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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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Musicians raise funds for Lewiston park
Sun Journal - Monday, November 26, 2018 

Six couples performed during the fifth fundraiser that Lewiston musician Denny Breau has put together to help with ongoing improvements to Lewiston’s Pettingill School Park.
Children are suing the federal government for failing to take proper action against climate change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Monday, November 26, 2018 

Juliana v. United States is the primary focus of attorney Philip Gregory’s working life. It’s a unique approach to stopping climate change: sue the federal government for knowing about the coming danger of climate change and not doing enough to stop it. The 21 children who are the plaintiffs claim their constitutional rights have been violated as a result. Gregory is the co-lead counsel. He’s also a former Mainer, a graduate of Bowdoin College and a summer resident of Goose Rocks Beach.
Letter: Gray wolves must remain protected
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 26, 2018 

Please contact your senators immediately to tell them to vote “no” on the Manage Our Wolves Act passed by the U.S. House. The legislation would remove Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves and allow hunters, farmers and the government to shoot and kill this majestic species. They are not thriving; they are avoiding the brink of extinction because of their protected status. True scientists and conservationists recognize the wolf as a keystone species in our U.S. ecosystem. We need to keep our wolf populations healthy and strong to maintain the wild and free character of our nation. ~ Katherine Harrelson, Portland
Maine’s udder love affair with cheese
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

There are 74 cheesemakers milking four types of animals in what the Maine Cheese Guild says is one of the best states to make cheese — and they’re not just boasting.
No limited, research fishery for shrimp this year, either
Associated Press - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

Interstate regulators recently decided to extend a moratorium on northern shrimp fishing until 2021. In some previous years of the moratorium, shrimp trawlers and trappers have been able to bring some of the popular seafood item to market via a program called the “research set aside.” The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says the population of the shrimp is so low that even that program isn’t going to be implemented this time around.
6 winter hikes in Hancock County you have to try
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

Hop on over to Hancock County and entertain yourselves with some winter-friendly hikes:
• Schoodic Head in Acadia National Park
• Long Ledges Preserve in Sullivan
• Flying Mountain and Valley Cove in Acadia National Park
• Simon Trail in Lamoine
• Woodlawn trail network in Ellsworth
• Trenton Community Trail
Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

Efforts to expand natural gas capacity. Hopes of luring discounted Canadian electricity. Measures to stunt the growth of solar power and discourage wind farms on land and sea. These actions championed for eight years by Gov. Paul LePage and Republican allies will end on Jan. 2, as a new Democratic governor and Legislature abruptly shift the focus of Maine’s energy policy to boosting local, green-power development and blunting the impacts of a warming climate. Gov.-elect Janet Mills says, “As governor, I will prioritize fighting climate change by embracing and advancing a clean-energy future, including, for example, supporting UMaine’s offshore wind research and by providing incentives for community solar and rooftop solar.”
Is the chickadee on Maine license plates an imposter?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

The Maine Legislature in 1927 named “the chickadee” as the state bird. But seven species of chickadees live in North America, and two of them are in Maine: the black-capped chickadee and the boreal chickadee. That’s like declaring that the state mammal is the dog rather than the pug or poodle. Nick Lund, a birder who works at Maine Audubon, is calling attention to the confusing state symbol, saying it’s time for the Legislature to fix it. And some lawmakers say they are open to taking up the matter.
Seeing the forest for the trees at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

The Holt Research Forest is a place of deep stillness. No sounds of cars penetrate its quiet. Geese honking overhead were the only other voices heard during a nearly two-hour walk through these woods, which press up against Sewell Pond to the east and Back River to the west. It is remarkable for how untouched it is – recreation has been discouraged, since it is a research center, and for the degree it has been studied since 1983.
Column: Eat less – it’s good for you and good for Mother Earth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

Portion size matters. As most of us know from experience, it matters for your waistline because consuming more energy than you exert tips the bathroom scales in a direction you probably don’t like. But it also matters from a sustainability point of view because eating more food than your body needs wastes both food and the natural resources required to produce it. ~ Christine Burns Rudaleige
Column: Relatively speaking, success of Maine deer hunters low
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

It’s a good time to take a look at how Maine’s deer herd is holding up. Maine tops the list of New England states with 16,711, but Maryland hunters killed 30,326 bucks and New Yorkers killed 107,006. Yikes! Bucks killed per square mile is a more accurate index to the quality of deer hunting. Maine comes in dead last in that category for New England at 0.5. Let’s look at a state with similar climate and habitat, like Minnesota, where hunters killed 100,921 bucks. I bet a good many Mainers are satisfied with their home state’s deer hunting, regardless of the low deer numbers and low success rates, particularly after this season. I only suggest you not look too closely at what’s happening beyond the borders of our state. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: Maine’s North Woods threatened by state policy
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

Maine’s North Woods is the largest undeveloped forest in the Eastern U.S., and it is being threatened by a proposal put forth by the Land Use Planning Commission, which seeks to eliminate the adjacency principle’s one-mile rule. This rule has served to protect Maine’s forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife habitat from sprawling development for the past 45 years, by requiring any new development in the LUPC’s 10.5 million-acre jurisdiction to be within one road mile of existing, compatible development. Eliminating the one-mile rule would be devastating not only for the people who love this untarnished wilderness for its beauty and recreational opportunities, but also for the countless plant and animal species who make it their home. ~ Rebecca Tripp, Searsport
Column: Lost hunters will get help, but need to help themselves first
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

There was a time during Maine’s November deer hunt when it was not uncommon for Maine Game Wardens to have three or more missing hunters in one day. Those days have changed thanks to cell phones, GPSs, and today’s vast network of logging roads throughout Maine’s North Woods. Still, hunters do get lost every fall, and wardens conduct what has come to be known in search and rescue parlance as “lost person scenarios.” Bottom line: stay cool, be honest with yourself and your situation and stay put. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Commercial fishing vessel in distress gets help off midcoast
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

No one was injured Saturday when a commercial fishing vessel off St. George on the midcoast started taking on water. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Molly Edwards said the call came in at 11:40 a.m. The boat was two hours from port and requested assistance. A Coast Guard crew from Rockland, along with the Maine Marine Patrol, helped get the 40-foot vessel and its three crew members to Tenants Harbor by 2:30 p.m. Edwards declined to identify the boat in question because the matter is still under investigation.
Maine congressional reps split votes on keeping endangered wolves protected
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

The House passed the Manage Our Wolves Act (H.R. 6784), sponsored by Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., to have the gray wolf removed from the federal government’s list of endangered species in the contiguous 48 states before 2020. The vote was 196 yeas to 180 nays. NAY: Pingree. YEA: Poliquin.
How a Maine town pays tribute to its lobster fishing heritage during the holidays
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

In Rockland, the centerpiece of the holiday season is not a run of the mill tree. Instead, it’s a 40-foot-tall man-made tribute to the lobster fishing industry known as “the Lobster Trap Tree.” Made up of over 150 red and green lobster traps and decked out with over 100 lobster buoys, the tree is fitting in the small coastal city, which is home to the Maine Lobster Festival and has been called “the Lobster Capital of the World.”
How a BDN editor shot the biggest buck of his life
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

Pete Warner, the digital sports editor at the BDN, tells how he shot a 9-point, 209-pound buck Tuesday in Newburgh.
Opinion: Imported hydropower necessary to reduce greenhouse gas
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

As a long-term member and past board member of the Natural Resource Council of Maine, I have tremendous respect for the decades of work they have done and continue to do to protect Maine’s environment. But I think their opposition to the proposed New England Clean Energy Connect is a serious strategic mistake from a climate perspective. Reducing greenhouse gases is a global necessity unrelated to state boundaries. The fact that CMP would profit from the power line that would connect Hydro-Quebec and Massachusetts is a way to demonize CMP and undermine the project but is absolutely irrelevant in the context of the looming climate crisis. ~ Tony Marple, Whitefield
Letter: Endangered livestock well worth the raising
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

Before rushing head-long into adding and subtracting genetic traits of livestock, we should first look at breeds we’ve already got. Endangered and lesser known breeds are highly valued by farmers who recognize their economic, easy care, predictability and attributes particularly suited to fit their local environment and farming practice. These are the breeds that make sense – local, diversified, community based and sustainable. ~ Jo Ann Myers, Waldoboro
Letter: Youngster may take pride in bagging deer
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

In Stephan Martin’s Nov. 20 letter he expressed disgust for the Press Herald “showing a 9-year-old killing a deer.” Sorry Stephan, but the deer was already dead in the pic. He proclaims “the current climate is leaning towards showing more compassion.” Huh? I guess all the violence between people and nations worldwide must be some sort of hologram! Calling the taking of meat to feed one’s family a “senseless act of violence,” shows the one-sided views of those who eat plants while they are alive and pretend that they are non-living objects made specifically for our tooth-grinding, torture-sweetened pleasure. ~ John Nichols, Portland
Letter: No thanks for sullying of the sea
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

A rig off Newfoundland has had a spill of 250,000 liters of crude oil, and storms and high seas have prevented cleanup operations. This expansion of their drilling off Nova Scotia threatens us in the Gulf of Maine as well. Our own government now pushes its National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing program. The northern shrimp population has dropped by 50 percent over the past 10 years. This is accompanied by the multiple stressors of ocean warming, predation by anomolous species moving northward, and acidifying waters. All linked to atmospheric CO2. I wonder why we are not blessed with the sensibilities to protect the ocean. ~ Richard Nelson, Friendship
Letter: Welfare for sports teams
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

Billionaire sports team owners are forcing state and local governments to help fund their latest ventures. Among others is Atlanta Braves owner John Malone, a major landowner in Maine. The Braves replaced their barely two-decades old home stadium in 2017. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the Braves have garnered about a half-million dollars in public subsidies for their stadium. Do taxpayers benefit from spending billions to subsidize sports stadiums? Odd how this form of “welfare” appears to be far more acceptable to the most wealthy of citizens. ~ Donald C. Grant, Mount Chase
Company to remove 27,000 tons of Gates Formed Fibre carpet from Warren site
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 23, 2018 

Maine environmental officials have selected a Rockport company to remove 27,000 tons of Gates Formed Fiber carpet-like material from an abandoned rifle range. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection chose Farley Inc.’s proposal. The company will transport the material to the Dragon Cement plant in Thomaston, where it will be burned for fuel. The Dragon Cement plant needs special permits before moving forward with the project. Officials say there are two kinds of plastic fibers in the material that prevented them from being recycled.
Changing climate to put further pressure on New England, federal report predicts
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 23, 2018 

New England’s forests, fisheries and cultural traditions are already experiencing significant disruptions from a changing climate and will face additional transformation over the coming decades, according to a federal report released Friday. Northeastern states are seeing some of the largest changes in the nation, yet conditions are shifting even faster in New England than the region as a whole, in some instances.
Regulators Grant Permit For Proposed On-Shore Salmon Farm In Bucksport
Maine Public - Friday, November 23, 2018 

State regulators have issued a wastewater discharge permit for an on-shore salmon farm proposed for the old Verso Mill site in Bucksport. The company, Whole Oceans, eventually hopes to raise 44-million tons of salmon per year. Department of Environmental Protection Chief Brian Kavanah says the 18.6 million gallons of treated water that will go into the Penobscot River daily should not pose a threat to water quality.
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