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Action Alert - Tuesday, August 20, 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
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.
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.
Wabanaki artists, culture event, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

40+ members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. At Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, August 24, 10 am - 3 pm.
A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact, Aug 23
Announcement - Friday, August 16, 2019 

According to the EPA's own analysis, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year by 2030. Learn about the impacts of Trump's deregulation campaign on a CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact." August 23, 10 pm.
Close Encounters of the First Kind, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Maine’s First Ship hosts Ken Hamilton for a discussion of the earliest European and indigenous people interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers. At Bath Freight Shed, Bath, August 22, 7 pm.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Anniversary Celebration, Aug 23-24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Dinner, music, silent auction, awards, and toast to commemorate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation. At New England Outdoor Center, T1 R8, August 23-24, $25.
Earth Day 2020
Announcement - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Earth Day, the global environmental movement for a cleaner, greener, safer and more just world for all, turns 50 next year. Want to help?
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Southern Maine sees building boom as cities bust out permits
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Portland's tight residential and commercial markets are pushing eager investors to neighboring communities, with one city approving three permits a day. The pressure is reflected in a 33 percent surge in the number of building permits granted over the past five years in the cities of York and Cumberland counties. Westbrook and Biddeford have seen the biggest spike – 88 percent and 60 percent, respectively. And the surge is not showing any signs of slowing.
Car-moose collisions on decline in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Good news for moose: The overall population is up, but the number of car-moose collisions is trending down. In 2017, there were 287 car crashes in Maine involving a moose, according to new data from the Maine Department of Transportation. That’s less than half the 646 crashes 10 years earlier, in 2007, and down 32 percent from five years earlier, in 2012. So far this year, there have been 158 car-moose crashes, continuing the downward trend.
Interactive map: see where Maine drivers crashed into moose in the past year
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Each dot in the map below represents a car crash involving a moose between Sept. 1, 2017, and Sept. 1, 2018, according to police reports and data from the Maine Department of Transportation. There were 251 moose-car collisions for this period – a slight decline from the 291 crashes during the same period in 2016-2017.
‘Weird’ is in: Scientist running Replenova Farm seeks out unexpected niche
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

"Once I started talking to stores that said, 'No, we don't want your vegetables,' it was like, OK, I guess I gotta figure out what you do want," says Gary Goodrich. “It’s OK if you hit a bump...In farming you have to make tons of adjustments to make it sustainable from the financial point of view. You also have to enjoy the trip here. And each day you learn something new.”
Column: Bill Yeo can’t wait to use the new electric car charging station at L.L. Bean
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

When we called Bill Yeo to talk about the electronic car charging station his employer, L.L. Bean, had just installed, he seemed more cheerful than your average person talking to a reporter. It turned out he’d gotten word that the Tesla he ordered would be delivered that very day. “There is no dealer in Maine. So they show up with it on a flatbed and drop it at your house.” He’s been waiting two years for it. No wonder he was happy. We talked EVs (that’s the lingo for electronic vehicles, in case you missed it), solar power and Yeo’s work as the retail manager for the Outdoor Discovery School at Bean’s.
Column: Maine’s artisanal cheese scene is growing up
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Aged cheese is trickier to make than fresh, but the state's cheesemakers are making headway. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Column: Sometimes you have to hunt for a place to hunt
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

According to surveys, access or lack thereof is one of the biggest impediments to hunter recruitment and retention. Finding a place to hunt is intimidating to a new hunter, and holding onto the ones you have is a daunting challenge to a veteran. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife manages over 100,000 acres, aggregated into 62 Wildlife Management Areas. The Bureau of Parks and Lands coordinates management on another 600,000 acres of state lands. Nearly all of this is open to public hunting. So are thousands of acres in National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests and parts of some Monuments. Perhaps the most overlooked source of public access is your local land trust. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: There’s a bounty of beauty around the Berwicks
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

The Great Works Regional Land Trust conserves land across six towns in southern Maine, an area where undeveloped spaces are few and far between. Looking at a topographical map of the region, you may think these low-lying areas don’t have much to offer hikers. Don’t be fooled. The hills, valleys, rivers, ponds and woods in and around the Berwicks are home to a bounty of opportunities for hiking, rambling and strolling. ~ Jake Christie
Maine Observer: Lunch guest discovers my secret spot
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Over the last 35 years I have sought solace in the Maine woods to paint, the more remote the better. I love being alone in nature. I have crossed paths with deer, mink, porcupines, raccoons, skunks and groundhogs over the years. Every encounter was exhilarating, and I always cherish these chance meetings with wildlife. Once when I was painting, an American hawk landed on a branch inches from my face. He looked me over and then flew off. Another time, a monarch butterfly landed on my hand and made me feel as though I were a spiritual part of nature. ~ Charles Thompson, Saco, professor of art at the University of New England
Column: A vote on power project may revive Greens
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

There was a time when the Maine Green Independent Party was a major force in this state. Though they never managed to win a major elective office like governor or member of Congress, their candidates regularly had a significant impact on those races. Much of that early energy in the Maine Greens came from their willingness to use referendums to take on the state’s biggest industries. The state’s bottle law was first enacted as a citizen initiative, and we have Bigelow Mountain Preserve instead of a ski area thanks to a referendum. Another major environmental issue may be coming to the forefront of Maine politics soon: the battle over Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission corridor. ~ Jim Fossel,
Column: Crossbows gaining respect, being used more
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

Although crossbows have never held a lot of appeal for me, I have hunted with a borrowed crossbow in Maryland. It just seems awkward to carry while still hunting, and it doesn’t have the visual appeal of conventional longbows, recurves or compound bows. As a hunting device, it is accurate and lethal. The Maine Warden Service considers the crossbow not to be a firearm. The Maine Bowhunters Association could never warm up to the medieval contraption, deeming it not a true bow. Crossbows have a place, however, despite their controversial background among Maine sportsmen. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Opinion: CMP powerline would strangle the wildness
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 23, 2018 

I was deeply saddened to learn of Central Maine Power’s quiet push for a 145-mile power corridor through Maine’s North Woods. My great-great-great-great-grandfather moved to Moose River with his brother in 1828. Family members eventually spread into the communities from Dennistown to the Forks, and my grandfather was born in Moose River in 1930. Anyone who has been through the Kennebec Gorge knows that wildness remains. A massive power line would strangle that wildness and blight the landscape that my family and so many others have held dear. Will CMP come to its senses and pull back from this damaging proposal? ~ Justin Preisendorfer, Thornton, NH
Belgrade Lakes residents awarded for championing environment
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, September 22, 2018 

Maggie Shannon has a passion for protecting lake quality, both around her home and statewide. George MacDonald is passionate about recycling and enthusiastic about composting. Both environmental protectors from the Belgrade area recently received awards for their work from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Sheep shearer shows he can cut it at Common Ground Country Fair
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, September 22, 2018 

By his own count, Jeff Burchstead is one of just six or seven professional sheep shearers in Maine. He shears 2,500 to 3,000 sheep per year as well as some goats and alpacas. This weekend he showed off some of his skills at the fair. The three-day Common Ground Country Fair.
Pemaquid Oyster Festival continues tradition of fundraising Sept. 30
Wiscasset Newspaper - Saturday, September 22, 2018 

The Pemaquid Oyster Festival has always been known as a rollicking celebration of the working waterfront, with traditions of music, boat rides, an oyster shucking championship, and thousands of oysters fresh from the Damariscotta River. Yet there is another tradition not as well-known, a tradition of fundraising that over the years has contributed over $136,000 to local marine conservation and education efforts. When the gates open at noon on Sunday, Sept. 30 for the 2018 Pemaquid Oyster Festival, event organizers hope to raise enough money to bring that total amount up to over $150,000.
Opinion: Maine Voices: Fishery regulators should understand puffins need herring, too
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 22, 2018 

Increasingly, menhaden (“pogies”) are replacing herring as bait in the Maine lobster fishery as herring populations face declines from overfishing and warming ocean conditions. While those fishing for lobster are applauding increased catches of pogies, I want to address an important, often overlooked issue: responsible fishing and ecosystem management. While pogy fishing could possibly relieve fishing pressure on Atlantic herring populations, there is still risk of overfishing in Maine’s waters that has much broader ecological implications for marine wildlife, including a seabird important to Maine’s identity, the Atlantic puffin. ~ Stephen Kress, National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program, Bremen
Photos: Sixth-graders take a deep dive into ocean science at Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 21, 2018 

Students from Greene Central School in Greene, Maine, came to Portland on Friday to work in the LabVenture learning space at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. At LabVenture, students can explore the impact of a changing climate on the Gulf of Maine and its key species, such as black sea bass and lobster, in the state-of-the-art learning environment. Students measure live lobsters, examine plankton under a microscope and analyze data. Students also can use real NASA satellite data and local fishery data to explore questions about the Gulf of Maine that the institute’s scientists are tackling.
Kennebunkport voters approve $10M offer to buy property before subdivision is built
York County Coast Star - Friday, September 21, 2018 

Over 150 residents filled the Kennebunkport Village Fire Station for a special town meeting Wednesday, and took just over an hour to approve $10 million dollars that will allow the town to attempt to purchase an 85-acre parcel of land across from the fire station on North Street. Voters approved the measure by a roughly two-thirds margin. The land was purchased in January of 2006 from the Frink family by a Massachusetts-based development group, and approved that same year for a phased subdivision of 80 dwelling units, with a dozen in a multiplex building, and the rest of the units in duplexes.
Distemper virus appears to be the culprit in the deaths of hundreds of seals
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 21, 2018 

An ongoing mass die-off of seals along the New England coast has been linked to an outbreak of a distemper virus. Almost 1,000 stranded seals have been reported along the coastline in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts since July. As of last week, three-quarters of the seals were dead, according to figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The remaining seals were reported as live strandings and were likely sick.
6 perfect foliage drives in Maine — and where to eat along the way
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 21, 2018 

Late September through early November is the perfect time to pile into the car, pick out some good tunes or podcasts to listen to, and hit the road to check out the most colorful display of the year in Maine: fall foliage. Here are six routes you and your family and/or friends can enjoy from the comfort of your vehicle.
Editorial: Let towns keep the right to regulate pesticides in their communities
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 21, 2018 

Last year, pesticide manufacturers tried to undo local pesticide ordinances in Maine as part of a large state-by-state lobbying effort. That failed. Now they are trying to get Congress to undo these local rules in one fell swoop by changing federal regulations through the Farm Bill that is pending in Washington, D.C. Taking the power to regulate the use of pesticides away from local communities was wrong then and it remains wrong now.
Pound owner who sedates lobster with marijuana to continue despite concerns raised by state, PETA
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 21, 2018 

A Maine lobster pound owner, Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in the Southwest Harbor, who is treating lobster with marijuana smoke before cooking them in hopes of killing them more humanely says she hopes to have a treatment system fully in place in “the next few weeks,” despite concerns that have been raised by the state and an animal rights group. The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has frequently campaigned in Maine against killing lobsters for food, has weighed in on Gill’s idea. On Thursday, PETA released a statement Thursday dismissing the practice.
Maine’s turkey population is booming. But are they a nuisance or ‘good wildlife story?’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 21, 2018 

Although the furry rodent has been in the limelight recently for an apparent population explosion, lots of Mainers have been noticing another animal that seems to be in extreme abundance. That’s the wild turkey, which has been spotted in fields, forests, backyards, gardens, farms and roadsides all over the state.
Column: As autumn arrives, it’s time to spruce up the feeders
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 21, 2018 

My first chore is to clean the feeders again. I have some brush to clear around the house. This I will pile in the woods in hopes of providing a little more winter shelter. I’ll get the heated bird bath out of storage in the garage. Then I’ll put it back. Birds have ignored my every attempt to treat them to a spa. Lastly, I am ready to battle the squirrels. I will lose. ~ Bob Duchesne
Ready Seafood gets final permit for Maine’s largest lobster processing operation
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Ready Seafood has nabbed the last local permit it needs to build a $10 million lobster processing, storage and research center in Saco. On Monday, the city’s Planning Board unanimously approved Ready Seafood’s plan to build a 64,000-square-foot facility on a 40-acre lot at 1016 Route 1. When the building is completed in 12 to 14 months, Ready Seafood will be the largest of Maine’s half-dozen lobster processors, capable of handling 100,000 pounds of Maine’s signature crustacean every day.
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