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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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3 Maine outdoors issues to watch in 2019
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 29, 2018 

The goings-on in Augusta will provide plenty of news in the coming months. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will get a new commissioner — Judy Camuso has been nominated to the post — and that changing of the guard will likely produce a new slate of priorities. Add in an effort to add protections to wild and native trout, and a potential change in the way the state manages its bear herd, and there are plenty of issues to keep track of.
Belfast resident challenges permit issued to Bucksport salmon farm
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 29, 2018 

A resident of Belfast is challenging the state’s decision to issue a wastewater discharge permit to a company that plans a $250 million indoor salmon farm in Bucksport. The 27-page appeal from Holly Faubel could delay salmon farm developer Whole Ocean’s purchase of property on the site of the former Verso Paper mill, where it plans to start building the aquaculture facility in the spring. In her appeal filed Dec. 17 with the state Board of Environmental Protection, Faubel argues for a number of changes to the wastewater discharge permit the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued to Whole Oceans on Nov. 21.
Letter: Reporter should have filled potholes in story on Mills’ transportation nominee
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 29, 2018 

After reading the Dec. 21 news story on Gov.-elect Janet Mills’ nominee for transportation commissioner, I couldn’t help but wonder why there no mention of Note’s and Mills’ plan, or lack of a plan, to expand public transportation in Maine. Coming from the turnpike authority, which is continually pushing to expand highways and not public transportation, Van Note’s nomination is cause for worry. Considering our global climate crisis and the dire warning of the recent U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, it is essential that a shift toward public transportation be at the top of the list of priorities of any transportation chief. ~ Paul Cunningham, South Portland
Letter: Don’t let Trump water down pollution rule
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 29, 2018 

In 1972, Sen. Ed Muskie was prompted to write the Clean Water Act when the Androscoggin River was cited as one of the most polluted in the United States. It was no surprise that one of the first things President Trump did was to order the EPA to ditch the Clean Water Rule clarification. Nor was it a surprise when the EPA released a new proposal that significantly diminishes protections for our headwaters. Headwater streams account for about 53 percent of U.S. stream miles, and ephemeral, intermittent and headwater streams provide water to over one-third of all Americans. The EPA will soon have a short public comment period before this polluter-friendly rule is finalized. ~ Mac McGinley, Sanford
Letter: Climate change fight demands a new greatest generation
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 29, 2018 

America faces its greatest challenge in a global confrontation – climate change. The news is alarming and the science is clear – our climate is changing, it’s bad and it’s us. There is a revenue-neutral solution – carbon fee and dividend – which puts a price on carbon and returns it to all Americans in a monthly check. This could fix our climate, save lives, strengthen Maine’s economy and put more money in the pockets of most Mainers. All of us in Maine can join Citizens’ Climate Lobby in supporting Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, Rep. Chellie Pingree and Rep.-elect Jared Golden in getting this legislation passed. ~ Edward Pontius, Portland
Opinion: Climate change is the defining issue of our time
Other - Friday, December 28, 2018 

Daily News (Newburyport, MA) - A Gulf of Maine Institute team has been operating in Newburyport for 16 years, quietly employing our unique community-based stewardship model to engage youths and their adult mentors in the preservation of the Gulf of Maine Watershed.Guided by ongoing formative evaluation and years of experience with our constituents around the Gulf of Maine (extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia), we have produced some remarkable results. Here is a brief history and a vision into the future of our community-based stewardship model journey. ~ John Halloran, Gulf of Maine Institute
Portland announces membership of new working waterfront panel
Portland Press Herald - Friday, December 28, 2018 

Portland officials announced the membership of a new Waterfront Working Group on Friday to address a variety of issues that prompted the City Council to enact a six-month moratorium on non-marine use development in the Waterfront Central Zone. The group will consist of lobstermen Willis Spear, Keith Lane and Bill Coppersmith; Charlie Poole, representing Union Wharf; Steve DiMillo, representing Long Wharf and DiMillo’s Restaurant and Marina; Mike Alfiero, representing Holyoke Wharf and Harbor Fish Market; Togue Brawn of Downeast Dayboat Scallops; Becky Rand of Becky’s Diner; and community members Cyrus Hagge and Dory Waxman.
EPA proposes making it harder to limit mercury emissions
Washington Post - Friday, December 28, 2018 

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed a major change in the way the federal government calculates the costs and benefits of dangerous air pollutants, arguing that authorities should exclude some of the public health benefits stemming from new rules.
45 Years After Nixon Signed It Into Law, the War on the Endangered Species Act Continues
Other - Friday, December 28, 2018 

Mother Jones - Forty-five years ago, President Richard Nixon, a Republican, signed a piece of monumental environmental legislation, the Endangered Species Act, into law. Nixon said, “Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed.” The act now protects more than 1,500 species and remains one of the most powerful environmental laws on the books. But somewhere along the way, what was hailed as a historic bipartisan achievement became deeply political. Conservatives have gone to extraordinary lengths to weaken the Endangered Species Act—and the Trump administration has carried on the task of environmental deregulation with renewed vigor. Assuming the ESA survives, a growing global population and climate change are going to make species and habitat conservation that much more difficult—and vital.
Column: It’s time for New Year’s birding resolutions
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 28, 2018 

I could make a bunch of New Year’s resolutions, but without your help, they won’t last a week. Self-discipline fails me. I resolve to sit more, to clean my bird feeders more, to chase rare owls, to chase a boreal owl, to thoroughly explore the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, to cross the lake at dawn, to leave the book and my gadgets in the car, to renew my memberships without being nagged. Many people let their annual memberships lapse without realizing it. They miss reminders, or put them to thank a landowner, to vote. When I was in first grade, I lived next to the Androscoggin River when it was at its most polluted. The stench was horrific. We’ve come a long way since then. Decades later, I refuse to accept that we must roll back environmental protections in order to make America great again. ~ Bob Duchesne
Letter: Leave lobsters off your plate
Bangor Daily News - Friday, December 28, 2018 

We’ve known that crustaceans can feel pain since at least 2009, when Dr. Robert W. Elwood published papers on this issue in the journals Animal Behavior and Applied Animal Behavior Science. Lobsters are “marvelously complex,” according to biologist Anita Kim, and “quite amazingly smart animals,” according to researcher Michael Kuba. Yet, video footage captured inside the slaughterhouse at Maine Fair Trade Lobster shows workers tearing off lobsters’ claws, puncturing their shells, and ripping their abdomens and tails from their bodies — all while the lobsters are fully conscious and able to feel pain. Maine’s cruelty-to-animals statute applies to all sentient animals — including lobsters and crabs who should be protected from egregious, illegal cruelty. ~ Daniel Paden, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Letter: City’s management of waterfront is key to Portland’s future
Portland Press Herald - Friday, December 28, 2018 

In the rush to turn downtown Portland (and Peaks Island) into a large amusement park for tour boat passengers, Portland’s waterfront is again seen as more profitable as a platform for buildings rather than as essential habitat for a water-based economy. Beyond the question of whether traditional waterfront uses should be displaced, the increasing certainty of substantial sea-level rise, combined with increased intensity and frequency of storm surges, suggests that Portland’s waterfront may not be sustainable as a site for buildings (or city utilities). Much more can be lost than just its historic working waterfront. ~ Peter Ryner, Windham
Letter: Carbon fee and dividend will help slow climate change
Morning Sentinel - Friday, December 28, 2018 

A recent column on carbon taxes did not describe the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, sponsored by the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House. It would raise prices of all fossil fuels while at the same time returning all revenue equally to every resident. A similar plan has been introduced by the Canadian government. Economic modeling studies of the plans demonstrate that they will be effective, reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent in 12 years. That will reduce air pollution. The plan will also put money directly into people’s pockets every month to spend as they see fit. That will help low- and middle-income Americans with their household budgets. Not coincidentally the policy will create 2.1 million additional jobs over the next 10 years. ~ Peter Garrett, coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby in Maine, Winslow
Protect South Portland earns 'Local Hero' status
Forecaster - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

An organization founded five years ago to keep tar sands from being piped through the city wrapped up a busy year of environmental activism by being named Maine’s Local Hero by the Conservation Law Foundation. Sean Mahoney, executive vice president and director of CLF Maine, noted that what stood out about PSP was the fact that the group is made up of people from “all segments of the community.” “They’re not a bunch of tree-hugging environmentalists,” he said. “They just genuinely care about the future of their community.”
Fossil fuel rebound in United States cuts 2 ways
Associated Press - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

When Congress lifted restrictions on shipping crude oil overseas in 2015 even the most boosterish of Texas oil men wouldn’t have predicted the U.S. could become one of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel exporters so quickly. But environmentalists counter that the massive new supplies unleashed by American advances in extracting natural gas from shale doesn’t just make coal-fired power plants less competitive. LNG also competes with such zero-carbon sources of electricity as nuclear, solar and wind – potentially delaying the full adoption of greener sources.
Bangor residents spot coyotes in neighborhoods near Dorothea Dix
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

Two Bangor residents who live just west of Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center have spotted coyotes in their yards in recent weeks, exhibiting what the city’s animal control officer called “strange behavior.” On Dec. 5, a coyote reportedly started to approach a woman who was walking her small dog in a backyard. Then, on Wednesday of this week, a man who lives roughly a half-mile away, Mark Lausier, near the intersection of Kira Drive and Vance Avenue, took photos of a coyote in his yard. In the photos, the animal appeared to be losing patches of fur, which can be a symptom of the skin disease mange, and trying to dig into groundhog holes.
AMC to Build Hiking Trails in Maine’s New National Monument
Free Press - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

The National Park Service has contracted with the Appalachian Mountain Club of Maine to build a series of hiking trails in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Up to now, development in the monument’s 87,500 acres has been primarily limited to the main Loop Road. With the AMC additions, each trail will be one to two miles from the main Loop Road. AMC’s trail crew started work in October and will continue work through fall 2019. Trails will be created for all abilities.
Jackman residents file complaint against CMP, citing frequent outages
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

Citing what they call Central Maine Power’s “deteriorating reliability” in the area, a group of Jackman residents has filed a complaint with the Public Utilities Commission, urging the state agency to investigate the utility. The complaint follows other criticism of the utility, which has come under fire for its response to outages caused by the October 2017 wind storm, alleged spikes in electricity bills and its plan to build a 145-mile transmission line through parts of northern and central Maine.
Editorial: Some of the 99 reasons to be optimistic as 2018 comes to a close
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

As 2018 comes to an end, many Americans are feeling anxious. The Trump administration appears to be descending further into chaos. Scientists warn that we are running out of time to avert the deadly consequences of climate change. The stock market has been especially volatile. But there are also reasons globally for optimism. The folks at Future Crunch have put together a list of 99 such reasons. On conservation and clean energy: Holes in the ozone are healing. Numerous marine preserves were created last year. Niger has planted 200 million new trees over the past three decades and the population of wild tigers has nearly doubled in Nepal. The amount of installed wind and solar power has increased more than 100-fold in the past decade.
Underestimating climate change cheats investors
Bloomberg News - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

As the effects of climate change unfold, its impact on business will grow more severe: altered rain patterns will affect agriculture, floods will disrupt supply lines, heat waves will prevent employees from working. If markets are to work well, investors need to know about these consequences, and the number of companies that voluntarily disclose their estimates of climate-linked risks has risen markedly. The good news: Every year, more businesses start taking climate risks more seriously. However, current reporting also has serious blind spots that could leave investors uninformed and exposed.
Opinion: Mills fails to fix broken system of fish and wildlife management
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

Gov.-elect Janet Mills’ proposed appointment of Judy Camuso as the new commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is a huge mistake. The fact that Camuso’s appointment is strongly supported by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the Maine Trappers Association is evidence of her past actions and her inability or unwillingness to bring about much needed reform to Maine’s broken and corrupt fish and wildlife management system. IF&W is indeed a “captured” agency controlled by and for those who advocate killing Maine’s wildlife. During the 2014 bear referendum, Camuso was a mouthpiece for those who advocate for bear baiting, hounding and trapping. Wildlife watching is far more important to Maine and Maine’s economy than hunting and fishing combined with far more participants and economic benefit. ~ John Glowa, South China, founder, Maine Wolf Coalition
Container Bans Arriving In New Year
Free Press - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

Rockland Camden and Damariscotta are set to join an ever-growing movement of communities adopting bans on containers believed to harm the environment. The Rockland City Council passed an ordinance in March to prohibit single-use plastic bags. Rockland also voted to ban single-use containers made of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam). Since 2015, 19 municipalities in the state have voted for some form of bag ban, including Bath, Blue Hill, Brunswick, Falmouth, Freeport, Kennebunk, Newcastle, Portland, South Portland, Saco, Southwest Harbor and York. Belfast enacted a plastic bag ban on New Year’s Day 2018. As a result, the Hannaford store there adopted a five-cent charge for each single-use paper bag.
Ice fishing is for kids – the do’s and don’ts
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

The thundering herd moved across the snow packed ice as one. Their cries bounced off the hill sides, a high-pitched echo full of excitement and anticipation. “Flag! We’ve got one! Look! A fish!” The voices blended together in a symphonic confusion of sound, surprisingly harmonious, the Vienna Boys Choir gone ice fishing, breaking the cold, clear, quiet which had, until that moment, enveloped the pond. We were ice fishing with Mount Vernon’s group of smallest scouts, the five and six year olds. That day on the ice convinced me ice fishing is definitely for kids.
Meet the women reconnecting Maine to its agriculture roots
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

As far as Pam Townsend is concerned, even if someone has never set foot on a farm before, they are connected to agriculture. “Do you eat food? Do you have clothes?” she said. “If you do, agriculture affects you.” Townsend is president of the Maine Agri-Women, an Aroostook County-based organization dedicated to promoting agricultural issues and education statewide. The 42-member group is an affiliate of American Agri-Women, the country’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 40,000 members nationwide. Agri-Women travel around the state promoting all agricultural activities from potatoes to blueberries to lobsters.
Letter: Town of York should buy Davis land to avoid harmful development
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, December 27, 2018 

Approval of the Mary McIntire Davis Trust’s development proposal in the town of York would affect the entire state. Approval of the plan would create a traffic nightmare and a danger to pedestrians, bicyclists, residents, tourists – and especially children. Worse, the winter population of 14,000 swells to 51,000 in summer, with as many as 20,000 cars per day going down York Street from the village to Route 1. Now add another several hundred cars a day to that? This may be a prudent time for York to seriously revisit purchasing the land from the Davises, but at a reasonable price. ~ Betsey Goodwin, York
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