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“Bringing Nature Home” in Maine, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, July 26, 5:30 pm.
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
MEN goes Wild
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

I will be in the wilderness for a few days. Please check back soon for more exciting Maine Environmental News. Thanks. ~ Jym St. Pierre
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

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Exploring the Night Sky, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. At Scarborough Marsh, July 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, Maine Audubon members $6, non-members $8.
Summer Nature Journaling, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani to explore the worlds of wildflowers and insects beginning with an introduction to nature journaling, then heading into the woods and fields to observe, sketch, and write about the bugs and blooms you discover. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, July 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum members $35, others $45.

Native Plant Walk, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond with Heather McCargo and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. At Fields Pond, Holden, July 20, 10-11:30 am, Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members $7; non-members $10.
Happy Birthday, Henry
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
Time to override the governor’s solar veto
Action Alert - Monday, July 10, 2017 

We are so close to having a new solar power law. The full Maine House and Senate enacted LD 1504 (with amendments) by overwhelming majorities. However, it was vetoed by the Governor. Tell your legislators—particularly House members—how much solar matters to you and your community. ~ Maine Audubon
The Goslings, July 17
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Visit The Goslings, one of the best-loved island destinations on Casco Bay. ShoreKeepers, a group of young conservation-minded donors, are hosting a free Open House with hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway, July 17, 10 am - 2 pm. Meet at Mere Point Boat Launch, Brunswick, shuttles approximately every 15 minutes. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Thwings Point Archaeology Field School, Jul 17-28
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Lee Cranmer leads an Archaeology Field School, Woolwich, July 17-28. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Hook, Line, and Dinner, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Celebrate Maine fishermen and seafood under the tent, on the water, at Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island, July 15, 6 pm, $55. Sponsored by Maine Coast Fishermen's Association.
Sunset Puffin Cruise, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

This boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where you will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. Jul 15, 7–9 pm, Maine Audubon members: $35; non-members $50.
Thoreau: Stepfather of the National Parks, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Presentation by Jym St. Pierre & Michael Kellett. At Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering, Concord, MA, July 15, 1 pm.
Let’s Go Birding – Van Trip, Jul 14
Event - Posted - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds. Leaving from Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Jul 14, 8-11 am, Maine members $20; non-members $30.
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Maine’s river herring making dramatic comeback
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 16, 2017 

River herring – in the midst of a dramatic comeback in Maine’s rivers with the recent removal of dams that blocked their spawning runs for decades – had a banner spring run this year, with millions of fish traveling up the Kennebec and Penobscot and the best run in decades recorded on the St. Croix. The recovery of the small schooling fish is having dramatic secondary effects, as they represent a perfect food source for everything from bald eagles to Atlantic cod, and researchers anticipate future benefits as the herring’s numbers grow in the coming decade.
Green Prescription: Can you live sustainably and still have a life?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 16, 2017 

What are a few things I can do that will lower my impact on the environment without completely disrupting my ability to get to work, get my kids to the places they need to go, and still have time to pursue my hobbies/interests?
One-day Springvale Farm Walk mimics European tradition
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 16, 2017 

A European tradition will become reality in a patch of southern Maine next weekend during the state’s annual Open Farm Day. On Sunday, the Springvale Farm Walk will, for the fifth year, traverse fields and woods past livestock, orchards and vegetable crops in Springvale, a Sanford village. It’s a unique opportunity to wander through farmland in Maine, where fields are typically posted and closed to the public. The walk follows a marked and mowed path for four miles that winds through 10 farms that are clustered together just minutes from downtown Sanford.
Column: Debouille provides perfectly remote northern exposure
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 16, 2017 

Even in the thousands of acres of Maine wilderness, Deboullie stands out. Situated just a few dozen miles south of the Canadian border, and only accessible by car on about 30 miles of logging roads, the Deboullie Public Reserved Land is hard to access and lacking in amenities. And cell phone service? Forget about it. While this disclaimer might seem like a warning against traveling into Maine’s wild north, it’s not. It’s an endorsement. ~ Josh Christie
Editorial: Time for lawmakers to override solar veto
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 16, 2017 

A bill that would make modest changes to the way that producers of solar energy are compensated shouldn’t be a controversial issue, but it is, thanks to a veto by Gov. LePage. L.D. 1504 was enacted by more than two-thirds margins in both the House and Senate – enough to override a veto – but we’ve been here before: LePage has shown his ability to turn around just enough votes in crucial situations to sustain vetoes on bills even when they had originally passed with unanimous support, so no one should take this vote for granted. This time, lawmakers should hold firm and give a Maine industry the regulatory certainty it needs to grow.
Opinion: Water bond package was good for Maine in 2014, and it’s even better now
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 16, 2017 

On Monday, Maine legislative leaders have a significant opportunity to create or sustain 3,000 jobs, protect clean water, support our river and ocean fisheries and support Maine’s rural and recreational economy. They can accomplish all those goals by supporting one piece of legislation: the Clean Water and Jobs Bond package. ~ Kate Dempsey, The Nature Conservancy; Matt Marks, Associated General Contractors of Maine; Matt Timberlake, Maine Water Environment Association
Letter: Small towns appreciate Maine Forest Service help
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 16, 2017 

Small towns in Maine absolutely rely on the Maine Forest Service. On July 2 at 11:30 p.m., an emergency call came in about a logging equipment fire 7 miles into the northern Maine woods. We had very little information on the location of the emergency. I immediately had the Forest Service dispatched for response. Even with the state government shut down, District Ranger Lance Martin and Ranger Arnold Martin swiftly came to our aid. Using their GPS and communications network, we were able to locate the equipment fire. The response team put down the fire with water and foam, saving many acres of prime forested land that provide many valuable jobs to the area. ~ Mike Cushing, Allagash fire chief
Column: Legendary Guide Award not receiving the attention it deserves
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Since the fabled first Maine guide, Cornelia “Flyrod” Crosby, put Maine on the map for American sportsmen and women, there has been a continuous cadre of Maine guides, some famous, some not so famous, some obscure and a few, perhaps, even on the shady side. Since the first Legendary Maine Guide Award in 2009, there have been a number of deserving Maine Guides singled out for this special recognition. What is not so wonderful is the seeming impression that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has allowed this important award to take a back seat to other priorities. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Conservation of 178-Acre Edgecomb Parcel Protects River-Link Trail
Lincoln County News - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

The Damariscotta River Association recently closed on a 178-acre parcel in Edgecomb, permanently protecting critical wetlands habitat and a half-mile tract of the River-Link Trail between the Damariscotta and Sheepscot rivers. Hikers were previously able to walk the land, which helps connect Dodge Point Preserve in Newcastle to the Schmid Preserve in Edgecomb, due to a trail agreement with the landowner, said DRA Executive Director Steve Hufnagel. The agreement was temporary, revocable, and provided no guarantee that the uninterrupted wildlife corridor created by the River-Link Trail would remain free from development, Hufnagel said.
Volunteers flock to Maine Audubon’s Loon Count
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

More than 850 volunteers who surveyed assigned sections of lakes and ponds across Maine for a half hour Saturday – between 7 and 7:30 a.m. – counting any loons they encountered. The count helps build public awareness about loons, which are one of the best indicators of the health of Maine’s fresh water bodies, said Susan Gallo, director of Maine Audubon’s Maine Loon Project.
Letter: We must urge legislators to overturn solar-bill veto
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Importing power from Canada will increase energy costs for Mainers. If you want to protect good Maine jobs, keep money in the state and protect the environment for ourselves and our kids, I urge you to contact your state legislators as soon as you can and tell them to override Gov. LePage’s veto of L.D. 1504. It supports the growing solar power industry in Maine. It makes it easier for people to come together to build solar “farms” and gives a stable economic base to this homegrown source of power. ~ Susan Payne, Falmouth
Marina expansion planned as part of Portland Co. project gets initial approval
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 14, 2017 

A Portland company planning a massive redevelopment of Portland’s eastern waterfront has received initial approval to double the size of a marina at the mouth of the Fore River. The Port of Portland Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve an expansion proposal from CPB2 LLC, the company planning to redevelop the 10-acre Portland Co. property on Fore Street and add high-end apartments, shops, restaurants and hotel rooms. Part of the company’s master plan is a “world-class” marina at 58 Fore St. to accommodate yachters’ growing interest in Portland.
Head of Maine Aquaculture Association named to federal marine panel
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 14, 2017 

Sebatian Belle, executive director of the aquaculture trade association, has been appointed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. As a member of the advisory committee, Belle will advise the Secretary of Commerce and NOAA on issues related to living marine resources that fall under the purview of the Department of Commerce. Belle is a former lobsterman.
South Portland denies pipeline’s tax abatement request
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 14, 2017 

City Assessor Jim Thomas has denied a request from the Portland Pipe Line Corp. for a 42 percent reduction in the $44.7 million assessed value of its real estate and personal property across the city. One of the largest taxpayers in South Portland, the pipeline company sought an abatement on the assessed value of its holdings stretching over 210 acres, from its oil tanker pier at Cushing Point on Casco Bay to a vacant 72-acre wooded parcel off Highland Avenue. While the company provided thousands of documents in response, Thomas ultimately found that it failed to accurately respond to his specific requests and that the documents provided failed to support the requested abatement amounts.
Former Lincoln mill manager will lead early cleanup of hazardous, radioactive waste
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 14, 2017 

The former manager of the bankrupt Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill will lead early cleanup work at the contaminated industrial site under a settlement with federal regulators. A federal bankruptcy judge approved the arrangement Thursday as part of a compromise negotiated between the mill, state and federal environmental regulators and the mill’s creditors. The agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lays out plans for mill CEO Keith Van Scotter to oversee contractors removing radioactive materials, asbestos and other hazardous waste from the site. The plan calls for the company to complete the initial cleanup within 180 days of approval, at a cost of about $250,000.
Shocking decline in northern Maine angling
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, July 14, 2017 

I was astonished earlier this week to be on a northern Maine lake that once drew lots of anglers, and to see only a handful of anglers in two days. I guess it should not have surprised me, because I recently read Jeremiah Wood’s report about a sharp decline in northern Maine angler use between 1996 and 2016. Wood is a fisheries biologist with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Trump says ‘something could happen’ on climate accord
Reuters - Friday, July 14, 2017 

President Donald Trump held the door open to a reversal of his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord on Thursday, but did not say what he would need in return to persuade him to do so. Trump, who has made few friends in Europe with his rejection of the 2015 Paris agreement and his “America First” trade stance, met with French President Emmanuel Macron as both leaders sought common ground to reset an awkward relationship. “Something could happen with respect to the Paris accords, let’s see what happens,” Trump told a news conference. “If it happens, that will be wonderful, and if it doesn’t, that’ll be OK too.”
Letter: Override solar veto
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 14, 2017 

Last month, the Legislature adopted LD 1504, a solar energy bill, with a bipartisan supermajority, enough to override a veto by Gov. Paul LePage. If the Legislature fails to override the governor’s veto, the PUC’s net metering rule will take effect. Under that rule, everyone in Maine who pays an electric bill will be saddled with unnecessary costs to buy unneeded meter equipment. We cannot afford to let that happen. ~ Katie Yakubowski, Greenville
Blog: My Night on Katahdin (Kids Don’t Try This At Home)
Other - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

The Trek - I finally summited Katahdin 5:17p on June 22nd and officially began my SOBO thru hike. The feelings I had at that moment were impossible to describe. I was sore and tired, but I couldn’t help thinking of the past year leading to this moment. In what seemed like an unfairly short period of time, the sunset became dark, and I stood on a part of the trail that followed the narrow curve of the mountain down, crawling over boulders. I decided the safest course at this point was to slip between a few rocks to avoid the wind and try to get some sleep. ~ James Scott
Maine’s youngest fishermen: Hooked on tradition, challenged to innovate
Forecaster - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Fishing is kept alive, according to many in the next generation of Casco Bay fishermen, through the knowledge, resources and traditions passed down in coastal Maine communities. “You really have to learn a lot on your own, too,” agreed 16-year-old Kaileb Hawkes, whose grandmother operates Hawkes Lobster in Cundy’s Harbor. “But I guess a lot of the people around here are from families that have done it for years.”Hawkes said he feels “pretty supported” in his goal to become a commercial lobsterman. But to keep the dream alive, it’s increasingly apparent, the next generation of fishermen will have to adapt and embrace change.
Zinke reaffirms status of two national monuments
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Thursday reaffirmed the status of two of the 27 national monuments under federal review. Zinke, who has not yet said whether he would recommend changing the designation of Maine’s national monument, will advise President Donald Trump to leave untouched Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve in Idaho and Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state. His review is due on Aug. 24.
Column: National monument’s regenerating forest ideal for a birding adventure
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

At long last, I birded the new Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Monday. As I drove the loop road, one thing became clear: There are more thrushes along this loop than anywhere else on the planet. Approximately half the veery supply in the world is there. Veeries were calling from every corner. Sixteen miles of veery, uninterrupted. ~ Bob Duchesne
More Atlantic salmon are swimming in Penobscot, Down East rivers
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Since two dams on the lower Penobscot — one in Veazie, and one at Great Works — were removed over the past five years as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, access to upstream habitat has increased dramatically. In many spots, fish returning from the sea have been able to swim in places that their ancestors hadn’t had access to for nearly 150 years. As of July 7, a total of 722 Atlantic salmon had been counted at the fish lift, the highest total by that date since 2011. The return is a marked improvement over each of the last five years.
White House budget wouldn’t eliminate deficit or do much to grow economy, CBO says
Washington Post - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s first budget plan would not eliminate the deficit over 10 years or grow the economy at all by 2021, casting doubt on the administration’s controversial economic assumptions that were supposed to bolster key parts of the White House’s agenda over the next year. CBO projected that the sweeping spending reductions on environmental protection, and a number of other initiatives that the White House wants to cull back still would not be enough to eliminate the deficit by 2027.
US suspends rescue efforts for entangled whales after Canadian fisherman dies
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

U.S. officials are temporarily barring anyone from approaching an entangled whale after a Canadian fisherman was killed trying to free one in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Joe Howlett, a fisherman from Campobello, was struck by a North Atlantic right whale on July 10, moments after he and other responders had freed it from fishing gear near Shippagan, New Brunswick, on the province’s northeast coast. Marine mammals are protected under federal law, which means it is illegal to harass or harm them. Exceptions are made for properly trained people who are pre-approved by NOAA to respond to entanglements or strandings. By suspending entanglement responses, NOAA temporarily is banning anyone from approaching or trying to free an entangled whale.
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