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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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Maine beach businesses, new and old, hope for busy summer season
York Weekly - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Northbound traffic is picking up on the Maine Turnpike, heralding the beginning of the great summer migration. As a result, businesses in York Beach have been busy preparing for the hectic warmer months, and kicking off the season this past weekend.
NOAA To Beachgoers: Hands Off The Baby Seals
Associated Press - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Yes, those baby seals are cute. No, you should definitely not touch them. It's pupping season for harbor seals along the New England coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's common to see seal pups resting on beaches during this time. The agency says people who encounter a seal pup should "do the right thing and leave the seal pup alone.'' Getting too close to seals can stress the animals out and lead to injuries to both humans and seals.
Officials Attribute Dead Fish On Maine Waterfronts To Work On Dam
Associated Press - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Brookfield Renewable says dead fish found washed up in Bangor and Brewer is a result of work being done on the Orono Dam. Brookfield said that fish deaths occurred due to reduced flows from the dam, and that they worked to rescue fish that remained stranded in bypass pools. Most of the dead fish were cleaned up by Tuesday. Brookfield says it is conducting an internal review to avoid a similar incident in the future.
Great outdoor adventures at Claybrook Mountain Lodge
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Claybrook Mountain Lodge features great outdoor adventures, very comfortable rooms, and fantastic meals – everything you need for a wonderful get-a-way. Linda and I have been enjoying one of Greg and Pat Drummond’s May birding weekends for several years now. Our friend Ron Joseph, a retired wildlife biologist, is our birding guide, and Ron’s enthusiasm is infectious. This year we saw 98 species of birds.
In the Maine woods, this man unearths bottles dating back to the 1800s Old bottles in Katahdin region offer glimpse into past
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Since childhood, Jay Robinson has been uncovering the locations of old settlements, sporting camps and farms. And once he finds them and obtains permission, he excavates, searching for relics that will transport him back in time. Of all the artifacts he’s uncovered over the years, his favorite are the glass bottles, which held everything from cure-alls to whiskey to ink. At his home in Woodville, these old glass containers, many dating back to the mid-1800s, line his shelves and windowsills. He estimates he owns at least a few thousand.
Column: Invasive fish pose challenge
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Mainers have done a great job finding and ridding our waters of invasive plants. But we’ve done absolutely nothing to remove illegally introduced invasive fish that are now found in every Maine county. Invasive fish have devastated Maine’s native fisheries. Unfortunately even the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has failed to protect some of our native fisheries by stocking hatchery fish in waters that allowed them to get into our native fish waters. ~ George Smith
Editorial: Senate farm bill should focus on eliminating actual barriers to work
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits do not keep people on the couch; at an average of $4 a day, they don’t even last the entire month. But when those meager benefits are taken away, it does real damage to a person’s ability to get and maintain employment. It doesn’t get them the training they need, improve their health or fix their car – it only makes them more hungry. Maine’s senators should push for the U.S. Senate to include ample training funds in its version of the farm bill. Poor Americans aren’t on assistance because it’s the easy way out; they’re on it because they are stuck in a low-wage existence with few avenues out.
Letter: CMP wrong on criticism of Vermont project
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

John Carroll from Central Maine Power suggests that the New England Clean Power Link that TDI-NE is developing in Vermont was not as “thoughtful” or as “carefully” sited as his company’s project. This is not correct. Similar to Maine, and unlike southern New England states, Vermont is not in need of large quantities of new energy. For this reason, TDI-NE determined it was appropriate to provide a benefits package to the host state of Vermont. The New England Clean Power Link remains the only transmission solution in New England with all major permits and we stand ready to help the region transition to a clean energy future. ~ Josh Magneto, VP, project development, TDI-NE, Charlotte, Vermont
Letter: Mills an environmental champion
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Maine’s future economic vitality and quality of life depend on having leaders with the vision and the experience to enact forward-thinking, science-based policies. Janet Mills has the ideas, the ability and the grit to make environmental protection a priority in the next governor’s administration. ~ Ted Koffman, Bar Harbor
Letter: Reject St. Clair for Congress
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

Take a close look at Lucas St. Clair. He came into our lives when we were at our lowest. We had recently lost our livelihoods. He promised to bring 400 to 1,000 jobs back to the Katahdin region with a national monument. Not too long before that his family closed most of the wild lands they owned to ATVs and some other outdoor activities we had been privy to for generations. Their primary goal is to make our beautiful state for tourists only and to create a legacy for their family. I cannot support a candidate who, in my opinion, does not have the needs of Mainers ahead of his own political gains. ~ Timothy Smyth, Millinocket
Letter: St. Clair a champion for outdoor heritage
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 30, 2018 

As an unenrolled, GOP-leaning moderate, I almost always vote Republican in the primary. However, I just registered Democrat for the first time in decades, and due to the fact that one race means more to me than all others — Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat. As an avid sportsman who makes his living in the outdoor industry, the environment is of utmost importance to me. With that in mind, I could not in good faith fail to support Lucas St. Clair, a dedicated champion for Maine’s outdoor heritage. ~ Bob Mallard, Skowhegan
Another Setback for Regional Canadian Hydropower
Other - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

ecoRI news - On May 24, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee denied an appeal by Northern Pass to overturn the decision that rejected the 192-mile, high-voltage transmission line though the state. Meanwhile, Massachusetts, which has agreed to a 20-year power-purchase agreement for Northern Pass energy, has shifted its focus from Northern Pass to New England Clean Energy Connect, a power-line transmission project that delivers Québec hydropower through western Maine to Massachusetts. The 145-mile project has broad community support, including from Maine Gov. Paul LePage. The transmission system is opposed by the environmental group Natural Resources Council of Maine, which says the project will damage 53 miles of forest.
4 gubernatorial races where offshore drilling matters
E&E/Greenwire - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

Gubernatorial candidates in four key East Coast primaries are asking the Trump administration to let go of its dreams of drilling for oil and gas off their states' coasts. Paul LePage (R) was the only coastal governor outside the Gulf states to explicitly support the Trump administration's offshore leasing proposal. Due to term limits, LePage is not eligible to run again. LePage will almost certainly be replaced by a governor who opposes the plan. All of the Democratic candidates spoke out early against the leasing proposal and prodded the Republican roster to do the same.
Proposed expansion of hunting in 3 Maine wildlife refuges would apply only to newly acquired land
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released details Tuesday of proposed regulation changes that would allow more hunting opportunities at 30 wildlife refuges across the United States. In Maine, hunting would be expanded only to newly acquired acreage at Rachel Carson, Moosehorn and Umbagog.
Board backs local assessor in dispute over home solar panels
York Weekly - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

With little discussion, the York Board of Assessment Review unanimously decided at a recent meeting that assessor Rick Mace had the authority to charge homeowners for the solar panels on their houses, and denied a request for an abatement of that charge brought by a group of residents.
Saco considers beach management agreement
Journal Tribune - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

The City of Saco and a number of coastal residents will need to sign off on a beach management agreement to protect piping plovers and other threatened and endangered birds before the city can receive sand from an upcoming Saco River dredging project.
Destructive emerald ash borer found in Maine, but not where expected
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

The emerald ash borer—a destructive, invasive beetle—was found in a tree in Madawaska on May 22, just five days after Canadian officials announced the pest’s discovery just across the river in Edmunston, New Brunswick. Although Maine forestry and insect experts long had anticipated that the emerald ash borer would eventually be detected in Maine, many suspected it would first arrive in southern Maine because the emerald-colored insect is already established in neighboring New Hampshire counties.
Maine organic farming icons file for bankruptcy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

The Aroostook County organic potato farmer who landed in the national spotlight for his advocacy against one of the world’s biggest agriculture conglomerates has filed with his wife for personal bankruptcy protection. Megan and Jim Gerritsen filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, almost two years after selling their Wood Prairie Family Farm in Bridgewater to their son. They listed more than $460,000 in debt. Almost half of that amount is due to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, against which Jim Gerritsen helped lead an unsuccessful court battle over the integrity of the department’s organic certification program.
BDN reporter’s new book explores Maine hikes off the beaten path
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

For anyone who has read or seen one of Bangor Daily News reporter Aislinn Sarnacki’s many columns, videos and blog posts about her adventures in the Maine outdoors, it may come as a surprise to learn that she has not always been a fan of hiking. It wasn’t until Sarnacki, 30, was in college that she became a hiking enthusiast. After receiving a diagnosis of clinical depression and anorexia nervosa, Sarnacki found that spending time outdoors had huge mental, physical and emotional health benefits for her, and she wanted to share what she had learned with others. It’s not an exaggeration to say that she has succeeded.
Maine forest plants I was surprised to learn were edible
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

I’ve attended several foraging workshops and nature walks in recent years, which has given me the opportunity to learn from many different people. And because there are so many edible and medicinal plants in Maine, each time I go out with one of these foragers, I learn something new. Such was the case a few weeks ago when I attended a wild edibles workshop at the Becoming an Outdoors-woman in Maine (BOW) spring mini series
Poll Shows Maine Voters Support Action to Address Global Warming, LMF, and Katahdin National Monument
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

Today, the Natural Resources Council of Maine released the results of a public opinion survey on the attitudes of likely Maine voters on a range of environmental and energy issues. With Mainers heading to the polls in two weeks for the June 12 primaries, the survey shows that Maine voters statewide are concerned about the impacts of global warming and strongly support energy efficiency and clean energy policies to address the problem. The survey also shows broad-based bipartisan support for the Land for Maine’s Future program and Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument.
Ratepayers’ group planning class-action lawsuit against CMP
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

A group of Maine residents organized around fighting high electric bills from Central Maine Power is seeking customers to join a planned class action lawsuit against the company. Earlier this month, CMP Ratepayers Unite sent a letter to state officials demanding a more thorough investigation into customer complaints of inflated CMP electric bills. The group, which has more than 3,300 members, said it sent the letter because the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s ongoing fact-finding probe into the matter has raised more questions than it has answered.
Sighting of endangered bee inspires survey of natural treasures
Other - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

Chicago Tribune - The rusty patched bumblebee made the federal endangered species list in March 2017. It’s the first bee species in the continental United States to receive federal protection. The bees once buzzed in 28 states across the country, from the Dakotas to Maine, and in parts of Canada. But the population has dwindled over the past 20 years, and the bee has been seen in only 13 states and one Canadian province since 2000.
A Fish Called Rockweed
Other - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

Hakai magazine - In Maine, a strange legal debate is raging over rights to the state’s most important seaweed.
Roughing it in Maine (not)
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 

Do you love the rustic vibe of wilderness camping but prefer the comfort of a real mattress, the convenience of a mini fridge, and a close proximity to lobster rolls? The “glamping” (shorthand for “glamour camping”) experience at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport just might be your new favorite outdoor vacation destination.
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