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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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Letter: Another call to action on climate change
Times Record - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 

Last Friday, 13 federal agencies issued the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which states that climate change is affecting Maine’s forests, fisheries, farms, tourism and ecosystems—marine and land-based. It is already costing us in damage to property, infrastructure, health, crops, and fisheries. If we do not significantly lower global carbon dioxide pollution (stop burning fossil fuels) quickly, global warming will change the way we live and will cost the American economy as much as 10 percent of GDP by 2100. Two takeaways from both this report and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report issued in October are that transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources will reduce the risks of climate impacts and the best first step would be to put a price on carbon pollution. ~ Dodie Jones,, Brunswick
Region’s electricity market in trouble
Other - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

CommonWealth Magazine - The wholesale electricity market that has kept the lights on in New England for the last 20 years is going through a very tough stretch. Some say it may not survive, as states are pursuing long-term renewable energy contracts outside the market. The stakes are high, as geeky policymakers debate whether a competitive market is the best way to produce power in New England or whether we should return to a system that fell out of favor 20 years ago – letting state regulators decide which power plants should get built and at what cost.
This Year's Deer Harvest May Be Largest In 15 Years
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

State wildlife officials say preliminary numbers following the end of the regular firearms season on Saturday show that just over 30,000 deer were taken, compared to about 27,000 last year. Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Mark Latti says the higher numbers came despite rain on the first two Saturdays of the season. State biologists say snow statewide over the final two weeks helped hunters track game, which compensated for the slow start.
Quaggy Jo Mountain is Geologic Site of Month
The County - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

The Maine Geologic Survey has named Quaggy Jo Mountain in Aroostook State Park as November’s Geologic Site of the Month, according to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Anyone can take a geologic tour of Quaggy Jo Mountain’s unique and impressive features through the Geologic Site of the Month guide, just released by the Maine Geologic Survey and archived on the Maine State Library’s Digital Maine Repository.
These new products are great gifts for outdoorsy people
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

Here is a list of new outdoor products that have turned heads this year. Many of them feature new materials and technology that is truly amazing.
Maine Water Company says fuel spill poses ‘no risk’ to water supply in Rockport
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

A tractor-trailer rolled onto its side on Route 17 Tuesday morning, spilling diesel fuel near Grassy Pond, one of two water supply sources for the Camden-Rockland area. Officials from the Maine Water Company — the public water utility that manages the water supply for the area — said there is “no risk” to the water being supplied through the system.
Column: Bald eagles are a delightful treasure
Times Record - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

Bald eagles are dependent on open water sources and when their waterways freeze over in the winter, they head south. But, those who live along coasts where the water doesn’t freeze can stay there all year. Such is the case for our coastal Maine population. But not for the majority of bald eagles living further inland. They migrate south each year and then come back as soon as weather permits. And they tend to migrate in groups. ~ Susan Olcott
Maine’s deer harvest tops 30,000 for the first time since 2004
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

According to state deer biologist Nathan Bieber of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, hunters had registered 30,299 deer as of 7:30 a.m. Monday. The last time hunters shot more than 30,000 deer in Maine was in 2004. “Muzzleloader [season] could be another 750 to 1,000 or so,” Bieber said. DIF&W issued 84,745 any-deer permits spread over 22 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts across the state, an increase of 28 percent.
Donald Trump buried a climate change report because 'I don't believe it'
CNN - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed a study produced by his own administration, involving 13 federal agencies and more than 300 leading climate scientists, warning of the potentially catastrophic impact of climate change. Why, you ask? "I don't believe it," Trump told reporters on Monday.
Tax Tips Bulletin for Forest Landowners for the 2018 Tax Year now available
Maine Government News - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

The Federal income tax provisions that apply to timber have changed. To help family timber owners, foresters, and their tax preparers in filing 2018 tax returns, this bulletin provides income tax guidance.
Warden urges ice fishermen to be cautious, take an extra look at the rule book
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

The recent cold snap has led to some rare early season ice conditions in the Bangor area, but a Maine game warden urges potential anglers to pay extra attention to their fishing law books for rules that apply to certain waters. “In the south region, under general law, lakes and ponds are open all year long, either to open water or ice fishing,” Warden Jim Fahey said. Anglers should look in the state fishing rulebook for the name of the lake or pond they are planning to fish, and learn what is allowed, Fahey said.
Lake Auburn watershed walk
Sun Journal - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission held a Watershed Walk and Talk on the Whitman Spring Trail in North Auburn on Monday afternoon. The group looked at an armored swale, which is a smoothed gully lined with porous cloth, riprap and a pool to allow sediment to settle. The overflow passes through a culvert and into another pool to remove more sediment, all in an effort to slow the water flowing downhill to prevent erosion and keep debris out of Lake Auburn.
Editorial: Maine should invest in measures to mitigate looming damage from climate change
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

Maine’s climate challenge will be living with the consequences of the world’s slow response to the well-founded warnings that have been signaled for decades. Heavier rains, rising sea levels and an acidifying ocean are just a few of the factors already affecting Maine’s businesses and environment, and vector-borne diseases are threatening the public’s well-being. It will cost billions of dollars to replace outmoded infrastructure that could mitigate the catastrophic loss of property and economic disruption caused by predictable storms and floods. And the time to start making those investments is now.
Opinion: We know how to fight climate change, and all of us must play a part
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the U.S. and are projected to intensify – but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur. Those actions will need to be taken by you and me, corporations, the state of Maine, President Trump and the federal government. Sadly, much of the work needed to end the damage and dangers caused by climate change will become the responsibility of my grandchildren’s generation. ~ The Rev. Richard Killmer, Yarmouth
Letter: Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler is wrong man for job as head of EPA
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

Andrew Wheeler, the current interim director of the Environmental Protection Agency, should not be confirmed to fill the vacancy left by the departure of embattled EPA director Scott Pruitt. Wheeler has a history of working for the interests of major polluters (the coal lobby) and as an aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe (a famous climate denier). Anyone with a basic understanding of the role of coal-fired power plants in anthropogenic climate change and its impact on air quality with regards to public health will agree that he is unfit to serve as head of the EPA. ~ Matthew Porter, Topsham
Letter: CMP power corridor project does too much damage, should be rejected
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

The northwest mountains of Maine are one of the crown jewels of America, and the proposed Central Maine Power corridor would bisect them. I am a lifelong northern Mainer as well as a traveler. I have seen the irreversible damage of industrialized environments and believe in renewable energy as well as climate change. I do not support the CMP New England Clean Energy Connect project. A similar proposal has been rejected by New Hampshire because it’s not worth the impact. ~ Noah Hale, West Forks
New U.S. Climate Assessment Forecasts Dire Effects On Economy, Health
National Public Radio - Monday, November 26, 2018 

The Trump administration released a major climate assessment on Black Friday, the culmination of years of research by the country's top climate scientists. It's well over 1,000 pages and touches on a daunting range of topics. President Trump said Monday that he's read parts of it. "It's fine," he told reporters at the White House, although he said he doesn't believe the report's assessment that climate change will cause devastating economic impacts for the U.S.
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Rescinds Support For CMP Transmission Project
Maine Public - Monday, November 26, 2018 

The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine is rescinding its support for Central Maine Power's controversial transmission project proposed for western Maine. The 141-mile project would bring electricity from Canada's hydro-dams to consumers in Massachusetts, and it would require cutting a new corridor through more than 50 miles of Maine's western forests. About a year ago SAM's board of directors voted to endorse the project. But a recent survey of SAM members found "overwhelming" opposition to the project.
5 Takeaways For New England From The U.S. Climate Report
National Public Radio - Monday, November 26, 2018 

Climate change will hit the Northeast hard and soon, bringing threats to our health — and to fruit crops, ski resorts and the Atlantic cod. Those are some conclusions from the fourth National Climate Assessment, which was released on Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — in what some see as an attempt to blunt media coverage. The report devoted one chapter to the Northeast. Here are five takeaways for our region.
Winter farmers’ market getting into rhythm at new Brunswick Landing location
Times Record - Monday, November 26, 2018 

The Midcoast Winter Farmers Market is open Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 39 Burbank Ave in Brunswick. It moved from Topsham Fairgrounds at the beginning of November and relocated to Turtle Rock, one of dozens of businesses now found at Brunswick Landing. The market sells fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, breads and meats.
Podcast: George Smith, writer, columnist, outdoorsman
Other - Monday, November 26, 2018 

George Smith talks about his childhood, career, and diagnosis of ALS.
Climate Change Is Already Hurting U.S. Communities, Federal Report Says
National Public Radio - Monday, November 26, 2018 

Climate change is already causing more frequent and severe weather across the U.S., and the country is poised to suffer massive damage to infrastructure, ecosystems, health and the economy if global warming is allowed to continue, according to the most comprehensive federal climate report to date. The fourth National Climate Assessment is the culmination of years of research and analysis by hundreds of top climate scientists in the country. The massive report details the many ways in which global climate change is already affecting American communities, from hurricanes to wildfires to floods to drought.
What Secrets Are Hidden Inside The Call Of A Bat?
Maine Public - Monday, November 26, 2018 

The fungal disease white-nose syndrome has killed off millions of bats across America. Since it was first identified in 2006, it’s appeared on bats in more than 30 states, including all of New England, Quebec, and the Maritimes. Now, scientists are trying to learn more about the impact of this devastating disease, by listening to the calls of the bats left behind. "Because of that fungus, they’re waking up from hibernation, it’s causing them to use all that energy, they’re losing their fat stores," said Chris Wisniewski of Southern Connecticut State University. "They’re not able to bounce back from that. It’s really quite devastating."
Local Wood Works finding innovative ways to expand economic clout of Maine's vast forest
Mainebiz - Monday, November 26, 2018 

Kennebec Land Trust is one of eight organizations that form Local Wood Works, a collaboration looking to revive old and find new innovative ways to help forests support local economies. "Local" refers to the geographic region that includes New England, New York and the Canadian Maritimes, but much of the focus is on Maine. In Maine, there are 86,000 owners of woodlots between 10 and 1,000 acres, and they own a collective 5 million acres. Theresa Kerchner, executive director of the Kennebec Land Trust, says, "Local wood is part of Maine's heritage, people are proud of it." Local Wood Works believes people want to come back to it, and that it's doable. She compares it to the local food movement. "We've done it for lobsters, we've done it for blueberries."
One year after becoming law, food sovereignty in Maine has taken hold
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 26, 2018 

Since becoming law a year ago, the number of Maine towns and small communities with a food sovereignty ordinance has grown to more than 40. And according to those behind the movement, it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The legislation, which was signed into law last October, allows municipalities to regulate local food systems, including production, processing, consumption and direct producer-to-consumer exchanges. This type of commerce had been regulated at the state and federal level, which continues to regulate meat and poultry production and sales.
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