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Action Alert - Tuesday, June 18, 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
Water: What is has to teach us, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Learn about fresh water ecosystems and new aquaculture operations in the MidCoast region. At Topsham Public Library, June 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Teen Wilderness Expedition, July 23-25
Announcement - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night, all-inclusive adventure for 12-16 year olds at Little Lyford Lodge, July 23-25. Offered by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Maine State Museum hosts Bike Day, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join the Maine State Museum, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine State Library in a free family event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and learn about the benefits of safe, relaxed bike riding. At Maine State Museum, June 22, 10 am - 1 pm.
Hike Puzzle Mt., Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A moderate to strenuous hike of 8.5 miles. Cross several exposed granite boulders and ledges offering views of the Sunday River ski area, Grafton Notch, and the Presidentials, June 22, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Androscoggin River Canoe & Kayak River Race, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

This event is open to all to launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, (and more) into the Androscoggin River and complete one of three courses of varying length and challenge. At Festival Plaza, Auburn, June 22, 9 am, $15 for single paddler, $25 for a double, benefits Androscoggin Land Trust.
Plants of Corea Heath, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join Jill Weber, botanist and co-author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, to learn about carnivorous plants, orchids, stunted trees and shrubs and cotton-grass. At Corea Heath, Goldsboro, June 22, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Maine Wildlife Park open house, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will hold an open house with free admission, June 21, 5-8 pm. Feeding times for moose, lynx, foxes, cougars, vultures and bears will be posted.
Call for a presidential primary debate on climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has rejected a presidential primary debate on climate change. 15 Democratic presidential candidates have joined the call. So can you. ~ CREDO Action
Trekking through Time
Announcement - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

From June through October, Lakes Environmental Association, Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and Western Foothills Land Trust will host the Trekking through Time Series. Once a month throughout the summer and early fall, each organization will host a historical tour of one of its conservation properties.
Help document impact on shell middens, Jun 18
Announcement - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

Many cultural artifacts of Maine's first coastal residents are preserved in shell middens, but these sites are disappearing as sea levels rise, collectors dig into the middens, and visitors walk on them. Maine Midden Minders is developing a database of erosion conditions at middens. Volunteer training at Coastal Rivers’ Education Center, Damariscotta, June 18, 3-7 pm.
“Dog-Friendly Hikes in Maine” book launch, Jun 18
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

Book signing and presentation for “Dog-Friendly Hikes in Maine” by Aislinn Sarnacki, which contains detailed descriptions and maps of 35 hikes across Maine that are ideal for dogs and their owners. At Epic Sports, Bangor, June 18, 5-7:30 pm.
Short Course on Island History, June
Event - Posted - Monday, June 10, 2019 

Malaga Island classroom session, at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust office, June 17, 6 pm; field trip, June 22, 11 am-3 pm. Eagle Island classroom session, at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust office, June 27, 6 pm; field trip June 29, 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust members $60, non-members $70.
Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide
Publication - Sunday, June 9, 2019 

The Maine Natural Areas Program field guide covers 46 species of terrestrial and wetland invasive plants and is waterproof, portable, and ring-bound to allow for future additions. Each species account includes key identification characters, growth form, habitats invaded, control methods, similar native and non-native plant species, and current status of the plant in Maine. $18 for orders received by June 30.
Residents Day at Maine State Parks and Historic Sites, Jun 16
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 9, 2019 

Maine residents can take advantage of free day admission to Maine State Parks and Historic Sites. On Residents Day, Jun 16, vehicles with Maine license plates will have fees waived.
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Column: PUC favors conglomerates over Mainers building energy independence
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

Gov. Paul LePage’s Public Utilities Commission has issued two of its most significant decisions over the last few months. Both dutifully reflected LePage’s incomprehensible energy strategies, favoring out-of-state fossil fuels conglomerates over Mainers trying to build energy independence. None of it should come as a surprise, since LePage appointed all three PUC commissioners and he rarely appoints people who don’t follow orders. The two decisions share this similarity: Both will cost you a lot more money, in the long run. ~ Alan Caron
Opinion: Arctic opportunities exist in Maine right now
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

Maine’s opportunities in the Arctic and North Atlantic are not dependent on the demise of Arctic sea ice, with all its dire consequences for its inhabitants and the world, or even the opening of new Arctic shipping routes, which likely won’t be viable for many years. Rather, we have real opportunities available today, not based on our proximity to the Arctic but rather on our connectivity to the North Atlantic region through relationships. Eimskip and the Maine Port Authority are working together to develop statewide opportunities through the Port of Portland. Primary among these opportunities is the potential for establishing mutually beneficial trading relationships and cultural and educational exchanges. ~ John Henshaw, Maine Port Authority, and Larus Isfeld, Eimskip USA Inc.
Letter: Mining companies should be held to all potential remediation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 25, 2016 

For the third year running, the Department of Environmental Protection has proposed new metal mining regulations to the Board of Environmental Protection that protect no one but mining companies. Last Thursday I was among 23 citizens who testified at a BEP hearing, all against. DEP employees and the state geologist were the only ones in favor. Is there anywhere in the world where extensive mining did not leave significant damage, or where the mining company paid for complete remediation? Is there one single case? ~ Neil Gallagher, Brunswick
Baby lobsters may not survive ocean warming, Maine scientists say
Associated Press - Saturday, September 24, 2016 

Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean’s waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate. That is the key finding of a study performed by scientists in Maine. The scientists, who are affiliated with the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, said the discovery could mean bad news for the future of one of America’s most beloved seafood treats, as well as the industry lobsters support.
Column: Downeast hatchery suffers 'trout crash'
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 24, 2016 

Plagued by low water at West Grand Lake and rising lake water temperatures of the intake water at the Grand Lake Stream fish hatchery, the state wound up losing an estimated 20,000 brook trout at the hatchery over the past few weeks. According to Todd Langevin, Superintendent of Hatcheries in Augusta, the loss, while significant, should “not impact the state’s overall stocking program.” Langevin says that in the state’s annual stocking plans there are built-in buffers for such sudden losses. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Ecowarrior's mission: Otisfield brook cleanup
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 24, 2016 

Otisfield has a quiet ecowarrior of its own. Since 2003, 53-year-old Todd Eachus has been single-handedly cleaning up Greeley Brook, where Bonney Hill Road and Yeaton Swamp Road meet at the bridge. One year, he removed 200 tires from the brook and its banks, he said. He frequently removes deer carcasses – bones and entrails – dumped in the brook in black plastic garbage bags. Gallon jugs filled with oil-based paint. Empty worm containers. Computers. PVC pipe. Rugs. Furniture. And piles and piles of trash. Eachus said the deer remains are from poachers who salvage the meat and dispose of the rest so they don't get caught.
Waldron’s Warriors: Volunteer foot soldiers for Acadia hiking trails
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Saturday, September 24, 2016 

About 20 strong this year, the crew of volunteers that comprise Waldron’s Warrior is the brainchild of Charlie Jacobi, Acadia National Park natural resource specialist, who’s been working to stop the vandalism of cairns, and random rock stacking that violates Leave No Trace® principles.
Letter: Baxter a wilderness gem
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 24, 2016 

Baxter State Park is different than other parks and campgrounds. It needs someone diligently watching over it so it doesn’t become what everywhere else has become. Let’s be grateful that the stewards of Baxter are being true to the intent. Baxter isn’t about how quickly you can achieve something, it’s about slowing down and appreciating what you already have. If you’ve never been, it’s worth giving yourself a few days and making the trip. The park rangers are very helpful, friendly and work really hard. ~ Nora West, New Portland
Fast-charging kiosks for electric cars open at five Hannaford stores
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 23, 2016 

High-speed electric vehicle charging stations have opened at five Hannaford supermarkets in Maine, following a model that has been used in other parts of the country to expand the network of charging stations and the use of electric vehicles. The fast chargers can significantly power up an electric car in 20 minutes, compared with the hours it takes at home or at less powerful public chargers.
Massive wind turbine parts arrive at Clifton site
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 23, 2016 

A 14-foot diameter, 60-ton base of a Vestas V90-1.8 megawatt wind turbine was hauled up the access road to the Pisgah Mountain wind farm site in Clifton Friday morning. This is the first of 45 pieces that will be trucked from the port in Searsport to the site in Clifton over three weeks. Developer Paul Fuller said that the five turbines need to be in place before Oct. 15 to meet a deadline required as part of the Public Utility Commission's 20-year Community-based Renewable Energy contract between Pisgah and Emera Maine.
Quimby purchases Ocean Wood Campground
Ellsworth American - Friday, September 23, 2016 

Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby has added a new parcel to her real estate portfolio on the Schoodic Peninsula — the 113-acre Ocean Wood Campground. Quimby on Friday, Sept. 23, purchased the property in the village of Birch Harbor for $1.5 million, several days before it was scheduled to be auctioned by Androscoggin Bank, according to Mike Carey, senior vice president of Tranzon Auction Properties in Portland. Quimby said she plans to reopen the property and its prime oceanfront camp sites once minor repairs are made.
Maine Senator Blasts Bill Riders Holding up Legislation
Maine Public - Friday, September 23, 2016 

Maine Sen. Angus King says important legislation, including a continuing resolution to prevent a federal government shutdown Oct. 1, and the National Defense Authorization Act, are being held up by issues often unrelated to those bills. The independent senator cites the effort by some lawmakers from western states to attach a rider that would limit efforts to preserve the greater sage grouse. King acknowledges that the sage grouse issue is important to the 11 western states that are home to the bird, but he says it should not be holding up the National Defense Authorization Act.
Money does grow from trees for some Maine municipalities
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 23, 2016 

There was a time in the early years of Maine statehood that trees were the coin of the realm. “Town forests date back to the inception of this state,” said Jan Santerre, senior planner with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. “Towns devoted a parcel to the school, a parcel to the church and a third parcel to what would have been the ‘poor farm,’” Today, according to forest service data, more than 170 of Maine’s 500 municipalities own and manage more than 150,000 acres of forestland ranging in size from a few to thousands of acres.
Blog: Are Americans Falling Out of Love with Cars?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 23, 2016 

The average American car owner drives fewer miles today than ten years ago. The statistics are indisputable. Miles per car peaked in 2005, and the number has been declining ever since. Maybe the purported love affair between Americans and their cars is coming to an end. Attitudes change slowly, over generations. The bailed-out, subsidized automobile industry still spends millions of dollars in advertising to addict Americans to their product and make them think they’re in love. But fewer of us are falling for it. ~ Hank Garfield
State hopes new card system can help revive struggling urchin fishery
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 23, 2016 

State officials are hoping what is good for elvers will be good for urchins, too. Having implemented an electronic “swipe” card system in the elver fishery in 2014, the Maine Department of Marine Resources now is requiring urchin fishermen and wholesale dealers to use such cards to register every transaction. The requirement, which will give the department up-to-the-minute statewide harvest data, went into effect when the urchin season got underway on Sept. 1. The goal, according to DMR officials, is to better manage the struggling fishery, which has seen far better times.
Maine’s lobster exports going full steam, with Asian market growing
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 23, 2016 

Maine’s lobster industry is on pace for its best year ever, having sold $103 million worth of lobster abroad in the first half of 2016. That’s more than twice as much as the $48.3 million it sold over the same period in 2015, and is even better than in 2014, when Maine had sold $54.7 million worth of lobster by July and ended the year with a record $365.5 million in foreign sales. State trade officials credit this year’s 113 percent jump in midyear exports to huge growth in Canadian sales, which is basically Maine helping to fill its neighbor’s global orders, and a 43 percent growth in exports to China.
Sweden and Maine lobster: A love-hate relationship
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 23, 2016 

Halfway through 2016, the large importer that has increased its spending on Maine lobsters the most is none other than Sweden, the nation leading an effort to ban them from being imported to Europe. By July 2016, Sweden had bought $570,711 worth of American lobsters from Maine, a 523 percent increase from the $91,527 it had spent by the same time the year before. By the end of 2015, it had bought $761,017 worth of Maine lobsters.
Letter: City must consider curbside carts for green waste
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 23, 2016 

As Portland weighs different covered trash pickup systems, I suggest including the option of a rolling plastic cart with hinged cover for picking up green waste. ~ Lindy Hough, Portland
Agreement with land trusts assures survival of Scarborough working farm
Forecaster - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Thanks to a collaboration between the Maine Farmland Trust and the Scarborough Land Trust, Waterhouse Farm will be preserved under a perpetual agricultural easement that protects it from being parceled off and developed. The 100-acre working farm off Beech Ridge Road is operated by Dick Waterhouse, who boards horses, has more than 60 sheep, a dozen geese, 30 turkeys and about 60 hens. The farm has been in the Waterhouse family since before 1658, when Scarborough was incorporated as a municipality.
Renowned naturalist, tracker of Yellowstone grizzlies dies at 100
Washington Post - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

John Craighead, a lifelong outdoorsman who along with his twin brother subdued, tagged and tracked the grizzly bears of Yellowstone National Park in a landmark study during the 1960s, revealing as never before the lives of those mighty, mysterious animals, died Sept. 18 at his home in Missoula, Montana. He was 100. Craighead once explained his fascination with the grizzly, an animal loved and feared, threatening and majestic. “If we can’t get along with the grizzly,” Craighead once said, “it makes me less hopeful we’ll be able to get along with each other.”
Warming waters threaten young lobsters, study finds
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

The Gulf of Maine’s lobster population, which has boomed even as climate change and overfishing have hurt other commercial species, could suffer if water temperatures keep rising, according to a University of Maine study. The study suggests that, as the Gulf of Maine continues to grow warmer, the state’s $495 million lobster industry — by far the most valuable commercial fishery in Maine — could face the same kind of population decline that has affected urchins, scallops, groundfish and shrimp. Overfishing greatly reduced harvests for many of these species, but warming waters have been identified as an impediment to recovery.
Grand Opening of New Community Wellness Trail on Pen Bay Medical Center Campus
Free Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Pen Bay Medical Center held the grand opening and naming ceremony for the Pen Bay Medical Center Community Wellness Trail on Saturday, September 17. The 1.66-mile pet-friendly trail on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus features nine fitness stations and is open to the public.
Blog: Three dozen dead birds found in Deering Oaks Park
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Three dozen dead juvenile herring gulls were found at Deering Oaks Park over the past three weeks, and officials aren’t sure what killed them. The deaths have been isolated to that particular kind of bird — the mallard ducks, black-backed gulls, ring-billed gulls and adult herring gulls that also frequent that park have apparently not suffered similar fates, according to a news release. A Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife employee this morning was watching a ring of birds floating on the pond in the park through a pair of large binoculars. He said that a few gulls have recently turned up with a bacterial infection, but declined to say more. Three of the dead gulls were sent for testing to the National Wildlife Disease Lab in Wisconsin, and officials hope to know the cause of the mysterious deaths in the next seven to 10 days.
Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Recommended for Endangered List
Maine Public - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Federal wildlife officials have made a formal recommendation that a bumble bee that was once quite common throughout eastern North America, including Maine, be listed as an endangered species. Mark McCullough with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the range of the rusty patched bumble bee has decreased by 90 percent in the past decade. He says threats to the bee and other pollinators include loss of habitat, diseases and parasites. Use of pesticides could be causing declines in the rusty patch bumble bee.
Take to the Woods October
Other - Thursday, September 22, 2016 

There’s something in the Maine woods for everybody this October. More than a dozen organizations from Kittery to Hiram are hosting woodsy events during the month. There are guided walks for nature-lovers, a trail run for athletes, a Pecha Kucha slideshow for the culturally curious, a woodworkers fair and hands-on activities for kids. There’s serious stuff too: workshops for woodland owners, a sawmill tour and Tree Growth Tax policy discussions for legislators, and an all-day conference showcasing wood innovators. They are organized independently and jointly promoted by Forest Works!, a working forest conservation partnership. “The list of activities has something for everyone - every age and ability,” said Keith Fletcher of Wells, chairperson of the Forest Works! Steering committee.
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