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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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NEFF projects in the Western Maine Mountains
Other - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

In partnership with the Maine Mountain Collaborative, the New England Forestry Foundation is developing the Exemplary Forestry Initiative, which seeks to bring large sections of Maine’s forestland under long-term exemplary management. The initiative will include a for-profit investment fund that will be used to acquire large tracts of forestland in the Western Maine region. Lands owned by the fund will be managed in accord with Exemplary Forestry management standards. In addition, NEFF is involved with the development of a landscape level resource inventory that measures wildlife forest habitat conditions in Western Maine. This work represents the first ever landscape scale assessment of habitat needs combined with specific prescriptions for forestry practices to close identified gaps.
Grant promises to spark new life at former Great Northern mill site in Millinocket
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

Millinocket will receive more than $5 million from the federal government to set up a business park that could create over 100 jobs and bring millions of investment dollars into the struggling mill town. The $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will be used to build road, electrical, sewer and water infrastructure on the site of the former Great Northern Paper mill. Local organizations hope to redevelop the 900-acre mill site into an industrial park hosting wood product manufacturing and high-tech data processing companies.
Editorial: Deferred maintenance threatens our national parks. A solution is on the horizon.
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

The National Park Service celebrated its 102nd anniversary last month. As the system moves into its second century, it faces a host of threats, including climate change and pollution. One of the biggest threats, but also one of the most easy to fix, is a backlog of deferred maintenance that has put parts of some parks off-limits and threatens to diminish the experiences of the millions of annual visitors to our national parks. Thankfully, bills pending in Congress would fund more than half of the nearly $12 billion backlog of needed repair and maintenance work at national parks and others park service units nationwide. The bipartisan support, boosted by White House backing, reaffirms the value, both financial and intrinsic, of our national park properties. Ensuring these properties are well maintained is a worthy priority.
Agencies collaborate to help public with Maine seal die offs
Associated Press - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

A group of state, federal and nonprofit agencies says it is working together to help deal with the high number of stranded seals in Maine in recent weeks. The seal strandings are a burden for property owners and local authorities because handling and disposing of the animals can be a challenge. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it’s working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other groups to assist coastal communities, waterfront property owners and the public.
Opinion: We’re making climate change even costlier
Bloomberg News - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

The world increasingly appears to be reaching for extreme and imprudent remedies to admittedly complex problems. These overreactions do not seem to be mere accidents, but arise from some pretty fundamental features of polarized politics — namely, that discourse has become less rational and technocratic. Considering how the Syrian crisis has fragmented the EU, is it so crazy to think that climate change might erode international cooperation all the more? The true potential costs of climate change are just beginning to come into view. ~ Tyler Cowen, professor of economics, George Mason University
Squirrel population boom has Maine animal rescuers working overtime
York Weekly - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

The squirrel population is booming, and it hasn’t just caused a hazard for drivers. It’s had a profound impact on the Center for Wildlife, according to Executive Director Kristen Lamb. “It has meant a lot of extra resources,” Lamb said. “We receive no state or federal funding and squirrels nurse every two to three hours when they’re first born.” The influx in the squirrel population means an increase in the number of squirrels the center must take in and care for. There are currently 50 squirrels in care at the center, which is stressing its resources.
Column: Land for Wayne’s future
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

It’s clear that Wayne residents are intensely interested in the fate of a 118-acre property on Wilson Pond, acquired by the town two years ago after lengthy non-payment of taxes. At a public forum last month to discuss future uses, some 70 people turned out, this in a town with fewer than 1,200 year-round residents. Maine has a long and rather short-sighted history of preferring private to public ownership. In Wayne’s case, having access to water is a great boon to townspeople and visitors. ~ Douglas Rooks
Opinion: CMP power line project a bad deal for Maine, would hurt clean-energy efforts
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 27, 2018 

As Maine regulators deliberate Central Maine Power’s proposal to create a 145-mile line through Maine’s western mountains – a line designed to let CMP and Hydro-Québec sell power to Massachusetts at above-market rates – they must weigh the benefits and risks to Maine’s residents and businesses. Besides negative environmental impacts, there is no clear economic benefit for the state and no clear evidence of greenhouse gas reductions. ~ Rep. Seth Berry, House chair of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee
Farmington residents hear history of Atlantic salmon ahead of dam removal vote
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

Catherine Schmitt, communications director for Maine Sea Grant, and Paul Christman, a marine scientist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, each gave presentations to a crowd of about 40 people gathered at the Farmington Community Center. The public meeting is one of three scheduled to occur before a November referendum that will ask residents whether they want to remove Walton’s Mill Dam on Temple Stream with funding from the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Maine DEP looks to boost composting and recycling
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is awarding a half-dozen grants to try to expand composting and recycling programs around the state. The state wants to use the grants to prevent excess waste from being disposed when it could be reused. The six grants amount to $88,000 and are part of a first-time DEP effort to address waste management in new ways.
Sappi mill in Skowhegan announces new paper machine technology amid $200 million investment
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

The $200 million has been invested over the past 16 months to compete globally in the burgeoning paperboard market, making luxury packaging and folding cartons for food products and can and jar labels. Products include pet food bags, tapes, filters, paper medical products, even popcorn bags and take-out boxes for Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuit franchises.
Maine duck hunter rescued from mud after 12 hours
 - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

A man who found himself stuck in the mud is now free. WMTW-TV reported that game wardens rescued a duck hunter early Wednesday morning in northern Penobscot County. Wardens say that at 2 a.m. Wednesday they found Bruce Thibodeau, 57, of Silver Ridge standing on top of his boat in waist-deep water. The man had been standing on the overturned, submerged boat since 2 p.m. Tuesday.
LePage: Despite Departures, Wind Advisory Group To Continue On
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage told The Associated Press Tuesday that he thinks Maine's fast-tracked wind permitting law should be repealed. He said he "hopes'' his wind commission will hold a meeting. A LePage executive order in January said his administration was putting a hold on new wind energy projects in western and coastal Maine. But his administration later told a judge that it was ignoring LePage's order. LePage also created a commission exempt from public records law charged with issuing a report on wind projects' impacts. A critic of wind turbines is the third to depart the commission.
Climate change is destroying national parks at an alarming rate
Washington Post - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

A new study published Monday has warned that climate change has adversely and uniquely affected many of the 417 national parks spread across the United States and its territories.
MDI bus service on track for record season in 2018
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

Mount Desert Island’s fare-free bus service is on track to finish the tourist season with a 10-percent increase from its 581,305 riders of 2017. As of Aug. 31, Island Explorer has carried 497,740 passengers around the island, including cruise ship tourists visiting Acadia National Park. That’s about 10 percent above the number carried as of that date last year, and the pace is unlikely to taper off much before the season ends on Columbus Day,
New rules tied to previous tree-cutting convictions put Buxton logger in a bind
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

Anthony Boisvert says the requirement that he pay thousands of dollars for a performance bond is threatening to put him out of business over violations that were not intentional.
Maine lobstermen say move to avert collapse of herring fishery will have dire consequences
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Regulators are taking drastic steps to avert a collapse of the herring fishery, adopting trawling bans and proposing rock-bottom quotas. While environmental groups and those who fish species that rely on herring for food, like striped bass and tuna, cheered the action, the Maine lobster industry was left wondering how it will survive without its favorite bait. Patrice McCarron, the executive director of the Maine Lobstermen Association, predicted it will force some lobstermen off the water.
EPA appeals reinstatement of ban on pesticide
USA Today - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

The Trump administration appears ready to go to the mat for chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide that has been linked to developmental disorders in children whose mothers were exposed to it during pregnancy. The Justice Department this week filed an appeal on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Group unveils blueprint to grow Maine’s timber industry by 40 percent
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Maine’s forest industry could enter a “second golden age” if it invests in making a diverse array of timber products, extending beyond the traditional building materials that once buoyed the state’s economy, an industry group said Tuesday. FOR/Maine, a coalition of people who have spent the past two years studying the industry’s future, outlined a blueprint Tuesday to help it rebound.
Central Maine apple crop weathers dry spell, squirrel surge
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Even lifelong apple harvesters at The Apple Farm in Fairfield were surprised this year by something they had never seen before at their orchards: small bites on the fruit and scratch marks on the trees. Squirrels have been racing humans to enjoy this year’s crisp apples first. The only way to combat the problem? “Pray for heavy traffic,” joked Robin Garland, one of the farm’s local employees, as she sorted and polished a selection of McIntoshes on Tuesday.
Nordic fish farm leader set to move to Maine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

The chief executive officer and founder of Nordic Aquafarms, the Norwegian-based company seeking to open a controversial land-based salmon farm in Belfast, is moving to Maine. Here, Erik Heim will take the position of president of Nordic Aquafarms, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Norwegian parent company, and will lead its U.S. operations. In Belfast, Nordic Aquafarms is proposing to build one of the world’s largest indoor salmon farms, which will produce 33,000 tons of Atlantic salmon per year.
Editorial: Land conservation shouldn’t be subject to political whims
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is funded with revenue from offshore drilling, has supported 42,000 projects across the country. Without a renewal from Congress, the program expires on Sept. 30. LWCF has funded hundreds of projects in Maine, including ball fields, swimming pools and tennis courts, in communities across the state. It has also helped pay for dozens of boat launches and small public beaches. Maine has received more than $76 million in federal funding from the Forest Legacy program, a subset of LWCF, since 1990, protecting nearly 740,000 acres of land through conservation easements and purchases. At the federal level, fully funding LWCF should be a priority.
Hike: Penny’s Nature Preserve in Blue Hill
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Named after a beloved dog who once roamed the property, Penny’s Nature Preserve in Blue Hill was donated to the Blue Hill Heritage Trust by Blue Hill residents Rich Storck and Aletha Langham, with the condition that it remain a place where dogs can run and play. The 107-acre preserve features a network of 3 miles of intersecting trails, which Storck mapped out and built over the course of 15 years, accompanied by his dog, Penny. These trails explore a historic granite quarry and weave through forest filled with moss, lichen and ferns to trace the banks of Peters Brook.
Maine forest products industry needs more investment, group says
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

FOR/Maine, a group with representatives from industry, communities, government and others, said that the forest products industry could maintain a leading role in the state’s economy if it can be nimbler in adapting to rapid changes in markets, technology and social trends. The Forestry Industry Roadmap, funded by a $1 million grant from the Department of Commerce, said the industry needs more investments and a stronger focus on managing the state’s forests.
U.S. Senate Resolution Pays Tribute to the Iconic Maine Seafood for Fourth Straight Year
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Peak lobster season in Maine is still going strong and today, Maine Lobster lovers everywhere have even more reason to celebrate the iconic seafood as the U.S. Senate again recognized September 25 as the official National Lobster Day for the fourth year in a row. A resolution, authored by Senators Angus King and Susan Collins of Maine, designates today in honor of the thousands of hardworking Mainers employed by this storied and sustainable fishery.
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