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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
York Beach Clean Up, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Join a beach clean up & attempt to set a world record spelling the largest "NO PLANET B" ever in the sand. The goal is 500 people At Long Sands Beach, York, September 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Tumbledown trail maintenance, guided hike scheduled, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A 4.7 mile round-trip guided hike up Tumbledown Mountain will include discussion of geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife and issues facing the mountain. Meet at Brook Trailhead on Byron Road, Weld, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, 10 am - 4 pm, climbing wall and games ; 6:30 pm, Food Trucks, 7:15 pm, Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Free but donations benefit Teens To Trails.
Portland Electric Car Ride & Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Learn about electric cars during the 5th annual EV Expo. At Back Cove parking area off Preble Street, Portland, September 21, 12-4 pm, free pizza & coffee. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and ReVision Energy.
Smithsonian Museum Day, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

An annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 21, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Global Climate Strike, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Take to the streets for the Global Climate Strike to make sure elected officials and candidates for office in 2020 hear us loud and clear. Strikes in Maine at Farmington and Bar Harbor, September 20. ~ 350 Action
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Ron and Deidre Fournier will speak about the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. At meeting of the Oxford County Educators Association-Retired, Universalist Church, West Paris, September 20, 1 pm.
Pollinator plantings workshop, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Learn about the pollinators and beneficial insects helping to make our food systems work with Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. At Hooker Family Farm, Oxford, September 20, 10 am - 12 pm, $10/family.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 20-22
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

More than 750 varied events at this annual celebration of rural living with a mix of workshops, demonstrations, music, vendors, farmers’ markets, fantastic food and more. At Unity, September 20-22, gates open daily at 9 am.
Exploring Invasive Species, Sep 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Mike Hanks of Cape Elizabeth Land Trust talks invasive plants. At Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, September 19, 1 pm; he will lead a walk at Gull Crest Field to identify invasive plants at 2 pm.
Untrammeled — The Case for Wild Nature in a Changing World, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Conservation leaders Tom Butler and Mark Anderson of the Northeast Wilderness Trust will address the science and spirit of forever-wild conservation. Q&A to follow. At Maine Audubon, Gisland Farm, Falmouth, September 17, 7 pm.
10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend featuring 130 events, Sept. 16-18
Event - Posted - Monday, September 9, 2019 

The 10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend will be the biggest yet, with more than 130 events planned throughout Maine, September 16-18.
Nature Cruise on the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Join Cathance River Education Alliance for a nature cruise from Bath up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. September 15, 3-6:30 pm, $42 for adults, $30 for children 6 to 12, $6 for kids under 6.
Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, Sep 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Landowner Appreciation and Clean Up Day, sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Forest Service, is September 15.
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Cate Street Capital’s pursuing an insect-fueled second act in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 29, 2017 

Cate Street Capital, the firm that leveraged $16 million in public money for its failed restart of East Millinocket’s Great Northern Paper Co. mill, has another project for Maine. This time, it is backing two entrepreneurs who want to grow farm-raised fish, fed with insects, and use the fish waste to grow produce in nutrient-rich water, a technique called hydroponics. Their company, Organic Nutrition Inc., plans to do that with a hydroponics facility on the campus of St. Joseph’s College in Standish.
Editorial: Maine should build on lead-intervention success
Portland Press Herald - Friday, December 29, 2017 

Because of the bedrock upon which much of Maine rests, well water in the state is particularly susceptible to arsenic infiltration. More than half of Maine wells have not been tested. After a bill to promote well testing was vetoed, and the veto upheld, in 2015, an almost identical bill was passed this year, over the objections of Gov. LePage. The bill, L.D. 454, applies a $10 fee for every test done at the state water-testing lab and uses it for outreach and education. If this can be paired with a program that helps low-income Mainers pay for items such as filters for their water systems, it – like the lead testing bill before it – can make a great deal of difference.
Commentary: The 10 best things Trump has done during his first year in office
Washington Post - Friday, December 29, 2017 

#7. He withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. After George W. Bush pulled out of the disastrous Kyoto treaty, U.S. emissions went down faster than much of Europe. The same will be true for Trump’s departure from the Paris accord. Combined with his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to exploration, Trump is helping usher in a new age of American energy development. The record of achievement suggests that, despite the noxious tweets and self-inflicted wounds emanating from the White House, Trump has the potential to become one of the most consequential conservative presidents in modern American history. ~ Marc Thiessen
Private-Public Partnership for Conservation: Examples From...Maine
Other - Thursday, December 28, 2017 

The Atlantic - One thing that makes Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust a little unusual is that we put an emphasis on conserving farmland. About two decades ago we bought—through a broad-based community effort—Crystal Spring Farm, a centrally-located farm in our this area that seemed to the many who participated in the effort to keep it a working farm an essential property to preserve the character of our community. Today it is a working farm leased to a farm family through an innovative, longterm lease. It is the site of our farmer’s market (largest in Maine), the site of a community garden that includes a section that provides food to a food pantry. There’s even an outdoor labyrinth.
Column: Trees can teach us to value a world of connection
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 28, 2017 

I thought growing older would take longer. I find that I am ill-equipped to function in the modern world, in that I can’t type with my thumbs and I don’t own any electronic devices that start with an ‘i.’ So I am already dreading my New Year’s resolution. This will be the year I commit to using eBird. I made the same resolution last year. ~ Bob Duchesne
Retiring Baxter State Park Director Reflects On 30-Year Career
Maine Public - Thursday, December 28, 2017 

Jensen Bissell plans to retire this week as director of Baxter State Park, named for the former Maine governor who was the moving force behind it and who ordered that it be kept “forever wild.” As Bissell prepares to leave the park after 30 years, the last 12 as director, he reflects upon the written words of a complicated man and true visionary who seemed to understand that the public’s proposed uses of the 210,000-acre park would evolve over time.
Accidentally Killing Birds Isn't A Crime, Says Trump Administration
National Public Radio - Thursday, December 28, 2017 

The Trump administration says it will no longer criminally prosecute companies that accidentally kill migratory birds. A legal memo from the Department of the Interior posted Friday declares that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act applies only to purposeful actions that kill migratory birds, and not to energy companies and other businesses that kill birds incidentally. The memo is written by Daniel Jorjani, Interior's principal deputy solicitor, a longtime adviser to libertarian billionaire Charles Koch. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates more than 30 million birds die each year in collisions with power lines and communications towers, and hundreds of thousands more in oil pits and wind turbines.
It’s time to use all your senses to explore the natural world
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, December 28, 2017 

Karen Zimmermann’s book, Nightwalk, opened my eyes and my other senses to the natural world where I spend so much of my time. Nightwalk tells us a lot about how wild critters from bears to bats and mosquitoes to Luna moths, use their senses to find food and shelter.
Kelp Economy to Make a Big Splash in 2018
Free Press - Thursday, December 28, 2017 

Farmed seaweed is about to go from being a poor cousin to a rising star in the Maine seafood industry, according to Trey Angera, one of the founders of the new Maine Seaweed Exchange. The Exchange will develop high standards for the best practices in organic seaweed farming, help new farmers get started growing seaweed, test the product for safety and quality, develop markets and products, and help coordinate processing, packaging and distribution. Standardization will open the pathway from seaweed being sold as a specialty product to growers being able to sell farmed seaweed in quantity to large companies that produce everyday grocery items.
Letter: Stop bear baiting
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 28, 2017 

One of the worst things that can be done to manage a bear population is to artificially increase the amount of available food in the environment and accustom them to human food and smells, which is exactly what happens when mounds of doughnuts, pizza, candy, popcorn and grease are dumped into the woods to attract bears for an easy trophy kill. Wildlife biologists and management professionals warn that baiting alters bear behavior by habituating bears to human food, which increases the likelihood of conflicts. It’s time to stop doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result. It’s time to stop feeding the bears. ~ Kathleen Waugh, Newport
Letter: Acadia park fee increase
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 28, 2017 

I look forward to visiting Acadia National Park each summer and enjoying the various scenes and activities it provides. As a lover of the park, the price increase in passes for entrance to Acadia upsets me and will likely sadden many frequent visitors of the breathtaking park. Instead of raising the weekly vehicle pass from $25 to $70 at Acadia, for example, the cost could increase less radically and would allow for the country as a whole to solve the maintenance backlog in the park system. ~ Lauren Ismail, Glenburn
Meteor flashes through Maine sky, lights up social media
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 

Social media was lighting up Tuesday night with reports of a meteor seen across the Northeast. A bright bluish streak creased the sky around 5:52 p.m. Tuesday, caught on the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program web camera located on Mount Agamenticus in York County.
More farmland protected as 2017 comes to a close
Maine Farmland Trust - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 

In the final weeks of 2017, Maine Farmland Trust worked with farmers to protect six more Maine farm properties with agricultural easements:
• Ecko Farms in Corinna and St. Albans
• Bo Lait Farm in Washington
• Sunkhaze Wild Blueberry Farm in Township 23
• Metcalf-Ferguson Farm in Northport
• Curran Farm in Sabattus
• Chellis Brook Farm in Newfield
Lawmaker to Propose Bill Reducing All Liquor Bottle Deposits from 15 to 5 Cents
Maine Public - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 

Advocates of Maine’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law are concerned about a proposal to lower the deposit on liquor bottles from 15 cents down to five cents. The lawmaker behind the bill, Rep. Ellie Espying (R) of New Gloucester, says she’s simply trying to make the state law more consistant and fair. “It seems to be an onslaught of attacks year after year,” says Sarah Lakeman, Director of the Sustainability Project at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “You know I am glad that this one isn’t trying to remove containers from the bottle bill but I definitely see it as another attempt to weaken it.”
Opinion: Actions of select few unfairly portray hunters as careless, inhumane
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 

As a teenage girl, an avid hunter and a Mainer, it has come to my attention that there have recently been many unfair generalizations regarding hunters and their ability to hunt safely. Most of these generalizations are posted as comments on social media and news websites. Unfortunately, hunting is usually covered only when something has gone horribly wrong, stereotyping hunters as reckless and irresponsible. Hunting unites Mainers and is a way of meeting new people and making memories. I have never been more proud to say that I am a Maine hunter. ~ Taylor Laflamme, North Yarmouth, a student at Greely High School
Letter: Put workers and banks on equal footing
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 

It seems so completely wrongheaded that under the law the workers from the bankrupt Great Northern Paper Co. in Millinocket face poverty while other creditors are paid off. Why on earth should workers be considered unsecured creditors when banks have the advantage of being first in line as secured creditors? We should revisit the law books and at least put workers and banks on equal footing. ~ Michael Grunko, Chebeague Island
Yarmouth delays decisions on solar energy
Forecaster - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 

Town councilors Dec. 21 were prepared to endorse a group purchasing program for solar energy systems. But the vote was postponed until Councilor Timothy Shannon could be present. Chairwoman Pat Thompson said Shannon couldn’t attend the meeting because of an unexpected death in his family.
Botanical gardens sues town of Boothbay over permit dispute
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 

Two days after the Boothbay Board of Appeals upheld a decision to revoke a permit granted to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to allow a $30 million expansion, attorneys for the gardens sued the town charging violation of the Civil Rights Act. In a complaint filed Dec. 20 in U.S. District Court, Portland attorney George F. Burns, representing the botanical gardens, alleged the town of Boothbay violated the gardens’ 14th Amendment rights to due process of law. Citing bias and violation of due process, the gardens asked the court to reverse the Board of Appeals’ decision.
U.S. fishermen fear forests of wind turbines
Associated Press - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 

East Coast fishermen are turning a wary eye toward an emerging upstart: the offshore wind industry. Fishermen dread the possibility of navigating a forest of turbines as they make their way to the fishing grounds.
Solution in the offing for water level problem in Fayette’s David Pond
Kennebec Journal - Monday, December 25, 2017 

The water level in Fayette’s David Pond should be a little more consistent in the coming year. Shorefront property owners last summer had worried that falling water levels could affect wildlife, recreation and the ecology and depress property values. In the past, the impoundment has been rebuilt by some people to raise the water level and then dismantled by others who want a lower level. “Where we’re going to is toward a permitted dam,” said said Elizabeth Hicks, vice president of the Basin David and Tilton Ponds Association.
Lobsterman’s gift at Christmas: Free lobsters for the needy
Associated Press - Monday, December 25, 2017 

A lobsterman in Maine is carrying on his tradition of giving away lobsters to those in need on Christmas. Noah Ames set up his pickup truck in a parking lot in Thomaston on Sunday with a sign that read “Free lobsters today for families truly in need.” Ames started the tradition four years ago to demonstrate to his children that Christmas is about more than present wish lists.
South Portland to study Portland Street Pier for aquaculture potential
Portland Press Herald - Monday, December 25, 2017 

There are 50 experimental or limited-purpose aquaculture sites within 10 miles of the city-owned Portland Street Pier. Maine’s aquaculture industry is booming, experts say, and some city officials see a business development opportunity for the long-neglected municipal pier as farming of mussels, oysters and other ocean produce increases in nutrient-rich Casco Bay. But before the city invests $50,000 to fix up the pier – let alone as much as $2 million to fully redevelop and expand it – a feasibility study is being done to gauge interest in and need for improved access on South Portland’s working waterfront.
Blog: Preparing for Your First Outdoor Adventure
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, December 24, 2017 

Preparation is essential to comfortably enjoy outdoors activities, especially if you love spending time in remote areas with few modern conveniences. Basic supplies like shelter and food are among the most important things to consider before heading into nature for your first adventure. ~Adam Richards
Downeast Salmon Federation accomplishments in 2017
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, December 24, 2017 

Downeast Salmon Federation works to improve river ecology, restore Atlantic salmon populations, increase fish passage, run educational programs, and advocate for the environmental health of our rivers and communities. Here are some of DSF's accomplishments in 2017.
Ellsworth wants the feds to plug Acadia’s $71M maintenance hole
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, December 24, 2017 

Ellsworth City Council approved a resolve this week that asks Congress to find a sustainable income and reasonable payment mechanism for the National Park System’s $11.33 billion maintenance backlog. The backlog drew national attention when Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke proposed creating a new set of visitor-pass fees at 17 national parks, including Acadia, to address the backlog. The steepest would increase Acadia’s weekly vehicle pass from $25 to $70 between June 1 and Oct. 31. Acadia’s maintenance backlog totals $71 million.
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