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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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Trump’s EPA wants to rewrite standards for tribal waters in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 29, 2018 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to rewrite its own water quality standards for the Maine rivers where members of the Penobscot Nation and Houlton Bands of Maliseets have sustenance fishing rights. After unsuccessfully negotiating with Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection, the federal agency in December 2016 imposed stricter criteria for the Penobscot and the Meduxnekeag rivers. The Trump administration wants to revisit the stricter standards promulgated by Obama-era officials for the rivers that flow through or around tribal lands in Penobscot and Aroostook counties.
Opinion: Dear Verizon: Can you hear us now?
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 29, 2018 

Scarborough Marsh – the largest and most ecologically significant salt marsh in Maine – has been under assault for over 100 years, bisected by railroads, highways and other man-made diversions. The existence of the marsh was facing a crisis until nearly 20 years ago, when a landmark study by the Maine Audubon Society called attention to its slow but steady ecological decline. Now, a new threat has appeared in the form of a proposed Verizon Wireless cell tower, to be installed right at the edge of the marsh, which could reach up to 150 feet in height. ~ Tony Barclay, Prouts Neck Association, and Stephanie Smith, Friends of Scarborough Marsh
For New England’s apple growers, no reason for sour grapes
Associated Press - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

There have been a few bad apples, but New England’s crop of its signature fall fruit is only slightly behind last year’s. The six-state region’s apple production appears close to the target. The New England states don’t produce nearly the same volume of apples as major players such as Washington and New York, but apple season is a major tourism draw in the region. “Up here in southern Maine, we had unseasonably hot weather through mid-September. That didn’t help,” said Bill Johnson Jr., owner of Apple Acres in Hiram. “But I’d say it was a good year.”
Road salt blamed for high chloride in Belgrade wells
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Several property owners with private wells along Oakland Road in Belgrade are detecting rising levels of chloride that they and the state attribute to runoff from road salt. David H. Riddle has seen the chloride content of his well rise from 400 milligrams per liter in May to 1,200 milligrams per liter in September. The public drinking water threshold is 250 milligrams per liter. Dwight Doughty, hydrogeologist with the state Department of Transportation, said it appeared road salt had washed off the road and gotten into the bedrock, which is close to the surface in that area. Riddle and two other nearby property owners are getting deliveries of bottled water from the state as they await new wells.
Pro-offshore oil group chaired by LePage is run by energy lobbyists
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

A coalition of governors headed by Gov. Paul LePage that seeks to open most federal waters to oil and gas exploration is staffed by employees of an oil industry lobbying firm, according to records obtained by the Maine Sunday Telegram. The Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, which LePage joined in 2015 and has chaired for the past two years, outsources all of its day-to-day staffing, research and communications tasks to an advocacy group purporting to represent energy consumers. But a closer look at the group – the Consumer Energy Alliance – reveals that it is funded by energy producers and staffed and run by senior officials of HBW Resources, a Houston energy-focused lobbying and consulting firm.
Heat pumps in Maine: Set it and forget it? Or turn it off for the winter?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

The state's energy-efficiency experts promote the latest versions for winter heat, if they're installed and used correctly, to reduce fossil-fuel emissions. But some installers say it's best to use them any time but winter.
Book Review: Amid Baxter’s wonders, a broken family struggles to heal itself
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Baxter State Park is awe-inspiring. It’s a place of magnificent natural beauty where peacefulness and tranquility offer relief from the stress of day-to-day life, and provide visitors a chance to look inward. In his novel “Autumn Imago,” Maine-based author Bryan Wiggins observes that it is nothing short of a miracle that such beauty and solitude can exist in a world of 7 billion people. Although “Autumn Imago” was published in 2016, the larger themes in Wiggins’ story – of loss, recovery and hope, set in Baxter State Park – are perhaps even more relevant today.
New electronic tagging system adds convenience to Maine’s deer hunt
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Maine’s new electronic tagging system, put into place earlier this year, has streamlined the process for hunters. Tagging stations now enter information into a software program that walks them through each piece of data, and allows them to click past fields that are already filled in with personal information via the hunter’s license number. With the information entered electronically – rather than being written into a book – state biologists can get data about harvests in real time. On Youth Deer Day last weekend, 1,025 deer were shot across the state. In the past, that data would not have been available for months.
To document climate change, Kate Olson went to Maine’s expert witnesses
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Sociologist Kate Olson knows climate change is happening. But while working toward her PhD at Boston College, she began to wonder what the precise impacts of it were already. By the time she and her husband moved up to Maine, she had a game plan to find out, and a dissertation topic: “Fish, Farms, Forests: An Ethnography of Climate Change in Maine.” Translation? She was going to ask the Mainers on the front lines of the state’s natural resources, from the people who work the good dirt to the loggers harvesting trees and clammers digging the flats. We asked her about her research methods and her findings so far.
Column: As price of climate change climbs, consider how much we could save
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Flooding, tornadoes, droughts, wildfires: the evidence of climate change is not just mounting, it’s barreling down on us – inexorable as a landslide. The cost of U.S. weather and climate disasters last year hit an all-time record of $306 billion. The sad irony of this costly course is that taking steps toward climate stability could actually yield substantial economic rewards. Just how much could we gain by aggressively promoting clean energy systems, sustainable land use and greater manufacturing efficiency? One report projects that route could yield direct economic gain of $26 trillion around the globe through 2030 when compared to “business as usual.” Just by reforming energy subsidies and putting a price on carbon, the U.S. government could gain $2.8 trillion in revenues each year. That’s a tantalizing return on investment, especially when the bonus is a habitable planet. ~ Marina Schauffler
Column: There’s a long trail a-winding in Cape Elizabeth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

The Cross Town Trail has been a goal of Cape Elizabeth and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust since 1975. Decades of hard work have culminated in a trail that utilizes town land and easements, CELT properties and town roads as it travels from Portland Head Light to Kettle Cove. While there are some ups and downs on the trail, it’s never outright difficult, making it a great choice for a day hike. ~ Jake Christie
Column: Deer calling requires patience, experimentation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Deer hunters are forever seeking an edge, some trick or treat that might tip the contest between man and beast ever so slightly in their favor. One example is calling. It can work great for ducks and turkeys, so when we try it on deer, we expect them to come running. When that doesn’t happen, it often spawns more questions than answers. Is it too early to call? What type of call should I use? How often do I call? How loudly? And the every popular: Why doesn’t my call work? ~ Bob Humphrey
Letter: Proposed oyster farm will leave mess on bay bottom
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

I have a multitude of concerns about the proposed oyster farm on Maquoit Bay. The project will grow from a quarter-acre to more than 40 acres by next summer. The permit application for this floating factory speaks in depth to how the cages will be cleaned. While most oyster farm operations use power washing on land to clean oysters, this company will be pressure washing barnacles, mussels, oysters, moss and sea growth off cages, boats, barges, oysters and trammels just 100 feet from a culvert that dumps into the bay. However, the proposal is silent about the environmental permits for this point source pollution. Brunswick taxpayers will end up cleaning up the mess after the investors have made their money. ~ Mark Wyman, Brunswick
Clinton man seeks ordinance banning shotgun use on Kennebec River cove
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

A River Road resident has his sights on creating a town ordinance to ban the use of shotguns in a cove near his home on the Kennebec River, saying his family and property have come under fire over the years from duck hunters shooting in the area. Stephen Hebert, 67, said he has lived on the cove for 32 years.
Deer hunting off to promising start in central Maine
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Deer hunting heated up in Maine despite cold weather for opening day on Saturday, the start of what state wildlife experts predict could be a strong season. Maine residents were able to begin using firearms to hunt deer that day, and many hunters wasted no time putting their permits to use. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, there are more than 215,000 licensed hunters in Maine. Last year, hunters took home more than 27,000 deer.
Column: Protection of state's coastal forestland receives major boost
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

In order to preserve this country’s last remaining undeveloped, unfragmented coastal forests in Downeast Maine, The Conservation Fund (a national organization) purchased 17,000 acres from a private landowner while it was still “on the block.” Three separate Downeast land conservation organizations will now engage in fund-raising activities in order to reimburse The Conservation Fund for its outlay. Composed of three distinct properties, the lands will ultimately be conveyed to local conservation partners for perpetual protection and management. The partners are raising the funds to complete their acquisitions. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Art and science come together in Maine to illuminate Antarctic marine viruses
Associated Press - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

A marine science lab in Maine is collaborating with an artist to help improve understanding of Antarctic marine viruses through art. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences says it’s pairing with Justin Levesque of Portland on the project. Levesque will be working with research scientists Joaquin Martinez Martinez and Silvia Cretoiu, who study marine viruses, on the project. Levesque will be focusing on research that examines viruses in Antarctic lakes that formed thousands of years ago.
History celebrated at Readfield’s Mill Stream Dam project
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Over two and a half years, volunteers spent about 200 hours and $6,500 to reclaim a stretch of land in Readfield around the former Mill Stream dam from years of neglect after the end the mill-driven industry that had survived for more than a century along the banks of the stream. Jerry Bley, a member of Readfield’s Conservation Commission, said Saturday the project — remaking the area around Factory Square into a picnic area and trail system that offers access to the top of the dam and a hill overlooking where the mill pond once stood — was the result of a collaboration with his group, the Readfield Historical Society and the Trails Committee.
Maine program aims to help recovery of endangered Atlantic salmon
Associated Press - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Maine is launching a new program to help pay for conservation work that benefits Atlantic salmon. The money will come from fees for road and bridge projects. Salmon were once abundant in the rivers of New England, but they are now listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act after years of habitat loss and overfishing. The program will allow public and private organizations working on road and bridge projects to pay a fee in lieu of environmental mitigation efforts that are required by law.
Firewood prices up, dealers see increase in demand as winter nears
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

The falling temperature means many Mainers are scrambling to get vital resources to heat their homes, and firewood suppliers also are scrambling to meet that demand. Wait times and prices for fire-ready wood are climbing. Andy Allen, of Farmingdale’s A.W. Allen Firewood, said he sells kiln-dried cords for $345 and seasoned cords is $290. Raw wood prices are about $10 to 15 higher than last year, something he attributes to pulp and paper mills paying more for the product.
Young employee to buy Millinocket white water rafting company
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Joseph Seefried fell in love with white water rafting in his late teens during his first trip down the Penobscot River rapids. A few years later, he started guiding tourists as an employee at Penobscot Adventures, a white water rafting company in Millinocket. When current co-owners Daniel McDonald and his wife Maureen told Seefried they wanted to sell the 15-year-old business to him, he jumped at the chance. He hopes to close on the sale by the end of December.
Weasel gnaws into coop, kills ducks
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Disaster hit my duck coop this past week. Apparently some critter had gnawed a hole in the section that served as the laying area, which is just outside the coop but attached to it, and got into the main part of the coop. When I went outside to let the ducks out for the day, there were three dead ducks, with severely chewed necks. I am having a tough time dealing with it.
Editorial: Trump hates national monuments; Trump creates a national monument
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Republicans have been working for years to starve our national parks of funding and to rip up many of our national monuments, including in Maine. But even they know that America’s national park areas are enormously popular visitor destinations and economic engines. On Friday, President Trump designated 373-acre Civil War Camp Nelson in Kentucky as a national monument. Trump's motivation is purely partisan — to help a Republican member of Congress who is in a tight race this year. Maybe after the November 6 elections, Trump will try to rescind the designation, but for now Americans can celebrate Camp Nelson National Monument as the 418th unit of our National Park System. Even Donald Trump sometimes does the right thing, if for the wrong reasons.
Column: Climate change, tax cuts will boost national debt
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

When it comes to public policy, people prefer to pay later. A U.N. Nobel Prize panel on climate change recently reported the earth’s temperature is climbing much faster than expected. It forecast that we are close to the point of no return. The Trump Administration accepts that the climate is growing warmer even faster than predicted. Yet it has quit the Paris climate agreement, arguing that controlling the temperature increase will cut economic growth and undercut the coal industry. Almost anybody in Maine engaged in fishing for lobsters can tell you climate change is obvious and measurable. Trump’s policy amounts to saying that we want economic growth now and we cannot do anything meaningful about inevitable global warming. We want money in our pockets and push worries about the costs of climate change out into the future. ~ Gordon L. Weil
Chinese developer, helicopter company made offers for local airfield, owner says
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Portsmouth Herald - Jean Hardy, whose family has owned the 90-acre Littlebrook Air Park in Eliot since 1971, asked the Select Board on Thursday if the new Tax Increment Financing Committee might consider options for the future of the airport. She has been approached by buyers to establish a helicopter operation with 60 take-offs and landings per day and a Chinese company wanted to start a large flight school. The family accepted neither offer. She would like to have the property conserved. “It’s beautiful land and I don’t want to see it developed,” she said.
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