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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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In Hancock, derelict and toxin-laden land is slowly coming back to life
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

The big building at 49 Tannery Road should be the heart of Hancock’s business community. The property has problems, though, and by the name of the road it is on, you can guess what they are. It’s the site of a former leather tannery, once one of Hancock’s largest employers, and though it was partially cleaned up thanks to $370,000 in federal grants, the property needs hundreds of thousands of dollars more in cleanup work before the town can market it to potential developers.
Biologists urge deer hunters to be vigilant about ticks this season
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

As hunters head into the woods this deer season, two of the state’s wildlife biologists say paying extra attention to tick avoidance should be a priority. For that matter, even nonhunters ought to be aware of the presence of ticks, including the black-legged or “deer tick,” which can spread Lyme disease. The firearms season on deer begins Saturday for Maine residents and Monday for nonresidents.
Opinion: Natural Resources Council of Maine supports bag and polystyrene bans
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

On Nov. 6, Camden voters will consider two town ordinances we wholeheartedly support: one would ban single-use plastic bags (placing a 10-cent fee on single-use paper bags at year-round stores selling a line of staple foodstuffs), and the other bans the use of expanded polystyrene containers. Plastic pollution is a major environmental problem: Researchers predict that by 2050 there will be more tons of plastic than fish in the ocean. I urge you to vote to support the ordinances to ban plastic bags and polystyrene foam food containers in Camden. ~ Christine Adamowicz, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Letter: Moody wouldn’t protect environment, natural resources
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

If you care about the protection of Maine’s environment and natural resources, you have a clear choice about who deserves your vote for governor: Democrat Janet Mills. For the past eight years, the LePage administration has undertaken an all-out assault on the laws and programs that protect our environment. Gov. LePage’s hand-picked successor to continue these destructive efforts is Shawn Moody. Contrary to every scientific study, Mr. Moody has joined LePage as a denier of climate change, an ideology that can only harm Maine’s fisheries, wildlife and forest resources, on which the state’s economy depends. Although some find appeal in the candidacies of independents Alan Caron and Terry Hayes, a vote for them can only secure the election of Shawn Moody. ~ Jeff Pidot, Brunswick
Letter: Mills will lead on climate change
Sun Journal - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Climate change is affecting Maine, and not just on the coast where sea levels are rising. Janet Mills appreciates the overwhelming importance of this issue and proposes to wean Maine from its reliance on fossil fuels — the greatest source of greenhouse gases. That is good economic and environmental policy. Reducing the effects of climate change should receive national priority, but the federal government has abandoned efforts to address the problem. It is up to states to lead. ~ Bonnie Lounsbury, Auburn
How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Its Farmers
Inside Climate News - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

The Farm Bureau is among the most potent political forces in Washington, skillfully parlaying the American farmer into an enduring influence machine. The group's lobbying touches many environmental issues: water pollution, fracking, biofuels and biodiversity. Conservative to the core, it mirrors the Trump administration's ideology almost perfectly. Nowhere do their agendas align more completely—and with more profound consequences—than on the challenge of climate change. Both oppose any binding international, federal or local action that would regulate the emissions of greenhouse gases, or impose a market price or tax on them. Both refuse to embrace the core tenets of climate science.
Bucksport: Life after the mill
Other - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Island Journal - Bucksport is the only coastal town in Maine to have had a paper mill. When it was operating, the town enjoyed a strong tax base and hundreds of jobs. When the mill closed in 2014, Bucksport was dealt a tough hand. But, as our Island Journal story explains, it responded. Earlier this year, a Maine-based firm announced plans to establish a land-based salmon farm at the former mill site, and this week, Maine Maritime Academy revealed its plans for a facility there. Bucksport's second act is underway.
New study stokes the debate over oil heat versus wood
Mainebiz - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

A report by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry claims more than 100 major buildings in Maine have made the conversion to heating with wood instead of oil. The study claims the total economic impact from buying the wood products is $20.6 million. The study did not evaluate either residential or industrial use. The report was released in advance of the first Maine Modern Wood Heat Symposium, to be held Oct. 25 at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.
European Parliament backs ban on single-use plastics
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution in seas, fields and waterways. The ban would affect a range of products for which valid alternatives are available – from plastic straws to earbuds and plates – as of 2021 and would make sure that plastic bottles are 90 percent recycled by 2025.
Public invited to Cline Forest dedication
Other - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Conway (NH) Daily Sun - The public is invited to the Dr. Michael Cline Memorial Forest Dedication on Oct. 27 at 2 pm in Albany, NH. Cline served as executive director of Tin Mountain Conservation Center starting in 1998. During his tenure numerous over $2 million was raised in support of Tin Mountain’s school, adult and family programs, and a research and intern program developed in 2010 to study forestry practices and their effects on migratory and resident birds and brook trout habitat. Prior to his time at Tin Mountain, Cline worked at Maine Audubon. While there he worked on the passing of the Forest Practice Act in Maine, which regulated forestry practices throughout the state.
Trade group plans staffing service to fill seasonal tourism jobs
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

The Maine Tourism Association will soon start a staffing service to connect its members with job-seekers in Maine and other parts of the country. In recent years, restaurants, hotels and attractions have had to shut down early or reduce hours during the peak summer season because they did not have enough workers. Maine had 36.7 million tourist visits in 2017 and tourism spending was about $6 billion, a five-year high, according to estimates from the Maine Office of Tourism. Around 106,800 people are employed directly and indirectly in the tourism industry that includes lodging, restaurants and food service, retail, entertainment and other businesses.
Some Maine Outdoorsmen Are Worried about the Potential Impact of the CMP Transmission Line
Maine Public - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Snowmobilers and hunters in Maine are raising their voices against the high-voltage transmission line that Central Maine Power wants to string through western Maine in order to bring electricity to Massachusetts. The Maine Snowmobilers Association is contending with dissent in its ranks, while the Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine is reconsidering its endorsement of the project. Some environmental groups say the project will not result in a reduction in greenhouse gases. Last week CMP filed its proposal to mitigate the project's ecosystem impacts. That includes the donation of more than 2000 acres of land to the state, and paying more than $4 million into a state fund that can secure other wildlife habitat.
Madison mill that closed in 2016 seeks to recover taxes from town
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Officials from the former Madison Paper Industries will appear before the Maine State Board of Property Tax Review on Thursday in an effort to try to recover about $1 million in property taxes the mill says it was charged unduly but has already paid to the town. The mill closed in 2016, laying off about 215 people, and shortly afterward asked the town of Madison for an abatement on its 2016 taxes. Jonathan Block, an attorney for Madison Paper, said the company had conducted an independent appraisal that showed the value of the mill and its hydropower assets were worth less than half of what the town valued them.
New York sues ExxonMobil, accusing it of deceiving investors about climate change risks
Washington Post - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood sued ExxonMobil on Wednesday, accusing the oil giant of defrauding investors about the financial risks of climate change and lying about how it was calculating potential carbon costs. The lawsuit said that “this fraud reached the highest levels of the company,” including former Exxon chief executive and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who the lawsuit said knew for years that the company “was deviating” from public statements and was using two sets of calculations about future regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
CMP hydropower project to run $1.1 billion, with interest
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Central Maine Power’s $950 million hydropower project could top $1.1 billion when the interest costs for the project are considered. Separately, CMP on Oct. 18 notified Maine regulators that it would bury a power line near the Kennebec River Gorge instead of stringing it above the gorge. A company witness testified at a Maine Public Utilities Commission meeting earlier this week that would cost about $31 million.
Column: Suicide by climate change, or not
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Here’s your periodic rundown of what’s happening in the world of suicide by climate change. For the sake of your own backyard, maybe you want to vote in the next election. Just saying’. ~ Dana Wilde
Editorial: How to get people focused on climate change
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Climate change has struggled to gain traction among voters, even as President Donald Trump has canceled climate change-fighting policies and taken steps to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. But beer? That’s not remote. That’s something many will drink today. And if it’s threatened? Well, conflict could be in the offing. It turns out, the threat climate change poses to people’s ability to drink beer could finally get more people to take climate change seriously and treat it as an issue that demands urgent attention.
Marine alliance
UMaine Today - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

The Alliance for Maine’s Marine Economy, a consortium of Maine-based marine businesses, research institutions and educational organizations, is investing in infrastructure and technologies with $7 million in voter-approved bond funds, matched by more than $7 million from Alliance members. Led by the University of Maine, the Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that Maine seafood, fishing and aquaculture industries, and the natural ecosystems on which they depend, are healthy and benefit Maine people. These strategic investments support and diversify traditional fisheries, aquaculture and other marine-dependent industries.
Trump tariffs start biting U.S. companies
Washington Post - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Companies are reckoning with trade barriers the Trump administration appears to be in no hurry to lower as it eyes a longer-term showdown with China. Bloomberg notes that “so far, a review of corporate earnings results and conference-call transcripts suggests the number of large global companies harmed by higher tariffs is exponentially larger than those that are helped by them.” A number of others that produce in China are weighing whether to move their supply chains. Asked about the risk the tariffs pose to the economy, President Trump falsely said: “Where do we have tariffs? We don’t have tariffs anywhere …"
Ticks decimating New England moose, but northern Maine herd OK for now
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

Moose calves are dying at unprecedented levels in parts of New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks — as many as 90,000 on one animal — that latch onto their bodies and drain their blood. Maine’s moose population is thought to have fallen from 76,000 five years ago to between 60,000 and 70,000 today. Winters in northern Maine are still quite severe, and that may make life more difficult for the ticks.
Fish food study floated by salmon farm foes challenged as ‘bad science’
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

A national organization that strongly opposes siting a land-based salmon farm in Belfast has released an analysis that argues the way the fish are fed will be inefficient, unsustainable and potentially unhealthy to people and oceans. However, Nordic Aquafarms, the Norwegian-based company that would like to build one of the world’s largest indoor salmon farms near the Little River, has decried the analysis, deeming it misleading, inaccurate and based on bad science. The project has been a lightning rod for opponents, who fear it is too big and the science is too unproven for Belfast.
Letter: Bag ban a step toward a cleaner city
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

I pick up trash from city streets and trails at least weekly. Our society is drowning in trash and banning some plastic bags will not solve the problem by itself. But it will at least constitute a small first step in demonstrating, as many other towns in Maine have, the responsible behavior needed to begin cleaning up our own mess. I urge you to vote to support the bag ban in Waterville. ~ Bill Lee, Waterville
Letter: Cruise ships pollute
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 

The Bar Harbor Town Council apparently looked into the future and saw cruise ships using power sources that don’t pollute Frenchman Bay with exhaust gases. Cruise ships release exhaust fumes. Frenchman Bay is a relatively small bay with tidal waters that come and go directly through cruise ship channels. Pollute that water and lobstermen and their families will be beaching their boats and looking for other ways to pay bills. Same for those who harvest native or farmed mussels, clams, scallops, oysters and salmon. The Town Council doesn’t own the bay. So why are they operating with such complete disregard of the perfectly predictable consequences of their cruise ship expansion plan? ~ Gary W. Conrad, Bar Harbor
Column: Our nation’s oceans matter to all of us
Times Record - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 

The Northeast was the first region to complete a regional ocean plan — this included a set of maps and guidelines based on all of the information gathered from multiple users and resource specialists. It was a complex process with lots of maps and many, many meetings. But now, decision-makers can then use this information to help guide what happens where in the oceans. This regional plan is part one of how to make sure that we can continue both to benefit economically from our oceans but also to enjoy them. More detailed work has to be done at a smaller scale. This is where the specific values that each community feels can be taken into consideration. ~ Susan Olcott
UNE partners with Iceland universities on ocean food and sustainability program
Journal Tribune - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 

Late last week, the University of New England deepened its partnership with two Icelandic universities, signing an agreement with the University of Akureyri and Holar University College at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. The agreement details how UNE’s new professional science master’s degree program in Ocean Food Systems will align and collaborate with the Icelandic universities’ master’s in sustainable production and use of marine bio-resources.
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