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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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Column: Economic policies or pipedreams?
Sun Journal - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

As Democrats swing left, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine what their triumph in the next election would mean for America. Take for example, “The Green New Deal.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward J. Markey propose putting the country on a war footing to purge U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions over a decade. The costs aren’t known, because the manifesto contains no concrete proposals. However, it must be sweeping and expensive if the government is to subsidize “clean” energy and suppress fossil fuels. What’s missing from this picture is old-fashioned prudence. But if financial markets worry about the escalating debt, Treasury bonds will lose value. If the fall in confidence is great enough, it might trigger a panic. ~ Robert Samuelson
Column: Democrats can’t be casual about the facts
Sun Journal - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

It’s refreshing to see the Democratic Party bubbling with new ideas. But this new thinking seems starkly different from the party’s reform efforts of the past three decades. The wonky proposals of the Clinton-Obama era were pragmatic and incremental, and they mixed market incentives with government action. Today we have big, stirring ideas — and that could be the problem. We already have one major party that now routinely twists facts, disregards evidence, ignores serious policy analysis and makes stuff up to appeal to people’s emotions and prejudices. If the Democrats start moving along that path as well, American politics will truly descend into a new dark age. ~ Fareed Zakaria
Opinion: By supporting CMP power line, Mills undercuts efforts to fight climate change
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

What a disappointment that the administration of Janet Mills has opted to follow the same old model of compromising away the health of Maine’s environment. This eco-balancing employs the notion that Central Maine Power’s offer to provide $258 million over 40 years will provide a benefit that is equal to or greater than the negative impacts of the 145-mile transmission line that will deliver dirty power from Hydro-Quebec. Mainers should be outraged that CMP is calling Hydro-Quebec power clean, renewable power. I have visited the source of this power in northern Quebec. It is a land of utter destruction. It is not too late for her to reverse course. ~ Jonathan Carter, Forest Ecology Network, Lexington Township
Opinion: Local businesses in Maine among those hurt by U.S.-China trade war
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

The trade war with China has left American consumers, workers and businesses paying the price. I’m in a unique position to read the economic pulse in our area. My conversations with retailers across the state have been unanimous: Tariffs are hurting their businesses. At a third-generation family-owned outdoor gear store, for instance, the owners are have been importing merchandise early to try to beat the increased tariffs. Front loading spring merchandise early and carrying additional inventory longer will eat into their profits and increase their financial exposure. Tariffs are hurting the very people the administration claims to be helping. It’s Americans who are the casualties of this trade war. ~ Curtis Picard, CEO, Retail Association of Maine
Letter: Demand that Maine’s U.S. senators support Green New Deal
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

The U.S. Senate is soon going to vote on the Green New Deal. The people of the United States deserve and demand that our country aggressively address climate change. The Green New Deal will keep us safe from climate change and create millions of new green jobs. It is a common-sense policy that is popular with the American people and people from all around the world. Contact your senators and demand that they support the Green New Deal. ~ Mary Dunn, Oakland
Letter: Maine’s forest heritage
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

We were all counting on the governor to make the right decision for our beautiful and beloved Maine. Janet Mills was the electoral choice of the many but alas she would give away our beloved woodland’s unspoiled and bounteous beauty for a few short-lived benefits. It is not too late to reverse course and fight CMP’s plan to mar our forest lands with an unsightly power grid to benefit Massachusetts. ~ James Kenny, Bangor
Letter: Green New Deal needed
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

I am in enthusiastic support of the Green New Deal resolution, which addresses both environmental and economic crises impacting our country. Of particular importance to me are: Net zero greenhouse gas emissions; economic security; infrastructure and industry investments; secure access to clean air, water and food for all; and justice and equity for frontline communities most impacted by climate change. Call your members of Congress and ask them to support the resolution to bring real solutions to the looming climate crisis. ~ Carroll Payne, Plymouth
Letter: Thoughts on the I-395 connector
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

My heart goes out to the folks in jeopardy of the proposed Interstate 395 connector chopping through properties and bringing the cacophony of highway right to their very backyard. But it’s blatantly obvious that the spur is necessary. The major mistake here is that the I-395 connector wasn’t completed in the 1980s. ~ Kate Tuck, Bangor
Letter: Address climate change issue
Sun Journal - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

This country faces many problems, but only one existential crisis — climate change. The world’s inhabitants are in the process of destroying the conditions that allowed human civilization to develop and thrive. People must adopt a sense of national urgency around this issue. Every person, company and government entity has a part to play. By relentlessly reducing carbon pollution wherever possible, humankind may just be able to save itself, and future generations. ~ Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Lewiston
Letter: Protect our environment
Times Record - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

Residents and tourists enjoy our pure air and green landscape. To protect them there are many actions individuals and companies in Brunswick can voluntarily do or with tax incentives. Before clearing land and building new buildings, as on Route 24 intersection and Bath Road and at Bath Road near the base, the builder shows why it would not be possible to repurpose existing empty building. The natural cooling system that nature’s landscape provides is endangered by speculation clearing and building. Homeowners can be encouraged to mow higher, replace some lawn with native wild flowers, native shrubs and trees. This would also help the endangered bee population so important to food production. ~ Marji Greenhut, Brunswick
Low-Angle Photography
Maine Audubon - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

Nick Leadley, a professional wildlife photographer and Maine Guide, describes how to make a homemade ground plate, a device that allows you to mount a camera just above ground level, which is extremely useful when photographing birds and mammals from a low and unobtrusive viewpoint.
Guess which Maine beach made TripAdvisor’s Top 25 list?
Mainebiz - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, today announced the winners of its Travelers' Choice awards for the 25 best U.S. beaches. The only Maine location to make the list, Ogunquit Beach in York County, was ranked No. 18.
House approves bill to give clammers access to areas around Acadia
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

Federal legislation sponsored by Maine Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree will allow clam and worm harvesters to continue to work in intertidal zones around Acadia National Park, and will also allow the park to expand through a 1,400-acre donation on the Schoodic Peninsula. The U.S. House approved the bill Tuesday – it has already been approved by the Senate – and it will now be sent to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
Central Maine Power, opponent address NECEC project in Farmington
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

A spokesman for Central Maine Power spoke to an at times hostile audience Tuesday night on what the company sees as the benefits of a proposed 145-mile transmission line through western Maine, after which many of his arguments were rebutted by a representative of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Both groups were invited to the Farmington Community Center Tuesday to address the Board of Selectmen. The meeting drew a crowd of about 100 people, many of whom wore T-shirts that said “NO CMP Corridor.”
Mount Washington: Home of howling new wind record
Conway (NH) Daily Sun - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

High winds played havoc Monday and Tuesday, with trees downed, power outages reported and ski areas closing due to gusts and power outages. But the big news was the highest wind speed ever recorded on the top of Mount Washington for the month of February. Described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” the crew of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded a gust on Monday at 6:35 p.m. of 171 mph — a February record for the 87 years of the non-profit weather station.
Rural Maine Communities Fear Effects Of Land-Use Commission's Proposed Development Rules
Maine Public - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

After years of fighting over its future, Millinocket has recently unified around a focus on recreation, tourism and the forest products industry. But many in Millinocket are now concerned about proposed rules that could change the way that the North Woods would be developed, and potentially slow that progress. The new proposal from the state’s Land Use Planning Commission would allow development near more than 40 communities designated as “rural hubs.” Most commercial and residential development would potentially be allowed within seven miles of the border of these hubs and up to one mile from a public road. Other residential development would also be allowed in some nearby communities. And certain businesses, such as trail centers, could potentially be built even further away.
Litchfield residents endorse food sovereignty at special meeting
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

Between 40 and 50 Litchfield residents agreed at special town meeting Monday to declare the town food sovereign. The ordinance allows producers, growers, and processors of food or food products — but not meat or poultry or products made from them — to sell them directly to consumers at the site of production without having to undergo licensure or inspection.
Large Hancock County solar project wins state regulators’ OK
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

Maine regulators on Tuesday approved the winning proposal for a large solar power generation project in Hancock County that will deliver inexpensive electricity to Maine ratepayers over a 10-year period. Three Rivers Solar Power LLC’s solar project, which is under development, won among the six companies vying for approval. The project is located in the Unorganized Territories at Township 16, middle division, on property owned by forestry company Elliott Jordan & Son Inc.
Solar energy incentives bill moves forward
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

The Maine House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would rewrite the state’s solar energy policies, including by reviving incentives that allow homeowners to receive credits for excess electricity. With a 93-48 vote, the House took a step toward restoring the “net metering” or “net energy billing” policies that are currently being phased out in Maine. Also known as “net energy billing,” the policy allows owners of solar energy systems to receive credits on their electric bills for power fed back into the grid. The bill would also eliminate a policy that requires owners of solar energy systems to install an additional meter – paid for by all ratepayers – to monitor the output of solar panels.
Ski: Penobscot River Trails near Grindstone
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

The Penobscot River Trails is a network of more than 15 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that explore forestland along the banks of the East Branch of the Penobscot River near Grindstone in Soldiertown Township. The network also features a 4.5-mile snowshoe trail, a visitor center with indoor restrooms and two spacious warming huts. The trails are only open to the public on weekends and holidays. During weekdays, the location is used by the Maine Outdoor Education Program, free outdoor programming for students in grades 4 through 12.
Maine's North Woods: Proposed Changes To This Vast Region Stir Controversy
Maine Public - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

The Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) oversees zoning and development in the state’s unorganized territories—a huge swath encompassing millions of acres of land. Its proposed changes to how Maine’s North Woods are regulated are drawing controversy. What will they mean? Guests: Cathy Johnson, Natural Resources Council of Maine; Nicholas Livesay, Land Use Planning Commission; Rebecca Graham, Maine Municipal Association; Don Kleiner, Maine Professional Guides Association. [audio]
Citizens’ Climate Lobby looks to shore up Midcoast support for national climate change legislation
Times Record - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

While the Green New Deal has attracted plenty of press nationally for its sweeping, controversial approaches to combating climate change, local activists are working to build support of a different policy: a national carbon fee and dividend program. The policy is being promoted by Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a national organization with grassroots chapters all over the country, including eight in Maine. Local chapters are asking municipalities to endorse the policy, showing strong local support for it. Elected officials in Portland, Bangor, Brunswick, Harpswell, Fairfield and Vinalhaven have all endorsed a national carbon fee and dividend system as outlined by Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Following Decades Of Conservation Efforts, Bobcat Populations Are Returning To New England
Maine Public - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

As bobcats return to New England following decades of conservation and forest regrowth, biologists want to learn more about what these mysterious wild cats are up to. Regionally, sightings are on the rise. Numbers are up in Maine, increasing alongside the bobcat’s bigger cousin, the Canada lynx.
Happy centennial to Acadia (Lafayette) National Park
Friends of Acadia - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

100 years ago today, Sieur de Monts National Monument was re-designated by Congress as Lafayette National Park. That vote created the very first National Park east of the Mississippi River. A decade later, on January 19, 1929, the name was changed to Acadia National Park.
Workshop to look for emerald ash borers
Other - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

The National Park Service and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry are hosting an ash tree bark peeling workshop to search for an invasive forest insect pest, the emerald ash borer, on Thursday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. until mid-afternoon. The workshop will be held at Acadia National Park headquarters in Bar Harbor.
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