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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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Blog: Katahdin & the gift that keeps on giving!
Other - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Ian White was invited to come to Maine and paint during the campaign to raise the funds to purchase Katahdin Lake and add it to Baxter State Park. Ian wrote to me last year to tell me that a story in the New York Times showing me painting on the shore of Katahdin Lake was critical in completing fund-raising of $14 million dollars for the campaign. Ian wrote: "...it was your watercolor illustrating the article about the acquisition of Katahdin Lake in the Sunday NY Times in October, 2006, which caught the eye of an estate lawyer. His decision at he eleventh-hour to support the campaign with a bequest from the estate of a deceased client covered the last $1 million that put the campaign over the top". What a thrill to be reminded of this once in a lifetime experience! ~ Evelyn Dunphy
Lewiston officials support CMP hydroelectric project, new converter station
Sun Journal - Monday, June 25, 2018 

A multimillion-dollar project that would bring hydroelectric power from Quebec to Massachusetts through Maine received an official nod of support from the City Council last week, as Lewiston is set to become a centerpiece of the proposal. The Central Maine Power Co. project, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, received unanimous support from the council because of its potential tax impact on Lewiston.
Homeowners and Scientists Clash With Companies Over Harvesting Of Seaweed in Washington County
Maine Public - Monday, June 25, 2018 

The blue boats owned by Acadian Seaplants, boats that carry fresh-cut rockweed out of Washington County's Cobscook Bay, are not as numerous as they were three years ago. Still, tensions are high among property owners who object to the company's harvest of seaweed near their homes. These homeowners are hoping that a pending court case will settle the question of who controls the intertidal zone.
Americold abandons plan to build cold storage building on Portland waterfront
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 25, 2018 

International cold-storage company Americold has abandoned a plan to build a massive refrigerated warehouse on the Portland waterfront. The decision dampens immediate hopes for waterfront cold storage, which has been touted as an economic game-changer for Maine’s growing food and beverage industries. Even so, state and city officials say a refrigerated warehouse will eventually be built on the state-owned land.
LePage: No bond sales because of ‘excessive 11th-hour legislative spending’
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage said Monday that he has held up $117 million in voter-approved bonds that were on track to be sold Tuesday because of “excessive eleventh-hour legislative spending” by lawmakers as they struggle to bring a special session to a close. “The governor asked me to delay the sale until mid to late July,” said state Treasurer Terry Hayes. “The bond buyers would have to agree. The answer was no. They’re not going to tie up tens of millions of dollars in the event that the governor might want to consummate the sale in mid July.”

Norwegian company behind Belfast salmon farm hires first two Mainers
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Nordic Aquafarms, the European firm vying to build one of the world’s largest indoor salmon farms, has hired its first two Mainers to fill high-level posts. Carter Cyr, a Cumberland native, will be the aquaculture facility’s production manager, and David Noyes of Kenduskeag is expected to join in October as the chief technology officer, the company announced Monday. Nordic Aquafarms plans to build an indoor recirculating aquaculture system capable of producing 33,000 tons of Atlantic salmon per year.
Katahdin Region: 5 things to know before you go
WCSH-TV6 - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Maine by the Mile Series: Tucked away in northern Penobscot County is 87,000 acres of land set aside for conservation.
Recycling: How Well Is It Being Done?
Maine Public - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Kevin Roche, CEO of Ecomaine, and Victor Horton, Executive Director of Maine Resource Recovery Association discuss how China has drastically curtailed its import of recycled materials from the United States and the right and wrong ways to recycle some everyday products.
‘He looked vicious’ recalls woman attacked by rabid fox
Times Record - Monday, June 25, 2018 

A Brunswick woman, Barbara Senecal, attacked by a rabid fox while getting her mail on June 17 said she wants others to always be aware of their surroundings, and to take precautions. “I saw the fox on the other side of the road,” the 72-year-old Woodland Drive resident told The Times Record on Friday. “I saw his face and thought ‘he’s going to run away from me.’ Then I see him bounding towards me and he looked vicious. I knew he was on to me.” Two officers were dispatched to the scene, where one of them shot the fox. It later tested positive for rabies.
Recycling: How Well Is It Being Done?
Maine Public - Monday, June 25, 2018 

China has drastically curtailed its import of recycled materials from the United States. Learn about the impact of this decision on recycling programs in Maine and about the right and wrong ways to recycle some everyday products.
NOAA won't drop climate and conservation from its mission, agency says
WCSH-TV6 - Monday, June 25, 2018 

The United States' top weather, climate and ocean science agency – NOAA – will not drop "climate" from its mission statement nor will it de-emphasize research into climate change and resource conservation, the agency said Monday. This follows a report Sunday from a science advocacy group, the Union of Concerned Scientists, that said the acting head of NOAA, Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, proposed a new mission statement for the agency — one the Union said would "undermine the agency’s vital work on behalf of the American people."
LePage stalls borrowing package, drawing criticism from House speaker
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage has stalled the sale of voter-approved bonds in a dispute with the Legislature over state borrowing and a package of new spending bills. LePage has previously withheld his signature on voter-approved state borrowing in order to compel the Legislature to take other actions. In 2015, for example, he delayed dozens of Land for Maine’s Future conservation projects for months in an attempt to make the Legislature use revenue from state timber sales for a low-income heating program, while increasing the timber harvest from state lands.
Opinion: Reducing Maine’s carbon emissions now will pay off later
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Flood zones in Maine have expanded, lobsters are moving north, and ticks and Lyme disease are on the rise, according to a University of Maine report. Cities, including Portland, are upgrading their infrastructure, and insurance policies, to cope with rising seas. Billions of dollars will eventually be spent to deal with the effects of climate change. Many of our grandchildren will live to see the ocean level in Maine rise 4 feet or more. Reducing emissions now can keep sea level rise closer to the lower end of the possible range. Today’s efforts to reduce emissions will pay off many-fold as we join with others to tackle this looming crisis. ~ Marianne Hill, Ph.D., South Portland
Isle au Haut to build solar-powered smart energy microgrid
Mainebiz - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Isle au Haut is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to get its electricity from a solar-powered microgram. Home to parts of Acadia National Park, the midcoast island is accessible via mailboat from Stonington, about seven miles away. It gets its electricity from Stonington via a 35-year-old underwater cable that's showing signs of wear and tear. Rather than replace the cable for an estimated $1.7 million, the Isle au Haut Electric Power Co. is planning a switch to solar for its 140 customers. It had also looked at diesel and wind, but found that solar was the most economical.
Bill Allowing Maine Forest Rangers To Carry Firearms On Governor's Desk
Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Maine forest rangers could carry firearms and receive training under a bill lawmakers sent to Republican Gov. Paul LePage's desk. The House and Senate voted last week in strong support of the bill, which would spend $130,580 on costs including firearms, ammunition, holsters and lockboxes. The legislation also funds a firearms training program for forest rangers. The governor has 10 days once he receives a bill to veto, sign or let it become law. The House and Senate's initial rounds of votes suggest the legislation has enough support to survive a veto.
Agency To Award Grants To Help Fishing Industry Implement Electronic Monitoring
Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018 

An agency supported by the federal government says it's going to award up to $3.9 million in grants to help the commercial fishing industry implement electronic monitoring technology. Many fishing vessels are subject to monitoring to make sure they comply with rules and to generate important data about commercial fishing. Human monitoring can be expensive and inefficient, and some fishing groups have called for electronic monitoring as a viable alternative. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says it plans to award grants that "catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies.''
Column: Pre-Carey-ous
Forecaster - Monday, June 25, 2018 

It’d be easy to explain Seth Carey’s victory in the June 12 Republican primary for district attorney by attributing it to votes cast by stupid people. So, yeah, Carey won by a sizable margin because lots of GOP voters are morons. Here’s some background for those unfamiliar with Carey, such as the people who voted for him. In addition to being sanctioned for weird and incompetent behavior, Carey’s law license is currently suspended because of allegations he committed unlawful sexual conduct and assault on one of his clients. Any voter familiar with even a small part of his history ought to have concluded that while Carey might be a perfect fit for a top administrative post at the scandal-ridden federal Environmental Protection Agency, he’s utterly unqualified to be a district attorney. ~ Al Diamon
Letter: Lobster caught in trade war
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 25, 2018 

The “trade war” between China and the United States has become a tremendous problem and threat to many industries that depend on exports for a big chunk of their revenues. Unfortunately, Maine has been sucked into this mess. European Union countries targeted in this trade war may retaliate on Maine’s seafood exports. So where does that leave Maine’s noble lobster industry and the communities that depend on it to survive? Between this “trade war,” whale entanglement issues and a few other whoppers, in very dire straits. ~ John Nicolai, Gouldsboro
Blog: Becoming a Flyfisherman. Reunion reveals the kindness of strangers.
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Most of us were not prepared for our session of Casting for Recovery. The actual process of casting a fly line is beneficial to healing and preventing atrophy of the chest muscles that can occur following various treatments for breast cancer. We thought it was about the casting. Fly fishing itself is a therapeutic activity. One must live, Zen-like, in the moment. Being focused eliminates the opportunity to worry, to stress, to do anything other than be. We leave the waters refreshed. ~ Genie Jennings
Lobbyist linked to Pruitt’s condo rental pushed for EPA to hire family friend, emails show
Washington Post - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

The lobbyist whose wife rented Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a room in a Capitol Hill condo at a discounted rate lobbied Pruitt’s chief of staff to hire a family friend, according to recently released agency emails. Steven Hart, who served as chairman of the law firm Williams and Jensen until earlier this year, contacted Pruitt’s chief of staff on administration policies affecting his clients and potential appointments to the EPA’s scientific advisory boards and possible agency hires. The emails, released in response to a lawsuit by the Sierra Club, show that both Hart and his wife – who rented Pruitt a condo for $50 a night, which he paid only on nights he stayed there – pushed for the EPA to hire Jimmy Guilliano, a recent college graduate.
Celebrity moose finds home at Maine Wildlife Park in Gray
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

The Maine Wildlife Park’s newest resident is already an internet celebrity.The 3-week-old female moose calf, who melted hearts across the country in a viral video of her with the dog of the family that found her in northern Maine, is now living at the 40-acre wildlife park off Route 26 in Gray. Park Superintendent Curtis Johnson said it’s unclear if the roughly 40-pound calf – named Miss Maggie by the family in the Aroostook County town of Wallagrass that found her – can be rehabilitated and reintroduced into the wild or will remain at the park permanently.
This Maine farm is a haven for animals in need
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

A small farm off Route 17 in Jefferson has become a haven for rescue dogs, goats and pigs, including a pot-bellied pig who accompanies the farmer on errands. At the farm on Circle K Lane, Scott Barbour and his significant other, Michelle Atwood-Beaudoin, treat the animals like family. In addition to six rescue pigs, animals at the farm include three cats, six dogs, four goats and three rabbits.
The tick that can make you allergic to meat is showing up in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Maine pest experts are searching for the lone star tick, a disease-ridden pest with a bite that can cause humans to become allergic to red meat. Spreading north from the southern states, this tick species is becoming a greater concern in the Northeast as more people are being diagnosed with the diseases they carry, as well as the odd, telltale allergy to meat. Griffin Dill, pest management specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said, “What we’re trying to figure out is if we have any stable breeding populations.”
Foraging means free food everywhere, if you know how to find it
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

During the past 15 years, David Spahr has planted native, edible Maine plants that thrive in the landscape without the special care or pampering that other plants sometimes need. The experiment has worked so well that four years ago he and other members of the town’s conservation committee sought and received permission from the local officials to create the Public Edible Landscape Project in Washington around the town fire pond.
Windjammer licensing change makes waves in Maine harbor town
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

An increase in the number of daily trips windjammers can take out of Camden harbor per season has frustrated owners of day sailing operations and is forcing the town to take a look at its decades-old harbor ordinance.
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