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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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Six day trips for Bangorians who want to be tourists in their own state
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

In the flurry of attention Maine’s most popular attractions get each summer as tourists and summer people arrive, we forget that Mainers themselves like to be tourists in their own state. Rather than taking whole weeks off to explore, however, we might just get one day, or even just one afternoon. So, in order to facilitate the most efficient usage of your precious time off, here are six trips that can be accomplished in a matter of hours — all less than an hour’s drive from Bangor, and all inexpensive or free.
Boatmaker’s new lease helps save historic Maine island store
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Acadia National Park will preserve a 168-year-old building on Little Cranberry Island by leasing it to an nonprofit boat maker. Islesford Boatworks will lease the historic Blue Duck Ships Store from the National Park Service for programs starting this summer. Park service officials have been working for more than a year to preserve the building, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The building, and adjoining Islesford Historical Museum, reflect Maine maritime history of the 1800s. The pairing of park service and hands-on boatmaker will help both parties, park Superintendent Kevin Schneider said.
Kennebunkport announces Goose Rocks Beach dog rules
Other - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

The town of Kennebunkport has an ordinance requiring dogs to be leashed in certain areas of town, including the Goose Rocks area. Piping plovers, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act, nest on the beach. Maine Audubon, with volunteers, erects and maintains enclosures around the nests. Harassing these birds is a federal offense. The police department will provide extra patrols during the summer season and, along with animal control, will enforce laws.
Local waste coalition could grant its communities permission to send trash to PERC
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

The Municipal Review Committee might temporarily allow its more than 100 member communities to send their waste to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Center rather than have it landfilled. The MRC Board of Directors is slated to discuss and possibly vote on an agreement at its May 31 meeting that would allow its central, northern and Down East communities a temporary waiver to send their waste to PERC, rather than the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock. MRC communities have been sending their waste to Crossroads and the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town since April 1 as a last resort, once it became clear the waste-to-biofuel Fiberight facility in Hampden was months behind its construction schedule.
Maine tourism industry has a sunny outlook as critical summer season kicks off
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

Visitors started flooding into Maine on Friday to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the state’s tourism season. The next few months are critical for Maine’s tourism industry, and state officials are optimistic that more people will visit the state in 2018, continuing a five-year growth trend. “Two-thirds of our business does come during the summertime, but we have seen remarkable growth in the offseason, particularly winter and fall,” said Steve Lyons, director of the Maine Office of Tourism.
Letter: Officials abet plundering by Central Maine Power
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 26, 2018 

P-C = A-R. Pro-Corporate = Anti-Ratepayers. Solution: Money talks. Here’s how it would work: Maine Public Utilities Commission members would forfeit any and all monetary entitlements while they continue to shuffle papers until this magnum boondoggle is settled to the satisfaction of the ratepayers, rather than abetting a monetary serial ravager, Central Maine Power, as it continues submitting artificially inflated electric bills. It may appear harsh to the commissioners; however, they can always ask CMP for financial assistance! ~ Ray Berard Sr., Windham
This Is the Best Park in Every U.S. State
Other - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Money - In Maine, Acadia National Park offers not only history—it was the first ever national park located east of the Mississippi River—but also tons of activities, with more than 150 miles of trails and multiple beaches. Visit in October, when fall foliage is at its peak, to enjoy especially breathtaking views.
Secretary Zinke Applauds Presidential Action Supporting Public Lands Outfitters and Guides
Other - Friday, May 25, 2018 

U.S. Department of the Interior - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today applauded President Donald J. Trump's exemption from Executive Order 13658 for Recreational Services on Federal Lands. The order allowing guides and outfitters to bring tourists out on multi-day hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping expeditions, without enduring costly burdens.
Removal of Thoreau Falls Bridge in White Mountains generates ethical debate
Other - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The dilapidated Thoreau Falls Bridge which provides a rare river crossing in the Pemigewasset Wilderness will be removed but not replaced in order to maintain the wilderness experience, federal authorities have decided — a decision that will anger many outdoors enthusiasts and delight many others. “Wilderness is intended to be protected and managed to preserve its natural conditions, where you have to accept nature entirely on its own terms, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable. Removing the Thoreau Falls Bridge will assure all of us that this opportunity is available, here in the largest wilderness area in the Northeast United States,” wrote Brooke Brown, the Pemigewasset District Ranger. The decision will be open to comment for 45 days. Judging from the heated debate over the future of the bridge that has occurred in the past two years, a lot of comments are likely to come in.
ReVision Energy to consolidate in newly purchased South Portland building
Mainebiz - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The solar energy installer ReVision Energy has purchased a 26,924-square-foot building, at 758 Westbrook St. in South Portland, to consolidate its operations and relocate its regional headquarters. The company had been looking for space since early 2017, investigating a variety of options to accommodate it's growing Portland operations, which are currently spread across at least four different warehouses because the company has outgrown its existing space. ReVision has 225 employees. Since 2003, the company has installed more than 7,000 clean energy systems in the region along with a rapidly growing network of electric vehicle charging stations. The company was named the No. 1 Rooftop Solar Installer in New England.
Opposition voiced at hearing on Irving’s Fish River rezoning proposal
Mainebiz - Friday, May 25, 2018 

At a public hearing hosted by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission, all but one of 15 Aroostook County residents who gave testimony opposed J.D. Irving Ltd.'s proposal to rezone for development 1,923 acres within the Fish River chain of lakes. Irving's concept plan includes 1,496 acres proposed for 11 new residential lots containing up to 330 units, with the remaining 427 acres going toward four "community/economic development areas." Another 14,750 acres would be placed into a permanent conservation easement. Commenters expressed concern about the potential for construction and residential use to pollute the lakes and disturb the area's solitude.
Construction to begin this summer on Phase 1 of Stroudwater Preserve residential subdivision
Mainebiz - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The purchase of the former Camelot Farm in Portland's Stroudwater neighborhood allows developers to proceed with marketing Stroudwater Preserve, the residential subdivision and green space they've planned there. Developers Mike Barton, Nate Libby and J. Hilary Rockett Jr. have site plan approval to construct in phases 97 single-family homes and 25 townhouses on the 44.8 acres. The project includes setting aside 25 acres of fields and woods surrounding the Stroudwater River for public use as recreational green space and access to the river. The preserved spaces will be accessible via the Portland Trails system.
Maine Forest Service finds timber harvesters using best practices
Turner Publishing - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service has released the results of a study on the use and effectiveness of forestry best management practices at timber harvests across the state from 2016-2017. Findings were positive as far as using the practices, which protect water quality. The practices are voluntary measures.
Blog: Cadillac Mountain – one of the greatest classrooms in the world
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Teachers, from kindergarten to college, are always trying to find a way to connect with the students who regularly settle into the seats of their classrooms. This year, my students and I spent a good deal of our time focusing on Maine writers and the work they produced. Was there something special about the state of Maine that inspired them? I think we found part of the answer this past week when we traveled to Acadia National Park and climbed Cadillac Mountain. ~ David Arenstam
Wood Conference connects forest products to designers
Other - Friday, May 25, 2018 

The Maine Wood and Sustainability conference May 9 at the University of Southern Maine brought together architects, engineers, builders and developers. It also highlighted the use of mass timber/CLT. Alex Ingraham, president of Pingree Associates, said, “It was really encouraging to see so many people in one room from very disparate backgrounds excited about wood and the potential growth of forest products and the local Maine Economy. Hopefully this is the first of many successful conferences.”
Windham readies for legal battle over proposed quarry near Forest Lake
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Windham is digging in for a legal battle over a proposed quarry near Forest Lake after the developer filed a lawsuit in Cumberland County court this week. Jim Pross, an Auburn-based lawyer representing Elvin Copp and his son Randy Copp of CSG Properties and Copp Equipment, told the Windham Town Council at its meeting Tuesday that the lawsuit was filed earlier that day as a result of the town’s emergency moratorium on all new mineral extraction activities. The council originally passed the 180-day mineral extraction moratorium in April after Forest Lake area residents repeatedly filled Town Council and Planning Board meetings to express concerns about the Copps’ proposed quarry.
Augusta eyes plan to turn historic mill building into cultural hub
Kennebec Journal - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Plans to restore and re-purpose the only remaining building of the massive riverfront Edwards mill complex may rely on attracting a private developer or organization with $3 million to spend. The complex at one time employed thousands of Franco-Americans who came to Augusta to create a better life for their families by toiling and sweating in the cotton mill. Advocates for renovating the piece of Augusta’s working-class history for new uses — such as a cafe and museum or heritage center — say it could pay tribute to the people whose labor fueled the growth of the city and could draw visitors to an area they say is a largely undiscovered gem.
Vassalboro students put knowledge of native plants & stream ecology in practice at Masse Dam site
WABI-TV5 - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Fifth graders from Vassalboro Community School got a history lesson on the Masse Dam site in town Friday. As part of their ongoing efforts to plant the area, students put their knowledge of native plants and stream ecology into practice. The Alewife Restoration Initiative removed the Masse Dam last fall from a deteriorating sawmill in Vassalboro in an attempt to bring alewives back to the state's lakes in record numbers. The group worked with students from Vassalboro Community School and China Middle School to plant Maine native seeds to bring more plant life to where the mill pond once was.
Vegan & Plant-Based Living
Maine Public - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Maine Calling guests discuss how more people are turning to vegan diets for their health and for philosophical reasons, while others are embracing more plant-based eating, which may not qualify as vegan or vegetarian, but might minimize meat as part of each meal. Learn how to be vegan or to shift to plant-based living.
Catalyst to sell Rumford paper mill to Hong Kong company
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Catalyst Paper, the Canadian company that last July said it planned to pump $56 million into a new tissue-making machine to tap what it called a growing market for the product, said Friday it has agreed to sell its Rumford, Maine, and Biron, Wisconsin, mills to ND Paper LLC of Hong Kong for $175 million. ND Paper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd., said the purchase is an important step in its global fiber and customer strategies.
Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan warn: Beautiful, unspoiled landscapes are disappearing
USA Today - Friday, May 25, 2018 

During the course of producing our documentary for PBS, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, we had the opportunity to travel the entire length of the Lewis and Clark trail several times –– from St. Louis to Astoria, Oregon –– always seeking places to film that might look as they did when the expedition made its historic trip more than 200 years ago, searching for the fabled water route to the Pacific. Unfortunately, few such places now exist.
Chinese company to buy Rumford paper mill
Sun Journal - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Catalyst Paper announced plans Friday to sell the Rumford paper mill and a mill in Wisconsin to a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper of Hong Kong for $175 million. An operations center in Dayton, Ohio, is also included in the sales agreement. Nine Dragons Paper is the largest containerboard producer in China and the mills would be its first in the U.S. “We are very pleased to welcome the Rumford and Biron mills to the Nine Dragons family,” Nine Dragons Chairwoman Yan Cheung said in a statement. Forbes magazine’s World’s Billionaires index on Friday listed Cheung’s net worth at $2.1 billion and noted that her husband and younger brother, also with the company, were also billionaires.
Congratulations from DC on 30 years of the Maine Island Trail!
Other - Friday, May 25, 2018 

May 25th is the 30th anniversary of the Maine Island Trail, the day in 1988 when citizens met to form the Maine Island Trail Association and create “an outstanding waterway for small boats” along the coast of Maine. Since then, more than 33,000+ coastal explorers and stewards have helped ensure that over 200 wild islands on the Trail remain pristine and accessible.
Beachgoers need to move over for plovers
WCSH-TV6 - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Lifeguards watch out for swimmers at the beach. But who watches out for plovers? The answer is "you." The Atlantic Coast Piping Plovers are found on the sandy beaches of southern Maine during summer months. With their numbers depleted from loss of habitat, they are listed as threatened at the federal level and endangered at the state level. Nesting season is their most vulnerable time.
What Adam Cote learned at a stalled clean energy company now fuels his campaign
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 25, 2018 

Clean energy companies have “been playing defense” during the LePage years. The trials of Adam Cote’s company shed light on how his business career has shaped his approach to achieving his goal of powering Maine by 100 percent clean energy within 10 years and how it ties into a broader economic plan for the state.
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