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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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Cumberland purchase will expand conservation of Knight's Pond
Forecaster - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Thanks to an upcoming purchase of a 19.6-acre parcel that includes nearly 13 acres of Knight’s Pond, the entire body of water will soon be in a conservation easement. The Cumberland Town Council on Monday unanimously approved the acquisition from John Paynter. The purchase price of $90,000 will be drawn from the town’s land acquisition funds. The purchase follows the 2015 purchase of the 215-acre undeveloped Knight’s Pond/Blueberry Hill by Cumberland and North Yarmouth.
Hobarts of Blanchard to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Steve and Diana Hobart have exemplified land stewardship through forestry and farming practices at their farm in Blanchard, Breakneck Ridge Farm. In addition, they have worked tirelessly to educate others and to help shape conservation management decisions at the local, state and federal level. The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District will present the Hobarts with a Lifetime Achievement Award on September 16th for their contributions to natural resource stewardship and for sharing their knowledge and guidance with so many over the decades.
Mainers Oppose Cuts To Federal Land And Water Conservation Program
Maine Public - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Hundreds of park and forest projects across the state have been helped by the Land and Water Conservation Fund programs. President Donald Trump has proposed slashing funding for the program from $400 million a year to $64 million. Kaitlyn Bernard with the Appalachian Mountain Club says that would stifle efforts to expand and improve public lands in the state. The House committee vote was for a funding level of $275 million. Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says that is not enough, but she’s confident the Senate will support a higher funding level.
St. Clair hopeful about Maine’s national monument after Interior secretary briefing
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke briefed Lucas St. Clair for about 10 minutes on Monday. Zinke shared few details about the recommendations he gave Trump last week regarding Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and 26 other national monuments. But Zinke did say that “he is confident the outcome will be something I will be happy about,” St. Clair said Tuesday. “He mentioned that the White House will review it but that he is going to ensure that the conservational and recreational qualities of the monument will not be jeopardized. All and all I am really enthusiastic,” St. Clair added.
Marsden Hartley’s art is inspiring and you can see it at Colby College for free
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Marsden Hartley’s art – much of it depicting Maine’s beautiful outdoors – has always been a favorite of mine. And now, until November 12, you can see much of it for free at Colby College’s art museum. Linda and I recently enjoyed a guided tour of the Hartley exhibit at Colby, led by Maine artist Evelyn Dunphy and sponsored by Friends of Baxter State Park. I kept thinking, as we enjoyed Hartley’s art, that the tour was a new trail through Baxter Park – and a stunning tour too.
Building An Ark For New England's Rare Plants, Seed By Seed
Maine Public - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

In New England, 22 percent of the region's native plants are considered rare. Some of them are on the federal list of endangered species. Biologists worldwide and locally have been saving crop seeds, and seeds from other plants important to the ecosystem. Banking them is an attempt to stop the plants from disappearing altogether. In the past year, seed collectors have been stepping up their pace. There's a "seed ark" in Framingham, Massachusetts, at Garden in the Woods, a place as beautiful as its name.
Town officials worried about soil, water contamination at state-owned property
York Weekly - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

The York Board of Selectmen have agreed to pay for a detailed assessment of the Maine Department of Transportation facility on Route 1, after an engineer hired by the town said there are too many unanswered questions about what lies underground for the town to move forward with its purchase. “Todd [Scheffer of SRW Environmental Consulting] told me he feels strongly the town should undertake further testing to better understand the extent of possible environmental issues,” Town Manager Stephen Burns said.
Hike: Sentinel Mountain in Baxter State Park
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Topping off at 1,842 feet above sea level, Sentinel Mountain is one of the shortest named peaks in Baxter State Park, but from several overlooks near its top, it offers spectacular views of the region, including a front-and-center view of nearby Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine. Starting at Kidney Pond Campground, the hike up Sentinel Mountain and back measures 6.2 miles and travels over rugged terrain, with plenty of rocks and tree roots to keep you on your toes.
Editorial: Monument review is still hidden from public, but it appears to be good news for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Although the Trump administration is still withholding details, it appears that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s review of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has concluded that the year-old monument should remain largely as it is. This is a logical conclusion given the years of planning and changes based on local concerns that went into creating the 87,500-acre monument. The full details of his review should be made public as soon as possible. The certainty will allow local businesses to make decisions about investments, allow monument staff to plan improvements, including directional highway signs that the Maine Department of Transportation now must install, and let visitors know they should plan a trip to the Katahdin region.
Why Are Atlantic Salmon Being Farmed In The Northwest?
Maine Public - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Earlier this month, a net pen broke apart near Washington state's Cypress Island. The pen held 305,000 Atlantic salmon, a non-native fish. The state estimates between 4,000 and 185,700 escaped. The escape raises concerns from environmentalists worried about pollution and diseases from the farmed fish. State officials have asked fishers to catch as many Atlantic salmon as they can, with no catch or size limits. The situation has raised basic questions about Atlantic salmon and fish farming in the Northwest.
Conservaton Experts Want Public to Help With Forest Pests
Associated Press - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

The Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District is asking the public to come out for a free program about invasive forest pests. Forest pests are species that jeopardize the health of the state's working forests and can do physical and economic damage to industries and natural areas. Organizers say the program will educate the public about how to identify and report forest pests. Species covered will include the emerald ash borer, hemlock wooly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. The event is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Region III Vocational School in Lincoln.
He bought the Maine island of his childhood and now he’s making its waters safe again
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

In 2011, when Pat Scanlan bought Snow Island in Quahog Bay to get it back in the family he discovered his own children couldn’t take their pails onto the flats to dig for lunch. “Quahog Bay had been closed to shellfish harvesting for more than a decade,” Scanlan said. Determined that his children would enjoy the same Robert McCloskey-esque summers he did, Scanlan and his wife, Mary Scanlan, established the Quahog Bay Conservancy in 2013 to re-open the bay and ensure it remains that way.
The hidden businesses that power the Bangor region’s economy
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

The Bangor region doesn’t have many export-focused areas with a competitive advantage that are seeing employment growth. There is one clear bright spot. The area of forestry support services appears strong in the region based on its employment growth and concentration of employment compared with the state and nation. It’s made up of companies that help timber and logging operators estimate the value of their wood supply, protect it, conduct research, and provide forest pest control and reforestation services. In related fields, the region specializes in logging when compared with the nation but not the state, and in biomass electricity production when compared with both the state and nation. But both have seen employment declines.
Mainers facing drought, but hoping 2016 damage can be avoided
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

The entire state of Maine was in drought from June 2016 through April, and the eastern half of Maine has been back in drought since July. The drought-like conditions in the state have affected everything from backyard lawns and plants to some crops, but according to officials in southern Maine, many homeowners may not even be aware of how dry it’s been.
Central Maine farmers say dry conditions may hold down production
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Dry conditions, confined to coastal regions for much of the summer, are starting to move north and west as the growing season starts to wind down. Farming forms a steady but growing part of the central Maine economy. According to the Census of Agriculture, the number of farms in Kennebec County has increased from 575 in 2002 to 604 in 2012, and the market value of production has increased from $30.3 million to nearly $50 million. In Somerset County over the same period, the number of farms has grown from 504 to 579, and the market value of production has more than tripled from $24.3 million to $86.4 million.
Letter: Anti-monument bias
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 

Nick Sambides Jr.’s Aug. 25 BDN article about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument really bugs me. A poll in 2015 showed that 67 percent of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District supported the creation of a national park, and even the “hearings” with representatives from Utah and Arkansas were mostly “dominated by pro-park supporters.” Claiming supporters “ignored” signs of opposition to the monument would ignore extensive reporting on the issue. The more I read Sambides’ reports, the more I see omissions and false equivalences. Balanced reporting is crucial to the practice of journalism, and this is clearly not balanced. ~ Ryan Linn, Portland
Right whale deaths may be a casualty of climate crisis
Other - Monday, August 28, 2017 

In and around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a string of North American right whale deaths occurred throughout this summer. For scientists like Cornell’s Charles Greene and Erin Meyer-Gutbrod, who study these animals, the whales may represent another casualty of the ongoing climate crisis impacting the world’s oceans.
Dove Tail Bat Company
Maine Environmental News - Monday, August 28, 2017 

Dove Tail Bat Company in Shirley, Maine, manufactures bats for Major League Baseball player. Baseball players of all age and experience levels use the high-quality bats for training to Little League to World Series victories. The company uses ash, maple, and birch wood that is grown locally, carefully selected, and hand split at the company’s log mill. Paul and Theresa Lancisi plan to more than double their production of bats to 30,000 this year. Shirley is in Piscataquis County, which voted for Paul LePage for governor (twice) and overwhelmingly for Donald Trump for president. Supporting candidates who disparage public subsidies is popular there. Apparently taking taxpayer funded grants dove tails just fine with that.
Experts Expect Small, Flavorful Maine Blueberry Harvest
Maine Public - Monday, August 28, 2017 

Maine’s wild blueberry crop is likely to be much smaller this year than in recent summers because the industry is contending with troubles such too much rain, wind and cold in the spring, too little rain later on, disease and poor pollination. David Yarborough, blueberry specialist with UMaine Cooperative Extension, says while the number of berries is pretty good, they are very small this year. A glut of blueberries from Maine and Canada has contributed to a decline in revenue for Maine growers. Yarborough says this year’s smaller harvest in Maine could help a bit in reducing the surplus and bring prices up. But he says a lot depends on harvests in Canada of both wild and cultivated blueberries.
‘This Is Opulent’ — Kennebunkpurt Campground Brings Glamping Trend To Maine
Maine Public - Monday, August 28, 2017 

It may be back-to-school week, but summer doesn’t officially end until late September. That means here in Vacationland there’s still plenty of time to go camping. But now, there’s camping and then there’s “glamping,” a new way of giving the inexperienced or finicky camper a way to combine the luxury of a boutique hotel room with proximity to the great outdoors.
Gigantic Batteries Help Grow Renewable Energy in Maine, New England
Maine Public - Monday, August 28, 2017 

For more than half a century, a massive, oil-fired plant has been churning out electricity from an island in the heart of Maine’s Casco Bay, where sailors use its towering smokestack for navigation. The old generator is expensive to run and dirtier than new technologies, so these days it comes on only a few times a year. Since December, the wires on the island have been humming pretty much nonstop. “It’s the 60 hertz hum, we engineers call. It’s the sound we like to hear ‘cause we know we’re running,” says Jeff Plew, project manager for NextEra, a national electricity company that focuses on renewable energy. Here, in the shadow of the old fossil-fuel plant, Plew led the development of New England’s biggest-yet battery.
Tiny pests that destroy pine trees expected to reach Maine by 2020
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 28, 2017 

Philly.com - Love the warmer winters we’ve been enjoying? So does the southern pine beetle, a rice-grain-sized pest that has munched through New Jersey’s pine forests and could be a harbinger of climate change, according to a new study. The study notes that the beetle will become established along the Atlantic coastline into Maine by 2020 because of the more moderate temperatures there. It will take more time to roam further inland.
Blog: A sunset canoe tour of Scarborough Marsh
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 28, 2017 

My husband and I enjoyed a romantic sunset canoe ride on the Scarborough Marsh (in Scarborough, Maine) the other night — along with about a dozen other people. The Audubon Society leads guided tours throughout the summer. You can also do self-guided kayak and canoe tours. One of the things I discovered on our tour is that Scarborough Marsh is the largest salt marsh in the state of Maine. A 3,100-acre estuary fed by four rivers — Libby, Nonesuch, Dunstan, and Scarbrough — and several creeks.
Blog: Alone On Foggy Mountain with Wine On My Mind
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 28, 2017 

A foggy day when we arrived at the Schoodic Mountain Trailhead, my traveling companion, Mrs. Chase, wasn’t having anything to do with a perceived damp, dreary hike. While I always prefer clear days with exceptional views, mountain clouds and fog have their own unique appeal, particularly above tree line. In August, hikers can often find blueberries near the summit of Schoodic Moutain. I love blueberries but have no interest in Bartlett’s apparently popular Wild Blueberry Oak Dry Wine. The flavor simply doesn’t appeal to my now sophisticated and discriminating palate. My advice, stick with the apple and pear wines. Blueberries belong in muffins and on ice cream. ~ Ron Chase
Blog: A Tale of Two Trips
Bangor Daily News - Monday, August 28, 2017 

August was this year’s month for out-of-state travel. First came a solo work trip to Danbury, Connecticut, then, two weeks later, a journey to Missouri with the lovely Lisa to see the total eclipse of the sun. I decided to do Danbury by bus, because I didn’t want to be one of those armchair liberals who advocates for public transportation while tooling around in a Subaru. ~ Hank Garfield
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