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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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Maine Opponents Protest Advance Of Keystone Pipeline Project
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Climate activists rallied in Portland Monday evening in response to the Public Service Commission of Nebraska's approval of the alternate route for the Keystone XL pipeline. But rally organizers, including Glen Brand of the Sierra Club, also saw the commission's 3-2 decision to reject TransCanada's preferred route as a partial victory. "This sets up another whole series of bureaucratic hurdles, where we are going to be - Sierra Club certainly is going to be - suing, but there are many ways to intervene in the process," Brand says. "We've been at this for years and we intend to double our efforts to stop the pipeline."
Column: Changes in county populations mean more than you might think
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Maine is the oldest (median age of 45 versus national average of 38) and whitest (94% versus 62% for the whole country) state in the nation, and we need to attract more young people (of all colors) if we are to revive our economy. True, but the wrenching changes it implies for our public policy is not fully appreciated. Population growth is associated with higher income growth. Population loss is tantamount to greater economic dependence. As employment opportunities decline, those who can do so move away to find a new source of earnings elsewhere, and those who remain become more dependent, either on their own saved earnings from the past or on government transfer payments. We must come to treat economic upheaval more as a natural disaster that demands concerted common action and less as a “failing” of people living in certain areas. ~ Charles Lawton
Editorial: Faced with threat to shellfish industry, Maine has its head in the sand
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

What is at risk here is nothing short of the future of the aquaculture and fishing sectors of this state,” Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, told state legislators in 2015. Without research conducted along the Maine coast, we won’t know how lobsters are responding to ocean acidity at different ages and in different areas. We won’t be able to identify areas of the state most affected by runoff and formulate ways to mitigate that impact. We won’t be able to move fishermen away from troubled spots, or properly prepare for major changes in an industry that defines communities up and down the coast. Maine’s marine economy is heading into the next century blind.
Book review: Caught: the reality behind the first fishermen's co-op
Working Waterfront - Monday, November 20, 2017 

With text by by Glen Libby and photos by Antonia Small, "Caught: time. place. fish." recounts the rise, near falls, complications, and reasons behind his effort to create a fishermen's co-op off the beaten path on Maine's Midcoast. A remarkable book about the reality of life. ~ Dana Wilde
‘Codfather’ Scandal Shuts Out Boats From Cod, Flounder Fisheries
Maine Public - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Federal regulators are shutting down fishing rights for a significant portion of New England’s stressed groundfish stocks, such as cod and flounder. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says managers for a New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sector undermined conservation goals while disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael was falsifying catch reports.
New documentary shows how biofuels lobby played parliament
Other - Monday, November 20, 2017 

A new documentary, 'Green Gold', out this week tells the story of how the European Union decided to embrace the use of biofuels, only to find out that it had not properly considered all the negative consequences.
Land trust offers Green Friday hike in Falmouth
Forecaster - Monday, November 20, 2017 

A guided hike through the Blackstrap Hill Preserve is being hosted the day after Thanksgiving in a bid to get people moving after a big holiday meal. The Green Friday Hike is also designed to show people what the Falmouth Land Trust has to offer.
8 Maine trail networks with geocache treasure hunts
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, November 20, 2017 

For those new to geocaching, it’s a simple worldwide game. In a nutshell, participants around the world have hidden little containers called geocaches, or caches, in public places, such as trail networks, parks and historical sites. Each cache contains a logbook, and some caches also contain little treasures. Some places are better for geocaching than others. The following are eight Maine trail networks that are just loaded with geocaches.
Maine's Short Days Fuel Concern Over High Number Of Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths
Maine Public - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Twenty pedestrians and two cyclists have died in Maine this year after being hit by cars, according to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The number of pedestrians and bicyclists struck and killed by cars has grown dramatically over the last few years. Bicycle Coalition Executive Director John Williams says distracted driving was likely a major factor. "We think that a lot of that is caused by drivers paying attention to their cell phone or other electronic devices and it's an increasing concern." A common thread among most of the deaths is that they took place in "low light conditions," heightening concern as Maine heads into its darkest part of the year.
Maine Heritage Timber: Retrieving Old Growth Wood from a Lake
Forests for Maine's Future - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Tom Shafer's business is mining trees. It's not really harvesting; maybe re-harvesting. "Recovering a forgotten forest" is his company motto. He likes to think of it as mining. Shafer is selling history. He's selling green. Shafer and his business partner, Steve Sanders, founded Maine Heritage Timber in 2010 to exploit a vast trove of sunken logs in Quakish Lake in the economically ailing North Woods town of Millinocket, Maine. Maine Heritage Timber has already removed about 75,000 cords of wood from Quakish Lake. But Shafer estimates there is still more than 500,000 cords on the bottom of the lake, years and years worth of raw material. “It’s not going to run out soon,” he said. “But once it’s gone, it’s gone.”
Editorial: Chemical apologist is the wrong man to oversee national chemical safety
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

President Donald Trump has nominated Dourson, a chemical industry consultant, to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Dourson isn’t just your run of the mill chemical company apologist. He built a career helping companies, like Exxon, Dow Chemical and Koch Industries, weaken and evade federal chemical safety laws. He previously did the same thing for tobacco companies. This is precisely the wrong person to ensure Americans aren’t poisoned by chemicals and toxic pollution. The Senate must reject Dourson’s nomination.
On the NFCT with filmmaker Brad Tallent
Other - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Canoe & Kayak magazine - Filmmakers Brad Tallent and Austin Graham, the co-founders of Adventureitus Productions, along with their partners, Megan Tallent and Mallory Hirschler, canoed the length of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, shooting an intriguing teaser and developing a series of video guides for each section of the water trail, which stretches from New York to Maine. Brad says, "I really looked forward to the Allagash and St. John rivers. Section 13 lived up to everything I could have asked for and more."
Opinion: Repealing the estate tax could shut the door on charitable giving
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

While nearly 650,000 Mainers filed tax returns last year, there were fewer than 50 taxable estates. Nationwide, only 1 in 500 estates are large enough to be taxed. Yet repeal of the estate tax would hurt our country, and the people of Maine, in significant ways. One of the biggest casualties will be charitable giving. The estate tax creates a strong incentive for the super wealthy to give to charity rather than pay the tax. Removing that incentive could cause a substantial decline in very large gifts, the kind that can be truly transformational. The estate tax is not a burden. Instead, it does what the tax code is intended to do — incentivize behavior that benefits us all. ~ Chris Gates, former executive director of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, Camden
Verso third quarter financial results
Other - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Verso reported financial results for the third quarter of 2017. Net sales for the third quarter of 2017 decreased by $54 million compared to the third quarter of 2016. The sales decline was primarily attributable to a decrease in total sales volume due to the general softening of demand for coated papers and capacity reductions at the Androscoggin Mill, partially offset by a 1 percent increase in price.
Online sustainability journal Spire calls
Courier-Gazette - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Spire, the Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability, invites submissions for the second issue of the online journal, slated for release in spring 2018. ​Spire's editorial team of graduate and undergraduate students at UMaine is accepting submissions through Sunday, Dec. 10.
Editorial: Jensen Bissell — He Took on a Tough Job as Director of Baxter State Park, and Did It Well
Maine Sportsman - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Jensen Bissell, who has served as Park DIrector for Baxter State Park for more than 12 years, recently announced he will retire at the end of the year. Throughout his time as director, Bissell allowed himself to be guided by the near-religious tenets of Governor Baxter, who conditioned the many deeds to the property by mandating that the park lands were to be "maintained primarily as a wilderness," while "recreational purposes are to be regarded as of secondary importance" toward the goal of keeping the area "forever wild."
Letter: Accolades for Jensen Bissell, Retiring Director of Baxter State Park
Maine Sportsman - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Jensen Bissell [who announced October 18 that he would be retiring as Park Director on December 31] has done an exemplary job at Baxter State Park. From his early work on the Scientific Forest Management Area, to his efforts to put the park on a solid financial footing, to being a quiet but persistent force to carry on Percival Baxter's vision, Jensen has been professional, fair, humble and dedicated. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Board Secretary, Friends of Baxter State Park
Do whales come and go with the tide?
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Whale watching. For some it may bring to mind school field trips or coastal vacations. Fanny packs and binoculars. Long stretches of ocean and searching eyes, with the hope that maybe, just maybe, one of the largest animals on earth will appear in the waters below. But for Laurel Sullivan (Unity College class of 2018), whale watching is both all of these things and none of these things at once. Whale watching isn’t just a pastime for Laurel — it’s conservation. Science.
Here’s why you should be alarmed by the changing climate
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, November 20, 2017 

What will it take to convince you that climate change is happening and is a problem that must be addressed? Perhaps Lyme disease and deer ticks? The terrible loss of commercial fisheries along the Maine coast, as the ocean water warms? The huge number of moose dying from ticks? Erratic weather including a frightening increase in fires, floods, and hurricanes? The increase in the number of Maine cases of Anaplasmosis? If our country is going to tackle this, we need Congress to step up on several key issues, including stopping the President’s proposed cuts in the EPA’s budget, repeal of rules protecting our streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, and revival of the coal industry.
Opinion: All quiet on the climate front
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

“Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit,” said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, but President Donald J. Trump did exactly that. He sent a team of American diplomats and energy executives to the annual world climate summit, that was held this year in Bonn, Germany, to extol the wonders of “clean” coal. Bloomberg, now a U.N. special envoy for climate change, got it right. ~ Gwynne Dyer
Maine Says More Than 400K Farm Acres To Transfer In 10 years
Associated Press - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Maine officials say more than 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will transition ownership over the next 10 years. The coming transfer of ownership is the focus of an upcoming conference scheduled for Dec. 4 at the Augusta Civic Center. It's co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good.
Under threat of Trump cuts, Maine labs find clever ways to pay for science
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

The Trump administration’s proposal to slash federal science funding by $4.3 billion in the 2018 budget strikes across the nation’s science organizations. In Maine, the proposed 22 percent cut for the National Institutes of Health would most impact the state’s world-renowned biomedical research institutions like Bar Harbor’s Jackson Laboratory and MDI Biological Laboratory. The University of Maine in Orono gets state and federal funds from multiple agencies including the National Science Foundation, whose budget the president recommended cutting 13 percent, and the Department of Defense, facing a 15 percent cut. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay could get hit by a potential 11 percent drop in the Environmental Protection Agency budget.
Maine Legislature has long to-do list when it returns in January
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 20, 2017 

State lawmakers will face a long list of bills when they return to work in January – including measures on solar and hydropower regulation – in a second session with a high risk of grandstanding by those who are running for higher office in the November 2018 election. Several key lawmakers are running for governor or Congress. Among that group are Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, all Republicans running for governor; and House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden, a Democrat who is seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat.
Letter: Portland arborist stepped up for ‘Forest City’
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Our wonderful city recently suffered an unusually vicious rain and wind storm that took down many of its graceful and mature trees. Fortunately, however, we are blessed as a community to have aForestry Division, led by our city arborist, Jeff Tarling, who responded to the emergency with care, efficiency and good judgment. Jeff and his team made urgent and critical decisions to protect the safety of our citizens and preserve the integrity of our beautiful “Forest City.” ~ Phyllis Givertz, Portland
New Label Will Promote Food Grown By Maine Veterans
Associated Press - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Maine agriculture officials say they have reached an agreement with United Farmer Veterans of Maine to promote agricultural products grown by the state's veterans. The promotion will include a new "MaineGrown by Vets" label. The agriculture department and veterans group say they've also reached agreement to mutually market the new label. Supporters of the new label say it will give Maine veterans a chance to showcase their products "as a veteran produced product off a veteran owned farm in Maine."
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