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Hermit Island Hike, Mar 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, March 23, 2019 

Hike a mix of sandy beaches, cliffs, shore trails, woods walk and camp roads. At Hermit Island Campground, Phippsburg, March 30. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Friday, March 22, 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). 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
MCHT looking for volunteers to mentor kids
Announcement - Friday, March 22, 2019 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust invites the public to volunteer orientation for individuals interested in mentoring families participating in a Kids Can Grow program at MCHT's Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport. The orientation will be at MCHT's Aldermen Farm, Rockport, April 6, 4-5 pm.
Managing Forests for Bird Habitat, Mar 29
Event - Posted - Friday, March 22, 2019 

Dr. Sally Stockwell, Maine Audubon conservation director, will speak about “Managing Forests for Bird Habitat.” At Keith Anderson Community House, Orono, March 29, 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Orono Land Trust.
Interactions Among Plants & Insects, March 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 21, 2019 

Maine Master Naturalist Roger Rittmaster presents. At Ladd Center, Wayne, March 28, 7 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Solo thru-paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Mar 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, March 21, 2019 

Laurie Chandler describes her 2015 solo thru-paddle of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, March 28, 7 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Why Going Native Matters, Mar 27
Event - Posted - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Heather McCargo, found and executive director of Wild Seed Project, presents "Why Going Native Matters: Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience." At Portland Public Library, March 27, 5:30 pm.
Urge Maine's Agencies to Investigate and Halt PFAS Contamination
Action Alert - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Highly persistent and toxic chemicals known as PFAS may be lurking undiscovered in farmlands across Maine. State records show that at an Arundel dairy farm, PFOS was in milk at the highest level ever reported anywhere. Urge Maine Ag and DEP commissioners to test the fields, stop sludge spreading, and phase out PFAS products. ~ Environmental Health Strategy Center
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Film followed by a discussion led by Brie Berry, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and environmental policy. Part of a Human Dimensions of Climate Change film series. At Fogler Library, UMaine, Orono, March 26, 6 pm.
Retired Game Warden Randall Probert, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Author, raconteur, and retired game warden Randall Probert will speak to the Hebron Historical Society on “Maine Tales and More.” At Hebron Town Office, March 26, 7 pm.
Celebrating Maine’s Wild Creatures, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Speaker: Ed Robinson, author of “Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More.” At Curtis Library, March 16, 7 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
The Forests of Lilliput: The Miniature World of Lichens & Mosses, Mar 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 

Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel talks about the natural history of lichens, mosses and similar plants. At Topsham Library, March 26, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Ocean Acidification, Climate Change, and You, Mar 25
Event - Posted - Monday, March 18, 2019 

Friends of Casco Bay staff scientist Mike Doan talks about warning signs and Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca shares the impacts to marine species and how Mainers are responding. At Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, March 25, 5:30 pm.
OceansWide summer camps focus on ocean exploration
Announcement - Monday, March 18, 2019 

OceansWide will hold two two-week summer camps at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. Gain an understanding of the ocean and science through hands-on learning and research. Scuba Science Summer Camp, for high school-aged students, July 7-20. Marine Technology and Science Summer Camp, for grades 5-8, July 21-Aug. 3.
Maine Maple Sunday, Mar 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, March 17, 2019 

Maine Maple Sunday is a long tradition where Maine’s maple producers open their doors to their sweet operations for a day of educational demonstrations, sugarbush tours, fun family activities and samplings of syrup and other great maple products. Many sugarhouses are open Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, and throughout the season.
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News Items
Massachusetts woman killed in Wayne snowmobile crash
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

Martha Carroll, 56, of Brighton, Mass, was killed when the snowmobile she was operating crashed into trees while traveling at a high rate of speed on the west shore of Wilson Pond at about 5:45 p.m. She was operating her boyfriend’s 2002 Polaris 700 snowmobile and was wearing a ski-type helmet. The investigation determined that speed, alcohol and inexperience were factors in the crash.
These tips for feeding wild birds may surprise you
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

When feeding wild birds, there are many decisions to make, including what type of seeds to purchase, where to place your feeder and what time of year to fill it up. Here are a few tips from bird experts:
• Feeding birds is more beneficial during certain times
• Bird feeders can contribute to science and conservation
• Cheap seed mixes can be a waste
• Feeder placement and type is key
• Bird feeders can cause problems
• Bird feeders are only the first step
Trump Slams Russia Investigation and Green New Deal at CPAC
National Public Radio - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

President Trump lashed out at his political enemies in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday. Trump used the annual meeting of right-wing activists to rile up his base. He said the Mueller investigation is a "collusion delusion." The president warned the audience of a "socialist nightmare," criticizing the "Green New Deal" environmental proposals supported by some Democrats, and mocking the potential of wind power as a source of clean energy.
‘A jewel for this area’: Big Squaw ski resort wants people to ‘ski the view’
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

Squaw Mountain originally opened for skiing in December 1963 with just a T-bar to access four trails, according to the Ski Big Squaw website, but it closed in 2010 after years of falling into disrepair. Since 2013, the nonprofit Friends of Squaw Mountain has leased part of the mountain from owner James Confalone and operated the lower portion of the mountain as a ski area with one chairlift. The state is suing Confalone, claiming that he used the property to secure more than $4 million in loans but failed to use that money to reopen the ski lift, trails and lodge. Phil Adams says, "We have excellent scenery looking over Mountain View Pond and Moosehead Lake. You can probably see for 30 to 40 miles.”
Winter brings rare solitude to Acadia
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

Winter along the Maine coast this year has been miserable. Outdoor enthusiasts looking to cross country ski or snowshoe have been frustrated by a repeating weather pattern of snow that changes to rain followed by a deep freeze turning the snow to ice or a hard crust. Such was the case on a recent weekend when my wife and I headed to Acadia National Park, hoping to cross country ski on the park’s picturesque carriage roads. Unwilling to waste a weekend in Acadia, we broke out the map and looked for hikes. We found solitude, beautiful vistas from smaller peaks and lovely trails along brooks and ponds. Despite the curveball the weather threw, appropriate gear plus the willingness to change plans brought us to new wonders in one of Maine’s most wondrous places. ~ Gregory Rec
Column: If you think turning your yard into a wildflower meadow will eliminate the need to garden, think again
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

I’ve received pitches from at least a dozen companies promoting wildflower mixes, either as seeds or seedlings, and promising these almost instant meadows. It just isn’t that easy. You can grow pollinator-friendly wildflower meadows in Northern New England, but it will take time and effort. ~ Tom Atwell
Opinion: Editorials endorsing CMP plan overlook its many risks
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

We are not surprised by the Editorial Board’s support of New England Clean Energy Connect – a boondoggle offered by Central Maine Power/Avangrid and Hydro-Quebec that sacrifices noncommercial ratepayers in Maine and our ability to protect our lands and environment from outsider waste and greed. Claims that you are supporting a project that is environmentally sound are vacuous when the editorials have failed to address the already unrecoverable costs: the disregard and destruction of Innu and Cree lands, rivers, fish habitats and wildlife for centuries and potential, irreversible destruction of Maine’s wild regions, including water and wildlife. ~ Loretta M. Turner, Biddeford
Letter: Gov. Mills’ support for CMP project a reality-based stance
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

Gov. Mills is to be commended for following through on her promise to make climate change a top priority of her administration. After expressing doubts about New England Clean Energy Connect, she took a hard look at the project and, when significant greenhouse-gas reductions were confirmed and over $250 million in new benefits for Maine were secured, she threw her support behind this clean-energy deal. As a former state conservation commissioner, I’ve been all over the area where the new corridor will run. It is a working forest, bisected by hundred of miles of permanent logging and access roads. It’s not a pristine wilderness. Let’s move forward in permitting New England Clean Energy Connect. ~ Richard Anderson, Portland
Letter: Toxins in Maine lakes, rivers spoil more than our appetite
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

An article titled “Hook and cook” told stories of ice fishing and cooking togue, cusk, pike and bass. The article also described the state’s guidelines for limiting the consumption of Maine freshwater fish to one or two fish per month because of the mercury, dioxins, DDT and polychlorinated biphenyl compounds found in some Maine waters. PCBs were banned in 1979 and dioxins have been reduced by 90 percent over the last 30 years. Yet these carcinogens remain a problem in Maine waterways today. Is this our own canary in the coal mine? Some waterways in Maine are so polluted that we cannot eat the fish. The way life should be? ~ Robert Barden, Portland
Letter: CMP’s sweetener can’t disguise project’s obvious problems
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

Bribery is employed when merits alone cannot achieve victory. Central Maine Power panicked as the Public Utilities Commission hearings and intervenor briefs revealed an ill-conceived project with no confirmable viability and no Maine public need. New England Clean Energy Connect is inherently flawed:
• There will be no global greenhouse-gas reduction as a result of NECEC.
• NECEC will suppress Maine’s own renewable-energy projects.
• NECEC will force reduction or closure of Maine’s biomass and natural gas plants.
The settlement bribes exclude the very Mainers affected by this invasive devastation. Shame on these politicians, greedy environmental groups and industrial kingpins who’ve abandoned Maine citizens for a Spanish acquisition! ~ Elizabeth Caruso, Caratunk
Letter: Why can’t Mainers tap into planned CMP powerline?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

It was good news to read that Mainers will receive direct economic benefits of $258 million, spread over 40 years from Central Maine Power for authorizing the powerline from Quebec’s hydropower sources to Massachusetts. Good for Massachusetts. Good enough for Maine? Let’s Make This Deal: Mainers tap directly into this carbon-free energy source, too, as those electrons flow right down our state. Quebec has the capacity. It moves Maine closer to its goals for renewable energy. I’ve not heard the explanation as to why Mainers can’t get the carbon-free juice, too. ~ Douglas Posson, Rockport
Letter: Pro-powerline editorial fails to follow the money
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

The Maine Sunday Telegram editorial showed a naive lack of interest in following the money when it comes to the New England Clean Energy Connect power line. The real reason Hydro-Quebec wants to export power to Massachusetts is their loss of sales to New York state and Ontario. Cheap natural gas made Hydro-Quebec hydroelectricity less competitive and they are losing market share. Saying NECEC will reduce carbon emissions is just not true. NECEC is a complete sham. Fossil fuels are replacing what Hydro-Quebec used to sell to New York. Massachusetts is buying the “surplus” and can pretend to be combating climate change. And Maine gets a permanent North Woods scar and a 6-cent drop in our monthly electric bills. ~ David Anderson, Waterboro
Letter: Don’t endorse damage done by Hydro-Quebec
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

Those considering the proposed Central Maine Power corridor should be aware of the environmental and cultural collateral damage that precedes any damage in Maine. Damming by Hydro-Quebec has flooded nearly 7 million acres of pristine habitat in northern Quebec. This habitat was depended on by migratory mammals and waterfowl. Flooding caused by dams is also a documented source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Control of these lands was taken from the Cree Natives, using an eminent domain-like process. Boyce Richardson outlines the struggles of the Cree Nation to keep control of their traditional hunting grounds in his book “Strangers Devour the Land.” After a decade of debate, the people of New Hampshire said “no” to Hydro-Quebec. ~ Timothy D’Angelo, Waldoboro
Letter: Learn more about carbon dividends
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

I would like to thank our congressional representatives who have continued to work on addressing climate change. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 673) is designed to curb climate change by speeding our transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The bill would place a steadily rising fee on all fossil fuels at their source and the money collected would be returned to all households equally as a carbon dividend. Over the first 12 years, independent estimates predict a reduction of 40 percent in carbon dioxide emissions and the creation of 2 million jobs, while better air quality would save almost 300,000 lives. ~ Philippa Solomon, Citizens Climate Lobby, Readfield
Letter: We need more than carbon fees
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

Carbon dividends can’t do the job alone. We’ll need it and the Green New Deal. We now have only 10 years left to phase out fossil fuels, and even that won’t be enough to prevent “catastrophic” global warming, causing “global economic collapse” followed by “societal collapse,” according to the National Academy of Sciences. The Green New Deal is the only plan out there that can meet that 2030 deadline. We’ll also need the Carbon Dividends Act because it will pay for the Green New Deal. ~ Lynn Goldfarb, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Letter: Climate change takes Maine shrimp
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, March 3, 2019 

There are many former shrimpers wondering if the industry will ever recover. With the shrimp fishery closed now since 2013, the Marine Fisheries Commission has extended the moratorium for three more years. Global warming has ended this delicacy, perhaps forever. ~ Eliot Chandler, Augusta
Meet the new ag boss: Amanda Beal
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 2, 2019 

Amanda Beal grew up on a dairy farm in Litchfield. Today her youngest brother has taken over the farm. She and her husband are bringing back to life a 200-year-old, 35-acre farm in Warren. Beal, 46, was recently tapped as Maine’s first female commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. It’s up to her department, she said, to maintain those operations “and our way of life, our culture.”
Meet the new wildlife boss: Judy Camuso
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 2, 2019 

Judy Camuso, Maine’s first female commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, is an avid birder. And she hunts. She says the two activities have much in common. “Any good birder knows what time of year you need to go and find a particular species of bird. Any good hunter knows the same thing: the habitat, time of day, wind direction.” Camuso worked for Maine Audubon for 11 years studying songbirds and migrating owls. Then she was the director of the department’s Wildlife Division, responsible for policy decisions, legislative proposals, wildlife rules and a $12 million budget to manage Maine’s wildlife. Camuso helped defeat the statewide bear-baiting ban referendum in 2014. She has a goal: bagging a deer in the upcoming season.
Column: Revisiting the fisherman vs. fisher debate
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 2, 2019 

A number of years ago, in this same space, I waxed critical about the growing language trend away from fisherman to simply a fisher. To my way of thinking, fisher was a needless, politically correct grammatical abomination, not unlike some others that grated on my traditionalist sensitivities: spokesperson or chairperson, and so forth. This year, Atlantic magazine conducted an international attitude study of political beliefs. It found that political correctness is deeply unpopular. A fisherman I have always been; and a fisherman I will always be. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Sled dogs kick off Can-Am races in Fort Kent Watch the start of the Can-Am
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 2, 2019 

Sled dogs ran down the middle of Main Street in Fort Kent Saturday morning pulling mushers behind them as the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races kicked off. Competitors and their dogs running the Willard Jalbert Jr. Can-Am Crown 100 left the starting gate beginning at 8 a.m. Despite the temperature hovering at minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit, fans lined both sides of the street, which was packed with plenty of snow overnight to create the runway for the races.
Wardens investigate snowmobilers caught on camera damaging Maine golf course
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 2, 2019 

Maine game wardens are investigating a group of snowmobilers who were caught on a surveillance camera riding over the roped-off green at the Meadows Golf Club in Litchfield. “I know that 99.99 percent of the people are awesome. If somebody did do a mistake out here, whether it was intentional or not, I just want somebody to pay the damages,” said owner Randall Anderson.
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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