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Announcement - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
Rare Ecosystems of the Downeast Lakes, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist, will identify many special places in and around the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. At Grand Lake Stream School Building, July 17, 6 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Learn about wildlife biology in eastern Maine and tour the habitat management techniques used at Downeast Lakes Land Trust. At Grand Lake Stream School, July 13, 9 am - 1 pm.
Former Maine Warden to speak at Rangeley, Jul 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Former game warden Daren Worcester will discuss his book “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” which deals with a time before reality TV, GPS devices and dashboard computers, a time of coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. At Rangeley Public Library, July 11, 6 pm.
A White Mountain National PARK, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Stuart Weeks and Michael Kellett discuss the vision of creating a White Mountain National Park. At Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA, July 10, 7 pm.
Swanville Fern Walk, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Learn about ferns with botanist Hildy Ellis. At Thanhauser-Chunn Farm, Swanville, July 10, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
CREA SummerFest, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Cathance River Education Alliance holds an evening featuring dinner, auction, and dancing to celebrate its accomplishments and support its future. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 8.
Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter, Jul 5
Event - Posted - Friday, June 29, 2018 

Noted author, photographer and dynamic speaker, Doug Tallamy, will discuss his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” an invaluable resource for professionals and home gardeners who are looking for ways to improve backyard habitat for wildlife — from insects to songbirds and beyond. At Rockport Opera House, July 5, 7 pm.
Imagine the Maine Woods National Park art exhibit, July 2-30
Announcement - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

View the wild faces and places of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit. At Camden Library, July 2-30. Opening reception July 5, 4-5 pm. Multi-media presentation, July 24.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. July 1, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Paddle events on Orland River Day, June 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak Adventures will lead canoers and kayakers on the scenic route to the Orland River Day festivities June 30 by joining the annual alewife run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village.
Raising Outsiders, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Friday, June 22, 2018 

Three Maine authors will discuss “How to get your kids unplugged and outdoors.” At L.L.Bean, Freeport, June 29, 7-8 pm.
A Doctor, a Farmer, and a Weatherman Walk into a Bar..., Jun 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 21, 2018 

Join Maine Conservation Voters and the Union of Concerned Scientists for a panel discussion on climate change, biodiversity and extreme weather patterns. At Sebago Brewing Co., Portland, June 28, 6 pm, free, RSVP.
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News Items
Damages from winter storms still plague Maine beach town as tourists arrive
York Weekly - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Winter storm Riley slammed the coast in early March, leaving in its wake more than $1 million in damage townwide. The storm upended sidewalks particularly on the southern end of Long Beach in York, damaged seawalls and buckled roads. The seawall near the bathhouse was significantly impacted, and work had to be undertaken this spring to replace the old seawall with a stepped cement wall. Meanwhile, most of the sidewalks on the south end were so damaged they had to be ripped out entirely. “This was completely, completely, completely unplanned,” said Town Manager Steve Burns. “It was the storm that caused this. We’re trying to fix the damage, but this is an add-on from the regular work.
10 water monsters that dwell in Maine waterways
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

These real life monsters in Maine are more fascinating than dangerous. Their survival tactics and adaptations make them uniquely suited for a watery world, from rivers to swimming holes. Here are a few of these amazing creatures:
1. Moss animals
2. Water scorpions
3. Bloodsuckers
4. Water striders
5. Green sponges
6. Water snakes
7. Carnivorous water plants
8. Whirligigs
9. Snappers
10. Fishing spiders
Column: Adventure right outside your door
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

My wife Linda and I have always enjoyed traveling across our country, and throughout the world. And while there are many great places to visit, you can’t beat Maine, where adventures start right outside our door. Maine has so many beautiful places; I hope you are able to travel the state and enjoy them. A couple new books can help you do that. One is “The Maine Playbook” by Jennifer Hazard, which gives us a great list of Maine family getaways and adventures. ~ George Smith
Opinion: Additions to defense bill attack wildlife, disrespect rural Americans
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

As a Vietnam veteran, I agree with the sentiment that a country worth defending is a country worth preserving. We, as a country, have made the moral commitment to save wildlife and to have wide expanses of wilderness. This is why I find the attacks on protections to threatened and endangered species disguised within the National Defense Authorization Act in Congress so disrespectful. It is disrespectful to the wild lands and wild species that I served to protect, and disrespectful to other rural Americans like me who grew up alongside these lands and were molded by them and the wildlife found there. ~ Daniel Tandy, military veteran and former National Park Service ranger, Mount Desert Island
Black bear caught on video climbing porch railing in Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

A black bear scaled a porch railing and post early Tuesday morning to try to reach a bird feeder at a home on the east side of Augusta. The bear feat, captured on an outdoor camera, is seen in a short video clip taken by the homeowner.
Brunswick residents are urged to avoid wild animals, after fourth fox is found to be rabid
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Brunswick officials are advising residents to avoid wild animals, especially if they are acting strangely, and to not leave pets or children outside unsupervised following the fourth incident involving a rabid fox in the last three weeks. Town officials wanted to quickly reach as many people as possible so they opted to issue a press release and a Code Red alert providing information to landline phones in Brunswick using the E911 system Tuesday.
I was surrounded by screeching owls in the Maine woods
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

The screeching had been going on for at least an hour by the time I let my dog outside at around 11 p.m. But with the windows closed, I had ignored the muffled sound, assuming it was the washing machine squeaking down cellar or some other household noise. It wasn’t until I opened the door that I heard the sound full blast.
Blog: God, Thoreau, and a mountain named Katahdin
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Not too far down the trail I slipped on a boulder, injuring my leg. Pulling off to the side to tend to the injury, I again questioned what we were doing and if we were even moving in the right direction. Next, out of the fog stepped a man looking professionally outfitted in his safari hat, hiking-poles and a small backpack. ~ RJ Heller
Follow the trail to find out the tale
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 2, 2018 

Following mice on their journey, the children hiked into the woods of Greenbie Natural Area in Castine, following the trail as it weaved through a sea of ferns. The story, “Little Mouse in the Big Forest,” was recently created by students at Adams School in Castine. It’s a fictional hero’s journey, but the tale highlights natural features seen along the trail and includes interesting facts about the environment.
Where the candidates stand on wind power development
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 2, 2018 

Two of Maine’s four candidates for governor are coming out strongly in favor of developing more wind energy, while two others are making distinctions about the degree to which they would support it.
New wind industry investments in Maine hinge on election of governor
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 2, 2018 

Major players in the industry are holding off on $3 billion to $5 billion in spending on land-based projects, waiting to see if Mainers elect a candidate who will be more open to wind power than Gov. Paul LePage. With one Democrat and two liberal independents among the four candidates in the race, the question may come down to whether Republican Shawn Moody wins the election and maintains the anti-wind stance of Gov. Paul LePage.
Bar Harbor vote puts Portland Ocean Terminal plans on hold
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

An election in Bar Harbor has resulted in a temporary hold on redeveloping the Portland Ocean Terminal. City Manager Jon Jennings asked for a three- to six-month delay on issuing a request for qualifications on mixed-use redevelopment to add retail uses to the first story of the terminal building. Bar Harbor voters approved the $3.5 million purchase of the local ferry terminal property. A business plan created by Bemello Ajamil & Partners on potential uses for the Bar Harbor terminal, idle since 2010, includes the return of the high-speed Cat ferry servicing Nova Scotia. The ferry serves Portland and Yarmouth from the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland.
Kids explore Maine’s coast
WABI-TV5 - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Kids made their way along the coast of Maine yesterday on a quest for discovery. It was all a part of the Kids Quest Discovery Day which had travelers stop and explore the scenic sections of Maine's coast. Seven discovery locations ran from Hancock to Prospect Harbor, and provided interactive, fun and educational activities.
Planners endorse proposal for housing at Scarborough Downs
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

The first housing development at Scarborough Downs will include 30 single-family homes on 57 southern acres. A trail system are being discussed, as well as trails connecting to state-owned land managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.
Submerged sensors help researchers fathom Sebago Lake
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

About 145 pounds of high-tech equipment is currently submerged in Sebago Lake’s lower bay, sending out real-time data for researchers to use to study the massive water body that provides drinking water to the Greater Portland area. The water district has been taking monthly samples for decades in order to better understand the health of Sebago, which supplies drinking water to about 15 percent of Maine’s population.
Animal Tales: Durham family picks chickens for tick fix
Sun Journal - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Sarah Siegel had been dealing with Lyme disease for a while. But when she found the disease’s telltale bull’s-eye rash on her then-3-year-old daughter, she decided the ticks had to go. She got chickens to eat the bugs.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Other - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

A video series about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile water trail from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine. Sections 8-13 cover the 347 miles of the trail in Maine.
Candidate or not, a veterans’ advocate raises red flags
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Increasingly erratic behavior, charges of animal cruelty and other run-ins with the law have sparked concern about Swanville farmer Jerry Ireland, who may or may not be vying for a seat in the House.
In trade war with Canada, Maine mostly ‘got off easy’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Roughly $67 million worth of Maine products will be exposed to retaliatory Canadian tariffs set to go into effect July 1, in response to import taxes on steel and aluminum from the Trump administration. That accounts for less than 6 percent of Maine’s total export value to Canada in 2017 and places Maine among the states least affected by the bilateral trade war. The intimate economic relationship between Maine and its northern neighbor could insulate the state from a deeper trade dispute.
Head of Tide Park, and the 12-year saga of how it came to be
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

It took 12 years, at least 11 funders, multiple land purchases, easements granted by neighbors, rounds of grant writing and applications, and coordination among federal, state and local agencies – including the local fire department – to make it happen. Head of Tide Park looks like it has been part of the Topsham landscape forever, but it has been officially open only for a month.
Column: Scarborough’s a sensational place to visit
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

This summer marks the 45th anniversary of the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center on Pine Point Road in Scarborough – an incredible resource that puts Maine’s largest salt marsh right at visitors’ fingertips. The 3,100-acre estuary, owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, lies at the intersection of the Dunstan and Nonesuch Rivers and Saco Bay, and it’s one of Maine’s most unique and beautiful places. The marsh is a feast for the senses. ~ Jake Christie
Opinion: Natural gas is not as clean as we’ve been led to believe
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Scientists have been warning us for years that the Environmental Protection Agency may have underestimated the amount of methane lost to the atmosphere during drilling for gas and oil, especially at sites where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is employed. (Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas.) Now, we have a substantial and rigorous study, published in the journal Science, that lends credence to those warnings, and makes it clear that the role of natural gas and propane in reducing greenhouse emissions is not what we have been led to believe. ~ Joe Hardy, Wells
Letter: Mainers will benefit from CMP line project
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Having spent all of my career as transmission construction superintendent, designer and inspector, I am very familiar with Maine’s energy landscape. I support the New England Clean Energy Connect project, as it is a major step in displacing fossil fuel electricity that will eliminate literally tons of carbon from the environment by using the cleaner energy of hydropower as a caseload source. With the benefits from NECEC, and CMP’s commitment to conservation, I have a hard time understanding Patagonia’s opposition. Mainers will benefit from this project, and it’s a needed move towards cleaner electricity that helps protect our environment. ~ Robert Harradon, Fayette
Letter: Kudos to Catholic institutions that are ‘still in’ climate accord
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Nearly 600 Catholic institutions in the U.S. recently declared they are “still in” on the Paris climate accord. This remarkable announcement occurred a year after President Trump withdrew from the international framework that aims to reduce carbon emissions and create tangible ways to fight global climate change. Three Maine signers took part in this act of solidarity and advocacy for the environment, including St. Michael Parish in Augusta, Cheverus High School in Portland and St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish. ~ Madeleine Fenderson, Portland
Farmington dairyman struggles with how to save his farm
Sun Journal - Saturday, June 30, 2018 

With no buyer for his milk after Aug. 31, Farmington’s Bussie York struggles with how to save Sandy River Farms. Nationally, there’s too much milk, and trade war talk isn’t helping, according to an official with the Maine Milk Commission.
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