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Action Alert - Tuesday, August 20, 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
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.
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.
Wabanaki artists, culture event, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

40+ members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. At Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, August 24, 10 am - 3 pm.
A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact, Aug 23
Announcement - Friday, August 16, 2019 

According to the EPA's own analysis, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year by 2030. Learn about the impacts of Trump's deregulation campaign on a CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact." August 23, 10 pm.
Close Encounters of the First Kind, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Maine’s First Ship hosts Ken Hamilton for a discussion of the earliest European and indigenous people interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers. At Bath Freight Shed, Bath, August 22, 7 pm.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Anniversary Celebration, Aug 23-24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Dinner, music, silent auction, awards, and toast to commemorate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation. At New England Outdoor Center, T1 R8, August 23-24, $25.
Earth Day 2020
Announcement - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Earth Day, the global environmental movement for a cleaner, greener, safer and more just world for all, turns 50 next year. Want to help?
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Maine wildlife threatened by chronic wasting disease
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

This is very bad news. Chronic wasting disease has been found just 100 miles from Maine, in Quebec. Our Fish and Wildlife Department is taking this very seriously, and working with New Hampshire and Vermont to figure out the best ways to protect our moose and deer.
Big changes about small fish might be in store for fishermen
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Atlantic herring is a small, schooling fish that is the target of an industry that collects more than 100 million pounds of catch every year. The fish is the subject of concern from environmentalists and fishery managers, as a recent assessment of the herring stock shows a decline. The regulatory New England Fishery Management Council is set to vote on the future of the herring fishery Tuesday. The council is considering setting new long-term rules about how much of the fish can be harvested, as well as approving new standards designed to minimize herring fishing’s impact on the environment and other marine species.
Here’s why no two apples taste exactly the same
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

What sets apart the flavor of one apple from another? It comes down to the cellular level, experts say. “The flavor of fruits is largely from sugars and acids,” said Renae Moran, associate professor of pomology at the University of Maine. “The relative amount of sugars and fruity acids is perceived as sweetness, tartness or both.”
Editorial: Solar lawsuit aims to put Maine back on track
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

While other states provide incentives for home and business owners to generate some or all of their electricity with solar panels, the Maine PUC wants to punish people who invest in clean power, charging them for the electricity they generated. It’s like a grocery store billing a customer with a garden for the produce they didn’t buy. Before this goes any further, we hope the courts will intercede. That’s the notion behind a lawsuit filed in Superior Court by the Conservation Law Foundation, the Industrial Energy Consumer Group, ReVision Energy and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Maine should have a sensible energy policy. This lawsuit is a step in that direction.
Opinion: Climate risk, not powerline, is the real enemy
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

NRCM, the Sierra Club, the Legislature, CMP and the solar and wind industries need to drop their weapons, sit down and start developing a plan to meet the Maine’s stated greenhouse gas reduction goals in cooperation with New England and Quebec. We don’t have time for bickering when a comprehensive state and regional plan would benefit all of these constituents, the people of Maine and the world. Get to work. ~ Tony Marple, Whitefield
Letter: No benefit to Maine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed 145-mile transmission line is not good for Maine. Bringing a power line across the Kennebec River to assist Massachusetts in reaching its “renewable energy” goals is not helping us toward our goals but instead offers long-term degradation of our natural resources. Maine should be producing energy in ways that do not block migratory fish from moving through our rivers and streams and starving our ocean of forage fish. We need energy that neither pollutes our air nor increases asthma rates of our kids. We should have energy policies that consider the perils of a quickly warming Gulf of Maine. We are not aware of any evidence that the transmission offers appreciable climate benefits. ~ Landis Hudson, Maine Rivers, Yarmouth
LePage’s secretive wind energy commission appears near collapse
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Chris O’Neil, a consultant to the anti-wind organization Friends of Maine’s Mountains, said he welcomed the creation of the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission as a positive step toward investigating what he contends are the industry’s harmful impacts on the state’s “quality of place.” But in a resignation letter to LePage – also a fierce critic of the wind industry – O’Neil said he had ” little faith that it will achieve much, if anything.” LePage’s wind energy commission has been surrounded by controversy – and secrecy – ever since its inception in January. O’Neil’s resignation suggests that, at least to date, the commission has existed only on paper.
Scarborough considers tax break to develop village center at the Downs
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Town officials say redevelopment of Scarborough Downs could be the most important deal the town will ever consider and there are public forums tonight and Wednesday. The Downs was purchased in January for $6.7 million by Crossroads Holdings LLC, a group of longtime Scarborough residents.
‘There was a lot of hate mail’ — Internet buzzes over stoned Maine lobsters
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Charlotte Gill has come up with a process to get lobsters high before they die. She is convinced that a small dose of cannabis can help calm crustaceans before they’re cooked in a traditional lobster pot. Over the past few days Gill said her phone at the lobster pound has been ringing off the hook and she’s been inundated with emails. “I don’t think the science is there right now to say whether or not lobsters are anesthetized by marijuana, but it’s an intriguing idea and maybe worthy of exploration,” said Richard Wahle, a researcher at UMaine and director of the Lobster Institute. Animal welfare groups say there’s an even simpler way to avoid this dilemma: Don’t eat animals at all.
Midcoast oyster farm plans major expansion
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Now in its third year, Mere Point Oyster Company has seen demand for its product grow faster than expected. Partners Dan Devereaux and Doug Niven have invested $250,000 in the project. But in order to meet that demand, the company wants to increase its production, and has applied for a 10-year, 40-acre lease in the subtidal waters of Maquoit Bay, approximately 1,600 feet from Merepoint Neck and more than a mile from the opposite shore of the bay. A group of roughly 50 homeowners has hired an attorney to represent them in their opposition.
You’ll love bats after reading this kid’s book
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Melissa Kim has been writing wonderful children’s books in a partnership with Maine Audubon, where 10 percent of the money goes to Audubon’s outreach programs for underserved preschools. Melissa’s new book, A Little Brown Bat Story, in the Audubon series, was inspired by true stories of bats, and will both inform and inspire kids. The illustrations by Jada Fitch are really good too.
Lynn Plourde writes another awesome kids’ book about Maine
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Lynn Plourde is my favorite children’s book author. Her latest, At One In a place called Maine, is a keeper. The illustrations by Leslie Mansmann are particularly entertaining, including the one of twin fawns eating apples off a tree. I really like the central theme of this book about living in a place (Maine of course!) where you can sit outside and enjoy the seasons, scenery, and wildlife, and be at one with all of it.
Opinion: Maine should stop cruel bear hunting practices
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 24, 2018 

If Maine’s goals are to slow the growth of the bear population and reduce conflicts, banning bear baiting is an essential step. IFW also fails to address the problems associated with trapping and hounding bears. Other states with lots of bears and geography similar to Maine — including Oregon and Washington — have banned these cruel, unsporting and problematic practices and continue to successfully manage their bear populations. With numbers of hunters continuing to plummet and numbers of wildlife watchers exploding, we strongly urge IFW to earnestly incorporate the wishes of this growing constituency and use the best available science when making management decisions. ~ Katie Hansberry, Maine senior state director, Humane Society of the United States
Historic Casco Bay island once owned by Arctic explorer up for sale
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 24, 2018 

A private Casco Bay island once owned by famed Arctic explorer Robert Peary is up for sale, complete with two private sandy beaches and a secluded camp. Crab Island lies just outside the mouth of the Harraseeket River in Casco Bay. LandVest listed the property last month for $950,000, the first time it has been on the market in 65 years. It was one of a string of islands off Freeport that were purchased by Peary and became known as Peary’s Freeport Archipelago. Eagle Island, one of the many islands owned by the Peary family, features the previous summer home of Adm. Peary. Today the island is a national historic landmark and state park, open to visitors and tours.
Maine film fest to feature documentary on ‘Lobster War’ border dispute
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 24, 2018 

The dispute over whether Machias Seal Island is part of Maine or part of New Brunswick — and how that dispute has affected lobster fishermen from each country who fish near the border — is the topic of “Lobster War,” a film by David Abel and Andy Laub. Abel, an award-winning journalist for The Boston Globe, has worked with Laub, a nature and cultural documentary filmmaker, on prior films. The movie highlights how the disagreement has been exacerbated by changes in the Gulf of Maine that, over the past 30 years, have made the gulf’s lobster fishery one of the most lucrative in the country.
Opinion: Trump just the worst symptom of a sickened political system
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Placing his self-interest above the nation’s and engaging in potential criminal activity, Donald Trump, a cultural and anti-establishment fraud, is turning Republicans into sycophants and destroying the party’s brand. Yet, despite all the drama, the president isn’t the country’s biggest problem. He’s just the latest fake change agent leading a government whose lack of political will is transforming the richest country in the world into the most indebted and creating an existential threat to American democracy and capitalism. Since voters increasingly dismiss the two-party system as the political equivalent of professional wrestling, an effective PR campaign aimed at creating a nonpartisan National Unity Agenda and Change Coalition lobby can begin to reshape the political landscape. ~ Joe Mokler of Augusta,
Letter: Conservation fund needs reauthorizing
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 24, 2018 

To my dismay, while I was serving in Afghanistan last month, I learned that the Trump administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke had removed the Land and Water Conservation Fund from the federal budget. Our beloved parks, forests, monuments, wildlife refuges and over 40,000 state and local park projects are now in danger. This directly affects Maine, as we receive over $900,000 to support our public lands and drive our economy. Funding comes from taxing oil and gas extraction – not from taxpayers. For more than 50 years the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been reauthorized with bipartisan support. Every $1 of LWCF funds invested results in a return of $4 in economic value. Time is running out before the fund expires next month. ~ Alexander Cornell du Houx, Solon
Letter: Endangered species at risk from Trump White House
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 24, 2018 

We write with concern regarding proposed Trump administration changes to the Endangered Species Act that would:
• Make it difficult to extend protections to threatened species by creating new administrative procedures.
• Require consideration of economic factors instead of scientific evidence when deciding to list an endangered species.
• Make it more difficult to designate a critical habitat, an essential tool for protecting and restoring species.
• Exempt climate change as a factor when considering whether to list a species.
The Endangered Species Act has succeeded in preventing the extinction of 99 percent of the fish, plant and wildlife species listed since 1973. Please join us in supporting the Endangered Species Act and opposing proposed changes that reduce its future successes in protecting species whose continued existence is threatened. ~ Debbie and John Grew, Scarborough
Letter: Nominee’s environmental record concerning
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 24, 2018 

We urge Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s environmental record is clear – and it’s not good for clean air and water. It is not good for our children who suffer from asthma, as he’s unlikely to support regulating pollution that crosses state lines. It’s not good for maintaining the progress we’ve made bringing back species like bald eagles from the brink of extinction. It won’t be good for sustaining the Gulf of Maine. In major cases and minor, Kavanaugh finds a way to rule against environmental regulations. He should not be confirmed. ~ Landis Hudson, Maine Rivers, Yarmouth
Letter: Transmission line a bad idea for Maine
Morning Sentinel - Monday, September 24, 2018 

I can’t believe what I am reading about the Central Maine Power transmission line. We should protect our wilderness, trails, mountains and beautiful lakes. What CMP wants to do is not going to add beauty to our state but destroy some of it. All that CMP is thinking about is money. ~ Cecile Vigue, Fairfield
Tackling climate change to be a key issue at U.N. summit
Associated Press - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

With global temperatures rising, superstorms taking their deadly toll and a year-end deadline to firm up the Paris climate deal, leaders at this year’s U.N. General Assembly are feeling a sense of urgency to keep up the momentum on combating climate change. That’s why, in between discussing how to tackle wars, poverty and deadly diseases around the world, leaders will be devoting substantial time in New York this week to the question of global warming and how to rein it in. About the only leader not expected to dwell on climate change is President Trump.
50 enjoy first day of fall navigating Androscoggin
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Rumford Falls Times - Fifty people enjoyed the first day of fall Saturday on the Androscoggin River during the eighth annual River Run. The event was sponsored by the River Valley Growth Council, Androscoggin River Watershed Council, Mahoosuc Land Trust, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, EnvisionRumford and Stony Brook Recreation.
Farmington to host public meetings on dam removal
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Three public meetings will be held prior to a November referendum asking Farmington residents if they want to see the Walton’s Mill Dam on Temple Stream removed by the Atlantic Salmon Federation. The first meeting will be held Wednesday while additional dates have been set for Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, according to the Farmington Conservation Commission.
Editorial: Don’t weaken protections for New England’s marine monument
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Two years ago, a portion of the ocean off the coast of New England was declared a marine national monument, the first in the Atlantic Ocean. Since then federal scientists have been assessing the corals and hundreds of other marine species that live in the conserved area. But the protected area remains under threat as the Trump administration has recommended opening it to commercial fishing. This is unnecessary and will undermine the monument designation. Recently revealed documents show that Trump’s Department of Interior has only one metric in mind: that monuments are not special places meant to be preserved. Instead, they are seen as a source of money from what could be extracted from them.
A Maine man spent more than $100,000 to dredge for quahogs. Now the practice might be banned.
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Raymond “Bucky” Alexander figures he has at least $100,000 and several years invested in rebuilding his boat and crafting, by hand, the iron dredger he has used this summer to dredge for quahogs in the New Meadows River. While Alexander’s dredging is perfectly legal in the New Meadows River, other shellfish harvesters and oyster farmers aren’t happy with his method, and appealed to the town. They cited concerns about the sustainability of the quahog fishery, the river and the ecosystem. Last week, the state proposed a rule change that would prohibit Alexander from dredging in the 6-mile section of the river he’s found to be most productive.
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