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Action Alert - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

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‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Kayak to Woodward Point, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Check out newly protected Woodward Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick from the water. July 21, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Climate Convergence Conference, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. At George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, July 20.
Loon counters needed, Jul 20
Announcement - Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Each year more than a thousand volunteer counters fan out across Maine’s lakes to help track the status of the state’s loon population. Volunteer counters are needed on a number of Hancock County lakes and ponds, July 20, 7-7:30 am.
Traveling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Jul 19
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Nicole Grohoski, GIS Specialist, Cartographer, and State Representative for District 132 will share adventures from completing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, July 19, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Yoga on the Brunswick Mall, thru Sep 6
Event - Posted - Friday, July 12, 2019 

Classes led by Sundara Yoga’s qualified instructors. At Brunswick Town Mall lawn in front of the gazebo, every Friday (weather permitting), July 19 - September 6, 7:30 – 8:30 am, free.
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 18
Action Alert - Thursday, July 11, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At UMaine at Farmington, July 18, 6 pm.
Forestry for Maine Birds, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 

Learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species; take care of your woodland; work with other forest management goals; and enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands. At Mt. Vernon Community Center, July 17, 9:30 am - 2 pm.
Revisioning the Earth, Jul 16
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 9, 2019 

Dana Sawyer, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at the Maine College of Art, will speak about Revisioning the Earth. At Harpswell Heritage Land Trust Annual Meeting, Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, July 16, 6:30 pm.
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When the tourists come to Maine this weekend, head north for these 3 hikes
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 6, 2019 

Heading to Aroostook County might be a bit of a trek. But the journey is worth it, as you can escape the crowds and find yourself actually relaxing in nature. Bonus: These hikes are all dog-friendly.
• Salmon Brook Lake trails in Perham
• Scopan Mountain near Presque Isle
• Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in Limestone
Column: Trump’s endless war on regulation
Sun Journal - Saturday, July 6, 2019 

Business groups complain that excessive regulatory costs are passed along to consumers in higher prices or to workers in lower wages. Consumer and labor groups argue that we need regulations to protect against market failures (air and water pollution, consumer fraud). Most deregulation is portrayed as a favor to lobbyists and industry groups. In theory, cost-benefit analysis ought to settle the issue. Government regulation is too pervasive to pretend it’s automatically productive. There are bound to be excesses. We need to stay on the case. The White House has a point even if it’s overstated. ~ Robert Samuelson
Letter: Revived Kennebec River a place to treasure
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 6, 2019 

The Edwards Dam was removed on July 1, 1999, when I was just 6 months old. I have never known a Kennebec River free of fish or unpassable by boat. However, the river was not always this way. My dad has lived along the Kennebec since the 1960s and has noticed a drastic change in water quality since the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972. The river he once described as “reeking like an open sewer” is now a place I treasure. On Monday, alongside the Natural Resources Council of Maine, I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Edwards Dam removal. Because of the removal of the dam, I have been able to experience a healthier, more vibrant Kennebec River that Maine can be proud of. ~ Sarah Corkum, Chelsea
Maine Game Wardens Urge ATV Riders To Wear Helmets
Maine Public - Friday, July 5, 2019 

Maine game wardens are urging ATV riders to wear protective headgear and maintain safe speeds after several ATV crashes Thursday, in which some riders were injured. Warden spokesperson Corporal John MacDonald says that as a result of an ATV crash Thursday afternoon in Caribou, two 14-year- olds and a 4-year-old were injured. MacDonald says that the 4-year-old sustained a forehead laceration. None of the riders was wearing a helmet.
Gorham Grown: Free "Edible Maine Street" program growing
WGME-TV13 - Friday, July 5, 2019 

Neighbors in Gorham can pick the produce for free. The pilot program--a collaboration with the Cumberland County Water and Soil Conservation District and the Gorham Village Alliance--aims to provide a bridge between business, community and healthy eating. At least a dozen businesses have posted planters outside with thematic culinary pursuits: there are planters for sauces, salsa and salads, with the respective vegetables and herbs needed for a traditional dish--everything from basil, cilantro, peppers to kale.
Maine Potato Board names Mapleton family ‘Farm Family of the Year’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 5, 2019 

The Maine Potato Board has announced the Chandler family of D C Farms in Mapleton as the 2019 Farm Family of the Year. Darren, along with his brother David, sixth generation growers in the family, farm primarily in Mapleton and Castle Hill. Their father, Darrell Chandler, is retired but still is available with advice and a keen view of the family history in the region.
District wraps up birding series
Piscataquis Observer - Friday, July 5, 2019 

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District recently completed its free, 3-part series of birding workshops. In April Bob Duchesne, bird guide and author of “Maine Birding Trails,” led the Birding by Ear presentation. The next event, the PCSWCD’s annual Law Farm Bird Walk, was also led by Duchesne along with his wife Sandy. In June the PCSWCD teamed up with Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine Audubon and the Forest Stewards Guild to hold a Forestry for Maine Birds presentation geared toward landowners, foresters, loggers and woodland owners.
Column: New program to protect Brunswick’s shoreline
Times Record - Friday, July 5, 2019 

Water shapes every part of our landscape. It has a dramatic impact along the shore. The waves, the tides and the scouring of ice in the winter impact the infrastructure we build along the coast. If that shoreline changes, so does our ability to use ramps, bridges and roads that abut the shoreline for coastal access and transport. And consider the impacts on the natural world along this boundary. A new regional program is aiming to shore up some shorelines. And, the three Maine sites are in Brunswick. The Living Shorelines program will test materials like bags of crushed oyster shells and Coir logs made of coconut fibers shells packed in tubular netting. The hope is that these materials will be incorporated into the already existing shore and look more like a part of them than something apart from them. ~ Susan Olcott
Column: Invisible lines threaten lobster fishery
Seacoast Online - Thursday, July 4, 2019 

Maine lobstermen are facing what one lobsterman called “the fight of our lives” right now as they face extreme and dangerous new regulations which if implemented could devastate the lobster industry we have today, and impact the entire economy throughout the state and beyond with a trickle-down effect like no other, with the potential to affect seafood markets and grocery stores, bait dealers, seafood processors, truckers, fuel companies, marine mechanics, trap builders, marine supply stores, restaurants, everyday people who buy seafood, and the biggest moneymaker for the state of all - the tourist industry. The entire state of Maine and beyond cashes in on the iconic Maine lobster. It’s time for us to stand up for the lobstermen who bring them to us. We are all in this boat together. ~ Shelley Wigglesworth
County Faces: Steve Young of Frenchville
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Thursday, July 4, 2019 

Wildlife biologist Steve Young of Frenchville, 63, first fell in love with nature when he was a Boy Scout growing up in Madawaska. Young went on to become an Eagle Scout and has shared his respect and appreciation for Maine’s natural landscape with others ever since. He earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Maine Orono in 1978. Young worked a variety of wildlife related jobs in the field for different government agencies. His work took him to the mainland in Canada and off the coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea. Young said there is something to appreciate about nature as it exists all over the world, but he has a special appreciation for the upper St. John Valley.
Maine To Use Herbicide To Eradicate Invasive Plant From Lake
Associated Press - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

Maine environmental regulators are planning to use an herbicide on a portion of a large lake in the central part of the state that is popular with fishermen and boaters. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it's holding a public meeting on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Winthrop Town Office about the treatment of part of Cobbosseecontee Lake. The DEP says the goal of the herbicide treatment is to get rid of Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic invasive plant, in the lake. The DEP says the aquatic herbicide would be used on a four-acre area of the 5,516-acre lake. The treatment would take one day and would result in a handful of safety advisories.
Piping Plovers Nearly Scrap Maine Town's July 4 Fireworks Show
NECN - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

The July Fourth fireworks display in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, will go on as planned after some piping plovers almost caused a cancellation. A plover nest sits just 400 feet from the town's fireworks launch site, right on the beach behind the Palace Playland amusement park. Old Orchard Beach is a draw for tourists from all over New England and Eastern Canada, and the Fourth is one of the biggest times of its busiest times of year. Last week, a plover was still protecting unhatched eggs there, which forced town officials to cancel the weekly fireworks display. Luckily for the residents and tourists in town, in the time between last Thursday and this Wednesday, the birds hatched and moved away from the nest, which means there is no need to stop the July Fourth show.
Millinocket mill site owner says it’s settled $1.5M tax debt to IRS
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

A volunteer economic development organization has settled an old $1.5 million debt to the IRS that will allow it to market Millinocket’s former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site to potential tenants. The nonprofit Our Katahdin will pay $450,000 of the debt. Our Katahdin has raised $90,000 already to put toward repaying the IRS debt. In December, the lien forced the withdrawal of a North Carolina firm that had tentatively agreed to launch a $30 million factory at the mill site making cross-laminated timber. Our Katahdin intends to develop the site into a multi-tenant industrial park. Last month, a British firm said it was ready to start building a “modern aquaculture plant” in Millinocket to raise Atlantic salmon.
Column: One Heck of a Tail
Boothbay Register - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

This past weekend a casual birder was at the Brunswick Executive Airport. Ironically, she was standing in the very same spot that we were birding at the week before when we added upland sandpiper and eastern meadowlark, two grassland specialists, to our Maine Mindfulness Big Year list. This birder happened to notice a very odd, silvery bird that she did not recognize. The most striking feature was its very long forked tail. She did what people do nowadays and took a photo of it. Later that day she shared it on the Maine Birds Facebook page. Soon after, she found out that she had discovered a very special bird—an aptly named scissor-tailed flycatcher—that was a long way from home. ~ Jeff and Allison Wells
Filling the Power Vacuum
Free Press - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

Roger Rittmaster lives about halfway to the dead-end on William Glen Drive in Camden. Bare oak trees line the road and stand naked in his neighbors’ yards. But with a few minor exceptions — a chewed crown or a buzzed limb — his oak trees look like they’re supposed to, leaves and all. What he did almost a year ago was lure browntail moths to his back porch with a giant light and kill them, en masse, with a flyswatter. The browntail moth infestation is now solidly throughout the midcoast. Rittmaster, a retired endocrinologist and Maine Master Naturalist, coordinated with the town to shut off the streetlight, and he suggested to his neighbors that they either keep their outdoor lights off, or keep them on and try to kill as many of the moths as possible. “What I’m trying to avoid is inoculating the whole tree,” he said.
Here’s what the ads say, and where they’re misleading
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

The television ads related to CMP’s proposed $1 billion transmission line project started late last year when Stop The Corridor, often referred to as a “dark money” group because its funding source is unknown, ran an ad in several Maine markets. Stop the Corridor has spent at least $520,000 on television ads. CMP and NECEC’s ads have mostly focused on the project’s benefits for Mainers, including carbon emission reductions and new jobs. CMP and NECEC have spent at least $720,000 on television ads. The two camps spend very differently on Facebook ads. While CMP and NECEC combined to spend $70,000 buying ads on the social media giant, Stop the Corridor has spent more than $240,000.
Ads spent on the CMP corridor topped $1.8 million. The source of much of that money is a secret.
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

Supporters and opponents of Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed $1 billion transmission line have combined to spend at least $1.8 million on TV, Facebook and radio advertising since late last year. CMP and its affiliate, New England Clean Energy Connect, have spent at least $1 million on ads related to the line. At least $800,000 was spent on advertising by anti-line group Stop The Corridor, which refuses to identify the source of its funding. The amount underscores the high stakes of the debate over the line, which could fundamentally alter New England’s electricity market. CMP also increased its lobbying presence in Augusta in 2019. “It was some of the most intense lobbying that I’ve ever seen CMP and its allies pursue at the state house,” said Didisheim, Natural Resources Council of Maine’s advocacy director.
Column: When we lost Letourneau
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

I still miss Gene Letourneau, who wrote about hunting and fishing every day for 50 years in central and southern Maine newspapers. Hundreds of thousands of Mainers revered Gene Letourneau and doted on his every daily word. Where, oh where, will we find that daily dose of outdoor Maine ever again? ~ George Smith
Letter: Permanently pay for vital conservation fund
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

The great outdoors are synonymous with Maine’s brand. Our state is home to some of the most breathtaking public lands in the country, from Acadia National Park to Sebago Lake. One of the best ways we can preserve and protect Maine’s natural resources is through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to direct more funding toward the LWCF next year. I’ve also co-sponsored the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, which would permanently and fully fund the LWCF. I’ll keep fighting to preserve our public lands for future generations to experience, explore and enjoy. ~ Chellie Pingree, 1st District U.S. representative, Washington
National Park Service to cover nearly $2.5 million in costs for Trump's July 4 event by dipping into entrance and recreation fees
Washington Post - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

The National Park Service will use money primarily intended to fix some of the nation’s smaller parks to pay for the celebration.
Recall issued for veggies packaged at Biddeford plant because of Listeria concerns
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

A food processing plant in Biddeford has issued a voluntary recall of several fresh vegetable products out of concern that they may be contaminated with Listeria. The recall includes certain squash, cauliflower and zucchini products sold under the Green Giant Fresh, Trader Joe’s, Signature Farms and Growers Express brands, according to a recall notice issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Canned and frozen products under those brands are not affected. The plant is owned and operated by Growers Express, a company based in Salinas, California. Products made at the Biddeford plant are distributed to grocery stores throughout New England, including Shaw’s and Trader Joe’s.
West Newbury, Mass, hires Maine environmental major
Other - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

The West Newbury Conservation Commission selected Albert “Bert” Comins to serve as the new conservation agent. Comins, a resident of Newbury, is scheduled to work 20 hours per week, with additional time for site visits and commission meetings. Comins is a graduate from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, with a bachelor’s in environmental studies.
Concerns about endangered birds won’t stop July 4 fireworks show in Old Orchard Beach
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

The Fourth of July fireworks show will go on as planned in Old Orchard Beach on Thursday despite concerns about an endangered bird that was about to give birth to a brood of chicks nearby. The piping plover’s nest was only 400 feet from where the fireworks are staged just south of the Palace Playland amusement park, sparking concerns that the explosions and the thousands of people expected to attend the traditional waterfront display could disrupt the birds and their nest. Town Manager Larry Mead said the holiday fireworks display will go on as planned Thursday because the chicks have hatched and the birds are expected to move away from the noise and crowds.
Letter: Recognizing our energy future
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

I would like to thank Sen. Paul Davis for his prescience and determination to protect our future by supporting two bills that will bode well for Maine’s future energy needs. The first bill, LD 1711, is a comprehensive solar bill that will lower energy costs by increasing access to solar power. The second bill, LD 1494, will increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard to 100 percent by 2050. A diverse mix of renewable energy sources will help wean us away from fossil fuel and its destructive effects, increase energy independence and provide stabilization, as well as predictable pricing to Maine’s electric grid. In effect, we’re cleaning up our act. ~ Robert Fritsch, Dexter
50 Mainers: Tim Glidden
Maine. The Magazine - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

Tim Glidden, President of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, has sent his entire care conserving Maine's natural resources.
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