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Action Alert - Tuesday, October 15, 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
A Citizen’s Guide to Helping the Birds of Maine, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

Laura Suomi-Lecker, Outreach Coordinator at Avian Haven, will show the effort and dedication required to rehabilitate eagles, owls, hawks, loons, and many species of songbirds. At Topsham Public Library, October 22, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Shells: Treasures from Maine Shores, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Alison C. Dibble, conservation biologist, shares her passion for Maine shells ranging from clams and snails to slippers and whelks. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, October 21, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Ocean Commotion 5k Run/Walk, Oct 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 12, 2019 

You and your friendly four legged running companions can participate in the 5th Annual Ocean Commotion 5k Race. At Hermit Island Campground, Phippsburg, October 19, benefits Marine Mammals of Maine.
Falling Leaf Fun, Oct 18
Event - Posted - Friday, October 11, 2019 

Friends of Sears Island will host a program for kids. At Belfast City Park, October 18, 2:30-4 pm.
NRCM's Annual Conservation Leadership Awards, Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Natural Resources Council of Maine 2019 Conservation Leadership Awards:
• Jon Lund, Hallowell, Lifetime Achievement Award
• Liz Caruso, Caratunk, tireless activist against the proposed CMP transmission corridor
• SolaRISE Student Activists, Portland, advocates for providing solar energy to local schools
• Sandi Howard for dedication to administering Say NO to NECEC
At Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland, October 16, 6-8 pm.
Bees and Blueberries: Where Does It Go From Here? Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Pollinator Biologist Eric Venturi will present this year's Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation: The future of cultivating blueberries. At UMaine at Machias, October 16, 11 am.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 

Keynote speaker Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods," speaks on nature-deficit disorder, the importance of exposure to nature for health, and the need for environmental protection. Also, celebrate policy wins for conservation and clean energy in Maine. At UNE's Innovation Hall, Portland, October 22, 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters.
Fall Photography Walk, Oct 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 5, 2019 

Jim McCarthy will share secrets for creative nature photography. At Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center, Topsham, October 12, 9-11 am, limit 20, pre-register.
Kennebec Land Trust, Howard Hill Historical Park dedication, Oct 10
Announcement - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Judy Camuso, Commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife; Howard Lake, KLT Director; Bill Bridgeo, Augusta City Manager; Augusta Mayor Dave Rollins; and Andrew Silsby, President of Kennebec Savings Bank, provide remarks October 10, 4 pm, at the historic Gannett treehouse overlook.
Insects in decline in Maine, Oct 9
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Sarah Haggerty, Maine Audubon conservation biologist, talks about her research on Maine insect populations. At UMaine-Farmington, October 9, 7 pm. Sponsored by Western Maine Audubon.
Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

E.J. Milner-Gulland, Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford, UK, will speak on “An Optimistic Vision for a Sustainable, Wild, and Socially Just World.” Also, remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell. At UMaine at Orono, October 8, 2 pm, pre-register.
Fund for Maine Land Conservation seeking applications for grants to support future projects
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

The Fund for Maine Land Conservation, a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications to support projects that encourage preservation of Maine’s land. Deadline: Oct. 15.
Pesticides disposal
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Mainers can dispose of unusable and waste pesticides in October at four sites: Presque Isle, Jonesboro, Augusta and Portland. Registration deadline: October 7.
One Maine, One Health, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Maine Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Conference, "One Maine, One Health: Uniting Maine's people, environment and wildlife for better health and economy." At Augusta Civic Center, October 8, 8 am - 3 pm.
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Blog: Winter in Acadia with a three-year-old is gorgeous and challenging in all the right ways
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

Bill, Penrose and I just returned from a short family vacation to gorgeous Acadia National Park. We envisioned a snowy trek, and packed snowshoes, cross country skis, gaiters, a toboggan, and snow pants, none of which we needed. The weather was mild and the ground snowless when we were there, and even without the main park loop road being open, Acadia offers plenty of walking and hiking opportunities. Here’s a day by day breakdown of the trip. ~ Courtney Naliboff, The Frozen Choice, Rural Jewish Island Life blog
Bad news for forests: Beeches booming as climate changes
Associated Press - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, according to a group of scientists. Beech, often used for firewood, is of much less commercial value than some species of birch and maple trees that can be used to make furniture and flooring. Jasen Stock, executive director of the NH Timberland Owners Association, said, “We’re really dealing with the fallout from climate change, and how do we manage to accommodate for that.”
Review: ‘You Had a Job for Life’ by Jamie Sayen
Wall Street Journal - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

Jamie Sayen’s book, “You Had a Job for Life,” is the story of a former company town. The mill in Groveton was built in 1891. During its golden years it was run by three generations of the Wemyss family, most notably James C. Wemyss Sr. (“Old Jim”). Because he lived in Groveton, the welfare of the town and his workforce weighed strongly in the calculus of his business decisions. This sort of calculus was abandoned, however, with corporate raider Sir James Goldsmith’s 1981 attack on Diamond International. That inaugurated a quarter-century of absentee ownership—Goldsmith, then Virginia-based James River Corp., then Wisconsin-based Wausau Paper—that coincided with soaring energy and shipping costs, shrinking demand, and the general effects of globalization.
Wind Industry Sues LePage Over Halting of New Permits
Associated Press - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

The Maine Renewable Energy Association has filed a lawsuit in Kennebec County Superior Court saying Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage lacks the executive authority to decide which industries can get regulatory review. The group is seeking a judge to nullify the governor's moratorium on new wind power permits. The governor in his January address called the benefit of wind turbines "uncertain." His moratorium would last until a new commission releases findings on the economic impact of wind turbines. The governor's order said the commission's proceedings will not be public under Maine's Freedom of Access Act.
New kids outdoor program on Sears Island in high demand
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

An after-school program on Sears Island is part of a new monthly series called Science Squad, organized by Friends of Sears Island. Designed for children ages 6-12, the program has a different theme each month, and is limited to 12 students and their parents or guardians. “The main goal is to get kids out exploring, just to be out in nature in their local environment and learning how to be stewards of that environment,” said Ashley Megquier, outreach coordinator for Friends of Sears Island.
Blog: Ways Cities Are Moving to Sustainable Energy
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

The global population is growing at a fast pace. People tend to move to cities because of what cities have to offer. However, a large number of people means that a lot of energy that is being used. On top of that, a lot of this energy is actually being wasted. In order to minimize the waste, scientists are working on more efficient and eco-friendly sources of energy. ~ Adam Richards
Stunning doesn’t begin to describe these photos of Maine’s High Peaks
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

ohn and Cynthia Orcutt have blessed us with amazing photos in their book, Enduring Heights – The High Peaks of Maine. I don’t have the words to really describe these stunning photos that I have been enjoying all week.
Koch Document Reveals Laundry List of Policy Victories Extracted from the Trump Administration
Other - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

Documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented show that the network of wealthy donors led by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch have taken credit for a laundry list of policy achievements extracted from the Trump administration and their allies in Congress. The document highlights environmental issues that the Koch brothers have long worked to undo, such as the EPA Clean Power Plan, which is currently under the process of being formally repealed, and Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, among their major accomplishments.
How important is a straw?
Other - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

The small, unassuming drinking straw probably seems harmless. Don’t be fooled. Starbucks, the largest coffee chain on the planet, distributes 3.5 billion straws around the world each year, which works out to be an incredible 110 straws every second! That’s an environmental nightmare by itself, according to Greenpeace. Add in 4 billion non-recyclable plastic-lined “paper” cups every year — 127 each second — and it becomes a disaster. Starbucks is part of the global plastic problem: tell the coffee giant to stop trashing our planet with plastic!
Greenwich potluck event is for the birds with talk on Puffin Project
Other - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

Greenwich Time (CT) - The trio of Greenwich garden clubs is at it again. At the next potluck, Steve Kress, vice president of bird conservation for the National Audubon Society and executive director of the Puffin Project, will speak on his work reintroducing puffins to the coast of Maine. The event will be held March 3 at Audubon Greenwich. Senior Naturalist and Education Specialist Ted Gilman said Kress is “best known for his research and conservation work with seabirds initially along the coast of Maine, but since then his his techniques have been applied in 328 countries around the world, I believe."
Artists hope Waterville snow sculpting event grows
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

The towns of Camden, Freeport and Falmouth all held snow sculpting competitions in recent years. But those events fizzled out, and now Maine lacks a qualifier for the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. Maine artists are hoping the snow sculpting event that took place in Waterville this weekend will grow into Maine’s next qualifier for the national championships. As a member of one of the three teams that sculpted in the Waterville event, Amanda Bolduc is hoping that a snow sculpting national qualifying event will be established in Maine, so that the state can be represented every year at nationals. “These events draw 50,000 to 100,000 people,” said Bolduc. “It would be great if Maine had this kind of arts festival."
Column: Conservation Efforts Have Preserved 100 Miles of Maine Heaven
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

As a young man visiting the 100-Mile Wilderness 40 years ago, I remember that other than the National Audubon Society’s 1,600-acre preserve on Borestone Mountain and the 35 acres of old-growth white pines at the Hermitage, the region enjoyed no other conservation protection. My, how things have changed. Between 1985 and 2004, the National Park Service acquired 15,000 acres of AT corridor. In 1990, the state of Maine secured the 43,000-acre Nahmakanta Public Lands unit. The Nature Conservancy established the 46,000-acre Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area in 2002. AMC made four purchases totaling 70,000 acres between 2003 and 2016. Elliotsville Plantation owns 40,000 acres. And then there’s the 210,000-acre Katahdin Forest Easement (2009) and the monumental 363,000-acre Moosehead Region Conservation Easement (2012). Amazing conservation success stories, all of them. ~ Carey Kish
Letter: Tale of beloved tree was wonderful
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

What a wonderful story Peggy Grodinsky wrote (“RIP, red maple: A homeowner wrestles with the decision to take down a beloved, century-old tree,” Feb. 18). The red maple brought with it decades of history, and, in its final years, a sense of familiarity. Beautifully constructed, beautifully written, beautifully felt. I can’t thank her enough! It was such a relief from politics and dismal news to feel that caring and connection with the tree she loved that had to come down. ~ Grace Hinrichs, Rockport
Letter: Yes, liberals dominate college faculties, and for a very good reason
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 25, 2018 

Republicans have, for many years, been the anti-education, anti-science party, from attempting to underfund public education to denying global warming. They seem to want to keep the populace ignorant and unable to think for themselves. Though I believe that there must be diversity in the marketplace of ideas, and that universities should invite more conservative views into their halls, every idea must stand or fall based on the evidence that supports it. Notions that conflict with reality ought not to be accepted. I would rather be governed by someone who is informed, open-minded and fair than someone who sticks to his or her position no matter what the evidence shows. Our survival on this planet depends on it. ~ Nancy O’Hagan, Portland
Column: Pemmican, the nutritional trail food from the 1900s
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

Long-distant hikers and backpackers looking for that elusive silver bullet in selecting a highly nutritional trail food might want to take a closer look at pemmican, long known historically as the ultimate survival food. Insofar as I know, you can’t buy traditional pemmican from trail-food manufacturers, but you can make it yourself like your ancestors did. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Sprague Energy responds to fuel tank leak in South Portland
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

Sprague Energy employees are pumping out and preparing to repair a large kerosene storage tank at the company’s waterfront facility off lower Main Street after the tank developed a leak early Saturday morning.
Column: Great Public Gardens of New England
Other - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

Garden in the Woods is my first destination each spring. Many rare and endangered species are grown, studied, and preserved, plus an extensive selection of native plants is available for sale. Some of my favorite gardens to tour during the summer months are found in Maine. Noteworthy gardens on Mount Desert Island include Thuya Garden and the Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor, plus a drive through Acadia National Park is truly mesmerizing. A visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor requires an advanced reservation but is well worth the effort with a glorious woodland walk to access the magnificent formal gardens. Perhaps the most spectacular garden I have visited in recent years is the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay. ~ Suzanne Mahler
Maine may face brownouts, higher electric prices
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

With more oil, coal and nuclear plants heading for the scrap heap, the future may prove dim. “Keeping the lights on in New England will become an even more tenuous proposition,” Philip Shapiro, chairman of the ISO New England Board, and Gordon van Welie, its longtime president and chief executive officer, said in an annual report released this month. What that means is that rolling blackouts during especially heavy use periods are more likely. Those outages “could affect hundreds of thousands of average New England homes at a time,” said one recent regional report. Facing that challenge is a key reason that New England’s electricity rates are higher than the national average, and why trimming those rates in the years ahead is unlikely.
Divers to inspect sunken tugboat off Kennebunk
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

The Coast Guard is putting together a dive team to inspect an unmanned tugboat that sank Thursday off Kennebunk as it was being towed to Portland after a collision with another tugboat. The divers also will look for eight 44-gallon plastic barrels of fuel that were on the deck of the Capt. Mackintire, which had an additional 4,400 gallons of fuel in its tank when it went down about 2 a.m. Thursday.
Sean Faircloth drops out of race for Maine governor
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

Sean Faircloth, a former Bangor mayor and Maine legislator, dropped out of the 2018 gubernatorial race Saturday evening and cast his support to former House Speaker Mark Eves.
Opinion: It’s time to phase out all single-use plastic
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

More than 100 cities in California have adopted restrictions on polystyrene takeout containers, and the state has banned single-use plastic grocery bags. Considering the magnitude of the problem, however, this item-by-item, city-by-city approach isn’t going to cut it. It’s time for environmentalists, policymakers and elected officials to start planning a broader response: phasing out all single-use plastic, not just the most pernicious. We don’t expect President Trump or Congress to follow suit. That leaves it to states. One strategy is for lawmakers to adopt a reduction goal, as they did for greenhouse gas emissions and energy derived from fossil fuels, and then to adopt specific programs to meet that goal. It’s a simple but effective approach to tackling such a formidable environmental threat. ~ Los Angeles Times
Maine Voices: Former Sen. Boyle on leaving the race for governor
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

I entered the race for governor because I was fed up with a system that is rigged in favor of the wealthy and the special interests, who can afford big-time lobbyists. And it’s rigged against working families. The Cate Street debacle was too much to take. Cate Street was able to take millions of dollars of taxpayer money meant to create jobs in East Millinocket and pocket the cash instead. They left the community high and dry. That’s outrageous, and I wanted to be in a position to stop it from ever happening again. I’m still angry, but that’s not enough to sustain a statewide campaign. My campaign is over, but this is not the end. We have work to do to make sure the next person in the Blaine House is committed to bringing people together to solve the big problems facing our state. ~ Jim Boyle, Gorham, former state senator
Letter: LePage wrong with land trust attacks
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

Gov. LePage’s recent scurrilous attacks – alleging that land trusts don’t pay property taxes – are wrong, as approximately 95 percent of Maine land trust properties are on town tax rolls. Great Works Regional Land Trust pays property taxes in all six towns in our service area, more than $97,000 over the past five years. We require fewer services from the towns than developments would for schools, public safety, roads, etc. and we provide many public benefits at no cost to taxpayers. Chief among these is public access for recreation to approximately 20 miles of trails. Statewide, voters have shown overwhelming support for conservation, appropriating funds to Land For Maine’s Future six times. The many public benefits of protecting open spaces are recognized and appreciated by the general population. ~ Michael Wright, Great Works Regional Land Trust, Berwick
Letter: Don’t tax electric vehicles
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 24, 2018 

Rep. Wayne Parry’s LD 1806 is an inequitable attempt to fix a broken road-financing system by slapping a tax on battery-electric vehicles and hybrids. All citizens benefit from roads whether they own a vehicle or not, regardless of how many miles they drive. Their heating fuel is delivered on our roads. Their electricity is maintained by road-bound trucks. Their police, fire and other emergency responders use the roads. Their online shopping arrives in vans. Taxing vehicles by fuel or fuel-efficiency is regressive. Before arbitrarily slapping a tax on electric vehicles and hybrids, maybe we can figure out exactly how much everyone actually should be contributing. ~ Geoffrey Marshall, Little Deer Isle
Thos. Moser, L.L.Bean collaborate on luxury fly-tying desk
Sun Journal - Friday, February 23, 2018 

On Friday, high-end furniture maker Thos. Moser and outdoor retailer L.L.Bean announced a collaboration: the creation of a Limited Edition Fly-Tying Desk, handmade from American black cherry with 20-plus dovetailed drawers. How much? $12,500, plus $750 shipping, making it the most expensive item on llbean.com. And how limited? Just five, and two have already sold.
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