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“Bringing Nature Home” in Maine, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, July 26, 5:30 pm.
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
MEN goes Wild
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

I will be in the wilderness for a few days. Please check back soon for more exciting Maine Environmental News. Thanks. ~ Jym St. Pierre
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

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Exploring the Night Sky, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. At Scarborough Marsh, July 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, Maine Audubon members $6, non-members $8.
Summer Nature Journaling, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani to explore the worlds of wildflowers and insects beginning with an introduction to nature journaling, then heading into the woods and fields to observe, sketch, and write about the bugs and blooms you discover. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, July 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum members $35, others $45.

Native Plant Walk, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond with Heather McCargo and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. At Fields Pond, Holden, July 20, 10-11:30 am, Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members $7; non-members $10.
Happy Birthday, Henry
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
Time to override the governor’s solar veto
Action Alert - Monday, July 10, 2017 

We are so close to having a new solar power law. The full Maine House and Senate enacted LD 1504 (with amendments) by overwhelming majorities. However, it was vetoed by the Governor. Tell your legislators—particularly House members—how much solar matters to you and your community. ~ Maine Audubon
The Goslings, July 17
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Visit The Goslings, one of the best-loved island destinations on Casco Bay. ShoreKeepers, a group of young conservation-minded donors, are hosting a free Open House with hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway, July 17, 10 am - 2 pm. Meet at Mere Point Boat Launch, Brunswick, shuttles approximately every 15 minutes. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Thwings Point Archaeology Field School, Jul 17-28
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Lee Cranmer leads an Archaeology Field School, Woolwich, July 17-28. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Hook, Line, and Dinner, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Celebrate Maine fishermen and seafood under the tent, on the water, at Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island, July 15, 6 pm, $55. Sponsored by Maine Coast Fishermen's Association.
Sunset Puffin Cruise, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

This boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where you will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. Jul 15, 7–9 pm, Maine Audubon members: $35; non-members $50.
Thoreau: Stepfather of the National Parks, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Presentation by Jym St. Pierre & Michael Kellett. At Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering, Concord, MA, July 15, 1 pm.
Let’s Go Birding – Van Trip, Jul 14
Event - Posted - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds. Leaving from Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Jul 14, 8-11 am, Maine members $20; non-members $30.
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LePage vetoes solar bill
Maine Environmental News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

On July 10, Governor Paul LePage vetoed LD 1504 according to Maine Conservation Voters. The bill would delay new solar energy “net metering” rules and instruct public utility regulators to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the policy. On June 28, the solar bill passed the Maine House 105 to 41 and the Maine Senate 29 to 6. July 20 been set for the legislature to reconvene to take up several LePage vetoes, including the solar bill.
Electricity seller gives Maine government a deal while small customers pay above-market rates
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

The electricity seller that’s charged Maine households at least $36 million above the standard rate is, at the same time, saving Maine government hundreds of thousands of dollars. Electricity Maine since January has supplied a range of state government offices with power at 6.1 cents per kilowatt-hour, lower than the standard rates for customers of the state’s two major utilities. A Bangor Daily News investigation found residential customers have paid about $50 million more than they needed to by signing supply contracts with companies such as Electricity Maine.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills will run for governor as Democrat
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills ended months of speculation when she announced Monday that she will run for governor in 2018. As attorney general, Mills has been involved in a number of high-profile cases. This year, she joined a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration over some of its environmental proposals and in June, threatened to sue the administration if it revokes the national monument designation made by President Barack Obama in the Katahdin region.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills enters 2018 race for governor
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced Monday that she will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor in 2018. “I’m not campaigning against anybody else in particular. I’m campaigning for the job on the basis of my own record and experience and on the basis of what people tell me across the state of what they want to see,” Mills said. “They don’t want a governor who disparages the state. They don’t want somebody who calls it mosquitoland – I want to be the biggest cheerleader for the state.” LePage referred to the area near Baxter State Park as the “mosquito area” during testimony before a congressional subcommittee considering Katahdin Woods and Waters’ designation as a national monument.
Video on YouTube claims to show large shark off Scarborough beach
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 10, 2017 

The shark, shown swimming next to a small boat, was believed by the narrator to be a great white, but is later identified as a common basking shark.
KELT wins ‘Best of Maine’ Award- Chosen by Readers of Down East magazine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT), headquartered in Bath, has won Down East magazine’s 2017 “Readers’ Choice” award as “Best Land Trust” in Maine. A member-supported organization, the land trust was founded 28 years ago and now protects over 3,500 acres of significant wild, scenic, cultural, historic, and agricultural resources within the Kennebec Estuary. In addition, KELT makes 23 miles of trails and eleven preserves available for public enjoyment. Its nature-based education programs reach more than 1200 local students, from pre-kindergarten to high school.
Blog: Whither Wiscasset? To Bypass, or Not?
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Bypasses were built in the 1960s around Belfast and Damariscotta, when it was cheaper to do, and the results, fifty years later, are evident. Both towns have thriving centers where people can walk and bicycle comfortably, while the through traffic stays on the highway. Places where bypasses weren’t built have become bottlenecks, like Wiscasset and Camden, or garish commercial strips, like Ellsworth. But the battle to build a bypass around Wiscasset, pitting the interests of local businesses against those of through-drivers, never seems to end. Fifty years ago, back in the Middle Automobile Age, it might have worked. Gas was cheap and the car was king. Fifty years from now, in the year 2067, will Americans still be driving the way we do? Will we still be addicted to ours cars, no matter the cost? ~ Hank Garfield
Penobscot Nation, allies protest federal ruling on river rights
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

A little more than a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the Penobscot Indian Reservation includes Indian Island and all the islands north of it but not the river itself, an estimated 200 tribal members and elders and their supporters gathered at the Bangor Waterfront to say their fight for sovereignty is not over.
Beyond mushroom soup: Maine growers cultivate gourmet mushrooms
Mainebiz - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Maine's specialty and cultivated mushroom market essentially began with Oyster Creek Mushroom Co. of Damariscotta in 1989. The company both grew its own mushrooms on logs to sell fresh seasonally, plus sold wild fresh mushrooms from as many as 60 foragers. Oyster Creek owner Candice Haydon thinks the influx of newer growers, like North Spore of Westbrook, Maine Cap N' Stem of Gardiner and Farming Fungi (which sells under the Mousam Valley Mushrooms brand) of Springvale, is a good thing to keep the industry growing. But some are concerned about a potential five-acre indoor mushroom farm on 15 acres in Auburn.
Q & A with Sen. Angus King
Mainebiz - Monday, July 10, 2017 

"We are sitting on a goldmine of fiber in Maine. Maine is the most heavily forested state in the United States. [U.S. Sen.] Susan Collins and [U.S. Rep.] Bruce Poliquin and I sponsored a program called the Economic Development Assessment Team, or EDAT, where we brought seven agencies form the federal government together last summer to help us think through how we can revitalize the forest economy, for example by finding new uses for forest products....I love the idea of Maine wood being the structural building material for tall buildings in Maine and in the U.S. Another example is using fiber-based material as the feedstock for 3D printing. That's something the University of Maine is working on with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and that grew directly out of the EDAT process. We need to strengthen and support the paper industry that we have, but we also need to think about what is the industry in the future based upon this enormous fiber resource that we have."
Bike-share program gears up for 2018 Portland debut
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 10, 2017 

A Portland nonprofit wants to make it easier for residents, commuters and tourists to get around the city on two wheels. Portland Bike Share intends to launch in the spring of 2018 with 50 bicycles at four stations. The group is lining up private partners and raising $400,000 to cover startup costs and the first year of operations.
Opinion: Judge’s dissent in ruling on Penobscot River sets vital legal precedents
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 10, 2017 

I am grateful to Judge Juan Torruella for his eloquent dissent in Penobscot Nation v. Mills, in which the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of Maine has the right to regulate hunters, fishermen and paddlers on the Penobscot River. Torruella establishes the many clear and compelling legal precedents – both in Maine law and at the level of the U.S. Supreme Court – that recognize and affirm that the traditional territory of the Penobscot Nation includes both land and waters. Mainers are paying attention, and in growing numbers trust the stewardship of the Penobscot Nation over the state’s capacity to protect our environment. ~ Diane Oltarzewski, Belfast
Letter: Park franchise a sensible solution
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Tate Watkins wrote a wonderful, sensible OpEd in the July 5 edition of the BDN proposing a national park franchise for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This sounds like a great idea that probably won’t go far because there is too much common sense involved and we all know there isn’t much common sense in government. ~ Merle Cousins, Southwest Harbor
Letter: Defend public lands
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Recently, President Donald Trump directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to “review” all national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act over the last two decades. For more than 111 years, Democratic and Republican presidents have protected places with unique cultural and historic value, including national treasures like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. Despite Zinke’s encouraging public comments following his visit to Maine, the review threatens to strip protections from several existing national monuments, including the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. I know that Mainers care deeply about our nation’s national parks and monuments. Please make your voice heard by signing the petition at monuments.lcv.org/maine before the comment period closes on July 10. ~ Jeff Wahlstrom, Maine Conservation Alliance, Bangor
'Water is Life' - Penobscot Leaders Say They Won't Give Up Fight Over River
Maine Public - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Penobscot elders vowed at a rally Sunday to continue to fight a court ruling that affirms the state of Maine as the regulatory body with sole authority over the Penobscot River, a view with which the tribe disagrees. "Water is life. For us to watch it go back to the state it was in, it's heart breaking to me. With big business, they'll find a way to use that resource up." said tribal member Dean Francis. Francis says the Penobscot nation has witnessed its sacred river morph from a pristine waterway teaming with salmon, to an industrial dumping ground.
Officials start to map out future of city-owned park in Waterville
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Located along the Messalonskee Stream and nestled just a few miles from the downtown, the Quarry Road Recreation Area is a city-owned park consisting of more than 6 miles of Nordic skiing trails and additional miles for snowshoeing and hiking. And while city officials said the trails and park get plenty of use, especially in winter, big plans for the area’s future are beginning to take shape.
Augusta’s Bond Brook Recreation Area gets $50,000 from wind energy settlement
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

The city’s Bond Brook Recreation Area will get $50,000 in improvements thanks to a settlement reached between a wind energy project developer and a nonprofit group that opposes wind projects. Friends of Maine’s Mountains was recently awarded $50,000 in grant funding to the city to be used for capital improvements to the 300-acre recreation area featuring trails for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding and other non-motorized recreational uses.
Shadow markets mask the size of China’s demand for lobster
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

The Chinese appetite for North American lobster is well known and getting bigger every year, but it may be twice as big as previously believed. That’s because there is a lot more lobster ending up on Chinese dinner plates than what Canada and the U.S. send over. Researchers think there is even more North American lobster being traded along indirect and sometimes shadowy routes through other places in Asia, like Hong Kong and Vietnam, that eventually ends up as luxury eats for China’s growing middle class. The implications could be significant for Maine’s lobster industry, says University of Maine research professor Joshua Stoll.
As environmental worries grow, Mainers are stepping up to volunteer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

One of the hottest summer activities in Maine is volunteering to pick up garbage. Particularly if the garbage can be found on an uninhabited island or some remote stretch of coastline, and really, the more of it the better. “It is amazing how excited people get about picking up trash,” said Maria Jenness, regional stewardship manager for the Maine Island Trail Association, which by early June already had waiting lists for its beach cleanups.
10 ways to be a better neighbor by volunteering
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Have some time to give? Here are a few places to consider giving your time (beyond picking up trash).
Column: Two excursions and just one trip
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

We recently crossed the Maine-New Hampshire border, exploring Lower Kimball Pond in Maine, and then a mere half-mile into New Hampshire, Upper Kimball Pond. We spent two hours in each, poking about on a sunny, warm morning. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Birding: Unusual sightings spice up the summer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

June brought some remarkable rare birds to Maine this year. On June 7, a burrowing owl was photographed in York. On June 9, an apparent drake king eider was seen off Potts Point in South Harpswell. On June 12, a magnificent frigatebird was photographed while perched on Stratton Island and seen later that day from Prouts Neck, as well as Pine Point. On June 13, a snowy owl was photographed in Freeport, a snowy plover was found with piping plovers at Reid State Park, and a Townsend’s solitaire was photographed in Whitneyville. On June 20, a brown pelican was photographed off Prouts Neck Yacht Club. ~ Herb Wilson
Opinion: Cheap hydro power from Canada not so cheap
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

In a June 24 column attacking solar energy, James LaBrecque argues that importing hydro power would be cheaper than investing in local solar. Getting Canadian power here would require billions of ratepayer dollars to build massive new transmission lines. That puts foreign hydro power at double the cost of locally generated solar. The fact is, the price of electricity (including solar) is dropping while the cost of the grid continues going up. Transmission costs are now twice what they were when Gov. LePage came into office. Transitioning to a clean energy economy represents the greatest economic development opportunity for Maine in many decades. ~ Phil Coupe, co-founder, Revision Energy
Letter: Support for LD 1504 — solar power
Sun Journal - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

As a proponent of renewable energy, I was thrilled to hear that the Maine Legislature passed LD 1504, a Republican-written solar bill, by overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate. ~ Wendy Schlotterbeck
Column: Rangeley, Maine a gem in the outdoors
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Whether you are a Maine resident or a regular visitor, you know that you can count on one thing: Maine is a special place this time of the year. Once most of the bugs have gone by and the weather systems settle down, Maine really shines. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
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