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Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 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
Save Right Whales
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

New England’s iconic whale is on the brink of extinction. A bill in Congress called Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (“SAVE”) Right Whales could help this key species recover. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
Water: What is has to teach us, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Learn about fresh water ecosystems and new aquaculture operations in the MidCoast region. At Topsham Public Library, June 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Proposed Coyote Center, Jun 24
Event - Posted - Monday, June 17, 2019 

Biologist Geri Vistein will share an informative film about the future Coyote Center in Maine, followed by a discussion of Maine’s coyotes. At Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, June 24, 6:30 pm.
Teen Wilderness Expedition, July 23-25
Announcement - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night, all-inclusive adventure for 12-16 year olds at Little Lyford Lodge, July 23-25. Offered by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Maine State Museum hosts Bike Day, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join the Maine State Museum, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine State Library in a free family event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and learn about the benefits of safe, relaxed bike riding. At Maine State Museum, June 22, 10 am - 1 pm.
Woodland Management with Birds in Mind, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A Forestry for Maine Birds workshop for landowners, foresters and loggers interested in learning how they can support Maine’s forest songbirds. At Somerset County Cooperative Extension office, Skowhegan, and on the adjacent Yankee Woodlot Demonstration Forest, June 22, 9 am - noon.
Hike Puzzle Mt., Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A moderate to strenuous hike of 8.5 miles. Cross several exposed granite boulders and ledges offering views of the Sunday River ski area, Grafton Notch, and the Presidentials, June 22, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Androscoggin River Canoe & Kayak River Race, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

This event is open to all to launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, (and more) into the Androscoggin River and complete one of three courses of varying length and challenge. At Festival Plaza, Auburn, June 22, 9 am, $15 for single paddler, $25 for a double, benefits Androscoggin Land Trust.
Plants of Corea Heath, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join Jill Weber, botanist and co-author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, to learn about carnivorous plants, orchids, stunted trees and shrubs and cotton-grass. At Corea Heath, Goldsboro, June 22, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Maine Wildlife Park open house, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will hold an open house with free admission, June 21, 5-8 pm. Feeding times for moose, lynx, foxes, cougars, vultures and bears will be posted.
Call for a presidential primary debate on climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has rejected a presidential primary debate on climate change. 15 Democratic presidential candidates have joined the call. So can you. ~ CREDO Action
Trekking through Time
Announcement - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

From June through October, Lakes Environmental Association, Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and Western Foothills Land Trust will host the Trekking through Time Series. Once a month throughout the summer and early fall, each organization will host a historical tour of one of its conservation properties.
Help document impact on shell middens, Jun 18
Announcement - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

Many cultural artifacts of Maine's first coastal residents are preserved in shell middens, but these sites are disappearing as sea levels rise, collectors dig into the middens, and visitors walk on them. Maine Midden Minders is developing a database of erosion conditions at middens. Volunteer training at Coastal Rivers’ Education Center, Damariscotta, June 18, 3-7 pm.
“Dog-Friendly Hikes in Maine” book launch, Jun 18
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

Book signing and presentation for “Dog-Friendly Hikes in Maine” by Aislinn Sarnacki, which contains detailed descriptions and maps of 35 hikes across Maine that are ideal for dogs and their owners. At Epic Sports, Bangor, June 18, 5-7:30 pm.
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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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