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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: Engineers play critical roles in the future of our state’s economy
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

According to the biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson, the human species now stands at the threshold of “volitional evolution,” the “creation of artificial organisms, gene substitution and surgically precise modification of the genome.” Wilson argues that these possibilities put at risk global biodiversity, including continuation of the human species. Our survival, he asserts, requires “intelligent self-understanding, based upon a greater independence of thought than that tolerated today even in our most advanced democratic societies.” I believe that the greatest importance of engineering for the future of the Maine economy lies in facing this challenge. ~ Charles Lawton
Letter: Beck takes lead on environment
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

I am proud to support Henry Beck for the Maine Senate. Henry has a stellar environmental legislative record, having received a 100 percent rating by the Maine Conservation Voters. His voice will be vital as we face the greatest public health crisis of our time — climate change. Henry’s positive vision for a sustainable future is his advocacy of Maine’s solar power policy bill. The bill would have created jobs while at the same time lowering electricity rates and our carbon footprint. This is the kind of leadership our region needs and deserves. ~ Norm Anderson, Winslow
Opinion: Keeping Mere Point Land Not in Town’s Best Interest
Times Record - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 

I received over 100 emails or letters before the vote on Sept. 19 on whether to retain or sell the tax-acquired property at 946 Mere Point Road in Brunswick. I considered everything they had to say. The Mere Point property is a sweet piece of land with lovely water views. However, the 2008 Comp Plan has a list of costly key objectives and key actions still to be accomplished. Retaining the property with its extremely limited water access did not seem prudent. We simply do not have the resources at this time to properly maintain all that we have. I eventually came to the conclusion that it would be best to sell 946 Mere Point with the hope that a nice home is built there that will generate a strong tax revenue stream. ~ Alison Harris, Brunswick Town Council
Crack open a cold one with Maine Beer Co. to honor North Woods
Mainebiz - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Vacationland has been making headlines as of late for both the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and its beer — and Maine Beer Co. will combine both for its small-batch Woods & Waters IPA. The limited release brew commemorates the August establishment of the national monument with flavors of pine and citrus, and uses Maine-grown barley and wheat from Lisbon Falls-based Blue Ox Malthouse, with plenty of American hops for IPA lovers. The craft brewery, which announced plans for a large expansion at its Freeport headquarters in August, said Woods & Waters IPA will available at its tasting room and in bottles starting Sept. 30.
Fall foliage hikes: colorful trails for cool weather
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, September 26, 2016 

The blackflies and mosquitoes are gone, along with summer vacationers. The air is crisp and fresh; and leaves are turning magnificent hues of red, orange, gold and yellow. Autumn is the perfect time to hike in Maine. So, wrap yourself in hunter’s orange (just to be safe). Pack some extra layers of clothing and a thermos of hot cider. And check out some of these particularly beautiful trails this fall:
• Tumbledown Mountain – Weld
• Walden-Parke Preserve – Bangor
• Blue Hill Mountain – Blue Hill
• Ferry Beach State Park – Saco
• Schoodic Mountain – near Sullivan
• Sanders Hill – Rome
• Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park – Freeport
• Green Lake Nature Trails – Ellsworth
• Precipice – Acadia National Park
Appalachian Mountain Club sells Boston headquarters for $15m
Boston Globe - Monday, September 26, 2016 

After nearly a century of managing its trails, huts, outdoor activities, and conservation efforts from a group of brick bowfronts on Beacon Hill, the Appalachian Mountain Club said Monday it has sold its headquarters there and is hunting for a bigger space in Boston. AMC said the three adjacent four-story buildings on Joy Street were sold for $15 million to a group of local developers and investors. Those partners intend to convert the buildings, which total about 22,000 square feet of floor space, back to their original residential use.
Aviation Emissions Are Next Target in Fight Against Climate Change
TIME - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Negotiators from around the world will craft a framework to limit future aviation emissions at a conference in Montreal this week in what they hope will be a significant step toward addressing climate change. Stemming emissions in aviation in particular presents a difficult task. Emissions from the global aviation industry are approximately equivalent to those from Germany currently, no small sum. The industry is expected to grow at a breakneck pace in the coming decades, in large part due to increased access to air travel in the developing world.
Maine's Moose Hunt Begins, with Fewer Permits Issued
Maine Public - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Maine's moose hunt begins today, but with several hundred fewer permits issued. Nearly 49,000 hunters entered the lottery for 2,140 moose permits, 675 fewer than last year. Maine is working on a long-term study to determine moose population trends; but it's suspected that the number is declining.
Exeter Dairy Farm sees powerful future in food waste, cow manure
WLBZ-TV2 - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Maine has lost roughly 20 percent of it's dairy farms since 2010. There are now fewer than 250 in operation. One farm in Exeter has found a way to solidify its future, by investing in technology that's allowed the farm to turn its cows into not only milk producers, but power producers too. And now, the farm is also helping to solve food waste problems.
A happy birthday hunt pays off on Maine moose hunt opening day
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 26, 2016 

For the past 36 years — ever since the state of Maine began its modern moose hunt — Blaine Miller of Norridgewock has waited in vain for his name to be drawn during the state-run permit lottery. Until this year. On Monday, as Miller joined other successful hunters at Gateway Variety to tag his moose, he admitted that there wasn’t much suspense involved in this year’s drawing. “When I turned 70, they had to give it to me,” Blaine Miller said, describing a new Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rule.
Canada protects, Trump harumphs, LePage slashes
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 26, 2016 

On Monday, September 26, an alliance of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Commonwealth countries, and Canadian ecologists joined forces to protect one of the largest coastal temperate rainforests in the world—the Great Bear rainforest along the central and west coast of British Columbia. Meanwhile, in the U.S., Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter, recently reiterated his father’s strong support for U.S. energy development, proposed corporate sponsorships in national parks, and questioned humans’ role in climate change. And, in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage is pushing to increase logging on state forest lands, including in old-growth bordering Baxter State Park and the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
John Malone honored as Citizen of the West
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist John Malone has been named 2017 Citizen of the West by the National Western Stock Show. A pioneer in the cable television and media industry, Malone was CEO of Telecommunications Inc. from 1973 until 1996. Liberty Media spun off in 1991 to house the cable company’s programming assets, which remained in Malone’s control after the sale of TCI in 1999. Malone, a long-time Colorado resident, is the largest individual private landowner in the U.S. He also owns numerous other land holdings, including cattle ranches in Colorado and Wyoming, and a house and more than a million acres in Maine. Malone is the 39th Citizen of the West. Previous honorees include Pete Coors and Dick Cheney.
Maine Audubon and CMP Cut Ribbon on New Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Maine Audubon - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Maine Audubon Executive Director Ole Amundsen III and Central Maine Power Company President and CEO Sara J. Burns cut the ribbon on a new electric vehicle charging station at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm headquarters in Falmouth today.
Endangered whale found dead, tangled in fishing gear off Maine
Other - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Federal investigators are looking into the cause of death of a large right whale discovered near Boothbay Saturday. A spokesperson for Marine Resources said marine patrol assisted in towing the body to shore. It was found tangled in ropes and was later towed into Portland Harbor. NOAA Fisheries Spokesperson, Jennifer Goebel, said the whale was initially spotted Friday by a Portland whale watching boat. "Northern right whales are the rarest, and most endangered type of great whales, and are both a federally-protected and endangered species," Goebel said.
Communications experts hired by the Fisheries and Wildlife Department
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 26, 2016 

In a major effort to improve its communications with sportsmen and women and the general public, Maine’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department is contracting with a bunch of firms, both in and out-of state.
Opinion: I used to earn a fair paycheck in a paper mill; now I struggle to get by on $10 per hour
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 26, 2016 

I worked as a crane operator at the paper mill in Bucksport for more than 28 years. We were stunned when the Verso Paper mill shut down. After the mill closed, I was eager to work. In all my years working at the mill, I had lost track of what wages were like out there. I had no idea wages were so low for so many workers. Now I’m working at a deli in a convenience store and make $10. It is not enough. It’s really tough to make ends meet on these low wages. I can’t afford to pay for a health insurance premium. I was shocked when I learned that Gov. Paul LePage had vetoed a bill to increase the minimum wage. ~ Raye Rolston, Stockton Springs
Endangered Right Whale Found Dead, Wrapped in Fishing Gear
Associated Press - Monday, September 26, 2016 

Federal investigators are looking into the death of a 43-foot-long endangered right whale that was found off the coast of Maine with fishing gear wrapped around her body. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the adult female whale was found Friday near Boothbay with fishing gear ropes wrapped around her head, mouth, flippers and tail. She weighed about 45 tons.
Letter: Ski mountain failure
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 26, 2016 

After reading about Big Squaw Mountain ski area being sued by the state of Maine, I feel it is necessary to remember that Maine had a chance to avoid the whole situation 40 years ago, when it was given the area by Scott Paper Co. The state totally missed the chance to create a valuable asset to the state. When the state decided to lease out the area, its was sealed. From that point on neither the state or the lessee was going to do any major capital improvements. Had the state decided to run the area like our neighbor New Hampshire does for at least one area, we would not be where we are now. ~ Nicholas Fox, Holden
Lubec, Maine, offers quaint town amid natural wonder
Other - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Nearly 16 years ago, a few days before the start of the new millennium, my husband and I left St. Louis for Quoddy Head State Park in faraway Lubec, Maine. At the time, remote Lubec, a quaint fishing village in a dramatic landscape of craggy coastline, sky-blue lakes and dense pine forests, was clearly down on its luck. Not so anymore.
Hills and Trails’ outdoor designs will remind you of your last hike or camping trip
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

If you love home decor truly inspired by the outdoors – not just some corporate vision of what it should be – check out the pillows, linens and prints from Hills & Trails, a fledgling illustration and print studio based in Portland. Graphic designer Kanya Zillmer and her boyfriend, James Fryderych, a photographer, had both been working as freelancers when they decided to take the leap and open their own business. They started Hills & Trails earlier this year as a creative outlet to express their love for the outdoors.
From LED bulbs to window coverings, 5 easy ways to cut energy use in your home
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

With all the political wrangling this year around solar policy and natural gas expansion, it’s easy for Mainers to overlook the most obvious and cost-effective ways to save money and use less energy in their own homes. Maine has the fifth oldest housing stock in the country with more than a quarter of all homes built before 1940. So for most of us, the challenge is to integrate modern efficiency measures into our vintage structures. Here are my five favorite steps. ~ Tux Turkel
Jon Hill, energy-efficiency inspector and organic blueberry farmer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

If you’ve recently weatherized your house, you know that to get a rebate from Efficiency Maine, the work must pass inspection first. An auditor, typically brought in by your contractor, comes to check the work and signs off your rebate application. But Efficiency Maine also follows up, inspecting the inspector as it were. That’s Jon Hill’s job description. We called him up to talk weatherization, checks and balances and, to our surprise, bees and blueberry farming.
Horns Pond wilderness camp is a big step up
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

The Horns Pond wilderness camp site on Bigelow Mountain range is the heaviest used site for overnight campers along the Appalachian Trail in Maine, drawing about 3,000 to 4,000 each year. It lies in the high elevation zone of the Bigelow range that includes 4,088-foot Myron Avery Peak and 4,150-foot West Peak. Hikers camp at Horns Pond on the way to South Horns Peak, which is about a half-hour hike away. The campsite is maintained by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the volunteer group that has managed the 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine since 1935.
Column: The odors that never grow old
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

While sights and sounds sometimes trigger fond recollections, it seems the effect of odor is much stronger, and certain aromas can stir vivid memories of days afield. There is a clinical explanation. Incoming odors are first detected by an organ known as the olfactory bulb. It starts inside the nose and connects to two areas along the bottom of the brain that handle our emotion and memory. Information for sight, sound and touch do not pass through these areas, which probably explains why scent has a much stronger effect on our emotions. The smell of burned gunpowder, on the shooting range or in the field, elicits myriad memories for me. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Jake Christie: Mount Megunticook and Maiden Cliff haven’t lost their appeal
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

There’s something special about re-experiencing places I’ve been before. Maiden Cliff and Mount Megunticook are part of Camden Hills State Park, and there are multiple approaches to both from a number of trailheads. My favorite loop starts at the Maiden Cliff trailhead, about 3 miles north of Camden Village on Route 52. This approach can be used for a shorter, kid-friendly 2-mile out-and-back hike to Maiden Cliff, or as a starting and ending point for this 7-mile loop. ~ Jake Christie
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