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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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Fate of nation’s 1st Atlantic marine monument likely headed to court
Associated Press - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Environmentalists and fishing groups said Thursday they are prepared for a legal battle in the wake of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to preserve the nation’s first Atlantic Ocean marine monument. President Barack Obama designated Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument a little less than a year ago. It’s 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off New England’s coast. Zinke has not yet provided specifics about which monuments could be changed or exactly how. The federal Department of Commerce is also reviewing the marine monument’s status. A spokeswoman said a public comment period on that review ended Aug. 15 and no decisions have been made yet.
Utah Congressman Seeks to Prevent Future Land Gifts Like Katahdin Woods & Waters
Maine Public - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to retain all 27 national monument designations created under three previous presidents sheds little light on what, if any, management changes might be made at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. But the Republican Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources told reporters today that changes are being discussed for the federal law regulating the transfer of private property to the government. Landowners should never have been permitted to donate land to the U.S. government under the Antiquities Act of 1906 according to Utah Congressman Rob Bishop.
RESTORE says national monument report calls for celebration, but caution
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

RESTORE: The North Woods released a statement today about the Trump Administration's report on national monuments: This has been a day for celebration, but also for caution. Today we mark the first anniversary of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, designated by presidential proclamation last year in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. It is also the day when Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has reportedly recommended that our new national monument not be rescinded or reduced in size. However, serious questions remain about whether our monument will truly gain the strong, permanent protection it needs.
Critics want Trump to overrule Zinke's proposal
Associated Press - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Some federal land ownership critics hope President Donald Trump will overrule his Interior secretary's recommendation to maintain 27 national monuments and instead rescind the status of recently created national monuments. Anne Mitchell of the Maine Woods Coalition says the federal government already owns enough land without Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. It was created last year. She says the recent Maine designation could hurt the state's multibillion-dollar forest products sector. Her group formed to oppose a proposed new national park in Maine.
Take a look around Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

After months of suspense, it looks like Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is here to stay. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that he won’t recommend rescinding the federal designation of 87,500 acres in Maine’s North Woods. Use your mouse to explore this panoramic view, including the east face of Mount Katahdin.
ExxonMobil allegedly misled the public on climate change for 40 years
Climate Progress - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

ExxonMobil officials reportedly knew about the dangers of climate change as early as 1977 but continued to publicly raise doubts about the science behind it for more than 40 years, a new study by Harvard University has found. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Exxon’s former CEO, used an alias email account from 2008 to 2015 to discuss climate change, under the pseudonym “Wayne Tracker."
Wardens, rescuers assist injured hiker on Appalachian Trail
Sun Journal - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

State game wardens and rescue personnel drove ATVs about five miles up the Appalachian Trail on Wednesday to assist an injured hiker, Robert Sweet, 60, of South Freeport.
Zinke Wants to Keep National Monument in Maine
Maine Public - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Supporters of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are going to have to wait to find out what’s in store for the project that encompasses nearly 88,000. It’s one of 27 monuments that President Trump ordered reviewed in April. And while Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has met today’s deadline for reporting back to Trump about what changes they should undergo, he hasn’t made them public. That’s causing some anxiety here in Maine and beyond. Meanwhile, the man whose job it is to welcome visitors to Maine’s monument and make sure it’s managed as well as possible, says it’s business as usual for him. Tim Hudson was passing out birthday cake in his office Thursday morning, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the monument’s designation.
Zinke’s decision to keep Maine monument worth celebrating
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

After months of nervous hand-wringing, news began to trickle out of Washington, D.C., on Thursday that ought to make many supporters of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument happy. The review of the monument by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is complete, and first indications, according to those who are familiar with Zinke’s report, are that Maine’s national monument will not be reduced in size, nor eliminated. One concession that may be under consideration: Some form of limited logging activity in part of the monument. That’s a workable compromise.
Zinke Sends Monument Report to the White House
Other - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Dept of Interior - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke sent a draft report to the president which included his findings and recommendations on national monuments that were under review. The review was initiated by President Trump to give rural communities a voice in federal land management decisions. “No President should use the authority under the Antiquities Act to restrict public access, prevent hunting and fishing, burden private land, or eliminate traditional land uses, unless such action is needed to protect the object,” said Zinke. “The recommendations I sent to the president on national monuments will maintain federal ownership of all federal land...and also provide a much needed change for the local communities who border and rely on these lands for hunting and fishing, economic development, traditional uses, and recreation.”
The view from Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Associated Press - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Photos by Robert Bukaty.
Interior secretary wants to keep Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Supporters of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument cheered news Thursday that the head of the U.S. Interior Department is not seeking to rescind the designation even as they await details of potential changes to the land’s management. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he would not recommend eliminating any of the 27 national monuments scrutinized by the Trump administration after a months-long review process that drew comments from millions of people. But the refusal to provide details about the recommendations for specific monuments left both supporters and critics of Katahdin Woods and Waters unsure about where things stand for a monument that celebrated its one-year anniversary Thursday.
Interior secretary wants to keep Maine’s Katahdin Woods & Waters national monument
Associated Press - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to retain the newly created Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine, but he might recommend adjustments to the White House. Zinke told The Associated Press that he’s not recommending removal of any of the 27 monuments under review but said some could be changed. The news gives supporters something to cheer, but the prospect of changes creates some uncertainty. Details on what changes, if any, are proposed for the Maine monument weren’t immediately available.
Interior Secretary Zinke recommends keeping Maine’s national monument
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that President Donald Trump keep Maine’s year-old Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. “Nothing dramatic” would change with the monument, according to a source briefed on the plan. Zinke is trying to “thread the needle” and craft recommendations that satisfy all parties involved in the controversial monument, the source said. This was a blow to Republican monument foes Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who asked Trump to turn control of the land over to the state. Now the question becomes, how will the unpredictable Trump respond to the report?
Energy Department’s recommendations would bolster coal, nuclear power plants
Washington Post - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

A much-anticipated Energy Department report on the electricity grid made recommendations for regulatory changes that would bolster coal and nuclear power plants. The changes, if adopted, would alter the way prices are determined in electricity markets, ease environmental reviews for coal plants and speed the permitting process for a variety of energy sources.
Energy Department’s recommendations would bolster coal, nuclear power plants
Washington Post - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

A much-anticipated Energy Department report on the electricity grid made recommendations for regulatory changes that would bolster coal and nuclear power plants. The changes, if adopted, would alter the way prices are determined in electricity markets, ease environmental reviews for coal plants and speed the permitting process for a variety of energy sources.
Editorial: Monumental mixup
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

President Trump has called the designation of national monuments "a massive federal land grab," even though those lands are already public. Maine Gov. LePage has testified to Congress that if the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is “put into preservation, it’s dangerous.” He wants to rescind it. Trump has tweeted, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our [Confederate] statues and monuments.” LePage agreed, likening the removal of Confederate statues to taking down monuments for those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trump and LePage want to preserve monuments to those who committed treason against the United States in the name of history, while ruining monuments that preserve our natural and cultural history. They suffer from interminable monumental confusion.
Column: For birders, being wrong is a useful exercise
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

I suppose my guests might prefer a guide who is infallible, but I’ve made so many public mistakes over my birding career that I’ve gotten quite used to it. It sure makes it easier for everyone to get over any lingering shyness if even the professional is screwing up. Being wrong is a useful exercise. It trains the eye to look for key field marks that identify a bird, and further trains the eye to look for clues that disqualify the identification. The best way to make fewer mistakes is to make more mistakes. Get used to it. ~ Bob Duchesne
Column: Spat over ‘spring’ water is laughable in a world awash in woe
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

“Lawsuit says Poland Spring water is mislabeled because it really isn’t spring water,” said the headline that spoke volumes about the two Earths. The one we 1.3 million Mainers inhabit is awash in clean, drinkable water. In the other, an estimated 663 million fellow humans struggle every day to stay hydrated without killing themselves. WATERisLIFE has distributed 750,000 straws where they’re most needed – places like sub-Saharan Africa and India, where 86 percent of the population’s human waste goes back into the surface water untreated. Stay hydrated, fellow Mainers, but consider that if you swap out one bottle of water for a glass from the tap each day, you’ll easily have $100 or more in your pocket at the end of a year. That’s 10 straws for 10 kids for an entire year. No lawyers required. ~ Bill Nemitz
Opinion: Beaver Deceivers allow people, nature’s engineers to go with the flow
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Each summer, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife determines the fate of thousands of beavers when it sets trapping season dates. Trappers can kill beavers in Maine without limit for up to six months a year. Approximately 10,000 beavers lose their lives each year as a result of this aggressive approach. Beavers create ecosystems that nourish a multitude other animals and plants. The marshes they build create ecological stability. With more than a third of freshwater fish and amphibians in the U.S. either extinct or at risk of extinction, the wetlands beavers produce have unrivaled potential to reverse these accelerating losses. Beaver Deceivers prevent flooding, keep beavers and their benefits on the landscape, and offer long-term solutions to human/beaver conflicts at significantly lower cost than road repairs and beaver trapping. ~ Karen Coker, WildWatch Maine
Letter: Tackle climate change locally
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 24, 2017 

During a time of immense need for political action concerning climate change, we are seeing a tragic lack of leadership from both the Trump and LePage administrations. But we are also seeing the incredible capacity we have as citizens to rise up and tackle climate change ourselves. Sierra Club Maine is hosting our 3rd Climate Action Conference on Sept. 16 at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston campus. Workshops will include information on local solar power, sustainable businesses, clean transportation, youth organizing, community resilience, sustainable agriculture, grass-roots organizing and much more. Join other climate activists and concerned citizens from around the state to learn about solutions and how to implement them in your town. ~ Alison Znamierowski, Brunswick
Homeowners take Falmouth to court in water views dispute
Forecaster - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Angered by a Zoning Board of Appeals decision allowing construction of a home at 32 Andrews Ave. that could obscure their water views, two local couples are suing the town in Superior Court. In their court filing, Andrew Beahm, executive director of Maine Audubon, and his wife, Deborah Megna, along with Patrice and Donald Walsh, claim the zoning board acted incorrectly and its decision should be overturned. Beahm and his wife say they would lose 20 to 25 percent of their view, which now includes the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in South Portland and Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth.
Katahdin Communities Celebrate Making Headway
Other - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

The Katahdin Region is seeing much change, as residents actively seek out new opportunities for dormant paper mill properties and the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument completes its first year within the National Park Service. GrowSmart Maine worked with community members from Medway, Millinocket and East Millinocket on a short-term project “Making Headway in the Katahdin Region” to begin to envision what’s next for the region, and create tangible projects that set the stage for the work ahead.
Trump officials rewrite Energy Dept. study to make renewables look bad, fail anyway
Climate Progress - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s long-awaited grid study is finally out. But while Trump officials clearly tried to rewrite the previously leaked staff draft to give the impression that renewable energy sources are a threat to baseload power and grid resilience, they mostly botched the job. Buried in the report is a finding that renewable energy helps stabilize prices and make Americans’ electricity bills more manageable. And, as we’ve learned from this study, renewables weren’t a major player in the shutdown of baseload coal and nuclear, and the grid is more reliable than ever. Seems like the Perry report proves we need more renewables.
Tribal coalition pushes to save national monuments
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Conservation and tribal groups are airing TV ads, sending letters to President Trump and creating parody websites in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California. The deadline for Zinke to announce his recommendations is Thursday following a four-month review. No other president has tried to eliminate a monument.
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