first comprehensive history of the island.
Opinion: Scott Pruitt and the problem of environmental distrust
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Chicago Tribune - Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to prevent his agency from using “secret science” to justify environmental regulation. A worthy goal, his critics say, but they don’t trust him. Which is ironic, for Pruitt’s plan isn’t really about science. It’s about trust. Pruitt, like many supporters of President Donald Trump, doesn’t trust many of the scientific conclusions reached by his predecessors at the EPA. Pruitt’s critics believe that his real goal is to gut environmental regulation. The critics miss the point. Pruitt is responding to the widespread perception among Trump supporters that the EPA’s scientific conclusions cannot be trusted. ~ John Copeland Nagle, law professor, University of Notre Dame
For winter moths in southern Maine, the release of 3,000 flies is not good news
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Entomologists with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are preparing for a sort of coming out party next week when 3,000 parasitic Cyzenis albicans flies are released in south Portland. The flies have spent the winter buried and tucked into cocoon husks of the winter moth, Operophtera brumata, and once they take flight, the flies will be the front line offense in battling the destructive moth in Maine, according to Colleen Teerling, entomologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
Longtime canoe racing partners learned from the best – their fathers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Steve Woodard recalls paddling at age 13 with his friend, Jeff Owen, in Maine’s spring canoe racing series. They weren’t very good at first, dumping their canoe in rivers almost every time. Now both 52 years old, Woodard and Owen have continued to race together for nearly four decades. The pair has won five titles at the Whitewater Open canoe nationals on the Penobscot River and nine titles in the two-man, medium canoe division in the Kenduskeag Stream canoe race. Their passion for canoe racing has much to do with their fathers – Frank Woodard, 78, and Bucky Owen, 80 – who first raced together 46 years ago.
Turkeys are the guinea pigs as Maine embarks on digital recording of hunters’ harvests
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

In Maine, the process of recording big-game harvests is still done the way it was a century ago – using pen and paper at 295 tagging stations across the state. That’s about to change. This month the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife will launch a beta test during the spring turkey hunt in which tagging stations will record harvests on computer software.
Freeport encounter with wild Arctic harp seal a bittersweet experience
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Scientists aren't sure what is driving these animals so far south, but sightings have been on the rise in recent years. When we have a chance to witness these vulnerable, distinctive creatures up close and personal, our hearts open just long enough to give us a sensation of such pure and innocent joy. That feeling, though, is followed these days by the inevitable stab of worry that this may all vanish before our own children are grandparents. ~ Caitlin Shetterly
Column: Deer, turkey do just fine, and that’s the flat truth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Wild turkeys aren’t detrimental to other wildlife populations. This myth refuses to die. Perhaps part of that is because to anyone born before the 1980s they are new to the state. There was a brief tick on the geologic clock where they were absent from New England, but for most of the last 12,000 years they thrived in our fields and forests, long before even the Vikings set foot on our shores. Ironically, their insect diet has done far more harm than good to the wild turkey’s reputation. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Lots of options for finding local mushrooms
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Forage, shop or grow them yourself. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Opinion: Let’s preserve the Acadia experience
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Acadia National Park recently released proposals on how to preserve park resources and ensure public enjoyment in the face of rapidly growing visitation. With Acadia visits up nearly 60 percent over the last decade, many fear that the current approach is not sustainable. It is natural to mourn the loss of spontaneity as proposals are phased in, but a vast majority of trailheads, carriage roads, lakes, ponds and shoreline will still be accessible without any reservation. The livelihoods of thousands of Mainers depend on Acadia continuing to offer a stellar experience to millions of annual visitors. While some may be concerned about change, the effort to better manage visitation and ensure a higher-quality visitor experience should ensure a more stable business environment. ~ David MacDonald, Friends of Acadia
Opinion: Thoreau better the second time around
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Thoreau blew up the industrializing world with his insights, his rants, his memorable turns of phrase. He wrote about Maine, too. The Maine woods and mountains were a wake-up call from the soporific enticements of material things “more easily acquired than gotten rid of,” soul-crushing physical labor and a new-found obsession with speed and efficiency. A tonic, like a bracing slap to the face. A wake-up call. We lead such complicated lives today. Thoreau’s wise advice was to “simplify, simplify.” Now that I’m retired and have more time to fish, hike and generally goof off, it’s easier to feel communion with the man and his words. ~ Steven Price, Kennebunkport
Letter: GOP ignores climate change
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, May 6, 2018 

Recently when the draft Maine Republican Party platform came out I noted there was no mention of dealing with global warming, so I submitted an amendment to have a plank added to do so. This was turned down, and I was advised that I could appeal, which I did — and it again was turned down. I was then told that if I could get 10 convention delegates signatures from three counties by a deadline it would be brought up on the convention floor. I sent this out to 45 delegates in three counties that appear to me to be most affected by global warming and didn’t get a single signature. So I ask again, why am I still a Republican? ~ Albert L. Godfrey, Sr., P.E., Fayette
Column: Veazie Salmon Club arises from near extinction
Sun Journal - Saturday, May 5, 2018 

In the 1980s and early 1990s, you could catch a fresh run of Atlantic salmon on the Penobscot River. As a result, salmon clubs popped up along the river banks like ostrich ferns. Then the salmon runs fizzled, for a lot of different reasons. Soon the popular game fish was declared an endangered species by the Feds, and fishing stopped. Interest in the salmon clubs faded almost in lockstep with the inaccessible fishery. Club members aged or passed away. Longstanding members said, “No way! This club needs to be saved — resuscitated and reformulated.” ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Game warden assists coyote trapped in alcove of Bangor hospital
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 5, 2018 

A coyote was discovered pacing in an alcove of Eastern Maine Medical Center on Saturday morning, causing hospital security to close down a nearby sidewalk and call in a local game warden, who successfully herded the animal back into the forest. “It was disoriented inside that complex and wasn’t able to find its way out,” explained Maine Game Warden Jim Fahey.
LePage touts accomplishments, urges Maine GOP to fight off ‘blue wave’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 5, 2018 

Outgoing Republican Gov. Paul LePage delivered what is likely to be his final major speech Saturday, proclaiming that any of the four Republican candidates for governor would be his worthy replacement. He faulted Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau and Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon for letting for the Legislature adjourn Wednesday without taking final action on more than 100 bills while leaving other business unfinished. But LePage made no mention of the fact that it was House Republicans tightly aligned with the governor’s office who voted against extending the regular legislative session.
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.
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