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“Bringing Nature Home” in Maine, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, July 26, 5:30 pm.
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
MEN goes Wild
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

I will be in the wilderness for a few days. Please check back soon for more exciting Maine Environmental News. Thanks. ~ Jym St. Pierre
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. We have posted summaries and links to 50,000 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
Exploring the Night Sky, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. At Scarborough Marsh, July 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, Maine Audubon members $6, non-members $8.
Summer Nature Journaling, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani to explore the worlds of wildflowers and insects beginning with an introduction to nature journaling, then heading into the woods and fields to observe, sketch, and write about the bugs and blooms you discover. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, July 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum members $35, others $45.

Native Plant Walk, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond with Heather McCargo and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. At Fields Pond, Holden, July 20, 10-11:30 am, Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members $7; non-members $10.
Happy Birthday, Henry
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
Time to override the governor’s solar veto
Action Alert - Monday, July 10, 2017 

We are so close to having a new solar power law. The full Maine House and Senate enacted LD 1504 (with amendments) by overwhelming majorities. However, it was vetoed by the Governor. Tell your legislators—particularly House members—how much solar matters to you and your community. ~ Maine Audubon
The Goslings, July 17
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Visit The Goslings, one of the best-loved island destinations on Casco Bay. ShoreKeepers, a group of young conservation-minded donors, are hosting a free Open House with hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway, July 17, 10 am - 2 pm. Meet at Mere Point Boat Launch, Brunswick, shuttles approximately every 15 minutes. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Thwings Point Archaeology Field School, Jul 17-28
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Lee Cranmer leads an Archaeology Field School, Woolwich, July 17-28. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Hook, Line, and Dinner, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Celebrate Maine fishermen and seafood under the tent, on the water, at Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island, July 15, 6 pm, $55. Sponsored by Maine Coast Fishermen's Association.
Sunset Puffin Cruise, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

This boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where you will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. Jul 15, 7–9 pm, Maine Audubon members: $35; non-members $50.
Thoreau: Stepfather of the National Parks, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Presentation by Jym St. Pierre & Michael Kellett. At Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering, Concord, MA, July 15, 1 pm.
Let’s Go Birding – Van Trip, Jul 14
Event - Posted - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds. Leaving from Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Jul 14, 8-11 am, Maine members $20; non-members $30.
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Maine state park attendance up despite shutdown
Associated Press - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Maine officials say attendance at some state parks was up during the July 4 holiday weekend despite a government shutdown. Maine’s lack of a state budget caused a government shutdown from the early morning of July 1 to the early morning of July 4. The state then reopened with the passage of a budget. State parks remained open during the shutdown. Attendance was up at Reid State Park, Range Pond State Park and Crescent Beach State Park. State officials say they expect total state park attendance was also up.
Lots of Fishing Rule Changes Proposed
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

The Fish and Wildlife Department’s list of proposed changes in fishing rules is lengthy, and you should check it out to see if changes are proposed on your favorite waters. You also have a chance to comment on the changes. Public hearings on the proposed changes will be held July 25 in Presque Isle, July 26 in Millinocket, July 27 in Ellsworth, August 2 in Farmington, and August 3 in Brunswick.
99 percent of comments tell Trump to keep Maine’s monument
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

For nearly two months, the U.S. Department of the Interior has asked the American public what should be done with the 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration. More than 99 percent of the responses that have mentioned Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument favor keeping it, according to the National Resources Council of Maine. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who visited Katahdin Woods last month, is due to submit his review to the president by Aug. 24.
Opinion: Real jobs agenda is built on the future, not the past
Bloomberg News - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in large part on a promise to help American workers displaced by trade and technology. If he wants to deliver, he’ll have to rethink his approach. Above all, he’ll need to recognize that the modern economy is not just about digging holes and bashing metal. To date, Trump has focused narrowly on industries such as mining and manufacturing – for example, by loosening environmental regulations on coal producers and by haranguing automakers in an attempt to keep jobs in the U.S. These efforts are woefully misdirected, and not just because technological progress and global competition should be embraced and not blocked. It’s also a matter of scale. Today, goods-producing industries have far fewer jobs at risk than the vastly larger services sector.
Opinion: At the crossroads of ethics and the environment
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

We can urge elected officials to reject the Trump administration’s proposed EPA budget cuts and increase congressional oversight to ensure EPA funds are spent correctly. We can support lawsuits that block the administration from circumventing the spirit of the law. And we can make our voices heard every day as citizens and consumers. The values of caring for the environment are the same as caring for our families, neighbors, communities and the less fortunate. Eventually, stronger environmental protection will prevail out of necessity – we’re all in this together. ~ Jake Plante, Brunswick
Letter: Support solar bill
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Thank you Rep. Mary Anne Kinney, Senate President Michael Thibodeau and the Legislature that passed LD 1504, a Republican-written solar bill, by overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate. We need the Legislature to override the governor’s expected veto of this bill, to prevent the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s rule affecting net metering, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. That rule would cost all Maine ratepayers about $2 million in additional unnecessary meters and other costs. Maine cannot afford to let that happen. ~ Deborah Avalone-King, Brooks
Thoreau’s Wilderness Legacy, Beyond the Shores of Walden Pond
New York Times - Friday, July 7, 2017 

This summer, if you’re looking for Thoreauvian inspiration, I recommend sojourning to Yosemite or Cape Cod or Katahdin or along one of America’s stupendous rivers. Or, for that matter, your local “township” park. Because Thoreau insisted on the preservation of wildness, we have millions of acres of public lands to explore — and the sanctity of Cape Cod and Katahdin to defend from profiteers and bandits. ~ Douglas Brinkley
3 Days Remain for Public Comment Period in KWW Monument Review
WABI-TV5 - Friday, July 7, 2017 

It's been three weeks since US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wrapped up his visit to the Katahdin Region. He reviewed Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument after an executive order from President Trump. With three days of the public comment period remaining, supporters of KWW gathered in Bangor to discuss the feedback. As of July 4th, more than 192,000 public comments have been submitted to the US Department of Interior regarding the pending status of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The Natural Resources Council of Maine says the findings show nearly unanimous endorsement.
Maine woman dies from injuries sustained in bicycle-truck collision
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Katherine Moxham was hit by a pickup truck in Kennebunk on Wednesday afternoon. She succumbed to her injuries on Friday. Moxham was riding her bicycle eastbound on High Street when she was struck by an oncoming truck that had crossed the centerline. The truck, which was operated by a male juvenile from Kennebunk, went off the road and hit a culvert.
‘It Has Really, Really Spread’ — Green Algae Returns To Casco Bay
Maine Public - Friday, July 7, 2017 

It’s back — the unwelcome bright green slime that showed up around Casco Bay in several locations during the drought last summer has returned with a vengeance, and this year it has arrived even earlier. The environmental group Friends of Casco Bay is actively monitoring the situation, and is worried about what algal blooms like these say about the health of the bay. With climate change and an excess of nitrogen from stormwater and wastewater runoff, algal blooms are becoming more common around the world. Common and concerning, says Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca.
Group: Maine National Monument Comments Submitted To Feds Are 99.96% Positive
Maine Public - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Conservationists and members of the Millinocket-area business community say public responses to a recent federal review have been overwhelmingly supportive of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. On Friday, Natural Resources Council of Maine Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann said the responses to the U.S. Department of Interior’s survey indicate that the region is a desirable tourism destination. “We counted a total of 192,052 comments that specifically mention Kathadin Woods and Waters National Monument as of midnight on July 4th,” she said. “Out of this total, 191,976 comments or 99.96 percent support the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.”
Public comment tally for Zinke's review? 99.9% support Katahdin national monument
Mainebiz - Friday, July 7, 2017 

A tally of comments submitted to Washington on the Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument shows nearly unanimous support, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Of the 192,052 comments submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior submitted as of 11:59 p.m. July 4 that specifically mention "Katahdin," 191,976, or 99.96%, support the monument. By contrast, only 67 (0.03%) of comments oppose the monument, while nine (0.01%) supported protecting the land through a designation other than a monument.
Maine biomass plant offline for third straight month, forfeiting taxpayer cash
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 7, 2017 

A Jonesboro biomass plant was offline for the third straight month in June, prolonging a temporary shutdown the company previously attributed to a boiler leak and, later, “mud season.” The shutdown comes after the company qualified for taxpayer subsidies that intended to keep the plants open, preserving a market for loggers hit hard by the collapse of Maine’s pulp and paper industry. Jonesboro plant operator Stored Solar also did not operate its West Enfield plant for the second half of June, missing out on hundreds of thousands in potential taxpayer subsidies. Last month, the company said it’s hit “some impediments” getting a federal loan guarantee for a $240 million biorefinery in East Millinocket. It received $50,000 from the Maine Technology Institute last year to support that application.
Public Overwhelmingly Supports Maine’s National Monument
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Friday, July 7, 2017 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine today announced that public comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) as part of a review of national monuments initiated by President Trump reveal “nearly unanimous” support for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Of the 192,052 comments submitted to the DOI as of 11:59 p.m. July 4 that specifically mention Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, 191,976 (99.96%) support the Monument. Only 67 (.03%) oppose the Monument. Nine comments (.01%) supported protection of the land through a designation other than a monument. “The public comments amount to a nearly unanimous endorsement of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument,” said NRCM Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann.
Darkness as a tourist draw? Believe it
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Friday, July 7, 2017 

For many of us who grew up in small towns, the allure of the bright lights in big cities serve as an inexorable draw. We travel to those hotspots for business and on vacation, and take advantage of offerings our country-mouse hometowns might not provide. But city folks often strive to visit those special, quiet places that we sometimes take for granted. Places where things move slower. Places where nature is on display. Places where, when the sun sets at the end of a busy day, it gets really, really dark. Maine, as it turns out, is full of places like that. Such as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Blog: Conservation Camps: Teaching a New Generation of Outdoor Enthusiasts, Thanks to Moose Hunters
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Kids at camp in Maine learn a vast range of skills in all sorts of settings. And thanks to Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, some of those youngsters have the chance to participate in conservation camp, coming away with certifications building a foundation for lifelong participation in outdoor recreation. IFW supports tuition assistance at three camps in different parts of the state. They are funded by moose hunting permit proceeds. The State has authorized the auction of 10 such hunting permits annually; this year about $140,000 was raised, ranging from between $11,000 and $14,000 per permit. That love of moose hunting is benefitting hundreds of kids who attend conservation camp at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in Bryant Pond, Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, and Greenland Point Center in Princeton.
Feds to buy $10 million in wild Maine blueberries to help absorb glut
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 7, 2017 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved buying up to $10 million in Maine wild blueberries to help farmers deal with an oversupply heightened by competition from cultivated berries. The USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program acquires surplus agricultural goods and distributes them to food banks and other charitable organizations. Early this year, the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission asked the federal government to buy up 30 million pounds of frozen berries to clear up some of the oversupply from the harvests of the past two years. Nancy McBrady, the commission’s executive director, said that while the purchase will help Maine producers in the short term, the surpluses will continue if the state doesn’t start to combat the conditions that caused gluts in the first place.
Northern Maine Development Commission Hopes for Tourism Grant
WABI-TV5 - Friday, July 7, 2017 

The Northern Maine Development Commission is hoping they'll receive a major grant through the Maine Office of Tourism. $150,000 is up for grabs. Tourism numbers are on the rise in Aroostook County. "That will be aimed at marketing both printed media, as well as online media and we're looking now at this whole world of videography, we want to expand our outreach not only using the digital media in the form of writing and photos but also we want to get into the video world," says NMDC Planning & Development Director, Alain Oullette. The commission expects to hear by next week if they received the grant.
For second day in a row, rescue team helps injured hiker off Maine mountain
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Paulina Pope, 44, of South Berwick was hiking with a friend Thursday afternoon when she fell and suffered a broken leg on a steep section of trail on Borestone Mountain, according to the Maine Warden Service. A team of game wardens, medics from Mayo Ambulance, volunteer firefighters and workers from the Maine Audubon Society carried Pope off the mountain on a litter to a waiting ambulance that took her to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. On Wednesday, a group of rescuers helped get a teenage Canadian hiker off a rugged section of the Appalachian Trail east of Greenville after he fell and suffered a broken leg. A helicopter lifted him out of the woods and took him to an ambulance.

Boa Constrictors slither freely in Maine
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Imagine finding a 5-foot boa constrictor on your porch. That’s what happened to a Biddeford resident last week. You might be surprised to know that anyone can possess a boa constrictor without a permit, nor do they have to let their neighbors or anyone else know when their snake escapes. I tried to change that with a bill sponsored at my request by Senator Scott Cyrway, but DIF&W opposed the bill and it was reduced to a simple hike in fines for those who don’t get permits for exotic animals that require a permit or who fail to notify the Maine Warden Service if that animal gets loose.
DEP cites multiple violations at popular Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 7, 2017 

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay was cited by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection late last month for multiple violations, including improperly displacing soil and filling natural wetlands, and for doing work without obtaining proper permits. The violations were discovered this spring after multiple inspections of a major expansion underway at the popular gardens. The state cited Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens as the landowner, Wright-Ryan of Portland as the construction manager and Crooker Construction of Topsham as the site contractor.
Letter: Don’t cut research programs that protect our coastal waters
Portland Press Herald - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Last Thursday night, I attended a roundtable at USM on the disastrous impact of federal budget cuts on Maine fisheries. The proposed cuts would eliminate the monitoring and research capacities necessary for our coastal towns and fisheries to adapt to the radical changes likely to occur from ocean acidification and warming and to prevent the nutrient loading that results in fish kills. It’s outrageous that the Trump administration focuses narrowly on jobs in the coal industry when the jobs in our fisheries are at risk because of climate change fueled by coal and fossil fuels. As Curtis Bohlen from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership said at the USM roundtable, “When the bay turns green, it doesn’t matter if you’re red or blue – you need to be able to fix it.” ~ Nancy Anderson, Cumberland
Woman accused of hitting cyclist in Oxford charged with drunken driving
Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017 

A Maine woman who police say hit and seriously injured a bicyclist has been charged with drunken driving. Kerstin Thorne, 37, was taken into custody after hitting a man early Wednesday in Oxford. The bicyclist, who was wearing a reflective vest, was tossed onto the hood of Thorne’s SUV and landed on the other side of the road. He suffered broken bones and a concussion.
Law professors comment on national monuments review
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, July 6, 2017 

A group of 121 environmental, natural resource, and administrative law professors just submitted a comment to the Secretary of Interior arguing that the President does not have power to eliminate or shrink national monuments, and raising some important questions about the review process. In addition, the letter says, "...we also note that existing evidence suggests that the creation of national monuments enhances, rather than impairs, local economies by attracting visitors to these unique lands. In some cases, this economic boon may come very swiftly. Two Maine politicians formerly opposed to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument have become supporters because “[a]lthough the monument is less than a year old, already some businesses in the region have experienced an uptick in activity."
Return of green slime threatens Greater Portland mudflats
Mainebiz - Thursday, July 6, 2017 

Green slime caused by nuisance algal blooms has returned to Casco Bay's mudflats, threatening shellfish harvesting in the affected coves. Friends of Casco Bay's staff, including Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, Research Associate Mike Doan and Intern Emily Haggett spotted bright green algal mats on Mill Cove and Antoine Creek in South Portland and Back Cove in Portland last week, according to a news release. "These blooms can smother clams and other critters in and on the mud," Frignoca said.
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