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Action Alert - Friday, August 23, 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
Rangeley Outdoor Film Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Friday, August 23, 2019 

The Rangeley Trail Town Festival features a variety of short films about the outdoors. At RFA Lakeside Theater, Rangeley, August 30, 7 pm, $6 for adults, $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12.
LightHawk Paper Plane Contest
Announcement - Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Enter your best paper airplane design for a chance to have it mailed to thousands in LightHawk's 2019 Holiday Letter. Deadline: October 18, 2019.
BTLT Seeks Community Input on Future Conservation
Announcement - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is seeking community input on its current and future conservation work in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin. A community survey is available online until September 2.
Butler to speak on conservation, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Conservationist Gil Butler will discuss his efforts to establish outdoor education programs and conservation projects in Maine and throughout North and South America. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, August 27, 9 am, free, parking on campus is by permit only.
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.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday on August 25.
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.
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Pianos get spiffed up for their debut Friday in Portland’s public squares
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

Starting Friday, a stroll through one of Portland’s downtown squares may be accompanied by a live piano performance. Four pianos will be placed along Congress Street – in Monument Square, Congress Square, Longfellow Square and Bramhall Square. Each was painted this week by local artists. The Pianos in the Square project aims to add artistic vibrancy to Portland, said Sally DeLuca, Portland’s director of parks, recreation and facilities.
Conservation deal protects 10,000 acres in Western Maine
Mainebiz - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

The Trust for Public Land, partnering with the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and the U.S. Navy, announced that more than 10,000 acres along the Appalachian Trail in the mountains of Western Maine will be protected through conservation easements acquired on two properties. The two properties are adjacent to a Navy remote wilderness training facility. Protection of these tracts prevents incompatible development that could negatively affect the military's training goals and overall readiness. The 9,580-acre Redington Forest conservation easement will be co-held by the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and the U.S. Navy. The 1,155-acre Lone Mountain conservation easement will be held by the U.S. Navy.
US state of Maine sued to stop lobster harvesters from using vertical lines
Other - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

An outspoken advocate for North Atlantic right whales has served the state of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources with a notice of his intent to sue the agency for allowing lobster harvesters to use equipment that he says violates the Endangered Species Act. Max Strahan, chief science officer of Whale Safe USA, wants to stop Maine from issuing licenses to harvesters who use pot gear with vertical lines that can entangle the whales. He also plans to sue the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and individual harvesters as well. He plans to file lawsuits in other states, too, he said. A suit already has been filed in Massachusetts.
CMP Proposing $2.5 Billion Effort To Improve Services In Maine — And Consumers Might Foot The Bill
Maine Public - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

The parent company of Central Maine Power is proposing a $2.5 billion effort to "harden" its electricity distribution systems in Maine and New York, following major storms and outages over the past year — and the company would like to have consumers to pay some or all of the bill. Avangrid Inc. says storms are increasing in frequency and intensity, as it learned in Maine's October 2017 windstorm, which left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark for days. Michael West says the company is responding with a 10-year program to improve the system's resiliency.
Otter chases, bites woman at Rockland beach
Courier-Gazette - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

Laurie Nevins says she did nothing to provoke the river otter that charged across a Rockland beach Tuesday and bit her on the ankle and foot. She is in Maine on an RV trip with her husband and friends. They were collecting sea shells and looking for sea glass at Sandy Beach when a river otter came ashore and started chasing children around the beach. She raised her cellphone to capture a video. It rushed up to her, did figure-eights around her feet and then latched onto her foot and would not let go. Police had to shoot the otter because it had bitten a human and needed to be tested for rabies. The otter was sent to a state lab in Augusta.
Alan Caron makes strong commitments on key environmental and conservation issues
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

The two independent candidates for governor completed an extensive candidate survey by Maine Audubon, with some great responses, commitments, and plans. Today I am sharing Alan Caron’s responses. On June 29 I will share the responses of Terry Hughes.
Residents pack MDOT meeting to question I-395 extension plan
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

State officials on Wednesday unveiled a preliminary design and timeline for a controversial six-mile Interstate 395 connector road from Brewer to Eddington, sketching a rough outline that did little to appease local residents who overwhelming oppose the project. Feeding their frustration, many town residents and officials said they have felt left out of the loop. Earlier this month, 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced the project had s ecured $25 million in federal grant money — news that again took local officials by surprise.
Column: Thirty years of 'global warming' panic
Sun Journal - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the “global warming” (now known as “climate change”) panic. It was on June 23, 1988 that NASA scientist James E. Hansen testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and asserted a “high degree of confidence” in “a cause-and-effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and observed warming.” Predictions, especially those of global significance, should be rigorously examined to see if they have come true. In the case of Mr. Hansen, it’s apparent they have not. Numerous apocalyptic predictions of an imminent end of the world because of “climate change” have proved wrong. ~ Cal Thomas
Letter: Steele a dedicated public servant
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, June 28, 2018 

I had the high honor and privilege of serving as assistant secretary of the interior under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Among my responsibilities was the supervision of the National Park System. Former Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele built on previous Superintendent Paul Haertel’s excellent record. During Steele’s tour of duty, important land acquisition was accomplished. The gift of a Caribbean trip by the appreciative Friends of Acadia National Park in no way clouds Steele’s career of remarkable stewardship and management skills that are the hallmarks of his long service to the nation. ~ Nathaniel Reed
100th Anniversary of Migratory Bird Treaty Act Marks Major Conservation Success
American Bird Conservancy - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Nearly 100 years ago, on July 3, 1918, the United States enacted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to protect migratory birds. Passed in the nick of time, the Act helped restore populations of many birds, ranging from herons and egrets to shorebirds and waterfowl. The original Act was a means of implementing a 1916 treaty between the U.S. and Canada intended to ensure the preservation of migratory bird species. “The Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been a remarkable success,” said Mike Parr, President of American Bird Conservancy.
Islands look to neighbors for survival
Working Waterfront - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Island communities survive when they work together. I experienced this alongside leaders on Long Island in Casco Bay and in dialogue with the former president of Kiribati. Spend time on Long Island and you will have the sense that anything is possible. ~ Rob Snyder, Island Institute
Seaweed entrepreneur expands in Biddeford, launches new products
Mainebiz - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Ocean's Balance Inc., a Maine innovator of edible seaweed products, has moved into a new facility in the Pepperell Mill Campus in downtown Biddeford and will launch nine new edible seaweed products. Ocean's Balance was founded in 2016 by Tollef Olson and Mitchell Lench. Olson is a long-time aquaculture operator and a senior advisor at the Macroalgae Nursery and Research Cluster in the University of New England's Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences. Lench owns the impact investment management firm Treetops Capital in Cape Elizabeth.
Rangeley’s Lakes Heritage Trust Greenvale parcel gets an upgrade
Turner Publishing - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Maine Conservation Corps dedicated a day of service to Rangeley Lake Heritage Trust’s Greenvale parcel on Rangeley Lake’s Greenvale Cove in early June. The RLHT staff and MCC members were joined by volunteers on June 6 to establish public water access trails and picnicking sites. The sandy bottom in Rangeley’s Greenvale Cove is well-known locally. Each summer boaters anchor and raft up for an idyllic Maine afternoon. The shallow cove is the pristine place to let kids be kids and for adults to relax.
Rockland, cruise ship industry reps meet to calm waters
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Rockland City officials and representatives of the cruise ship industry met Wednesday morning to discuss the community's concerns. Harbor Management Commission Chair Louise MacLellan-Ruf said lobstermen are concerned about damage to their gear from cruise ships and other vessels, such as barges, buses idling for long periods, and the lack of infrastructure at the harbor. Harbormaster Matt Ripley also listed concerns, including air and water pollution, the lack of public bathrooms at the harbor, clogging up Main Street, damage to lobster gear and the cruise ships blocking harbor views from Owls Head.
Carbon Fund Investment Supports Ecological Stewardship of Upper St. John River Forest
Other - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

U.S.-based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the nonprofit The Climate Trust, today announced it has closed on one of its final carbon investments in its $5.5 million Fund I. The St. John Improved Forest Management carbon project agreement is Climate Trust Capital's largest investment at $2.2 million. Climate Trust Capital's Fund I will develop and manage the Upper St. John River Improved Forest Management carbon project with The Nature Conservancy in Maine.
Livermore officials consider closing beaches due to 'mess'
Sun Journal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Reports of a dead cat, bags of human feces, dirty diapers and used needles at Round Pond and Brettuns Pond beaches have selectmen considering closing them. “Our beaches are a mess,” Highway Department Foreman Roger Ferland told the board Monday night.
Report On Air Quality In Maine Has Environmentalists Concerned
Maine Public - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

On Wednesday, Environment Maine Research & Policy Centers published a report about air quality. The report showed that more than 500,000 people in Portland experienced 26 days of degraded air quality in 2016. Additionally, 150,000 people in Bangor had 46 days with degraded air quality, and 107,000 people in Lewiston had 24 days. In total, more than half of Maine residents experienced nearly a month or more of days with unclean air in 2016, an increase from previous years. The Environmental Protection Agency, under Administrator Scott Pruitt, is considering a move to make clean car standards more lax.
CMP to spend $250M, hire hundreds to build Lewiston conversion station
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Lewiston City Council unanimously approved the Central Maine Power company’s plan for a clean energy DC to AC conversion station. It will be located near the power substation in north Lewiston. “Lewiston itself will see a $250 million investment,” Lincoln Jeffers, the city’s economic development director told CBS 13. “That translates into $5 million annually in taxes. There will be about 1,700 jobs during construction of this project.”
Playful otter disrupts South End beach area
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The Maine Marine Patrol was called June 27 after a young otter came ashore at the beach in Rockland's South End and played tug-of-war with a child's towel. Laurie and Mike Brogan of Pennsylvania were at the beach and caught images of the critter on video. Showing no fear, the otter approached several children and at one point grabbed onto one child's towel. Two Marine Patrol officers were called to the scene and pursued it away down the shoreline.
Solar panel installation complete in Stockton
Republican Journal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

A solar array expected to provide enough power for Stockton Springs Town Office, Fire Department, ballpark, harbor and Public Works garage was recently installed atop the garage. The nearly 32-kilowatt system was designed and is owned by Sundog Solar of Searsport. Selectmen in September 2017 approved a power purchase agreement with Sundog to purchase the power produced by the solar panels at a lower rate than that of its previous electricity supplier. Sundog projects the town will save more than $100,000 over the life of the system, which includes solar panels and inverters.
Portland fishermen skeptical over proposed waterfront development
WGME-TV13 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Portland’s working waterfront could be a thing of the past, as developers and fisherman continue to butt heads over the once-thriving area. For 50 years, Willis Spear has been a lobsterman, but what’s been hard to take, is the change around Portland’s waterfront. “Hotels can be put anywhere, but the fishermen, they can’t go anywhere, they have to have these wharfs to survive,” Spear said. A new proposal to transform Widgery and Fisherman’s wharves is still working its way through city planning.
Long Journeys for Conservation
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

In the Year of the Bird, as the Natural Resources Council of Maine joins other groups in celebrating 100 years since the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it is exciting to know that some of the biggest players in bird conservation today are not necessarily ones many bird enthusiasts know or recognize.
Brunswick resident kills rabid fox
Times Record - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Brunswick police say another resident has been bitten by a rabid animal. A 95-year-old man was bitten on the foot by a fox at around 4:10 p.m. Monday near his Breckan Road residence. The man was able to kill the animal with a piece of wood before it could hurt him . The fox tested positive for rabies. This is the third Brunswick victim in the last ten days.
Westbrook mushroom grower North Spore wins another big cash prize
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

The $100,000 prize comes from Greenlight Maine, a Maine-based reality television series. A specialty mushroom producer in Westbrook has won yet another business competition, this time taking home a $100,000 cash prize. North Spore beat two other small businesses to win the third annual “pitch-off” competition on the reality TV series “Greenlight Maine” earlier this month. Based in the Dana Warp Mill, the company also sells mushroom-growing kits, mushroom spawn and other similar products.
Public Notice: Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company
Lincoln County News - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are hereby providing public notice of proposed changes to certain requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action Program, which are currently contained in a Compliance Order by Consent, dated July 2, 2008 and also in an Environmental Covenant dated August 24, 2009.
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