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Action Alert - Tuesday, August 20, 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
Solo Paddle of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Laurie Apgar Chandler will read from and discuss her book “Upwards,” which tells her story as the first woman to solo paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Bailey Library, Winthrop, August 27, 6:30 pm.
Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Abraham Miller-Rushing and Rebecca Cole-Will will discuss how Acadia National Park is facing a triple environmental challenge: global warming, acid rain, and increased visitation. At Bar Harbor, August 26, 5 pm.
Maine’s Seaweed Scene, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Susan Hand Shetterly and Robin Hadlock Seeley will discuss the importance of protected wild habitats and the critical role of seaweed in the Gulf of Maine. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, September 26, 7 pm. Hosted by Downeast Audubon.
Bee apocalypse
Action Alert - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

U.S. agriculture today is 48 times more toxic to honeybees than it was 25 years ago—almost entirely because of neonicotinoid pesticides. It's part of an "insect apocalypse." But instead of taking action, the Trump administration is shredding protections for bees. Will you stand with me in the fight to save the bees? ~ Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland, Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit, thru Oct 11
Announcement - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

To celebrate Maine Farmland Trust’s 20th anniversary, a curated retrospective featuring a selection of works that have been exhibited at the MFT Gallery over the past 10 years is on view through October 11.
Brechlin reading, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

Earl Brechlin, a Registered Maine Guide, will read from his book, "Return to Moose River: In Search of the Spirit of the Great North Woods," essays describing white-water canoeing, snowmobiling, and backpacking adventures in many parts of Maine. At Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, China, August 25, 2 pm.
Kennebec Land Trust annual meeting, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

At Camp Androscoggin, Wayne, August 25. The trust has conserved more than 6,300 acres and constructed 44 miles of trails on KLT protected lands.
Maine Herpetological Society Reptile Expo, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

50+ vendors, 1,000+ reptiles, plus Mr. Drew and His Animals Too. At Ramada Inn, Lewiston, August 25, 10 am - 4 pm, $7, kids under 12 free.
Families in the Outdoors, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Learn about all kinds of Maine bugs – the good, the bad and the very strange looking. At Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft, August 24, 9 am - noon.
Wabanaki artists, culture event, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

40+ members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. At Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, August 24, 10 am - 3 pm.
A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact, Aug 23
Announcement - Friday, August 16, 2019 

According to the EPA's own analysis, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year by 2030. Learn about the impacts of Trump's deregulation campaign on a CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact." August 23, 10 pm.
Close Encounters of the First Kind, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Maine’s First Ship hosts Ken Hamilton for a discussion of the earliest European and indigenous people interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers. At Bath Freight Shed, Bath, August 22, 7 pm.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Anniversary Celebration, Aug 23-24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Dinner, music, silent auction, awards, and toast to commemorate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation. At New England Outdoor Center, T1 R8, August 23-24, $25.
Earth Day 2020
Announcement - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Earth Day, the global environmental movement for a cleaner, greener, safer and more just world for all, turns 50 next year. Want to help?
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40-year-old Clinton seed co-op must move ahead without CR Lawn, its visionary center
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

This May, 40 years after he came up with the idea of Fedco Seeds, Lawn, who will turn 72 on May 5, is retiring from Fedco. Today Fedco swells to a staff of about 75 during peak season (March and April), sells to growers in 50 states, fills roughly 34,000 orders worth about $5 million annually and deals in bulbs, tubers, trees, perennials, books and supplies as well as seeds.
Shawn Brannigan knows his family’s Falmouth seed company has deep roots
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

Shawn Brannigan is the general manager at Allen, Sterling & Lothrop, which has been selling seeds (and agricultural and garden tools and supplies) to Mainers since 1911, first in Portland, and since 1969, in Falmouth. We called Brannigan up to talk longevity, late spring and about deciding to stick with a family business.
Rustic garden gates, trellises and arbors will keep the deer out
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

Teresa and Jim England live on a 5-acre lot in Dedham that has a cedar bog, so she started gathering wood and made a pretty little cedar garden gate that, along with plenty of netting, helped keep the deer out of her vegetables. One thing led to another, and now the Englands have a business called The Woodshaper Shop of Maine, where they use cedar bentwood to create rustic-looking garden gates, arbors (both for the garden and for weddings), trellises, garden fences and planters.
Mulch with arborist wood chips, and your garden will thank you
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

Wood chips are chock-full of potential soil nutrients and will function like time-release vitamins to nourish trees, shrubs and deep-rooted perennials. Arborist wood chips are a remarkable commodity that requires no commerce, being available free — either delivered as a courtesy by arborists (including those contracted to clear utility right-of-ways) or as a byproduct of on-site tree work.
Column: Turkey hunters should always be prepared
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

I was alone and so figured to get in some practice with a new call, beginning with a few sharp cutts. I never got to yelps as my first few cutts were cut off by a booming gobble just over the rise. And I barely had time to settle the shotgun on my knee before a full strut gobbler hastened toward my decoy. The next boom was mine. The point is: Don’t go into the woods undergunned when it comes to turkey calls. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Volunteers are needed to work on new bird atlas
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

An atlas establishes a baseline for gauging changes in the distribution and abundance of organisms. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife recently conducted atlas projects for dragonflies and damselflies, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies and currently bumblebees. IFW also spearheaded a breeding bird atlas for Maine based on field work between 1978 and 1983. It’s time for a new and more ambitious one. IFW recently kicked off the second Maine Breeding Bird Atlas project. IFW wants to have 2,000 volunteers in the project. Why not be one of them? ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Boothbay’s in full bloom this time of year
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

There are countless places in Maine to enjoy the sight of blooming flowers, from backyards to country roads to greenhouses, but there may be no better place than Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, which opened for the season earlier this month. They’ve planted 50,000 spring bulbs on their 300-acre property for the April opening, with May’s magnolias and azaleas not far behind. I also recommend exploring some of the less-trafficked spots that Boothbay has to offer. Thanks to the hard work of the Boothbay Region Land Trust, there is a treasure trove of protected land to enjoy by foot. ~ Jake Christie
Editorial: Maine PUC should not sink ocean wind project
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

The three Public Utilities Commissioners, all appointed by Gov. LePage since a power purchase agreement was signed in 2013 with Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private partnership involving the University of Maine that is trying to develop the nation’s first deep-water wind power generator, question whether Maine ratepayers should have to pay higher-than-market prices for electricity that’s produced by the demonstration project. They’ve hinted that they could pull Maine out of the contract. Maine has put too much into ocean wind power to abandon it. The PUC should not sink this proposal, or the state’s credibility.
Opinion: Trump’s ‘An American Budget’ is not good for Maine
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

President Trump’s “An American Budget” is not good for the citizens of Maine and we urge our congressional leaders to work together to oppose cuts to NOAA, NASA, and Sea Grant, and support passing the Digital Coast Act. The data and information generated by these agencies are used extensively by Maine decision makers, scientists and communities to better understand the rapidly changing ocean and coastal zone. ~ Beverly Johnson, professor of geology at Bates College; Andrew Thomas, professor of oceanography at UMaine; Amanda Moeser, owner of Lanes Island Oyster Company
Letter: Windmills part of answer to exploitation of resources
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

Maine Voices columnist Roger Merchant rails against the proliferation of wind farms in northern Maine (”Wanted: Windmill, power-line free zones,” April 22). He says the ubiquitous flashing lights on these towers result in “losing visual ground.” I noticed that he is described as a forester and photographer but nowhere is he described as an environmentalist. When one considers the dire consequences the Earth and its inhabitants face as the result of burning fossil fuels and global warming, we don’t have the luxury of complaining about the view. ~ Kurt Woltersdorf, Sanford
Letter: Trump clips protections for our migratory birds
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, April 29, 2018 

I am dismayed that the Trump administration has reinterpreted the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Department of the Interior has issued guidance that means that oil companies will no longer be required to pay damages for the birds that are killed by oil spills. The Interior Department, now headed by Ryan Zinke, who has ties to the oil and gas industry, is tasked with protecting our natural resources, which include migratory birds and other wildlife. It looks like a conflict of interest. ~ Fran Bodell, Milbridge
Accessible Hiking Trails To Check Out In Maine
Maine Public - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Resources for finding accessible hiking trails can be found at TrailLink and Maine Trail Finder. You can find more information about what makes a trail ADA compliant at the National Trails Training Partnership website. Additionally, Rex Turner, the outdoor recreation planner at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, compiled a list of hiking trails for beginners, families, experienced hikers and everyone in between.
Foggy morning doesn’t deter Youth Turkey Day hunters
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Youth Turkey Day is set aside for youth hunters who haven’t reached their 16th birthdays. Those youngsters who have a youth hunting license are allowed to head afield while being mentored by an adult, who is not allowed to hunt. For most other Mainers, wild turkey season begins on Monday. Andrew Munroe, 15, of Holden headed into the woods bright and early after spending much of Friday afternoon at a rainy and cold high school track meet in Bangor. Munroe didn’t have to wait long to shoot his first bird of the season, and was registering his turkey before 8 a.m.
High water forces postponement of Machias River Race
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Generally, rainfall is good for whitewater paddlers, who relish hitting rivers and streams when things get wet and wild. Recent rain, however, has created wilder-than-optimal conditions on the Machias River, forcing the postponement of the Machias River Race scheduled for Sunday. According to race organizer Jeff Owen, the race will be staged on May 20 — three weeks later than originally scheduled.
Editorial: Look ahead to the vulnerability of Maine’s coast
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Today, the sea off Maine’s coast is rising at a rate of about 1.9 millimeters per year, far faster than any time in the past 5,000 years, according to the 2015 report “Maine’s Climate Future” by UMaine. At least 40 percent of Maine’s coast is vulnerable to increased erosion caused by higher sea levels, according to an analysis by the Maine Geological Survey and the then-Maine State Planning Office. The Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension have compiled information on initiatives undertaken in coastal communities to build resilience to storms, rising seas and changing fisheries, and they offer lessons for towns and individuals.
Milk to flow again at shuttered Bangor dairy under Pineland ownership
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Grant’s Dairy was bought by Garelick Dairy in 1994. Garlic, owner Dean Foods Co., shuttered it in January 2013. Libra Foundation, a nonprofit foundation in Portland that owns Pineland Farms, bought the 70,000-square-foot dairy in 2017. By May or June, Pineland Farms Dairy will be making cheese and another milk product line in the hallmark Bangor dairy, which had been empty for more than five years.
Police Looking for New Gloucester Tire Dumper
Maine Public - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

The Cumberland County sheriff's office is trying to determine who dumped more than 90 old tires on a road in New Gloucester. The department says in addition to creating a traffic hazard, the tires also landed on some vernal pools, which provide necessary habitat for salamander and frog species in Maine. Captain Scott Stewart says the tires were likely discarded sometime Thursday night on Quarry Road in New Gloucester.
Boat Access/Launch Signs - A New Look!
Maine Government News - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Bright blue and highly reflective signs are being installed at Maine public boat access sites as old signs need replacement. You can use the searchable boat launch listing to see more than 570 sites throughout Maine.
Maine baby eel harvest on pace to hit record value under catch limits
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, April 28, 2018 

Halfway through the 2018 fishing season for baby eels, the value of landings in Maine is on track to reach its highest annual total since a statewide catch limit was imposed four years ago. With the average price remaining above $2,300 per pound since opening day on March 22, the value of the statewide catch so far was $12 million as of Thursday evening. That’s just $130,000 shy of the catch value for all of 2017. It represents 4,600 pounds caught statewide since the season started. The vast majority of elvers caught in Maine are shipped live to Asia, where they are raised in aquaculture ponds to adult stage and then harvested as seafood.
The Largest Lake In Maine That’s One Of The World’s Last Great Places
Other - Friday, April 27, 2018 

There are still some places in the world that are so breathtaking that even the most jaded explorers are awe-struck when they visit. Moosehead Lake in Maine is one of these places.
Hey, Ryan Zinke: You’ve Got Your Ranger Hat on Backward
Other - Friday, April 27, 2018 

Outside -As Interior Secretary, Zinke heads the federal department responsible for the Park Service. He’s the boss. During his time in that office, Zinke has presided over one of the largest reductions in federal-lands protection in history, seen the majority of the National Park Service Advisory Board resign in protest over his management, proposed park entry fee hikes that would effectively have prevented low-income families from visiting, and prevented efforts to diversify the park service’s workforce. Now, he's got the iconic hat on backward.
Highland Lake moratorium extended, amended
Keep Me Current - Friday, April 27, 2018 

The Town Council has continued to extend a moratorium on development in Windham’s portion of the Highland Lake watershed while modifying the 180-day ban to allow for certain projects to move forward. The narrowed moratorium would scale back the restrictions on smaller projects while continuing to put a hold on subdivision development, projects requiring site plan review by the Planning Board and the construction of new private roads.
Windham digs into mineral extraction moratorium
Keep Me Current - Friday, April 27, 2018 

New mineral extraction operations will be put on hold in Windham after repeated concerns about a proposed quarry near Forest Lake. The Windham Town Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to enact a 180-day emergency moratorium on any mineral extraction or blasting operation that is not yet permitted by the town, approved or under construction.
Cleanup of Camden tannery site continues, thanks to brownfields grant
Mainebiz - Friday, April 27, 2018 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a $200,000 Brownfields and Land Revitalization grant to the town of Camden for the continued cleanup of the Apollo Tannery property on Washington Street. The grant is one of 10 statewide grants, totaling $3.2 million, made by the EPA to assist communities as they work to redevelop contaminated sites in order to promote environmental integrity and future economic investment.
Man killed in Poland ATV wreck
Sun Journal - Friday, April 27, 2018 

Skylar Lee Huff, 27, of Poland, was operating a 1985 Honda ATV on private property when he drove onto the westbound travel lane of Bakerstown Road on Friday. The ATV struck the passenger side of a 2006 Kenworth tractor-trailer near the intersection at North Raymond Road. Huff died at the scene.
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