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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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Residents renew bid to protect Portland’s working waterfront
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Portland residents are once again organizing to force a citywide vote to block non-marine development along the working waterfront, filing initial paperwork at City Hall on Friday afternoon. The citizens initiative would make sweeping changes to land-use rules governing three sections of the waterfront, spanning from the Eastern Promenade to Veterans Memorial Bridge. The proposal would further restrict uses that don’t rely on water access and narrow the scope of contract and conditional rezoning options that could be used to expand development options.
Bucksport wants to become a foreign cruise ship destination
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

The Hurtigruten Group’s MS Fram became the first international cruise ship to visit Bucksport on a scheduled stop Oct. 18. Some 90 passengers disembarked, visiting downtown and nearby Fort Knox. The ship’s visit complements town efforts to diversify its economy since Bucksport’s paper mill closed in 2014. Town officials will start pitching Bucksport to major cruise lines this winter.
6,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Distributed in Six States on Halloween
Center for Biological Diversity - Friday, October 26, 2018 

The Center for Biological Diversity is giving away 6,000 free Endangered Species Condoms this Halloween to highlight the scary costs of unchecked human population growth on wildlife. The condoms will be distributed in six cities across the country, from San Francisco to Baltimore. The colorful condom packages include species threatened by population growth. “It’s terrifying how quickly human activity is pushing species to the brink,” said Sarah Baillie, Endangered Species Condoms coordinator at the Center. Volunteers will be giving out the condoms at Halloween-themed parades, concerts and parties in Sumner, Maine, and in five other states.
Environmental group urges voters to take the long view
Forecaster - Friday, October 26, 2018 

As Election Day approaches Nov. 6, one environmental organization is encouraging all Mainers to vote – like an ancient species of fish would. Maine Rivers, the Yarmouth-based nonprofit aimed at protecting and enhancing the state’s rivers, is behind the “Vote like a Sturgeon” campaign. Landis Hudson, executive director of Maine Rivers, said as a nonprofit, Maine Rivers does not aim to tell anyone how to vote, but rather wants to encourage people to do their civic duty, as well as educate themselves on the issues and talk to candidates.
Whole Oceans' founder steps down, new president named
Mainebiz - Friday, October 26, 2018 

A land-based salmon farming operation planned for Bucksport has a new leader. Whole Oceans founder Rob Piasio has stepped down from his role as CEO, and the company has named its chief operating officer, Jason Mitchell, as president. Whole Oceans is a Portland-based company planning to build initially a $75 million land-based aquafarm to raise Atlantic salmon. In Belfast, Nordic Aquafarms Inc., based in Norway, is also working through the permitting process for a land-based Atlantic salmon farm.
Column: Around the Mountain and more
Times Record - Friday, October 26, 2018 

The Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park are the best bike trail rides in Maine. Built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the early part of the 20th century, the Carriage Roads consist of 46 miles of trails on a broken stone surface. Originally intended for horse and carriage, they are reputedly the best remaining examples of broken stone roads in the United States and include 16 architecturally remarkable stone-faced bridges that span roads, streams and waterfalls throughout the trail system. Instrumental in formation of Acadia National Park, Rockefeller subsequently donated the Carriage Roads to the park. ~ Ron Chase
Storm-Lashed Bowdoin Pine Finds New Life as a Ship’s Mast
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Volunteers in Bath are working on a replica of the Virginia, a fifty-one-foot pinnace built by English settlers in 1607. Although the Popham Colony near Bath didn’t survive, the Virginia went on to sail the Atlantic twice, ending up in Jamestown, Virginia, where the first English colony was established thirteen years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The replica is being built by Maine’s First Ship, an educational nonprofit dedicated to reconstructing the Virginia to near its original size. A volunteer was on the Bowdoin campus shortly after the storm of October 2017 and noticed a downed pine tree that would make a good mast for the vessel. College officials approved the donation. The replica of the Virginia is due to be launched in June 2020.
Spooky presentation in Greene
Sun Journal - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Tim Caverly presented a slide show and radio show of his children’s book “An Allagash Haunting” on Friday at Sawyer Memorial in Greene. The book is based on reported ghost sightings in a lumber camp in Churchill Dam and features a fictionalized version of Caverly’s granddaughter and her imagined introduction to the long-dead Emile Camile.
Maine moose hunt tradition brings disabled veterans together
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Fifteen disabled Maine veterans experienced a once-in-a-lifetime controlled moose hunt this year as participants in the annual Maine Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt, held in Aroostook County in August and September. Since 2010, the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has partnered with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Smoldering Lake Outfitters each year to give disabled Maine veterans a guided moose hunting experience, free of charge.
Panel: More People Coming To Maine Than Going
Associated Press - Friday, October 26, 2018 

he Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission on Friday cited Census figures showing that Maine saw 6,827 more people moving to the aging state than leaving last year. Of those, about 4,200 individuals, or over 60 percent, were between the age of 25 and 34. Thirteen out of Maine's 16 counties saw positive net migration. Maine's foreign-born population dropped from 3.8 to 3.4 percent between 2016 and 2017.
Following 'Document Dump' PUC Suspends Hearings On CMP Transmission Line
Maine Public - Friday, October 26, 2018 

State regulators Friday suspended hearings on Central Maine Power's proposal to build a 145-mile high voltage transmission line in western Maine. The move comes after project opponents complained that CMP had overwhelmed them with a “document dump” too big to wade through within the allotted time. Public Utilities Commission staff agreed and cancelled two scheduled hearings. The PUC called for a new, extended schedule that would give the parties time to examine and respond to the new documents.
PUC delays CMP transmission line decision
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Maine’s Public Utilities Commission, which had been expected to issue a decision by year’s end on Central Maine Power’s plan to bring hydropower from Quebec to markets in Massachusetts, issued a statement Friday morning saying intervenors needed more time to digest thousands of pages of information submitted in the case. Hearings set for Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 were canceled. The project has been highly controversial. The 145-mile electrical line would bring power produced by hydroelectric dams in Quebec to Massachusetts through Western Maine.
This family takes off-the-grid to the extreme
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

When Ethan Hughes and Sarah Wilcox-Hughes and their daughters Etta, 11, and Isla, 6, moved from rural Missouri to an off-grid house in Belfast this summer, they had a work crew remove the solar panels that powered up the home’s electrical system. Instead of electricity, they light their nights with candles. They cook and heat their home with a wood stove, keep food cool in a root cellar, use an outhouse instead of indoor plumbing, and travel from place to place via bicycle and public transportation instead of car. But this simple homeis rich in other things, they said.
Moose Turd Art Takes Off
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Mary Wichenbach’s moose turd art is flowing faster than… well, faster then moose poop. Winchenbach lives in Somerville and her moose turd business has taken off since a video of her at the Common Ground Fair went viral, viewed by more than 3.3 million people, and resulting in more than 2000 orders for the moose turd art from her business, Tirdy Works.
Here’s how to wind up a happy hunter as Maine deer season opens Saturday
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife estimates that during any given year, between 12 and 15 percent of the state’s deer hunters succeed in filling their tag and filling their freezer. When the firearms season begins with Maine residents’ opening day on Saturday, there are a few ways to increase your odds of ending up among those happy hunters.
Column: The ‘hole’ story of cavity-nesting birds
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

To birds, trees are wanted: dead or alive. Many birds are cavity nesters. In local backyards, woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees nest in holes. Tufted titmice and house wrens nest in cavities. Bluebirds and tree swallows do it. Great-crested flycatchers do it. Even bigger birds nest in cavities. Wood ducks do it. Common and hooded mergansers do it. Saw-whet and barred owls do it. So do American kestrels. Common goldeneyes do it. Altogether, about 85 North American species nest in cavities. ~ Bob Duchesne
A question worth pondering: Why do I hunt?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

I hunt because it gives me the chance to walk silently through the woods, to learn about nature and to sit on a stump, doing nothing, without feeling like I should be doing something else. I hunt because it recharges me after a day or week or month in the office. I hunt because I get a chance to think about life. I hunt because I never know what to expect in the woods, and the allure of those possible surprises — a bobcat saunters by, a moose stands alone in a cutting, a pair of deer prance past, a ruffed grouse takes wing in startling fashion — are always worth the trip. And most importantly, I hunt because I have good friends who hunt. ~ John Holyoke
Letter: Challenge of climate change is daunting, but there are tools at your disposal
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 26, 2018 

The recent report about climate change was deeply upsetting, and I understand that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. But I invite you to view it as an opportunity. Living here in Maine, odds are you value our environment. If you don’t know where to start, consider joining a local group. But we also need policy change, with government that supports work to moderate climate change and prepare for what’s coming. With that in mind, I urge you to vote. Think, too, of any young people in your life and remember them in the days after the election. ~ Erica Bartlett, Portland
Letter: Collins should use political clout to pursue climate change solution
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 26, 2018 

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has plenty of political capital. In light of the U.N.’s recent dire report about climate change, let’s call upon our senior senator to use her political capital to push legislation for a solution. Multiple studies have shown that a fee on carbon at the source will spur a reduction in carbon emissions in the most cost-effective way. We can’t kick this can down the road. Our children are counting on us. ~ Nancy Heiser, Brunswick
Camp Chewonki hires one, promotes two
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Greg Shute has been named senior vice president of Camp Chewonki. Nancy Kennedy was named vice president. She will oversee management of all three camp divisions: Camp Chewonki for Boys, Camp Chewonki for Girls and Chewonki Wilderness Trips. Charlie Fear was hired as director of Camp Chewonki for Boys.
Shawn Moody says he wants Maine to be ‘Staycationland’ instead of ‘Vacationland’
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Touting Maine’s clean air and water and its low crime rate, Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody says he wants to develop a marketing plan to convince some of the 30 million tourists who visit the state each year to move here to help grow the state’s economy and workforce. “I think we ought to be able to successfully change Maine from ‘Vacationland’ to ‘Staycationland,’ ” Moody said during a news conference at FutureGuard, an awning manufacturing company.
ReVision Energy team recognized for environmental leadership
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

ReVision Energy, a Portland renewable energy company, received an award for its environmental leadership. The Lewis Family Foundation presented its inaugural Alnoba Leadership Awards at Alnoba, the first passive house standard building of its kind in New England. ReVision was lauded for its employee-owned workplace; advocacy on climate policy and education; philanthropy; and developing innovative financial models to bring solar power to nonprofits. The foundation will donate $5,000 to the Conservation Law Foundation and $5,000 to Citizens Count on behalf of ReVision’s leadership team.
Great stories of Christmas in the Allagash
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Christmas in the very remote Allagash Wilderness Waterway was a challenge, and I loved the stories that Tim Caverly shared with us in his book, Tis the Season In Maine, co-authored by Frank Manzo Jr. Just getting family members to Tim’s Allagash cabin was a challenge. The book definitely brought back some great Christmas memories. Through their “New England Reads” literacy project, Tim and Frank have provided 234 Powerpoint programs for 8,000 students. They have also donated over 1750 Allagash Tails books to 146 New England schools.
‘He wanted to be saved’: A prodigy lobsterman’s battle with addiction
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Portsmouth Herald - The F/V Patricia Lynn II was Josiah Beringer’s refuge. It was also his darkness. His lobster traps, once strewn across the seabed in Hampton Harbor, are stacked outside like a ghost yard. His ropes, buoys and other gear scattered among them. Aboard the Patricia Lynn on July 10, while docked at Badger’s Island in Kittery, Josiah overdosed twice within the same day, the second time killing him. He laid on her deck for 10 hours before he was found. He was 31.
Messing with beaver traps turns into campaign mud in state Senate race
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Geoff Gratwick broke the law when he removed a pair of beaver traps from a pond near his home in Bangor 17 years ago because his children were “horrified,” a misdemeanor offense for which he paid a $248 fine. Now the Democratic lawmaker’s Republican challenger is attempting to use the Class E crime to exact political revenge. James LaBrecque, an adviser to LePage on energy policy, said he is attacking Gratwick in a mailing to 20,000 homes in Senate District 9 as payback for a press release from the Maine Democratic Party naming Republican candidates for the Legislature who have criminal records that include multiple drug dealing convictions and assaults.
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