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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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Opinion: Waterfront works best when reserved for maritime uses
Portland Press Herald - Monday, December 24, 2018 

We have some choices now as to the kind of growth we want on the Portland waterfront. With much stronger federal and global regulation, even a normally cyclical fishery could return offshore. These and other exciting choices are foreclosed if we clutter the waterfront with law offices, hotels, T-shirt shops and restaurants, and lack the vision to reserve the space necessary to accommodate prosperous marine-related enterprises, as the proposed referendum would do. What will the moratorium do? Don’t let this City Council, like the council that allowed the destruction of Union Station, become an object of shame. Save the working waterfront for marine-dependent enterprise. ~ R. John Wuesthoff, represented the Working Waterfront Coalition in its successful 1986-’87 lawsuits against the city of Portland and Fisherman’s Wharf Associates
Opinion: Aquaculture editorial overlooks real objections
Kennebec Journal - Monday, December 24, 2018 

Your Dec. 16 lead editorial, “Our View: Aquaculture wrong target for protests,” misses the mark. We who oppose the construction of a massive industrial fish farm in Belfast didn’t file suit to kill the project by delay — we filed suit because the Belfast City Council illegally changed our long-standing zoning laws to accommodate the highly destructive Nordic Aquafarms industrial fish farm project. There are alternatives. The Green Wave kelp-based aquaculture model actually renews our beleaguered oceans and provides far more jobs per dollar invested. ~ Lawrence Reichard, Belfast
Letter: Consider the lobsters’ pain
Bangor Daily News - Monday, December 24, 2018 

Anyone can go to PETA’s website, watch the video of live lobsters being torn limb from limb and judge for themselves whether or not it’s cruel. I think it is. Numerous studies have shown that lobsters and other crustaceans can feel pain, and dismembering fully conscious lobsters subjects these animals to unnecessary suffering. Quicker, less-cruel slaughter methods, such as electric stunners and hydrostatic pressure, are readily available and should be standard throughout the lobster industry. At the very least, surely we can all agree that mutilating live animals is unacceptable. ~ Jennifer Austin, Hampden
Repairs to Whitefield’s Clary Lake Dam completed
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

Thanks to Friday’s rain, the water in Clary Lake has reached a level where many of the lakefront property owners have wanted it to be for more than a half-dozen years — two feet below the top of the Clary Lake Dam. That marks a milestone in a longstanding dispute over the water level in the lake and the operation of the dam that impounds it that was mostly resolved when the Clary Lake Association bought it from its bankrupt former owner. But the complicated disputes surrounding the Clary Lake Dam are not all settled. For two days last week in Lincoln County Superior Court, lawyers presented a case for damages related to the low lake level.
Trump Shutdown update
Other - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

Donald Trump has fulfilled his promise to shut down the government before the holidays. He's throwing a temper tantrum because Democrats won't let the American people foot the bill for his ludicrous and unpopular border wall. This is going to have real consequences for American families. Here's just a few of the things that will be affected by the Trump Shutdown:
• Food safety inspections
• Paychecks of 800,000 Americans
• Farm loans
• Small businesses
• National parks
~ Senatorial Campaign Committee
Coyotes, bobcats in the scope for Maine’s winter hunters
Associated Press - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

Maine’s hunting seasons for ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail and pheasant all end on Dec. 31. That’s also the last day of the season for small game animals such as gray squirrels and raccoons. However, other hunts are just getting started. The coyote night hunt began on Dec. 18 and runs until Aug. 31. The bobcat hunt began on Dec. 1 and goes to Feb. 21. The season for snowshoe hare is also underway.
Outdoors insiders confident in Camuso’s nomination as head of DIF&W
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

The nomination of Judy Camuso to head the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is being praised by those involved in influencing [consumptive sports] policymaking at the state level. David Trahan, the executive director of the Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine, said, “I’ve had just a terrific relationship with her. She can be very tough and passionate about stuff, but she’s really fair." James Cote, who helped organize the defeat of the bear referendum in 2014, is now the lobbyist for the Maine Trappers Association. He said, “Judy is the exact type of young, professional-type woman that we as a state are really trying hard to recruit to the pursuits of fishing, hunting and trapping.” Don Kleiner, executive director of the Maine Professional Guides Association, said “I think Judy is a solid choice for Commissioner. She already has a great deal of knowledge in wildlife, is skilled at managing people and budgets."
Last January, this Mainer embarked on a year of no shopping
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

For Henry Heyburn, 2018 has been a year of no shopping, except food, fuel, the basic necessities, and birthday presents for his children. Heyburn is not the only Mainer to step away from the cash register or the “add item to cart” button this year. There are 16 regional Buy Nothing groups in Maine. For UMaine professor Cynthia Isenhour the no shopping concept is nothing new. Nearly a decade ago, Isenhour wrote her dissertation on Swedish consumers who tried to stop shopping. She was living in Sweden and vowed to buy nothing new except for toiletries and food and succeeded with just a few exceptions. Cutting back on shopping is absolutely good for the planet, she says.
Some of Maine’s most avid outdoor enthusiasts share their most memorable gifts
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

Here is our second installment of favorite gifts received by Mainers who love the outdoors.
THE HIKER: A backpack that fits her perfectly
THE DEER HUNTER: The map app onX for his cell phone
THE FORESTER: Ash snowshoes
THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Metal-edged Nordic skis
THE SKI COACH: Neos overshoes
THE PADDLER: “The Lonely Land” by Sigurd Olson
Column: Images of that first duck hunt still linger, clear as day
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

Letting my head and back ease comfortably into the stout limbs of a hedgerow that ran along the upper edge of the tidal marsh, my mind wandered all the way back to my very first duck hunt. My head got cold that day and we didn’t shoot any ducks. It didn’t matter. In the years since, I’ve hunted waterfowl across the country in a variety of circumstances but my roots always draw me back to the sulfurous smell of mud and the sound of whistling wings overhead, where it all began so many years ago. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Tips for avoiding steep prices
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

One of the big things that can hamper the ski industry is the high cost of participating in the sport. The simplest ways to save money skiing are hallmarks of the Yankee frugality hammered into me by my parents. Bring your own lunch. Stay with friends instead of renting a room, and if you rent a room pack in as many people as you can. Get your equipment used rather than new, and buy reliable products based on longevity rather than style. t the smaller community resorts, you trade sheer numbers – acreage, lifts, trails, amenities – for a much less expensive ticket. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Annual bird counts provide a bounty of data
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

The 119th Audubon Christmas Bird Count is underway. The Count has become a valuable tool to track changes in the distribution and abundance of the birds of North America and beyond. The National Audubon Society makes the data available to researchers, and dozens of scientific articles have been published based on this rich database. ~ Herb Wilson
Opinion: Maine Voices: Hydroelectric dams produce green energy? Think again
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

Before advocating for the 145-mile line to carry hydroelectricity generated by Hydro-Quebec (Our View, Dec. 9), the Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial Board should first explain why hydroelectricity produced by reservoir dams should be called “green energy.” The construction of these dams in Maine would be prohibited by the Clean Water Act of 1972 and Maine’s Natural Resources Protection Act. Every reservoir hydroelectric facility represents an environmental catastrophe, not only to the dammed river, but also to the ocean regions where the rivers’ currents convey nutrients. ~ Stephen M. Kasprzak, Cape Porpoise
Letter: Lemmings and climate change
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

There remains some controversy as to whether the mass deaths of lemmings should be termed “suicide” or rather the result of frantic crowding and accidents during migration. However, there is no controversy, except for false claims from the extreme right, regarding climate change. The scientific calculations, from scientists around our one and only planet have been, if anything, too conservative. We may have little over a decade left to mitigate an otherwise irreversable and suicidal catastrophe. At age 83 I’ll be gone when it really hits the fan. I’m speaking out because I care about my kids and grandchildren, and I wonder daily how the fossil fuel big shots feel about their own, because they are blatant liars who know full well what’s going on. ~ Abbott Meader, Oakland
Letter: Leave the wild land of Maine alone
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, December 23, 2018 

I would like to thank Jackman, Maine, the home of my family, for opposing Central Maine Power’s proposed raping of our wilderness. There are five things I believe this project will accomplish. It will profit Canada. It will profit Massachusetts. It will profit CMP. It will open the door for the East-West Highway project. It will forever destroy millions of acres of Maine forests. One thing it will never do is create lasting jobs. Please leave the wild land of Maine alone. ~ Edwin Morris, Benton
Obituary: Morten Lund, acclaimed Maine-born ski writer and historian, 92
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

Morten Lund, an acclaimed ski journalist and skiing historian and the eldest son of a prominent Maine family, died Friday at his home in Accord, New York. He was 92. Lund had a distinguished writing and editing career spanning six decades at Sports Illustrated, Ski, Snow Country and Skiing Heritage magazines. Although his work took him away from Maine, he maintained a summer residence in Winthrop on Hodgdon’s Island in Lake Cobbosseecontee. Lund received numerous honors for his career in skiing journalism, inducted into both the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame and into Maine’s Ski Hall of Fame. In 2000, he received the International Ski History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He wrote over 400 features and sketches and 14 books, including “Cruising the Maine Coast” and “Adventures in Skiing.”
Column: Staying safe on ice requires great care
SV Weekly - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

Each year about this time, the Maine Warden Service urges us to use extreme caution before venturing out onto any ice that may be covering Maine’s waterways. This is timely advice. Two winters ago, three night-time snowsledders all perished one night on Rangeley Lake when they and their machines broke through thin ice. Many of Maine’s lakes and ponds may appear to be frozen, however, safe ice conditions cannot be assumed. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Why Is Sea Level Rising Faster In Some East Coast Cities Than Others? Blame Glaciers
Maine Public - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

Sea levels are rising all over the world, but in some East Coast regions they’re rising higher than in others. A study published Thursday in the journal Nature and led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) pins the difference on something called “post-glacial rebound,” and notes that it will continue for the next couple hundred years, at least. And even though the ice sheets disappeared 7,000 years ago, the rebound continues today. The Ice Age stays with us, even as the planet warms.
Acadia supporters lament government shutdown, say park is ‘already underfunded and understaffed’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

Acadia National Park will remain open and patrolled but without many of its normal services during the partial shutdown of the federal government that came into effect early Saturday. The shuttering of the federal government — which began overnight after President Trump scuttled a bipartisan spending deal — will likely be little noticed at Acadia, which draws few tourists and normally has many roads closed this time of year. Still, local supporters of the park decried the interruptions in service. “Even though it is much quieter here at Acadia compared to just a few weeks ago, a government shutdown is never good news for our national parks,” said David MacDonald, president of Friends of Acadia.
Acadia National Park Operations during Government Shutdown
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

According to a news release from Acadia National Park officials, "during the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. There will be no National Park Service provided visitor services at Acadia National Park, including public information, restrooms, and trash collection. No facilities and roads maintenance (including plowing) will be conducted."
Maine legislative committee assignments announced
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

Maine legislative committee assignments were announced on Friday. Here are the key environmental committees.
Unconventional developer has big plans to expand Belfast waterfront
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

Paul Naron moved to Belfast from Florida about 10 years ago. His development projects have been changing the Belfast waterfront. Naron, who is best known for opening the United Farmers Market of Maine, is onto something new. His latest project is tripling the size of the marina, starting a yacht club and building a restaurant. He might even add a hotel.
Opinion: What we miss about rural Maine
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

We have a lot to learn about resiliency from rural communities. Perhaps the new gubernatorial administration will refocus on communities and the desperate need for jobs and sector development to save our traditional lifestyles and places. And maybe Gov.-elect Janet Mills will restore the State Planning Office and focus it on sustainable development and infrastructure. I hope that as we rethink the role of the state government in preserving Maine’s rural character and economies, we also ask ourselves what we can do with our buying power to support our friends and neighbors, weave connection in our communities, and build stronger places by keeping our money local. ~ Nate Rudy, East Winthrop
Letter: National monument worth a visit
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 22, 2018 

After reading the comments on Dec. 6 regarding the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, most of which struck a rather negative tone, my wife and I were perplexed. Had any of them visited? We made our first visit last September — stayed in Island Falls, got up early, packed a picnic and made the 1-hour drive to the monument. We spent three wonderful days admiring, exploring and picnicking along the awesomely spectacular East Branch of the Penobscot. We also had encounters with wildlife, including a black bear. It’s always exciting to see one of these secretive creatures. The scenery is a glorious mixture of nature’s delicate intricacies as well as its powerful and spectacular. If seeing wildlife in a stunning environment doesn’t thrill you, then you should stay away. ~ Jack Pankhurst, Saint Albans
7 things to watch in 2019 as Trump goes to war with Democrats over the environment
Think Progress - Friday, December 21, 2018 

There has already been an onslaught of environmental regulatory rollbacks so vast it can be hard to keep track of those coming down the pipeline. But 2019 will also usher in a resounding Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, one that will likely be far less receptive to President Donald Trump’s efforts to unravel climate and environmental policies. “What we face with the Trump administration is wholesale capture of our environmental agencies by the industries those agencies police — corruption in plain view,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. Oil and gas exploration and drilling has been among the most controversial of the Trump administration’s goals. The government has pushed to open up virtually all federal waters to drilling. That move was initially opposed by all but one East Coast governor, Maine’s Paul LePage.
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