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Announcement - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

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Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
Rare Ecosystems of the Downeast Lakes, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist, will identify many special places in and around the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. At Grand Lake Stream School Building, July 17, 6 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Learn about wildlife biology in eastern Maine and tour the habitat management techniques used at Downeast Lakes Land Trust. At Grand Lake Stream School, July 13, 9 am - 1 pm.
Former Maine Warden to speak at Rangeley, Jul 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Former game warden Daren Worcester will discuss his book “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” which deals with a time before reality TV, GPS devices and dashboard computers, a time of coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. At Rangeley Public Library, July 11, 6 pm.
A White Mountain National PARK, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Stuart Weeks and Michael Kellett discuss the vision of creating a White Mountain National Park. At Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA, July 10, 7 pm.
Swanville Fern Walk, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Learn about ferns with botanist Hildy Ellis. At Thanhauser-Chunn Farm, Swanville, July 10, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
CREA SummerFest, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Cathance River Education Alliance holds an evening featuring dinner, auction, and dancing to celebrate its accomplishments and support its future. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 8.
Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter, Jul 5
Event - Posted - Friday, June 29, 2018 

Noted author, photographer and dynamic speaker, Doug Tallamy, will discuss his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” an invaluable resource for professionals and home gardeners who are looking for ways to improve backyard habitat for wildlife — from insects to songbirds and beyond. At Rockport Opera House, July 5, 7 pm.
Imagine the Maine Woods National Park art exhibit, July 2-30
Announcement - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

View the wild faces and places of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit. At Camden Library, July 2-30. Opening reception July 5, 4-5 pm. Multi-media presentation, July 24.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. July 1, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Paddle events on Orland River Day, June 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak Adventures will lead canoers and kayakers on the scenic route to the Orland River Day festivities June 30 by joining the annual alewife run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village.
Raising Outsiders, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Friday, June 22, 2018 

Three Maine authors will discuss “How to get your kids unplugged and outdoors.” At L.L.Bean, Freeport, June 29, 7-8 pm.
Kids in Nature Program, July Saturdays
Announcement - Thursday, June 21, 2018 

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town, offers a Kids in Nature program for youth ages 9-12 9 am-noon Saturdays beginning July 14. Each week, Hirundo staff will provide guided adventures that are educational and fun. $12 per child.
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News Items
Column: Trying to get a handle on state's moose population
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 7, 2018 

Maine’s newly released 10-year Big Game Management Plan clearly claims that, when it comes to managing our biggest and most popular big game animal, there is uncertainty. Moose ticks are the wild card. The question is: In today’s tick environment, how many moose is too many? ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Letter: Restoring the alewife run will benefit Maine
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 7, 2018 

In “The debate is still out on alewife runs” (Sunday, June 24), columnist V. Paul Reynolds notes amazement at seeing a healthy run of alewives at Webber Pond. Hundreds of people took time this spring to make their way to rivers and streams to witness the power and mystery of alewife migrations. There are myriad benefits to bringing back native alewives — a keystone species in freshwater and saltwater whose numbers are at record lows. To date, I’ve seen no credible scientific evidence against restoration — and plenty in its favor. Restoring the St. Croix alewife run will benefit the ecology and economy of fisheries throughout the Gulf of Maine. ~ Landis Hudson, Yarmouth
Fire destroys log loader at Eustis lumber company
Sun Journal - Friday, July 6, 2018 

A log loader at Stratton Lumber Co. was destroyed and its operator injured Thursday afternoon when it caught fire. He estimated the loss at about $250,000. The operator was using the large machine when it caught fire, he jumped from it and sprained an ankle.
Judge gives green light to York toll plaza plan that residents have fought for years
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 6, 2018 

A judge has upheld the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s permit for a controversial new Maine Turnpike toll plaza in York, potentially clearing the way for construction to begin this year. Opponents argued that an 'all-electronic tolling' system rejected by the Maine Turnpike Authority would be financially feasible and cause less environmental disruption than the permitted project.
Police say Maine teen trashed farmer’s cornfield, then posted video on Facebook
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Maine State Police arrested a 19-year-old man Thursday after he allegedly damaged a field of crops earlier in the week. Kristoffer Welch of New Sharon was arrested at noon Thursday and charged with aggravated criminal mischief, a class C felony. On Monday, police heard about a video on Facebook of a driver in a silver Ford truck spinning its wheels and tearing up a cornfield somewhere in Franklin or Somerset County. Police warned farmers in those areas to check on their fields. A farmer in Starks called police saying his fields had been significantly damaged. Police confirmed it was the same one in the video and estimated that the damage was worth around $5,000. After conducting a series of interviews, police arrested Welch and he was booked into the Somerset County Jail.
Head of military vets farmers group steps down
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Jerry Ireland, the controversial founder of United Farmer Veterans of Maine, resigned as chief executive officer of the organization Thursday night. Ireland, who is also a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of animal cruelty connected to the slaughter of pigs shortly before state animal welfare agents investigating his treatment of animals visited his farm. He has also been sued by the town for failing to comply with ordinances connected to a building on his farm and was arrested twice after failing to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license.
No trespassing: Developer blocks access to Sabbathday Lake
Sun Journal - Friday, July 6, 2018 

For generations, some town residents have cooled off at a small, private beach at the south end of Sabbathday Lake. Not anymore. A developer who bought the property two years ago is creating a seven-lot subdivision on the opposite side of Sabbathday Road, and this spring he erected fences blocking access to the beach and posted “No Trespassing” signs. New Gloucester residents appear divided about the loss of the beach, with some upset at its closure and others happy that they won't have to tolerate the visitors who partied and left trash.
Janet Mills Captured My Baxter Park
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, July 6, 2018 

As Maine’s Attorney General, Janet Mills has been a member of the Baxter State Park Authority , along with Doug Denico, State Forest Service Director, and Chandler Woodcock, Fish and Wildlife Department Commissioner. In 2016 Janet Mills wrote a very thoughtful piece about Baxter Park, capturing the park that I love. Today I want to share Janet’s column with you. The park is a place in my mind where I can go on a deep winter’s night, a picture in my soul, a thing I know will always be there, no matter how strange the storm, how wild the wind, how far the ride, how tough the seasons of a life. It is our duty to honor it, to preserve it.
Man, 51, rows the entire length of the Maine coast in a dory
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 6, 2018 

There’s a certain rhythm to the oar sweep and oar locks that creates a focus, filling the solitude of the hours spent on the water for Kennebunkport’s Rick Wills on his solo 12-day, 349-mile journey up the Maine coast in his 17-foot dory. But occasionally he had some company, too. On a downward run in heavy seas in the area of Popham Beach, Wills surfed down the face of a wave alongside a sleek harbor seal, both enjoying the brief respite from work.
Letter: Don’t be a part of our unnecessary cruelty to all types of animals
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Barbarism and cruelty toward animals is a worldwide problem, not likely to end any time soon. But we must make a start, one person at a time, until this nasty side of human nature is ended. ~ Len Frenkel, South Portland
Letter: Keep North Woods wild
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 6, 2018 

We in Maine enjoy being able to see moose and bear, and go camping, fishing, hiking and hunting, especially in remote wilderness areas. A big reason is that Maine’s longstanding “adjacency policy” serves the Unorganized Territory and our state well. Large tracts of north country have been protected from sprawling development, where we can still “get away from it all,” and where animals needing large wilderness areas can survive. The Land Use Planning Commission now proposes allowing development to go 10 miles from outer boundaries of “rural hubs” and two miles from public roads. Close to 2 million acres of Maine’s North Woods are targeted to become “primary locations” for development. The public must take the proposal to eliminate it seriously and with caution. ~ Cole Chunn, Registered Maine Guide
Environmentalists Applaud Pruitt’s Resignation, But Worry About The Future Of The Agency
Maine Public - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

Environmental groups in Maine are applauding the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. Lisa Pohlmann of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and other environmentalists are calling on Maine Senators Collins and King to make sure the EPA'S next leader puts the mission of the agency front and center, instead of trying to undo environmental protections.
Pingree: 'Good Riddance' To Scott Pruitt
Maine Public - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned while under investigation for serval ethics violations. Maine Rep.Chellie Pingree is happy to see him go, tweeting “good riddance.” She says that his policies as EPA Chief have undercut the nation’s clean air and clean water laws. She also says she is worried that those policies will continue under acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal company lobbyist.
New Sharon man charged with destroying cornfield in Starks
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

State police arrested a 19-year-old man Thursday after they say he allegedly damaged a field of crops earlier in the week. According to a press release from Maine State Police Troop C, which covers Somerset County, Kristoffer Welch of New Sharon was arrested at noon Thursday and charged with aggravated criminal mischief, a class C felony. On Monday, police heard about a video on Facebook of a driver in a silver Ford truck spinning its wheels and tearing up a cornfield somewhere in either Franklin or Somerset County.
Scott Pruitt, facing a growing string of ethics inquiries, is out as head of EPA
Washington Post - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Trump’s promises of deregulation by the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday after controversies over his lavish spending, ethical lapses and controversial management decisions eroded the president’s confidence in one of his most ardent Cabinet members. President Trump called Pruitt’s top deputy, Andrew Wheeler, to inform him that he would be taking the helm of the agency.
MOFGA names Portland woman its new chief executive
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

Sarah Alexander, a Portland resident with years of experience in advocacy for sustainable, local and fair food systems, will be the new executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the group announced Thursday. MOFGA has about 11,000 members, was founded in 1971 and is the oldest and largest state organic farming organization in the country. The number of certified organic farms in Maine has increased 60 percent in the past five years under the leadership of Ted Quaday, and MOFGA’s endowment has grown from $625,000 to $5 million. Quaday announced in late January that he’d be retiring this summer after five years with the nonprofit.
CAT Operators Eye Daily Trips To Bar Harbor Amid Concern Over Ferry Terminal Plans
Maine Public - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

After an eight-year hiatus, the Canadian-owned CAT ferry is weighing the resumption of daily transits between Yamouth, Nova Scotia and Bar Harbor. Last month, Bar Harbor voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question authorizing the purchase of the former Marine Atlantic ferry terminal from the state. Plans are underway for a multi-use marina to accommodate cruise ship passengers and serve as a transportation hub for buses. But at least one member of the Bar Harbor Town Council is urging the community to proceed cautiously.
Rumford woman credits spirit-led healer with treating Lyme disease
Sun Journal - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

Lori McPherson of Rumford says she’s been sick for more than half her 51 years. Around 2008 she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She took antibiotics and herbal medications for years. About four years ago, "I started taking the medicinal marijuana I could exercise again without being in so much pain. I actually felt like a million bucks,” McPherson said. Then in March, she decided she had nothing to lose by trying spirit-guided treatment. Following about 15 healing sessions with Julie Goulette, McPherson said she got her life back. Goulette of Albion says she’s healed many people of disease and illness through her techniques which involve prayer, Reiki therapy and photography.
Animal rescuers: The new rock stars
Sun Journal - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

Guys like Drew Desjardins and Richard Burton handle an insane array of wildlife situations and they do it with compassion, skill and confidence. What’s more, they share their adventures with the rest of the world through social media. The rest of the world claps its hands together and screeches with glee at each new story of the hard luck turtle, domesticated bat or rescued raccoon. People love animals, and these guys are in the business of saving them. They are rock stars and they deserve to be.
South Portland wary of CMP plan to expand Fore River substation
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

South Portland officials are scrutinizing a proposal by Central Maine Power Co. to expand a transmission substation on the Fore River – near the Knightville neighborhood and the Casco Bay Bridge – that has sparked concerns about potential public health, environmental and visual impacts. The company has provided few details so far about the project, which is part of a $214 million effort to improve the power transmission system throughout Greater Portland. The plan to upgrade what’s called the Cape Substation comes as the city tries to control development in its increasingly popular waterfront neighborhoods, including a 2014 ban on loading crude oil into tankers that the Portland Pipe Line Corp. is challenging in federal court.
Yarmouth officials under pressure to decide the fate of 2 Royal River dams
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

The Conservation Law Foundation is threatening to sue the town of Yarmouth and other parties over a dilapidated fish ladder on the Royal River, the latest fight over dams on Maine’s coastal rivers. The environmental watchdog has pushed to restore fish passage in other rivers in New England, including the St. Croix and Presumpscot rivers in Maine. Sean Mahoney, vice president and Maine director of the Conservation Law Foundation, said it is time to address the condition of the only two dams on the Royal River.
Letter: Scientific facts are not political
Sun Journal - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

The recent column by Cal Thomas portrays climate change science as “hysteria” and “propaganda.” I challenge this view by citing five major takeaways from the US Global Change Research Program draft special report of June 28, 2017: 1) Global temperatures are rising — faster than any time in the last 1700 years; 2) Significant atmospheric changes are inevitable; 3) Humans are the dominant cause; 4) Extreme weather events are happening more frequently; and 5) Oceans are rising and heating up — from greenhouse gas warming. These scientific facts are not political or partisan. ~ Richard Fortier, New Gloucester
Letter: Public, businesses must act to reduce plastic use and waste
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 5, 2018 

Last week I received an item I’d ordered from L.L. Bean. It came in not one but two plastic bags. The outer bag was much bigger than necessary for the item inside. I once thought of Bean’s as a corporation concerned for the environment – no longer. We must demand that Bean’s, the supermarkets and other retailers return to paper packaging or to other biodegradable materials for their products. We must also find ways to clean up and re-use the plastic trash that we have turned loose on the planet. ~ Isabel Denham, Falmouth
Luke’s Lobster set to open seafood-buying operation on Portland Pier
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Luke’s Lobster is opening a wholesale seafood buying and shipping operation on the Portland Pier in the space formerly occupied by New Meadows Lobster. Luke’s said it will begin lobster buying and shipping operations this week to ensure that there is no lapse in commercial fishing activity in the downtown area, and to provide Luke’s lobstermen partners an immediate economic opportunity. Founded in 2009, Luke’s operates 29 seafood shacks across the country.
Maine’s public advocate skeptical of $2.5 billion plan to ‘harden’ power grid
Associated Press - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

The agency that represents the interests of Maine utility customers is skeptical of a proposal to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to “harden” the power grid in the face of increasingly intense storms. Avangrid, the parent company of Central Maine Power Co., will have to justify such a large expenditure over 10 years and ensure that ratepayers won’t bear the lion’s share of the costs, said Public Advocate Barry Hobbins. Avangrid is proposing a $2.5 billion effort in Maine and New York, and at least some of the costs would be borne by ratepayers under the proposal.
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